Christmas Gift Recomendations For Golfers and Coaches


What do you buy the golfer on your list for Christmas? New clubs are great and lessons to go with it is even better but here are a few suggestions for those who would like some guidance through the winter or offseason. Here is my first suggestion stocking stuffer ……

Short Game Secrets with John Graham and James Ridyard is a great video package on the short game and putting that is not just your run of the mill golf tips dvd. John Graham and James Ridyard are two of the best in the business and I can guarantee you will learn something new that will have an immediate impact of your scoring shots. Here are a couple of clips to give you an idea of what you are getting but click on the link above to take advantage of the pre-order price. Also make sure you visit their respective websites by clicking on their names.






Using AimPoint For Course Strategy and Increasing Probability with John Graham

Once in awhile I like to post videos that I think will make an immediate impact on your game and this is one of them. Being an Aimpoint instructor myself, I heard John Graham talk about this when we did our Putting seminar together for the Carolinas section in the spring and I have been sharing this information with my clinics and students ever since. John is always thinking out of the box and taking the information to the next level. Thanks for doing this video as I hope it opens some eyes for some golfers to do 2 things 1) take an AimPoint clinic and 2) understand that it is not as hard core as people make it out be. Understanding the pieces that go into green reading is simply fine tuning your read and increasing your chances of making putts. It is still a SIGHT AND FEEL Exercise. The science is already built in to help you get closer to the answer.

Follow John on twitter @johngrahamgolf

and Me at @golfgurutv

Please share and comments are always welcome #makeeverything



2013 Mastermind Crew Roundtable Discussion

The PGA show is many things to different people. For me it’s about opportunities to learn, catch up with old friends and meeting new ones. You have all heard of my mastermind crew (Rob McGill, Dennis Sales, Jason Helman, Kirk Oguri) which is comprised of some of the best coaches and club fitters in the golf business and we all met a few years ago on twitter. This is the second year that we have got together to discuss different topics in the golf world. We havent managed to get everyone together yet as we were missing John Graham, Sara Dickson, Mike Fay and Andrew Marr but we still had a great time with the roundtable. A big thanks to Ricky Lee Potts for moderating it and coming up with the questions and to my Junior Golf leader Adam Ohsberg for doing the filming and editing for the project. I am so fortunate to be involved with this group of great professionals and I hope that you enjoy the videos. I have also linked there twitter accounts to the names above so you can follow them as they are all very active on twitter and are very interested in helping golfers and other coaches improve.

Follow me on twitter @golfgurutv



Guru’s Teaching Workshop with Special Guest John Graham

390723_2419228598183_1175444144_32457108_1456842240_nIn the eve of my departure to the National Teaching and Coaching Summit and the PGA AimPoint Certified black.2.0Merchandise Show, I wanted to announce that I would be hosting my second annual teaching seminar at Carmel Country Club on Monday, March 18th. I am also very excited to have John Graham as my guest speaker. John is from Rochester, NY and  is the Director of Instruction at Webster Golf Club. He is also a Senior Aimpoint Green 418262_3045357531015_1175444144_32700438_1144119419_nReading Instructor and an expert in the world of social media. For those of you who don’t know Mr. Graham need to take this opportunity to meet one of the greatest minds in golf instruction today and a very good friend of mine. At this seminar I will discuss my teaching philosophy for the full swing and John and I will share lots of  putting information. John and I have been doing some research using the SAM Putt Lab and have compiled plenty of data in the last year that we will share and discuss with the group. We will also be doing live lessons using the SAM Putt Lab and John will give you and overview of AimPoint technologies with some additional drills that you can share with your students. The cost is $100.00 and will run from 9:00  to 5:00. You will earn 5 msr points for your participation. I have an exciting day of learning and sharing quality golf information for you so I hope you can join John and I for this great event. Here is and overview of my program and how to sign up. I hope to see everyone in Orlando.

  • The 5 Mastermind Skills that every teacher should know – The CGA Framework304280_2312143841131_1175444144_32381511_1042688301_n
  • The art of moving and manipulation the student to create pattern changes
  • How to use technology to speed up the learning process
  • Teaching Putting at the Next Level – Learn the 5 Most Important Aspects of Putting  and how to teach them
  • S.A.M. Putt Lab Data and research will be revealed that will dispel the most common myth in putting
  • Live Putting Lessons using the S.A.M. Putt Lab that will teach you how to move the numbers and help your students improve faster
  • How to use the 4 corners of social media to drive business, create brand awareness andD-plane_2_11 improve your teaching skills
  • An Introduction to AimPoint Green Reading with drills to share with your students

Date:  Monday, March 18th

Place: Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road, Charlotte, North Carolina

Cost: 100.00/person

Email Jason Sutton to reserve your spot

 If you have any questions feel free to say hello at the PGA Show. I would love to meet you all.



7 Nights At The Twitter Academy: Gaining Momentum (videos included)

The bible says,”Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. 10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up.”  Not to get preachy with you but the point is that we can accomplish more in a group than as individuals. Our goal for this project was simple,”To Help Grow the Game Of Golf,” As the goal stated is very straight forward, the avenues that lead us down this journey can take on many forms. So here is my lists that make up the objective and then I will review the project for those coming late to the gathering.

1. to share quality golf information with the average golfer through a single social media vehicle (

2. to highlight some outstanding PGA and CPGA professionals that you may not have heard of before

3. to share knowledge and open up discussion/debate with other coaches in the industry

4. to stretch ourselves to become better through the sharing and learning process (iron sharpens iron)

5. And finally to show other golf professionals the value and effectiveness of social media through tracking views and comments that could lead to future relationships and business with: students, members and other coaches)

So lets backtrack for those that are hearing the details of the “Seven Nights at the Twitter Academy” for the first time.

My good friend, CPGA teaching professional, Jason Helman (jasonhelmangolf) came up with this idea to mirror the Golf Channels week of instruction shows by having 7 golf professionals shoot 7 videos on different parts of the game, unveil them every night @8 p.m. on twitter. The catch was that you have to be following one of the group in order to view the videos as we all kept the link unlisted so we could control who viewed.

The group that was assembled is a very tight-knit group that converse regularly on twitter and other social networking sites. I affectionately dubbed the group; “The Mastermind Crew” after Napoleon Hill’s (Think and Grow Rich) idea which states in chapter 10.”The “Mastermind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definitive purpose.” #mastermindcrew……..So here they are for you to follow: Jason Helman (@jasonhelmangolf) Sara Dickson (@sara_PGA) Rob McGill (@golfprorob)Kirk Oguri (@kirkoguri)Andrew Marr (@andrewmarrgolf) Dennis Sales (@dennissalesgolf) A very important member of our mastermind crew is John Graham, aka. the king of twitter (@johngrahamgolf) . John was originally going to participate in our project but was out-of-town so couldn’t do it. I am very fortunate to call John a good friend but all of us in the crew have been affected by his knowledge, sharing of that knowledge and friendship over the years so I didn’t want to leave JG out for sure.  I would expect to see him in future videos for the project.

I am very fortunate to be a part of this outstanding group of professionals as I have learned so much from every one of them and learned some new things this week watching their videos. All of us met via twitter which show you how powerful this tool can be if you are searching for information, new relationships and interested in gaining more knowledge about your profession.

As for the question of have we reached our goals for this project? I would say this is only the beginning as the behind the scenes information and ideas that have been traded has unlimited potential. We will see where it takes us all but I can tell you that I am so thankful for Jason Helman for coming up with the idea, allowing me to be a part of it and guiding us through it. I appreciate the kind comments and questions for our #mastermind crew as we posted our videos. They were all wonderful and I think we represented ourselves well. The sky is the limit and I hope that you will come with us as we try to improve your game as we are passionate about sharing, coaching and this great game of GOLF.

Update: As of now we have collectively over 1700 views for our shows, not bad for 1 week!

So here they are! The 7 nights Crew in order of days they were presented

Oh yeah, Follow me on Twitter (@golfgurutv)…..almost forgot!



Guru on Tip It Up Blog Radio with Jason Helman

Here is a radio show that I did with Jason Helman along with special guest John Graham. John discussed Aimpoint and I talked about D Plane, social media and the presidents cup.

To schedule a lesson with me at Carmel CC, please call the golf shop at 704-945-3300

See you on the lesson tee,


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