Saturday, October 30, 2010
Alex and I got out to the golf course today, it was an awesome time. He's 3, so all kinds of questions and fun happen along the way. What's cool here is that Alex only hit one shot before I could get the camera on and get a video of him making this nice putt. He definitely likes golf and is certainly good at it, he has been since he could walk. I think, like many children, he likes driving the "golf cart" even more than he likes driving the "golf ball".
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The winning team at Wisconsin Country Club in the Catholic Financial Life Foundation Charity Golf Tournament.
Mike Soczka, Steve Mathie, Ernie Soczka, and Brian Soczka.
1 Eagle, 11 Birdies, 5 Pars, and 1 Bogey for a 61 and the winning score by 2 shots. It was a beautiful day, a great team effort, a really fun time, and the tournament raised a ton of money for scholarships and charitable organizations in need. What a great day!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Rocco Mediate provides inspiration for players at Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - Tours & News - Golf.com
Monday, October 18, 2010
Read more: http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,2026095,00.html#ixzz12jgVxEf2
Friday, October 15, 2010
In November 2002 my friend Lama Kunga Rinpoche and I were the subjects in a fun 4 page story in Golf Digest. My friend, and at that time acquaintance, Josh Sens who wrote the story brought the Lama to the golf course that day. Turns out that Josh's transmission blew out in his car as pulled into the golf course and consequently I was asked to drive the Lama home that night. On our way to the Berkeley Hills after our long day on the golf course I got to know this wonderful man with the spirit of an 11th century Lama. That's another story ... Anyhow, it turns out that the Lama did not live too far from Mira Vista Country Club where I was the Head Golf Professional. Lama and I got to know each other better and since the Lama was in fact clergy my club was happy to allow me to continue to teach the Lama at our driving range even though he was not a member of the club. About that time some members joined the club who meditated at Ewam Choden, Lama's place of meditation. So now the Lama would also come out to play with Nancy and Tom besides coming to see me for instruction, it was wonderful to see him often. I can tell you I've been around golf all my life and have seen very few people happier in general and more specifically happier to be on the golf course than my friend the Lama.
Click the link above that will take you to Lama Kunga's website for information about: My Good Friend The Lama, Spirituality, Our Fun and Humorous Article from Golf Digest, and also Our 2003 ESPY Award Winning Short Documentary featured on ESPN. You've Got To See It!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Your driver swing is different than other swings because the ball is up in the air on a tee which forces encourages you to play it much farther forward than with any other club. When you are using a fairway wood, hybrid, or long iron the ball has to be just ahead of the middle of your stance, a little forward of center helps to sweep the ball off of the ground and up into the air while keeping it still near the middle of your stance helps create solid contact. With shorter irons you want to make sure that the ball is behind your sternum to ensure solid contact and to make sure you don't hit it fat, with these shorter irons, depending upon your setup in order for the ball to be behind your sternum the ball will need to be positioned just behind the middle of your stance.
Use these tips here from me and the video from Mark Blackburn to create better ball striking with all of your clubs.
Good Luck, Stay Motivated, and God Bless!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Possibly the best golf swing for the American Squad. Look at how simple and tight Zach's backswing is and then on the other end look at how much rotation, core strength, and leg drive Zach gets through the ball to complete his swing. See how far his right shoulder gets through towards the target and how far forward his right hip drives and rotates through toward the hole. A fine example for anyone to study indeed.
Quite possibly the best ball striker on the European Team and maybe the entire Ryder Cup. How many times has he hit a shot during the event and instantly started marching towards the hole with a huge grin on his face. Graeme's compact swing relies on core stength and great body rotation.