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Local Junior Golfer Selected for Ultimate Golf Experience

Ace student Zac Fletcher has been selected as one of ten from across the country to attend the highly regarded Congaree Global Golf Initiative. 

Congaree Golf Club is located in Ridgeland, SC and was founded by golf enthusiasts Dan Friedkin and Bob McNair as a world class golf club with a philanthropic purpose. Mr. Friedkin and Mr. McNair, along with Congaree Ambassadors around the world, are committed to providing life-changing experiences for deserving high school students through Congaree Foundation. Its signature program is the Congaree Global Golf Initiative (CGGI), which is an intensive athletic and academic college preparatory program committed to helping motivated young men and women prepare for their future.

This year’s CGGI will host 20 participants from across the globe over the course of two one-week sessions. Participants will work with academic advisors, fitness counselors, and golf professionals to prepare for the college admissions process and future success on the golf course and in the classroom at a four-year college or university. All instruction and training is administered by carefully selected and skilled professionals who provide a structured learning experience for participants through both individual and group-based training.  

For more information, check out this Forbes Article .

Congrats Zac!
Are You Tour-Ready?

SNEDS Tour events begin June 4th in the Tri-Cities. Check out this year's schedule here. 
Birdie Fundamentals
Balanced Start

For most full swings, a balanced start includes equal weight on each foot. However, for shorter shots - like inside 50 yards - it can be helpful to bias your weight toward the front.

The biggest mistake that most golfers make is striking the ball while their weight is on the back foot. This is especially true for irons and wedges, because it causes the club to rise, which leads to topped shots.

A good position for all shots, except putting, is 100% of the player's weight on the forward foot at impact. This position not only helps the golfer to strike down on the ball, but also to transfer his/her weight into the shot for increased distance.

Like all sports, a player's weight needs to be moving toward the target instead of away from it. Whether you start with equal weight or slightly forward, make sure you're impacting the ball from the proper position.
Birdie Yardage Book Lesson #19
Getting To Your Goal

Using a goal ladder can help you to visualize what you need to do in order to reach your dream. Each step on the ladder moves you closer to the target.

The easiest step should be first, with the following steps becoming progressively harder. For example, if you wanted to get better at chipping, your goal ladder might look something like this:

  • 5 - Practice different ball positions and open/square stances
  • 4 - Hold my follow-through until the ball stops
  • 3 - Return to this position at impact
  • 2 - Lean the grip forward, in line with my front foot
  • 1 - Begin with my weight on the front foot

Goal ladders are useful in all areas of life, not just golf. Use them regularly and climb the ladder of success!
There are a many reasons to play golf this summer. Here are the Top 5 .
Have you seen the rule changes for next year? There are some big differences coming up...

2019 Rule: Players will continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure will be changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3:

How a ball may be dropped is simplified; the only requirement will be that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.

Reasons for Change:

The new procedure lowers the height from which the ball is dropped to increase the chance that it stays within the relief area.

Requiring the player to drop a ball (as opposed to placing it) will retain a desired randomness about where the ball will end up:

The player has no guarantee that the ball will come to rest on a desired spot or in a good lie.
This is especially the case when a ball is dropped in more difficult conditions such as thick rough or longer grass.

Allowing the player to drop a ball from knee height will help to limit the extent to which a ball will embed in sand in a bunker.

July 21st @ Blackthorn Club
The Road To The 2019 Masters Starts Here.