Golf Instruction

  • Rick Smith Golf Academy Press Release

    The Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon Golf Club is excited to announce that they now offer Trackman, the #1 most accurate launch monitor device in the world used on the PGA tour, as part of their tour club fitting experience. The Trackman uses Doppler Radar to show 21 different ball flight and club data parameters.  ...

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  • PING G15 & K15 Drivers

    G15 Driver The G15 is engineered for golfers of all abilities seeking an incredibly forgiving driver that delivers distance and accuracy. Its 460cc titanium head is longer front to back and features PING’s patented ultra-thin crown technology. Weight savings from the thin crown are used as an external sole weight to optimize the center of gravity fo ...

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  • Why is Proper Sequencing So Important to the Golf Swing?

    Arguably the most important ‘move’ in the golf swing is the sequence of movements from the top of the swing through to the finish. Many great ball strikers have had unconventional backswings (Furyk, Trevino, Floyd, etc…) but they are still able to deliver the clubhead through the hitting zone in the most efficient manner.  &nbs ...

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  • The Set-Up and How it Pertains to Impact

    The set-up encompasses ball position, stance width and spine-shoulder tilt. I often read that it's important to be “behind the ball." While this statement is almost correct, I would prefer for a golfer to be“over” the ball and this sense starts with the set up position. Try to evaluate every part of your golf swing as it pertai ...

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  • A Strong Grip

    In studying the top golfers of all time it has become apparent to me that the grip plays a big role in a golfer's ability to achieve a proper impact position.  The majority of major winners have a grip that favors the strong end of the spectrum. In fact, the only two golfers I can think of that have had a noticeably weak grip and managed to win a ...

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  • The "Impact Driven" Golf Swing

    There are many ways to swing a golf club, but only one way to hit a golf ball correctly. My philosophy regarding the golf swing is neatly summarized by the above statement. When looking at the top players of all time, there are no two golfers that swing the club the same way, yet they all manage to compress the ball in a similar fashion.  ...

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  • Saving Par

    The Four Essentials to Perfect Putting A lot of instructors will tell you that all good golf swings start with a good address. This is as important, if not more, in putting. ...

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  • Mike Bender Named PGA of America's 2009 National Teacher of the Year

    The PGA of America has announced that its 2009 National Teacher of the Year award recipient is Mike Bender of the Mike Bender Golf Academy, headquartered at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Florida. This is the highest singular honor that can be earned by a golf instructor. "This is very special because it means that my peers, the professionals wh ...

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  • The Hinge and Hold

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Summer is almost upon us, and that means the Bermuda grass will be growing actively and harassing us around the golf course, especially around the green.  At the TOUR Academy we train a shot that will become a stroke saver for you in the rough around the green or even from the short grass around the green. This swing tech ...

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  • Ball Position

    By Jim Irvin, Director of Instruction Belfair Country Club Editor's Note: The following is the first in a continuing series of bi-weekly instruction articles and is a collaboration between Mr. Irvin and Golfer's Guide's Online Editor, Brandon Underwood. Proper ball position is a critical element in making solid impact with all of your clubs. ...

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