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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.

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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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Investigating the New Technologies in Golf Instruction

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 02:45 Monday, 08 February 2016 02:26

Jason GiesbrechtRoyal Colwood’s Director Of Golf Jason Giesbrecht has long embraced technology’s value in golf instruction. Recently he travelled to the PGA Show in Orlando to evaluate some of the latest advances in this rapidly evolving sector of the golf industry...

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Women with Drive Clinics Get Female Golfers Into the Game

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2015 21:14 Wednesday, 07 October 2015 21:09

Women With Drive WorkshopRICHMOND, British Columbia (Alfie Lau/iG) — All throughout the province, for most of September and October, women golfers have been getting together with certified PGA of Canada or LPGA coaches in Women With Drive, Get In The Game workshops funded by British Columbia Golf and the Golf Canada Foundation Women’s Fund.

“We’ve organized clinics all throughout the province which will enhance opportunities for women to gain interest and develop their golf skills so that we can continue to grow women’s golf,” said Debbie Pyne, the managing director for player development for British Columbia Golf. “We’ve had clinics all throughout the province and they have been well attended.”

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Performance Camp Hits Atlantic Canada

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 21:46 Tuesday, 08 September 2015 21:41

Performance Camp in Nova ScotiaWALLACE, Nova Scotia (Tyler Costigan/Golf Canada) — The first of two Golf Canada Performance Camps this year was conducted on September 6–7 at the Fox Harb’r Resort in Wallace, N.S., as part of an initiative to support the growth and development of Canada’s next generation of junior golfers.

The Performance Camps, now in their fourth year, are conducted by Golf Canada in conjunction with the provincial associations to address the talent of budding athletes across the country—in this case, Atlantic Canada. Team Canada’s Lead Development Squad Coach, Robert Ratcliffe, has been at the helm of the project since the first camp was conducted in 2012.

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