NAPLES — The holiday weekend is past us and summer has slipped away. Fall is here and our winter golf season is around the corner. For some of you, winter is “prime time,” for others it’s the “offseason.
For those that view it as the “offseason,” that would represent the perfect time to make changes or work on problem areas in your golf game.
Perhaps your driver swing has a power leak or you’re unable to find any fairways. Maybe your putting or your sand game costs you dearly. Maybe your drive it great, but your irons never find the green. Whatever ails you, this is your time!
First and foremost, you need to identify your problem area as discussed above and determine if you think you can cure the ill on your own or need help with the project. If we look to the PGA Tour for so many of our examples and answers, look no further in this case. Every week you tune in, some world-class player is working with his swing coach solving the virus of the week.
There are 41 PGA sections across this golf-rich country. Each of these sections has talented PGA teaching professionals who can lay the groundwork for your personal game improvement plan. Naples is no exception. We are blessed with many wonderful teaching professional here in town.
The next step is — and this should be clear — to find a coach whose teaching style and teaching manner matches up with your personality, intensity level and desire to take your game to the next level. This may require an informal interview of the coach and some investigation on your part.
If Tiger, Rory, Luke, Dustin and the boys — all very talented folks — need a pair of trained eyes, maybe you do too.
After you choose a coach, sit with that person and clearly discuss your desires in terms of areas to improve and also allow your coach to agree — or not.
At the end of the day, the goal is really very simple: have a game plan in place. Keep in mind, game plans can evolve and therefore be tweaked. Nothing is ever set in stone.
Why not make this winter season your rock solid journey to improvement? FYI — I’m back in town and teaching and coaching at the Quarry beginning Dec. 1. I hope see everyone when I get back home.
TP's Tip: A reverse pivot at times occurs because your shoulders invert in your backswing rather than rotate level relevant to your address posture.
To cure this, grip your club with the head of the club at knee level and make some swings. It may help to do this in front of a mirror. It will help you to see and feel the plane that your shoulders should rotate on and prevent the reverse pivot.
Another factor that should be checked when a reverse pivot is occurring is the condition of your right knee at the top of your backswing. Your right knee should maintain the same amount of flex throughout the backswing motion as you had at address. When the right knee straightens during the backswing, your hips often over-rotate, driving weight back into your left side.
Tom Patri gives lessons at the Quarry on Immokalee Road, and is at Friar's Head in New York from May-December. Patri is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Visit Patri's website at www.tompatri.com, www.facebook.com/TomPatri or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.