Sunday, February 27, 2011

Two Easy Drills to Help Lower Your Scores

Stay in your posture

To make a shot go higher, it's tempting to lift your upper body and try to help the ball in the air. It's also a reason you don't hit iron shots solidly.

To hit low or high shots with your irons, your posture should stay exactly the same. The only thing that changes is how your arms and hands release through impact.

A very easy way to see this is to throw a ball down the range underhanded with your right hand from your golf setup. Throw the ball down directly in front of you, and you've got the feel for a low shot. Throw the ball into the air and down the range, and you've got the feel for a high shot.

Work your back and shoulders

The rope drill is a quality way to add speed and technique to your shoulder turn while maintaining a great spine angle. Loop a jumprope around a table leg or post and grab one end in each hand. Feel as if you're starting a lawn mower with each arm, while keeping your head steady. Go for 20 repetitions per set and three sets, feeling a nice weight transfer to the left side during each rep. You'll increase your range of motion and power and improve your swing tempo.

By Jerry King with Matthew Rudy
Photo Illustrations By Jim Luft
Photos By J.D. Cuban

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Haggin Oaks & Tom Morton Win Seven Awards @ 2011 PGA Merchandise Show

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex & Staff Win Seven Different Awards At 2011 PGA Merchandise Show
The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex & its staff in Sacramento, CA won seven different prestigious industry retail awards at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida in January 2011. They were:

2011 Golf Digest Magazine Top 100 Clubfitters In America
2011 Golf Range Magazine Top 100 Driving Range in America
2011 Golf World Magazine Top 100 Golf Shop
2011 Golf World Magazine Best Use of Social Media
2011 Links Magazine- Top 25 Municipal Golf Courses in the United States
2010 PGA of America Top 100 Play Golf America Golf Facility
2010- VP of Coaching & Clubfitting Tom Morton named 2010 US Kids Master Kids Teacher of the Year

The retail golf shop & merchandising awards highlight the rich history of the Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop, a 15,000 square foot on-course oasis doubled in size in March of 2007. Highlights include a huge on-course Nike clothing concept shop, a huge Adidas concept apparel store-in-store, a brand new Ashworth concept store, an astonishing 1000 square foot putting green with two realistic full-size trees in the middle surrounded by over 700 putters, a new golf bag department with nearly 1000 golf bags and the new outdoor fitting studio called the Players Performance Studio. Invention even meets nostalgia in the remarkable transformation of a 1929 Ford Model T truck into a most ingenious Callaway golf ball display.

As for the driving range award, Haggin Oaks and Morton Golf installed nearly 20,000 square feet of synthetic turf out on the range in 2007 and designed 6 state-of-the-art raised target greens for golfers' practice needs on this 100 stall 24-hour driving range. Players Turf, the same company used by the PGA Merchandise Show, was hired to put in these incredibly realistic targets. Players Turf synthetic grass products have the softest and longest fibers in the industry. This is important for appearance, realism, and longevity of the product. This quartz resists compacting and retains realistic reaction.

Tom Morton, the Director of Instruction & Clubfitting for Haggin Oaks as selected as one of elite professionals who have dedicated their careers to developing youth golf in their communities and are known for their overall excellence and commitment to serving youth. They have demonstrated the ability to organize, administer, and teach at a very high level and are recognized by their peers and students as role models for the youth in their programs. This very experienced group of men and women has made a commitment to helping kids not only learn the game of golf, but also develop a love for the game that lasts far beyond their days in junior golf.

Managed by Morton Golf, the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is located at 3645 Fulton Avenue in Sacramento (at the Capital City Freeway). For more information, call (916) 481-GOLF.