Golf Essentials - Answers for Weekend Warriors

Golf Essentials - Answers for Weekend Warriors

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Free daily and deployable golf help for those who don’t want to pay an instructor - arm yourself with practice plans, drills, and custom insights. I answer all your questions, host live Q&A’s, and tell it to you straight. Here’s what I believe: 1. Golf is challenging, but it doesn’t need to be complicated - a simple, consistent methodology is best. 2. Infrequent and expensive lessons aren’t optimal for improvement - light, regular refinements are better. 3. There’s no magic pill (sorry) - I’ll tell you what to do and how to make the most of your time. Questions: [email protected]
KPI Golf on Underperforming Golf Courses & Options to Turn Things Around
Jan 15 • 16 min
Expert Opinions are Cheap John Brown discusses the options that struggling and underperforming golf courses have. The first big misconception is that professional advice and exploratory conversations only come with hard sales pitches for club management…
2 Simple Pre-Swing Tips to Get Out of a Golf Slump - or Winter Hiatus
Jan 14 • 12 min
Pre-Swing is Better than In-Swing The quickest wins are in your setup and stance - nothing to do with your swing. Most people focus on “in-swing” faults and ignore the “pre-swing”. I do the opposite. Without good setup and alignment, your swing is doomed.…
Tips For Shooting Great Video With What You’ve Got - CSK Creative’s Craig Kotilinek
Jan 13 • 24 min
CSK Creative Founder Craig Kotilinek I’ve known Craig for 8 or 9 years now here in Orlando. He’s an extremely talented and accomplished videographer and business operator. CSK Creativeis a video production agency boasting clients like Golf Digest,…
The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Golf Course Ownership
Jan 12 • 16 min
KPI Golf Management owner and business partner John Brown Jr. shares some stories of over 45 years in the golf course ownership and management business. It’s not always sunshine and lollipops in the golf business!
Taking Inventory - How Do I Deliver More Value?
Jan 11 • 2 min
This episode is all about me asking you how I can be better. I’m loving doing the podcast thing, and I want it to be 100% about bringing value to the community. Let me know what I’m doing right and what I could be doing better. You won’t hurt my…
Guys Trips, A Car Accident & A Simple Swing Key That Worked for Me
Jan 10 • 8 min
So, some old friends of mine from Maine and from Texas come here to Orlando every winter for a week to play golf and enjoy some sunshine. They’ve been doing it for 30 years. Well, last night was the first car accident ever. Fortunately nobody was hurt,…
With Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer Talking Golf, TV, Ribs, Life on Tour & Myrtle Beach
Jan 9 • 28 min
How Charlie Got into Television Many don’t realize (myself included) how great a player that Charlie was in his early days. He’s still competing occasionally on PGA Tour Champions as well. After Q-School one year, he ran into his good friend Gary McCord…
Country Club Pitfalls: Golf Management Deals Too Good to Be True
Jan 8 • 20 min
Country clubs bringing in outside management do so in one of two major ways: 1. They recognize they need help and expertise to help them move forward optimally. 2. A firm offers to inject some capital over time in exchange for ownership stake in the club…
Dominate the Springtime - Winter Drills for Putting, Chipping & Full Swing (Ep.52)
Jan 7 • 11 min
3 Drills to Get Sharp in the Off-Season These 3 wintertime exercises helped me big time coming out of the gates in the spring back when I was in high school. I worked on my putting, chipping and full swing while our family was watching TV…and I won the…
Rant: Why Short Sighted Golf Course Operators Suck
Jan 6 • 7 min
Get Your Business Priorities in Line I believe that the most successful businesses (golf or non-golf) take care of the most important things first…and at all costs. It’s super upsetting to me to see operators ruining perfectly good businesses - especially…
2 Games To Make Putting Practice More Interesting (and Productive)
Jan 5 • 8 min
Pull-Back and Safety Pull-Back These two putting games are incredible in a lot of ways. First of all, they help make putting practice a lot more interesting. That’s a big deal for some of you who find putting super boring. The benefits of these two games…
Help For Golfers Who Have Golf Courses They Care About
Jan 4 • 5 min
Super Thankful - Time to Reflect Just a regroup on why I’m bothering to deliver this podcast. It’s two major reasons, both of which based on stuff that I’ve lived, experienced, and executed myself. I come from a blue collar background, not from money and…
Drill: 5-Minutes A Day For Consistent Bunker Play and Pitching
Jan 3 • 4 min
Draw a Line in the Sand Super simple pitching and bunker play drill for improving your consistency. It’s all about impacting the ball or the ground in the same place every time. Here’s how it goes: Draw a line in the sand about 4-6 feet long Address the…
Golf Courses Turning to Tumbleweeds
Jan 2 • 10 min
Surviving The Next Round of Closings Visiting my parents in Southwest Florida this week. Their golf community lost their golf course a couple years back and it’s super sad to see. All the residents came here for social golf, sunshine and fun…now they have…
John Brown of KPI Golf on Humility, Owning Mistakes & Data-Driven Decisions
Jan 1 • 13 min
There is No “Set and Forget” Strategy The only way to perform optimally is to stay diligent and continuously prioritize highest impact activities. There is no solution that allows for anything other than constant oversight and management. This is because…
Hammer - A Killer Golf Money Game With a Hint of Poker
Dec 31, 2018 • 8 min
A Test of Confidence - Preying on Weaknesses Hammer has a wonderful way of revealing just how confident you are with your game. It’s best played with other players of similar skill set, preferably with buddies who you can harass a little bit. Knowing your…
The Simplest Short Game Tip Ever - Better Contact & Distance Control
Dec 30, 2018 • 5 min
Length of Backswing = Length of Shot Sounds super obvious, but so many players fail to deploy this simple method: Let the length of your backswing determine the length of the shot Most players that struggle with short game either aren’t making…
What Golf’s 2019 Rule Changes Mean for You
Dec 29, 2018 • 16 min
Big Changes for Tournament Players If you’re planning on playing some real competitive golf, moving forward the rules have changed quite a lot. You should rely on more trustworthy sources than me to get the details about what you’re allowed and not…
Holding It Together When You’re Nervous - Tips From Major Champions (and me)
Dec 28, 2018 • 44 min
What Happens When We’re Nervous? What is it about pressure that causes our body to react so strangely. You may not even be all that nervous about the outcome, and for some reason, you can’t swing the same way, your putting goes bad, and you can’t even…
How to Play Those Touchy 50-Yard Wedge Shots Without Fear
Dec 27, 2018 • 9 min
Turn a Weakness into a Strength I used to absolutely fear a 50 yard wedge shot in golf tournaments. I’d do all I could to avoid them. Mostly that meant laying up to 100 yards leaving a full wedge into the green. While that might be a good way to avoid…
Fairway Wood Clinic - Basic Tips for Solid Contact
Dec 26, 2018 • 3 min
This clip is from a clinic I did back in Phoenix for some relative beginners about hitting fairways woods. A lot of players struggle with this clubs - they’re long, unforgiving, and you’ve got to be dead on to hit great shots. I hope these few tips help…
Deploying Trust and Added Revenue for Golf Courses
Dec 25, 2018 • 8 min
Creative Sources of Revenue When I go to Germany every summer, the days are very long. The sun rises around 4:00 am and sets around 10:30 pm. Golf courses over there have come up with a very creative (and simple) solution for bringing in revenue during…
How to Break Those Mental (and Scoring) Barriers in Golf
Dec 24, 2018 • 4 min
They’re Just Numbers Many of the so-called barriers that we try to reach in golf are simply arbitrary numbers. I get that it sounds cool to say that you shot 69 instead of 70, but at the end of the day, it’s just 1 shot. Focus on What You Can Control…
Stymies - The Best Competitive Putting Game Known to Man
Dec 23, 2018 • 4 min
More Players the Better Stymies is a vicious competitive putting game that is best played with as many people as you can wrangle up. Find 10 people and you’ll have a blast. It’s a total strokes game played on the practice putting green…usually with some…
Gambling on the Golf Course - What’s Your Take?
Dec 22, 2018 • 7 min
How do you Feel About Gambling on the Golf Course? I’m down for a friendly wager playing golf with some friends, but is there a point where it goes too far? The USGA rules on amateur status say there is. I’ve got some experience at a country club where…
Winning vs. The Yips - Tactics for Gaining Putting Confidence
Dec 21, 2018 • 42 min
Dealing with the Yips I suspect that there are many more people out there facing the yips than we realize. I hope that this deep dive discussion brings value for you, and brings ideas and solutions that will help you climb back to a place of confidence…
Keynote on Golf Course Marketing for Club Owners
Dec 20, 2018 • 17 min
We’re Living in a Bubble Based on the fact that the economy has been great over the past 9 years, AND we’ve got a huge wave of Baby Boomers playing more golf than ever, golf should be thriving. In fact, if your home course isn’t killing it right now, look…
The Big-Time Advantages of Local Synergies Between Golf Courses - Clustering
Dec 19, 2018 • 18 min
From a Player’s Perspective The advantages for golfers when multiple golf courses team up is obvious. We get more holes to play golf on for our money. What’s really cool is that when one course is closed for business because of a tournament or course…
Disrupting the Online Clothing Retail Industry - Bogeybox Golf Club
Dec 18, 2018 • 17 min
A Revolution in Clothing Retail Super cool conversation with Nik Bando, Founder & CEO of Bogeybox Golf Club. So, Nik figured out that he (along with what turns out to be a ton of other men out there) hates to go shopping - especially for clothing. I’m…
Private Golf Course Turnaround Case Study - John Brown’s Hybrid Solution
Dec 17, 2018 • 22 min
KPI Golf Management’s John Brown discusses a Hilton Head area private golf course that was struggling with membership attrition in the Hilton Head market. They were losing more members than they were selling. He outlines the market research that he…
Simple Tip for Crisp Contact with Your Chips and Pitches from Tight Lies
Dec 16, 2018 • 5 min
Chipping and Pitching Struggles Lately I’ve been struggling a bit with my chipping and pitching. I’ve felt like it’s been a challenge to make clean contact consistently from poor lies and tight lies. Basically, if the ball isn’t sitting up perfectly, my…
Know a Golf Instructor Bringing Big Impact? I’m Giving Them a Stage to Share Their Story
Dec 15, 2018 • 6 min
$300/Hr Golf Lessons aren’t Helping Anyone Golf Digest just ran an article on the nation’s top golf instructors under 40. I get it that these are the elite instructors catering to elite clientele (meaning rich people already playing lots of golf), and…
A Whole New World for Amputees Playing Golf - Sports Science Solutions & K-Motion
Dec 14, 2018 • 12 min
Bringing Golf Opportunities for Amputees that Never Existed Sports Science Solutions and K-Motion are teaming up to develop some incredibly helpful solutions. Biomechanics technology and the resulting data is allow the group to develop specific processes…
Hate Bermuda Grass Greens Like Me? 4 Simple Ways to Deal with Grain
Dec 13, 2018 • 11 min
They Don’t have Grainy Greens in New England Where I grew up, our bent grass greens don’t have any grain to speak of. I just never thought about the effects of grain…ever. So when I came down to play college golf in Florida, it drove me nuts. In fact, I…
Indoors or Outdoors - Here’s a Killer Putting Challenge for You
Dec 12, 2018 • 6 min
Finish this Challenge and I’ll be Super Impressed. I learned this drill when I was back in college playing at Florida Southern. Lee Janzen, former US Open Champion and FSC alum came back to practice with the team a few times. Lee’s always been an…
Sir Nick Faldo Elite Swing Clinic on Practice, Swing Sequence & Preparation
Dec 11, 2018 • 49 min
This special swing clinic was part of a private session offered to some elite International Junior Golf Tour players playing at Bella Colina in Orlando. The coolest part about it was that the content was designed for top level players. Nick got into…
KPI Golf’s John Brown Shares Survival Advice for Underperforming Golf Clubs
Dec 10, 2018 • 35 min
Longtime friend John Brown joins us to talk about the business of golf - namely golf courses and their survival. We tap into his 40+ years of golf operations experience. John shares a bunch of insights into where the golf industry is heading and how golf…
Nick Faldo Wedge Play Clinic - Benchmarking Distances & Tournament Preparation
Dec 9, 2018 • 12 min
A Golf Clinic for Elite Junior Players This clip is part of a private clinic that was conducted for 1 hour and 20 minutes for elite junior golfers. I felt so lucky to be a part of listening to Nick Faldo talking about real competitive topics, tournament…
Hit Hooks and Slices on Purpose - Tips for Calibrating the Curve
Dec 9, 2018 • 11 min
Do it in Practice Before Bringing it to the Golf Course We know that opening the club face will yield a slice, and closing the face will hook the ball…but how much? I feel it’s super important to fall back on a game plan, or at least to have practiced the…
Simple Science of Optimal Athletic Performance - Casey Cox of Sports Science Solutions
Dec 7, 2018 • 36 min
Data-Driven Decisions in Athletics Today, I’m talking with Casey Cox at Sports Science Solutions about the absolute cutting edge of using biomechanics data in sports. Now, I know what you’re thinking - high-tech diodes, bones and muscles, it’s all too…
Why You Need to Ask Your Instructor for the Shortest Golf Lessons Possible
Dec 6, 2018 • 10 min
I Believe that Traditional Golf Lessons are Best for the Instructor, not the Student. Learning to play golf is a lot like learning a language. Everyone is bad in the beginning, and the the benefits you derive are directly proportionate to the efficiency…
The Putting Yips - One Rainy Day from Quitting Golf
Dec 5, 2018 • 4 min
My Parents are the Best Humans in the World This is a segment of a keynote presentation I did at Golf Academy of America in Orlando. I talk about a phase of my college and amateur golf career where I had a debilitating bout with the putting yips. I told…
Playing in a Scramble Golf Tournament? How to be a Kickass Teammate
Dec 4, 2018 • 6 min
Scrambles are a Whole Different Animal - You Can Cheat! So, I’m teeing it up in a scramble golf tournament tomorrow. I wanted to share some thoughts, especially for beginners on how to navigate your day and have a great time. First rule is to inoculate…
Sidehill Lies – Why Your Strategy is Probably Only Half True
Dec 3, 2018 • 7 min
Big-Time Misconceptions about Sidehill Lies After you’ve been playing golf for some time, you’re bound to hear this rule of thumb: If the ball is below your feet, play for a slice. If the ball’s above your feet, play for a hook. Well, that statement is…
1-Hour Golf Practice Blueprint - Stay Connected, Trajectory Work, Bunkers & Putting
Dec 2, 2018 • 11 min
Look for Feedback Every Time You Practice Here’s your hour of practice broken down for you. We’re starting off on the range with a great drill to help your arms stay connected with your body as you rotate. We run into a lot of problems when we lift our…
The Business Case for Free Golf Lessons | Keynote at Golf Academy of America
Dec 2, 2018 • 73 min
One of my strongest presentations to date. Lots of continuing dialogue and positive feedback from the audience on this one…Here’s my keynote speech at The Golf Academy of America’s Orlando Campus. The talk is geared for the students (all ages) at the…
Bunker Play Basics - How to Develop Your Stock Sand Shot
Dec 1, 2018 • 12 min
This episode is all about bunker play. In basic terms, we handle bunker shots a lot like pitch shots, but there are a few important variables we’ll need to learn to account for. First, everything is determined by the lie. Learning to assess what you’re…
1-Hour Practice Blueprint - Putting Challenge, Up & Downs & Setup
Nov 30, 2018 • 11 min
Here’s your 1-hour practice blueprint for the day. The goal is to make best use of the limited time you have at the course. Here’s what we’re doing: 1. Ladder Drill (15 mins) - Short and mid-length putting with variability in distance. The game adds in…
Q&A - Tough Lies, Tournament Nerves and Making the Most of Winter Off Season
Nov 29, 2018 • 24 min
Today we hear from Carson in Rochester, New York. He’s a 13-year old who’s been playing golf for a couple years. As he’s moving into junior tournament play, his questions and maturity are off the charts. We cover: • Judging and handling tough lies around…
Take Better Photos with your Phone - Tips from Golf Photographer Cy Cyr
Nov 28, 2018 • 21 min
Cy Cyr has arguably become one of the world’s top golf photographers…and we’ve know each other since we were 5 living in Maine. I wanted to know how I can be taking better pictures with my phone…and he didn’t disappoint. Cy’s been in the room with…
Do You Fear Those Half Wedge Shots? Don’t.
Nov 27, 2018 • 25 min
This wedge play technique changed my golf life. I was able to turn an absolute fear of 30, 50, 60 yard wedge shots into a strength of my game. These shots require a special approach that brings distance control and consistent impact with the golf ball…
Getting Your Kids Into Golf - Chat with National PGA Award Winner Brendon Elliott
Nov 25, 2018 • 19 min
Anyone looking to get their kids into golf, this episode is for you. We’re talking with Brendon R. Elliott, PGA founder of Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf in Central Florida. Brendon is the National PGA Award winner for Junior Golf…
Improve Chipping and Pitching Without Any Practice - Troughs and Hills Matter
Nov 25, 2018 • 4 min
I learned this concept from the great Dave Pelz - Better shot selection in terms of where you’re choosing to land the ball will improve your chances of success. Always try to land pitch shots into troughs and avoid hills…here’s why.
How far do I stand from the golf ball?
Nov 24, 2018 • 4 min
Probably the most common question that I haven’t gotten to yet. Here’s an easy way to think about your golf swing setup and how far from the ball you should be standing. It’s super important to nail this down every time if you’re going to be consistent.
Weekly Practice Blueprint - Full Swing, Wedges and Putting Drills
Nov 23, 2018 • 11 min
Here’s your hour of practice time broken down into drills and an approach that I think will be super helpful for your game. We’re mixing it up with the full swing, starting in on calibrating wedge distances, and giving you some putting challenges to keep…
Pounding Driver 101 - A Simple Beginner’s Checklist for the LONG BALL
Nov 22, 2018 • 9 min
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here’s what you need to know about driving the ball like a champ. There are some tendencies that we all fall into that’ll sabotage our chances for success. An easy pre-swing checklist usually does the trick.
Save Money on Lessons - Learn to Read Your Shots and Fix Yourself
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
Physics don’t lie. The ball goes where it goes for a reason. In this episode, we’re reverse engineering impact and how the ball behaves. Where does it start? Is is curving? Are your misses mostly right or left? What do your divots look like? It all tells…
Quick Win for Slicers - Deep Dive into Controlling the Clubface at Impact
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
There are only 2 factors that determine the direction that the golf ball flies - swing path and club face angle. For most full shots, where the club face is “looking” is by far the most important. So, how do you better control the face, and by rule, the…
Golf’s 15-Year “Land Grab” - Why Millennials and Gen-Xers Need to Tee It Up
Nov 21, 2018 • 6 min
If you’re thinking of about playing golf, or investing some energy into getting better…especially as a 20 or 30-something, I’m gonna try to convince you. There’s a one-time opportunity to tap into golf largest of all time attention “land grab”. 60% of…
Golf Essentials - Daily Insights for Weekend Warriors
Nov 21, 2018 • 3 min
Golf Essentials is Casey Bourque’s way of meeting you where you are with a “tell it like it is” methodology for feeling better about playing golf - answering all your questions, live Q&A sessions, practice planning, drills, tips, and insights to make the…