Your PGA Club Pro: Facts, Fallacies, Function and Family

Steve Dell, PGA and Family

Left to Right: PGA Class-A Professional Steve Dell, his wife, Shellie, and their dog, Gracie.

Contributed by Michelle Zaberdac, freelance correspondent

As the PGA of America turns 100 years old, avid golfers have likely seen many changes in the game, at their home course, within its staff and in the industry as a whole. Have you ever thought about what goes into running a club? Have you ever envisioned being a club pro as a “dream job?” I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with 25-year veteran, PGA Class-A Professional Steve Dell, about his career and how it all came together for him.

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Independent Tests Prove Exotics Unbeatable!

By Joanne Miller, Tour Edge
jmiller@touredge.com

Batavia, IL (February 17, 2015) – An independent robot club test performed at Golf Laboratories, Inc. in San Diego, California, confirms that the Exotics E8 Beta fairway wood is truly the longest fairway wood in golf. The E8 Beta was tested against the newest fairway woods on the market and the results continue to support ‘Exotics legendary distance’ reputation and distinguish the technology as the best in the market place. Continue reading

Tips from the Pro – Coming Over The Top

Dave Fazio - EaglewoodBy Dave Fazio, Golf Sales Manager  
Eaglewood Resort & Spa

If you are a golfer you’ve probably heard the expression Coming Over the Top many times. So what does this mean and importantly what can I do to stop it?  Well, Coming over the top is when your upper body starts your downswing first or ahead of your lower body. Another way to look at this is the right shoulder (for a right handed golfer) is moving in an outward fashion instead of a downward direction. This results in the golf club coming over the top of the desired swing plane.  In doing so the player has an outward to inward swing pattern resulting in a slice if the club face is open or a straight pull if the club face is closed. See picture below for details. Continue reading

Spring Training by Bill Abrams

By Bill Abrams PGA, Golf Solutions Academy, Balmoral Woods

It’s that time of year again. The Masters is less than two months away and we will be outdoors playing this awesome game very soon. This is a great time to get some “spring training” in prior to those first swings outside. There are a few things we all can do to help prepare for the season. Below are a few you can do at home, but as always practicing at a dome or heated tee is great.

Bill Abrams - grip side viewBill Abrams - grip front viewGrip is an area we need to monitor to keep shots from being inconsistent. Be sure your top hand (left hand for a right handed player) thumb is on top of the shaft and the club is more to the fingers than the palm. The only real pressure should be in the thumb and index finger of the top hand. This will allow the club to rotate properly and help prevent the dreaded chicken wing. The bottom hand should have the club rest in the fingertips as well. The top hand thumb will fit into the bottom hand lifeline naturally in a proper grip. Be sure to monitor the pressure and see how lightly you can grip the club – tension and excitement can increase pressure and go largely unnoticed. This can be practiced virtually anywhere you have a club handy. Watch a video to help with your grip. Continue reading