Priorities & Golf Practice Routine – John Hayes Golf September 2017 Tip Newsletter Golf Tip – September 2017

For your golf game: I am offering my 20 GOLF LESSONS IN OCTOBER SPECIAL. You can take one 30-minute lesson every WEEKDAY for 20 days from Monday, Oct. 9th through Friday, Nov. 3rd. Total cost is $299. You save $381 off the regular rate. If you take only 9 lessons then you’ll come out ahead. Lessons can be booked from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is a limit to the first 12 who sign up!
It is said of other physical skill building that practicing something twice a week will give more than just double the results of practicing one time per week, and I think this is certainly true of golf also.
One thing I intend to do with these daily lessons in October is to have very specific practice routines once the technique goals are clear. For instance, say that our #1 priority is the alignment procedure – we can put this into all of the shots in the 30-minute practice period. Let’s say our #2 priority is the swing direction, you can hit the first 20 shots with an iron where you 1) go through your alignment procedure and then, 2) swing focusing on the swing direction. Now you can hit 10 drivers with those same 2 priorities. Now we want to add putting distance control as our #3 priority so you’ll roll 20 putts where you 1) go through your alignment procedure and then, 2) roll the putts being sure you don’t add speed to your normal stroke and count how many putts stop within 1 club length of the hole. Your #4 priority may be to practice a few special shots that you need at your course. Say you need to practice downhill lies, a low shot for windy conditions and a shot that curves to the left. You will play 6 shots each going through the procedure that we have outlined in a previous lesson for each special shot.
So far you have played 68 practice shots. Our #1 priority of your alignment procedure has been part of every shot. Some of your swing technique specifics may have changed from irons to driver to putter and special shots so now let’s finish by working on our #5 priority – pitch shots with our sand wedge. You will work on this for 18 swings. You should still go through your alignment procedure plus your swing technique goals for the shot. Here, like in your putting practice, you are developing your feel for distance control which is a part of every partial swing.
One of the main goals is to play all 86 shots in this 30-minute lesson with good mental direction so your mind may be the muscle that gets the best workout. You miss a shot, get over it quickly and move on to the next one.
Set some specific priorities for your practice sessions and you will find that you can accomplish a good amount in one 30-minute practice session. Do this two or more times in a week and you can greatly multiply the results.

Upcoming clinics and events: SPECIAL (only one time per year!): 20 Golf Lessons in October for only $299 total!!! From Monday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Nov. 3rd – You can take one lesson every WEEKDAY during this time. Take only 9 lessons and you are ahead with this bargain. You can book one 30-minute lesson every day during this 20 day time period before daylight saving time ends! Plus a free Club Analysis by Doug Curls (a $50 value). Limit to the first 12 who sign up.
My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive Weekends – SEPTEMBER 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on all 4 Weekend days. Cost is only $40 total for all 4 hours! 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, OCTOBER 21st from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. I will cover pitching/chipping, bunker play, putting, and fun games to practice effectively! Men or Ladies welcome. This is NOT for new beginners. There is a limit of only 3 students so call or email to sign up. Total cost is only $55.
I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP from Thur., NOVEMBER 16th through Sunday, NOVEMBER 19th. There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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!
Please call/text (727) 692-4679 or email,, to sign up as space is limited for all clinics. Go to for more details.
** I will be conducting the Adult Golf Clinics every week on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. There is no sign up, just show up and cost is only $20 which includes a large bucket of range balls.
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 & Sports Complex in beautiful Clearwater in the Tampa, FL area.