Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shoes Make All the Difference

In the movie Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan was very adamant about making sure his soldiers had good socks as part of their equipment. Similarly, in golf it's really important to have shoes that fit well.

After a seminar with Titleist Performance, my eyes were opened to the difference between shoes that promoted comfort and shoes that promoted stability. Interestingly enough, many top players are experimenting with shoes, as they are the only equipment that can provide that well-needed balance to stabilize the swing from the bottom up. When I look at a golf swing and see someone who has balance or stability issues, I next check out the shoes. Most have gone for comfort, so I recommend the next pair a person looks at is one that is comfortable but perhaps more stable.

At the seminar, we took out the insides of the shoe and if we could bend them down to where the heel touched the toe, that was built more for comfort. Some bent a little (mid stability) and the older classics with the steel plate didn't bend at all. Find a shoe that fits you well but is also providing you with stability... it could make a big difference in your swing!

I like Ecco and Footjoy (Dry Joys with and without Boa Lacing) for me and although I still wear 3 pairs of older (and unfortunately out-of-production) FJ Classics, the Icons for men and DryJoys for ladies are some of the more stable FootJoy shoes. LoPros are very soft and comfortable and are less stable. See what works best for your golf game and make your feet happy too!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Damage Control

The hot topic phrase of the day today is Damage Control.

I've been discussing this idea with students as part of their game to help lower their scores. Golf is about putting the ball into the hole in the fewest strokes. Often times we get so caught up in the emotional 'how we executed the shot' that I think we forget the ultimate goal of putting it in the hole. Sure, it's more fun when we also move the ball well with that perfect sound or feel, but not required to be a great golfer :)

So I encourage students to work on their damage control of their shot and their score. Play to minimize mistakes (they will happen) and play to minimize poor misses. Damage control means playable misses and sometimes scraping for your low score. You can save several shots just by analyzing the best and worst miss potentials and then planning for the best miss, just in case the ideal shot doesn't occur. See how damage control can fit into your game plan!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Now is the Time for Golf

Looking forward to the spring season in full gear... it's just about here!! That means The Master's, green grass, beautiful flowers, warmer golf days, pollen and a fresh start to the game for some.

For those people who are looking forward to getting started in the game, this is the perfect time! You can learn through a private lesson series or a group program that goes over not just the skills but also the nuances of the game--how to walk with your clubs the cool way, where to park the cart, how to drive a cart, what kind of equipment is needed, etc.

During lessons, students can use loaner equipment and even take a training manual home full of nice photos and great reminders. There are also fun ways that are less traditional to enjoy starting to play on the course, including the Par Strokes scoring format for new golfers, playing from much shorter tees like the US Family Tees at Deer Creek and more. Have fun learning this wonderful game of golf!

Many of the golf professionals on the island began golfing as juniors and are chock-full of tips and shortcuts that can help you get started and enjoy being outside playing golf right now!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Helpful Websites

I always love picking up new ideas from seminars and workshops and wanted to share a few that I'm using that can also be beneficial to you!

Visit to see what has immensely helped my green reading since July.

Also check out Just signed up and will be using this a lot--very cool tool to help a golfer see exactly where the game improvements are.

I look forward to your comments. Have fun!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Golfing Weather

The warmer weather has been peeking out and we've enjoyed some perfect golf days mixed in with some sneaky cold days. 

As a suggestion to be better prepared for the weather, I recommend flipping on to or the Weather Channel on tv to see not only what the temps will be but the windchill.  The Weather Channel is the first channel on for me in the morning and seeing it 68 degrees with a 10-20mph north wind has me bringing my jacket and sweater with me to work. 

If you are online, you can go to and type in 31411 and then go to hourly.  They have a detailed report of upcoming weather temps or windchill (or heat index) and precipitation percentage in the detail tab. 

Feel free to stop by the shop sometime when I'm in the office and I'll be happy to show you how to see this so you can be totally prepared for the weather and not be surprised by the windchill!