Golf Academy

Golf Academy

On the Golf Academy page you will learn valuable tips and lessons by the pros in the world of golf. If you are interested in improving any part of your golf game you will probably find just what you are looking for in Tee Times Magazines large collection of articles and lessons.

Assessing Your Game

A good friend of mine always says, “A goal without a plan is nothing but a dream!” As we approach the golf season, what are your goals?

Golf Is Fun…When You Know What You Are Doing

Not that long ago I was teaching a beginner golfer. He told me right away about a big work tournament he had coming up in a couple months. Like most golfers new to the sport he thought it was important to get the ball into the air with some regularity.

Screen Golf

Over the course of the golf season, each month in this column we will be sharing ideas to help improve your golf game without changing your golf swing. We will talk about things like efficient practice methods, equipment, course management and new technology.

Making The Most Of Winter

October/November means the end of the golf season for most of us in Minnesota. But just because the season is ending, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop working on your golf game.

CHIP SHOT, Have A Ball Not A Strike!

The most important shot in golf may be the chip shot. Why? Because most players (average scores over 80?) do not “hit the green in regulation (have a birdie putt) very often.

Lowering Your Scoring Barrier

Getting comfortable shooting lower scores and analyzing and working on the areas impacting your game will go a long way in lowering your comfort zone and scoring barrier!

THE BUNKER SHOT

The most important aspects to improving your ability to hit successful bunker shots are…

Practice For Performance

If a player is on the range prior to a round, they aren’t practicing, they are warming up. There is a big difference between the two.

Give Yourself The “Acid Test”

It would be best if each range practice session began with a number of ¼, ½ and ¾ length pitch shots with your sand wedge. Not only is it a small swing to get your muscles warmed up, it helps you build up to the full swing, and of course, it’s a REAL shot.

Using Analytics To Improve Your Game

The use of analytics has become a huge part of the professional game. At the PGA Tour level the players have a big advantage in that every shot they hit in every tournament round is recorded through Shot Link.

SWING LIKE A “10”

Throughout our lives, we are aware of the “rating” scale of 1-10. It has been used in everything from attractiveness to truthfulness. “On a scale of 1-10…” How can you use this scale for your golf development?

If I Was… Thinking Of Getting Into The Golf Business

Over 25+ years in the golf industry, I’ve been approached numerous times by parents or young adults inquiring about the best way to get started in this business. Over the years, a slightly flip answer developed… “Don’t do it!”

Practice Like You Play

The golf course is a one-shot environment. On the golf course we have time between shots. Every shot we hit requires a different club to a different yardage from a different lie.

CREATIVE SPECIALTY SHOTS

With only a few set-up and swing adjustments, you can “master” these specialty shots that happen due to wind and on-course obstacles. Try these techniques out on the range then out on the course when you face these conditions.

Proper Club Fitting

In a club fitting, factors that should be considered include the club’s length, shaft flex, material and weight, lie angle, grip size, and club loft. Each factor can have an influence on how a player swings the club and their performance.

“MUDDY” GOLF CAN STILL BE FUN GOLF!

After a long winter in Minnesota, it’s exciting to get the golf courses open and seeing golfer’s outside again. However, with all those nice things, comes the realization that the courses are going to be wet and muddy for awhile.