5 Tips To Improve Your Mental Golf Game

Posted by Tony Schumacher

Oct 24, 2014 11:01:53 AM

How A Strong Mental Approach Will Help Your Game

Over the years as I have played with and taught amateur golfers, I've noticed that for many the mental approach to the game is where they struggle most. There is an old adage that your round of golf is always broken up into 3 different parts. The first 6 holes are all your preparation, the middle 6 holes are your mental strength and the final 6 holes are your endurance. How many times have you started out your round with a string of pars or been 1 over through 7, only to double and triple bogey the next 3 holes and ruin your round? That one shot begins to creep into your head and you begin trying to fix your swing to make sure that whatever has happened does not happen again. This is where almost all amateurs fail. You must learn to avoid the fear and frustration that often creep into our minds during a difficult round of golf. Here are 5 simple tips to make your mental game stronger and break through your mental collapses on the course.
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Spotlight: Best Young Teacher in America 2014-2015: James Kinney

Posted by Patrick Hester

Oct 23, 2014 6:37:02 PM



Congratulations to James Kinney of GolfTEC Omaha on being named one of the Best Young Golf Teachers in America! In the November 2014 issue of Golf Digest Magazine, James debuted on the list of 40 under 40 who are the best of the best at teaching golf. We thought it would be good for everyone out there to get to know James better, so we sat down and asked him a few questions.
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Congratulations to three of our coaches for being named Best Young Teacher in America 2014-2015

Posted by Patrick Hester

Oct 21, 2014 4:04:00 PM




GolfTEC congratulates James Kinney from GolfTEC Omaha, Maggie Noel from GolfTEC Westheimer, and Nick Paez from GolfTEC Cleveland-West on being named one of the Best Young Teachers in America for 2014-2015! We’re proud of you!

What is this all about? Golf Digest Magazine recognizes golf instructors under 40 who are teaching the game better and represent the future of golf instruction. Three of our own GolfTEC Coaches made the list this year: James Kinney, Maggie Noel, and Nick Paez. After an exhaustive process including surveying nationally ranked teachers, all 41 sections of the PGA, and just about anyone they thought might know a good candidate, Golf Digest revealed the list for 2014-2015 in the November issue of the magazine.
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How To Review Your Golf Season & Set New Goals

Posted by James Standhardt

Oct 20, 2014 12:49:00 PM

As the golf season comes to an end in the northern regions of the country, our focus as instructors begins to shift. We transition from managing the game in order to maximize performance during the warmer months to analyzing the performance of our students; identifying areas to work on and improve during the colder months ahead.

This process typically begins with a look back at the goals that were set before the beginning of the season. For most students and professionals alike, these goals center around the score, whether it is trying to reach a career-low benchmark or simply improving the handicap index to a predetermined number. For some, the goal may be something less quantifiable like improving consistency, dispersion, centered face contact, etc. Regardless of what the initial goals were, assessing our results in relation to them is necessary before reestablishing new ones for the year ahead. After this type of assessment, we’re hoping that all the goals that were set have been reached and we can move to a new level of mastery going forward. In instances where our goals weren’t reached, however, it’s important to reassess the process to determine where adjustments need to be made.
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12 Must-Have Items On The Golf Course

Posted by Nick Miller

Oct 16, 2014 4:09:08 PM

Don't Forget These Items Next Time You Hit The Course!

Have you been caught in a storm on the golf course only to have left your rain jacket in the car? Or maybe you've ripped a hole in your golf glove and wish you had an extra? As golfers, we find ourselves on the course without certain items that we use or need nearly every round. And while many of us like to keep our bags as light as possible, there are a few go-to items that are great to always have on hand. Here are 12 must-have items for a day out on the golf course:
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TaylorMade RSi Irons

Posted by Justin Kruger

Oct 15, 2014 1:08:00 PM

Data collected from thousands of club fittings by TaylorMade has revealed that 76% of all iron shots are miss-hit. Of course, many irons claim to be the most forgiving and best product for improving your miss-hits, but in true TaylorMade fashion, they have developed a revolutionary product to address this very issue in a way that no one else has. 
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How To Hit Shots With The Ball Above Your Feet

Posted by Patrick Nuber

Oct 13, 2014 11:04:31 AM

One of the toughest things to do in golf is transferring what you are working on in your game or your swing to the golf course. With all the practice, the lessons, the buckets of balls, the sweat, and the grind you just can’t get it to come together on the course like you do on the range or lesson tee. This transition is golf’s Bermuda Triangle! One of the reasons that the practice isn’t transmitting to results on the course is because all of your practice is on flat or level lies from the fairway. Think about it! On the range your lie is always perfect. Is your lie always perfect on the course? Don’t think too hard…the question is rhetorical. You never practice your swing in realistic situations from the rough, uneven lies, or as if you were trying to escape from the right trees. That is why we figured we would help golfers this month with uneven lies and specifically when the ball is above your feet. 
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Forged Versus Cast Irons - Is One Better Than The Other?

Posted by Nick Miller

Oct 10, 2014 10:37:00 AM

There has always been heated debate and many misconceptions about forged irons and cast irons. Which are more playable? Which offer the best feel? Is one better than the other for high handicappers? What about low handicappers? The truth is most of these answers will vary from player to player! Lets start by understanding the difference between the two types of irons and evaluate a few common myths.
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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Driver

Posted by Justin Kruger

Oct 7, 2014 11:22:32 AM

On the heels of a very successful re-launch of Big Bertha, Callaway is continuing the legendary bloodlines with its launch of the Big Bertha Alpha 815 and Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond. With this launch, Callaway wins the award for longest driver name in history. Along with that fictitious award, they will also be looking to track down some legit recognition with some serious new technology. 

Callaway has carried over the very successful Gravity Core technology from the Big Bertha Alpha line. This concept places a rod in the center of the club head with 10.5 grams of tungsten on one end and 1.5 grams of nylon on the other. By flipping this core up or down, you can impact the launch and spin of the driver to match your ball flight characteristics. For example, with the Gravity Core in the down position, you create a lower center of gravity and reduce spin by approximately 300 RPMs. 
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How To Fix The Dreaded Flip At Impact

Posted by Mark Reischer

Oct 6, 2014 12:17:41 PM

One of the most common issues for the average golfer is a breakdown of the lead wrist and arm through impact and into the follow-through. A breakdown of the lead wrist, or being “flippy,” can result in a multitude of shots ranging from heavy and thin shots to the “S” word (and it’s not a 4-letter word). Talk about frustrating! There are many training aids, special gloves, shirts, devices and systems for trying to stop the flip; however it seems nothing is working.  It could be because the ‘flip’ is not a root cause; it is a by-product of other faults in the swing that are usually overlooked. 
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