July 23, 2019

Hello CPGA Professional,

 Please enjoy this week's newsletter highlighting the CPGA Senior Professional Championship, Wyndham Championship tickets, and best practices from Krista Dunton, PGA!

2019 CPGA Senior Professional Champion
Rick Morton, PGA

Congratulations to our 2019 Carolinas Senior PGA Professional Champion, Rick Morton! Beating the rest of the field by two shots, Morton finished at 5-under for this 36-hole championship. Morton has also qualified for the National Senior PGA Professional Championship with five others; Tim Straub, Jerry Haas, Gus Ulrich, Neal Lancaster & Ray Franz. Congrats to all and good luck in the national championship!!

Inner and Outer Circle for Optimal Ball Striking
Krista Dunton, PGA
Director of Instruction - Berkeley Hall

One of the most important things we can do as a coach and instructor is to help our students understand why they hit the ball well and what they are doing when they are not hitting it well. I always feel that their poor shots are given the teacher and student the greatest opportunity to learn. Often times it’s the student’s concept that is off.

This is a great visual that I use to help the student understand both path and face. It’s the Inner and Outer Circle drill.

There are two semi circles that we are dealing with in the golf swing, the inner that the hands are on and the outer that the club is on.

In the backswing the hands stay on the inner circle and the club head stays on the outer. Often players faults are caused from this relationship getting off right, right from the start.

The key move is on the downswing, the hands need to come back down and inward and get on the inner circle while the club head needs to come out slightly and get on the outer circle.

Where instruction tends to stop is at impact. The forward part of the swing and arc is not explained enough to the students. They need to understand that the hands and club don’t break away towards the target, the stay on those circles. The hands move inward towards the front hip/heel and the club head moves quickly left of the target line. Maintaining this relationship, the club face stays square to the path which minimizes excessive opening and closing. This also creates a much lower rate of closer resulting in straighter shots and less need to time up the face.

Players can hit half shots with these circles on the ground as well.

Faults and Fixes with the Inner and Outer Circle
In the downswing if a player has both the hands and the club on the inner circle their impact will tend to be shallow and path to the right resulting in hooks, pushes, fats and thins.

A player whose hands and club both go out on the outer circle in the downswing will be too much above the plane resulting in pulls, slices, chunks, tops.

This concept will give your student a clear understanding on how to correctly deliver the club to the ball. Plus explaining to them why they are not hitting it well is one of the many keys to great instruction and learning for the student.

Welcome to our monthly
"Tips from Talma!"

Here, our Membership Director, Talma Kee, will highlight important things to remember during your journey as a PGA Professional and be here to answer any questions you may have.

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Sign up now for the Player Scramble Series and one of your teams will reach the Finals in the Carolinas at the Santee Cooper Resort where they will play, along with you, for great Prizes and you will compete for a $100,000 CASH PURSE.

That's right, with only 36 Professionals competing, the Winner will receive a cool $18,000 with 36th place taking home over $1,000.

How do you get one of the ONLY 36 spots in this year’s Scramble Series Finals and The Player Pro Invitational to be held on October 7, 2019? It’s simple – just host a Player Scramble Event at your course with a minimum of 18 foursomes by September 29, 2019 and then your club’s winning foursome AND YOU will play in the Scramble finals on October 7th at the Santee Cooper Resort. Your amateur foursome will compete for tremendous prizes while you, playing your own ball, will compete for the $100,000 Cash Purse.

With only 36 spots available, be sure to sign your Course up today. To be one of our 36 Host Courses simply contact Rich LeConche at 561-906-5331 or, via e-mail, at richard@theplayertour.com for further details and to get you signed up.

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