How do you “Stat” Up?

Keeping score is important for most people.  However, it doesn’t always reflect exactly how you “played”.  Things can be skewed from time to time and just shooting a score doesn’t necessarily help you improve.  To get precise feedback on your round I recommend to start keeping stats (see picture below).  This is a great way to know where your strengths and weaknesses are and where you will need to improve quicker to get yours score down.  If you notice, there are sections for Fairways/Greens, Putts, Up & Downs, and Sand Saves.

For those not familiar with some of these terms let me clarify first:

Fairway Hit = Hitting the ball in the closely cut grass in between the higher “rough” cut.  Par 3’s will not have a Fairway to Hit (You can Mark an “X” in that spot)

Green in Regulation (GIR) = Hitting the ball onto the Putting Green in (1 shot on a Par 3, 2 shots or less on a 4 Par, 3 shots or less on a Par 5).

Up & Down – This comes into play when you miss a Green in Regulation.  If you get it into the hole in Par or less you have made an Up & Down

Sand Save – This is the same as an Up & Down but you would mark this in the Sand Save spot, as well, if you made an Up & Down from the sand.

Putts – Count as many putts you have per hole when you are on the putting green until the ball is holed.

How to Score it:

If you hit a Fairway you mark a “1” and if you miss a Fairway you mark a “0”.  Same thing goes for Greens in Regulation.

For Putting, simply add up the number of putts for that hole.

For Up & Down, mark a “1” if you succeeded and a “0” if you didn’t

For San Save, mark a “1” if you succeeded and a “0” if you didn’t

Finally, add all of your “1’s” up and mark them under you final score for each category, with putting just being a total number.

The Fairway numbers will be out of as many holes there are not counting Par 3’s.  The GIR numbers will be out of 18.

Up & Downs will be out of 18 holes minus the number of Greens in Regulation you hit. (if you hit 8 greens then the Up&Down with be out of 10 for the amount missed)

Sand Saves will only be out of the number of bunkers you were in.  If none, then there won’t be any stats there.

Utilize the entire scorecard when you are playing and it will surely help you gauge where you need improvement.  This is just one way to do it and there are several Stat Apps in the marketplace that can do this as well.  You will see a huge benefit from knowing your TRUE play each and every round.  Let me know if you have any questions or need any further assistance.  See you all soon.

How do you “Stat” Up?2012-08-14T19:45:51-04:00

Finish Your Swing

While looking at some of the players during this week’s PGA Championship, take notice at how they are able to hold their finish while watching the ball in the air. Being able to hold a finish is typically the result of a good balanced swing. Good rhythm an tempo can dictate how well you finish your golf swing – and almost always help you hit the ball better.

How many times have you noticed that you can’t hold a finish or fall back on your trailing foot? This might be because of poor weight shift, a swing that is too long, or simply a swing is off-balance. So here is a little drill that will help you achieve better balance and a better finish:

Take a few practice swings with your feet together. Your feet must not have any space in between them, simply try to swing with your feet together first. Then once you can do that, try hitting a few balls with that same stance. Work on this drill until you can successfully swing in balance and strike the ball without falling over.

This should help you develop a feeling for proper weight shift and balance – both of which will help your finish and the consistency of your strike.

Try that drill out and let me know how it goes. Just remember to smile for the cameras while in your finish…

Finish Your Swing2021-03-19T10:41:08-04:00

Hone Your Pre-Shot Routine for More Consistent Play

If you have ever been to a PGA Tour event and followed a player throughout his round, you probably noticed him going through his pre-shot routine before almost every shot he hits. Some players have very unique routines that they might go through while others might have a few simple things they do before they hit their shot. Either way they do it, what matters is the actual process that they go through. This process is what clears their mind and prepares them to make a great swing. The key point to remember about a pre-shot routine is that it stays consistent. The consistency of this routine will make your body and mind familiar with what is about to happen, therefore will make a better environment to hit the ball whether you are under pressure or not.

So what does a good pre-shot routine consist of? It can be any number of things to get you ready to hit the ball – the most common being alignement, grip, practice swing, and waggle. You’ll often seeing players lining up behind the ball and looking at their target. Jim Furyk will often pick out a spot in front of the ball to align his clubface before each shot. One or more practice swings are common to get the feel for your lie, slope, stance, and the type of club you are using. A grip check is often done to make sure your best grip is in place. Then finally, you might take a few waggles to relax a bit more and feel the clubhead. Jason Dufner has a very pronounced waggle that he takes before each shot he hits.

Each pre-shot routine is unique and yours should be too. Just make sure it’s not too long and it makes you feel comfortable. Stick with it and make it consistent – you’ll be glad you did.

Hone Your Pre-Shot Routine for More Consistent Play2021-03-19T10:41:09-04:00

Forget the Bad Shots

Frustration is probably one of the biggest round-killers you could have. I’m sure there have been a few times while you were out on the golf course that a string of bad shots has caused you to get so frustrated that you just can’t seem to focus and get back on track. Bad shots are sometimes tough to forget – and the more you think about them the worse you will play. Remembering these bad shots causes frustration that can continue to build throughout your round – until something happens, like a good shot, that causes you to forget everything else and get back on track.

Many times once golfers hit the turn at the 10th hole, they say to themselves, “it’s a fresh nine, let’s forget the front 9 and play better on the back 9”. Well this is all a state of mind – there is no difference between the 9th hole and 10th hole that will magically make you play better! It’s simply all in your head.

So the best way to combat the frustration that comes with bad shots is to simply forget them. If you hit a bad shot, try to completely forget it ever happened and focus on making the next shot the best one you have ever hit. Tour players usually excel at this because they don’t let one bad swing ruin their round – they simply forget about it and move on to the next shot.

So the next time you find yourself in a bad frame of mind on the golf course because of a few bad swings, forget they ever happened and focus on making the next shot your best one ever. Keep a short term memory and stay in present – and DO remember the good shots!

Forget the Bad Shots2021-03-19T10:41:09-04:00

A Healthy Back Means a Healthy Golf Swing

Do you often notice that your back gets tight, agitated, stressed or simply hurts after a round of golf? Maybe you have experienced a situation where you felt like you pulled something in your back while out on the golf course?

Back pain is one of the most common injuries in the sport of golf.  This is no surprise since the golf swing requires a lot of torque and twisting of the back. It’s not really a natural motion for your back muscles to perform, which is why so many injuries occur. If you have a desk job where you sit in front of a computer from 9-5 everyday or if you’re on the road for more than a few hours a day, then your back is definitely at risk of some type of golf injury – unless you take the proper steps to keep your back healthy.

If you look at how PGA Tour players warm up before a round you will notice that they are very thorough in the way they stretch. Stretching is crucial to making sure your back can withstand the constant torque that is applied to your back during the golf swing. Most amateurs don’t realize the importance of stretching your entire body. One area commonly missed is the hamstrings and hips. The hamstrings are connected to your lower back – and the more you sit all day, the tighter your hamstrings will become. The same is true for your hip flexors – these tighten up the more you are in a seated position.

So to prevent any kind of back injury while playing your next round of golf, here are a few tips:

  • Stretch before you play – make sure to stretch your hamstrings, your back muscles and your neck
  • Try to warm up your back on the range by taking some slow swings with a heavy club then work up to your normal swing
  • If your back is especially tight then take a few ibuprofen to loosen your muscles before you tee off
  • If you have a desk job try to get up and out of your seat every 20 minutes to prevent tightness – this will not only help your golf game, but also your overall well-being
A Healthy Back Means a Healthy Golf Swing2021-03-19T10:40:33-04:00

Proper Alignment Means Better Shots

Setup Position You’ve probably heard somewhere that you need to align your feet “parallel left” of the target. If you have ever watched a tour professional on the driving range you might have seen two sticks or golf clubs laying on the ground while they practice. One club is aiming at the target, very close to the ball and the other club is parallel, laying right in front of their toes. This is a great way to visualize how your body is aligned in relation to the target line. It helps to “square up” your body and start your swing off correctly.

However, the one thing that some people overlook is to make sure that their hips, shoulders, and eyes are also parallel to that line. It’s very easy to let your upper body do it’s own thing, even though your feet can be properly aligned. Now there are definitely situations where you might want your shoulders open or closed, but for the most part, having your feet, hips, shoulders and eyes in alignment is ideal. This will ensure that you are set up to make a repeatable golf swing.

The best way to make sure you are in correct alignment is to have your golf coach (hopefully me) or a friend check your upper body once you get in position to hit a golf ball. An extra set of eyes can point out things that you might not “feel” in your set-up position.

Proper Alignment Means Better Shots2021-03-19T10:41:09-04:00

Focus on Your Golf Fitness

Ever since Tiger Woods came onto the scene in 1997, golf specific fitness has grown in popularity. The golf world has advocated that fitness is the new key to lowering your scores. Getting your body in “golf shape” is something that not only you can do for your overall health, but a game improvement solution you can use when away from the practice facility.

Well, technology is certainly making big strides in helping golfers lower their scores – but there is only so much that technology can allow us to do. So lets talk about your fitness level – and how it can help to improve your golf swing, stamina, and focus on the golf course.

One of the most important factors in golf fitness is flexibility. The golf swing requires an ample amount of flexibility to be effective – specifically in the back, hamstrings, and hips.  It’s also key to preventing injury. The golf swing is a repetitive motion that places a lot of torque on the lower back, therefore the more flexible you are, the less chance you’ll have of pulling a muscle or tweaking your back.  You have probably heard many stories about golfers who throw out their back as they step on the first tee  – well this can come as no surprise if that golfer didn’t properly stretch beforehand.

Another key to golf fitness is core strength. When we talk about the “core” we are referring to the abdominal muscles and the supporting muscles around the mid-section of your body. To put it simply, the golf club is swung around the center of your body, so the stronger the center of your body (the core) is – then the better chance you have of hitting the golf ball solid and consistently. Focusing on your core strength while working out will help you swing the club better and also prevent injury – two great things for your golf game!

Contact me to learn more about how to improve your golf game using some simple golf specific exercises.

Focus on Your Golf Fitness2021-03-19T10:40:33-04:00

Practice Smarter, Improve Faster

Golf is one of the only sports where your practice conditions are completely different from where you actually play the game. Think about basketball – you practice on the same court where you play the actual game. Baseball is practiced on the exact same field where the game is played. Football is practiced on the same field as the game. The list can go on.

Range Bucket This presents a problem for the common golfer – their practice sessions do not represent the way they actually play the game. A practice range typically has perfectly flat lies with fairway cut grass. What percentage of the shots that an amateur golfer hits are from a flat lie in the fairway? Not that much. A bucket of balls is dropped on the range and a golfer proceeds to hit one after one – again, not the way the game is played.

So here are a few tips to help make your practice sessions more like the way you actually play the game, while improving your game faster:

Practice like you play by simulating conditions of the course. Pretend you are playing a round of golf while on the range. Use only one ball at a time and play each shot with a different club as you would on the course. Start with a driver off the tee and hit each club that you would on each hole. Change your positions to simulate different conditions such as uphill, downhill, and sidehill lies. Don’t forget to do this around the greens too. You may find yourself in many tricky positions while on the course, so practicing them will definitely improve your score.

Keep sharp focus on your target while hitting every shot. Make sure to change targets often and try to hit each one. It’s very easy to get distracted while on the practice tee and hit shots aimlessly out into the range. Focus on your target whether you are hitting full shots, low bump-and-run shots around the green or even bunker shots. This makes you work harder on each shot to make each one more meaningful.

Work on your pre-shot routine before heading to the first tee. This will get you in a good frame of mind before teeing off, plus it’s a vital part of your game. A good pre-shot routine helps to calm your nerves when you get under pressure.

Apply these few tips to your next few practice sessions and watch your scores – and your confidence improve.

Practice Smarter, Improve Faster2021-03-19T10:41:10-04:00

Make Every Putt Inside 5 Feet

When was the last time you had a round where you made every putt inside of 5 feet? Odds are, you probably haven’t had one of those rounds in a long time, if ever. So try to add up the amount of strokes you would have saved yourself. Even half that amount might sound like a pretty good score, right?

The top tour players are solid from this distance. Usually, the winner each week on the PGA Tour will be 100% from this distance and in for that week. That’s a terrific stat. You might not have the time to dedicate to your putting like they do, but here is a quick and easy drill to help you with short putts.

Start 3 feet from the hole and insert two tees into the ground, just outside the heel and the toe of your putter. This will form a “gate” to swing the putter-head through. Hit about 5 putts swinging the putter-head through this gate making sure not to hit the tees. From 3 feet your putter should be on pretty straight line going back and towards the hole. Then hit 5 putts with just your right hand. This adds a degree of complexity to the drill and provides you with more feedback as to where the putter-head is. It also helps to develop a good sense of touch.

Once you have completed this drill at 3 feet, move back to 4 feet. Then do the drill at 5 feet. By the time you get to five feet the putter-head should start to release a little bit as you finish. Make sure to keep your head steady as this will help to keep the putter swinging through your “gate”.

If you manage to make the majority of your putts with this drill then you are well on your way towards becoming a more confident putter from inside 5 feet!

Make Every Putt Inside 5 Feet2021-03-19T10:41:10-04:00

Do You Have a Favorite Club?

Most golfers have a favorite club in their bag that simply makes them confident. If you have a club that you just know you are going to hit well every time you take it out – do you know the actual reason for this? Is the grip a little different than your other clubs? Is the length of the club just right? Does the flex of the shaft feel better than your other clubs? Maybe you have no idea why, you just feel extra confident with this club.

Well maybe it’s time to ask me why this favorite club is so good. When was the last time you had the specs on your clubs checked? You could possibly have some clubs that have different lofts and lies and therefore perform very differently from the rest of the clubs in your bag. If you have never had the lofts, lies, and lengths checked on your clubs, then this is most probably the culprit.

On the other hand, you may have a club that you hate to use. Have you ever looked into why you have such trouble with this club? Most players just think that they aren’t good enough to hit it. Once again, this problem can most likely be rectified through proper investigation.

If you feel that you have a disparity in the confidence that you have in all of your clubs, then contact me to see if we can make sure that you have 14 favorite clubs – not just one!

Do You Have a Favorite Club?2012-05-20T09:00:50-04:00

Don’t Crash at the Turn

How many times have you played a round of golf where your front nine was terrific, but the back nine was horrible? You “had it” for the entire front nine, but something happened to your swing, or your putting stroke, or your confidence once you got to the tenth tee.

One of the most common culprits is your unhealthy snack when you hit the clubhouse after you make the turn. Did you leave the house without breakfast, then decide to eat a large meal after the ninth hole in order to “make up” for your lack of breakfast? Or did you simply indulge yourself in all the tasty snacks that the clubhouse had to offer?

Eating Healthy Let me tell you why an unhealthy or too large a meal at the turn probably caused you to play poorly on the back nine. You probably ingested a large amount of sugar with that meal, either with your soda, the ketchup on your hotdog, the snickers bar or other sugary sweets. This influx of sugar and carbohydrates has given your body’s blood glucose level a huge spike. This will cause the famous Sugar Crash! A sugar crash will cause you to become tired, irritated, and unable to focus. All of which are not conducive to a great round of golf!

So what is the fix? Balance out your meals while on the course and wait until after your round to eat that huge cheeseburger. Spread out your meals on the golf course – try to eat small snacks every three holes to maintain a healthy blood glucose level. Snacks can include bananas, small protein bars, nuts, peanut butter crackers, and plenty of water.

Try that for your next round and see how energized you feel after your round – and see if your score drops too.

Don’t Crash at the Turn2021-03-19T10:40:33-04:00

Warm Up For Your Round

Please tell me if this sounds familiar. Tee time is 9:30am. You pull into the parking lot at 8:53am, take your bag out of your car, put your shoes on, and walk into the golf shop at 9:02am to check-in. You grab a small bucket and proceed to the practice range to “warm-up”. What transpires over the next 20 minutes could be the equivalent of 3 golf lessons. Your whole round and demeanor is based on those precious few minutes. If you start off great then you are confident and ready to play and if it is anything less than spectacular, there are doubts. Many doubts.

This is where a shift needs to be made.

I understand if you can’t get to the club earlier as there are other obligations but if you can, I would recommend splitting up your “warm up” time into 2 parts: 1.) the part where you stretch your body and 2.) the part where you focus on a target and stay confident. This is not a time for dramatic swing changes! Your swing will not change in that period of time and it will only cause harm when you step on the first tee.

Now I know this is starting to sound familiar to some of you. The question now is how I change it.

Step 1 – Show up, if possible, with ample time to warm-up. Ideally, give yourself at least 30 minutes.
Step 2 – Stretch for about 5-10 minutes focusing on your lower body, core, and neck/shoulders. Hit some short pitch shots to warm up the swing.
Step 3 – Work through your bag in even or odd numbers (9, 7, 5, etc.) hitting only a few balls with each club and focusing on your aim and target. Your swing should not be the focus.
Step 4 – End your full swing warm-up with the club you will be hitting on the 1st tee trying to visualize the hole and the shot you would like to hit. If you have never played the course before then simply hit your fairway wood or driver and focus on the target and your pre-shot routine.
Step 5 – Go over to the practice putting green and roll some short and long putts to get a feel for the green speed and break.
Step 6 – Clear your mind and focus on having a fun round and enjoying each shot. There are a lot worse places to be so you have to forget about your “warm-up” whether good or bad and focus on the round ahead and hitting quality shots each and every time.

There will be variations to this program depending on your certain situation and facility and you can change it to fit your personal needs. However, keep in mind that the warm-up is just that, a chance to warm up your body, not a place to re-invent the wheel.

Stay focused and have fun during your next round and you will amazed at the results you can achieve.

Warm Up For Your Round2021-03-19T10:41:10-04:00

Dufner Breaks Through with Patience and Confidence

If anyone caught this past weekend’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans then you learned a little more about a man named Dufner. Jason Dufner, if you remember, had a 5 shot lead on the back-nine at last year’s PGA Championship before losing the event in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. After a 2012 season with near misses, Dufner finally broke through for his 1st PGA Tour Victory.

It did not come without some heartache and turmoil late in the round on Sunday. Dufner, tied with Ernie Els, pulled his tee shot on the short par 4 16h hole into the hazard. Now, most amateurs in this position might lose it. The doubt might start creeping in and the negative thoughts of blowing the tournament would be knocking at the door. This is where you can learn from Dufner. This is where I believe he won the event.
Jason Dufner is a fairly laid back and calm individual already but anyone in that situation would have to start feeling the pressure, especially when they have been so close to winning in the past without closing the deal. Dufner didn’t seem to be bothered at all because he strategized the rest of the hole and came up with a plan.

Dufner took several minutes to decide on where he wanted to drop the golf ball, as he had several choices within the rules of golf. He chose to pick a spot several yards back from the spot where the ball last crossed the hazard and in a closely mown area to get the maximum spin with his wedge.
If anyone noticed the pin location, it was positioned just over the water in a very tough position on the green. Knowing that another water ball would definitely end his chances, Dufner played conservative to the right hand side to assure no more than a bogey. An extremely smart play considering the situation and what was at stake. It could have overtaken his emotions very easily.
Dufner exceeded his expectations and drained the 45-foot putt to save the par. A par he desperately needed with only 2 holes remaining and a tough competitor in Els up ahead.

So what is the moral of the story? What can we learn from his decisions? Surely, he didn’t win the event because of that decision as he had to defeat Els in a playoff. However, staying calm and even keeled over the course of that 16th hole showed an amount of focus and patience that true champions possess. Knowing that it is not over until it’s over is an extremely hard thing for some of you to comprehend in that situation.

Whether you make double bogey on the first hole with your buddies on a Saturday morning or are in the thick of it come the final round of your club championship it is important to remember that all players face adversity during each round of golf and sometimes there are many obstacles in your way to contend. Take a page out of Dufner’s book and be patient after an errant shot knowing that there are many ways to get the ball in the hole. We are too quick to judge the outcome and think it will be negative. Why can’t you make a smart decision and have a positive result. The answer is you can and you will more often by keeping a clear mind, a positive attitude, and being patient throughout each and every round.

Dufner Breaks Through with Patience and Confidence2012-04-30T17:46:29-04:00

Re-Grip for the Season

Why You Should Re-Grip
Grips are made of materials that age and wear as a function of time. Ozone, heat, dirt, and oils from your hands all age your grips and cause the natural degradation of the grip. The traction that a fresh grip provides lets you hold the club lightly without the subconscious fear of losing the club during your swing. This relaxed state promotes proper swing mechanics and wrist action. While a worn grip causes you to grasp the club tighter, causing arm and wrist tension that inhibits proper swing mechanics.

How Often?
As a rule of thumb, you should regrip once every year. Regardless of whether you play golf every day or only twice a year, ozone, heat, dirt, and oils are constantly at work breaking down the materials that make up your grips. Granted, frequent play and personal preference may dictate regripping sooner, but normally there’s enough degradation of the material after a year to warrant fresh grips. Keep in mind that grips lose a significant amount of their original feel long before they become hard and glazed over. Because it happens slowly over time, most golfers fail to notice it. That’s important to remember because just a tiny, imperceptible slip at contact will be magnified to many yards by the time the ball reaches its target. Many people find that getting in the routine of regripping every spring as the golf season “officially” begins is the easiest way to remember.

How to Choose the Right Grip
There is no one grip that is right for all golfers; thus grip selection varies widely with individual needs and preferences. A good starting point in selecting grips is to explore the Golf Pride Grip Selector. Once you’ve narrowed your decision check out the grip selection at your local golf retailer or on-course shop, or seek the advice of a professional club-builder.

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Re-Grip for the Season2021-03-19T10:41:11-04:00

It’s Never Over – Augusta 2012

What an exciting Masters Tournament it ended up being. There was a double eagle, 2 holes-in-one, a dramatic Triple Bogey and another new Masters Champion. Predicting the Masters Tournament outcome is proving to be more difficult each and every year. There are many things the average player could learn from this years Masters, but I would like to address what happened on Hole 4 with Phil Mickelson.

I think the best thing the average player could take away from August this year is to stay in the moment. I think Phil Mickelson lost focus of the overall picture and it very well could have cost him a fourth Green Jacket.

Phil was able to rebound and finish a couple shots out of the playoff but had he stayed in the moment and played the higher percentage shot he could have captured the years first Major. This situation was very similar to the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Phil sliced his tee shot into the tents left of the fairway and preceded to try and play a very low percentage “hero” shot from U.S. Open rough. We all respect how Phil plays the game, and it is tough to question a four time Major winner, but had he managed himself better under tough low percentage shots could his major total have been 10?

When you find yourself in a situation that requires the “hero” shot to succeed – ask yourself “what is on the line”? Making a guaranteed bogey or risking making triple may be the difference in you shooting your lowest round ever. Make sure that the next time you are faced with an improbable situation you way your options against the overall goal of the round.

It’s Never Over – Augusta 20122021-03-19T10:41:11-04:00

Become a Master

This week is the start of the Masters. It is what every golf fan and player has been waiting for all winter. So what can you take away from the Masters this week to help you improve you game? Let’s take a look at how the average PGA Tour player prepares for a course like Augusta – and the responsibility of playing with a chance to dawn the green jacket.

Preparation begins weeks, if not months ahead of time for the average tour professional. They might play the course in early March just to get reacquainted with tee shots and green complexes. They take notes of any changes and can prepare for shots they might face during tournament week.

Altering their equipment is another major force in preparation for Augusta. Perhaps they add a hybrid, or adjust the loft on their putter. They let the course dictate the clubs in their bag.

When the average player gets to a tournament they are out of their element. They start trying to act like a tour professional – getting there an hour early, hitting lots of golf balls, putting for 30 minutes. They think this is what they “must do” in a tournament.

For your next event try some of these tips:

  • Make sure your equipment is ready to go
  • Know the golf course, don’t play it blind (you should have an idea of what to expect on every hole)
  • If you don’t have a pre-round warm-up let’s get one. I will help you get the most out of your warm-up so you can play your best.

This should be an exciting Masters – and all because each Professional is prepared to play his best.

Become a Master2021-03-19T10:41:11-04:00

You Must Get Your Game Aligned

I am often asked about the things that the majority of golfers have a problem with in their golf game.  Although Putting and Course Management are big faults, I find that alignment is the one that gets most people in trouble.  The reason that alignment is a huge issue is that most people don’t think about “Set-up” when they are practicing and playing.  If they mis-hit, their thoughts are always centered around what they did wrong with the “swing”.  I am here to tell you that the swing is probably the least of your worries.  If a player can set-up properly and be aligned to their intended target they have a great chance of getting the ball to go there.  You must let you body and brain take over and do its job.  Poor alignment leads to poor swing mechanics and that can lead to many inconsistencies in ball flight patterns.

Alignment is very easy to understand but hard for most people to repeat.  You must trust your instincts.  Here are a few key points about alignment:

  1. The “Target Line” is referred to as an imaginary line between your ball and the intended target.
  2. Your Body MUST be parallel to the target & target line and NOT aimed at the them .  This is probably one of the biggest mistakes in golf
  3. Your clubface (think of the grooves on the club) must be perpendicular to the target line and be what is deemed as a “square” clubface

If you do not aim properly then there is a really good chance the ball won’t start out and go where you want it to plus your body will start to learn bad swing habits in order to try to get it going the right way.

For a Right-Handed golfer, it may seem at first that you are aimed far left of your intended target but it only looks this way because you’re standing parallel to the target line and not directly on the line.  This is something you must get comfortable with.

How to practice this:

  1. Lay a club or stick directly in front of your ball on the ground 2-3 feet and in line with a certain target you have chosen.
  2. Now, put another club 2-3 feet behind the ball on the ground on the same line as the one in front
  3. Finally, place a club about a foot in side of those clubs and parallel left of the intended target line

What you have now done is set-up a station so you can be sure you’re aimed properly to an intended target.  When you are standing over the ball you can now look at the target and although it may seem as if you’re aimed incorrectly, you can confirm you are in fact at the target and properly aligned.

By practicing this and understanding how to properly align, you can start to make repeatable swings where your body and brain can confirm you are aimed properly.  This will lead to a more “natural” swing motion where your body does not have to continue to make adjustments day in and day out.

You Must Get Your Game Aligned2012-03-28T21:05:04-04:00

Draw on Your Golf Ball

Putting is not always the easiest. Some days the hole looks like a manhole cover and other days it looks like a thimble! Here is a great tip that allows your good days on the greens to be better and your bad days on the greens to be more consistent.

Take a Sharpie marker and draw a straight line on your golf ball. You have seen PGA Tour Players do this all the time. After you have marked your ball on the green, replace it with the line aligned with your intended putting line.

This will give you a great visual as to how and align your body and putter to the putting line and not the hole.

Now just make your stroke so that you send the ball down the intended putting line and allow it to break into the whole. If you do this correctly you will be able to see the line on your ball stay perfectly straight and not wobble when rolling across the green.

Watch this great video on Brad Faxon (one of the greatest putters of all time) and see how he puts this into practice. Notice how he focuses on the PUTTING LINE and not the HOLE.

Draw on Your Golf Ball2021-03-19T10:41:11-04:00

Embrace Your Slice (or Draw)

Golf can be a hard game. It can be even harder if you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses. One of the things that make good players great is that they KNOW their game. They know if they are a long hitter, they know if they can rely on their short game and they know what types of shots they’re capable of pulling off on the course.

If you slice the ball, or “power fade” it – you need to embrace that part of your game on the course. Off the course I would recommend trying to straighten that slice (which will lead to more consistency).

I want you to try this the next time you tee it up – Don’t look at the flags! For all 18 holes I want you to aim towards the left side of the green and fade / slice it back to the center of the green (and vice versa if you draw it).

Guess what will happen. You will have many more putts at birdies and pars and will hit more greens. Being in the middle of the green will mean that you will always have a chance to make a putt.

Try this the next time you play and I promise that you will shoot one of your better scores of the year.

Embrace Your Slice (or Draw)2021-03-19T10:41:12-04:00

Determine Your Eye Dominance

If you don’t know what your dominant eye is you may be costing yourself many strokes per round. Knowing which is your dominant eye allows you to setup correctly to the ball and hole more putts.

If you are “right-eye” dominant you will see the hole to the right of its true location because you’ll set up with your right eye too far inside the ball and the target line. This will cause you to push your putts to the right and most likely adjust your stroke accordingly (outside to in) to then pull the ball back online.
This means that you can have a perfect read and still miss!

According to Dr. Lawrence Lampert, Vision Specialist and author of the book The Pro’s Edge: Vision Training for Golf,

The proper position for consistent alignment in putting, chipping, and bunker play is to have your eyes directly over the golf ball, square to your target line, with your dominant eye over the back tip of the ball.

Learn which of your eyes is dominant to account for this optical illusion by taking the test below:

  1. Hold your arms out in front of you and make a triangle by overlapping the space between index finger and thumb with the same space on your opposite hand. Make a peep sight with the webs of your thumbs, and stare at an object in the distance.
  2. Look at an object through the triangle hole made by your hands, preferably something round like a door knob.
  3. Focus on the object, not your hands.
  4. Now close one of your eyes. If you still see the object with your left eye open you are left eyed. If you still see the object with your right eye open you are right eyed.
Determine Your Eye Dominance2021-03-19T10:41:12-04:00

The Smart Play Pays Off

They call it the “smart play” for a reason. The way that Bill Haas won this past week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club proves that you don’t need the “hero shot” to win on the PGA Tour (or to shoot your best scores).

Here was the scene:

A playoff between Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Bill Haas was tied after the 1st playoff hole (#18). The second playoff hole (#10) was a drivable par 4 (315 yards) with the pin on the back of the green; both Phil & Keegan hit 3 woods short right of the green. Bill hit driver pin high but left of the green. All three players had virtually no shot at the pin, they would of all needed to drop it from Snoopy One (the blimp) to stand a chance of ever holding the green. Here is what happened next –

Phil aimed at the pin and tried the super flop but couldn’t get enough spin on the ball to hold the green. His ball rolled past the pin and off the green into the back bunker.

Keegan Bradley aimed at the pin and hit an awesome bunker shot that had some spin but still couldn’t hold the green. His ball rolled past the pin and onto the fringe.

Bill Haas thought his shot was a little too risky and knew his margin of error was really small (maybe 1 out of 20 getting it up & down). He elected to aim at the front of the green, taking all of the trouble out of play but leaving himself about a 45-foot putt.

Bill went on to make his 45-foot putt and win the tournament.

What is the lesson we can all take from this PGA Tour playoff?

Next time you are faced with a shot that is almost impossible, think like Bill Haas and don’t wait for a miracle – play the percentages and stay within your limits. You can still make birdie or par with your putter.

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Play smart and lower your scores.

The Smart Play Pays Off2021-03-19T10:41:12-04:00

Ladies 2012 Clinic Schedule is up!

It’s Back!  The Gear Up Fore Golf Series has returned once again and this year will be proudly conducted at Wildwood Green Golf Club.  Each month will start a new series and we will run on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays depending on the month.  Every month the rotation will be the same so if you wanted to sign up for multiple months you will have an idea of what is covered each week.

Below is the schedule for the 2012 Season. Please contact me with any questions.  Sign up online by clicking HERE!

3-Week Kick Off Series Agenda

Week 1 – Full Swing

Week 2- Pitching/Chipping

Week 3 – Putting

4-Week Spring/Summer Agenda

Week 1 – Full Swing Set-up

Week 2- Full Swing Fundamentals

Week 3 – Pitching/Chipping

Week 4 – Putting

Kick-Off Clinics (Each Series is 3 Weeks Long – 6:00 PM Start) – $75 for each series

Series 1:    Monday March 12th, 19th, & 26th @ 6:00pm

Series 2:   Thursdays March 14th, 21st, & 28th @ 6:00pm

Series 3:    Saturdays – March 17th, 24th, & 31st @ 11 AM


Spring Series (Each Series is 4-weeks long) – $99 for each series

Series 4:    Monday April 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd @ 6:30 pm

Series 5:    Thursday April 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th @ 6:30pm

Series 6:    Monday April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, May 21st @ 6:30pm

Series 7:    Thursday May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th @ 6:30pm


Summer Series (Each Series is 4-weeks long) – $99 for each series

Series 8:    Monday June 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th @ 6:30pm

Series 9:    Thursday June 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th @ 6:30pm

Series 10:  Monday July 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th @ 6:30pm

Series 11:   Thursday July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, & August 2nd @ 6:30pm

Series 12:  Monday August 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th @ 6:30pm

Series 13:  Thursday August 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th @ 6:30pm

Ladies 2012 Clinic Schedule is up!2021-03-19T10:41:13-04:00

Get to Know Your Rules

The Rules of Golf were established to make for a universal level playing field. Now is as great a time as any to review and get to better understand the rules of golf. Knowing the rules not only allows you to abide by them, but it also allows you to take advantage of them.

I encourage you to go online and take the USGA Rules of Golf Quiz – let me know how you do. This will help me to determine if we need to hold some Rules of Golf classes!

Many people view the rules as a way to hurt their score or detract from the fun, but if you’re a serious golfer you should be viewing the rules as a way to help you score better and enjoy the challenge. Here are a few rules that I bet you didn’t know about.

Q: A player places a club on the ground parallel to the line of play to assist him in aligning his feet properly. Is this permissible?
A. Yes, provided the player removes the club before playing his stroke. Otherwise a breach of Rule 8-2a would occur.

Q. What is the status of stones in bunkers?
A. Stones are by definition loose impediments regardless of their location. Thus, when the ball and the stone lie in or touch the same hazard, the stone may not be removed. However, a Committee may adopt a Local Rule stating that stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Unless this Local Rule is put into effect by the Committee, players may not remove stones in bunkers without penalty.

Q. Is it a breach of a Rule for a ball to be holed while another ball is at rest in the hole?
A. No. Both balls are holed (see Definition of “Holed”) and there are no penalties incurred by either player. It is a breach of Etiquette for the first player to leave his ball in the hole if the second player has asked him to remove it.

Get to Know Your Rules2012-02-10T09:00:19-04:00

Prepare like a Tour Player

The PGA Tour season has roughly a two month “off season;” and what the players choose to do with their time can make or break them for the coming season. So what can the average player learn from these Tour Players and how can it help you improve?  Now, this winter in Raleigh, North Carolina has been very fortunate for us golfers.  We have seen plenty of days in the 50’s and 60’s with minimal rain.  This is still, technically, the “off-season” as many players but their clubs up for the skis or more family time.

The key component is preparation: setting a goal and establishing a plan to reach that goal. Many players will schedule some time with their instructor and evaluate what they did good that season, and what areas of their game need improvement. Then they make a plan of how to improve. The players that execute their plans most efficiently are usually the ones you see have a great season – or a breakout / comeback year.

I recommend sitting down and taking a serious evaluation of your game. Find the areas of the game that you can improve the most and execute a plan.  Be realistic about your time commitments so that you stick to the plan.

Here are some areas that will help golfers of all skill levels improve the fastest.  These are the main things that Tour Players focus on.  Work with your instructor to find out the proper course of action to improve your game in the shortest amount of time.

  1. Course Management – Do you need to hit driver every hole?  Make sure you are taking enough club on certain holes to avoid trouble short of the green. A player needs to know where you can and should miss the green. Ex: If you know you can miss the green right and you normally fade the ball, be aggressive – if you over cut it then you won’t be in trouble.
  2. Make more putts – You have heard this 1,000 times so maybe now is the time to listen.  It is no secret, you make more putts, and you shoot lower scores. Think of how many “make-able” putts you miss (or even turn into 3 putts!) Now imagine making those – talk about dropping your handicap, who cares about adding 10 yards to your driver!
  3. Know Your Limits Around the Green – Get good with one club at a time. If you chip with a bunch of different clubs, try just using one.  Get comfortable with using that club to hit chips, pitches, bump & runs, etc…  And stop trying to hit the impossible “Mickelson” flop if you don’t know how – it will just add 3 or 4 extra shots that hole!

Schedule a lesson today and let’s talk about how you can improve your game for the season.

Prepare like a Tour Player2021-03-19T10:41:13-04:00

Improve your putting right now!

Think of all the golfers that are better than you in the Raleigh area – and I’m not talking about 1 or 2 strokes (unless you are scratch), I’m referring to the guys / gals that are 5, 10, 20 strokes better.

Brian Ondrako is a PGA Certified Professional in Raleigh, NC

Do they have more confidence? Yes.

Do they know their strengths & weaknesses? Maybe.

Everyone wants to hit it like a tour player, most will never be able to – but what everyone can do (and even better than Tour players) is putt.

This is how Tour players think –

“I know I make a lot of putts inside 15 feet, and lag putt really well (most Tour players fall into these two categories) so I am not afraid of missing shots. I can then aim at more pins, and because I know I can putt – this allows me to make a more relaxed, stress free swing that doesn’t focus on failing to pull off the shot. This allows me to drive the ball better and think about how I should be playing the course, not about how I should be fixing my swing.  Because I can putt I know I am going to play well – I am more relaxed before my round and more confident that there will be a positive outcome involving my round.”

It all boils down to the putter. When was the last time you took a lesson just for your putting stroke?  When was the last time you even got out to your local golf course like Wildwood Green and practiced?

If you don’t have time to get to the putting green, here are two ways to improve indoors:

  1. Buy The Putting Edge. This is the best and fastest way to get a better putting stroke.
  2. If you don’t want to spend the money – Set up two drinking glasses (turned upside down) about 10 feet apart and attach a piece of string to the glasses using tape. Put a quarter on one end to represent the hole and putt from the other end. Place the golf ball directly under the string so that the ball follows the path of the string when you putt. This will help you with alignment, feel, and the beginnings of a consistent stroke.

The Putting Edge allows you to feel a proper putting motion and helps to establish proper alignment. Using the glasses and string allows you to focus on alignment and “squaring up” your body to the putting line.

Contact me to schedule a 30 minute putting lesson and we can work together to lower your scores faster then you ever thought possible.

Improve your putting right now!2021-03-19T10:41:13-04:00

A December to Remember

I can’t remember the last December in Raleigh, North Carolina that was this mild with the weather. Rarely have we had a brutally frigid day. This is great if you can get out to practice your golf game and play on the golf course. Remember, as your time is valuable with the weather and shorter days, be sure to work on every aspect of the game.

Winter Golf in Raleigh, North CarolinaHow can you do that?

What If you only had 1 hour to practice?

Start with putting and move up to your driver. Here is the plan.

10- minutes on putting: Either working on your stroke from short range for centered hits and a square face or lag putting for speed and line.

10-minutes on chipping: Use 1 club from 3 different distances. Work on hitting a certain spot and less about the total result

10-minutes on pitching: move over to the range and pick out 3 different yardages to land shots to. How crisp you hit it is the most important. Work on contact. Also this doubles as your full swing warm up

10-minutes on hitting: Pick 3 different clubs and hit 5-6 balls with each. Again, focusing on contact and not so much on mechanics.

10-minutes “playing”: play your favorite 9 holes in your mind. Pick a solid target and work on pre- shot routine and alignment.

10-minutes of your pick: wherever you struggled this year put some extra time in on that area.

Remember, the average player is practicing on a limited basis in the winter so you need to hit all main areas so you are ready when you get the chance to play. Also, you won’t be so rusty come spring.

Keep practicing and grinding everyone. It only gets easier!

Brian Ondrako is a PGA Certified Professional and teaches golf at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information on golf lessons or to contact Brian please click here

A December to Remember2021-03-19T10:41:13-04:00

Wildwood Green Membership Drive

Wildwood Green is celebrating its 25th Anniversary
and have an exciting new “25” Membership Offer!

This 25th Anniversary Membership drive features the following:
-$25 Initiation Fee, which is normally $4000 for our Regular Membership
-$25 Gift Certificate or $25 Credit towards a Professional Service
-Opportunity for a $25 per month dues credit through December 2013

With a twelve month commitment you are able to join Wildwood Green Golf Club for only $25 down. That’s right, pay a $25 Initiation Fee and start playing today! Along with your reduced initiation fee you will receive a $25 gift certificate or credit on a Member Only Professional Service. Use this credit towards a popular Range Plan or Cart Plan or towards great apparel or equipment in the Golf Shop. If you become a member and then sponsor a new member you will receive a $25 credit on your monthly dues through December 2013!
After the first twelve months your membership is on a month by month basis and there are never any assessments or minimums at Wildwood Green. Regular Memberships begin at $178 a month and weekday memberships begin at $118 a month.

The staff looks forward to reaching our goals this season and becoming more private. Wildwood Green will be offering better events throughout next year and we will continue to build on the increased member participation.

Join Today and Enjoy these Member Benefits:

-10 day Advanced Booking
-Member Only Events and Socials
-Member’s only Range Club
-Reduced Accompanied Guest Fees
-Discounted group clinic and lesson prices
-Reduced Carolinas Golf Association Handicap fees
-Personal Locker and Club Storage spots available

Please contact me and let me know that you’re interested and I will have a staff member get in touch with you.

Brian Ondrako is a PGA Certified Professional and teaches golf at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information on golf lessons or to contact Brian please click here

Wildwood Green Membership Drive2021-03-19T10:41:14-04:00

What Luke Donald teaches us

If you have been extremely busy In Raleigh or unmotivated to watch golf this season then you missed one of the more impressive golf seasons in years. No, there wasn’t a player who won 10 times or 3 major championships, but Luke Donald dominated. Putting a stamp on the #1 player in the world tag for many more months and maybe years to come depending on what the field does in 2012. Luke won both the PGA Tour and European order of Merit title this past year which is something unprecedented in the world of golf. The fact that this is the first time the feat has ever been achieved goes to show the true consistency of Luke’s game.

So what could the average player learn?

You could learn that being flashy and bombing the ball isn’t necessarily the key ingredients to shooting low scores. I see if far to often on the practice tee. Players pumping up their swing to bomb their driver. Then, they get on the course and pull out the driver on the 350 yard par 4 and hit it right through the dogleg. One of the reasons are a lot of new players have not taken the time to study the game and understand that a key ingredient to consistent low scores or no high numbers is ball placement, short game shots, and putting. If you can get a handle on these three areas you are going to be so far advancement you won’t believe it yourself.

Think of how many times the ball travels into a hazard, whether it be bunker or water hazard. How many times do you hit it out of bounds? These shots normally happen from hitting your driver and normally because you have swung too hard and lost control.

Try this next time you’re playing. Do not hit your driver at all. Maybe limit your 3-wood play. You would be amazed how much lower your stress is if you hit most of the fairways and set yourself up for a 2nd shot into the green to actually hit the green. And it doesn’t matter if you miss the green either. This is where sound short game fundamentals and feel come into play. You could miss all 18 greens and still have a great shot to break 90 if you had just a decent short game.

Think outside the box on this. Forget the ego in the parking lot and hit smart decisions. Play golf the way it was intended to be played with plotting your way around the course and making good decisions. People want it to be a bomber’s paradise but that fantasy rarely comes true for the average player. Get your mind right and you’re going to play a better game of golf.

Brian Ondrako is a PGA Certified Professional and teaches golf at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information on golf lessons or to contact Brian please click here

What Luke Donald teaches us2021-03-19T10:41:14-04:00

The Art of the Long Game? hmm, that doesn’t seem right

From time to time things pop up that you realized but sometimes don’t put a ton of thought into until it is presented right in front of you.  I was at a PGA meeting the otherRory McIlroy bunker day and it was presented that there is a ton of research and percentage breakdowns of shots including putting, wedges, irons, hybrids/woods, and driver.  Now, we all know that putting accounts for 43% of the shots you take during a normal round.  Did you know that wedge shots account for 26% of the shots per round?  So a quarter of the shots you hit in any given round are within roughly 100 yards of the green.  I knew it was high but didn’t recall it was that staggering of a number.   Then, when you put wedges and putting together that paints quite a short game picture.   It’s also funny that when I look over to our nice 120-yard short game area at Hillandale Golf Club in Durham, NC (also equipped with a bunker), it’s normally a ghost town.  Range is packed, but rarely anyone utilizes this area.   It amazes me that players still can’t figure out if they put 3/4ths of their practice time into putting and wedges they would probably lower their score dramatically within a short period of time and maintain those low scores.

How do you practice short game?  It can be tough if you practice at a driving range that doesn’t have the resources like a putting green or chipping area.  Here are a couple tips to get you on your way.  Remember, my door is always open for questions if you just ask.

“Outside the Box” steps to improve short gameJack Putting at Augusta

  1. Putt indoors using materials like tape to outline you target lines and alignment
  2. Chip in your back yard using a bucket placed and various distances and trying to hole shots
  3. Purchase a small bucket and only hit shots less than 60 yards picking out specific areas on the range like a discoloration in the grass or a pole.  (Using a range finder for yardages helps)
  4. Utilize your local public course’s putting green (Most people won’t think this is “Outside the Box” but a lot of players think the practice areas are off-limits.  They are not.  Use them!
  5. Find an empty Baseball/Softball Field and get a Shag Bag with balls. (until someone politely asks you to leave)
  6. Make abbreviated pitch shot swings in the garage with no ball and use an old piece of carpet to act like grass.

I can’t probably sit here for hours coming up with different ideas and these might not be the best for you but just a way to get started.

Now, if you are a member at a nice course or have a great short game practice area then you better familiarize yourself with it.  If you’re reading this thinking “I practice my short game all the time” then great, double your efforts!

Everyone has the opportunity to become better at golf and improving your short game will help tremendously.   Work hard and try to develop feel with these 100-yard and in shots and you will improve quicker than you ever imagined.

Brian Ondrako is a PGA Certified Professional and teaches golf at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information on golf lessons or to contact Brian please click here

The Art of the Long Game? hmm, that doesn’t seem right2011-06-30T22:17:05-04:00

Leesville Road HS captures State Title!

Congrats to Raleigh, North Carolina’s own Leesville Road High School for capturing the Men’s Golf State Championship for 2011.  Held at Pinehurst #6, Leesville Road was one of the favorite’s coming in after a dominating season where they won basically every match they participated in.   I know how hard they worked throughout the season to achieve this goal.  Continued success down the road guys!

Leesville Road HS captures State Title!2021-03-19T10:41:14-04:00

Flyin high with confidence?

As I sit here flying over the Midwest on my way to Hawaii, it makes me look back at the last couple rounds of golf I played and what I learned.

When I speak to many of my students i notice that most have confidence issues. They can stripe the ball on the range but can’t “take it” to the course. I realize that the hazards in your mind play a tremendous role in this but one other factor gets lost in the mix.

Most (like 97%) do not prepare themselves properly for their round
of golf. They might hit 50 7-irons in a row and then a bunch of drivers and say “I’m hitting it great”. Then, it unravels from there.

The reason it is the case is how many times do you hit your 7 iron
and driver in the round? Maybe 16-17 times if your lucky. How many times do you hit a half wedge or a low 6 iron or a cut 3-

The fact is that you need to practice the majority of shots when practicing to get ready for the round. If not, your touch will be extremely off and you will lose touch around the greens and your vision for the course will be thrown off.

My advice: if your working on a swing adjustment then work on it. But, in the days leading up to a round you must turn off the thinking mind and turn on the playing mind. You must hit a variety of shots while working on visualization and alignment. If you continue to think swing then will lose your focus on the rest of the game and therefore your scores will rocket too high.

Have a game plan leading up to your round and during your round and you will be amazed how your overall quality of play improves.

Flyin high with confidence?2011-05-09T17:11:46-04:00

Heritage Classic turned out to be a classic!

What a great round of golf by Brandt Snedeker in the final round of the Heritage Classic.  He survived a tough competitor in Luke Donald who was trying to find the top spot in the world if he had captured the plaid jacket.

Did anyone notice the pace that Snedeker plays at?  It might be something to look into for the average player.  I am not saying you need to race through your pre-shot routine and hit the ball quickly, but I find a large amount of players take way too long over the golf ball.  The demons start to creep into the mind and that only leads to bad shots.

My suggestion is to work on a pre-shot routine where you take one or two looks at your final target and then look back at the ball for a second and no more.  Then, you just gotta pull the trigger and hit it.  No thoughts are better than a bad thought.  I can guarantee that!

What happens with most players is they are trying to process their whole swing over the golf ball just before they hit it.  It’s like your cramming for a final exam you have the next day.  Your brain cannot process that information nor can the physical body.  It does more harm than good.

So, next time your out playing I want you to give it some thought.  It might take several swings to get used to it but I promise that you will clear your mind and hit more quality golf shots.

– Brian Ondrako, PGA

Heritage Classic turned out to be a classic!2011-04-25T03:11:02-04:00

What a finish!!!

Congrats to Charl Schwartzel for a dominant final round at Augusta National. After a pursuit by some of the top players in the world and an unfortunate stumble by the young Irishman, Charl showed brilliance coming down the stretch.

Did anyone learn anything from that final round???

The reality is that your never really out of it….There were a host of players in the mix throughout the day and they all had their chance to claim the title. Your going to get some great bounces and rolls, as Charl got on the 1st and 3rd holes, as well as some bad breaks along the way as well. With any round of golf even a final round at Augusta you must stay patient and focus on every swing. It is vital that you never get out of the present moment or your mind can cost you the title or breaking 100….depending on what situation your in.

I really hope everyone had a chance to sit in front of the tv and watch that epic final round….it really was one for the ages and had you biting your nails until the bitter end….

Up next is the US Open at Congressional in 2 months time….who knows what story will unfold there…we’ll have to just wait and see.

What a finish!!!2011-04-11T02:09:19-04:00

The Masters is around the corner…you know what that means…

The golf season is already starting the kick into high gear and normally the Masters week is when it officially begins.  Some thoughts and tips for those players who are easing into the season but have high hopes for better rounds this year.

1.  Just because you haven’t gotten outside to practice doesn’t mean you cannot work on proper fundamentals in the house.  With some work on the grip, set-up, and alignment you can get your season started off a lot better than in past years.

2.  Don’t ignore fitness but add more to your work-outs.  Golf is not a lazy man’s game as was once thought.  You need to be in good shape to not only get through one round of golf but months of continual wear on your body.  Work on your conditioning especially your endurance and flexibility and it will help you tremendously this year.

3.  What normally goes first after a long layoff?…putting.  Although many players think they are good putters because they might not 3-putt from 30-feet, it is the ones who can capitalize on a great iron shot and make the birdie putt that will shoot the lower scores.  If you don’t have a bunch on time right now, head over to your nearest putting green or work inside on your carpet and get your stroke feeling good again.  You start making a few of those 8 to 12-footers and your confidence will improve.

4. Don’t let the first couple rounds of golf get to you too much.  Your bound to have some bad holes and poor swings coming off a few month lay-off.  Make plans to play a couple 9-hole rounds to ease into the season.  This way when your leagues start at work or your big tournament is approaching you will be better prepared mentally which is important for maintaining control when your on the course.

These are just a few thoughts to get your season started off correctly.  If you need some help with your game then don’t hesitate to ask.  Another pair of eyes on your game will always help you improve quicker.   Have a great day.

Augusta Flags

The Masters is around the corner…you know what that means…2011-03-27T15:44:00-04:00

Certified Professional Test Passed!!!

Today, I passed my PGA Certified Professional test.  I have been studying hard for the last 6-8 months to prepare and educate myself on all the information that I would need to know for the test.  I’m happy all the hard work has paid off.  The education I received will further help me coach my student’s on all aspects of their golf game.

For those that are wondering, being a PGA Certified Professional is a step-up in the Professional Golfer’s Association of America.  The easiest way to explain it is to compare it to receiving a Master’s Degree in a given field.  Now, my next step is to prepare over the next several years to go for my Master Professional status with the PGA.

In the meantime, I hope to get the opportunity to work with old and new students this season and help you all achieve phenomenal results!

It’s gonna be a great season.

See you all out there!

Certified Professional Test Passed!!!2021-03-19T10:41:14-04:00

My New Home @ a Historic Gem…

If everyone hasn’t been informed yet, I have recently moved my instruction over to Hillandale Golf Club in Durham, NC.  I will also be overseeing Hillandale Logothe Club Repair operation as well as doing some Clubfitting.  The Hillandale Staff has been extremely accommodating with this transition and I am excited for the season to fully begin.  If you haven’t been over to play Hillandale in a while you need to stop back!  The course is fair in length and is fun for all skill levels.  They have one of the best Pro Shops in the country and can get you set up with the newest equipment at the most competitive price.

If you want to find more information on Hillandale and the services we offer please check out the website at or call at (919) 286-4211.

My New Home @ a Historic Gem…2021-03-19T10:41:14-04:00

Michael breaks through for first title!

Michael de Montbrun trophy

Congratulations to Michael de Montbrun of Leesville Road High School for capturing the 2011 Tar Heel Junior – 12 Oaks Event.  Michael has worked hard on his game over the past year and this title just goes to show that if you put hard work in you will reap the benefits of it.  Good job Michael, 2011 is starting off on a great note for you.

Michael breaks through for first title!2021-03-19T10:41:15-04:00

LPGA legend Nancy Lopez


She was extremely nice and said she is working hard on the game…so who knows, maybe a comeback.

LPGA legend Nancy Lopez2021-03-19T10:41:15-04:00

Ms. 59!


Annika helping out little linksters golf at the pga show

Ms. 59!2021-03-19T10:41:15-04:00

Pga demo day



At the pga demo day in orlando doing a little browsing of all the new toys…

Pga demo day2021-03-19T10:41:16-04:00

Prepare for take-off…

What are you doing to better your golf game today?  At this very moment.  Now for some that may be unrealistic if your working a full time job but could you still be helping your hand in the office?

The answer, of course, is yes.

I stress fitness, nutrition, and practice regularly and it applies here as well. 

Did you drink a coffee this morning or did you opt for the nutritious alternative of a veggie egg white omelet?

Are you going to go out for a big lunch and half a brewski to take the stress of the day away or will you do a 30 minute jog and eat a turkey sandwich you brought to lunch?

How will you spend the evening?  Will you sit in front of the tv to see what reality star blows up next or do you read a book?

These questions may seem simple but what happens is we let days and weeks pass by without thinking about it and before we know it we have wasted valueable time and know we are less flexible and maybe added a couple pounds.

The idea that needs to be stressed is to have a plan of attack each day or week and stick to it no matter how difficult.  You will be shocked how much better your quality of life and your golf game become.

Prepare for take-off…2021-03-19T10:41:16-04:00

New Year’s Resolution: Improve your life and golf game together!

The fall/winter of each year is a great chance to improve areas of your golf game that you might normally neglect during the busy months of the spring and summer

I know most of you have set some new year’s resolutions and I hope you have stuck with them thus far.

Here are 2 more you should add:


Flexibility training, whether it be simple exercise or some form of yoga, is essential to your golf conditioning and overall performance.  It improves strength as well.  Being sedentary is a killer for your game.  Google some exercises or sign up for a few classes at your local gym to start gaining a better range of motion with your body.  This will not only lead to more yards but less back spasms and pulled muscles during your round.


Our nation as a whole is terrible at eating correct food and portions.  Why not make the conscious effort now to do something about it.  Your heart will thank you just as much as your golf game.  Consult your doctor or a nutritionist on some simple meals that can give you more energy and stop those headaches and food “hangovers” we all have had.  Give your body fruits and veggies as well as a few glasses of water per day.  Put down the Diet Pop and burger and realize that your eating habits have a direct effect on your energy on and off the golf course.

Make a difference people!  I make the same mistakes by eating wrong at times and not exercising regularly on occasion.  Make an effort to acknowledge that there is a problem and come up with the best solution for you to fix it.  It will improve your quality of life and your drives!

New Year’s Resolution: Improve your life and golf game together!2011-01-04T20:49:30-04:00

Play Great Fall Golf!

Growing up in Endicott, NY, I learned quickly how to play in the fall. Our season was short and fall golf was a great time to play before the snow started to accumulate. Also, that is when our high school golf season would be played. Here are a couple tips to help you as the fall starts to roll in.

1. Take an extra club -When the weather starts to cool down it is important to adjust with it.  You might have been killing the ball in July when it was 100 degrees but the balls just won’t fly as far in cooler temps.  Drop down a club and make a smooth swing.   You’ll be happy you did!

2. Work on your lag putting – Normally in the south the fall is when the greens are at their best…but that also means they are quick too.  Lag putts that you could hit hard in the spring and summer and it would stop at the hole are non-existent in the fall.  The ball will roll out a little more this time of year so stroke your putts accordingly and you can tap it in for par!

3. Keep an eye on it – One of the things that pains me is when someone hits an okay shot but doesn’t watch where it lands.  It could have taken a bad bounce and moved into the rough.  With all the leaves falling in autumn it is extremely vital to watch the ball until it lands and pick a spot to go find it.  You’ll speed up play and also keep penalty shots off your scorecard!

4.  Ryder Cup-it! – Normally when you play with your weekend group you probably just play some stroke play or a variation of that.  Fall is Ryder Cup time and with that try a new game with your buddies.  Learn Match Play and how fun and exciting it can be.  Use your handicaps to level out the participants and play either individual or teams.  Better yet, get a group from your club and make your own Ryder Cup event.  It is a great change from dreery old stroke play.

5. Be prepared – Bring a light jacket or umbrella to the course.  Check the weather forecast beforehand and know what to expect.  Don’t get caught mid-round freezing your tail off because you forgot your windbreaker.  Put it in your golf bag and forget about it.  Also, especially in late fall, always have a knit cap in your bag to cover your ears on those cold mornings.  Making triple bogey isn’t fun…..try making triple bogey with frost bite….it’s brutal!

Use some or all of these helpful hints as the fall season rolls into play and just have fun and enjoy the cooler temps.  It’s a great time of year to play golf and one you need to relish!

Play Great Fall Golf!2010-08-24T19:24:28-04:00

Goal Setting 101

It is easy to play this game and get frustrated when things done go well.  It’s tough, however; to be mad when there is no achievable goal in mind.  Let me explain further what I am speaking of.

It is difficult to know where you want to go in the game of golf without having a REACHABLE goal……Hitting the ball consistent, or putting better, or being more accurate are not reachable goals.

How can you track what hitting the ball consistent means?  How do you know if your putting better?  How is your accuracy better?  Go the extra step and write down exactly what you mean.  And then own it!  Then we you succeed you know you’ve truly succeeded.

So, let’s get more defined.  Let’s taking accuracy for example.  How can we make it more defined?

How about: I want to hit MORE fairways, or I would like to hit MORE greens in regulation, or I would like to limit my hazard penalties.  See these are all achievable.  If you normally hit only 3 out of 14 fairway a round and with practice and lessons you can now hit 7 then that is a goal reached.

This should also be down with your score too.  It doesn’t matter how you get there.  If your goal is to break a 100 then go and break 100 whichever way possible.  If that means hitting iron off the 18th tee to avoid water then do it.   There are only numbers on the scorecard.  Who cares how it is done.

Set your goals and work hard to achieve them.  If they are achieved, then you can look in the mirror and be proud.  If they weren’t achieved then you still have to look in that same mirror and question why?  Was the goal too extreme to begin with or did you not work hard enough?

Set your goals and get it done!  You’ll be happier on the course and be able to track improvements.

Goal Setting 1012021-03-19T10:42:30-04:00

Lighten your Grip for more POWER!!!

I notice a lot of my students tend to grip the club incorrectly in terms of pressure. Gripping the club too tight causes your body to tense up not only in your hands but throughout your arms and into your shoulders and chest. Gripping too tightly can be caused by nerves, poor placement of hands on the club, and worn or incorrect grip size. Check all of these factors when assessing your pressure. Here is a simple test to get it right:

1. Take your Grip

2. On a Scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest you can grip the club try gripping it at a 10.

3. Now, try gripping it at a 1

4. So after you have the feel of those 2 extremes, I want your pressure to be somewhere between 3-5 on the scale.

This will let your hands move more properly in the swing and increase your clubhead speed and body naturally.

Swing changes and equipment are important and must be worked on continually but for some instant clubhead speed you have to try this drill.

Lighten your Grip for more POWER!!!2021-03-19T10:41:16-04:00

Spring into the season!

I come to you on another breezy day here in Raleigh, NC but starting to warm into the normal spring weather. Good news is that April is just around the corner and the warmer weather shouldn’t be far behind. Anytime the Masters is close it makes us all giddy for our golf. I wanted to briefly inform you about some new things that are going on with my golf instruction that will surely be a benefit to your game this year and beyond.

New and Improved Website: As most of you know I have been changing my web page around yearly to make it more user friendly and informative. This year I will be adding a variety of different video lessons and tips that you can view from the website but also on your smart phones if you choose to. I will still be “blogging” periodically and adding written notes and tips but the video will be a lot quicker to thumb through and help you improve your game faster! The NEW website template will be up shortly and all updates should be done by April 1st. Continue to check back!

New State-of-the-Art 1200 fps (frame per second) video camera: This camera is one of a kind and can capture your swing perfectly so that we can see the club at any position without sacrificing the quality. This camera will help us look more closely at problem areas and will give you a better visual during our instruction sessions.

Addition of V1 Branded Academy/Personal Locker Room: I have upgraded my video analysis software to V1 Pro and have added a new feature that they just developed called the “Branded Academy”. This enables me to record a lesson review of your golf swing using helpful lines/circles, audio instructions, pro swings, and even add drills to the video. After I record that video for you, you will receive an email from me and be able to log into your Locker Room from my website. This gives you the opportunity to see all past lesson reviews I have sent and you can view them right on your smart phone as your out on the practice range. Having this capability will give you instant access to a lesson review whenever you would like.

Check out the section called “Online Academy” to view a sample video.

Please feel free to contact me for more information on these topics and your feedback is always appreciated.

Thank you for your continued patronage and trust in me with your golf game!

Look forward to seeing you in 2010!

Spring into the season!2021-03-19T10:41:16-04:00

2010 Website Changes….

I hope everyone had a great 2009!  I’m looking forward to working with you all on your golf game in the coming year.

I wanted to thank everyone who has visited the site and provided feedback for further improvement.  Over the next month or 2 the website will be going through a lot of changes for the coming year.  Please be patient as some parts of the “new” site will launch before others.  I think you all will enjoy some of the new features that myself and my web designers (Golf Web Design) will be adding.

Please do not hesitate to reference further comments to me regarding ideas for the site and I will take them into consideration.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season and I’ll see you next year!

Happy Holidays!

2010 Website Changes….2021-03-19T10:41:17-04:00

Raising the Bar for Next Season

This is about the time of year in Raleigh that the clubs start to be hung up in the garage for the skis.  That’s fine.  Some players still come out throughout the winter to practice and improve their golf game.  That’s fine too.  Either way I see tendencies come Spring time when the weather starts to warm up.  Most players are not prepared for the new season and the main reason comes down to only a few small things.

1. Fitness – Whether you want to believe it or not during the winter is when we have a couple big holidays involving many delicious desserts and are accompanied by exciting football games.  This is all well and good but if you don’t do specific things daily to keep your fitness up you will not have the stamina, strength, or flexibility you had the previous season.  This might take weeks or months to get back.

Recommendation – Research a program that takes about 20-25 minutes to complete daily.  This could be involving core strength, flexibility, balance, etc.  I promise you will not only feel better but be ready to tee it up when March comes around.

2. Swing Mechanics – Nothing says just because it is cold you can’t practice.  However that also means you don’t necessarily have to be outdoors to do it.  The percentage of players that continue to play and practice throughout the winter won’t need to do this as much but it still might be beneficial.  Standing out in 40 degree weather with a cold wind trying to practice golf isn’t the best thing for your game.  It is probably more harmful than helpful.

Recommendation – Choose a part of the swing you have had issues with and focus on that for the off season.  Come in for 1 golf lesson and we can discuss practice you can do in your house or office.  Then, all winter you will have the correct knowledge on how to effectively improve your game and be able to focus more intently on one area.

3. Increase your Knowledge – Take the cold weather coming in as a positive instead of a negative.  Most likely you will spend more time indoors during the winter months which will leave time to do activities you normally don’t do during the summer; like reading.  The opportunity to read a good book or two will do wonders to improve your mental game and start you out next season with a better frame of mind.

Recommendation – Choose a book like Dr. Bob Rotella’s “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect”, or Tim Gallowey’s “The Inner Game of Golf”.  There are tons of books out there that will set your mind in a positive direction and have a direct impact on lowering your scores next season.

There are a variety of off-season activities you can do to improve your golf game going forward.  Use the ones listed as a starting point and go from there.  As always, let me know if you have any questions on your golf game.  Have a great day!

Raising the Bar for Next Season2021-03-19T10:41:17-04:00

Knowledge without Practice is useless, Practice without knowledge is dangerous

Inside the quote: “Knowledge without Practice is useless, Practice without knowledge is dangerous”.

Let’s break this one down a bit.  The first part is so true.  I often hear from players that they have taken golf instruction or read a book or whatever but they can’t seem to shoot lower scores.  Then, after a few more moments of discussion, I find out that they have not practiced at all since that lesson.  That is not going to help the game.  In fact, it probably is worse because now your on the tee ready to play golf but your mind is racing about a swing thought you have that you havn’t practiced.  Your better off trusting your “old” swing for the round.  It’s like your car mechanic telling you that you must change your oil every 3,000 miles or your car performance will decline.  So, of course, you change it every 6,000 miles.

Second part is very true as well.  You have to know what your doing in order to improve.  If you didn’t know how to drive a car the first time you stepped into it, would it be safe to be on the roads?  If nobody taught you how to swim properly, would you be confident to be in the ocean?  If your trying to improve your golf game by “tweaking”  your swing plane having no idea where the club is actually positioned for your body type and build, do you think you will see improvements?

All these analogies work one in the same.  Don’t make your golf swing complex and hitchy because you try to use some quick tip you saw.  Make sure you understand exactly the steps necessary to improve your golf swing, or putting stroke, mental game, or….etc.   The goal of the game, remember, is not who can hit it the farthest, or the straightest, or chip the best.  It is the person who can put the ball in the hole in the least number of shots possible.

Find your strengths, build on them.  Know your weaknesses, and improve them to strengths.  Have a thirst for the correct knowledge and you will become a better player.  There’s no question about that.

Knowledge without Practice is useless, Practice without knowledge is dangerous2021-10-04T13:42:50-04:00

My Trip to Wisconsin

I’d have to say that my recent trip to Wisconsin was definitely one of the best times I have had in recent memory. Besides the fact that my brother Nick got married which was pretty cool to see, we had the opportunity to play 2 of the top golf courses in the country. The group of four included myself, my brother Nick, our friend Erick Arbe, and our friend Jordon Arnold.

Firstly, we played Erin Hills just west of Milwaukee. They will host the 2011 U.S. Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Open. We played from the “Back Black” tees that measured out at a shade under 8,400 yards. The wind also was gusting at 30 mph on average. It was an unbelievable course and I have never hit that many 3 woods into Par-4’s in my life. One of the longest holes, the par-5 first hole, played at 672 yards into a gusting wind. Not how you want to start your round!

On Friday, we played Whistling Straits and specifically the Straits course. This was my 3rd time playing the masterpiece but I have not played it since 2003. The Straits course will host next years PGA Championship and a future Ryder Cup. There is no mistake why that course is ranked top 5 in the country. Every view is breathtaking and every shot challenges your nerves and feel. Truly a magnificent design by Pete Dye.

I added a few pictures in case anyone has never been up there. If you get the opportunity to play there do not pass it up or your will regret it. Both courses, although owned by different individuals, have remarkable character to them and a challenge that you don’t see most places.  I hope ya’ll enjoy!

My Trip to Wisconsin2021-03-19T10:41:17-04:00

“Success is not a random accident”

Inside the Quote: “Success is not a random accident”

One of my favorite quotes of the last several years has been “Success is not a random accident.”  The reason is that it relates to golf perfectly.  Often times golfers get on the tee box after a long lay-off with the notion that they are going to better par on this day.  However, they haven’t ever broken 90 in a round but for some reason think that today will be different.

This exemplifies the quote.  The player that practices frequently, plays regularly, and thinks positively normally improves.  The player who takes off 2 months normally doesn’t improve.  It doesn’t get any more simplified than that.

The reason I stress this so much is that you have to lower your expectiations if you take time away from the game.  Don’t expect to knock down the pin or hole long putts right away.

The more you work on improvements in the swing, the better your swing will be.

The more putts you hit, the better your feel will be

The more 32-yard low spinning wedges to a back pin you practice. Guess what happens?  Bingo!  That improves as well.

Don’t get upset if you hitting poor shots if you haven’t been practicing alot or efficiently.  Calling a 30-minute session where you are hitting ball after ball without working on fundamentals is not practice.

I am honest because I care.  Put together a practice session.  I know work, family, and other activities get in the way.  That’s fine.  Find time to practice and you will succeed.  Don’t make excuses for playing bad.  Look in the mirror and realize the reason is lack of practice.  No worries!

Work on the game and you shall see better results sooner.  There is no miracle juice to drink here or no genie popping out of some bottle.  Practice does make perfect.  Well, in golf, perfection doesn’t exist so maybe Practice makes a better golfer.

Start there!

“Success is not a random accident”2009-08-08T16:39:44-04:00

Ondrako Quick Clues: Teeing Strategy

Here’s some advice when your on the golf course that I learned a long time ago from my Uncle Bill, a PGA Member and former Tour Player.

Analyze the hole that you are playing and the shot you would like to play before you plug a tee in the ground.

If you are playing a dogleg left and are trying to hit a draw around the corner then tee up your ball on the left side of the tee box.  Conversly, if you trying to hit a fade for a dogleg right then tee the ball up on the right side of the tee box.

This leaves a lot of area and room to work the ball in case a mishit happens.  Most players will double-cross themselves in these situations so if you leave yourself room for the mishit it can still work out.  Plus, you can visualize the hole for a draw a lot easier from the left side of the box.

Remember: Analyze the hole set-up and the shot you want to hit before you tee the ball up.  Then, use your judgement as to which side of the tee box to use.  Don’t just toss the ball in the center of the box.  Strategy will open you up to use your mishits more often and if you hit it how you want then the ball is in perfect position!

Great Golfing everyone.  Keep up the practice!

Ondrako Quick Clues: Teeing Strategy2021-03-19T10:41:17-04:00

Ondrako Quick Clues – Pre-shot Routine

Pre-shot routine is never taken seriously…..especially on the range.  If you can practice your pre-shot routine effectively on the range then it will take pressure off of your game when you’re on the course and in the heat of the battle.  Here are some tips for an effective routine.

Brian’s 10 Commandments for Pre-shot Routine:

  1. Pick your target
  2. Pick a shot shape to hit
  3. Choose a club
  4. Visualize your target
  5. Pick a point a foot or 2 in front of the ball on the target line (easier to align to a closer target)
  6. Take your grip
  7. Step into the address position and place the clubface behind the ball square to the target
  8. Set your feet and body
  9. Take one last look at the target in the distance
  10. Fire at will!

Keys to remember:

–          Be confident with your target choice

–          Trust your set-up and swing

–          When in doubt, back off of the shot and start over

Remember, this is a routine….if you practice it on the range it will free you up more on the golf course.  Try it yourself and be creative.    Let me know if you need further assistance.  Take care.

Ondrako Quick Clues – Pre-shot Routine2020-05-08T08:50:44-04:00

The Shortest Road to a Bad Round of Golf…

Trust me.  This isn’t a riddle of any sort.  In fact, it is discussed regularly in the golf world.  The distance between your ears has a heck of a lot to do with the score you post in a given round.  I’ve seen this dozens of times with my students.  Once they step on that first tee, or see water for the first time, or miss one shot……it’s a slippery slope downhill.  Check the comparison between the descriptive words below:

Section A: Relaxed, Calm, Confident, Smooth, Positive,  Self-reliant, Fearless, Determined, Motivated            

Section B: Tight, Flustered, Scared, Rushed, Negative, Unsure, Cautious, Unwilling, Drained

Now, tell me what section B describes?………………..

um…ah………..I’ll take Players who are on the golf course for $800, Alex.


The Shortest Road to a Bad Round of Golf…2020-05-08T08:50:44-04:00

Golf Lingo


Address – The position a player assumes when preparing to hit the ball, either a full shot or a putt.

Albertross – Also called a “double eagle”.  This is 3 under par on a hole.


Golf Lingo2009-04-23T09:17:32-04:00

When in doubt…..Chip out!

So let me know if this sounds familiar…..You’re playing a great round.  You got a couple stroke lead on your playing partners and you step on the tee after you drained a big putt on the previous hole.  The momentum is flowing in your favor….and then….you flat out bomb a drive but slowly it drifts and drifts and drifts into the woods.  Now what do you do?  You technically have 2 options…but realistically there is only one solution you should consider….GET THE BALL BACK IN PLAY!!!


When in doubt…..Chip out!2020-05-08T08:50:44-04:00

Brian’s Basics: Pitching

Pitching is a shot used frequently from within 5o yards of the green.  It is a shot that travels more in the air than it does on the ground.  In terms of difficulty, the chip shot (see chipping section) is easier and should be your first course of action if you cannot putt.  However, the pitch shot has many great uses.  If you need to hit over water or a bunker it will come in quite handy.  Also, you can produce some spin with this shot and get it to react once it hits the green.  This shot will also be a miniature version of your full swing so some of the set-up techniques will look familiar.


Brian’s Basics: Pitching2020-05-08T08:50:45-04:00

A Game Where We Don’t Think! Who would have thought?

Let’s Play a Game:  Pick which one doesn’t belong

1. A Michael Jordan Jumper to win the game

2. A Pete Sampras drop shot

3. A Joe Montana Touchdown Throw

4. A Golfer with a conscience

The answer of course is number 4.  But why?


A Game Where We Don’t Think! Who would have thought?2020-05-08T08:50:45-04:00

Full Swing: Body Rotation Drill

I was asked a question yesterday by my good friend Aaron who resides in Buffalo.  He asked, “Brian, how much is my lower body supposed to turn in the backswing.”  That is an interesting question because all players bodies rotate slightly different based on flexibility and body make-up.  However, here is a simple drill that will help you train your body to turn properly.  This will also increase your flexibility.


Full Swing: Body Rotation Drill2020-05-08T08:50:46-04:00


Well….it’s official…whether I like it or not….I’m 26.  It’s a reality I have to live with.  Being on the downward slide toward the big three – o has come alot sooner than I thought it would.  My how the time flies.  It has been a great 26-years I might add.



March Madness

Well Spring has officially started and what a gorgeous beginning.  Rainy skies parted earlier in the week for sunshine and above 60 temps.  I’d say this week went by quicker than any in ’09 thus far.  March Madness has begun around the country and it looks like its gonna be a competitive race to the end.  Alot of the top teams still have a chance to cut down the nets in 2 weeks.  I think us North Carolineans would love a Duke v. UNC showdown in the Final Four.  That would elevate that rivalry another big notch on the scale.


March Madness2009-03-22T16:52:49-04:00

Introduction to the Ondrako Philosophy

My name is Brian Ondrako and I am a member of the PGA of America.  I have been teaching the game of golf for several years and enjoying every minute of it.  My philosophy  on the game is very simple.


Introduction to the Ondrako Philosophy2009-03-22T16:36:35-04:00

Short Game Tune-Up Practice

Spring is almost here and before you go tanking it full throttle on the course, make sure you get out a couple times to practice and freshen up those muscles.

Here are a few tips to challenge you as your trying to get back from the winter hibernation….


Short Game Tune-Up Practice2020-05-08T08:50:46-04:00

Off-Season Workout Ideas

As the winter nears to a close and the days are slowly getting longer and the weather is in the midst of warming up I am often asked by my student’s this question “How do I get ready for the upcoming golf season.”  The best answer I can give you is to work on your fitness.  The golf swing is important, of course, but during this time when your not playing alot and maybe doing other activities with family and friends, it is an ideal time to work on your strength and flexibility.  I hear too many stories of golfers stepping onto the first tee after a winter lay-off and pulling a muscle because they havn’t been used for sometime.  Don’t make that mistake as the season is beginiing.  Be ready for it by using a few suggestions I have listed below.
Off-Season Workout Ideas2020-05-08T08:50:47-04:00

Indoor Putting Drill

This simple putting drill can be performed in the privacy of your home and is used to get the ball rolling (no pun intended).


Indoor Putting Drill2020-05-08T08:50:48-04:00

Hot weather and HotLANTA!!!

What a difference a few days make….snow 10 days ago and then a blistful mix of sunshine and warmth.  This past week has been absolutely what we have been looking for here at Triangle Golf Center.  All the hard work we have put in over the last several months seemed to pay off when we were infused with golfers of all different ages.  We Thank You all for the support.  I was itching to get out and start giving some more lessons and thats just what happened.  I think most people have realized the truly brutally cold weather is behind us for now.  The clubs have been polished off and its open season on golf courses once again.  I can’t be more stoked for it.  In other news, I finally got a chance to clean the rust off my own clubs and hit a couple balls farther south….

Hot weather and HotLANTA!!!2020-05-08T08:50:02-04:00

I thought I left NY to get away from the snow!!!

Well I’m sure the youngsters are all happy.  5 glorious inches of snow here in Raleigh.  Just when you think March is gonna start the turn into Spring we get pelted with all of this white mess.  Good news for us golfers is it won’t last for long.  Reports are for a steamy weekend dipped into the 70’s.  Just in time for Daylight Savings Time.


I thought I left NY to get away from the snow!!!2020-05-08T08:50:03-04:00

Marchin’ into spring…

What a week.  A little cold here in NC with signs of warmth on the way.  The week started off with a trip to the Carolinas PGA Annual Meeting and Merchandise Show.  It was a great chance to hear all the upcoming news for 2009 and see alot of new products as well.  I had a chance to meet up with some collegues from college and fellow professionals I have met over the last few years.  All in all it was a great trip down to Myrtle Beach (wish I had the chance to tee it up).


Marchin’ into spring…2020-05-08T08:50:03-04:00

Mid-Month Breakdown

Wow…Already the middle of February in ’09…..Years flying by quickly.   For us North Carolinians, we have been blessed with some lovely weather to start off the month.  So we are thankful.  The golf facility I operate, Triangle Golf Center, has seen an abundence of new faces and we hope it is because of all the services we are offering to better peoples golf games and a sign that consistent warm weather is on the way.


Mid-Month Breakdown2020-05-08T08:50:03-04:00

Welcome to my Blog!

Hello Friends. Thank you for taking the time to check out my new blog. This is another step in the right direction for and your support means a lot. Throughout ’09 and into the following years I will be heavily updating this blog with information about upcoming events, instruction, hot topics, and of course my thoughts on the world of sports. I do hope that you continue to check back with me and feel free to email me any topics you would like me to discuss. Let me give some of you who do not know me a brief rundown of how this all started…

It was a cool day on the morning of March 26th, 1983 and I was delivered at 7:21 am in a small town in upstate New York…….actually, let’s skip ahead a little and start from a couple of years ago….I have always had a passion for playing the game of golf, but it wasn’t until several years ago that my passion for teaching the game came into play. I was fortunate to have one of my friends help me to design the first edition of and develop some logos. Through this process, I was able to develop a plan for teaching the game that was unique. I base my teaching on understanding the students’ needs and wants while being realistic in their timetable to practice the game. It’s like this….You can sit in school for hours on end, but if you don’t study or do your homework at night then you won’t do good on the tests…I’m guilty of that….but it helped me to learn the importance of proper practice and analysis one needs to improve their game. Anyways, last year my brother Nick ( took over the reins of my website and has helped make it what it is today. My number of students has been monumental in the last year and ½ and I believe it is because we worked together as a team to improve their golf game. That is essential in my eyes. Every great player has a coach they can count on and I want that to be the same with my students, no matter what skill level. Well, this blog is the next edition in the OndrakoGolf timeline. I understand my students can’t always come to see me so I wanted to have an avenue where they could still receive some tips and read up about what I am doing.

I hope you’ll continue to journey back to this blog and with your support, I will be able to fill it with a lot of neat advice and thoughts that will improve your golf game and take you to the next level. Cheers!

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