Swing Philosophy

Published on 21 June 2008 by in Swing Tips


There is no one perfect swing for every golfer, but every golfer has their best swing. What may be mechanically efficient for one maybe physically demanding of another.

As a PGA teaching professional it is my duty to recognize ability, body and temperament. Then communicate proper fundamentals and correct body motion.

Understanding these are the foundations of a self-repeating swing, which is the key to your best golf swing and lower scores.

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Back to work at Torrey!

Published on 21 June 2008 by in Uncategorized


Well as golf fans and students that take lessons from me at Torrey Pines, I’m sure we all agree that it was an exciting and successful 108th US Open Championship. Tiger wasn’t going to be denied at Torrey Pines. What a machine. As most fans were heard saying, “He’s unbelievable”.

Here’s the course of action:

Lessons: Now that the US Open is over my lesson schedule will start on Thursday June 19th when the courses re-open for public play. My playing lessons schedule will start Monday June 30th, South Course only. I’m not sure how difficult it will be going standby that first week for playing lessons as I don’t know what effect the Open will have on playing demands. Later in the day is better. Remember that I do encourage referrals. For anyone that signs up for a lesson series, I will give a half-hour complimentary lesson to the student that referred them.


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Doing Your Homework

Published on 30 November -0001 by in Swing Tips


Remember, my job is to educate you as a golfer to help you move forward. Then it’s up to you the golfer to focus on the difficult characteristics of your swing and repeat certain moves until it feels more natural. It’s important to provide you with a solid foundation of the basics and to motivate you to such an extent that you take on the responsibility to work on your game.  In practical terms, that involves designing drills and exercises. That’s the best thing about drills and exercise, they not only spice up your practice time but they amplify that obscure component of “feel” and so speeds up your improvement.

Many of you are puzzled when I suggest you practice at home without a ball, simply rehearsing your swing and doing drills. So many of my students are under the false impression that constructive practice has to involve pounding thousands of balls. On the contrary, the majority of golfers would improve their game extensively if only they would set aside a few minutes during the week to run through some chosen drills at home. Without the concern of making a “hit at the ball”, it’s easier to focus on the finer points of technique, develop a repeating method and build so-called muscle memory through repetition of good moves.

Part of the skill in learning the game of golf is to understand your own tendencies and weaknesses, and using your practice time wisely. When you are making contact with a ball and working on a new move, try to focus on the execution of the new move at hand and not so much on the result of your shot.

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