Tips from the Pros
Golf is considered by many to be the most difficult sport to play. The precision, timing, and coordination required to hit a golf ball to its intended target can lead to frustration because of the challenge presented. The good news is that learning to execute and play “good” or even “great” shots is well worth the time and effort it takes to be able to do so.
Phil Machamer, PGA Director of Golf at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, shares some golfing guidance:
- BE WILLING TO CHANGE : Take a lesson from a PGA or LPGA Professional. They are trained to help you learn the fundamentals that are necessary to grow your game. Be willing to follow the instruction you are given, and this usually requires you to do something different. In the 30 years that I have been a golf instructor, many students have asked me to help them improve. But many times they have also added that they didn’t want me to change their swing. Be willing to try something new and different, and be willing to give the change a 30 day chance. Don’t give up on a change until you have given it enough time to sink in.
- DEVELOP A PRACTICE SCHEDULE : If you want to improve any skill, you must devote some time to practicing. Golf is no exception. Pick certain days and times just for practice, even if it’s one day a week for an hour. Practice should include putting, chipping, sand play, and your full swing with all clubs. Devote at least 50 percent of your time to the short game; you will be doing more putting and chipping. Make a plan to practice with purpose because scheduling practice time helps us commit.
- COME VISIT ME: As you have probably noticed, I didn’t offer any specific instruction here but offered guidance on getting swing help, and emphasized the importance of creating and maintaining a practice schedule. However, on Friday May 5th, 2017, I will be offering a two-hour golf class that will be open to anyone reading this article. This complimentary class is from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and will cover the mechanics of the golf swing, putting stroke, pitching and chipping motion. Call the Lomas Santa Fe Golf Shop (858-7551547 ext. 121) to register. The class will be limited to the first 10 people to register beginning April 15th – simply mention this article.
Woody Yocom, Director of Tennis at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, shares some tennis tips:
1. OVERLOOKED ADVICE: In my opinion, one of the most overlooked teaching advice is using your non-dominant hand to bring back your racquet and turn your body. Every touring pro, college player and competitive junior does this when hitting a forehand but most club players do not. Using your non-dominant hand to bring back the racquet will make you use your core when hitting, giving you more pace with less effort on your arm. Here, at Lomas, all our teaching pros work on proper technique and hitting with your non-dominant hand is one of them.
2. FINDING THE RIGHT RACQUET: Selecting the right tennis racquet for you and your game can can be overwhelming not only because of the number of styles and options but the many different brands that manufacture racquets. Let’s look at some general options:
Baseline- A heavy racquet will help generate more mass behind the hit. I suggest the Babolat Strike.
All court player- Medium weighted racquet for versatility. I recommend the Babolat Pure Drive or Pure Aero.
Net player/doubles players– Look for a light racquet with a larger hitting surface. The lighter racquet will give you quicker reaction time and is easier to keep in the ready position at the net. Try the Babolat Pure Drive lite or Pure Aero lite.