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

In This Issue:

*Improving Short Iron Play
*Little Know Facts About The Masters
*Guerin Roll Board
*Shot Clock Masters
*Student Of The Month
*FitGolf For Performance
*Short Game School


Scott Mahlberg PGA 
Improving Short Iron Play 

One of the things I try to stress to my students is to have as little shaft and face rotation through impact as possible. The feeling that is normally quite useful is to have the face looking at the target longer through the impact zone. This is especially important to do with short irons. Please watch the video for a fuller explanation and demonstration.   

Little Known Facts About The Masters 
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I hope you all got a chance to enjoy the Masters tournament this year. I thought you might like to know more about the tournament and Augusta National. Here are a few little known facts:

*Alistair McKenzie was the Scot that was a physician turned architect that was the course designer at Augusta National. Unfortunately, he died pleading poverty and begging for the fee he never received.

* Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts petitioned the USGA to host the 1934 US Open. The request was denied so Jones and Roberts decided to hold their own event.

*Augusta originally designed a 90 yard 19th hole. This was so the losing golfer had a chance to even his bet by going double or nothing after the 18th hole.

* The Masters was the first to do the following:
     1. Host a 72 hole competition over four days.
     2. To be covered nationwide on the radio.
     3. To use rope galleries.
     4. To use an on course scoreboard.
     5. To use the over/under par reference we use today.

*Last but not least, the Masters also has had a dynamic instruction program in San Diego named after it.

Guerin Roll Board 


Many golfers do not realize that there is an optimal launch angle and also topspin rate for your putting. The Guerin roll board is a new instructional tool that allows you to assess if your stroke and/or equipment needs adjusting to enhance these factors. Please watch the video for a demonstration of how this aid helps create a better putting stroke.
Shot Clock Masters 

The European Tour is so determined to stamp out slow play it has even come up with a tournament title to show how serious it is about the problem.

Introducing the "Shot Clock Masters". Formerly known as the Austrian Open, the Shot Clock Masters, June 7-10 near Vienna, will feature a shot clock for all players, and hand out one-shot penalties to those who exceed the time limit.

The Tour has already trialed a shot clock. One was used during this year's GolfSixes tournament at the Centrurion Club just north of London. The clock was only used on the fourth hole and just one player fell foul of it. Former Oregon State player Paul Peterson exceeded the 40-second limit and was penalized one stroke.

Every player will be timed on every shot in Austria. The other big difference from GolfSixes is that the event will use the Tour's official timing policy. Each player in the 120-man field will have 50 seconds for the first player in a group, with 40 seconds for subsequent players. A one-shot penalty will be handed out to players going over the time limit, and a red card will appear beside their name on the leaderboard.

The Tour is hoping to cut three-ball timings down to four hours, and two balls down to three hours and 15 minutes.

(Excerpt from Golf Week Magazine.)
Student Of The Month

My Student Of The Month is Laurel Gill. Laurel created the Naval Women's Golf Team when she was on active duty. She has been in the Masters Program for the past few months and has really improved many facets of her game. She recently competed in a Symetra Tour event. This is the LPGA's version of the Web.com Tour.

Keep up the good work Laurel!!
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Tricep Training For Your Backswing 
Tricep Training For Your Backswing
Jeremy Klinkhamer is here to give the fitness tip of the month. This month's video shows you an exercise that will help you with how you use your triceps in the golf 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, April 29th from 9:00 to 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