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Lisa Longball Tip: Tips & Tricks On and Around the Green

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2016 08:39 Friday, 06 May 2016 08:23

Lisa Vlooswyk TipsChange Your Putting Swing Thought.

Often when I play with golfers that roll their putt way past the hole they say, “I hit it too hard.” If the putt stops way too short, in addition to major ribbing from their playing partners I hear “I hit it too soft.”

This is a terrible putting stroke swing thought. It is very subjective to judge how much “harder” or how much “softer” you need to roll a putt.



Learn to Compete: Golf Canada’s Guide to Competitive Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:11 Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:03

Brooke HendersonThe Learn to Compete Program is a framework that PGA of Canada members can use to foster the development of competitive junior aged athletes through a three-stage program that aligns with the various stages of Long-Term Player Development.



Golf Channel Airing “National Instruction Day” in Partnership with PGA of America

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 00:09 Friday, 22 April 2016 00:02

National Instruction DayGolf Channel, in partnership with the PGA of Americ, announced its plans for the inaugural “National Instruction Day,” airing on Wednesday, May 4, and featuring a dedicated day of live programming devoted to helping golfers improve their game. National Instruction Day will bring together several of the most respected and recognized PGA Professionals in the game – a culmination of a 100-day campaign celebrating the PGA of America’s Centennial – staging live clinics on Golf Channel, originating from golf courses around the U.S., and spanning across four time zones, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.



Need Help with Game? Nicklaus Mentors the Next Generation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 02:18 Wednesday, 20 April 2016 02:04

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(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Justin Thomas could sense his expectations getting higher and his game going nowhere.

He was coming off a strong rookie year in 2015, contending a half-dozen times before breaking through for his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia in October. But then he started the new year in a rut, and Thomas knew just what to do — no matter how awkward it might have seemed.

He asked Jack Nicklaus if he could come over to his house to talk.

“Very weird,” Thomas said about making a call to the 76-year-old owner of 18 major championships. “I was nervous to do it, but it was the coolest thing when I first met him. We had lunch before I got in The Bear’s Club, and for someone of his status and how comfortable I felt around him, I give him a lot of credit for that. He didn’t try to intimidate me or make me feel uncomfortable. As soon as you’re around him, you’re not nervous. It really speaks to his character.”

Nicklaus designs and builds golf courses. His business enterprise includes everything from wine to ice cream. He is heavily involved in the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. And in his latest role, he is a mentor to a burgeoning class of young golfers.

And he loves it.



Pro Tips To Improve Putting Performance

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 05:38 Friday, 25 March 2016 05:29

Pro Tips To Improve Putting PerformanceAdam Werbicki
PGA of Canada Associate Professional
The Derrick Club
2011 PGA of Canada
Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year

There is not a golfer out there that does not want to improve their scores. The challenge is finding time to practice and then using that time effectively. I believe it is important to have a plan for your practice sessions before you get out on the putting green to help you create a more efficient practice routine and begin to see improvement on the course. And just as we want to start the ball in the right direction when putting, let's work towards starting your practice sessions in the right direction for 2016. A good practice session can be divided into technical work, skill development, a practice game and then reflection.

Putting is a multiple-piece puzzle and one piece is being able to start the ball on your intended line. Let's take a look at how you can test and practice this area of putting.



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