2017 Torrey Pines Summer Golf Camps

Published on 17 March 2017 by in Uncategorized


Famed Torrey Pines Golf Course in beautiful La Jolla, California provides the backdrop for an unforgettable Torrey Pines/Nike Golf Camp experience. Join me and my staff, for daily instruction and course play on legendary Torrey Pines South this summer.


Nike Golf Camps at Torrey Pines are designed for campers with some prior golfing experience. Skills development clinics kick-off the camp day, followed by a late lunch/early dinner at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.The remainder of each day is spent playing historic Torrey Pines South, site of the memorable 2008 U.S. Open. Camps run Monday to Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to sunset and are open to boys and girls, ages 10 – 17.


The fee for city of San Diego residents is $549. The fee for visitors (including San Diego County residents) is $795. Please choose the correct residency classification when selecting your camp dates. Residency is verified by zip code.


Instruction with low student-to-teacher ratio from experienced PGA/LPGA professionals
2.5 hours of daily clinics covering putting, pitching, chipping, bunker play and full swing
Daily course play with staff, includes playing lessons and competitions
Early dinner (included in camp fee) at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Nike amenity package including hat, balls, camp workbook, water bottle and bag tag
A healthy and positive learning environment designed to help every camper get better

For more information, dates and registration click this link: Summer Golf Camps

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Hi-Ball, Lo-Ball…The Two Lies

Published on 06 May 2013 by in Uncategorized


The hi-ball lie and the lo-ball lie. We’re talking about the lie that’s just off the green either sitting up on spongy Kikuyu or¬† buried underneath thick Bermuda rough. You’ll have to determine which chip shot your going to use.

For the buried lie, take a marginally wider stance, and play the ball in the center. Hinge your wrists sharply on the backswing to create the steep angle you’ll need coming into impact. You’ll need some leg action to get the club under the ball. Drive your knees toward the target on the downswing as you extend your arms down and through. Imagine the letter V with your arms as you you swing into the ball. The thick grass will cut off your swing so don’t worry about the follow through. Focus on shifting into the shot and swinging down steeply.

I think the lie sitting up can also be tricky because you can slide the club right under it and whiff it or hit it fat, so it feels as though you made ball contact with a head cover on your club. To hit this shot, you want play the ball off your back foot and take a narrow stance with your knees marginally straighter. From there, generate a simple sweeping motion as if you were trying to make a long putt. Rotate your body back and through, keeping your wrists firm and your legs quiet. Don’t shift your knees forward on the downswing, that tendency will drive the club down and you’ll risk swinging under the ball. You don’t want to dig it, you want to clip it.

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Taking the club to far back

Published on 23 October 2012 by in Swing Tips, Uncategorized


Too many players have a tendency to take the club too far back in their backswings which we’ve come to know as an “overswing”. This can lead to a domino effect of faulty motion and the consequences are inconsistency in direction as well as distance.

There are a couple faults which promotes taking it too far back. Most common is to keep swinging the arms after the body stops in the backswing, causing the left elbow to collapse or bend to much. When this happens, the players tendency is to throw the club from the top, causing the body to stay back on the right side which pushes the club onto an outside path, and the wrists unhinge too early. The typical result is a weak slice.

To fix this, think of keeping your hands further away from your head at the top of your backswing. This produces a wider arc so its easier to swing the club back in front of your body on the way down. Leading to straighter shots and more consistency.

The other common fault is too much straightening of the right knee in the backswing causing an over rotation of the hips and shoulders. The club gets too deep or stuck behind the upper torso. When this happens, it causes a narrowing of the arc with the club to close to the body leading to pushes and hooks.

To fix this, keep the right knee slightly bent all the way to the top of your backswing. If you straighten the right knee going back your right hip gets higher than it should and your weight goes left. Focus on the right knee staying as flexed as it was at address and the weight will be on the right thigh and the right arc of your foot. Yes the knee will swivel to the right a little during your backswing and that’s fine. This limits the over rotation of the hips and shoulder turn keeping the hands and arms from getting too deep by a more controlled rotation. When the arms stay short but wide in your backswing your in a better position to swing the club back to the ball on a straighter path. That leads to efficient ball striking…further and straighter shots.


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