As many of you have now heard, Oakmont Golf Club is closing the course on December 16th. What will happen to my lessons until they re-open? I am still teaching! The driving range will be open Thursday through Monday with balls being purchased at the Quail Restaurant. I will be teaching my normal schedule on the driving range with the exception of Tuesdays and Wednesdays where I will be in the Golf Lab. During rainy weather, lessons will resume in the Golf Lab as well. If you have not taken a lesson inside, I have my new Flightscope Launch Monitor which allows you to see your ball flight and lots of other useful information.
Check out the featured Golf707 article on me by Bruce Meadows at the Youth Sports Network ysn365.com. Bruce and I go way back to the days when I was a junior golfer and he worked at the Press Democrat. Thanks for the good word, Bruce!
Gift certificates available. Can be purchased online or by check. Contact me directly or purchase online at Lessons and Scheduling.
- 3 Half Hour Lessons $150. A $30 savings.
- 10 Lessons, 3 Clinics, 9 Hole Playing Lesson, and Range Card $1,100. The best way to really improve your game all year long. Bonus $100 practice card to Oakmont’s driving range. A $410 savings.
- Private Group Clinic. 2 hour clinic for you and up to 4 of your friends. Topics can be decided as a group and could be used for on course time as well. $329.
- Series of 3 Hour Lessons $300. A $30 Savings
- Series of 6 Hour Lessons $650. Plus Bonus $100 practice card to Oakmont’s driving range. A $110 Savings
There is still room in the ILT All-Inclusive trip to Punta de Mita on March 3-10th. Click here for more information. 3 short game clinics will be included from me!
This October I purchased a new training aid for my students. It’s a Flightscope X3 Launch Monitor, the newest technology with amazing short game capabilities. Being able to use this machine for pitching and chipping has been a great resource. In the past I could only capture swing speeds above 50mph, now I can get all speeds including putting. This is valuable for any type of lesson or club fitting.
I just went back to Austin for the Women’s Golf Alumni Weekend at the University of Texas. The new Hall of Honor opened it’s doors for the alumni of the golf team and we had a private party in the stadium the night before the Texas vs. Kansas State Football game. Visiting with teammates, friends, and the current team made for a wonderful weekend. Showing my eldest son where I became a collegiate All-American was hopefully something he will remember. Maybe he will let me fix his grip now that he has seen my achievement plaques!
This fall has been really exciting for me with 2 great trips and the purchase of a new teaching aid. Mid-October I attended the PGA Teaching Summit in Temecula, a continuing education seminar for teachers. There were some wonderful speakers like Chris Como (Tiger’s Coach), Josh Gregory (Patrick Reed’s Coach), and Jamie Mulligan (Patrick Cantlay’s Coach). My favorite portion of the seminar was the Q&A with one of my favorite golfers, Freddy Couples. His stories were hilarious and fascinating all at the same time!
I get asked all the time from students, “How can I get more distance off the tee?” Without swinging faster and contorting your body more, the easiest way to get more distance is to hit the sweet spot. If you miss the sweet spot by 1″, the cost is 10% of your driving distance. Uh, oh! For the average guy, that is 20 yards. An easy way to see where you are contacting the face is to get some powder foot spray (I use Gold Bond…the generic brand doesn’t work). Spray your club lightly and swing away. If you are missing the sweet spot, things to consider that you can do on your own:
- Distance away from the ball
- Tee Height
- Ball Position
- Angle of Attack
- Swing Plane/Path
Last February I took 4 students to play in the Tommy Thomas Pro-AM in Tucson, Arizona. It was a blast! This year I am looking to go again on Feb. 17-20th or Feb. 24-27th. If you are interested, check out the link below. All food, hotel, and play is included…plus prizes!
Abby Leighton won the California Girls Junior Championship and Jessica Maynard won the Pacific Northwest Women’s Open. Also, Gabby Sinatra made 2 hole in ones in the month of July. Way to go girls!