Archive for January, 2010

Have a Problem? Ask the Top 100 Teachers!

January 26, 2010

Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Teachers holds a special place in the hearts of the Pine Needles and Mid Pines family, as our fearless leader Mrs. Peggy Kirk Bell holds an “emeritus” status on that list.

For many many  years, her name has graced that list for her outstanding performance and creativity in teaching the game of golf and she’s accompanied by the most elite teachers all over the country.  She’s one of six teachers who have been on that list since its creation in 1991, and on top of that the only woman!

Well the the Top 100 Teachers list has grown to be more than just a list since 1991.  Now the Golf Magazine website hosts a whole section about its Top 100 teachers with everything from a directory of all the teachers, to articles on instruction about certain aspects of the game, to what we find most interesting a blog to talk one on one to some of the top teachers themselves.

At the moment you can ask Top 100 teacher Brady Riggs of Woodley Lakes Golf Club in California, any question you may have.  As you peruse the blog, you see golfers all over the country writing in their problems whether it be how to gain more power or how to become a better iron player.  And you will see that Brady answers every question in an easy to understand and very conversational way.

This is a fantastic resource for golfers of all levels to get their questions answered for FREE!  You can’t beat that, especially getting advice from the best teachers in the country.  Visit the website and take a look yourself.


A Pre-Shot POSITIVE PICTURE: The Best Club In Your Bag! by Pat McGowan

January 6, 2010

There’s no question that practice is paramount to improving your golf game.  Consistent lower scores aren’t an accident.  It takes a committed and repetitive effort to become better in all aspects of the game.

This is universally understood….a “given” so to speak.  I would like to add something you may not have thought of, or, you don’t think is as important as physical practice.

The mental picture we have as we address each shot has more to do with the outcome than anything we do physically.  This is a strong statement so let’s take a minute to analyze.  Every golf shot results in one of two outcomes…you were pleased with the shot or you weren’t. Pretty simple…agreed?

A positive mental picture of a quality shot will allow our already honed skills to take over.  We “get out of our own way” when we picture or “see” a positive result…before we even hit the shot.  This good feeling (picture) relaxes us and lets our swing perform with no restrictions.

Conversely, what happens when you tell yourself, “stay away from that bunker, or, don’t hit it in that water.”  ? Your mind immediately focuses on this negative, you become tense, afraid, and restricted in your swing. It’s a terrible feeling to have this negative picture and we know what to expect when we play in this mindset.   Yuck!

Here’s your challenge…play 9 holes and picture the exact shot you want to hit each and every time.  It won’t be easy and it takes a lot of concentration.  Cast off the usual negative vibes that pop up.  Now, when you can consistently make it 9 holes with those positive pictures, you can start the process for the entire round.

There are two real truisms in golf…if you picture a negative outcome you will most surely “achieve” this result.  But, if you picture a good, positive outcome, chances are you’ll achieve this also….not every time; but, you’ve now given yourself the very best opportunity to hit a great shot.

Try this…you haven’t had to work on your swing, it costs nothing, and you will instantly become a better player.

Enjoy this great game,

Pat McGowan

Freezing Conditions for the Parent-Child Tournmanet

January 4, 2010

With temperatures barely reaching the low 30s this weekend, parent and child teams faced the freezing conditions this weekend in our annual Parent-Child Invitational at Pine Needles.   In a two day tournament getting the chance to play both courses, teams of all ages bundled up and hit the links.

Carts were completely covered to shun out the wind and portable heaters were the most popular gadget this year.  But despite the completely unfavorable conditions, it’s absolutely incredible how well some of the teams finished.  Listed below are the results for all winners in each division:

Father/Son Division (Age 14 and over)

Gross Division: Charles and Garland Green 70-68-138

Net Division: Dave and Joe Kastelic 66-66-132

Parent/Child Division (Age 11 and under)

Rich and Jake Grula 79-79-158

Mother/Son Division

Janet Alred and Tony McAlister 101-97-198

Father/Daughter Division

Gross Division: Carlos and Sophia Montenegro 82-80-168

Net Division: Terry and Rachel Strow 79-69-148

Professional/Son Division

Pat and Michael McGowan 65-67-132