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Monday, July 2, 2018

Nice Finish for Eston Duff!

Eston Duff finishes third (Boys 13-14) in the prestigious US Kids Red, White and Blue Invitational.  This event was contested at the very difficult Pinehurst #8 course and Eston was only two shots out of first place.  Next month he will be competing in the US Kids World Championship hosted at Pinehurst.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Eston Duff Finishes Second in US Kids State Championship

Congratulations to Eston Duff for finishing second in the Boys 13-14 Age Division in the US Kids Texas State Championship.  Eston is making steady improvement and is headed to Pinehurst for the US Kids World Championship later this month.



Way to go Mabrie McMahan!

12 year old Mabrie McMahan finished fifth in the Texas Oklahoma Junior Championship competing in the Girls 14-15 Age Division!  Mabrie held her own the first two rounds as she was in third place going to the final round.  Although she didn't play great the last round she played awesome competing for the first time from the longer tees this age division plays.




Zach Slayton Continues his Great Play this Summer

Congratulations to Zach Slayton for winning the 2018 Texas Oklahoma Junior Championship!  Zach won by two shots in the three round event by shooting back to back 71's.

Zach is in great company as the last two champions from Austin in this event were 1992 U.S. Open winner Tom Kite, in 1968 and two time Masters champion, Ben Crenshaw in 1970.

Way to go Zach!





Sunday, June 10, 2018

Congrats to my Junior Optimist Qualifiers

Congratulations to my "guys" for their great play in the World Junior Optimist Qualifier at the Wolfdancer Golf Club.  Zach Slayton won the Boys 16-18 Division by 9 shots firing an even par 144 for the 36 holes.  Eston Duff finished second in a playoff in the Boys 12-13 Division.  Both of these players qualified for the World Junior Optimist tournament at PGA National Golf Club.

In the Boys 14-15 Division, Lance Walker finished 11th.   After a slow start he fired a 73 the second round which was the second lowest score in his age division for the two days.  He will be back next year firing at them.




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sarah Rovenstine Demonstrating the Orange Whip and Power Sleeve Training Aids

Sarah is home from college for the summer and working on her swing to prepare for summer tournaments.  Sarah had a tendency to not hinge the wrists quite enough on the backswing causing her to release the club too early.  This move was limiting her potential for more distance with the driver and not allowing her to compress the ball with her irons.

Swinging the Orange Whip, which is a flexible and weighted training aid, helped her increase wrist hinge and over time will help her develop more clubhead speed.  In addition, we put the weighted Power Sleeve on her 9 iron and this added weight helped her accomplish the same items as above.  The great thing about the Power Sleeve is you can actually hit balls while using the training aid.

Both of these should be used daily for maximum benefit.

There is a similar training aid as the Orange Whip and it is called the Gold Flex.  Both the Gold Flex and Power Sleeve are available at SKLZ.com.





Student Mike Moriarty Perfoming the Two Count Pause Drill

Mike was not loading entirely into his right side due to swinging a bit too fast going back.  This was causing him to reverse pivot and then slide ahead of the ball on the downswing.  The result was his misses going to the right of target.

The best way to get him to slow down was to have him stop at the top of his backswing and pause for a count of...one thousand one...one thousand two, then give it a little pump and finish the swing.  We had to make sure he was in a great position at the top of his swing and he accomplished that.  Note how he is fully coiled into his right side and ready to deliver a solid swing to the finish.

After the two count pause we went to a one count pause and then had him feel there was just a slight pause in his normal swing.

Give it a try, this drill works for many swing issues.