Should I Communicate a Poor Performance to a College Coach?

Article by Coach Gleason

After forwarding your initial introductory email, resume, and swing video to college coaches, you’ll want to forward periodic updates of your tournament results to keep the coaches well informed on your results. From time to time when talking to clients, the question arises, “Should I email a coach after a poor performance?” Certainly, it’s understandable that you want to highlight your best achievements, both on and off the golf course, to garner a coach’s interest, and it’s important to communicate these achievements throughout the recruiting process; however, it’s never a good idea to try to hide from a poor performance along the way.

First, a coach is going to look at many factors when determining your potential as a recruit and will certainly look at your entire body of work when it comes to tournament results. College coaches also realize every player will have off days and/or tournaments.


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.


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.


Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC)

Trent Nishimura Wins at Sierra Meadows Country Club

Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series I Championship at Sierra Meadows Country Club. Fresno resident Trent Nishimura shot 6-under 138 and Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose shot 2-under 142 to win their respective divisions at the JTNC Fall Series I Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Sierra Meadows Country Club.

Coming off a first round 70, Nishimura had a second round 68 to defeat runner-up Israel Garcia of Dinuba by a stroke. In his first round, Nishimura, who plays at Clovis West High, had five birdies and three bogeys. At one point, he would get to a total of 3-under.


2014 Junior Golfers Graduated from Rankings

Modification to the Rankings Calculation

As is tradition, we have graduated the outgoing senior class (2014) from the rankings as of August 1st. Best of luck to the 2014 junior golfers in whatever they decide to pursue!

The Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings calculation are always being evaluated and this year we have made a change to the scoring differential (65%) portion of the calculation. We have changed the percentage of scoring differentials used to calculate your overall differential from 85% to 75%. So another way to describe this is, if you have 16 rounds (scoring differentials) in your profile, we will now use the best 12 (75%) scoring differential to calculate your overall scoring differential.

In the past, the 85% would have resulted in 14 (13.6) scores being used to determine your scoring differential. As a result of this modification to the calculation, you may notice a slight decrease in your scoring differential from yesterday to today.

You can select the "More..."link below to read more about the rankings calculation description.



Independent Events

TGF - 31st. Annual Mid Pines Junior Championship
August 23 - 24, 2014

TGF - Robert Trent Jones Junior Championship
August 30 - 31, 2014

College Prep Golf Tour - Salisbury CC
September 13-14, 2014

TGF - UNC Tarheel State Junior Championship
September 27 - 28, 2014

TGF - VantageSouth Bank Bridgestone Junior
October 4 - 5, 2014

FCG -Santa Barbara Championship
October 18 - 19, 2014

College Prep Golf Tour - Laurel Hill GC
October 25 - 26, 2014

FCG - San Diego Junior Amateur
December 29-31, 2014 & January 3 - 4, 2015

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.