I know it has been a couple of months but I finally have the videos of my “Guru Workshop 15” edited and uploaded. This was a great day in which over 70 golf professionals and college coaches came together at my home, Carmel CC and watched and learned from a star-studded cast of presenters that included: Cameron McCormick, myself, Kirk Oguri, James Ridyard, John Graham and James Hong. The presentations and information were outstanding and the day ended with James Ridyard giving 2 wedge lessons for the group at the Carmel Golf Academy. Thanks to my outstanding staff, Josh Spragins, Maggie Simons and Seth Merz, the videos came out great and are now available to purchase for those who couldn’t make it this year. It includes: James Ridyards private lessons, James Hong’s Brian Manzella impression, My multi-color vineyard vine shirt and my always overuse of the word “deal”, Kirk Oguris Ninja wedge skills and his beautiful hair and Cameron’s video of Jordan Spieth as a 12 year old and his incredible vocabulary:)
******Unfortunately due to information that will appear in upcoming “Short Game Secrets” videos….John Graham and James Ridyard’s presentation will not be available. You will just have to go see them live or book them at your facility or you will just have to make sure you make it next year:)
The price for the entire 7 hours of footage is $85.00
If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can pay through my paypal account. Here is a few clips of the all of the presenters so you can get a taste of how the product came out.
Due to the outstanding feed back from this years workshop, I will be hosting and presenting another one next year at about the same time so I hope that you will be able to make it as I plan on making it bigger and better (If that is possible) but I have an idea that might just blow you away! Have a great 2015
This is an interview that I did with Virgil on 104.5 thezone where we discuss the biggest myth in putting and also Tiger Woods and Chris Como. Mind you,this was in December of last year so don’t beat me up too bad if Tiger doesn’t make it back but I am still optimistic. I hope you enjoy! and leave your comments at the bottom.
Thank you for reading my blog and watching the videos that I post. This is a presentation on the basics of how I teach with Trackman that I did for about 60 area golf professionals. My staff, Maggie Simons (@maggiesimons) and Josh Spragins (@joshspragins) presented as well and did an outstanding job. This is very basic information for most teachers but could be great for new coaches or students that might be interested in some of the information that Trackman and an expert teacher can provide. I wish I had the last 45 minutes where I show you how I change AOA, how I move my students into creating a feel and a little wedge information that I learned from James Ridyard and Andrew Rice but th camera battery went dead. I also did a presentation on how I teach putting and how I test my players that I will see if it was recorded and post if it came out. I already posted this on twitter but I wanted to get it on my website so if you already have seen it I understand. As always, leave comments or questions below. My talk will be a little more in depth at the Guru’s Workshop on March 23rd, so I hope you can join me and my friends for a great day.
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Another great year has flown by and I hope you have had time for reflection and have taken some time off to recharge. For me its been a great year of learning, growing in many areas of my life and hard work. New relationships were formed and current ones were made stronger which is what it’s all about. When my time on this earth is finished, I hope that my legacy wont be remembered by the material things, awards or lists that I might have made BUT by the relationships that I have built and other people who I have affected in a positive way. As Zig Ziglar says,”If you can help as many other people get what they want, you can have everything that you want…If you are interested” We don’t do nice things for other people to get something in return or for what you GET but because it is the right thing to do as a person and for what you BECOME. So many of you on this list I can now call a good friend and it all started here on “twitter.” I have learned so much and it has created so many opportunities for all of us. Before I get to the new inductees of the Top Teacher Twitter List I want to give a shout out to my amazing staff for without you I would be nothing. Maggie Simons, who just made top 50 US Kids instructor has done an amazing job this year stepping in as junior golf leader. I am so proud of your growth as an instructor and big things are ahead. Hard to believe that we could grow anymore but we did. With the help of Ryan Dailey and Matt Reagan, IGROW junior golf has taken our program to another level. I recommend you check this out as it is a definite game changer. Also congrats to Matt Reagan for winning the Youth Development Award for the Carolinas PGA section. Back to back for the IGROW team. Great to see your hard work paying off. Secondly, my addition of Josh Spragins has been a home run. If I haven’t learned anything over the years it been how to hire great people and Josh is no exception. He is going to be a superstar and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team with a great work ethic. If you are down at the show or visit the club, I hope that you get to meet Josh. Now I have to get him tweeting more :)….which is job requirement when you work for me.
GOAL OF THE LIST.….
To highlight individuals that are ACTIVE on twitter and doing the following: 1) sharing quality content 2) engaging with other coaches and golfers…which means answering tweets, using debate in a healthy way (no bashing other teachers) 3) promoting and lifting up other coaches to improve and recognizing good work
Requirement to qualify for the list You must have at least 3000 tweets. Next year it will be 4000 so if you didn’t make the list, get to tweeting. Make it a goal next year to reach out to these people and learn from them. Click on their names, follow them and add them to your lists. Thanks for all your support this year and I hope to see everyone in Orlando for #tweetup15!
Congratulations to our 16 new inductees to this years list. There were a few that were just short that I feel will make it next year and will receive honorable mention……. Also there were a few that were on last years list that didn’t make the 3000 that are on probation:)
- James Hong @jameshonggolf 5461
- Brandon Roby @brobypga 4090
- Allen Burton @docattherock 3015
- Preston Combs @pcombs21 5016
- Rodd Slater @roddslaterpga 5071
- Brandi Jackson @bjacksongolf 5512
- Jeff Pierce @thejeffbhf 4329
- Martin Park @parkythepro 17,100
- Jason Birnbaum @birnbaumgolf 3247
- Jason Guss @jasongussgolf 3381
- Phil Kenyon @swashputting 6552
- Tom Motley @motleygolf 12,300
- Sarah Bennett @sbennettgolf 3396
- Peter Brown @zippybrown2 9976
- Frank Guastella @fgcards 6314
- Maggie Simons @maggiesimons 3071
- Steven Giuliano 4216
- Mark Russo 6454
- Jeff Smith 4137
- Mario Bevilacqua 3617
- Jim Ragland 4800
- Kandi Comer 5158
- Mark Strong 3363
- Virgil Herring 5466
- Brad Myers 18,400
- Bill Devore 8210
- Andrew Steep 13,900
- Steven McDaniel 6914
- Joe Jezzard 6474
- Steven Aumock 4985
- Martin Chuck 3738
- Steve Dresser 5710
- Bill Schmedes 3442
- Todd Halpen 22000
- John Graham @johngrahamgolf 68.6K
- Sara Dickson @sara_pga 28.2k
- Jason Helman @jasonhelmangolf.com 8219
- Rob McGill @golfprorob 12.7K
- Kirk Oguri @kirkoguri 24.4K
- Andrew Marr @andrewmarrgolf 10.8K
- Dennis Sales @dennissalesgolf 14.5K
- Andrew Rice @andrewricegolf 8115
- Mike Fay @mikefaygolf 15.4K
- James Ridyard @jamesridyard 14.2K
- Vikki Vanderpool @vvanderpool 7168
- Mark Sweeney @aimpointgolf 5933
- Brad Redding @bradreddinggolf 7268
- Ed Bowe @bowegolf 7392
- Mark Durland @durlandgolf 4503
- Andy Griffith @andygriffiths1 7574
- Ryan Chaney @oraclerio 15.6K
- Rick Grayson @rickgraysongolf 5977
- Ryan Crysler @ryancrysler 21.5K
- Josh Boggs @boggspga 4004
- Hugh Marr @hughmarr 6000
- Erik Barzeski @iacas 8538
- Mitch Walz @walzygolf 8455
- Robert Campbell @rcampbellgolf 2779
- Petri Parviainen @piiter77 11000
- Ian Peek @ianpeekgolf 9269
- Jamie Donalson @golfdonaldson 9675
- Keith Stewart @kjpga 4270
- Matt Diederichs @mattdgolf 24.5K
- Blake Graham @blakegrahampga 19.6K
- Denise Hastings @hastingsgolf 2729
- Brett Packee @brettpackeegolf 6610
- Joe Mayo @trackmanmaestro 10.8K
- George Connor @connorgolf 4098
- Denis Pugh @Dpugh54 5803
- Derek Hooper @derekhoopergolf 3173
- TJ Yeaton @tjyeatongolf 3597
- Chris Gibson @chrisgibsongolf 5094
- Jesse Struebing @jstruebs 7700
- Kate Tempesta @KTUrbangolf 3390
- Andy Gordon @andygordongolf 4821
- Martin Park @parkythepro 17100
- Kevin Flynn @kflypga 8494
- James Martin @James_W_martin 3106
- Meindert Jan Boekel @BKLGolf 6030
- Donal Scott @donalscott 5723
- Michael Balderstone @mjbalderstone 3274
Here are a few amateurs that are doing a great job of growing the game through social media:
1. Ricky Lee Potts –@rickyleepotts aside from the many talks that he has given at PGA shows and such about how to use social media, he is leading the way with his incredible Google + Golf (almost 15,000 members) group. He utilizes the group to promote teaching professionals with his Friday Foursome hangouts as well as sharing information with golfers all over the world
2. Nick Chertock – @golfprogress. Nick is an avid golfer that has started several groups on Facebook including the most popular (Golf Teaching Professionals) group which attracted over 3000 members/teaching pros to the first LIVE forum at the PGA show. This year is number 3 and should be worth checking into. You don’t want to miss this years as it is going to be awesome.
2. Rich Hunt – @richie3jack Rich is doing some incredible analysis on PGA tour stats that is changing the way golfers and pros are thinking about different parts of the game. Make sure you get his 2014 golf synopsis that can be found on his twitter page.
Up and Coming Twitter Coaches (Guys and Girls that have alot to share and need to tweet more)
Thanks so much for reading and feel free to share!
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My goal has always been to provide you with the best and most current information from the top coaches in the country at an affordable price. I started this workshop 4 years ago when I presented all by myself and every year I have added some of the best instructors in the business to share their ideas and what makes them successful. This will be an outstanding day of learning and networking that I hope you can take advantage of. As you know if you attended last year, we don’t stop when the seminar is over……The after pre-game and after party allows you to get up close and meet the presenters and all of the top coaches that attend. This is a great way to meet new people in the industry, ask questions and build your learning base to get the year started out right. So without further delay……Here is our lineup of presenters for #guruworkshop15
Cameron McCormick began coaching golf in his home country of Australia in
1998. Moving to the United States in 2000 he brought with him the coaching
principles honed under the tutelage of the Victorian Institute of Sport coaches.
With a background in competitive golf, both collegiate, amateur and
professionally; in addition to knowledge in the biomechanics, motor learning and
psychology domains, Cameron has developed a national reputation as a sought
after coach to players at, or aspiring to, high levels of competitive mastery.
McCormick’s client list covers the gamut from beginner to elite players.
He is most well-known for coaching PGA Tour winner and 2013 PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year, Jordan Spieth since the age of 12. His clients, past and
present, include over 20 PGA, Web.com and LPGA Tour players & 3 of the last 6
USGA Junior Amateur champions.
McCormick is a PGA Class A professional with TPI certification in Fitness, Junior
Golf and Biomechanics; and has had his instruction articles published in Golf
Digest, DFW Links Magazine, Golf Illustrated, PGA Magazine and FORE Texas
He is the Director of Instruction at the historic Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas,
Texas. He is a Golf Digest Top 40 under 40 from 2010-2013, a US Kids Master
Kids Coach and in 2007 and 2013 he was named the North Texas PGA’s
Teacher of the Year.
Workshop Topic: Performance: Navigating the path to success from ignition to achievement
- Senior AimPoint Green Reading Specialist
- Full- Time Putting Coach
- Works with Several PGA andLPGA Tour Players including TrevorImmelman, Charles Howell, JamieLovemark, KrisTumilis and Mark Wilson
- Partners with James Ridyard in the Short Game Secrets video series and Golf Schools
- Has been featured on many radio shows and podcasts talking putting instruction and green reading
Workshop Topic: Putting Strategies and Drills when working with Tour Players and Elite Golfers
- National Advisor, Future Champions Golf Junior Tour
- 2014 GRAA Top 50 Teacher in America & 2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 Lifetime Master Teacher
- Nominated Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers list
- Over 193 tournament wins by past and present students, both juniors and adults
- Certifications include: TPI Level 2 Adult & Junior Coaching, US Kids Golf instructor, K-Vest 3D Biomechanics.
- Media credits: Golf Channel Swing Fix Instructor, Athlete Nation Online Instructor and Golfing Magazine.
Workshop Topic: Training and Developing Junior Golfers
- Golf Professional/Club Specialist at The Greens at Half Hollow
- Master Teacher/Club Fitter at Petes Golf Shop
- Top 100 Club Fitter – Golf Digest
- Top Player in the Met Section
Workshop Topic: Blending Instruction and Club Fitting to increase your value and grow your business
- specialist in golf performance, consulting, research and recent addition to the 2015
- Co-Founder with John Graham of Short Game Secrets golf schools and DVD Series
- Specializes in short game and wedge play with cutting edge research to back it up
- James has been fortunate enough to meet many inspiring individuals who have shaped his skills to the point we find today, the quest for personal development is ongoing however and will continue indefinitely. With past and current clients from the European Tour, Ladies European Tour, LPGA and experience on the PGA Tour James has a proven ability at the highest level to instil positive change in his players.James’ journey began as an Assistant Professional at The Bedfordshire Golf Club in 2000, an aspiring player he continued to compete throughout his PGA training period gaining qualification in 2004. A move to Orlando soon followed in order to hone his game and compete as much as possible. It was during this time that the urge to research the golf swing and the teaching of it really grew through his own struggles with form vs function.On his return to the UK he knew playing at the highest level was beyond him and started to dig for answers. This process took in many different countries, coaches and teaching philosophies. It’s fair to say that the most influential people James has met with regards to teaching the golf swing are Mike Bennett & Andy Plummer, not only for what they teach but the way the golf swing is looked at. This structure is what allowed James to pursue his research into the short game and put this research into a simple, understandable format.While continuing to research and develop himself and his ideas James takes great pride in providing the highest level of full swing and short game coaching available, something you can be sure of is that no stone will be left unturned in helping you achieve your potential.
Workshop Topic: What the best wedge players in the world are doing and how to use this information to help your players (Wedges Research and Using the Sprectrum for short game success)
Finally, a little about myself
- Director of Instruction at Carmel CC in Charlotte, NC
- Has been teaching golf for 23 years
- 2013 Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year
- Ranked #7 in the State of NC by Golf Digest 2013
- Ranked #9 in the State of NC by Golf Digest 2009
- Nominated 4 times to Golf Magazine top 100 list
- AimPoint Certified since 2011
- Teaches with Trackman, SAM Putt Lab and BodiTrak
- Teaches numerous Mini tour, Web.com, Symetra Tour, Top amateurs and elite juniors
- Have been featured on radio shows such as: XM PGA Tour Radio (Dewsweepers golf show with Tony Ruggerio, Maginnes of Tap with John Maginnes) Global Golf Radio with Virgil Herring and Ned Michaels- 104.5)
Workshop Topic: How to fix your students most common full swing and putting issues (including my fix for the yips)
I feel like we have an outstanding lineup for this years workshop. These are all friends of mine in which I have learned so much from over the years and I am glad to be able to bring them to Carmel so you can learn and interact with them as well.
To reserve your spot: email me at email@example.com. Once you sign up, you will recieve an invoice to pay your entry. The first 100 paid entry fees get in!
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This article is not designed to teach you how to use video in a golf lesson but to describe to you (teaching pros/golf pros) how I use video as a communication tool for my members and students. As I come to the end of my 3rd year at the best club in America (Carmel CC), I look back on some best practices that I started that I felt was successful in allowing me to change the culture and the instruction perception to match my vision and goals for my team and for the club. The number one idea that we use to this day is filming video tips that I share with the members every week or two. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t pass a member with a kind word about the latest video tip and how it helped their game or that they need to come down and see myself or one of my team for a lesson. I realized early on that just because you have a large membership it doesn’t mean that they will come to you for lessons. They need to get to know the instructional staff, what they teach and who they stand for and there is no better way than shooting a quality video to let them get an idea of your personality, your presence and most importantly…..what you look like 🙂 I have also toyed with using video newsletters to communicate the programs that you have coming up or a simple reminder of anything that you want them to know about the instruction team such as introducing a new team member or an interview with a guest instructor or expert in the business.
To make quality videos you don’t have to necessarily have the most expensive camera or equipment. I use a simple Kodak Playful camera with HD quality video. The most important piece is the “wireless mic” for sure. The sound quality or lack their of can ruin a video quicker than a bad picture. I use the Asden wireless mic and it works fine for what we do. I also use Microsoft windows movie maker software to do some basic editing but you can purchase more expensive programs such as Sony Vegas which I used to use back in the day.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
1) keep your message clear and concise (try to limit your non-words)
2) keep your videos 6 minutes or less (3 minutes is better but if it is longer it better be good)
3)start videos with a close up of your face and then zoom out as you describe your message. Let the audience see your face
4)Make sure your facing the sun so the picture is not shadowed and then can see you clearly. I did some great videos that were dark awhile ago and learned this the hard way
5) Always try to include a drill or exercise that the viewer can go to the range or putting green and try immediately (call to action is important)
The world is moving fast and the day of reading emails or written newsletters are coming to an end. Video is the what the people want and is the most effective way to communicate and get your members or students attention. I hope this helps as a best practice if you are looking for a better way to boost your teaching or golf shop business.
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF SOME VIDEOS THAT I HAVE DONE
Thanks for reading and watching. What are some of your ideas that have worked for you? Dont be afraid to share
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I wanted to post this video for a couple of reasons. 1) I think it is very good information that can help you look at your putting and stats a different way and 2) I wanted to share with my viewers, tweeps and friends a very special person in my life that I won’t get to see everyday like I have for the past year and a half. Alex van der Linden and I met through a mutual friend, Brian Baille, on social media about a year and a half ago. Brian knew that I had been teaching putting and learning more about SAM Putt lab data and reached out to me to let me know that I may want to contact this young man who was a wiz on the putt lab. These opportunities come across your radar and many times we don’t take action but something told me that this is one that I might take a chance on. I called Alex and we met for lunch one Monday that I was off. We proceeded to go to the dojo to test some stuff on the putt lab. When we finally looked up, 6 hours had gone by and I was blown away by the information, knowledge and overall presentation of this young guy that looked like a young poindexter (and so his nickname was adopted). I wasn’t looking to hire anyone and he wasn’t really looking for a job but I had to create an opportunity for the both of us to work together. My first personal assistant was created. Even though he was officially working for me, I always felt that we were working together because I feel like I learned as much from him as he learned from me. He watched me give hundreds of lessons, we discussed swing and putting theory, he assisted me in putting lessons and fittings and slowly we developed a relationship in which we could pretty much read each others minds, which is scary. He was left brain and I was right. He taught me how to critical think and question the so-called answers and I taught him how to take all the information, put the pieces together and present in a golf lesson to the average golfer. It is always great to see young professional learn and grow as Alex has done. I look back on my career and remember when I was his age and think of how far ahead he is to this point. I have seen his life and his career change in the blink of an eye and to think that I may have been a positive influence on it is very rewarding. I am excited to see what the future brings in his next endeavor as he leaves me to join the staff at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. I feel like that you will be seeing and hearing a lot from this up and coming superstar in the teaching business.
Ladies and Gentleman……It is my great pleasure to introduce my good friend…….The Golf Geek! Follow him on twitter @vandogolf
Best of Luck and God Bless My Friend,
During my snowbound days of being trapped in my house, I typically turn to twitter and the telephone to get the teaching juices flowing. So I posted the question tonight on twitter, “What is one thing are you teaching now that you didn’t five years ago due to new accurate information?” I got some very good answers that I would agree with like
1. The ball starts where the face is pointing
2. that hitting down doesn’t make the ball spin more
With all the new technology such as Trackman, Flightscope, AMM 3D and KVest and soon to be GEARS…..we have some answers that maybe we didn’t have in the past that could change our views on the golf swing, club delivery, ball flight and equipment. There has been much debate on the research that some of the top scientist are doing that will definite help us understand much of what we couldn’t see with a video camera, such as rotation rates, ground force reactions, wrist speed, torques of the shaft etc. etc. etc. I still think there is a place for observational science as long as it is followed by positive change and results. I am a big fan of research and although I am not a scientist, I still use these measuring tools to do my own research, but I think the area that I am most interested once I get my head around this information is……wait for it! HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE THESE IDEAS TO THE AVERAGE GOLFER SO THEY CAN USE IT TO IMPROVE!
This is why I preach’ “Don’t be lazy in language” Learn to communicate by explanations that make sense and also learn how to move your students properly to create a feel to connect with the change. I know some teachers don’t believe this but this is what I believe. It does not show weakness in a teacher, it just another vehicle for long-term change. Ok back to the topic, sorry!
So here is what I have changed in my teaching in the last 5 years in its simplest form:
1. Knee action – I used to try to keep the flex in the rear leg but realized how I was hampering my student’s ability to get more shoulder rotation with is critical for overall shape of swing. Much more important than creating separation of hips/shoulders. I now let rear leg extend to increase hip turn.
2. How important hand path is to sweet spot controll. Hand path and how it relates to the force vector in the downswing relative to where the club head path is. All good players let the clubhead drop behind the hand path in transition and players that let hands get away from body in downswing get the shanks 🙂
3. How pivot style affects low point control – I definitely teach less weight transfer to the rear foot than I used to. I prefer to keep the center of the shoulders on top of the hips. It is not an absolute but it increases the chances of controlling the bottom of the circle. I know that weight/pressure moves to the backside so don’t start screaming. This has nothing to do with head movement although we tend to use the head as a reference, but I would prefer to not have too much side to side or bobbing.
4. Weight Forward Is a Big Deal – I definitely teach much more hip slide in the transition than I used to. In order to move the path direction to the right, which is what most of the students that I teach need, the weight/pressure has to move quicker and smoother to the front side. Sliding and keeping the hips closed longer slows the shoulders down to allow for the club to shallow out easier which helps the average golfer immensely. If you are trying to spin your hips to start your downswing (unless you are an under planer) you will pull the club out to in and across the ball.
5. More neutral shaft lean at address and impact in pitching (and shallower A o A) – Thanks to Andrew Rice, Mr. Vokey and Dave Nevelle from Titleist and Vokey wedges, I now understand how the wedge should interact with the turf properly. I used to teach a lot of shaft lean and a bowed lead wrist at impact. I now understand that this causes the club ….to dig too much and come out too low.I also now know that we need a shallower angle of approach to increase spin (not hitting down). I now teach a more neutral shaft with enough weight forward to still maintain low point and a solid strike. I also want the handle to move up and in at post impact. For more information on wedges check out my friend Andrew Rice’s site at www.andrewricegolf.com
I have learned a lot more than just this 5 but I will leave the rest for my seminar in March.
The point is. The great teachers are always learning. The great teachers aren’t afraid to say that they didn’t understand or I didn’t know that but I am glad I do now. If you are teaching the same stuff that you were teaching 5 years ago then you aren’t paying !attention. We have to continue to learn from research but don’t forget one of the most important aspects of teaching: BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE. If you can’t relate your ideas to your student, then you have lost the battle of improvement. I don’t care how much you know about the golf swing. The great ones can do it all!
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