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Teach Playing The Game

Posted on by Thomas T Wartelle WGCA contributing writer

By: Thomas T Wartelle WGCA contributing writer When I was younger, I was fortunate to spend some time with Lionel Hebert, winner of the 1957 PGA Championship. That year was the last time this major championship was played as match play. His brother, Jay Hebert, later won the 1960 PGA Championship when it was stroke […]

Time To Change The Message – (Part 1)

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill, WGCA contributing writer During a recent lesson with a gentleman who’s been playing for over 55 years, I was able to reaffirm my belief about how golf swing instruction took a wrong turn a few decades ago.  Soon to follow is the movement toward specialized fitness for golf. I’m fully aware of the […]

Long Live The King

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer Arnold Palmer came from humble beginnings. As a boy, he was not permitted in the clubhouse at Latrobe Country Club, where his father oversaw the duties as head professional and greenskeeper. However, this did not stop him from becoming the legend everyone could not help but love. We could […]

Slumpbust Like Rory Mcilroy

Posted on by Gregg Steinberg WGCA contributing writer

By: Gregg Steinberg, WGCA contributing writer Not long ago, Rory Mcilroy was the number one player in the world. With four majors, amazing power and youth on his side, it seemed like Rory would dominate golf for years to come. Then he fell into an amazing putting slump. Rory recently mentioned that he lost his confident […]

Growing The Game

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer I woke up Sunday morning, August 14th, thinking about the Olympics and the day’s events. Going to be an exciting day as the gold medal will be decided and, oh yeah, I think there’s golf. The gold medal I’m talking about is, of course, the fastest man on earth. […]

Three Ways To Boost Confidence In Your Athletes

Posted on by Dr. Shaunna Taylor, Ph.D

By: Dr. Shaunna Taylor, Ph.D Start by encouraging them to examine their core beliefs about themselves. Every coach has struggled with building confidence in their athletes and team, and yet, there are surprisingly few resources that help address this important challenge. While every athlete has their own individual profile and history, there are some important foundational theories that apply to all. […]

Working With A New Student

Posted on by Steve Williams WGCA contributing writer

By: Steve Williams, WGCA contributing writer It can be very easy for a golf instructor, working with a new student, to just pick out swing faults, and then tell a person how they’re doing it wrong. Then, that teacher shoves their knowledge of the golf swing down the student’s throat until the student feels intimidated, […]

THE FUTURE OF GOLF AND VIRTUAL REALITY

Posted on by Ben Bryant WGCA contributing writer

By: Ben Bryant, WGCA contributing writer In 2014, Facebook bought a small virtual reality startup company called Oculus for $2 billion.  Such a large investment by one of the world’s leading tech companies caused the world’s ears to perk up. People began to ask whether or not virtual reality – or VR – would be […]

TIGER’S ADVANTAGE

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer Tiger Woods averaged 342 yards off the tee at the 1996 Masters, his second year playing the event. We all know how the story went in 1997 with his dominating 12-stroke margin of victory. Pictured below were his tools of the trade. What is remarkably noticeable are the two […]

THE VALUE OF VIDEO!

Posted on by Steve Williams WGCA contributing writer

By: Steve Williams, WGCA contributing writer There is a communication gap between the typical golf instructor and their students.  That gap is the perception of reality by the student.  To illustrate this point, lets think about a chicken wing. First, for clarity, let me give you my description of a chicken wing: Because of improper supination […]

CONFIDENCE IS A CHOICE

Posted on by Gregg Steinberg WGCA contributing writer

By: Gregg Steinberg, WGCA contributing writer While confidence is an essential ingredient for successful golf, it is as fickle as an eight-year-old boy in a candy store. One moment he wants to try the sweet Gummy Bears and the next he will gobble up the sour chews. Birdies can give you a sweet air of invincibility […]

A STILL SHOT

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer A photograph is a still shot in our minds, a suspension of time, a memory that gives and helps of live. This article will be short. I recently lost someone close, a pillar of stability in our family. It is in these times as humans we reflect about life. […]

A TIGER, A BEAR AND A HAWK…OH MY!!

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer So who is the best player of all time? Yes I realize comparing players from different eras is next to impossible if not frowned upon but in light of Tiger turning 40 it would be an interesting exercise to compare his record with those of past greats. It would […]

COACHING VERSUS TEACHING/A DIFFERENT TRAJECTORY (Part 3)

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer The ladder of success is not created equally for everyone, at least not when it comes to sport. As previously discussed, we have our windows of opportunity as a child to exposure of a multitude of physical activities, employing the three cores of fundamental movement: 1)      Stability/balance    2) Locomotion    […]

COACHING VERSUS TEACHING – A DIFFERENT TRAJECTORY

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill, WGCA contributing writer Today, the term “coach” is thrown out there more often than ever, as opposed to “teacher” when referring to whom touring professionals are working with regarding their swings. Aaaah…wrong term, folks! One who teaches the golf swing, but rarely, if ever, enters into a holistic approach to game improvement, […]

POSITIVE SELF TALK

Posted on by Gregg Steinberg WGCA contributing writer

By: Gregg Steinberg, WGCA contributing writer Serena Williams almost had a tennis season for the ages. In September, she came within two matches of winning the calendar grand slam for 2015. Williams won the first three majors, but lost in the semi-finals at the U.S. Open. Although disappointing, Williams has had a fabulous year, as well […]

BELIEVE AND YOU WILL ACHIEVE

Posted on by Dave Hill WGCA contributing writer

By: Dave Hill, WGCA contributing writer As the end of the 2015 campaign on the main professional tours is coming to an end, I got to thinking. Here I am as a Master Golf Teaching Professional in the USGTF and a 25-year PGA member with over 27 000 hours of lessons and coaching behind me, […]

Golf Is Great No Matter What Your Age

Posted on by Arlen Bento WGCA contributing writer

By: Arlen Bento, WGCA contributing writer Golf is a great game, no matter what your age!  No other game or sport in the world is as age-friendly as golf on the highest level of competition. Davis Love III, an icon in professional golf, proved that even after injuries and surgery,  a great golfer can find […]