May 2018
 
I am pleased to include the following features in this month's newsletter:


In This Issue:

*Cover The Ball
*Where Instead Of How
*Kotahi Putting System
*Student Of The Month
*FitGolf For Performance
*Short Game School

Sincerely,

Scott Mahlberg PGA 
Cover The Ball 

 
One of the basic fundamentals of a good golf swing is the ability to strike down through the ball on all shots hit off the ground. (This goes for the fairway metals also.) It is important to "cover the ball" in order to accomplish this.   Please watch the video to see a full explanation and demonstration of how to cover the ball correctly.   
 

Where Instead Of How 
 
 

I was fortunate to have taken 11 students to Ireland to play golf last year. There are many stories as you might imagine. I want to share one of them because I believe it contains a valuable lesson.

We were all at dinner on the third night discussing everyone's golf games. Many of my students were remarking that they were happy with a lot of the shots they had hit the first three days. I asked them why they thought that was true. (Blank stares.) I then asked how often they take a caddie at home. (Never) I inquired as to what the caddies were telling them. (They are telling us where to hit the ball since we are not familiar with the course.) Lastly, I asked whether it is possible that they are playing well because they are focused on where rather than how as they are striking the ball.

I think this is an important point because I believe that too many players are too swing conscious over the ball. I would encourage you to instead give yourself a good feel for the shot when you are away from the ball in your pre-shot routine, let go of how at this point, and then capture target feel as you are lining up to the target. (This was described in detail in my March newsletter.) Focus on the target as you are striking the ball. I think you will be surprised by the results.

Kotahi Putting System 

 
 
I recently met Vaughn Mason at Stadium Golf. He is an Australian PGA Professional that teaches in Hong Kong.

Vaughn has invented a putting grip is unique. The basic premise is that both forearms are externally rotated and the thumbs are down the side of the grip rather than on top. This leads to much less face rotation during the stroke which makes it much easier to square the face at impact.

I have had about 12 students try the grip and switch to it. They are very pleased with the results. The video above demonstrates how the grip works. You can also access more videos at bjmputtergrips.com 
Student Of The Month 
 

My student of the month for May is Rich Collins. Rich has had some challenges with his health. He has had 2 back operations in a very short interval. However, he has shown a lot of fighting spirit and has been working on his game. He recently lowered his index from a 15 to a 12. Congratulations Rich. Keep up the good work!!
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Single Leg Airplane 
Single Leg Airplane
                                
Jeremy Klinkhamer is here to give the fitness tip of the month. This month's video shows you an exercise called the single leg airplane. This exercise will help you create more strength and improve your balance in your swing.

I have been working with Jeremy since 2000. I have sent many students to him to improve both their fitness and functionality. I have seen amazing results! The evidence is both in the way they feel and the improvement that has been shown in their golf games. You can reach Jeremy at jklinkhamer@fitgolf.com if you would like more information about what he offers.   
Short Game School
 
 
My next short game school will be given on Sunday, the 27th day of May from 9:00am to 12 noon. Chipping, pitching, pitching from the rough, sand shots and putting will be covered in this school. Each student will have their putting stroke computer analyzed in the putting studio. All students will also receive a short game school booklet that contains text and video for each shot covered. The maximum student to teacher ratio is 5:1 and the cost is $160. 

Please contact me at  smahlberg@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in attending.
Scott Mahlberg, PGA
                                     


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