Monday, March 26, 2012

After-School Golf Update

Junior golf is off to a good start in 2012! 

Our after-school Wednesday program has nearly 25 juniors and our after-school Thursday program has 16.  Juniors are having fun developing their skills and fitness with lots of fun games like swing and smash a water balloon (teaches speed, contact precision and how to stay cool on a hot day!). 

Spaces are open for the popular upcoming Easter Camp for ages 3-12. Click here for more information and sign up today by calling Nicole Weller at 695-5211!


Friday, March 16, 2012

The Art of Practice

Believe it or not, there is an art to great practice! 

Learning a skill is very different than being able to use it in a playing situation, especially under pressure. The Supervised Practice Sessions with Paul Kruger and myself and my Practice with a Purpose Sessions are designed to provide transfer practice games that allow a student to practice in situations that create more pressure and are more like actual playing conditions (various clubs, targets, challenges, etc). 

Research shows that golfers who repetitively practice a basic skill in pristine conditions do better in practice but worse in actual play than players who practice randomly and in transfer. Those players do worse in practice but better on the course). Clearly, transfer practice is the way to go, plus it's FUN!!! 

Set up a practice group with your friends today and contact me to arrange a time that works for you and your group! Check out the photos below from past practice sessions. Doesn't it look fun?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Teach 'N' Towel

Working with the Teach 'N' Towel is a staple part of new golfer lessons for me.

The colors, easy-to-use footprints for stance width, ball placement, alignment, pre-shot routine make it a great teaching tool. And, best of all, the student has a towel to use as needed! 

We sell them at the Deer Creek Golf Shop, where they come with a user guide. Here are some photos of a student learning how to step into a shot, place her feet and learn the image so she can later transition to doing that on her own. 

Practice with feedback!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Oakridge Health Fair Recap

I had such a fun time at the Oakridge Fitness and Wellness Center's Health and Wellness Fair on March 10.

Myself, Mike McNutt and Ty Weller were there encouraging members of all ages to try their hand at putting. SNAG Putting, or Puttle, were both in full swing (pun intended!).

It was a great way to get active and be a part of the fitness movement.

Friday, March 9, 2012

After School Junior Golf

Despite the extra support from our practice area sand gnats, the Wednesday After School Junior Golf Program was in full swing, working on chipping, full swing and golf fitness. 

Games like SNAG chipping, SNAG launching, SNAG Snapper, Hula Hoop Match, Chipping Tunnel, Tic Tac Chip and the Tower of Power are some of my favorites for this program. Students are also learning to honor the game (whichever sport they play) by respecting ROOTS (rules, opponents, officials, teammates and self).  

Building life skills through golf!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Do You Want To Have Dinner With A Golf Pro?

If you're looking for a fun dinner, consider Dinner with the Pros! 

2-4 members can enjoy dinner with me or 6-8 members can enjoy dinner with myself and a second Landings Club Golf Professional with no charge other than what food and drink are ordered on the member's account. Chat with the pros, ask questions, learn some fun trivia and just enjoy an engaging evening! 

Dinner with the Pro is held monthly on a Friday at 5:30pm at Deer Creek unless otherwise specified. Sold out events shared dinner with Nicole Weller & Ty Weller in January and Nicole Weller & Brian Sams in February. 

Don't worry, there are still seats available for the March 23 dinner with myself and Tad Sanders and the April 27 dinner with myself and Mike McNutt.

Sign up at the Deer Creek Golf Shop or contact me at 695-5211 or

Friday, March 2, 2012

After School Golf Photos

The Thursday After-School Junior Golf Program is in full swing! 

Throughout the program we'll work on skill development, challenge games, golf fitness, motion coordination and much more! With juniors ages 4-9 working on learning and developing their games with Coach Ty, Coach Jim and Coach Nicole, we always have a good time!

Check out these adorable photos below. How could you not love the After School Golf Program?