Our schedule is efficient
Session A - 1.5 hours (Weeks 1 and 3)
Session B - 1.5 hours (Weeks 2 and 4)
Session A -
5 minutes - Flexibility
10 minutes - Strength
5 minutes - Stamina
5 minutes - Confidence Training
5 minutes - Rules/Etiquette Speech
20 minutes - Putting
20 minutes - Short Game
20 minutes - Full Swing
Session B -
5 minutes - Flexibility
25 minutes - Putting
20 minutes - Short Game
20 minutes - Swing Memory/ Stamina
20 minutes - Full Swing
e are our best when
we feel our best.
After helping hundreds of players attempt to hit the golf ball I have noticed one thing in all "bad" golf shots. At some point in the backswing or delivery into the golf ball the player took their eye off the ball. It’s much like trying to drive a nail into a piece of wood without looking at it. However, this concept is made even more
difficult because the golf swing should require movement of your entire body. Flexibility allows a player to coil their body properly and maintain the right amount of posture all while keeping their head steady and eyes looking at the ball.
Many times proper swing mechanics cannot be achieved due to a lack of leg and core strength. This can mean more than a loss of distance but can make it very difficult to maintain proper form and hit the ball adequately. Most of the girls that play college golf are powerful players. However, that doesn’t mean they always were. Our program is designed to help young women create enough strength to play good golf.
Golf was thought of in the past by most people as a less than physically demanding sport. If you are one of those people go hit 2 buckets of balls at your nearest driving range and spend another hour working on your short game around a green. When you’re done there spend 45 minutes with your back bent over working on 3 ft putts. Now, walk over to your golf bag, throw it on your shoulder and head to the number 1 tee, without a golf cart. Walk the next 18 holes over the next 4 to 5 hours playing a competitive round and you will see why conditioning your body for this day would have been so important. This is a standard
day at the course for a competitive golfer and why college golf requires hard work and discipline. This is why they get up at 5:30am before class and hit the gym, run the miles and fight for the sport they love. We cannot make the girls understand what it takes but we will give the girls that want to the opportunity to be more than ready for the next level.
A new player usually lacks the confidence they will hit their 7 iron 160 yards with a slight draw 8 feet away from a pin tucked over a sand trap on the left side of the green...and rightfully so. However, our program teaches a player to have confidence hitting shots they are capable of hitting so they can progress towards confidence hitting the type of shot previously described. Confidence is not only the only way a player can design and execute a great golf shot but it’s why we love the game of golf so much. Golf teaches a player mental fortitude they can apply to the rest of their life. We can’t think of a better thing golf has to offer a young lady than strengthening their mind for life ahead. The best golfers in the world walk, talk, and see things with confidence.
One thing I have noticed with all great golfers is the way they “carry” themselves on the golf course. Their head is held high, their shoulders are back and they exude a certain amount of confidence with every step they take. In our opinion, this is something that requires a certain amount of confidence. Whether you walk into an interview or up the last fairway with a golf tournament for the taking how you do it matters. Success in this world requires a humble confidence and “shoulders back and head held high” will be something each student will become very used to hearing.
Jason Day, a number 1 player on the PGA tour, is known for closing his eyes before he hits a golf ball. He has a 15 step preshot routine that he developed along with his performance coach.
My experience is most players are so caught up in how they are hitting the ball they almost forget where they are trying to hit it. This is why vision is so important. We teach drills that help the mechanics of the golf swing but when it’s time to hit the ball we teach a player how to let their mind take control and “fight for their target.”
Pride comes before the fall but confidence prevents a stumble.
Most people have a fear of giving a speech in front of a large crowd of people. A tip often used by Public Speaking Coaches is to focus your attention away from your anxiety and concentrate on your message and the task itself. Growing up about the same age as Tiger Woods I remember watching him on television as a very young player. His words on camera sounded like a polished 40 year old news anchor, not a 17 year old kid. He was taught from a very young age to speak up, speak clearly and, most importantly, fearlessly. Anyone can learn to do the same thing. However, everyone that does it well has to put effort into doing it until it becomes second nature. A series of exercises will allow each girl the opportunity to learn to overcome their fears and speak with confidence. This is another step towards walking up the last fairway confidently focused on the task at hand instead of fearful of what might happen.
Full Swing -
If you are making full swings on the driving range trying to get better, you won't. Your brain is not set up to learn that way! You need a clear set of instructions, a repeatable process to learn, to be the golfer you want to be. We are not a golf lesson. We are a process to great golf. This is why a weekly program for young golfers is so important. Golf is something that requires small adjustments over a long period of time to improve a players skills. Very rarely does a player go from bad to good overnight, it’s just not that kind of sport. Regardless of skill level our drills teach a player how to know and execute their best swing.
Short Game -
We call this the Minus 100 Program. Some of the best ball strikers in the world you will never know about. Why? They don’t know how to score from 100 yards and in. This is something that requires a lot of time. From putting to chipping to wedge play and everything in between we help our students learn the shots they need to score better. This program is, truly, a lot of fun. While the basics of The New Way Golf swing process remains the same for a 90 yard shot as it does for 170 yard shot the set up and sequencing vary a great deal. The ball has to approach the green many different ways to end up as close to the hole as possible and our students have to know when and where to use the right approach shot.
After watching high school girls golf matches I have noticed one very important factor in scoring. I’ve seen girls hit a great drive and a better second shot within feet from the hole and end up with a 6 on the hole. If you don’t feel like doing the math, that means they putted the ball 4 times. Unfortunately this happens a lot. To be completely up front with you, this is absolutely ridiculous and should never happen. Unless, of course the proper putting techniques have not been learned and practiced. Direction is important but we spend a lot of time teaching our students distance control on the green. They need to know how far the ball goes with a certain stroke. Putting is a huge factor in the overall score. Putting can be boring but through games and challenges we do all we can to make the learning process enjoyable.
And then we have to score.
Learning to play by the Rules is part of the nature of golf. Golf is a game of integrity which, again, is something golf teaches like no other sport can. The USGA rules of golf is 231 pages long. I know, that surprises most people. Each week we spend a few minutes integrating the Rules of Golf and learning to speak confidently together. Two
girls are asked each week to memorize a small section of the Rules book, stand in front of the group and recite it. While this may be uncomfortable to some, we believe the simple exercise is very beneficial.
The natural inclination of most players is to hit the ball as far as they can with almost every shot. This can be detrimental to the end score. Players need to spend time planning how they are going to play each hole and have a strategy to stick to regardless of where the ball ends up. In most cases high school girls will end up with a better score by laying up to a particular place in the fairway instead of trying a much harder shot and going for the green. We have
created a concept called Percentage of Success. We teach a player to learn what shots and distances they hit best at a higher percentage rate and learn to score from that position with confidence. As their skills improve their targets will become more difficult and their score will lower even more.
There is a reason this topic does not go under the confidence category. I have played competitive golf my entire life and I have seen and been a part of success and failure at what I like to call the breaking point of the round. There is a point in every round of golf where the round could go two ways. The better the player the more prominent this point in time is however each player has a decision to make. Are we, as golfers, going to allow a failure on the course, a bad swing, a bad hole, to ruin our round or fuel our round. I have taken a double
bogie and turned it into two more double bogies and I have taken a double bogie and turned it into birdie after birdie. I have seen great players respond in both ways. While a good attitude does not always mean a good round we guarantee it means a better one. We do not tolerate “goofy”. Being goofy ends up being a distraction. Instead, we believe a player should laugh, have fun and smile between shots but when it’s time to focus we focus and execute.