JohnHayesGolf Newsletter Golf Tip – February 2015
For your golf game: Please think about this for your golf game this coming year – what would you like to perfect? Manuel de la Torre, PGA Hall of Fame Teacher, has said about a successful Tour player who said they were going to make a major swing change, “How can you perfect something if you keep changing things all the time?” It may be a pre-swing fundamental like your alignment or your body position in relation to the club. It may be something in your swing such as the direction of the forward swing. Are you swinging the club in the direction of the target? It may be something to do with you. Do you stay flexible in your arms during the entire swing? Do you let the right heel come up in response on the forward swing? It may be some specific shot that you want to perfect. How are your pitch shots from 10 to 30 yards out? How is your lag putting? Maybe you will try to perfect a good mental attitude on the golf course? Is your mental attitude POSITIVE – here is what I intend to do so now I will observe myself to see if I do it. This attitude eliminates a NEGATIVE attitude where you worry about the problems that you expect to occur or a CORRECTIVE attitude where you are always changing to correct for perceived problems in the previous swing.
So pick one or two things and try to perfect them this year. It takes time and effort to perfect one thing in physical skills. I think it is always a good idea to come up with practice games to monitor your progress and these games make practice more fun and interesting. PGA Master Professional, Jerry Tucker is great at coming up with practice games and skill assessments, especially for the short game. You can contact him at www.jerrytuckergolf.com to get info on his lessons and programs over in Stuart, FL.
Upcoming clinics and events: My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive weekends – February 14, 15, 21 & 22 from NOON to 1:00 p.m. on all four days. Cost is only $40 total for all 4 sessions! It is good for beginners or newly dedicated golfers.
My next specialty clinic will be a SHORT GAME BOOT CAMP for 2 hours held on Saturday, February 28th from Noon to 2:00 p.m. I will cover pitching/chipping, bunker play, wedges 30 yards plus, putting, and how to practice effectively! Men or Ladies welcome. This is NOT for new beginners. There is a limit of only 4 students so call or email to sign up. Total cost is only $40.
I will conduct my next GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., March 19 through Sun., March 22. 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!
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 near Tampa, FL.