"Kandi has had proven success with juniors, men, women and the tour player. I know she not only has a very clear understanding of the mechanics of the golf game but also a very clear understanding of the mental aspects of golf and getting to the next level."-Dr. Bob Rotella, nationally recognized sports psychologist
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The overwhelming majority of recreational golfers do not take lessons. It is another one of those quizzical, only-in-golf mysteries. Most of us could use help and the help is widely available, so, naturally, most golfers instead keep their heads down (or not) and plod on, hoping to master the game on their own.
Most golfers would never think about taking a lesson during the winter months and instead just put their clubs in the closet until spring. One thing for sure is that once those clubs go in the closet, you will not get any better and will actually make starting back in the spring very difficult.
I feel as a golf instructor I make more progress with students during the winter months than I do during the season. My philosophy has always been to work really hard with golfers during the winter months to improve their golf swing for consistency and to work on putting and then we work on maintaining the swing during the season with a tweak here or there and the short game is the main focus during the season.
Here are 6 reasons to find a winter instructional program to improve your game for the spring season.
- Find a climate-controlled facility that is like a golf laboratory with a PGA/LPGA Instructor that has knowledge and the use of technology (video, 3-D analysis, putting analysis, launch monitor etc). The weather is always nice and you do not have to wear multiple layers.
- Golfers are not worried about the $5.00 nassau with their buddies or the next tournament so they can focus on the process without worrying about results.
- Better focus indoors when it is just the student and the instructor and there are no distractions from other golfers or worrying what other golfers are thinking while watching you take a lesson.
- Lots of slow motion swings will engrain new motions faster than banging balls on the range.
- Find an instructor that uses video and 3-D technology and can also evaluate your shots with a launch monitor. This way you will always have feedback that you are making the correct swings and you can see the changes. This is also true for working on your putting.
- Most instructors will also set-up practice sessions with the 3-D technology so you can still practice indoors instead of your clubs collecting dust.
So my suggestion for all golfers as the weather starts to get cooler is to find an instructor that has proven success with instruction and has access to an “indoor golf laboratory” and sign up today for a coaching program this winter. I can promise you that you will enjoy the spring golf season a lot more with better results.
If you have questions about winter programs at the Kandi Comer Golf Academy located at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, Virginia please visit kandicomergolf.com.
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We just completed our first summer at Old Trail Golf Club located in Crozet (just outside Charlottesville) and I am so excited about all the juniors that attended our summer camps. We believe the more fun the junior has the more they will learn and the more they will love the game. It is always a goal to get the young golfers hooked on a game they can play for the rest of there life. I think we accomplished that this summer. Click on the link below to see some highlights from the summer camps.
Next up will be our fall clinics. Please visit our website for more information at kandicomergolf.com.
A common remark I receive from golfers when they come for a lesson is that they want more consistency. It is a known fact that it is much easier to play golf from the short grass than the rough.
There are two key ingredients to having a more consistent tempo, which will result in more consistency. I feel tempo starts with the first 12 inches of the golf swing. If you take the club back slow for the first 12 inches it has a tendency to set the tempo for the swing. I also find the transition from the top of the backswing is another key ingredient to having a consistent tempo. I see a lot of golfers that do not complete their backswing before they start their downswing. There has to be a transition point from the backswing to the forward swing and as a result I try to get golfers to think in terms of a slight pause at the top of their backswing and then they start the downswing.
One of my favorite drills is to actually have golfers swing to the top of their backswing and totally stop and once they have stopped I have them hit the ball from the stopped position. If you can learn to hit the ball from a stopped position at the top of your swing as a drill you will never have a problem with the transition tempo from the top of your swing. I suggest hitting 5-10 balls with the drill and then hit a ball with your normal swing and you will be amazed at how your tempo starts to develop. I encourage golfers to repeat this drill several times throughout their practice sessions.
If you are ever in the Charlottesville or Crozet area please feel free to stop by the Kandi Comer Golf Academy at Old Trail Golf Club and we will be happy to help you improve your golf game.
Hitting from wet ground is not unlike hitting from a fairway bunker. In both situations you are standing on soft ground and need to make ball-first contact.
- Stand tall, grip down about a half-inch and put a little more weight on your front foot at address.
- Let the club hover above the grass (do not ground the club).
- Play the ball slightly forward of your normal ball position.
- Look at the front edge of the ball so when you swing the club through you hit the back of the ball first.
- Finish in balance on your front foot.
These suggestions will make it much easier to hit the ball first, which will result in the contact you are looking for in order to hit solid shots off the wet turf.
Good luck and if you are ever in the Charlottesville, VA area please feel free to stop by my academy at Old Trail Golf Club.
Why not practice with a coach? I am excited to add practice sessions to our programs at KCG. I have had many golfers tell me they always do so well when they practice and then have trouble on the golf course. These sessions will be supervised practice sessions with a golf professional in attendance to show you how to benefit from your practice sessions. Golfers will learn to practice with a purpose. These sessions will be guided practices so the golfers will see the benefits from practicing when they play on the golf course. We will offer the practice sessions which will include time on both the short game and the full swing.
Visit our website under schools/clinics to see dates and times.
It sure has been a long time coming, but the spring weather has finally arrived! As golfers, we like to start playing and working on our games in March so that when April rolls around it doesn’t feel like you are learning how to play golf for the first time. The bad news is that we are getting a late start this year because of what seemed like an endless winter. Here are a few tips to help you jumpstart you game for the 2013 season.
1. Check your equipment.
a. Do you need new grips?
b. Are your shafts adequate for your swing speed?
c. Are you playing with the right loft in your driver to maximize distance?
d. Do you have the right set make-up to benefit your game? (wedges, hybrids,
fairway woods, etc.)
2. Start practicing with the short swings and move back to the full swing.
a. Start with putting to establish rhythm and tempo.
b. Chipping and pitching requires a lot of feel and tempo and therefore is another
great place to start practicing. Think of these shots as a miniature full swing,
which will allow you to make a smoother transition to a correct full swing.
c. Once you move to the full swing make sure your grip, posture and set-up is
correct. I like to think of these three areas as the engine that starts the golf swing.
Without the grip, posture and set-up being correct, it becomes almost impossible
to swing the club correctly and to get consistent results.
3. Set realistic expectations when you go to the golf course.
a. Remember that those first few rounds of the year will be a little rusty; therefore,
do not get frustrated on the golf course when your scores are not where you
would like them to be. While on the golf course, I suggest that you take notes on
what you think you need to practice so that when you return to the range to
practice you can work on the things that will improve your game most.
b. Remember to set aside some practice time for all aspects of your game. I like my
students to spend about 25% of their time on the range and 75% of their time
practicing short game (putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shots).
4. Consider taking some lessons or even attend a golf school or clinic to be
certain that you are starting the year off with the correct fundamentals. This will also
allow you to have more focused practice sessions because you will know what you need
to work on.
I hope these tips will get the season started with success and most importantly some fun. If you are ever in the Charlottesville, Virginia area please feel free to visit my Academy at Old Trail Golf Club and visit my website anytime at kandicomergolf.com.
BY JERRY RATCLIFFE
Kandi Comer’s emotional attachment to Glenmore Country Club traces back to when the facility was built in 1992, and she was immediately named director of golf and head golf professional.
While she stepped down from that role about four years ago, she still operated her golf academy from the Glenmore site. Her imprints are everywhere on the property that was developed by her late father, Frank Kessler, better known to many in the community as “Bear.”
So, leaving Glenmore behind after all those years and relocating her academy and golf operation to Old Trail Golf Club on the opposite end of the county wasn’t an easy thing to do. But as they say down South, “bidness is bidness.”