What can be measured can be improved. When you play a round of golf and shoot a score that is less than desirable, how do you know what areas of your game to work on?
I’m taking a break from releasing a video this week to talk about the importance of stat tracking and a great opportunity for you to easily track your stats.
The PGA Tour has long kept statistics on its players giving us great data to compare our own games to when we play. This allows us to see what areas of our game are the farthest from Tour quality so that we know what needs to improve the most.
Stat tracking has changed over the years with the ability for computers to make analyzing data more efficient. Your most common stats of tracking your fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts per round, saves, etc. are old an outdated. I’ll admit it’s better than nothing, but in the end the data doesn’t provide you the greatest assessment of your current game.
The good news is that there is now a stat tracking company that I have partnered with that allows you to easily keep your stats and analyze your rounds.
Shot By Shot has been a leader in stat tracking for almost 10 years now. They use computer analysis to take the information you provide and give you a breakdown of every important aspect of your game.
They also take your old stats like fairways hit and number of putts and break them down into more specific areas. For example, instead of simply saying how many putts you had, you’ll record the approximate distance of your first putt. After all, 1 putting every green isn’t that impressive if you didn’t have a putt outside 3 feet all day.
Shot By Shot also has an easy to use app that can be uploaded to an iPhone so that you can track your stats while on the course.
The cost for this service is currently on sale for $59 per year. However, as a subscriber to my newsletter you can sign up through me and pay only $49 per year. When you sign up through me it will also give me the ability to analyze your rounds, therefore helping me identify the areas of your game that need to be improved.
Contact me today to sign up for this great service that will help us improve your game in 2014!
Monday marked a milestone thus far in my teaching career when I was awarded the 2014 Kentucky Section PGA Teacher of the Year during our Spring Member Conference at Embassy Suites in Lexington.
I am humbled by this recognition and I want to wish a thank you to you, my students as well as my PGA peers who nominated me.
My time at Man O’ War Golf was very valuable to me because it was there that I was able to begin my career and learn from three different winners of this award.
When I joined Larry Ward to start the High Performance Golf Academy, my ability to learn was accelerated, not just from working with Larry (a 2-time winner of the award), but by having the time to reach out to other instructors and organizations on a national scale to learn from the best in our business.
To all of them I owe huge thanks because this award is simply a reflection of the knowledge I’ve gained from them.
But none of this would have ever been possible if it weren’t for you. I am extremely lucky to work with so many talented and hardworking students.
The profession of teaching golf is an ongoing learning experience. Every day I learn from my students and other instructors on how to be the best I can be.
The last 8 years have been great, but I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish together in 2014 and beyond! So please contact me today and let’s make your golfing future a bright one!
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With 2014 here, the time is now to get to work on your golf game. I know the extremely cold weather was a bummer, but at the High Performance Golf Academy we didn’t miss a beat! With weather no longer an excuse, what is holding you back from achieving your golf dreams?
Combining almost 10 years of teaching experience with the very best in teaching technology, I believe that I have all the tools needed to help you play your best golf.
One technology that I firmly believe in is K-Vest. You’ve seen what I’ve written about it before, but this time I have a series of videos that I wish to begin sharing with you today to help explain the benefits of this powerful game improvement tool.
K-Vest sessions begin at only $40 for 30 minutes and custom packages can be created upon request for multiple sessions.
Contact me today and let me help you achieve your golf goals for 2014!!
For those of you practicing your golf game at all this winter, you’re going to be rewarded in the spring when you’re able to start shooting better scores earlier than usual.
As I observe many players this time of year, I notice one glaring omission from their practice routines: short game.
When it’s cold, wet, snowy, you name it I can understand why nobody is jumping to get out in the elements to hit up the short game area or putting green. And to be honest, I would think you may have a problem if you did!
But I believe there are some great ways to incorporate short game into a normal practice schedule that may involve staying indoors.
Putting is easy to practice any time because all you need is a surface worthy of rolling a golf ball. Even if you don’t have a surface to use, you can always purchase effective and inexpensive putting mats to make up for it.
Working on chip and pitch shots however tend to be forgotten this time of year. Spending a portion of every practice sessions hitting these shorter (touch) shots can go a long way in helping you maintain your feel for these shots in the spring.
If most of your practice this time of year is indoors hitting into a net, it is important that you focus on the right things when hitting shorter shots.
I like using a pitching wedge or sand wedge and grooving a small to medium size swing. Focus on good fundamentals such as grip, posture, and balance. Then focus on making solid contact in the center of the clubface. You obviously can’t see how far the ball goes, but by using a comfortable size of swing, you start to develop a stock shot.
When the weather improves, get out to the short game area to test your stock shot and see what kind of result you get. You can then alter your stock shot by changing your club selection or swing size to get different results for different short game situations.
Much time is spent in our academy this time of year working with our students to develop these shots. In addition to hitting in a net, we can open the doors of our facility and see what your stock shot is doing now!
That kind of focused practice will help you make the most of your time this winter and have your game feeling sharp in the spring.
Contact me today to schedule a time to come in and learn some great ways to practice this winter!