7 Nights At The Twitter Academy (Junior Edition)….A Must See If You Want To Play College Golf

For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter. The mastermind crew, orchestrated by my good friend Jason Helman, are helping the juniors this week with a variety of topics. I was fortunate to be joined by one of my Elite juniors, Philip Oweida as we talked about the value of using video during playing lessons. I was also joined by former LPGA tour player, Perry Swenson and former mini-tour and reigning Carmel Club Champion, Justin Livonius for an interview about the college recruiting process and some valuable tips that the juniors don’t want to miss. Here is my video submission and the entire interview (uncut) with Perry adn Justin. I hope you enjoy and share them with your junior golfer.

See you on the tee at “The Best Club In America”


Guru TV – Lesson With Tour Player Chelsea Bach (my 2000th Follower)

I know its been awhile since I shot a Guru TV episode but here is a special edition that I hope you enjoy. I recently reached 2000 followers on Twitter and I wanted to do something special for that person. I was willing to give away some Guru Swag but come to find that this young lady did not need that since she was already a professional golfer and had a sponsor. So I offered to do a video swing analysis (A mini-Guru Project) since she is in Arizona and she kindly agreed to let me have a look at her golf swing. Chelsea is playing the mini-tours and is working toward to LPGA tour. Her coach has done a fantastic job with her so I thought I would give her my ideas to add to an already fabulous golf swing. I had to break up the video into 2 parts due to my lengthy analysis so click on the second one to see the finished product.

Follow Chelsea On Twitter @CB_Golf

See you on the lesson tee @ Carmel CC


PRACTICE? What Do You Mean I Have To Practice?

Big Thanks to @LiamPGA for the topic tonight. Be sure to follow Liam’s tweets on twitter. I was listening to XM radio the other day and the topic was, “What are the top reasons why golfers don’t practice?” I would love to hear your top 5 if you would leave them in the comment section. Some of the answers were 1. I only have time to play not practice 2. My wife complains if I am at the golf course for that long etc. You get the idea. I think it is primarily because 1. It takes commitment to change 2. Players don’t have a plan for improvement so they are just cementing bad habits and 3. Most people are impatient and quit trying if it they don’t see results right away.

This just in……..ready! GOLF IS HARD PEOPLE! ok, don’t stop reading. In my opinion, this is what makes golf so great…..the challenge. The fact that we will never be satisfied with the level we are playing to makes it the greatest game in the world.  So here is a few nuggets on how to build a practice plan

1. know what you are trying to accomplish get with your coach and discuss the keys until they are clear. If your coach can’t explain it so you can understand the what, why and how…….find another coach!

2. Use your mirror if it’s too cold or the weather is bad. Rehearsal swings with your eyes on it is the next best thing to a video. I caution you to not hit too many balls into a net without ball flight validation. Could be more harmful than good.

3. spend 60% of your time inside 60 yards and include putting. Search my archives and find the putting post I did on Putting Boot Camp for drills to include in your time..

4. Spend half of 50% of your time in mechanical mode which includes your workstation (see video) and working on changing your pattern. The other half should be practicing like your play which should include (a pre-shot routine, lining up to different targets, changing clubs and learning to hit different shots ( the 9 ball drill )…..Playing par 2 on the practice green with one ball to see what you can shoot. This is an area most golfers don’t spend enough time in so you can successfully transfer the skill to the golf course……Any Ranger Rick’s out there?

Bottom line is that you can get some work done even if the weather is bad. Let me know if this helps motivate you to take a lesson and then go practice. There are No shortcuts to improving at golf. Talk to you tomorrow night.

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See you on the lesson tee at Carmel,


GURU TV Archive: The Value Of Proper Rehearsal Swings

This is one of my favorite shows that I did before I left DRGS because I think it can really help you if done correctly. For those of you who have worked with me know how much I like to manipulate the students into what I want them to feel as I explain to them what I am doing. It is the best way to connect the feel with the real and hit multiple senses that will create long-lasting pattern changes. The first key is knowing what you don’t want to do (the major error) and secondly, being able to make meaningful rehearsal swings that go opposite of the error. All the great players do this. Lately, Tiger Woods has been see making an exaggerated outside to in downswing rehearsal that people are wondering what he is doing. He has finally figured out that his pattern is creating a swing path that is too much inside out or to the right. He is creating an opposite feel of the error and it has obviously helped his ball striking which should worry the rest of the PGA tour because I think he’s got it. So my tip of the night is………..Dont be afraid of exaggerating the opposite move that you are trying to get rid of, check it on video for validation and imprint the feel and hang on to for dear life because as they say in this crazy game of golf, we never really own it! We just borrow it for a while, just kidding but it feels that way sometimes.

See you on the lesson tee,


50,000 Page Views: Guru Thanks You For Your Support

Just wanted to tell all of you who have read my blog or watched an episode of GURU TV, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope that I have helped your game or pointed you in the right direction in some way form or fashion. I created this blog for YOU, the passionate golfer and golf fan and I am excited to see what lies ahead as I start another chapter of writing and tv shows. As always, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section about what you would like to see in the blog or ask a question that I will air on Guru TV. I know I open it up to you from time to time with an ask the guru segment but this is the time of year as things slow down that I will be able to answer questions, shoot new episodes and interact with you all which is my goal. I am always accessible for you, the passionate golfer or coaches that want to communicate. You can find me in a variety of places in the social media world but most of all here:

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/golfgurutv      – follow me and @ me to join the conversation

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See you on the lesson tee at Carmel,


Guru TV – Body Pivot Options: Neutral vs. Positive

The body is the engine of the swing. After you train the hands and arms effectively then you can focus on your body pivot. In the past I have talked about matching components. Different pieces put together correctly that allow you to swing the club on the correct swing plane. You can’t get these mixed up or you will not hit the ball your best. Here are the different combinations that I prescribe for the best results:

Neutral Pivot (Option 1) – steeper shoulder plane, higher right hip, centered head position. I recommend coupling with a flatter hand/arm plane to balance out the swing.

Chad Campbell – Option 1

Positive Pivot (Option 2) – flatter shoulder plane, level hips, spine tilted away from target. Head moves a half of a head away from target. I recommend a more a more upright arm plane to match. Requires a bigger slide forward with the hips and hand drop from the top to balance out hsp.

Ryan Moore Option 2


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See you on the lesson tee,


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