August 1st, 2014
One of the things I’ve discovered through the years, is the ability of Golf to bring a team together. A shared experience for your team, being out of the work environment and out on the range, and being able to learn something new together all add up to a great team building experience.
Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the Professional Women of Insurance group — and some of their male friends!
They scheduled a late afternoon session and I had Redford to help me work with the 25 members of their group. Large groups like this work perfectly when we have a teaching rotation and practice tees available to accommodate a large group.
Some people took the lessons very seriously, others just came to have fun and spend time with each other.
We took the group through individualized practice swings and gave them instant swing analysis. The group also took time on the PlaneSwing to reinforce the swing analysis. Each member were also sent a copy of their swing analysis by email.
Next time you need a fun original idea for a team building exercise, consider golf!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me to discuss your event: 858-232-5516.
(Special thanks to Antonio Romero for the photos.)
February 24th, 2014
I am proud to announce that I am one of the first sports instructors on TakeLessons.com, and the FIRST GOLF INSTRUCTOR!
I was approached last week to gauge my interest in being among their first sports instructors on this very popular website. After speaking with them, I thought it was a great way to reach more students, especially in the Junior Golf lessons — since Take Lessons has about 80% under 18 students using their site.
This year, I am focusing on Junior Golfers during their Spring Break and Summer Holidays. As you may know, I have a proven track record in sending Juniors off to the Callaway Junior Worlds — averaging ten players a year. Also, as the life long instructor for my son, Redford, I see how mentoring kids on not only golf, but also nutrition and proper exercise has an impact on their entire game. I am proud to say that Redford was not only the 2013 San Diego County Junior Golf Associations Player of the Year, but he is also continuing his golf at UNLV.
If you are interested in golf lessons for your kids, or have friends or family who may be interested, please send them my way.
March 29th, 2013
Sometimes, in my line of work, you get lucky.
I was fortunate enough to try the TrackMan today (thanks to Damon Brossard of Radar Precision Golf /Tel: 858-776-5149). This ingenious product basically uses radar (enclosed in a small orange box that feeds data directly to a laptop) to measure your club angles and speed. As a result it measures your balls flight spin and distance (and dozens of other stats).
Like most new course innovations, it essentially injects science into the game of golf. The mountain of data that it captures will help you determine where the problem lies in your swing. The TrackMan can also assist you with purchasing the proper equipment based on the data from your swing.
Although you are provided with hard data about how you are swinging, this doesn’t replace swing theory or a good golf coach. The TrackMan, created by a Danish company and introduced to the tour about seven years ago, doesn’t teach you to swing. It compiles the data to tell you more about your swing.
In my experience, this technology would be valuable to a golfer and coach to determine a good baseline on where their swing is and track incremental changes as the swing instruction develops. This product helps in instruction (but doesn’t replace it). The success & failure of a swing is measured by the millisecond and invisible to the naked eye – the TrackMan can help in this regard. Additionally, the TrackMan can also assist a golfer and coach in striking with consistency.
In the past the TrackMan was used by manufactures to optimize the tour pros’ equipment. More recently, it is used by many coaches and top players including Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan, among other notable names, as a teaching aid to help optimize their swings. According to TrackMan manufacturers, about 30 players currently on the tour own their product.
The TrackMan is a great product but it is not cheap, currently costing around $25,000. TrackMan also has a YouTube Channel.
Although the TrackMan isn’t in every golfers’ budget, learning the laws of ball flight and watching your ball fly off the tee is still free.