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Indoors or Outdoors - Here's a Killer Putting Challenge for You (Ep.26)

Finish this Challenge and I'll be Super Impressed. I learned this drill when I was back in college playing at Florida Southern. Lee Janzen, former US Open Champion and FSC alum came back to practice with the team a few times. Lee's always been an incredible putter, and this was a drill he worked on every day. 
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Sir Nick Faldo Elite Swing Clinic on Practice, Swing Sequence & Preparation (Ep.25)

This special swing clinic was part of a private session offered to some elite International Junior Golf Tour players playing at Bella Colina in Orlando. The coolest part about it was that the content was designed for top level players. Nick got into details that I'm sure he normally wouldn't with the general public. 
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KPI Golf's John Brown Shares Survival Advice for Underperforming Golf Clubs (Ep.24)

Longtime friend John Brown joins us and we tap into his 40+ years of golf operations experience. John shares a bunch of insights into where the golf industry is heading and how golf clubs are going to need to aggressively compete for market share in the coming years. 
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Nick Faldo Wedge Play Clinic - Benchmarking Distances & Tournament Preparation (Ep.23)

This clinic was conducted for 1 hour and 20 minutes for elite junior golfers, so Nick is talking about real competitive topics. He made a point to mention earlier in the session that playing tournament golf is an entirely different sport than casual golf...requiring different approaches. I was very lucky to have the chance to participate in the group of only 12 -15 people on hand that day at Bella Colina in Orlando.
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Hit Hooks and Slices on Purpose - Tips for Calibrating the Curve (Ep.22)

We know that opening the club face will yield a slice, and closing the face will hook the ball...but how much? I feel it's super important to fall back on a game plan, or at least to have practiced the shots before you deploy them on the golf course.
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Simple Science of Optimal Athletic Performance - Casey Cox of Sports Science Solutions (Ep.21)

Now, I know what you're thinking - high-tech diodes, bones and muscles, it's all too technical for me. But, that's the coolest part. While these guys are using data for elite golfers and hockey players, they're also doing incredible things to dummy it all down for the average guy.
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Why You Need to Ask Your Instructor for the Shortest Golf Lessons Possible (Ep.20)

I Believe that Traditional Golf Lessons are Best for the Instructor, not the Student. Learning to play golf is a lot like learning a language. Everyone is bad in the beginning, and the the benefits you derive are directly proportionate to the efficiency of the work you put in. That's fancy talk for "you can't fake it". 
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The Putting Yips - One Rainy Day from Quitting Golf (Ep.19)

This is a segment of a keynote presentation I did at Golf Academy of America in Orlando. I get into a phase of my college and amateur golf career where I had a debilitating bout with the putting yips.
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Playing in a Scramble Golf Tournament? How to be a Killer Teammate (Ep.18)

Scrambles are a Whole Different Animal - You Can Cheat! So, I'm teeing it up in a scramble golf tournament tomorrow. I wanted to share some thoughts, especially for beginners on how to navigate your day and have a great time.
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Sidehill Lies - Why Your Strategy is Probably Only Half True (Ep.17)

After you've been playing golf for some time, you're bound to hear this rule of thumb: If the ball is below your feet, play for a slice. If the ball's above your feet, play for a hook. Well, that statement is only half true. Literally. 
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1-Hour Golf Practice Blueprint - Stay Connected, Trajectory Work, Bunkers & Putting (Ep.16)

Here's your hour of practice broken down for you. We're starting off on the range with a great drill to help your arms stay connected with your body as you rotate. We run into a lot of problems when we lift our arms away from the body during the swing. Next, we're going to experiment with hitting shots of different trajectories.
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The Business Case for Free Golf Lessons | Keynote at Golf Academy of America (Ep.15)

One of my strongest presentations to date. Lots of continuing dialogue and positive feedback from the audience on this one...Here's my keynote speech at The Golf Academy of America’s Orlando Campus. The talk is geared for the students (all ages) at the school getting educated on careers in the golf industry - golf instruction, golf operations, tournament play, and golf management.
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Bunker Play Basics - How to Develop Your Stock Sand Shot (Ep.14)

This episode is all about bunker play. In basic terms, we handle bunker shots a lot like pitch shots, but there are a few important variables we'll need to learn to account for. First, everything is determined by the lie. Learning to assess what you're capable of from different lies comes with practice and simple trial and error. If the ball is sitting down, we need the club to dig into the sand. If we've got a good lie, we'll want the club to slide into the sand.
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1-Hour Practice Blueprint - Putting Challenge, Up & Downs & Setup (Ep.13)

Here's your 1-hour practice blueprint for the day. The goal is to make best use of the limited time you have at the course. Here's what we're doing: 1. Ladder Drill (15 mins) - Short and mid-length putting with variability in distance.
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Q and A - Tough Lies, Tournament Nerves and Making the Most of Winter Off Season (Ep.12)

Killer Q & A Session - Today we hear from Carson in Rochester, New York. He's a 13-year old who's been playing golf for a couple years. As he's moving into junior tournament play, his questions and maturity are off the charts. • Judging and handling tough lies around the green • Self awareness
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Take Better Photos with your Phone - Tips from Golf Photographer Cy Cyr (Ep.11)

Cy Cyr has arguably become one of the world's top golf photographers...and we've know each other since we were 5 living in Maine. I wanted to know how I can be taking better pictures with my phone...and he didn't disappoint. Cy's been in the room with everyone in golf - Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Rory McIlroy...you get the idea. He shoots for Golf Channel, Golf Digest and others...so he knows his stuff.
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Do You Fear Those Half Wedge Shots? Don't. (Ep.10)

This wedge play technique changed my golf life. I was able to turn an absolute fear of 30, 50, 60 yard wedge shots into a strength of my game. These shots require a special approach that brings distance control and consistent impact with the golf ball every time. I'm super passionate about this part of the game, and I think this lesson is one that's going to help every single player out there.
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Getting Your Kids Into Golf - Chat with National PGA Award Winner Brendon Elliott (Ep.9)

Anyone looking to get their kids into golf, this episode is for you. We're talking with Brendon R. Elliott, PGA founder of Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf in Central Florida. Brendon is the National PGA Award winner for Junior Golf Development in 2017...out of 28,000 professionals, he's the man when it comes to kids learning how to play golf.
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Improve Chipping & Pitching Without Any Practice - Troughs and Hills Matter (Ep.8)

I learned this concept from the great Dave Pelz - Better shot selection in terms of where you’re choosing to land the ball will improve your chances of success. Always try to land pitch shots into troughs and avoid hills...here's why.
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How far do I stand from the golf ball at setup? (Ep.7)

Probably the most common question that I haven't gotten to yet. Here's an easy way to think about your golf swing setup and how far from the ball you should be standing. It's super important to nail this down every time if you're going to be consistent.