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Dec 4, 2015

How to Approach Your Short Game



James has coached over 50 PGA & LPGA Tour players, Golf Digest top 50 instructor,Golf Magazine top 100 instructor. He operates the Shadow Ridge Golf Academy in Omaha, Nebraska.




  • Biggest flaw James sees (6:40): People get on the course and start thinking about their mechanics while they are trying to play.

    • Don’t tinker while you’re on the course. Just play.

  • Plateau Levels (8:00): Players should shoot for different plateau levels based on their skill. Using a 70 yard shot as an example:

    • If you’re a lower handicapped player, your plateau might be a 2 yard circle around the cup so you can make birdie.

    • If you’re a higher handicapper, your plateau might be within 10 yards so you can get down in two and avoid bogeys.

    • Realizing the standard that your short game needs to be at to achieve those plateaus is a BIG step in the improvement process.

  • Get down in 3 vs down in 5 and awareness (9:20): 

    • First step is to create an awareness technically to compress the ball and hit the ball first so you’re not hitting in the bunker, etc.

    • A second problem is that players don’t typically train or practice at all for that type of shot (a five par or short 4 par)-they skip right over it.

    • Set up cones and work on hitting to a specific distance to help with this shot.

  • If you’re a mid to high handicapper (11):

    • You need to train, get your driver in play off the tee, get your wedges around the green, your light putter, and your distance wedges proficient to the point where you’re not wasting strokes.

    • If you can do those simple things, drive is decently, light putt, chip reasonably close to the hole, hit your wedges on the green, you’ll be shocked at how easy it would be to break 90 for example.

  • Wedges around the green (12:30):

    • Biggest area of trouble that James’ students have.

    • Training techniques:

      • set up is critical: what’s optimal for 10 yards is horrible from 200 and vice versa.

      • You need to get a clear picture in your head of what you’re going to do, get in the right set up, and follow the correct sequence.

  • Chipping trajectories (16:30):

    • Once you’re hitting the ball consistently, there’s still skill involved.

    • You need to know what to hit what shot when, you need to pick the right trajectory, what club to play when, match your energy of the swing with the effect of loft-it all demands a certain demand of practice.

    • Training: take any club you would use around the green

      • Lob wedge: Hit your normal trajectory shot, a higher than normal shot, and a lower than normal.

      • Let’s take the same three trajectories with a 9-iron: normal, lower than normal, and higher than normal

      • You need to realize, in order to a hit a higher than normal shot, you lean the shaft less, you open the face more, the ball position would slide up, those elements create more effective loft and more effective bounce so when the club does hit the ground, it doesn’t stick.

  • Important putting skills (20:30)

    • Quiet your eye prior to your stroke-it has dramatic effect on your brain and your ability to focus and be calm.

    • Skills in putting:

      • How to assess yourself-see if you’re falling short in a certain area

      • Develop a plan of attack

  • Post Round Analysis (22)

    • Realize if you’re falling short in one area, find out what you’re going to do about it

    • Come back when you mess up to find out what you’re going to do about it; don’t just realize the mistake, do something about it, otherwise you’ll hit the same shot

  • Rapid Fire Round (23)

    • Favorite go-to drill

      • Right arm only finesse swings-take your lead arm off and swing with your trail arm only.

    • What’s the most fundamental part of the short-game?

      • Rhythm- the key issue as far as distance control. Keep everything together

    • What book would you recommend to a golfer?

    • If you had only 24 hours to help your student prepare for that big important tournament, what are you going to spend that time working on?

      • Get them to be well rested-always number one. Be well-hydrated and do some visualization -see themselves walk up to the tee calm and confident.




Nov 27, 2015

Setting Goals the Right Way

Episode Highlights


Goal setting can be broken into two components - Long range goals and  short range or round specific goals


Long Range Goals:


These should be as specific as possible and shared with friends and family to help create some accountability on your part..


  • Build in a statistical component so you know you’re on track while you’re progressing.

Example: 50% of greens in regulation (be realistic though, pros on hit 70% of greens)


  • Define the process that will get you to that goal

Example: Scheduled practices on focused areas of your game

See Peter Malnati's fantastic example here


Short Range Goals:


Going into each round you should avoid thinking about a specific number and instead be looking to set smaller easier to achieve goals that will add up to that number


Set percentages of fairways hit, GIR, and up & downs you want to accomplish throughout the round. Focusing on these smaller tasks takes your mind off of the bigger target and lets you achieve on a more consistent basis.


PRO TIP - Don’t be afraid to blackout par on your scorecard with a marker. This will help keep you focused on each shot rather the result of the hole.

Nov 20, 2015

How to Build Rhythm in Your Golf Swing

Episode Highlights

The reason I wanted to talk about building rhythm in your golf swing is the fact that rhythm should be the only thing in your head as you're getting ready to make your shot. There are some fairly obvious pros to having a good rhythm like:

  • A good rhythm will help eliminate tension

  • A good rhythm builds consistency

  • A good rhythm will help build confidence

How we can build good rhythm

Before we can eliminate tension we need to know exactly how much we have in our swing. For this reason we’re going to do the tension drill. Take your setup position (no ball) and slowly start flexing every muscle in your body. That’s a 10 on the tension scale.

Then go the other direction. Get so loose you can barely stand up. That’s a 0 on the tension scale.

Go back and forth two or three times then try to hit your shot from a 2 or 3 on that tensions scale. You will immediately start to feel more smooth throughout your golf swing.  Here's Iain himself with an example:


If you’re nice and loose through your big muscles but are still holding on too tightly to the club try taking (very) small swings with just the last three fingers of your left hand on the club (for righties). This will show you what it should feel like to effortlessly release the club through impact.

Learn to develop your own rhythm by humming while your swing. If you can keep the pitch of the hum consistent throughout (with a little spike at impact) you will find you rhythm in no time!

The last little tip I have is to keep your mouth open while you swing. People tend to bite down when they hit AT the ball rather than smoothly swinging through it. So by keeping your mouth slightly open you can give yourself that extra little edge.

Links mentioned in the show

Dr. Rob Bell's Episode

Geoff Greig's Episode

Geoff’s Webinar

Nov 14, 2015

Last week we looked at the four fundamental principals to making your pre shot routine solid and reliable. This week Will Robins, a PGA instructor based in California shares some excellent ideas on how to actually improve your game by changing how you practice

Episode Highlights

It’s important not to focus on the bad parts of a round. If you doubled 16 and shot 73 your instinct would be to dwell on that one thing that held you back. Well flip the script - If you doubled the first hole but managed to shoot 73 you would be riding a wave of confidence about your comeback. So make sure your analysis is objective.

How to analyze (statistically): Did you give yourself 18 opportunities to score? After that did you give yourself 18 opportunities to get down in two?

Why GIR isn’t always helpful as you think: If the best player in the world can only hit a green in regulation 70% of the time from 180 yards (with a 7 iron and you’re using a hybrid) why are you tracking a stat that you can’t be great at. - You’ve got to track the stats that will help improve your score

How to analyze (mentally): Measure your tipping points. Did you stick to routine & process on a tough up and down? Did you get frustrated with a result and let it cloud your next shot too? This is how you remain objective with your mental analysis.

Who were you being when you made the error:

· Were you fully committed to it? – Well then you just hit a bad shot. Leave it behind and focus on the next one.

· No I wasn’t committed – Well, then why would you be mad? You weren’t committed to it!

Most people play golf with a lot of tension, fear, trying not to miss, and thinking a lot. If you do anything like that you’re not going to be overly successful, so why would golf be any different?

Practice makes what? Perfect PERMANENT. What you do more of you get better at. So if you go to the driving range and pound 50 balls and have 15 different swing thoughts, never doing the same thing twice – you’re getting better at thinking a lot. This makes it incredibly difficult to replicate swing with any consistency on the course because you have been training to think a lot, not be target focused.

What would happen to a marathon runner who had trained for four years to be in the Olympics then gets a last minute letter saying he’ in the 110 meter high hurdles? They would be a train wreck! That’s essentially what you’re asking your body to do with that type of driving range practice.

Write down on a piece of paper what you’d like to do on the golf course. What’s on your list?

· Commit to your shots?

· Trust your swing?

· Stick with decisions?

Alright, start doing that on the golf course. It’s all about what you practice. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day have all spent time practicing confidence and commitment. That’s why they don’t get tripped up over these things as much as most amateurs.

There are two types of practice – drills and performance.

· Drills are where you learn the skill and do the repetitive practice.

· Performance practice is testing yourself. Give yourself a target and see how many times out of 10 you can hit it. Write down the result. Tomorrow when you practice again go through your drills again and give yourself that performance test. You should see incremental gains each time.

This is how you build emotional muscle and become a reactional golfer!

The Nutter Game: Play your worst golf ever, but do it on purpose. This is probably one of the most counterintuitive things you’ve ever heard. Just give Will a chance and give it a try though. He explains it best and the explanation starts right at the 26 minute mark.

Links mentioned in the show:

Oct 30, 2015

4 steps to a solid pre shot routine

Last week we covered how you can get more confident when putting and part of that was the pre shot routine. Today we are going to take a deeper dive and look at 4 steps you can take to develop your own solid pre shot routine.


Physical Portion

This is the part that most people are familiar with. Actually getting comfortable over the ball. This is important and should be done the same way every time, because if you don’t have consistent preparation you can’t have consistent execution.


Mental Portion


Decision Making

The first and most important part is to make a plan and STICK TO IT! You’ve got to remember that if you waffle in your decision making you send mixed signals to your body. That creates inconsistency as to which signal should be followed.


Visualize Your Plan

It doesn’t have to be a truly visual process, you just have to know what you want it to do. An easy ways to teach yourself the process is to think about how you read breaking putts. This is exactly how you would visualize a regular shot too.


Staying Focused

Whatever your key thought is going into the swing it’s important to stay focused on that. Some common things I have focused on in the past are balance & rhythm.


Don’t Linger

if you stay over your shot too long you start adding risk & anxiety (or sometimes fear) to the mix. I always try look back to a time when I really performed this type of shot well. It keeps me positive & confident through the execution.

Oct 7, 2015

Putting with Confidence

Do you have a hard time making the important putts or do you tend to psyche yourself out before you even address the ball?  Try some of these practice drills and exercises to help you make your flat stick one of the strongest parts of your game.


For this week's episode I'm sharing with you the best strategies I've learned to help increase your confidence and ability to perform under pressure.  This really comes from the fact that I've seen these few drills/exercises make HUGE strides for my students.  It's something that I do myself all the time so I can sometimes forget how big of an impact this has on my game, but seeing the success my students have had by adapting these tips has definitely reinforced it's importance.

Oct 2, 2015

Rick is a Member of the PGA, Doctor of Applied Sports Psychology, author of Golf, The Ultimate Mind Game, Instructional Editor of Golf Tips Magazine and he stops by to share some of his keys to think your way around the course in the most efficient way possible.

Episode Highlights​

Pressure means different things for different people.  So don't get psyched out when you see someone drain a put for a million bucks on TV when you still struggle to make consecutive pars.

Awareness is a key component to learning the mental game. If you’re aware of your thoughts and how you’re reacting in specific situations that’s half the battle.

Be fair to yourself. If you hit a great shot, let yourself celebrate! Even if it’s just internally, take a second to give yourself props. You know that you will beat yourself up over every bad shot so let’s make sure we’re as balanced as possible.

Focus on what’s in your control, then think about cause and effect. It’s not always the mental game, sometimes it’s a bad swing!

If you can free yourself and just react to a target you can get some fantastic results – Try looking at the hole while you’re putting (just like Jordan Spieth).

Links and resources discussed in the show​


Rick's Books - Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game​

Rick's book for a golf - Mindset by Carol Dweck​

Sep 25, 2015

Penny Pulz, LPGA Champion & Focus Expert

Penny shares her extensive knowledge as a two time LPGA winner and former LPGA top 10 golfer in the world. Now Penny uses her specific focusing techniques to help everyone from athletes to people in the business world


Highlights from the interview


Penny’s Roy McAvoy moment came at the age of 20 playing for her country during the Tasman Cup. Penny let fear drive her to a nasty case of the shanks around the greens.

Lesson learned: You have to stay present and not allow what just happened to influence what’s about to happen.


Elite players have systems in place to deal with every type of situation. This is what allows them to perform with consistency. You don’t have to “think” you just follow your mental system.


Penny has a free download outlining her 10 steps for smart decision making under the gun. You can get her free download here:


For those of you who may be struggling with the visualization portion of your mental game Penny has this quick tip.

"Strategize the action you’re about to take and then walk yourself through it."
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Penny’s go to practice drill: Slow, medium, fast, super fast swings to find you most natural tempo.


Penny’s book recomendation: Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book


Links and resources mentioned in the show

Sep 18, 2015

Using brain monitoring to rapidly implement change in your swing.

There’s two important things to know about your golf game if you want to get better: what to improve and how to improve it.

While working with Wujitech Geoff has developed a proven system for consistent, successful adaptation of change. This system can be boiled down to three basic concepts: learn, train, then perform.

  • Learning is like studying - it’s about creating the right picture in your mind

  • Training is like taking quizzes - it’s about transferring that picture from your mind to a feeling in your body.

  • Performing is like taking a test - it’s about letting go of the focus on the feeling and just trusting the action.

The biggest hurdle people run into in the performance stage is that they learn by thinking of things so that’s how they assume they should perform. Thinking is great for learning but we want free, fluid, consistent results during our performance.

Thinking of positions in the swing is like looking at snapshots, you need to transition from focusing on pieces to focusing on a movement and then taking that movement to the target.

The opposite fix is a great way work your changes. EX: If you want to fix a slice, learn to hit a hook. Learning how to do the extreme opposite of your problem makes it much easier to find that middle ground and execute.

Sep 11, 2015

Roy MacAvoy Moment: In his senior year of highschool Sammy was coming into 18 at -4. After sticking his approach to about 7 feet frustration and a loss of focus caused a 5 PUTT!


Lesson Learned: Acceptance - You’re not going to make every birdie putt you look at but if you’re not careful you could compound the problem.


Interview Highlights

  • It’s important to be aware of how you react to your shots. Some people are so negative that even when they hit a good shot they’re not happy about it.

  • Don’t dwell on what you’re doing wrong. If the list of what you’re doing right is longer, make sure you recognize that. (ex: Are you being too hard on yourself???)

  • The importance of thought patterns. It’s easy to beat yourself over every little thing you do wrong, how often are you celebrating and drawing confidence from the good things that happen? It’s probably not an equal proportion. Did you make a birdie? - Celebrate! Take your buddy for $10? - Take that moment and allow yourself to draw confidence from it. Journaling is a great way to figure this out.

  • Preparation is a big problem for amateurs. Ask yourself: Were you honestly prepared for the circumstances you just experienced?

  • Start by hitting the shots you want on the range. Then hit them on the course (NOT FOR SCORE). Then hit them for a score. Then hit them for a score that matters. Build up your confidence one layer at a time and you’ll have a sturdy foundation.

  • If cost or time is a problem, hit up the course during the twilight hours. You can get your specific on course practice in, and a lot of times for a cheaper cost than the driving range!

  • One look go drill: Set balls up in lines of 10 about 1 ball apart. You’re trying to keep your body reacting on the fly. Only give yourself a split second to reset and just let your body react.

  • Rhythm/tempo/creativity are the most fundamental parts of the game for Sammy.

  • Golf is not a game of perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella

  • In the last 24 hours Sammy is going to focus on his skill shots (stingers, flop shots, all the hard ones) and putting.

  • Set short, mid, and long range goals. Make sure you can knock some out now


Find more from Sammy here:

Sammy Hanson on Facebook

(281) 608-6366 (Cell)

Sep 1, 2015


Roy McAvoy Moment:

From 2 up with 2 to play in a Ryder Cup format Jeff let his thoughts drift towards the negative end of the spectrum and it cost him a draw in his match.

Lesson learned: Focus on hitting the good shot rather than avoiding the negative.


“Done is better than perfect”


Where should we start looking to make improvements in our physical abilities?

Start by looking for limitations within your swing.  Things like low flexibility in your back not allowing full rotation, or restriction in your hips that don’t let you get through the ball.  If you can eliminate these (or improve them as much as possible) then it frees you up mentally knowing that you can make a good swing.  (Then you don’t have to think and be so technical!)


How can we recover from our range time & workouts?

Swing backwards!  If you start working the body in the opposite direction it helps you develop the proper neural pathways and motor skills to then swing the correct direction.  Start with 20 swings focused on BASIC tempo & weight shifting.

Advanced:  Try it with an aiming stick and try to get that same whistle backwards as forwards.

Hydration/nutrition rules:

  • Take a pinch of sea salt to add to your water for better hydration and mineral replenitionment.

  • Last resort - dilute some Gatorade with water.

  • Proteins & fats - YES!!! (beef jerky, protein shake)

  • Carbs sugars - NO!!! (hotdogs & burgers at the turn)

  • If you’re starting to get hungry or thirsty you’ve waited too long.


A solid base and functional structure lead to the biggest gains:

Lots of times this is as easy as focusing on posture or learning how to do squats or lunges properly.  Also, don’t skip leg day!


Jeff’s favorite exercise: A deadlift -

Sites and Resources Mentioned in the Show:


Aug 24, 2015

Are you a golfer who struggles with consistency or getting/staying "in the zone"?  Steven Yellin has spent 30 years creating a systematic process to help all athletes achieve the flow state we desire.  Take a listen and maybe you can pick up some things that will help you get there quicker and stay there longer!

Consistency through brain science


Steven teaches at the David Leadbetter Academy at ChampionsGate in Orlando Florida and has a book called The Fluid Motion Factor. It really dives into the brain science and the motion behind that. It’s almost like the building blocks to the “in-the-zone performance.” Steven has dealt with 13 different sports including seven different professional teams.


  • Something happens in the mind that let’s the muscles be free and move the way how they know how to move.

  • What triggers this “experience” is that the mind starts to become very quiet.

  • Because every shot counts in golf, it creates a lot more drama and gets the hard-drive spinning in the brain because you know there’s not a second chance.

  • By asking a player to do something very specific, it instantly accesses this part of the mind that let’s something in the mind be free-this state is called the fluid motion factor.

  • The fluid motion factor is a neurological process in the mind.

  • What is setting one and how to create wholeness right before you pull the trigger.

  • Recognize if you feel the same way or not when you hit the ball without a target versus with a target.

  • Steven’s book recommendation: The 7 Secrets of World Class Athletes.

  • Once you develop muscle memory, it’s there; you don’t have to worry about it. You don’t have to reinvent everything when you play.

  • Just know that you’ve hit enough good shots in your career that the shots are there, you just have to start simplifying.


Aug 13, 2015


Dr. Rob Bell was the assistant professor of sports psychology at Ball State. He has caddied on the PGA tour, so he obviously provides some expert insight that we haven’t had yet on the podcast. He is also a mental game coach; a mental toughness guy who works with PGA tours and PGA tour winners. Dr. Rob Bell actually worked with the 2013 USTA National Champion, which is the United States Tennis Association. This tenner player was the first unranked player to actually win a national championship. Dr. Rob has also even worked with the University of Notre Dame. He has three books out on Amazon right now: The Hinge; Mental Toughness; and No Fear. He’s currently working on a book coming out this fall called Don’t Should on your Kid.


  • How and why you should respond and not react in all aspects of life.

  • Dr. Rob’s favorite quotes: Be an athlete-don’t get all caught up

    • Confidence is king, and focus is queen

  • How Dr. Rob puts his clients under pressure at the beginning to see what type of person they are and how they play and what kind of mental toughness they have.

    • Learn what your demon is.

  • One of his favorite drills is to have clients start with making 100 3-footers in a row.

  • The difference between those that are successful and amateurs isn’t that they don’t mess up; it’s that they don’t let it bother them. They believe they’ll get that shot back.

  • It’s not about the setback, it’s about the comeback.

  • Choke in practice so you can familiarize yourself with the feeling so you don’t do it in actual play.

  • Get comfortable with what makes you uncomfortable

  • Dr. Rob’s book recommendation: Putting out of your Mind.

Aug 7, 2015

Part 2 with Shawn Stevenson

  • How to prepare nutritionally for a tournament so we have the ability to focus

    • Don’t just be ready, stay ready. If you wait until the last moment to get things right you can’t be ready at any time.

  • During a Physician's study, people were given a task, and then they were sleep deprived for just 24 hours. It took them 14x longer to complete that same task after being sleep deprived. You also just aren’t as smart.

  • Are there different foods to help brain performance? Foods to learn towards?

    • Carbs are energy, but are they efficient? They are very fast processing, so you’ll have to eat more often every day.  Therefore, not the best choice.

      Fat is a much denser source of energy and is more sustainable. (Winner Winner!)

    • All in all, lower your carb intake, increase your dietary fats. You won’t get fat from eating it.

  • The most important thing is to understand that you’re unique. Figure out what your goals are and find the right things that work for you.

  • About ⅓ to ½ of your plate should be non-starchy vegetables.

  • Health book recommendation: The Calorie Myth




The Calorie Myth:

Aug 1, 2015

This week we are featuring Amazon best selling author, Ted talker, and all around awesome guy Shawn Stevenson.  He shares his story about how a severe health issue lead him to be one of the leaders in the nutrition/fitness/health industries and how we can prepare ourselves for optimal performance by eating and sleeping right.

You should try to sleep like you're getting paid for it



Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast in the world on iTunes. With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. To learn more about Shawn, visit


  • Shawn put a plan together to help with healing and vitality to live a healthier life:

    • Right nutrition

    • Movement (your body requires movement to heal itself; don’t sit still).

    • HIgh quality sleep (most changes happen while you’re asleep). Shawn lost 30 pounds over six weeks by going to bed earlier and waking up earlier.

  • Don’t let the nocebo effect rule your life. Get out of your own way and your body can do a lot to heal itself.

  • Always be honest with yourself about your ability. - A point I’ve been covering quite a bit lately :-)



The Calorie Myth:

Jul 24, 2015
    Do you need some straight talk about your mental game?  Well, Liam is here to bring the truth about how you can program your mind to eliminate mental interference.

      The language of the subconscious mind is images and feelings

          • Make sure you have no doubt in your mind when you take your shot.

          • Programming is when you’re trying to transfer something from you conscious mind, to the subconscious mind-get a clear image of the shot.

          • Liam’s favorite quote/statement: “Stick to the process, and let the results take care of themselves.”

          • Think Well, Play Great emphasizes the learning aspect-lots of lesson summaries.

          • Lessons that are covered in the program: to lessen mental interference; have a positive and constructive focus; what is an emotional state and how to help get into that state where you can execute better; then focus on developing your player image.

          • Don’t place limitations on yourself or have negative self-talk.

          • Analyze, program, allow: pre shot routine that Liam swears by.

          • In a slump? Maybe it’s just a simple fix. Don’t make any big swing changes.

          • Get technique correct before adding speed.

          • Liam’s book recommendation: “Zen Golf.”

          • Don’t get overwhelmed with new information and tips. Select the things that best apply to your game, and master those fundamentals.

          • SPECIAL OFFER!! - The first 20 people to use coupon code “Marty” will get 20% off!!!!

      Jul 17, 2015

      If you're looking to sharpen the edge on the mental aspect of your golf game Debbie O'Connell is here to share her secrets and strategies to help you get out of your own way.  This episode is PACKED with great information so you might want to take notes!

      Every shot must have a purpose



      Debbie is quite the accomplished woman. She is a two-time top 50 Best Female Teacher in America from Golf Digest, as well as a two-time top 50 best LPGA teacher. She was the inaugural recipient of the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award. Debbie was the LPGA National Professional of the Year in 2002. Not only that, but she has a fantastic website called On top of all those achievements, she is also a motivational speaker and helps with corporate outings.


      • You don’t always have to make that “hero” swing.

      • It’s not a failure if you learn something.

      • Debbie’s favorite quote/mantra: “The Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backwards after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.”

      • That Debbie’s specialty is to help people get out of their own way.

      • The importance of getting your body in the best possible position and have your muscles prepared to swing.

      • How to get the right tension level by squeezing all of your muscles when you breathe in, then blow out and let the muscles go and relax.

      • Always be yourself, all the time.

      • If you’re in a slump, go right out to the course and hit those shots you have trouble with in a non competitive environment.

      • Debbie’s book recommendation: “Every Shot Must Have a Purpose”

      • If you stand like a superhero, your testosterone hormone goes up-your confidence goes up-if you stand like that for two-minutes a day, it will make a difference.



      Jul 10, 2015

      If you're looking for some unique ways to prep for an important round (like a tournament!) you're in luck!  Nick Duffy is here to share how he helps his junior golfers prepare to become elite.

      We can all learn from the experience of junior golfers


      Nick is a teacher out of the Core Golf Academy at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Florida and he previously taught at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy as well. He’s a PGA Class A member, a TPI level 2 certified, and a participant in two US Junior Championships.


      • Nick’s favorite quote/mantra: Try to make the best shot you can, instead of trying to steer it away from the trouble and hoping for it to turns out good. If the trouble is really that bad, just play it safe.

      • To always try to do situational practice; practice for what course you’re going to be playing on.

        • If you’re preparing for a tight course play the rough at your regular course as if it were unplayable trouble. Force yourself to pitch out if you land there so you can simulate that tournament course you have on your list.

      • To transition to a more elite level you have to continue to challenge yourself, even if you’re the best in your group.

      • Lots of tips on how to coach and train junior golfers and how to get them to focus.

        • Don’t think where anything is or if you picked the right club-just swing

      • Commit to what you’re doing way before it happens.

        • Make sure all decisions regarding the club selection and type of shot you’ll play are finalized before you address the ball.

      • Instead of being afraid to miss a shot, just hit the shot as best you can. If you miss, miss it because you’re trying to hit it well rather than just trying to get it around the green.

      • Nick’s method of breaking a slump is to address the problem directly and iron it out on the range.

      • The go to drill for Nick is simple 9 to 3 swings, or “power punches” as he calls them.

      • Nick’s parting piece of guidance: Always have a plan. Whether it’s practice or playing, have a specific goal for each activity so you know you get the most out of your time.


      Jul 3, 2015

      If you're tired of sifting through YouTube clips and magazine suggestions that offer advice that just doesn't stick then Rotary Swing just might be for you!  After a life threatening injury Chuck Quinton created a simple way to build a golf swing from the ground up, and now has one of the largest online golf membership sites in the world.

      Golf swings built from the foundation up



      Chuck has helped over 227,000 golfers. His an iPhone app is the highest rated golf instruction app in the iTunes store. Chuck has sold thousands of copies of his books on Amazon. He’s helped people from all different skill ability sets, from PGA tour, Nationwide Tour, Euro Tour, just about every tour that you could probably think of. Chuck is also the founder of


      • Everybody makes mistakes and it’s really about managing those mistakes in the smartest way possible.

      • Chuck’s favorite quote is really the mantra of Rotary Swing: Big body turn; tiny little arm swing

      • Sometimes zoning out (over the ball) can be the best thing for you and your game

      • Chuck’s lessons teach you how to move your body instead of telling you where to put your club-very fundamentally focused

      • When Chuck starts to talk about physics, people start to listen

        • It’s all about pulling through with your left hand.

      • There are no quick fixes, only temporary ones

      • If you’re in a slump, whether it’s mental or physical, there’s often a simple logical answer to it

      • Focus on getting the body to move correctly first

      • Chuck’s book recommendation: “Zen in the Art of Archery”

      • Chuck’s parting piece of guidance-stop chasing random tips


      Jun 26, 2015

      If you struggle with initiating your downswing then today's episode is just what the doctor ordered.  Josh Boggs is back to talk in detail about the importance of starting your downswing with a lateral hip movement.

      to start your downswing



      Josh went to New Mexico State for their PGM program. He is the head golf professional at Westchester Golf Course. He’s US Kids Golf and Seemore Putter Institute certified.


      • Josh does a monthly Q & A session:

      • How to achieve lateral hip slide-after you get to the top of your backswing, and you start to swing the club down, Josh is a big proponent of laterally moving your hip to your left (if right handed) and have weight forward on impact. Use an alignment stick.See episode 6 on his website for the full tutorial

      • After you’ve conquered the lateral hip motion, then you can start to add speed.

      • Be set up to the golf ball, bump your left hip out before taking a swing, then take a very small swing (a little less than a half swing)-the distance you hit it will surprise you!

      • It’s not just about the quick tip or a how to do a drill; it’s also about the “why”

      • When you shoot down-the-line vidoes, make sure it’s at the same height and angle every time

      • Consider getting the V1 app for some easy golf swing analysis



      Jun 19, 2015

      George is here to share his mentality on how to play your own game as well as some of his favorite drills and practice routines that he uses to get himself tournament ready.


      If you’ve ever seen any of his YouTube videos, George will literally hit a ball through a door with every club in his bag. He’s a PGA certified instructor out of St. Augustine, Florida and he shares a ton of competition practice drills and a great philosophy about playing your game.


      • There always has to be a certain belief in yourself.

      • George’s favorite quote: “Just do it.”-Nike’s slogan.

      • Try to find the positive in every situation to keep yourself to your own game.

      • Why and how George’s speciality is the short game.

      • George’s 50/60/70 Drill: You hit 50% of your fairways minimum, from that 50%, you have to hit at least 60% on the greens. On the ones that you don’t hit the green, you have to hit 70% of your up and downs.

      • The Clock Drill: what does the back swing do? It stores energy. The further back you take the club, the more natural acceleration you’ll achieve. Once you get a feel for taking the proper length of a back swing, you’ll hit the ball closer to the target every time.

      • That watching highlights of certain players can be a great education.

      • That the level of touch is one of the hardest things for golfers to grasp

      • Don’t always try to fix things for yourself

      • Go-to practice drill: circle of victory: Make 3 and 4 footers around the hole. Then go out 6 feet out, then 9 feet, and so on. It will help you learn the various speeds and reads of the green.

      • George’s book recommendation: Really any goal-oriented books but specifically:

      • George’s parting piece of guidance




      Jun 12, 2015

      I'm not sure I've ever seen a list of so many successful students.  A 9 year old shooting under par, a 12 year old shooting -5 (!!!), all the way up to students winning AJGA events and making the Junior World tournament.  Oh yeah, he's working with some pros on the asian tour and used to coach Vijay Singh too!  If you want to see proof check out hisfacebook page

      with a single minded focus


      David runs the Kaizen Golf Academy that has been around for about four years.  He has locations in Carson California as well as the Phillipines.  Did I mention he played with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson when he was growing up?


      • Different theories that David learned and embodied about swings

      • About Kaizen Golf Academy, and the specifics that David likes to teach there

      • Make sure to have your speeds down while putting

      • David’s favorite quote: 

        "Play enthusiastically" ~ David Heinen

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      • Why you are your own best caddy

      • Your swing is only 20% of what you’re going to shoot

      • David’s book recommendations: “Fearless Golf” & "Whole Brain Power"

      • David's 7 second drill that will eliminate your brain lock while over the ball.

      • David’s parting piece of guidance


      Jun 5, 2015

      Your short game is where 60% or more of your strokes come from on the golf course (and that's if you're really good).  So it goes without saying that this skill has to be in top form.  Brandon Stooksbury is back to teach us all how to build our short game in layers so we can take that aspect of our game and make it the strength it needs to be

      Building the foundation to your short game
      Building the foundation to your short game



      Brandon is back to talk about some research that he has done on the road to writing a brand new book that he’s got coming out called The Wedge Book: An Owner’s Manual for your Short Game. Brandon's always been good with his short game and he’s done a lot of research about it.  Now he’s put it all together in an organized process on how to build a very strong short game from the foundation up.



      • Why Brandon got into teaching about the short game
      • Practical steps in how to assess and execute shots of your short game
      • An exclusive sneak peek into Brandon’s book
      • What Brandon includes in every chapter of his new book and why
      • Brandon’s new favorite quotes:
        • “The ardent golfer would play Mt. Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top. Golf is not a fair game, so why should I build a fair golf course?” ~ Pete Dye
        • “The best way to predict the future is simply to invent it.”
        • “If we have to motivate pro football players to play football, we need to get new football players.”
        • “Vision without execution is just a hallucination”
      • Brandon’s parting piece of guidance



      May 29, 2015

      Are you struggling with the flat stick?  Jared Shears gives us an absolute putting tutorial from how to read greens all the way to which eye is dominant.  Take a listen and get your short game in order with Jared Shears.

      Reading greens with your feet
      Reading greens with your feet





      Jared is the AimPoint and Five Simple Keys director of instruction for Wisconsin.  He does AimPoint seminars around the country and  If you follow him on Facebook you’ll see that  he just went through US Open qualifying.



      • What AimPoint it is, how it works, and why Jared swears by it
      • How your body moves to keep nerves down
      • Jared’s favorite mantra: “It’s just golf; it’s just a game.”
      • How your feet can tell you where a putt is going
      • How AimPoint can give you more confidence in putting
      • Which of your eyes is more dominant, and why it’s important to know
      • What mistake 90% of players make when putting
      • Jared’s book recommendations: “See it and Sink it” and “The Laws of Golf Swing”
      • Jared’s parting piece of guidance



      May 23, 2015

      Are you a beginner at golf who's struggling to put together good meaningful practice sessions under your belt?  Well you're in luck.  In this episode Rodd Slater shares his version of the perfect practice session along with foundation to which the perfect golf swing is built.

      For example - every shot in the past
      For example - every shot in the past

















      Rodd is the head pro at Two Rivers Golf Club. He’s been the head pro there for 18 years.  He was the 2009 President’s Council Member for Growing the Game of Golf, and a reformed banker who has made a career in golf (Heck yeah!).


      • Golf can teach you about adversity throughout all areas of your life
      • Rodd’s favorite quote: “There’s nothing wrong if you do it right.”-Ernest Jones
      • To always understand that you’re human
      • A great way to visualize and keep your mind on the hole
      • All about team golf and how to get involved (really, it's super cool!)
      • That your swing motion is one of the most important aspects of the game
      • Rodd’s book recommendation: “Swing the Clubhead” by Ernest Jones
      • Rodd wrote a follow-up piece about how to break out of a slump.  You can read it here:
      • Rodd’s parting piece of guidance


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