First tee jitters…bring ‘em on!

The Mental Game by Michael Riggs

I work with talented amateur and professional golfers on a daily basis, helping each to think and play more effectively. They come to me for a variety of reasons: to improve their confidence, to better their tournament mindset, to learn to “get in the present”, to move from a great practice player to a skilled competitor, or to learn to recover and stay mentally focused after a poor hole. But, there is one theme that comes my way on a very regular basis -- how to overcome the first tee jitters.

You may find my solution quite surprising.

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Are You Waiting for Tournament Success Before Contacting College Golf Coaches?

Article by Coach Goetze

During a recent phone call with one of my junior golf clients, we were discussing the optimal time to begin sending introductory emails to coaches on his “best-fit” list of schools. (See Going to College article, “Where Should I Attend College to Study and Play Golf?” for details about how to target best-fit schools.) I mentioned that emailing or writing coaches in May or June at the conclusion of his sophomore year in high school would be an appropriate time in his case.

Interestingly, my client was hesitant about this timing. He was concerned that coaches wouldn’t be interested in him as a recruit because he had not yet had a top finish in a high-level regional or national tournament. His perspective was, “Shouldn’t I wait to contact coaches until I become a stronger player with at least one impressive showing?”

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Getting Fit for Clubs

Article By Matt Wilkes - Expert Club Fitter & Head Instructor - Mike Bender Golf Academy

Getting fit for clubs these days can be a daunting task. There are such a variety of club companies to choose from that it can be difficult to decide which brand to go with. These days many country clubs, public courses and off-course retailers who offer club fitting make it more difficult to choose where to go to be fit. Here are a few important factors that we offer at the Mike Bender Golf Academy and would suggest considering next time you decide to get fit.

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Importance of Flexibility

Championship Fitness by Kelly Shobe

Young golfers typically desire more distance from their golf swing. Therefore, as muscles are developed, maintaining good flexibility and balance will be key! If flexibility is defined as ‘the range of motion around a joint in the body’, then improving it through “static” stretching (during and after workouts) is crucial. Static stretching is a stationary ‘hold’ of the muscle.

Read about some specific stretching exercises in my article by selecting "More..." below.

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USGA Boys Junior Amateur Championship

Zalatoris Wins U.S. Boys' Junior

In a memorable match that was closer than the final score indicated, William Zalatoris, of Plano, Texas, defeated Davis Riley, of Hattiesburg, Miss., 5 and 3, to win the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course. It is the first USGA championship title for Zalatoris and the second consecutive U.S. Junior runner-up finish for Riley.

“This is the one I’ve always wanted to win,” said Zalatoris, who was making his fifth and final appearance in the championship he first qualified for when he was 12. “This is the tournament that really pushed me to play golf. And I really, really wanted to win this, and this is the first week that I really felt like I could do it. My emotions are running like crazy.”

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USGA Girls Junior Amateur Championship

Superal Wins 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior

Princess Mary Superal, of the Philippines, survived a late comeback from Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro and captured a hard-fought 37-hole victory at the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on Saturday at Forest Highlands Golf Club’s Meadow Course.

Despite leading for the majority of the match, Superal went to the par-5 36th hole trailing by one. Needing to force extra holes with a birdie, Superal converted a 10-foot uphill putt and when Navarro missed from 8 feet, the match went to extra holes.

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