Brad Brewer has developed a High Performance Golf Player Development Program for the Brad brewer Golf Academy that can truly improve your mental and strategic game. We discuss course strategy, personal expectations, pre & post shot routines, advice he's received from Arnold Palmer and tips on how to stay in golf shape during the off season.
Katherine Roberts has twenty years of experience in fitness training, yoga studies and motivation. She's is a regular on the Golf Channel, has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and has her own line of DVDs and books all about the benefits that Yoga offers golfers. With increased flexibility, you'll find greater power in your swing and feel much better before, during and after your round. Katherine provides pre and post round stretching tips and drills in addition information on to how to increase distance, and more.
Playing the Top 100 courses in the world is not a fantasy to this week's guest. If you've read his blog, you know that he wishes to remain anonymous, but we got him to talk about his adventures, preferences and favorites. What's the best course in the world? The best hole? Find out this week.
We continue our discussion about Pinehurst, America's greatest golf destination. Director of Instruction Eric Alpenfels provides us with shot strategy on hole #1, the infamous #2 and #5 of Pinehurst Course No. 2. This course will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007, so make your plans now. Eric also provides a variation of a classic putting drill.
"Fairways of Life, Wisdon and Inspiration from the Greatest Game" is an entertaining and enlightening book from Matthew E. Adams, a regular on the Golf Channel and co-author of some of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Matt tells great stories about the writing of the book and why he pursued this content.
Ryan Wilson is the Director of Golf for the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. This golf destination resort features a Pete Dye and a Gary Player Signature Course. Today's program focuses on the shot strategy on 3 holes for the Gary Player Signature Course. Ryan also gives us tips wedge play. Both of these courses are managed by Troon Golf.
9/19/06 - Episode #40 of Golf Smarter is a live report from the PGA Expo in Las Vegas. We get the inside information from vendors and manufacturers about what we found to be the newest and most unique golf products for 2006. Here's a list of the websites for each of the products, in the order we covered them:
www.playthewind.com "Windage" -
www.perfectball.com "Check-go-pro" -
www.prolinesports.biz "I Gotacha Ready" -
www.posfitgolf.com "Swing Ab Cor Trainer" -
www.bagboycompany.com "nxo revolver cart bag" -
Branson Creek Golf Course in Branson, MO has been ranked as the #1 public facility in the state. GM Mark Ophoven talks about features and playability of this Tom Fazio designed course. Mark also provides shot strategy for holes 1, 2, & 18.
This is the show that introduces Kenny Nicholson of Edwin Watts Golf.
Geoff Mangum's puttingzone.com is an amazingly rich website that focuses on only one aspect of golf; putting. In this conversation, Geoff provides the most important elements of a putt and gives us a couple of great drills.
The Shivas Irons Society was founded on the principles taught by the character in Michael Murphy's classic "Golf in the Kingdom." With the premise that golf is a good stage for the drama of our self-discovery, this week's interview is with the founder of the Shivas Irons Society, Steve Cohen. Discussion is about the society, their mission of providing unique experiences and educational scholarships.
Billy Bondaruk is the Lead Instructor at the Catta Vedera Country Club and his website on the 7 Myths of Golf will really open your eyes. His stories of amazing, yet unexplainable performances support his concepts of how important it is to be in the moment. Billy believes that golfers get stuck in visualization which hampers their stroke. He also provides some great drills on how to keep your head still and practice swings.
Fred Shoemaker has written 2 critically aclaimed books and has coached thousands on the inner game of golf. Most golfers bring more than their clubs to the course. They come with doubt, excitement, fear, desire -- and a lot of hope. "Extraordinary Golf" and "Extraordinary Putting" have given golfers a new perspective. It's a long interview, but these concepts could transform your game. Some quotes from the interview include:
"Increase awareness, decrease your handicap!"
"Being present is the most powerful thing you can learn in sports."
"In the middle of a crucial action;the swing; the target changes. The target is NOT the ball!"
Champions Gate Golf Club in Orlando Florida offers two Greg Norman designed courses, the National and the International, the Omni Orlando Resort, and the David Ledbetter Golf Acadamy. This week's in-depth conversation features their Head Golf Professional, Ryan Thomas.
Ryan talks about the Fathers-Sons Event, broadcast on NBC, that's held each December at Champions Gate Golf Club, the highlights and differences between the National and International courses, shot strategy on 3 holes, description of waste bunkers, short game tips and more.
One of the most difficult golf courses in the Los Angeles area is Lost Canyons in Simi Valley. They offer two 18 hole courses designed by Pete Dye with Fred Couples. The Sky Course and Shadow Course are great challenges for players of any level. Head Professional Adrian Cardoza offers his insights and tips on how to attack these courses. We discuss 3 holes over the two courses, which you can see by checking out our Google Earth interactivity. For more on Google Earth and GOLF SMARTER, check out the instructions at teetour.com. Other topics included are discussions on how to understand the slope and ratings of a couse and how they effect your game, which tees to play from, where we've seen Lost Canyons Golf Club on TV and Movies and a great putting drill.