Take a Lesson from Matt Kuchar

Take a Lesson from Matt Kuchar

Watching the PGA Tour today, The Valero Texas Open,  Matt Kuchar made a mistake we can all learn from.  You get greedy dreaming of that perfect shot you’re going to pull off to save the day.  I remember Chick Herbert telling me; “Lopez, never put yourself in a position to have to hit a great shot.”

Matt Kuchar on number 14 a par 5, was not in a position to have to hit a great shot and tried to do one anyway!  It cost him a possible opportunity to win the tournament.  He was two shots back at the time with still five holes to play.  Patients my man, patients!

His tee shot was in the left rough.  You have a par five with a large bunker on the right with the flagstick on the right side of the green.  More importantly it looks like the fairway tilted toward the right causing the ball to bounce toward the bunker and increasing the chances of the ball rolling into it.

If I were his caddy, I would have insisted that he hit an iron for his second shot and leave the ball about 100 yards short of the green.  Matt Kuchar is good at that 70 – 100 yard shot and it would guarantee a par with a possibility of birdie.  Greed got the best of Matt Kuchar and he chose a golf club that he thought he could reach the green with and instead, hit the ball in the bunker.  He caught the bunker shot a little heavy leaving it short and fanned it three times from there for a bogey.

The entire fiasco of events started with the second shot.  None of the rest would have happened, had he left the ball short of the green in the middle of the fairway with an easy wedge shot in his hands.  You might consider that the problem happened when his tee shot was in the rough, but I would still insist that it was the second shot that was miscalculated. 

After making bogey he was done from there.  Now had this been the last hole and he’s one shot behind etc. etc. etc. maybe taking the chance was worth the risk.

Learn from Matt Kuchar’s mistake and consider playing safe, especially early in the round.  Don’t be tempted to gamble it all on one shot that might eventually cost you several more strokes.

How To Use A Yardage Book To Lower Your Golf Score

Here’s a webinar we did on the yardage book at Pendleton Golf Course just south of Fredericksburg VA.  Yes I know you spent $400 on the latest range finder but I still prefer the yardage book and here’s why.  I want to read the defense from a birds eye view.  Like a quarterback has to read a defense, golfers must do the same by looking for what the obstacles the golf course has is in store to capture your ball.

The yardage book at Pendleton is exceptional because it shows contours.  Mucho Importante!  No unexpected bad kicks because you see the contour drawn in the book.

Nothing wrong with using your range finder too, but don’t drive the golfers behind you nuts with a six hour round.  Please take a minute to watch this informative webinar that will lower your golf score even with the swing you got.

By the way, Jim Mason, Director of Golf at Pendleton is offer his yardage book at half off.  Regular $6.25 now only $3.50.  You only need to buy it once, if you take care with it and keep it handy in your golf bag for the next round.


How Do Touring Pros Prepare To Play Golf

We finally started our first webinar.  Yea!!!!!!  There will be more to come and quick!  This first webinar featured the topic, “How Do Touring Pros Prepare To Play Golf.”  So much of golf instruction is primarily focused on golf swing faults and fixes.  There is so much more to golf than that.  You can have your swing humming on the driving range, get out to the course and literally fall part!

I’m sure you’ve heard that this game is 90 percent mental.  It is for sure, once you get your golf swing under control.  Swinging in perfect rhythm will come and go but you can maintain control over how you go about your management of yourself, your game and the golf course strategy.

To ask for an invitation to one of our webinars just send me an email to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

Here it is, hope you like it and find it useful for your golf game. By the way, this was our first webinar so there certainly were some glitches. While you’re working on your game, we will be working on our webinar skills and I promise you will see a significant improvement with our second webinar. Next week’s topic will be “What Does The Shaft Actually Do During The Golf Swing and How Do I Determine What Shaft I Should You Have?”

Webinar starts at 7 PM EDT Mondays.

How Would You Like To Play Golf In Scotland…Without the Airfare!

Now is the time of year that Pendleton Golf Club in Ruther Glen, (just north of King’s Dominion) looks like an authentic Scottish Links Course.  Now that the Bermuda grass fairways turn a golden brown, (the Bermuda grass goes dormant during the winter) I get the same sensation I had in Scotland in the summer.  Even though the Bermuda grass fairways appears tan, the ball sits up beautifully as if it were on a brush.
We had a great time Saturday and I highly recommend playing at Pendleton.  Rates are low this time of year so call Jim Mason at 804-448-4727
Pendleton has FIVE tee boxes!  The Ladies tee is very friendly and placed in front of any hazards one would have to clear.  The senior tees allow our senior golfers to enjoy themselves on a Championship caliber golf course without feeling beat up after the round.  You have the white tees, which are a reasonable challenge.  The blue and black tees are not for the golfer that is short off the tee. It is a different golf course from the black tee. For instance, if you are playing from the white tee on number 5, (a par 5) you can hit it over the trouble if you can fly the ball about 225 off the tee.  If you’re playing from the black tees you can forget it, unless you can hold the ball in the air 270.
You won’t find a better driving range to practice from.  The driving range tee has been cross seeded with rye grass so it’s nice and green.  One feature I enjoy is the real target greens with laser yardages.
To get to Pendleton just get off exit #110 on I-95.  Go west to US 1.  Go south about 1/2 mile to the brick front entrance.  Follow the signs to the club house.  I highly recommend the chicken salad sandwich for lunch.
The staff is friendly, helpful and go the extra mile to make your day is an enjoyable one.  Are conditions absolutely perfect, no.  It’s winter time!  I personally can’t wait to get back next week.
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Sumter School A BIG Hit!

Sumter School A BIG Hit!

The atmosphere at the end of the school was very rewarding for me. Like that guy in the television commercial, “Revaarding, Very Very Revaarding!!!” You could tell that everyone had a great time! Everyone not only improved their golf game but they better understood what they needed to do in the future to continue their improvement.

The enthusiasm level was so high that I took some videos of the guys after the school you’ll enjoy. Great bunch of guys! I enjoyed all of them and hope to see them again at Pendleton Golf Club real soon!

I also learned something that’s going to help me improve my game. I’m going to incorporate some of the things we did at the Sumter school into the one day school at Pendleton. If you’re interested in the One Day School just send me an email and I’ll send you a $40 off coupon.

We Played A Beautiful Picturesque South Carolina Private Club

We Played A Beautiful Picturesque
South Carolina Private Club

Wow was this a treat! We played Sunset Country Club in Sumter today. This was a treat because this is a private club and does not usually allow golfers from the outside world. Thanks to Scotty Letien we were incited as guests.

The golf course was in great shape, and the members were so friendly and even joined us in the bar afterward watching the golf tournament and smoking cigars and of course having a cold one! Yes you can smoke cigars in the bar! Luckily Al Gore is NOT a member.

We started out with doing some warm up on the practice putting green. Then we did some work in the practice bunker. Off to the driving range to get the engines rolling then out to the first tee.

The greens were fast but they rolled true. The golf course was not overly difficult but it wasn’t a cake walk either. The course was built in 1922 and has all the charm of maybe Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg?

They were great to have us and incited us back so the next group will get the opportunity to enjoy what we did this week. I look forward to going back.

We’re Doing A Three Day School In Sumter, SC And It’s A BLAST!

We’re Doing A Three Day School In
Sumter, SC And It’s A BLAST!

We started our first three day golf school in Sumter SC and we’re having a blast! We spent all day yesterday at The Links at Lakewood, (if you remember Scott Letien as the Director of Golf at The Crossings for about 13 years) and we had the run of the place. Scott is great! We did a ton of work on the driving range, a ton of short game on the practice putting green with chipping too, and then we played about 15 holes until it got dark.

Today we’re going to a private golf club to play, Sunset Country Club. I hope these bone heads behave at the private club?

I’ll let you know how it goes today.