The FCG Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach Award started in 2015 recognizes coaches who specialize in competitive players ages 13-18. Their players compete at the highest levels of junior golf and regularly develop into college golfers.  This is the 3rd year Future Golf recognizes these top coaches for their efforts and is the second consecutive  year Coach Bill McInerney has been awarded this honor.

Super pumped to kick off this part of our blog and share with you our first can’t miss tip.  Let’s get right to it!

This week’s hot tip – DELIBERATE PRACTICE

WHAT IS IT & WHY WE NEED IT

Wikipedia defines deliberate practice as repetitive performance of intended cognitive or psychomotor skills.  Rigorous skills assessment, specific information feedback, better skills and performance.

To dumb it down a bit I would think of deliberate practice as picking something very specific to improve on –  then figuring out what the one or two things that you would need to work on in order to improve that particular skill.

Lets take a look at a real-life example:

Joey has a very good golf swing and a very low green in regulation percentage (GiR).  He spends hours upon hours working on the mechanics of his golf swing but his GiR doesn’t budge.  Joey’s coach is stumped so he decides to go watch Joey play a round of golf.  Coach is happy to see that Joey’s shots are very solid but he is either coming up short or flying shots over the green.

After recognizing Joey’s tendencies his coach builds a deliberate practice session for Joey that looks like this:

STEP 1

Using a launch monitor to measuring the average distance Joey hit 10 shots with each golf club.  The goal here is to calibrate the average carry distance of each club.  It is also helpful for Joey to know how far the shortest shot and furthest shot with a particular club is for him.  At KOHR Golf Center we use a tool called Trackman to measure the distance the ball carries.  For those that do not have the luxury of using a trackman KOHR Golf Center has yardage cards for all of our greens which makes calibrating possible.

STEP 2

After calibration we recommend challenging yourself with a game.  We call this game-like type practice, Battlefield Practice at KOHR Academy.  Battlefield Practice (otherwise known as random practice) is when you are in your game-like mindset and trying to achieve a certain score.  Joey pulls out 18 golf balls and sets them aside (we use 18 shots to pretend like you are playing 18 holes).  He is then assigned a different target for each of those 18 golf balls – hitting 6 shots with his short-irons, 6 shots with his mid-irons and 6 shots with his long-irons and hybrids.  His goal is to see how many greens in regulation he would hit with those 18 golf balls.  At KOHR Golf Center a game like this is easy because we actually have real greens to hit to, making practice SUPER FUN!

Check out Phil Mickelson talking about one of his key battlefield games, which he calls the 3 Foot Circle Drill, to where he has to make 100 three foot putts in a row… YIKES!

 

Below I have listed some awesome books and articles that talk about the importance and research behind deliberate practice.  Enjoy and keep us updated on your progress.  We would love for you to share some of the ways you structure deliberate practice sessions or some of the challenges you all may have in achieving a deliberate practice session.

Either way, make DELIBERATE PRACTICE your goal for 2018 and you will not be disappointed.

BOOKS

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    • In summary Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.
  • The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner
    • Sterner’s message is to be process oriented, be present and have a very specific intention and stay ware of your intention.
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
    • I love this book!  Josh Waitzkin writes a book on his personal rise to the top of the chess and Tai Chi world, by explaining the mindset, proper ways to practice and how he built habits to take him to the top of the world in his professions.

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By KOHR Golf Coach Bill McInerney

Hey there everybody…

2017 was such an awesome year for KOHR Golf.  Towards the end of the year we completed one of the most unique PUBLIC Golf Driving Ranges and Practice Centers in the country. When planning out this facility we LITERALLY considered every component of the game, which has always been KOHR Golf’s ultimate goal.

Our team designed a facility that offers the TOTAL beginner a relaxed and enjoyable place to take up the game , areas of focus that allows the advanced players an opportunity to hone every single aspect of their game, and even just an awesome place to hang out with your family and friends.

This coming year we will also bring you some exciting new things. One being our new blog where we will share awesome practice tips, golf fitness tips, the latest and greatest golf training tools, equipment ideas and other cool things.

We have An Incredible team that will deliver this information to you.

Anyhow… you have to come check us out at KOHR Golf center. Bring a friend, bring the family, bring a date – you won’t be disappointed.  We can’t wait to see you and we wish you all a happy new year… 2018 is going to be AMAZING!!!

KOHR GOLF CENTER

BY CINDY CANTRELL | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT

After following his father’s footsteps into professional golf, Bill McInerney Jr. of Natick discovered that his real passion is coaching.  To help others reach their golfing potential, the award-winning instructor launched KOHR Golf Center in Natick last month with business partner Oliver Segal of Wellesley.  Open to the public, the year-round driving range and practice center features 14 bent grass target greens, 61 hitting stations, three USGA practice greens and bunkers, a golf fitness gym, private lessons, clinics and group practices, memberships, an ELITE Junior Academy, and club fitting powered by Cool Clubs.

Q. What inspired you to switch from competing to coaching?

A. I took more pleasure in helping others get better and reach their potential than I did in shooting low scores. Then my life changed when I received a letter from a young man that I had taught years before. He thanked me for helping him with his golf game, but the main focus of his letter was how I was able to give him more confidence. I went from a primary focus on golf’s fundamental skills to using golf as my vehicle to build confidence, self-esteem, and make stronger people.

Q. What makes your golf center special?

A. Typically, you go to a driving range and see a few flag sticks sticking out of a flat field. The KOHR Golf facility looks more like you are playing golf holes and hitting to real greens with bunkers. This makes hitting golf balls and practicing golf super fun, as it gives our guests an experience that simulates on-course play.

Q. How does it appeal to all levels?

A. One of the reasons the sport isn’t growing is because it takes four or five hours to play, but here [you] can enjoy a golfing experience without having to go to a golf course.We have real greens and real cups, so beginners and youngsters can feel what it is like to knock a shot into a hole and more experienced players can compete with their buddies. It’s really like playing games within a game.

Q. What is your vision for the company?

A. This facility is one that will contribute to growing the game of golf. People who come to KOHR want to come back.

NATICK – Sitting in a cart as the mid-morning sun illuminated the verdant Kohr Golf grounds, Bill McInerney spoke of the importance of the game as a driver for self-confidence, personal growth and teamwork.

McInerney, Kohr’s CEO and co-founder, has recently opened the Speen Street-based facility and academy, offering a haven for all things golf.

The Natick land was a golf facility before, McInerney said, but it was not well-maintained. He said, when he was looking for space of his own, this was a natural fit.

“I live on Pond Street, so I’ve been driving by this space for 14 years,” he said. “It’s such a beautiful piece of land.”

Kohr offers practice opportunities that normal driving ranges simply don’t, McInerney said. Its greens look like golf course greens. It has bunkers. Golfers can even hit from uneven lies, so they can learn how to best make shots from a slope.

All this helps reduce the massive time investment required by golf. McInerney said he believed one reason people leave the game is because it can take an entire day to play a round; at Kohr, all the game’s situations can be simulated in a fraction of the time.

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What is Trackman and how can this State-Of-The-Art piece of technology help you take your game to an all new level?