How to Get Ready for Golf School

PGA Pro Rodney Green’s advice on how best to prepare for your next golf lesson

The Black Enterprise Golf And Tennis ChallengExcitement is heating up for the 2012 edition of the one-of-a-kind business and recreational networking event, the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, to be held Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 at Miami’s Doral Golf Resort & Spa. One of the major attractions of this event, now in its 19th year, is the Golf Academy led by PGA Pro Rodney Green, the director of golf at Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida, and the founder and CEO of Rodney Green Golf.

“If you have ever thought about picking up a club, either again or for the first time, come join us at the Rodney Green Golf Academy,” Green urges. “Our instruction will cover all aspects of the game of golf so that you can make golf your sport of a lifetime.”

This year, those who attend the Golf Academy at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge can choose between two levels of instruction from Green and his trained staff of professionals. The beginner class, already an established offering at the event, is designed for those who have never played or play only occasionally, with a primary focus on the basic fundamentals of the golf swing.

New this year will be an advanced program. This new offering is “designed to teach you everything you’ll need to know to step onto a golf course and play with confidence,” Green explains. Lessons will include on-course activities guided by Green and his staff, who will make sure you have fun each step of the way.

So, what steps can you take prior to your first or next golf lesson to ensure that you get the most out of the instruction session? Green offers the following tips to help you get ready in the weeks prior to your lessons:

• With any fitness program that you are currently on, be sure to incorporate extra core, cardio, and flexibility training. These are key areas to improve your golf swing.

• If you are doing the beginner class, buy a book or go online and study one thing: “The Grip.” I know you have heard it all before, but I can’t tell you how important it is to establish solid, basic fundamentals in your efforts to acquire a solid, repeatable golf swing. In my estimation I would say that 85% of all the golfers I see (on all skill levels) have a bad grip.

• My tip for intermediate golfers would revolve around club selection. Know how far you can hit each club in your bag. As we work on your course management skills, it will be imperative that you know what each club is capable of doing.

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