Tag Archives: PGA

Dress Code – A Cultural Change

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Rules are made by organizations, groups, clubs, and communities for various reasons. One reason rules are made is so one person does not affect another person in a negative way. These negative effects could be serious, or not so serious. As societal norms change on what is acceptable behavior, dress, etc., all organizations from ... Read More »

Accountability

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org  “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” ~ Molière Let us get right down to the nitty gritty of human performance. This message is specifically for those who complain about the progress of their golf games without analyzing their actions, and honestly ... Read More »

Remember…Look Up As You Swing!

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Those who have read my articles over the past two years understand how much I despise common misconceptions shared between playing partners. Advice like: You lifted your head; you took your eye off the ball; keep your left arm straight; follow through, etc., etc. As well-intentioned as they are, such pearls of wisdom have ... Read More »

All Things Golf

Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In my experience there are three situations in a golfer’s life that result in the most anxiety about playing golf, particularly at private clubs. Hopefully this article will bring to light some of the most common concerns, which usually center on: Beginning to play golf with other golfers while learning the game; becoming good enough to contemplate ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted their 3rd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running a Patriot Golf Day. Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a PGA of America member, ... Read More »

Golf Etiquette

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org That stuffy sounding term, golf etiquette, is a hotly debated topic among golfers across the land from sea to shining sea, mainly because what we know as “etiquette” changes over time in all walks of life. Some will think that’s good and some bad depending on what changes. Usually, people believe in what they ... Read More »

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 »