August 2014 Golf Tip Newsletter

JohnHayesGolf Newsletter – August 2014


For your golf game:  There is a good goal to have for every round of golf that you play and I have had this goal but I have not been succeeding as much as I feel that I should.  The goal: to produce the swing and be 100% club-oriented target wise, or you might also say, be 100% swing-oriented.  On the negative side of this goal, Manuel de la Torre will say, “You are either ball-oriented or you are not.”  And being ball-oriented is a problem for any golfer.  Being ball-oriented means that you are concerned with the ball going in the wrong direction or you are trying to steer the ball to a safe place or you are trying to get the ball up or to not have the ball slice or to not have the ball roll too far on the green, etc… When golfers talk to Manuel about what they want the ball to do he will say, “That is a RESULT and you can’t work with results.”  This means that you must get back to your fundamentals and the swing.  When you have an understanding of what you need to do and you do those things correctly then the results will be to your liking.  This is not to say that you will still not miss some shots even if your mind is on the right thing because a golf shot is a precise action and humans will make mistakes but, when your mind is concerned with the ball and what it might do then your odds of a good result go way down.

So go out and let the ball disappear so your mind can be on the club and the target and see what percent of your swings are produced with this in mind.



Upcoming clinics and events:  I will conduct my next GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., July 31 through Sun., Aug. 3.  There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sat. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and then we will finish on the golf course on Sun. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This is perfect for beginners who want to feel comfortable on the golf course in a short time.  Total cost is only $99 and includes everything!  I will have my next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC on 4 consecutive Sunday afternoons – August 17, 24, 31 and September 7 from NOON to 1:00 p.m.  Total cost is $40 and is good for beginners or newly dedicated golfers.  I will have my TWO-DAY GOLF SCHOOL for experienced golfers on Sat., August 23 (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Sun., August 24 (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)  Limit of only 3 golfers and total cost of $99.

We will be having a new ADULT GOLF SCHOOL on a Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (date to be determined) where a limited number of golfers will go through a full swing station, a short game station and an on-course station with me, Dave Pedersen – PGA, and Dustin Snay – PGA Apprentice, at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club.  This intense one-day school will leave you with some good plans for improving plus a lot of giveaways and a coupon for golf, all for only $59.99! 

Please call (727) 692-4679 or email,, to sign up as space is limited for all clinics.  Go to for more details.

As always, please contact me with any questions or comments and I hope to see you soon on the lesson tee at the Chi Chi Golf Range & Family Sports Complex in beautiful Clearwater, FL.