Jay McLuen is a TaylorMade Staff member and a student of mine. He is a very talented player who made it to the Final Stage of PGA Tour Q-School and has status on the Nationwide Tour. We have been working diligently this winter on his putting and mindset. An early payoff to his hard work came Thursday with a win on the Hooters Winter Series at Brunswick Plantation in Myrtle Beach. I've included the writeup below and a video clip on one of our New Rules mental toughness principles.Calabash, NC (January 28, 2010)…Jay McLuen (Smarr, GA) carded a final round two under par 70 to win the NGA/Hooters Carolina Winter Series event at Brunswick Plantation Golf Club.
McLuen, 29, posted rounds of 71-69-70 to finish at six under par 210 giving the former College of Charleston golfer a one stroke victory over Brian Bergstol (Mt. Bethel, PA) who finished at five under par 211.
Jay Woodson (Richmond, VA) finished in solo 3rd position at four under par 212 while Chip Deason (Lexington, SC) and Bruce McDonald (Zimbabwe, Africa) finished in a tie for 4th at two under par 214.
McLuen takes home $3,225 for the win while Bergstol receives $1,650 for his solo runner up finish.
Every year at this time the golf industry comes together for the PGA Merchandise Show. My goal this year is to give you an inside look at trends and interesting new products. I also will videotape interviews with golf industry trendsetters and post them each evening. I've pasted some interesting facts, figures and links for the Show below.
Web address: http://www.pgashow.com/
Highlights of the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show:
Nearly 1,000 Golf Vendors
All of the BEST companies in golf including Callaway Golf, Titleist, PING, Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Nike Golf, Fairway & Greene, E.P. Pro, Zero Restriction, Greg Norman Collection, Under Armour, Gear for Sports, Callaway Apparel, Ahead, Club Car, Wilson Golf, Mizuno, Bridgestone Golf, Adams, Imperial Headwear, Antigua, E-Z Go, Cutter & Buck, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Divots Apparel, Yamaha, Peter Millar, Adams Golf, Yonex, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, SkyGolf, Dynamic Brands, Ben Hogan/Sport Haley, Sunice and many more.
Outdoor Demo Day
January 27, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Outdoor Demo Day features more than 90 top golf equipment, training aids, performance wear and golf accessory companies within 100+ hitting bays, practice greens and the vendor village of the 42-acre practice facility of Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge. Demo Day special events, demonstrations and contests & prizes are offered exclusively for PGA Professionals, key retailers and media.
Indoor Demo Days
January 28-30, Show Hours – The Indoor Demo Days at the Equipment Test Center (ETC) are held at the massive indoor driving range located in Hall A of the Orange County Convention Center. The ETC features a scalloped design with 46 hitting bays, putting greens and a multitude of equipment demonstrations.
Tune in a couple of minutes to New Rules Golf School LIVE at www.ustream.tv
and search for New Rules Golf. Noon EST. See you there.
3. Answer Your Questions
4. Set a New Standard
A new chapter in spreading the New Rules ideals starts Thursday, Jan. 21.
I have a passion for helping you get better at golf. I took a look at the new technology available and I feel the best vehicle for me to deliver solid information to you is via a live streaming TV Show on the web.
I get a lot of questions from confused golfers wanting to understand this game so they can get better. Even though I can answer those questions in e-mails or blog posts, I find it hard to get my point across as well as when I can explain and demonstrate simultaneously.
Thus we are launching "New Rules Golf School Live" this Thursday. Click on the link below at Noon on Thursday Jan. 21.
If for some reason the link does not work, go to www.ustream.tv and use the search function to look up New Rules Golf .
I will be discussing confusing methods, terminology that seems like a foreign language and the New Rules standards that make such a big difference in your game. I will also be bringing you informative interviews from industry insiders.
If you have questions for me, post them in the comments section of my blog www.reynoldsgolfacademy.com/charlies-golf-blog .
Please join us this Thursday, Jan. 21 at Noon. The recording will be posted on my blog that afternoon.
Check this out if you haven't seen it yet. Charles could really use some "New Rules" help.
Have you set your Golf Goals for 2010?
As we look ahead to the New Year, ask yourself some important questions in relation to your golf game. Have you gotten better in the last year or two? If you have, what has been the reason? If you haven't, why not? There are many different types of goals. We're going to focus on outcome goals, physical goals, and mental goals.
Which area of your game do you want to work on? Setting goals is a way to give you a direction and a purpose for the up and coming golf season.
Outcome goals get you to think about what you want to accomplish. Goals should be challenging and just out of reach so you have to stretch. If you set your goals too high for the short term, it can lead to an attitude of "Why even try?".
Examples of a few outcome goals would be:
- The number of tournaments you want to play in or qualify for
- A scoring average you would like to accomplish
- Average putts per round
- Anything you would like to improve on from last season
Physical goals have to do with what our physical skills, essential skills and techniques are. What aspects of your physical game need to be strengthened so you reach your outcome goals?
- Do you need more distance?
- Do you need to become a better putter?
- How far do you hit each club?
- Are your clubs fit for you?
If any of these apply to your goals, what do you need to do about them? Do you need new equipment? Are you practicing correctly? Are you taking golf lessons and working on a specific area of your game? Do you need to gain more physical strength and get more stamina? A golf professional should be able to help you set some of these physical goals.
Mental goals allow you to look back and assess why you have not been able to play to your potential or why you are not getting the most out of your game.
- What mental skills do you need to strengthen to reach your outcome goals?
- Do you need to improve course management?
- Do you need to better manage your emotions on the course?
- Do you need to toughen up for competition?
Whatever your golf goals are, stick with them and I promise that you will improve. Remember "Goal Setting" is the best way to give you direction on where to start so you get better. If you need help with reaching these goals, give us a call 706-467-1660.
Karen Nicoletti LPGA Golf Professional