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Junior Golf in Calgary

Hello friends, golfers, parents and juniors!

Junior golf is the key component to keeping our game healthy and strong for years to come.

Golf Canada has recently released Iphone and Ipad apps to assist coaches and parents in the instruction and guidance of junior golfers. The concepts here are products of extensive research, and a large amount of the content will be beneficial for any sport, for anyone, at any age. There are numerous activities for golf that can be done inside during the winter, with the appropriate equipment.

Ages 4-15 Learn to Play App

Ages 14-18 Learn to Compete App

  • If you are a junior and fall into these ages, please download the apps and use them.
  • If you’re a parent of a junior that either plays golf, plays a sport, or just wants to be better at stuff, please download and use.
  • If you’re an adult, but you wonder why kids can beat you at golf, please download and use the app.
  • If you’re a gym teacher, volunteer, aunt or uncle, coach or just want to learn more about how golf is taught, download and read when you have a chance!

These lay the groundwork to become a winner. To set yourself apart and break barriers in your own golf game, you’ll need a customized approach to your specific needs, wants and desires within the game of golf. Use these apps to solve what golf problems they can, and call me for the rest.

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Stampede Update

Hello friends,

Happy Stampede ! Below is a long overdue recap on the spring season, enjoy!

The PGA Tour Canada Qualifying School in Comox BC, was a fantastic tournament and a great week of golf experience for me. Crown Isle Golf Club was in terrific condition all week long, and the weather was as good as we could imagine. There was some excellent golf played, but unfortunately too many mistakes were made to finish high enough to earn PGA Tour Canada exempt status for 2015. I ended up missing the conditional status category by ONE SHOT. For complete results, click here.

The next stop was the Monday Qualifier for the Bayview Place Island Savings Open in Victoria BC, at the course I played during my university career at UVIC. I finally committed to, and performed well, with a new overlap grip. This is a major difference in my swing and how I play the game. It took a lot of consideration, practice, and commitment to use this grip in tournament play. I made 7 birdies, 3 bogeys and one double bogey to shoot -2 (70), and qualifiy. For a write up of the Monday Q, click here.

The tournament began Thursday, and after Tuesday and Wednesday spent preparing, training and resting, I felt ready for a great week. The tournament started well, spinning a wedge back and hitting the pin on the first hole, leaving a tap in birdie to start. I was 2 under through 5 when a few poorly executed tee shots cost me. Shooting 73 (+3) in the first round was a tough way to finish such a solid start to a round, but I knew I could recover on Friday. Teeing off on Hole 1 on Friday, I ripped my drive up the middle 320 and I knew the round was going to be a low one. Playing much more aggresively sharpened up my focus, and although I played a very solid round of golf, even par 70 just wasn’t enough. I was proud of the tee shots I hit in the second round and giving myself birdie looks on the last 8 holes under pressure. The putting was also very solid thanks to building a great putter with the help of Ted and Robert.
For complete results from the Bayview Place Island Savings Open, click here.

My next event was the Alberta Open Championship, presented by one of my sponsors, LongBall Inc. I felt ready for this event although once again made a few very costly mistakes, and wasn’t sharp enough to make enough birdies to catch up to the leaders. Scores of 75-72 were just ok, but I was hoping for more. I am very excited with the way I played at times, because I’ve played Carnmoney many times and played excellent under pressure that week.

I originally planned on Monday qualifying for the next 4 events on the PGA Tour Canada, but after some difficult decision making, I decided to just stay in Calgary and train, teach and see friends and family. June and July are times where I can teach and make a living in Calgary, while golfing, and I can’t do that in November/December.

I will be teaching quite a bit in the next month and will book up quickly, so please email, call, text or tweet to book a lesson. My website contains all scheduling and pricing information for 2015! I do appreciate all referrals so please pass my information along to anyone that needs golfing assistance!

What is the difference between professionals and amateur golfers?

As a member of a Facebook group named “Golf Teaching Professionals”, I’m lucky to learn from great instructors worldwide on a daily basis. This resource is incredible and I can barely keep up! I don’t participate much but thought I’d share something from this group.

Sasha Catron asked this question to the group,

“In one word what is the difference in the best players you teach and the average ones?”

The answers are astounding, but not that surprising. Here is a list of the names of the instructors, and their one word answer. I hope I don’t get in trouble posting this, but it’s a risk I’m taking…

Christopher Smeal – Optimistic
Bob Fahy – Commitment
Chip Richter – Athleticism
Michael Deiter – Dedicated
Eric Cogorno – Talent
Michael Blinco – Obsessed
Brad Edwards – Attitude
Matt Malesteri – Drive
Bob Duncan – Motivation
Stephen Lynn – Everything
Michael Starr – Determination
Mitch Brunick – All true
Sean Kennedy – Attitude
Todd Edwards – Desire
Joey Anders – Grit
Jim Sykes – Practice
Chris Beaty – Mental
Rodd Slater – Observation
Mike Aldrich – Hand Eye Coordination
Shane LeBaron – Strike
Jeff Schmiedbauer – Coordination
Scott Leritz – Commitment
Blaze Grinn – Emotional
Justin Rister – Commitment, persistence to their practice drills and routines (Too many words Justin…)
Chris Daily – Body Awareness
Doug Grey – Desire
Andy Walker – Awareness
John Dochety – Attendance
Bowen Sargent – Confidence
Ira Kramer – Belief
Jonathan Bullas – Score
Bob Baldassari – Talent
David Ogrin – Awareness
Jason Helman – Attitude
Tim Lambert – Enlightenment
Sasha Catron – Perserverance
Joe Dau – Discipline
Andy Griffiths – Scoring
Elliot Oscar – Approach
Todd Ormsby – Grip
Steven Steinway – Positive
Wayne DeFrancesco – Everything
Peggy Gustafson – A desire of where they want to be. A perception of where they are on their golfing dreams. How we as teachers to give them their path to allow them to reach their golfing dreams..Realistic or not. (Uhh way to many words…not sure how this is a one word answer…)
Dan Schwabe – Awareness
Doug Lawrie – Grit
Joe Ingoglia – Sequencing
Brett Fanning – Talent
Zac Stennett – Fearlessness
Gary Ellis – Rhythm
Rita Mehrens – Form
John Hughes – Passion
Eddie Smith – Commitment
Matthew Finney – Motivated
Randy Cavanaugh – Teachable
Brian Smock – Time
Trevor Derrheim – Proprioception
Joe Dougherty III – Coordinated
Marty Foster – Practice
Chris Ford – Passion
Jim Beadle – Face
Aaron Doyle – Patience
Adam Stevenson – Determination
Bob Townsend – Drive
Christie Quinn – Perseverance
Jenn Holt – Desire
Wayne Powell – Dedicated
James Jordan – Routine
Oliver Darby – Skill
Rick Wright – Committed
Stephen Cottingham – Detail
Todd Halpen – Concentration
Kathy Gook – Mindfulness (Defined by wikipedia as “the intentional, accepting, and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the thoughts, emotions, and sensations occurring in the present moment”.)
David White – Wanting
Sean Pender – Grinding
Morten Jensen – Tenacity
Geoff Saayman – Drive
Timo van Geest – System
Grant Field – Attitude
Deanna Zenger – Discipline
Steve Cardy – Practice
Boris Miro Janjic – Feel
Dominic Sainsbury – Grit
Gavin John Hamlyn – Application
Stuart Campbell – Inspired
Nancy Quarcelino – Want
Stephen Ennis – Work
David Walker – Ability
Adam Young – Skill
Kelly Murray – Sticktoitness
Jeff Dantas – Awareness
Dave Druken – Commitment
Dale Ketola – Determination
Steven Yellin – Silence
Roger Hatcher – Score
Mark Caldwell – Putting
Kevin Shields – Talent
Ed Angulo – Passionitment
Bob Grissett – Proprioception
Rudy Gonzalez – Mobility
Robert Gates – Work
Barry Cheesman – Mind
Brian Jensen – Love
Dave Pezzino – Clubface
Allen Burton – Precision
Christian Alderucci – Dedication
Andrew Patnou – Score
Mark Russo – Commitment
Joe Casey – Confidence
Mark Caldwell – Equipment
Chris Schultz – Practice
Tom Connell – Grip
Brad Pluth – Talent
Peter Arnott – Adaptability
Frank Gowen – Mind
Chad Ristow – Mentality
Jeff Howe – Commitment
Dave Heinen – Relentlessness
Jennifer Cully – Awareness
Paul Contento – Skill
Steve Ford – Knowledge
Mike Vanderwolf – Perspective
David Johnston – Willingness
Chad Powell – Commitment
Blaze Grinn – Selfishness
Scott Davies – Desire
Buddy Cooper – Mind
Preston Combs – Consciousness

 

What is amazing about this list?

NEVER DOES IT SAY GOLF SWING!!!!!

Pick out your top 5 favourite words from the list above, and write down how you plan to improve those characteristics with respect to your golf game.

When you book a lesson with me, expect guidance on those characteristics in your game. I’m here to answer the easy questions, actually improving and learning lies within you.

 

 

Tournament Summary 2012

What a great season! Thanks very much to the PGA of Alberta and the host courses for doing an excellent job this year! It is always very challenging, especially with our crazy Alberta weather, to set up and finish tournaments in a set time period. Many of us pros only have a small window to get out with the boys and compete, so thanks again to the PGA for their efforts. Also, thanks to all the competitors for bringing their best each time and making the events the most fun I’ve played in!

 

Tournament Date Venue Score Finish Points
Tour Championship Sep 04, 2012 Blackhawk Golf Club 148 T8 24
Assistants Championship Aug 13, 2012 Lewis Estates GC 152 19 15
PGA of Alberta Championship Jul 11, 2012 Calgary Elks Lodge GC 142 2 30
Players Tour – Silver Springs Jun 26, 2012 Silver Springs G&CC 154 15 12
Professional Series – Turner Valley Jun 11, 2012 Turner Valley GC 76 18 0
Players Tour – Sturgeon Valley May 16, 2012 Sturgeon Valley GC 147 T6 21
Match Play Championship Apr 30, 2012 Red Deer G&CC  2nd 2 30

 

So there it is. Oh, and the Alberta Open at Carnmoney (not part of the APGA Events) where I played well in the wind and finished 3rd. Wes Hefernan won the tournament and my training partner at The Athlete Factory, Scott Stiles, finished 2nd.

My goal to “do less” when planning and hitting each golf shot worked wonders. While I did play close to 50 rounds (which served as my practice), there was not much done on the practice green or the driving range at all. By far the least I’ve practiced in my career. I knew this was going to be the case, so I developed a simpler routine.

I made sure to not think at all about the next shot, until I saw the lie from 3 feet away. I made sure to take a very close look at the ball/lie before allowing any ‘thinking’ or ‘planning’ to occur. First step was lie analysis, then ideal carry yardage, and a target line, then a real practice swing holding the finish, then a final decision and commitment, then the swing to the finish. My post shot routine was simply saying, good balance Todd (or similar) and putting my clubs away. From the moment I look down at the golf ball, to the moment I put my clubs away, I did my best to have the emotion of gratitude. To sum up, I tried as hard as I could on every shot, but only for 45-60 seconds and then moved on.

While I did have some solid finishes (2 in the Match Play, 2nd in the PGA Championship and 3rd at the Alberta Open), my goals next year will require more discipline and practice.

Thanks Dr. Rick Jensen for this line “golf is only stressful if your expectations exceed your skill”, as I had the most fun golfing that I’ve had in years!

Thanks for reading and following!

Televised Golf: A Juniors Perspective

I’m so delayed in posting blogs! I wrote this before the Ryder Cup, golf’s best event on television….anyways, have a read!!

 

Last week I taught a junior camp with a few of the greatest kids ever. Here’s a sample of one of our conversations..so much fun!

Todd – “So it’s nice out today..but what if it was raining? Would you quit? Keep playing? What would be some things you’d bring with you? What do you guys think?”

Junior – “hmm I’d probably keep playing if I could..I think I’d bring a leather jacket, sweat pants and an umbrella hat because I don’t want drips in my eyes”

Todd – “Of course, excellent”

 

Anyways, on Friday it was pouring rain, so in response to my last blog, we spent the first 1.5 hours of the camp doing some indoor activities (labeling golf balls, drawing imaginary greens with high and low points {AimPoint}), and watched The Barclays. They watched for an hour and were instructed to ask questions and make comments throughout. I took notes. 

Please note that this was a discussion with juniors, and I did my best not to guide their comments whatsoever. These are juniors rambling in a safe environment. The kids are 11, 12 and 14 years. Here is a sample of their comments.

“they should make the hole smaller for these guys..and bigger for us.”

“Have you seen the golf pranks on Youtube?” *we searched ‘golf pranks’ and watched that for 10 minutes on my IPhone…

“How come they’re only showing a few people? Isn’t there more?”

“Why are they showing Tiger, that big baby”

“They should show every single golfer freakout or club throw that would be awesome”

“These holes all look exactly the same. They should make a hole that’s par 25. Or make a golf course like a video game where you have shortcuts and bonus’s. They should build a Waterworld Golf Course where it’s almost ALL water. They should have a course called Rockland where it’s ALL rocks except for where you have to hit it. Cactus World” cue hysterical laughter and imagination.

“I can’t understand anything these guys are saying!”  A mix of English (Faldo), Irish (Feherty), Finch (Australia) with their own set of golf lingo..the kids had no idea what these guys were talking about. Simple as that.

“This music is terrible.”

“They should have a helicopter do flyby’s on every hole but like 15 feet off the ground”

“They should do a distraction challenge where you could yell whatever when the guy hits”

“Maybe one day Tiger will get his life back together” no joke I choked when I heard that haha

“Man this is slow. Is there a speed golf?”

“Golf on TV is sure boring”

“They should do relay teams of 5 and they have to run ahead and be ready when the ball stops”

That’s just the stuff that they laughed at and talked about for a minute..there were a lot of other ideas and comments made that they just shouted out. That tells me they were in an environment where they could just imagine freely and learn.

Learning is all about fun, and we as PGA of Canada Professionals do our best to make their day as fun and creative as possible. How come golf broadcasts don’t do the same?

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