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Monday, November 19, 2018

Zach Slayton Signs to Play Collegiate Golf

Congratulations goes to Zach Slayton as he made it official this week!  He is going to play his collegiate golf at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO.  Zach has had an impressive junior career and we look forward to a successful college and amateur career as well.  CCU is lucky to have such a well rounded young man on their team!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Stabilize your Golf Swing with this Unusual Technique

I am just like any other golfer and I struggle with certain parts of my golf swing.  In particular, I find when I am striking it poorly, my left foot is not cooperating.  As I move through the impact position into the finish my mistake is my left heel raises off the ground and my left foot "spins out".  When this happens I hang back a bit and do not get fully to my left side.  This move causes me to hit the ball more toward the heel of the club and the ending result is a shot that travels right of my target.


In this photo sequence note how my left foot is positioned in the set up, then how the heel lifts immediately after impact and how much it has spun out in the finish.  In the middle photo I would much rather have the heel on the ground and my left leg taller and not as bent.  I am clearly NOT on my left side at that point.

In the video below I explain a technique I learned many years ago to help stabilize my feet in the golf swing.  It is called "hawk toe" and using this technique has helped me not to spin out on my left foot.

I learned this technique from one of my mentors, Raymond Gafford, when I was as assistant professional at Shady Oaks CC in Fort Worth, TX.  Raymond was an excellent player in the 1950's and I learned a great deal from him.

If you are struggling with the same issue, give it a try.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Slide Show from Golf Trip to The Broadmoor

We made an awesome golf trip to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in May of 2018.  The Broadmoor East Course has hosted many major championships including the 2018 US Senior Open and we played just 3 weeks before the event.  It was a very stern test of golf with thick rough and fast greens.  Definitely one of my favorite golf courses in the country!  In addition, we played The Broadmoor West Course, Bear Dance Golf Club and Red Hawk Ridge.  I highly recommend all of these courses.  Enjoy the slide show.





I love the bagpiper which plays each evening at sunset at The Broadmoor...



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Slide Show from Golf Trip to Pagosa Springs, Colorado

This is a short slide show from a golf trip we made to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in September 2018.  There are pictures from the Glacier Club and Dalton Ranch Golf Club, both in Durango, and Pagosa Springs Golf Club in Pagosa Springs.   I really enjoyed all of these beautiful courses.  Enjoy the slide show!




High Finishes for Three Junior Golfers

October 14, 2018 was a day of second place finishes for three junior golfers I work with.  Competition in the junior ranks keeps getting tougher and finishing second is not bad.  I am proud of the work all of these juniors are putting in to perform at a higher level.

Zach Slayton fired a second round 69 to finish 2nd in the Legends Junior Tour event at the Campus Course at Texas A&M University.  It was a strong field and they were competing in very windy conditions.



Arturo Hernandez finished 2nd in the STPGA Junior Tour event at Morris Williams GC in Austin, TX.  Arturo  plays for Cedar Creek High School near Bastrop, TX, and he has been working diligently on his game.


Matt Shuler from Eagle Pass, TX, finished 2nd in the STPGA Junior Tour event at the Republic Golf Club in San Antonio, TX.  Matt is making steady improvement and I look forward to more success.




Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Finally, Another Hole in One!

I scored a hole in one this week as I was competing in the STPGA Senior Series event at Silverhorn Golf Club in San Antonio, TX.


I aced the 13th hole which is a beautiful short par 3 of 155 yards.  I hit a 7 iron which hit about three feet from the hole and one bounced in.


This was my sixth career hole in one and my third in competition!  My last hole in one was in 2011 at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio...what is it about San Antonio??

My Career Aces

1975    Morris Williams GC   Austin, TX
1982    Shady Oaks CC   Fort Worth, TX
1988    Amelia Island GC   Amelia Island, FL
2005    High Meadow Ranch GC   Magnolia, TX
2011    Dominion CC   San Antonio, TX
2018    Silverhorn GC   San Antonio, TX


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Great Playing Zach Slayton!

Congratulations to 17 year old Zach Slayton for firing a final round 67 to finish in a tie for 5th place in the Austin Men's City Championship.  He finished -1 for the four round event and also took low junior honors.