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!
(Using video feedback during a lesson)
In my most recent weekly newsletter I address the importance of adequate feedback when you are practicing your golf game. Recently you've seen me write about K-Vest and how valuable of a tool it can be.
On Thursday December 19th at 6 pm I'm conducting a FREE live demo of K-Vest. Anyone is invited to attend, you just need to RSVP with me to reserve a spot. More details are below.
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Practicing your golf game this time of year has many challenges. The weather is clearly the biggest challenge because the amount of time you get to spend on the course or even the driving range is extremely limited. This reduces your opportunities to watch your ball flight which is the most common form of feedback when you practice.
Feedback can come in many forms, not just from watching where your ball goes. Besides, if the majority of your practice time is spent hitting into a net indoors, you’re left with no feedback.
To make practice effective, regardless of the time of year, you need to have adequate feedback. Too many times we rely on feel and what the ball does to determine if we’re doing the right thing or not.
Incorporate some tools you likely already have at your disposal to make sure you’re getting the correct feedback when you practice.
A mirror is probably my favorite tool when being forced to practice indoors. Subtle changes in your posture at address can happen so easily resulting in dramatic changes to your swing. By simply spending 5 minutes in front of a mirror before you start each practice session can guarantee that your posture is fundamentally sound before you start swinging.
Video can be another great tool to help you make practice effective. With the use of smartphones and apps that are designed for swing analysis, videoing your swing is as easy as ever. The only problem is that you need to know what you’re looking for before you start picking yourself apart on video. If you enjoy using video on your own, it would be a good idea to set a time with me so that I can guide you in some best practices for video, but also make sure that you’re effectively using your time to analyze important aspects in your swing.
Another great form of feedback when hitting balls indoors is to check where the ball is hitting the clubface. Winter months are a great time to learn to hit the ball more consistently in the center of the clubface. Applying tools to the club face like impact tape, a dry erase marker, or Dr. Scholl’s foot powder are great ways to visually see if the ball is indeed hitting the center of the club.
FREE K-Vest Demonstration!
The ultimate form of feedback comes in the form of biofeedback from one of the best tools I’ve ever seen. K-Vest uses 3D motion technology to analyze the movement of your body during the swing. You can then switch to training mode and train any elements during the swing that are deficient.
Join me on Thursday December 19th at 6 pm in the High Performance Golf Academy at Keene Run Golf Club for a free live demonstration on how K-Vest works.
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving last week! My weekly newsletter is back from a brief hiatus for the holiday and is loaded with some great info you'll want to know. I've copied a portion of it below but make sure you go to www.tyrusyork.com and subscribe.
It is with great excitement to announce that I am now K-Vest Level 2 Certified! This makes me the only Level 2 K-Vest instructor in the state of Kentucky!
Having used K-Vest for almost a year now, I can tell you that this may be one of the best tools on the market to help golfers of any level or physical ability get the most from their golf swing.
Using 3D motion technology, K-Vest measures the efficiency of your golf swing. An efficient golf swing means that you will be able to produce distance and consistency with your swing as well as avoid injuries that can occur when swinging outside of your physical ability.
In level 1, I was introduced to K-Vest and instructed on how the system works. I was also given the ability to record swings and analyze the areas that my students needed to improve in order to achieve an efficient golf swing.
Level 2 has given me the ability to not only diagnose issues more thoroughly, but has given me specific exercises using K-Vest to improve the weak areas of the swing.
I’ve had the opportunity to begin applying what I’ve learned in Level 2 to my own swing and a few select students and must say that I am very excited at what my newfound knowledge will mean for all of my students!
To sign up for a K-Vest evaluation, simply click here to login to my online lesson book. When selecting the lesson type, you will find the 30 minute K-Vest Evaluation for $40.
Also know that I will use K-vest as I see fit, or at the student’s request, throughout the course of any lesson.
K-Vest has changed the way I can think about improving my students and I am very excited to share this wonderful tool with you, so please contact me today and let’s get your golf swing performing better than ever!
Holiday Special: Purchase a Gift Certificate for a lesson, get a $25 credit
There is no better gift you can give to a golfer or future golfer than the gift of golf instruction. We all know how hard this game is, so for this Christmas get the golfer in your family or friends a gift certificate for a lesson with me at the High Performance Golf Academy.
Whenever you purchase a gift certificate for a 45 minute lesson with me you will receive a $25 credit to use yourself! You can use the credit for another gift certificate, or simply apply it to your next lesson. Contact me to purchase a gift certificate or if you have any questions.