Friday, January 29, 2016

SMU Women's Golf Works Out!


The most requested topic I receive for my blog is regarding the workouts that we do at SMU.  The questions are usually what do we do, how often do we do it, when do we workout, etc.  I've been hesitant to post anything, because it isn't my area of expertise.  We have a team of talented people around us to help our players become more fit, injury free, stronger and more explosive.  With that in mind, I'll share my views and what you could perhaps learn from my experience over the past 20 years. I'm protective of my team and I make sure we work with experts who train us the right way.

At SMU, our workouts are designed to prevent player injury, allow them to move better through their golf swings, increase fitness and increase power or explosiveness.  That philosophy is in order of importance and we don't work on explosiveness until we have functional strength throughout their bodies and they are moving well.  As I said above, we are lucky to have a team of talented people.  All of our golfers are screened by Ryan Overturf at the Move Project and we learn what they need individually to perform at their highest level.  Here is a link to Ryan's business.  Our initial screening isn't the only time a golfer will see Ryan.  If there are problems, such as tightness or pain, an athlete will go back to him after seeing our trainer, Kevin Kikugawa.  Kevin works closely with both Ryan and our strength and conditioning coach, Marc Soltis.  If there are serious problems, we see the doctors at The Carrell Clinic for whatever specialist is needed.

The reason all of that is important is, we treat each athlete individually and not all can do the same things at each workout.  We screen each athlete and look for problems prior to training.  This allows us to improve movement and strength at the most basic level.  Often times, our athletes will do only body weight exercises until they are in complete control of a movement.  When I see videos posted of young athletes pushing a lot of weight, I wonder if their body is prepared for such stress and if they understand the risks involved.  Our goal is to work up to heavier resistance, but only when we are ready.  Marc also is diligent with our athletes technique and constantly teaches them when they are in the weight room.

We see him at 7:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the team gets a third workout in with a teammate when it is convenient for them throughout the week.  Ryan asks them to do their Move Project isometrics both prior to playing and practicing and to get a fourth light workout in each week with those movements in mind.  Everyone on the team understands the importance of each facet of our workouts and is committed to fitness.

With all of that said, here are two examples of Marc's workout plan for the past week and a bunch of still shots of the team hard at work.
This was our 1/28/2016 workout plan.  Within each workout, Coach Soltis includes time for a bit of yoga and stretching.  On this day, the team learned a chair pose twist ( I think it's the right name).


This was our 1/26/2016 workout plan.
Each session starts with Coach Soltis telling the team what's on the agenda and what his expectations are for pace and effort.  Both are always high.  The pace is quick and full effort is expected on each and every exercise.  This is Coach Soltis, McCurdy, Celli, Rossi, Page (behind Dunne), Dunne and Haglund left to right.
McCurdy doing Russian Twists on the ball and Rossi doing dumb bell plank rows.


This is a shot of the team doing their rotator cuff maintenance on the ball, which requires them to use their cores and balance, too.  These exercises are never meant for a lot of weight, but to simply keep the important muscles in the joint strong.  This is Dunne, Rossi and Page from left to right.



Coach Soltis leading a yoga pose.  Centered and breathing....
These two pictures show examples of our movement prep each day.  The players go over and under hurdles for hip flexibility.  Notice that they run from station to station.  #PonyUpTempo applies to all teams at SMU when we are in the weight room.


More movement prep prior to the workout.

Coach Dave watches the workout.  Both coaches attend almost every workout.  We want to make sure our players understand the importance of their fitness and strength, so we show up!

The team uses the TRX system quite a bit.  It is good that everything we do challenges our core and our balance.  Whenever you can get stronger while working on those two basics important to golf, you are working smart!  Notice, you haven't yet seen us using a lot of weight.  We do push some weights, but most of what we do is quite challenging without heavy loads.

Each part of the body is important for golf and Coach Soltis challenges the player's ankle and knee stability with this exercise called the 3 cone touch on the airex pad.  Ankle and knee stability are key to stability in the golf swing and often an ignored weakness.  This is Page in the foreground with McCurdy to her right.
This is the team stirring the pot on the physio balls.  They are all making a circular motion.  Great for core, posture and shoulder strength.
As freshmen, most players are not strong enough in their core or back.  We do a lot of exercises to target those areas.  This allows for better posture and rotation through the golf swing.  Here is Page working on her back strength.  
Time out for a quick pic with Rossi!  She's the one hanging her tongue out, but she's in the best shape of her career at SMU.  That's what happens to seniors here!

I hope you enjoyed a look into our workouts at SMU.  Over my 20 years as a head coach, I've gotten a look at a lot of different strength coaching philosophies.  Ours is stated above, but most importantly, it is for golf and for the individual doing the workout.  We don't train for cross fit, body building or any other sport and we don't use a cookie cutter for the team.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

What Are the Pros Doing Around the Greens?

The real question is, what are the pros doing around the greens that you aren't?  Here are some keys to a good short game that you can use to improve yours.  You will need some time to watch the videos in this blog and digest the concepts.  Watch them, go practice the concepts and watch them again.


1.  Pros don't hit a shot unless they see it.
They picture the trajectory, the landing place, the spin and the roll out.  They check out the green for the best place to land it and their goal is predictability.  They want to be able to predict how the shot they hit will match the situation.  That means they become masters at controlling their variables of speed, trajectory and spin with all of their wedges.  In addition to the things they can control, they also look closely at their lie, the surface they will land it on and the slope of the green.

Listen to Jordan Spieth talk through this short game shot.  He talks about club choice, landing area, spin, roll out, slide (using bounce), feel of swing and predictability.  He even mentions that he is choosing a shot that doesn't have to be perfect, but will provide some room for error.


If this video of Jordan talking through a pitch shot was intriguing to you, I'd suggest going to the Titleist Youtube page and checking out all of the videos they did in this series.  He also talks through a 30 yard flop and a 50 yard spinner.  In the videos, his technique mirrors all of the things we touch on that pros do in their short games and how you can adopt these tips to improve your short game.

Within this idea of seeing the shot prior to hitting it is that pros are always working their shots to the hole, while amateurs are often working their shots away from the hole?  By that I mean that pros are reading the break on any shot they hit and working the ball into the hole from the high side at the proper speed.  Most amateurs are short and low side with their short game shots or even worse, low side and long, so the ball works away from the hole even further.

If you want to improve your short game, work on controlling your variables of speed, trajectory and spin.  If you don't know how, take a lesson and learn and then practice, practice, practice.  Next, spend time hitting shots that vary so you get better at predicting the outcomes of hitting into hills, hitting into flats, using spin or using low lofted clubs.  You can increase your experience if you vary your practice.

2.  Pros control the entire club; the handle, the shaft, the head and the face.
How?  First, they take enough swing to create momentum.  Many amateurs take too little backswing and then hit shots by throwing the club head through the ball to create the speed needed.  When you throw the clubhead, the handle of the club stalls or works back. Pros match their back and through swings to resemble pendulums.  These swings have beautiful tempo.  If you ask a pro, he or she will tell you that they are accelerating and that it's important for the hands and arms to swing, but in fact, their acceleration comes from their turn, their momentum and their arm swing.  All of these things match beautifully to create tempo.  They all have perfect control of the handle of the club and only slide the club head forward of the handle when they want to hit a shot that flies high and lands soft.

Here is an example of a pro swinging the handle beautifully.
An Byeong-hun hits a pitch shot in super slo-mo.

If you are in control of your club, you will be in control of the bottom of your swing.  That might be one of the key components of a good short game.  If the bottom of your swing is past the ball, you can use the bounce of the club or the front edge.  
If you want to see what it looks like to bottom out before the ball, stop this video at :17 and you will see that even the very best at times lose control of the bottom of their swing.

Amateurs are afraid of the bounce of the club, because the bottom of their swings is generally before the ball and the bounce causes the club to bounce into the ball and creates a bladed shot.  If you move the bottom of your swing to a few inches past the ball, you can contact the ground with the bounce instead of the front edge and create soft shots that spin.   When you don't want to spin it, use the front edge of the club and create a steeper swing.  Learn to use your club as a tool and control the entire club.

Trevino explains how NOT to spin it by using the front edge of the club.  Not only was Trevino a master around the greens, he was willing to share his knowledge and talk to amateurs about their tendencies.

Azinger uses the toe of his club to ensure using the bounce of the club.  He is in control of the tool.

Here is a great shot in slow motion of Jennifer Song pitching the ball.  She uses the bounce of the club and is clearly in control of the entire club.  Notice how well she turns through the shot and how she allows the club to open in the backswing and holds it open through to the finish.

3.  Pros choose to be shallow or steep based on what is called for from the shot.  
The wrists hinge as much as needed based on the lie of the ball.  These guys and gals are so good, they can spin either shot through control of the face and bounce.  Most shots will be shallow if possible.  Deep rough calls for more steepness, as does



Here are some chips and pitches from Tiger.  Most are from deep rough and require a lot of hinge in the back swing.  All are testaments to his talent.  Notice the through swings are controlled.

This is a beautiful shot from Bud Cauley.  He is in deep rough and needs to hit it high and stop it fast.  He gets the club up steep so he doesn't get a lot of grass between the club and the ball.  He uses the bounce of the club by cupping the left wrist and sliding the face under the ball.  The conditions created his technique.

4.  Pros understand their rotation is the key to success.

The pros never stall their move to the target with their turn.  They know that it is the engine that produces great short game shots.  It isn't a big motion, but simply a turn through.  There isn't leg drive involved, because most pros set up with more weight on their target side to alleviate a big shift.  It's a simple rotation.  Rory shows it beautifully here or you can watch any of the videos in today's blog to see great turns through to the target.  Overdoing the idea of keeping your head down will kill your turn, as will tension in your shoulders.  Instead, keep your eye on the ball and let go of tension.


5.  Pros hinge, but they don't have too much wrist motion after the initial hinge.
Here is a great slow motion clip of Phil Mickleson hitting a wedge.  Notice a few things; he isn't wristy, but instead hinges a bit in the back swing and holds it through with solid hands.  He rotates through to face the target when finished.  His swing length matches back and through.  The club head doesn't race ahead of his hands.  

6.  Pros practice these shots!


I want to give a shout out to RollYourRock on YouTube.  This channel posts great video of short game, putting and interesting golf content.  I love it and it is a "go to" channel when teaching.

Monday, January 11, 2016

"I've Got It!"

Are you a golfer who occasionally says to yourself or to others, "I've got it!"?  Then, the next thing you know, you lose the "it" you had.  Proclamations such as this are generally based on a feeling or a window of time when things are going well.  These type of proclamations aren't, however, healthy for a player working toward long-term success.  Golf is not a sport that you "get".  It requires a lifetime of learning and complete focus within the moments of performance.  It involves more skills than any other sport and each must be mastered to avoid falling prey to a weakness.  The longer you play golf, the more you realize your limitations.

Players who employ the "I've got it!" approach to the game are usually self-described as streaky.  Their ball striking or putting is either off or on.  Players who want to become consistent and taken one step further, consistently great, understand that occasions of success or good feelings are a good sign, but amount to little else.  The goal is to figure out how to be at your best every day.  Golf is a tough sport and even the best don't win all the time, but there are a few special players who've learned to access their best often and when it mattered most.

Let's make an analogy to eating a delicious meal.  Have you ever gone to a fine dining restaurant?  If so, you've experienced wonderful service, peaceful ambience, a table set with fine china, an array of food that both looks and tastes fabulous and perhaps some nice wine to enhance the meal.  With your first bite of a steak, you might smile and say, ah hah, that is the best steak I've ever had.  It is an ah hah moment.  The moment itself is represented in the taste and tenderness of the bite, but imagine what went into producing that bite. You can go as far back as you like with the work that went into your ah hah moment.  The farmer who raised a tasty steer, the expertise of the meat cutter, the seasoning and grilling, the presentation, etc. The chef who cooked it probably attended a culinary institute and has years of experience producing delicious food.  The restaurant itself left nothing to chance with the environment when you took that bite and their attention to your comfort helped lead to the ah hah.  That bite is a lot like hitting a perfect 5 iron.  The golf shot is produced by someone who has educated herself to hit those shots.  She has practiced and prepared.  She works to form an environment that leaves nothing to chance.  Her goal is to have an ah hah moment each and every time she hits her 5 iron.  As with the steak, the process is years long, but shows itself in a moment's time.


If, as a player, you decide to experience the ah hah moment as does a diner in a restaurant, you will be captivated by the outcome and not the process.  Instead of becoming enamored with the result of the 5 iron shot, you must become enamored with the total process.  Leave nothing to chance and understand that the process stands on the legs of years of effort and learning.  Allow others to think along the lines of "She's got it!" when you play, but understand that your efforts are only as good as your last 5 iron and that unless you put the time into preparation and focus on the details that lead to your success, it can be gone as quickly as a moment.
Lorena Ochoa was a player who rose to her best golf more often than most of her competitors and won often over many years.



Friday, January 8, 2016

Advice for Young Coaches

So many young coaches reach out to me to tell me they read the blog.  The blog provides me with a conduit to become a mentor to them without making a formal effort.  Mentorship is a way of leading and caring at the same time and it's been important in my life.  I was lucky to have tremendous mentors, both in coaching and in the golf profession and I reflect on their teachings and leadership to this day.

When a young coach reaches out to me, it starts with a general question, such as "how do you recruit?"  It is impossible to answer that type of question seriously or quickly, so the conversation soon moves to give and take, which is a far better way of learning than simply allowing someone to expound on what he or she does as a recruiter.  I'd urge you to reach out to someone who can serve as a mentor to you as you move forward in your career.  You need a person you can call who will give you an honest answer to your question.  You need someone who can lift you up when things aren't going well or who you can call to thank when you see something working that he or she helped you with.  Mentoring is one of those things you pay forward when you get a little experience.  Find a mentor and plan to one day be a mentor.

With all of that being said, here is some advice that I'd consider giving to any young coach.

12 Things That Will Help You Be a Better Coach

1.  You aren't your job or your ranking and neither is anyone else.  
There will be times in this job when you'll be on top of the world and times when nothing goes right.  It happens.  Our sport is reliant upon small numbers, which means the addition or subtraction of one or two players can have a large effect on your outcomes.  Separate your ego from your outcomes.  While we're on the subject, do the same for your players.  Treat them as people and their golf scores as an outcome separate from who they are.

2.  Your players want to play well.  Keep that in mind and help them figure out how to do it.
Often, coaching becomes a battle of wills, instead of everyone pulling the same direction.  That means you need to listen, adjust and give in to an individual's needs at times to get the best result.  Don't make your player's score about you or what you want.  That doesn't mean you quit teaching for long-term growth.  It simply means you have patience and look for teachable moments.

3.  Focus on people first and tasks second.

4.  This job is open for business 24/7, so figure out when you will work and when you'll leave it behind.  Otherwise, you'll be working all of the time and life will slip away from you quickly.

5.  Don't air your dirty laundry out in the yard.
Complaints and problems aren't to be shared.  It's a competitive business and someone will profit from your problems if you allow them to be aired.

6.  Listen!

7.  Value each player, but don't worry about treating them all the same.
They aren't the same and it's impossible to treat them as such.  Your job isn't to be fair.  You can value each player and treat each with respect and honesty at all times.

8.  Choose to ignore negativity within the team.
If it falls on deaf ears, it won't continue to be aired.  

9.  Recruit openly and honestly.
No one player is worth your reputation.  Expect anything you say in the recruiting process to be repeated, so don't offer what you can't deliver and don't hang your hat on negative recruiting.  Present what you have to offer and keep it simple.

10.  Learn continuously.
If you feel like you have a handle on this job, you are about to get flattened.  It is a job of a hundred skills and each can be improved.  The cornerstones of leadership, communication, golf knowledge and team building are a good start for your focus and each of those require a lot of effort to become a novice, much less an expert.

11.  Have fun and allow your players to have fun, too.
It's about keeping your perspective in check and having appreciation for your roles, your daily activities and for the energy of the team.

12.  Be yourself, but work to be your best self.
Think as a good person first and a good coach second.  That is very tough to do when things don't go your way, but in the long run, it will keep you true to yourself.

That's it!  Those are the 12 things that I'd offer to any young coach as things to keep in mind as you work in this profession.  This is my 20th year and I still have to remind myself of these things all the time.  In fact, that is how this blog came about.  I sat down to think about what I needed to do in the year 2016.  Some of these things give me a challenge daily, but I know the list is right.  Funny thing is, as competitive as I am, I don't see winning listed anywhere.  I've learned that if I do the things listed above, winning will happen.  Here's to a good 2016!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Resolutions and Athletes

Successful athletes are a different breed of people than the average Joe.  They see the world differently.  They don't live in a world of resolutions that succeed or fail.  They live in a world of almost constant failure from which they learn to find success.  Consider any sport and you'll find more failure than success.  Baseball players swing and miss.  They make errors.  They throw balls instead of strikes.  Football players throw incomplete passes or worse yet, interceptions.  Receivers drop balls and running backs fumble.  Tennis players make double faults and miss the easy lob.  Golfers miss fairways, greens and putts routinely.  Skiers fall, divers splash and racers crash.  The ways an athlete can fail could go on forever, but none of those failures define them.

Successful athletes consider their failures as opportunities to learn.  They are short on memory and long on determination.  They feel as though the harder they fall, the higher they will bounce back.  They don't live in the world that sportscasters create of "must wins" or "past failures".  They live in the world of preparation for the next opportunity.

If you want to be a successful athlete, you need to understand that you will never reach a point that signals you're through learning.  The better you become at your sport, the more you will understand you have much to learn.  If you achieve your goal, it's time to set a new one.


Failure is an incident, not a state of being.  The process to perform is constant and a failure signals a need for better focus, changes or determination.  It doesn't mean you give up on the process, it means you adjust and renew your commitment to what you want.

Resolutions are flimsy and are judged as either successful or not.  Goals are different because failure is a part of the process of achieving them.  Successful athletes know how to deal with failure.  Failure is a guide to the next step.  Failure is an opportunity to learn.  Failure is the chance to take a close look at the process.  Failure indicates something is lacking.  Failure is merely a step toward success.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Short Game Inventory

It's a new year and it's time to take stock of your game.  Here is a Short Game Inventory for you to test your skills and track your progress.  Do this test monthly or more often and record your results to assure yourself that you're spending enough time on your short game.  It will be a good test and also a very good focused practice schedule.

These tests are based on your individual games, so there aren't any guidelines for what you should make, but included is a PGA Tour standard based on the 2014 Statistics found at PGATOUR.com  I included both the best on tour and the 90th ranked, which is close to the middle of all players.  Almost all of you reading this probably can't compare to the best in the world, but a benchmark of any kind is a great way to measure yourself against a standard.  Even if you're a beginner, the benchamarks are merely a constant for you to use, not your immediate goals.


Putting:
Short Putts:
Start 3 feet from the hole.  Put 5 tees in around the hole so that you face all slopes possible.  Putt from each tee once and go around the circle twice.  Use a routine as you would on the golf course. Record your made putts and repeat it from 6, 9 and 12 feet.  

Jason Day practicing from 3 feet using Eyeline Golf products.  The pros take nothing for granted and Day's use of a mirror helps him with both his alignment and his head position.  


Here is an example of a log with the PGA baseline included.
3 ft.: 9/10 = 90%  
PGA Best: Jason Day + 7 others -100% PGA Avg. 91st - Billy Hurley + 4 others 99.35%
6 ft.: 5/10 = 50%  
PGA Best: Graeme McDowell - 88.89% 90th PGA: 90th - Zach Johnson 70.73%
9 ft.: 3/10 = 30%
PGA Best: Billy Horschel - 70% 91st PGA: Chris Kirk 46.84%
12 ft.: 1/10 = 10%
PGA Best (putts from 10'-15'): Aaron Baddeley - 39.62% 91st PGA: David Toms 30.07%

Distance Control:

Lay string on the green in six lines each 3 feet or 1 large step from each other.  Putt from 15 feet away from the closest string.  Your goal is to get a ball to stop in between the first two sets of string.  You get one putt to each area.  With your second ball, go at the area between the second and third string.  It will be 18 -21 feet.  You get one putt to each area. When you're finished, start over and do it a second time.  How many of the ten putts did you hit into your intended target zone?  Log your results.
2/10 = 20%

There is no standard PGA Tour measurement for how well the pros lag the ball, but here are some stats that will give you an idea of their talent from these distances. Ricky Barnes had no 3-putts from putts between 15 and 20 feet in 2014 and he was tied with 34 other players who never 3 putted from those lengths. Jason Dufner was tied for 90th with 1 3-putt from these distances that accounted for 1.28% of all his putts from these distances.


Move it back to 20-25 feet and you will still find 22 pros who were perfect in avoiding 3 putts in 2014 from those distances. When you look at the 90th place, you find two players tied with 2.35%. That means that the best in the world might 3 putt 1 or 2 times per season inside 25 feet.

If you look at these distances from the other perspective, that of made putts, you will find that it is rare to make these putts, even if you're the very best in the world. That is why we are measuring your ability to roll the ball the proper distance instead of your ability to read the putt or to start it on your line. Those are also important skills for putting, but your distance control is the most important skill for 3-putt avoidance and better scoring.

PGA Tour best from 15-20 feet: Matt Every 32.86%, 90th - Jamie Lovemark 17.95%
PGA Tour best from 20-25 feet: Graeme McDowell 23.53%, 90th - Roberto Castro 11.39% made

Chipping:
Start with a chip that is 4-6 feet off the green and requires you to fly the ball ⅓ off the distance and have ⅔ of the distance be roll.  Chip 3 balls and measure the length of the middle ball.  In other words, pick up your best chip and your worst chip and measure the distance from the hole of the third ball.  Repeat this 10 times, moving around.  See if you can keep your chips similar in the flight vs. roll of the ball.  You can make it more realistic by dropping your balls and not bumping them into a perfect lie.  Don’t repeat more than three shots at a time.  Add the 10 distances together and divide by 10.  That number represents your average chipping distance.  

Ricky Barnes chips from off the green.  Photo from TheGuardian.com



The reason for the ⅓ flight vs. ⅔ roll is, we want you to record shots that have a low trajectory and rely upon roll which is the most common definition of a chip shot.  In reality, a chip shot can fly 1/8th of the distance and roll 7/8ths or it can fly half of the way and roll half of the way.  While that’s recognized, the purpose of the skills inventory is to produce a consistent test that can be repeated wherever you’re practicing.  

Here is an example of a chipping log.
1. 5'3"  2. 6'1"  3.  8'6"  4.  2'2"  5. 9'  6. 4'5" 7. 0  8. 1' 9. 5'4"  10. 8'9"
Add your feet missed.  5+6+8+2+9+4+0+1+5+8=48" then multiply by 12 = 576
Add your inches missed.  3+1+6+2+0+5+0+9+4+9=39
Add the 2 sums together.  576+39 = 615 Divide it by 10 = 61.5 Divide it by 12= 5.125
Your average chip shot is 5.125 feet from the hole.

If you don't want to hit 30 shots, you can do this five times and hit sets of 3 that add up to 15.  The more data you gather, the better, but 15 shots will give you a good idea also.  You can add as much information as you'd like to your log.  You can try this with different clubs or from different lies (fringe, fairway, rough, hard pan).

Pitching:
Every time you do this, you can choose two different distances. You can go on the 5's or the 10's. This is your call.  From each yardage, you will hit 5 shots.  If possible, use a pitching green for this drill so you can get realistic ball reactions.  Pick up the two best shots and the two worst shots and measure your middle distance.  Repeat this from both distances and record the results.  You can do this testing from as many distances as you like, but make sure to record the median from each distance. Using the middle ball of five balls is a great indicator of your average shot.

Here is an example of a pitching log.
50 Yards - 21 yards, 2 feet.
75 Yards - 10 yards, 5 feet.  

You can use this information to work on certain distances and get better. One thing that the Shot Tracker has proven is, the closer the pros are to the hole, the better their shots. The idea of laying up to a distance that is your best doesn't matter to the best, but it might matter to you if you aren't good at controlling your distance. Your goal shouldn't be to lay up to distances, but to be great at any distance of pitch shot that you face. You can go further on your log and add information. Here is an example of a detailed log.
50 Yards - 21 yards, 2 feet. (I used lob wedge and hit it high. My goal was a shoulder high swing.)
75 Yards - 10 yards, 5 feet.  (used sand wedge and hit medium trajectory shots. My goal was a 1/2 swing on each shot).

If you do this well, you should begin to see what clubs work best from different distances and hopefully you will improve on controlling the length of your swings.
 
Bunker Play:
Choose two bunker shots of any distance and repeat the exercise you did for pitching.  Hit 5 shots from each place and measure the middle ball for your distance.  Add the two together and divide by two to get your average bunker shot distance.  

Here is an example of your bunker log.
Shot 1:  7'8"
Shot 2:  10'5"
Average distance for bunker shots is 9'.

Pernilla Lindberg practices from the bunker on the LPGA Tour.


You can add as much information to this log as you will find helpful.  You can vary your lies (fried egg, buried, uphill, downhill, sidehills, ball in and feet out, wet sand, etc.)  You can keep track of club used.  You can keep track of carry vs. roll out.  This log is for your use to improve your game.  Understanding where you stand is a good start.

Have a great short game test!  It will be a very good practice, too.  If you have time to report on how you found the tests, it would help in the writing of a practice guide. Thanks!


The Problem with Problems

It's that time of year when there isn't a lot of extra time for blogging or laundry for that matter.  Today is a catch up day.  Hope...