"Not only is she a great swing coach but she is also a mentor. She has an exceptional understanding about the game of golf and what joy it can bring to anyone's life, professional, amateur, young or old. "-Leah Wigger, LPGA Tour Player
As I sit here in my office on yet another snowy morning I am trying to convince myself that spring will be here soon. It seems that we are having more snow shoveling time during February and March than we have had golf time. But I promise you spring will come so let’s start preparing now for the golf season.
Here are a few tips that all golfers should do before they make that first trip to the golf course for the new season.
- Check your golf equipment. Are your grips split or slick? Having good grips is very important as we get into warmer weather. We do not want any reason for our hands to slip in the middle of our swing. Do your wedges have plenty of grooves left on the club face? We want to make sure the ball will spin some with adequate grooves once it hits the green.
- Clean out your golf bag. You might be amazed or surprised what you will find in your bag from last year. Stock your bag with tees, balls, gloves, divot repair tools, band aids, sunscreen etc. Make sure your range finder has new batteries for the year. Make sure you have a good glove not one that has gotten hard and slick during the winter months.
- Clean your shoes and check your soft spikes. Start the year off with good traction by replacing your soft spikes. The spring is always wet and this will give you added traction to prevent slipping during a swing. Make sure your shoes are still waterproof and have not exceeded their guarantee.
- Do you have a rain suit and umbrella in case you get caught on the course in the rain? If so make sure the rain suit is in your bag and the umbrella is on the bag.
- As I mentioned above spring golf is generally wet and make sure you have a clean towel on your bag and an extra towel inside the bag. For those cold spring mornings throw a couple hand warmers in your bag and a warm stocking cap.
Now that you have everything ready to go all we need is some warm weather. I encourage golfers to start the season off by getting a tune up lesson or signing up for a refresher golf school/clinic to make sure you have all your fundamentals in check and it will create a lot less frustration in those early rounds. Check to see if the PGA or LPGA professional near you has an indoor teaching facility as we have at my facility and this will really give you a jump start to the season.
Wishing everyone a great 2014 golf season and if you are near the Charlottesville, VA area please feel free to stop by to see me at the Kandi Comer Golf Academy located at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, VA.
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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.