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Golf Academy
June 26, 2017

It's Midseason, Where Is Your Golf Game?
Chris Weinhold
PGA Professional, TPC Twin Cities

As we head into August, we must face the unfortunate truth that we are on the backside of the 2013 golf season. All of us were welcomed with Mother Nature not giving up on winter as we witnessed snow storm after snow storm in April, and then again in early May. Our course opened on April 28th this year, a full month later than 2012. Unless you were able to practice or take lessons indoors during that time, your game was behind schedule. The golf season in Minnesota is just too short, but the beautiful weather we have had in June and July definitely helps out. There is still plenty of good golf ahead of us, and fall golf around the state is tough to beat. So as we look back on the first half of the season, how has your game stacked up to your expectations?

I am sure there are some of you reading this that are playing the best golf of your career. Maybe you have set a new personal record in 2013, or are consistently shooting lower scores. Congratulations, keep it going! But also look at why this is happening. Did you take a lesson that changed a specific part of your game? Did you take a series of lessons that has improved your game in all aspects? Was it a tip that you read in your favorite golf magazine or from your favorite golf show? Are you just playing more golf in general? If your game starts to go south during the second half of the season, you want to be able to fix it immediately and get back to playing the good golf that you have come to expect.

For the rest of you that may not be enjoying the best golf right now, we need to figure out why and help you get back on track. Could it be a physical setback? Are you getting worn out from trying to play golf as much as possible during the short season? Add work, family and other activities to the mix and it makes for a busy schedule. Our course closes for 11 days during the 3M Championship, and we have members who will use this as a mini vacation from golf to recuperate for the second half of the season. It is amazing how much someone's game can improve by just taking a week off.

If we can rule out the physical side, let's take a look at your overall game. Can you pinpoint anything in your game that can be the cause of not playing your best? Maybe you feel like your ball striking is as solid as ever, but you struggle around the greens. Maybe your short game is saving your scores from being even higher and you are struggling off the tee. Find the biggest weakness in your game and let's make it your strength moving forward.

Most of you have probably heard the quote by Albert Einstein- "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." If you slice the golf ball consistently off the tee, what are you doing to correct this? "Well, I started aiming farther left and making sure I roll my wrists over during the swing, because that's what Jim does and he hits it straight." This may work for a hole or two; maybe a round or two, or it may be the fix to your slice forever. But do you have any idea why it works? You need to get to the root cause of your problem if you are going to fix it, and understand why the golf ball does what it does. We don't have time to get into the 9 ball flight laws, nor do most of you want to hear about them. That is what your golf professional is for, to apply these and improve your swing to make it as efficient and consistent as possible. Don't stay stuck in neutral when the tools are around you to take your game to the next level.

There are countless examples of people taking lessons that change their game dramatically. We have a member who went from a 23 to 14 index in the span of just 6 weeks with a series of lessons. Two weeks ago I gave a husband and wife a lesson and one shot a personal best on their next 18 and the other took off 10 strokes. I am not saying these results are guaranteed nor am I saying you must come to TPC Twin Cities to drastically improve your game. Golf professionals are experts in the golf swing; use them for their knowledge and improve your game. Let's make the second half of the season as enjoyable as possible!





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