Driver Clinic at Indian Palms Country Club on Feb. 22nd, 2014

IPCCtransparentlogoGolf Clinic: Improve your drives 
Indian Palms Country Club, Indio, CA

Driver Clinic with Peter Krause and Bobby Wilson, five time world Champion Long Driver.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2014
Three separate sessions:
10 am 11Aam and 1 pm
Cost: $50

For more information or to sign-up call
760-347-2326
AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Now is your chance to be treated to one of the game’s best clinicians and one of the most successful competitors in Long Drive Championship history. Following Bobby’s clinic, you will receive personal training from Bobby and Peter to improve your driving ability.

Bobby Wilson

Bobby Wilson

BOBBY WILSON

The name Bobby Wilson is synonymous with Long Drive Championships. Bobby has been a major force for over 25 years and his high energy and informative clinics will leave you wanting more. Here are a few highlights of his illustrious career:

· 2013 RE/MAX Long Drive Champion
· 2009 RE/MAX Long Drive Senior
and Super Senior Champion
· 2004 RE/MAX World Long Drive Senior
Champion
· 2001-2007 Record 6 to finishes
· Long Drive Hall of Fame
· All time leading money winner
· Former Olympian
· Coached by Peter Krause

Peter Krause

Peter Krause

PETER KRAUSE

Peter has been teaching for over 25 years and has worked with some of the game’s best from the Junior ranks to PGA Champion Tour players.

Peter will bring his knowledge as a teacher and player to help you improve your game.

Here are a few highlights of his career:

·2005 PGA National Teacher of the Year
·GOLF Magazine Top 100
Teacher in America since 1998
·PGA Master Professional in Instruction
·6 time Minnesota
PGA Teacher of the Year
·2007 US Sr Open participant
·2004 Minnesota
Sr State Open Champion
·College teammate with Bobby Wilson

For more information or to sign-up call
760-347-2326
AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT

The Top 5 Public Golf Courses in the Greater Palm Springs Region

The Perfect Golf Vacation
The Top 5 Public Golf Courses in the Greater Palm Springs Region
By Tony Schieffer, PGA

Have you been waiting for the perfect golf vacation your entire life? Let’s say you have five days to play, money is no object, and you want to experience the best public courses in the Greater Palm Springs area.  From November through March daytime temperatures here average in the mid to upper 70’s, making fall and winter the best time to plan your trip. The Coachella Valley is blessed with one of the most temperate climates in the world; it’s truly a golfer’s paradise.

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Over 30 golf destinations in the valley are open to the public, and many of these golf clubs have multiple courses available.  With so many options, the toughest decision for your golf vacation will be where to play.  While many of these resorts and public facilities have great amenities and off-course activities, our focus will be on the golf courses themselves.

The following five “must play” public golf courses in the Coachella Valley are premium choices for your once in a lifetime golf vacation. The finest course conditions, best playability, and unique course designs are all featured at these facilities. Add to these qualities a wonderful ambiance, plus stunningly beautiful surroundings and the result is a first rate golf experience.

Five days can go by quickly. To have the perfect golf vacation, use this guide in deciding your course itinerary.

TRACKMAN – ALMOST DOES IT ALL

impactowres_6071When I attended the GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teachers Summit in Orlando back in November, Justin Padjen gave a presentation on Trackman data.  For those of you not familiar with Trackman, Trackman is a radar reading device that has become very influential in the golf industry.  It can measure items such as launch angle, ball spin, angle of attack, ball curvature and an item called smash factor.  At first, the major golf companies and club fitters would use it primarily to measure launch angle, ball spin and smash factor to optimize distance and accuracy.   Fitters are looking for a launch angle of 11 to 12 degrees and ball spin in the low 2000 rpms.   Then, to add icing to the cake, fitters want to see a 1.5 smash factor ratio.  That simply means this:  let’s say your swing speed is 100 mph, in order to optimize the distance you can hit the ball, then the ball speed coming off the clubface would be 150 mph.   With the aid of Trackman, manufacturers, like Taylor Made, have used all of this data to help them with their driver designs.

For years, club manufacturers have figured out that if you lower the center of the gravity and move it away from the face, it would promote the ideal launch angle, but the ball had too much spin on it.  So drivers had to be set at lower loft angles.  But now, because of the data gathered from Trackman, Taylor Made’s new SLDR driver has the center of the gravity closer to the face which produces less spin.  But in order to get the appropriate launch angle, lofts are set higher.  Thus, the optimum goal of high launch and less spin can be achieved.

Trackman has also been instrumental in such programs as Play It Forward and helping you play a game that is easier.  For instance, let’s say you are a 14 handicap and are 160 yards from the hole.  On average, your proximity to the hole is 73 feet.  Now, the average green size is around 6000 sq feet, which means you are going to hit that green only 39% of the time.  For a Tour player from 160 yards out, they average 21 feet from the hole.  So for the majority of golfers they are better off playing a course yardage that is shorter.

Because of Trackman’s ability to measure impact, more and more teachers now are relying on this data.  Trackman will measure if the clubface is open or closed at impact, it will measure the degree of loft put on the ball and, it will measure the degree of down or up the club is coming into the ball.  As a result, teachers are realizing more and more that the clubface at impact has the most influence on the direction the ball travels versus the path.  For many years, the PGA of America had what is known as the ball flight laws.  The ball flight laws said a ball would initially start in the direction of the path of the swing.  Trackman has proven that not to be the case, but rather, it’s the club face position.  So for many teachers, this has been a new revelation.  But, I say it isn’t.  People like Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, John Jacobs and Jim Flick realized long ago that it was the face that influenced the flight of the ball, not the path.   Trackman simply confirmed their belief.

BUT, in spite of all the wonderful data Trackman can provide to the student, there is one thing it can’t do for you and that is tell you how to make the necessary adjustments in your swing to produce the desired results.  It can’t tell you if your grip is too strong or weak, it can’t tell you how you are creating a negative or positive angle into the ball or how to increase your smash factor ratio, all it can do is measure the result of your swing.  That’s why you still need a teacher to identify what is causing your mistake(s) and what steps are needed to correct the face at impact.

So if you want to improve, I have no problem with using products like Trackman or Flight Scope, but please do so with a qualified instructor who can properly interpret the data and give you the correct instruction to produce the results you want at impact.

Peter_krause_lowresPeter Krause

GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher
PGA 2005 Teacher of the Year
www.peterkrausegolf.com

What is the secret to better golf?

There are no Secrets

Try to reduce the number of chips needed to get on the green.

Try to reduce the number of chips needed to get on the green.

Ever since the game of golf was first played, golfers have always been on an endless search for the secret to better golf.  Just look at how the golf companies market their equipment that their particular club is the secret to better golf, or how the various golf magazines, instructional books and DVD’s, all claim they have the secret to better golf.  If the above claims were true, then how come there isn’t just one brand of club that we should be or playing? Or how come the instructional material isn’t all the same?  Why are there so many methods of swinging the club to hit a ball out there?  If there truly was a secret to a better swing, everyone would be taught just one method.

So rather than waste your time searching for that elusive secret, focus you effort and time in a plan that will over time, lead you to better golf.  The road to better golf has three main elements and it has already been paved for you, so it’s just a matter of you staying on course.

First, you will need to eliminate penalty shots.  Penalty shots usually occur off the tee so the key for you is to correct your critical ball flight error.  So you will need to find a professional who can explain to you why you over curve your bad shot and develop a plan to eliminate the curve.

Next, you will need to eliminate three putts.  The one element that separates players at all levels of the game, junior golf, college golf, professional tour or just playing with your friends is putting.  Three putts generally occur because you are not able to control the distance of your putts.  Focus on the speed of your putt, not the line.

Finally, when you miss a green, just take one chip to get the ball on the green rather than two.  Two chips usually occur when you miss the green to the short side of the pin and you get too cute trying to hit a high flop shot like you see the professionals do.  As a result, you either skull the ball across the green, hit it fat or not far enough.  Take your medicine; even if it means the ball is 20 to 30 feet from the hole, you can two putt from there.

There are no secrets to better golf, just hard work and dedication to a plan to help you become the player you want to be.

Peter Krause
GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher
2005 PGA National Teacher of the Year

 

Patrick Reed Takes Home 2014 Humana Challenge Title

Patrick Reed 2014 Humana Challenge Champion

Patrick Reed 2014 Humana Challenge Champion

Reed shot a final-round 1-under 71 at the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. and won his second PGA TOUR title (in his last nine starts and in 46 career PGA TOUR starts), a $1,026,000 first-place check (from a $5.7 million purse), the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy and 500 FedExCup points. Reed is the second wire-to-wire winner, while holding sole possession of the lead after each round, of the Humana Challenge (Rik Massengale was the first, in 1977).

Patrick Reed (28-under-par 260), champion of the PGA TOUR’s 2014 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation

Runner-up Ryan Palmer (26-under 262)

World No. 6 Zach Johnson (25-under 263)

Justin Leonard (25-under 263)
(2005 Humana Challenge winner)

Brendon Todd (23-under 265)