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

In This Issue:

*Lead Hip Left
*Masters Program
*Military Day
*New Rule On Calls From Television Viewers
*Student Of The Month
*FitGolf For Performance
*Short Game School


Scott Mahlberg PGA 
Lead Hip Left 

One of the basic fundamentals of a good golf swing is having good hip action. Proper hip action helps insure that ball is hit with a downward strike. This leads to being able to compress the ball so shots are hit more powerfully and accurately. Please see the video to see how the lead hip should move for proper hip action.  

Masters Program

I am currently starting my 4th year with the Masters Program. The program is a platform that provides an accelerated learning environment that combines private lessons, supervised practices and on course instruction. Most of my members have shown great improvement in their games.
The program is currently full but I do have a waiting list. Here is the link on my web site if you would like more information about the program:  Masters Program

Military Day 

The Instruction Staff at Stadium Golf Center wants to create a nice experience for anyone that has served in the military. We are going to be having a Military Day on Monday, January 8th from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Here are some of the highlights for the event:
*Complimentary instruction from our award winning instruction staff and complimentary range balls for the event.
*We will be giving instruction on both the swing and the short game. 
*Limited to the first 40 participants who sign up.
Please feel free to reach out to friends that might be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. Have them contact me directly if they would like to sign up. My email is:   smahlberg@sbcglobal.net 
New Rule On Calls From Television Viewers 

One of the memories that I will take away from 2017 is the travesty that occurred with Lexi Thompson in the ANA Inspiration tournament. This tournament is one of the 5 majors on the LPGA Tour. Lexi was penalized 4 strokes because a TV viewer called in saying that she replaced her ball incorrectly on a 2 foot putt. That is not going to happen in the future because of two new rules changes.

The USGA and R&A revised rules for television viewers  on Tuesday by putting into place the following two rules -- known as Decision 34-3/10 -- effective immediately.

A player will not be penalized: 
  • When video evidence reveals things that could not reasonably be seen with the naked eye
  • When a player has made a reasonable judgment
The second portion of the new rule is a little more vague. Here is what the USGA and R&A say about it: 
Players are often required to determine a spot, point, position, line, area, distance or other location on the course to use in applying the Rules. Such determinations need to be made promptly and with care but often cannot be precise, and players should not be held to the degree of precision that can sometimes be provided by video technology. A "reasonable judgment" standard is applied in evaluating the player's actions in these situations: so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player's reasonable judgment will be accepted even if later shown to be wrong by the use of video evidence. 
I think it will be nice to get back to results being determined by the competition on the field of play and not by a viewer at home.

Student Of The Month

My Student Of The Month is Terry Kane. I have had the pleasure of helping Terry for the past 7 months. He has been putting in some good work on his game. Terry recently made a very nice breakthrough in his game by winning the Christmas Scramble with his wife at San Vicente Country Club.  
Keep up the good work Terry!!  
FitGolf Logo

Windshield Wipers
Windshield Wipers
Jeremy Klinkhamer is here to give the fitness tip of the month. This month's video shows you an exercise called the windshield wiper. This exercise will help you create more internal hip rotation 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, January 28th 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