winter golf



Today only you can contact me and purchase 2 lessons for only $125! The lessons must be used by March 1, 2018.  

You can use the lessons for yourself or give them away as a gift. Lessons are limited to two specials per person (4 lessons total) and must be used by the expiration date.

The lessons are 45 minutes each and the time can be used for any of the following lesson types: full swing, short game, putting, K-Vest training, iron fitting, or Sam Putt Lab training. 



Take advantage of this special by contacting me TODAY ONLY by emailing me at, or by calling or texting me at 859-274-6558.

You can swing by the High Performance Golf Academy this afternoon to pay by cash or check, or you can simply respond with the following credit card information:

Credit Card #

Expiration Date

3 or 4 Digit Security Code

Billing Zip Code

Number of Specials (Purchase Amount)

If you wish to pay over the phone just call and leave a message and I will get back to you ASAP.

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Change Your Grips and Improve Your Game

Merry Christmas!! Be sure to check back next Friday for another tip!

Tips to improve your golf game can come in many shapes and sizes.  One often overlooked aspect of the game are the grips on your clubs.

When the condition of the grips on your golf clubs start to deteriorate, your swing will be the first thing that suffers.  Grips that have lost their feel and have become slick require you to squeeze the club harder, creating unnecessary tension in your body.

I keep a wide variety of grips in stock and can have virtually any grip on the market ordered and in house within 3 business days.  If you are interested in getting your clubs re-gripped, simply visit the GolfWorks and browse through their grip selections and add $3 to the stated cost of the grip for installation. 

With winter still ahead of us, now is a great time to drop your clubs off for some much needed attention to your grips. I can also arrange a time for you to bring them in and I can have them ready that same day!

Don’t let the condition of your grips cost you strokes on the golf course.  Contact me today so we can start making 2017 your best golf year ever!

How K-Vest Can Improve Your Game

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K-Vest uses 3D motion technology to capture the movement of your body and the club to evaluate and train the efficiency of your swing.

K-Vest is different than Trackman as K-Vest is measuring the entire swing where Trackman is only measuring impact and ball flight.  With these two tools combined, along with good old fashioned 2D video, I can get to the bottom of any particular fault that may be facing a player because of swing mechanics.

Not only does K-Vest help me diagnose what the problem may be, it also allows me to train my students by using the live biofeedback training software included in the system.  Long story short, when using K-Vest and attempting to make a particular correction in the swing, K-Vest will play music when you achieve the desired position.

This comes very handy when working with a player’s posture.  Posture is already very difficult for players to work on because they can’t see it.  By getting the extra feedback from K-Vest it becomes much easier for players of any level to get in the correct posture.

Many of you have already experienced what K-Vest can do for you and your game.  I’m very excited to have another winter to train many of you using K-Vest.

I use K-Vest throughout the course of a normal lesson as I see fit or at the request of the student.  However, for only $45 you can schedule a 30 minute session where I will put you on K-Vest for an evaluation and/or let you train using the live biofeedback.  This will work great for players that may take lessons from other instructors or for my current students that would simply like to spend more time having supervised training at a lower cost.

To schedule a K-Vest session contact me today!

End of the Week Tip: Dealing with Cold Weather

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Cold weather doesn't have to be the end of your golf season. I tell my students all the time that a sunny day above 40 degrees and minimal wind is a good day to golf. However there will be a few things to consider before heading out to the course on a cold day.

Here are a few tips to keep your game sharp the next time you decide play in cold weather:

·      Be prepared.  Having played college golf in the spring I learned very quickly that it pays to know the weather forecast and prepare accordingly.  The technology in winter apparel has come a long ways over the years and it would be a good idea to make sure you have the best.  When you have to dress warmly, do so in layers so that you can easily shed those layers if the temperature happens to rise during the round.

·      Re-adjust yardages.  Cold weather will affect the distance a golf ball travels.  How much it affects it will depend.  A range session with a launch monitor that measure the actual carry distance of the ball may be a good idea so you can get real distance numbers in the colder conditions.  On the course, be willing to adjust your club selection quickly if you notice a drop in carry distance.

·      Spend extra time on the practice green.  Short game and putting is all about feel and your hands are responsible for producing that feel.  When your hands get cold as the temperature drops, your feel will be affected.  Do your best to maintain the temperature of your hands (extra pockets, gloves, and hand warmers work well) and spend some extra time practicing distance control on shorter shots around the green.

FREE SEMINAR: How I Use K-Vest and Sam Putt Lab for Winter Training

When: Tuesday November 1, 2016 from 6pm till 7:30pm

Where: High Performance Golf Academy (5600 Harrodsburg Rd. Nicholasville, KY 40356)

Cost: FREE

What: Join me as I demonstrate how I use K-Vest and Sam Putt Lab during winter months to train my students. We will also spend time discussing winter training programs and why they are a benefit for any golfer wishing to improve their game.

Who is this for? 

This seminar is designed for any golfer, male or female, that is unfamiliar with K-Vest and/or Sam Putt Lab and wants to take their game to the next level by continuing to learn and train in the winter months. Players that have benefited from winter programs the most tend to be middle school, high school, and college players as well as adults that still love to compete or simply want to lower their handicap next spring.

Please RSVP by texting your name and "sign me up" to 859-274-6558. You can also email me at

End of the Week Tip: Playing In the Wind

It seems like when the weather this time of year is warm enough to play golf, the wind is always blowing. Hopefully you will take advantage of the warmer temps and go out there and deal with the wind. Here's how:

The number one most important rule when playing in the wind is one that you’ve hopefully heard before: “When it’s breezy, swing easy.”

It sounds corny, but it’s true.  The temptation to increase the power of your swing, especially when the wind is against you, can be overwhelming.  When you swing harder and are lucky enough to make solid contact, the ball will have more backspin, causing it to climb in the air and ultimately be taken by the wind. 

Another side effect of swinging harder is that making solid contact with the ball becomes less likely.  Even the strongest winds are less likely to influence the flight of ball as dramatically if you manage to hit the ball solid.

The most basic adjustment you can make in your strategy is club selection.  You won’t feel the need to swing harder against the wind if you simply take an extra club or two.  I can recall several times in my college golf career when the wind would alter my club selection.  There were some days I could hit an 8-iron on a particular par 3, and other days would have to hit as much as a 4 or 5 iron on the same hole. 

The opposite is true when you are downwind.  There is still no reason to swing harder, because all you need to do is use a higher lofted club to get the ball in the air to ride the wind.  However, remember that during downwind approach shots, your ball will not have the usual amount of backspin, causing it to release and roll more than normal after it hits the ground.

When you are faced with a side wind, knowing your typical ball flight and choosing the correct starting line (aim) becomes extremely important.  I am a firm believer that you should never aim where a straight shot would hurt you.  Put a premium on getting the ball on the green or fairway, even if that means you will be far away from the hole.  More often than not we aim too far in one direction to compensate for our ball flight and the wind and we end up hitting a shot opposite of our normal tendencies.  Remember, if you hit the ball solid, the wind can only affect the ball so much.

To hit the ball more solid when playing in the wind, follow these few swing tips:

·       Use a slightly wider stance to increase your lower body stability and balance.  Wind obviously can affect the ball, but it will also affect you balance if you have an unstable lower body.

·       Choke down on the club about one inch.  This lowers the trajectory of your shots, reducing the wind’s ability to affect the ball flight.  It also makes the club shorter, making it easier to find the sweet spot.

·       For the more advanced player, use a lower takeaway and finish position to keep the ball down.  This also reduces backspin when hitting shots into the wind.

Side Note:  Use caution when adjusting your ball position to compensate for the wind.  A common adage when the wind is in your face is to move the ball back in your stance to hit it lower.  However, by moving the ball back too much you will increase the amount of backspin and run the risk of getting the ball stuck in the wind. 

End of the Week Tip: Take Advantage of Winter Months

We all need to have a certain time of year where we can evaluate our golf game and determine if we are willing to make necessary adjustments to improve it.  For most golfers winter time is that golden opportunity.

So what are some great ways to take advantage of not being able to get outside to play and practice as much as we like?  Below are a few aspects of the game you should be concerned about this time of year.


Maintaining proper fundamentals is a year round task, but winter months offer an opportunity to get serious about making necessary changes and learning to stick with them.  For example, grip and posture are always two fundamentals I see students struggle with the most.  You can take 5 minutes per day, practicing your grip and getting in front of a mirror to work on the correct posture without having to leave the comfort of your own home.  Even if your grip and posture are already fundamentally sound, do this to keep the “rust” from forming during winter months.

Path and Clubface

Any golf instructor will tell you that if you have good swing path and clubface position through impact, then good things are likely to happen when you hit the ball.  Problem is, changes related to path and clubface aren’t always the easiest to implement into our game midseason.  That makes winter the perfect time to get with a PGA professional and make sure your path and clubface are helping you make the kind of contact you want with the ball.  Several teachers are now using cutting edge technology like Trackman and FlightScope to measure the path of the club through impact as well as the position of the clubface.  With this data, you and your teacher will know exactly what needs to improve, but most importantly, you will have a way to measure that improvement.

Make Solid Contact

Most of our practice during winter months will be indoors, whether it is making swings in your garage, or actually hitting golf balls into a net.  With golf clubs being as forgiving as they are these days, it’s not as easy as you think to guess where the ball is hitting the clubface.  It is very important that you know the quality of the contact you are making, especially if you can’t see how far the ball is going.  Applying impact tape is one way to see this, but there’s a cheaper and easier way.  Use a dry erase marker to make a mark (about the size of a coin) on the back of the ball.  This will leave a mark on the clubface where the ball hit.  Then all you have to do is wipe it away with your finger, and do it again. You can also use Dr. Scholl's foot powder spray to apply to your club face so that the ball leaves a mark where it made contact.

Combine proper fundamentals, good path and clubface positions, with solid contact, and that will be the most valuable practice you can have, no matter what time of year!!

FREE Winter Coaching Seminar for Junior Golfers

Join me on Monday October 19th at 6 pm for a free Winter Coaching Seminar designed to help you learn more about the tools and methods I use to improve junior golfers in the winter months.

This FREE seminar is open to anyone that is interested in learning about the importance of winter training and what it takes to reach the next level of competitive golf. It is ideal for players that are new to the academy and would like to learn more about what we do before committing to a long term coaching plan.

I will give live demonstrations on how I use 3-D motion technology like K-Vest to evaluate and train my students. You will also see how I use Sam Putt Lab to evaluate and train putting ability.

Please RSVP by email,

When: October 19th at 6 pm (seminar will last about 90 minutes)
Where: High Performance Golf Academy
Cost: FREE

For a list of my rates and coaching packages for this winter click here.