Tag Archives: PGA

Club Face Alignment

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Making contact with the golf ball, and making the golf ball fly in the air at the target are golfer’s instinctual foundations. Even the least athletic golfer has these two instincts. I believe my job as an instructor is to provide students guidance that enables their instincts to succeed more consistently. It’s what I ... Read More »

What is Your Golf Club Set Make-up?

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Many things have changed over the years in the game of golf and the golfers who play the game— club technology, golf-specific exercise, nutrition, course conditions, etc. However, one thing remains the same: the average Joe Golfer wants to hit the golf ball farther, and golf club and ball manufacturers have been listening. They ... Read More »

Post Shot Evaluation

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org How many times have you heard these well-meaning but generally useless tips on the golf course:  Keep your head down.  Keep your left arm straight. Keep your right hand out of it. Keep your eye on the ball.  It’s mental…etc., etc.  Either golfers repeat these admonitions to themselves, or other golfers are lending free ... Read More »

Skill Development VII: Variables – Club Selection

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The late, great Arnold Palmer once said, “Golf is deceptively simple, and endlessly complicated.” The goal in golf is simple–get the ball from here to there. But a golfer makes hundreds of choices in a round to accomplish the goal, which is where the complicated part of the game comes into play. Choices such ... Read More »

Skill Development Part V: Variables – Lies

All Things Golf Todd Elliott A wise old poet once wrote, “Variety is the spice of life, that which gives it all its flavor.” If it’s variety you’re looking for, come to a golf course for all the flavor you can handle. With the exception of shots off the tee, golf courses are places of nearly limitless variation in terrain, ... Read More »

Skill Development Part IV: Variables – Slopes

ALL THINGS GOLF Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we continue on this journey of skill development, Part IV and beyond will discuss the different variables we encounter on the course, how we adjust, and how we prepare for them. A simple truth known to all golfers is that there are very few flat lies on any golf course. In reality, course layouts ... Read More »

Skill Development, Part II: Solid Contact

All Things Golf Todd Elliott In the last issue of Coastal Breeze News, my column Skill Development Part I gave readers an overview of why developing skills should be the main focus of a golfer’s plan to improve. Working on skills, and discovering certain techniques that help accomplish each skill, are the overall goals. Many skills were listed in my ... Read More »

Island Country Club Welcomes New GM

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Country Club (ICC) has welcomed Peter Cizdziel as their new general manager and chief operating officer. Peter has taken over for longtime GM, Rudiger (Roger) Loose. “Roger served as general manager for approximately 13 years and provided necessary leadership to guide the Club through the Great Recession from 2008 to 2013,” said Rene Champagne, ... Read More »

Own the Moment

Golf Tips Todd Elliott Conventional wisdom holds that “golf is 90% mental and 10% physical.” But based on work done by researchers in the world of sports in general and golf in particular, a more apt phrase describing the game we love may very well be “golf is 100% mental,” an enlightened concept opening a path toward higher performance levels ... Read More »

Tee it Forward

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we move into reciprocal season for private club members in Southwest Florida, many golfers in the area will enjoy neighboring courses for a minimal fee. This is a great program, and I am proud to say one of my mentors, John Carroll, helped start the program years ago. At that time it was an ... Read More »

Golf Nutrition

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Here is a story we have all heard a million times. A golfer is going along nicely in his round, hitting good shots, having a good time, and then all of the sudden in the middle of the back nine the shots start going awry. It keeps getting worse and worse until he comes into ... Read More »

The Shanks

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do ... Read More »

Transfer the Energy

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Athletic ability sets the ceiling for a golfer’s potential. That ceiling can be changed through physical training. However, to get to that ceiling, or potential, a golfer must increase the skills required to play. There is nothing natural about being a good player. Good players work on their athletic ability, and their skills, and “talent,” ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock ... Read More »

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what ... Read More »

Spine Tilt at Address

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is a difference between a full shot address position that requires power, and a short shot address position that requires finesse. Knowing how to set up to the ball depending on the required shot is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Set up changes, although simple to accomplish physically, can make a ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational ... Read More »