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Monday, May 16, 2016

Lightning!!

It is that time of year in Texas when late afternoon "pop up" thunderstorms happen and lightning is a likely part of this scenario.  These storms can turn severe very quickly and it is important you know what to do if you get caught on the course.   

Fortunately during this indoor instruction session at the Barton Creek Golf Academy we were safe from the elements, but this bolt came out of nowhere as they commonly do.


When you are on the golf course or practice area, you are vulnerable.  Even when storms are miles away, lightning can be a threat.  In fact, I was in Tarpon Springs, Florida, playing last summer and there was a storm at least 15 miles away near the coast.   Out of nowhere a lightning bolt hit the golf course near the hole we were playing and it sounded like an explosion!  Needless to say we hightailed it to the clubhouse.  This event really made an impact to me how unpredictable lightning can be.

If you are playing or practicing and the course has sounded the horn, immediately stop play and head to a safe place.  If the course does not take this step, it is up to you to take charge and seek shelter if a storm is nearby.

Taking shelter under a tree is NOT the correct course of action.

If you are playing in a tournament and lightning is near, you have the right to discontinue play until it is safe.

Follow this link to the NOAA for information on lightning and safety procedures.

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

Let's all be safe!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

More Pictures from the Dell WGC Match Play Championship


Following are a few more pictures from the last two days at the Dell WGC Match Play Championship.

                                                        Rory McIlroy waiting to play on hole #12

                                         Dustin Johnson taking a practice swing on hole #16

                                              Matt Kuchar calculating his yardage on hole #12

                                              Ricky Fowler and Jason Dufner on the Range

                                            A great view of the 2nd shot on the par 5, 12th hole

                                        A view of the course from the Pennybacker Bridge

                                No ticket?  No problem.  Just pull up in your boat and drop anchor.

           After entering the main gate all spectators walk on the temporary bridge to get to the course.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dell WGC Match Play Championship comes to Austin, TX

The Dell WGC Match Play Championship is being conducted this week at the beautiful Austin Country Club in Austin, TX.  ACC, a Pete Dye design, is located on the banks of the Colorado River (Lake Austin) and should prove to be a formidable host.  Just FYI, the nines have been reversed for this event to take advantage of the awesome lake views.  The other nine has some really tough holes with some elevation changes which are part of the Texas hill country.  Number 9 may be one of the toughest holes on the course and in the state!


The Pennybacker Bridge which crosses over Lake Austin will be the most photographed structure in Austin this week.


Today my wife and I attended the practice rounds and following are a few pictures for you to enjoy!  The wind is blowing this week and the course is in excellent condition.  There should be some exciting matches.



Scoreboard...



On the practice tee...

                                                     Zach Johnson in the white sweater

                                                                      Phil Mickelson

                                                      Kevin Na working on his head position

On the putting green...

                                                              Jordan Spieth, nothing but net

                                                  Billy Horschel working on his putting drills

                                                          Paul Casey in the middle

Short game area... 


On the course...

                                                         Rory McIlroy putting on #10 green

                                                                      Rory McIlroy

                                                                       #11, Par 3

                                                                              #12, Par 5

                                             #12 green is small and protected by water and sand

                                                           Lee Westwood tees off on #12

                                                                  Matt Kuchar on #12

                                                   #12 green looking back up the fairway

                                                      Not a bad place to hang out on #12

                                                                     #13 tee, Par 4

                              Looking down #13 fairway from the tee, lot's of water on the left

                                                Looking back to #13 tee from near the green

                                                              Adam Scott on #13 fairway

                                                 #15 green looking back down the fairway

                                                      Rory McIlroy putting on #15 green

                                                 Looking down on the #16 green, Par 5

                                                   #18 green looking back up the fairway

                                                            Scoreboard by #18 green

I hope the course looks as good on TV as it does in person.  The greens are perfect and fast.  We are just getting into our growing season for bermuda grass, so the rough is not as tall or thick as it would be later in the spring. 

Welcome to Austin!

















Monday, February 22, 2016

Paint your way to a Better Impact Position in your Golf Swing

Comparing your impact position to something as simple as painting will help you get a clearer picture of how your body should function in this very important part of the golf swing. 

After watching the video, get in front of a mirror with a club and rehearse the move I discuss.  When you go to the range, start with small chip like swings and slowly build to a full swing.

If you are moving correctly through impact, you will begin to strike the ball and then take a small divot after impact.



Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Putting Drills to Improve your Mental Approach to Putting

This video includes two great drills which will help you putt with a "quiet" frame of mind.  It's all about developing a process which you will use for every putt regardless of the circumstances. 

Enjoy!



Monday, January 11, 2016

Sync or Swim (Drill to get you golf swing in "sync")

My experience has shown me that a number of golf swing issues can be corrected just by getting your swing in sync.  If the lower body gets too active, you could be headed for disaster.  While you do want to engage the lower body, you want to do it responsibly.

This is a great drill which is easy to perform and will provide amazing results.

Enjoy the video!