Immediate Release: August 23, 2008
What are your initial goals for the golf program?
strengthen our golf program and be more competitive. Good academics.
Have a structured practice program. Win our conference championship
a personal side, getting to know the players. On the golf side,
we need our scoring to be more consistent. Also, replacing Zach
able to coach at a great school and the Division I level. And
to be able to be part of helping the golfers mature and reach
looking for players with good personalities and who fit with
the University's mission. Also, golfers who are dedicated, hard
working, have pride, mental toughness, heart and drive.
The technology has allowed the instructor to analyze and identify more precisely what is going wrong with the swing, and it helps to communicate this and show the student, so they can see for themselves what is wrong. Most of the time what you think and feel you're doing with the swing is not what you're actually doing, and video helps prove that, and you can show the student which helps the learning process.
that there is also 3-D analysis and bringing in the biomechanics
part of the swing, we now understand more of how the body operates
in the golf swing. From this, physical fitness plays a major
role with golfers. We now have golf specific exercises and training
methods so golfers can train their body correctly and the body
can perform at a more efficient and consistent level. But even
with all the technology and bells and whistles, it still comes
down to the fundamentals, if you're not set up correctly, you're
already setting yourself up for failure. Fundamentals are still
the most important part of the swing, so you can allow your body
to have the chance for a great swing with plenty of energy.
Technology has also helped with viewing great players' swings
and learning from them. Technology has helped with instruction,
but there's so much more to golf than having a perfect swing.
Technology can't help with aspects such as course management,
scoring, handling pressure, etc. Technology, can at times, be
a disadvantage. It has hurt some great players because they
start to focus too much on the mechanics and they lose site of
just playing the game.
if it doesn't come naturally for that individual. Also, understanding
the importance of the fundamentals. It seems that people forget
about the fundamentals and this is the primary cause for missed
shots. Another aspect is not fully understanding the importance
of the short game. It seems everyone wants to hit the ball far
and straight, but you also need to learn how to get it in the
off you need to set goals for yourself. For me, it was to be
the best I can with my academics and to be an honors student.
I wasn't going to throw away any opportunities. Next it was
to perform well for our team and school. You need to be dedicated,
focused, hard working, disciplined and get along well with your
teammates. Also, don't be afraid to use the resources of the
institution to help you attain your goals.
I've always loved baseball. Growing up I'd say it was Bobby
Murcer for the NY Yankees. For golf, I was inspired by the guys
who worked hard on their games ... Ben Hogan, Nick Faldo. Personally,
I'd have to say my parents. They never pushed me or made me
do things when it came to sports. They were always fair to me
and very supportive of the decisions I made.
off, to have Division I athletics at our University is phenomenal.
Our athletics department is very dedicated to our programs being
successful. When it comes to the academics, our school speaks
for itself. The education that one will receive here is second-to-none
and to be awarded a degree from our institution gives any individual
the opportunities in life they are seeking.
and baseball were the two main sports I liked to play. I basically
became more involved with golf once I figured that baseball wasn't
the sport I was going to excel at. I really didn't start taking
golf seriously until I was a sophomore in high school.
off I will evaluate players to understand their learning methods
and their philosophy on the golf swing. From there, I will focus
on maintaining their goals and our team goals, in addition to
maintaining sound fundamentals and instruction. When It comes
to the team environment, even though golf is very individual
when it comes to scoring, it's still a team sport. One person
is not going to win tournaments; it will be all the players'
combined scores. I feel the team environment will be good because
our team practices, inter-squad challenges, team travel, winning
events as a team, and encouraging each other will build good
team unity and camaraderie.
I feel The Links is a perfect home course for our team because of the challenge of the course and the outstanding practice facilities, that give our players the opportunity to focus and train on all aspects of their game. The Links at Hiawatha Landing is a great course and great test. It will challenge all levels of golfers. The course can be stretched out to be over 7,100 yards from the championship tees. Being a Links-style course, there are many options in front of you to play each hole. Course management really comes into play as you need to think your way around as well as strike the ball well. Players will use every club in their bag throughout the round. All the bunkers were very well placed and come into play on every hole. The course can be very challenging, especially if the wind picks up, but also very fair. Players will be rewarded when they hit good shots. This course definitely will separate the very good players from the average ones.
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