What Wedge Should You Use and When

If you’ve been around the game of golf for a little while eventually you start to understand how your clubs work and how to go about choosing the right club for certain shots. It’s not that complicated right? The higher the number on the club the higher the loft (or the shorter the ball goes). This is standard in golf, whether you’re using woods or irons except… when it comes to wedges. Unfortunately, for a novice golfer or even an advanced one, it’s not always obvious what each type of wedge is for, and that can be frustrating. Luckily though, we’re here to shed some light on that today.   Continue reading “What Wedge Should You Use and When”

What are Winter Rules?

Image result for winter rules golfSpring is coming to the golfing world and I couldn’t be more excited to start a new year on the links! But if your home is anything like mine you might still be worried about some more nasty weather before the season really gets under way.

Thanks to my days of competitive golf I’m very accustomed to playing in less than stellar weather. From forty degrees and rain to howling wind I’ve seen it all out on the course and to be honest, the climate usually doesn’t do anything drastic for my golf game…

Until you bomb your drive down the middle and you end up in a snow pile… then the weather is a problem.

Luckily for us though, there are some common courtesy rules that we can put in place to make sure these early spring rounds go a little smoother for all of us, called winter rules. Continue reading “What are Winter Rules?”

A New Brand is Born

As promised I’ve been hard at work these past couple weeks with both our book and some Golf Academy Merchandise which is why I’m coming to you today!

Over the past few months I’ve been in contact with a friend of mine who also happens to be a new clothing designer. Thanks to his hospitality and willingness to help educate me I eventually started to design things for The Golf Academy and now I finally have something to show to you guys! Continue reading “A New Brand is Born”

To Walk or to Ride?

Back in 1457, the creators of golf back in Scotland never put much thought into a question that’s almost impossible to avoid now when you step onto the course. Should you walk or should you ride a golf cart? Are these really the only two options available? And can you gain a small advantage based on whether you take a cart or carry your bag?

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A Midseason Recap and Big News for The Golf Academy

It’s hard to believe we’ve made it into August already! It seems like just yesterday we were talking about the first round of the year and since then things around The Golf Academy have only picked up. Now some of you have been here since the beginning of things last winter and I’ll apologize because it has been a while since I’ve been publicly active here but I assure you, I have been busy. It’s been a great summer and for those of you that are still around I promise you the wait will be worth it! I have a great plan for the future of The Golf Academy, and it’s that vision that I want to chat about with you today. Continue reading “A Midseason Recap and Big News for The Golf Academy”

Preparing for the First Round of the Year

Today, even in the midst of forty degree weather and gusting winds, I had the pleasure of playing my first round of 2016 with my dad at our home course in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. With the lack of snow and surprisingly mild temperatures lately golf courses have started opening up, and as my family was sitting around breakfast this morning my dad and I decided that nothing could beat spending our afternoon on the golf course. Continue reading “Preparing for the First Round of the Year”

How to Practice: Getting Up-and-Down

Of all the skills around the green, one of the hardest to perfect is the art of getting up and down. While it might be hard to get the hang of, perfecting this can be one of the easiest ways to save strokes during your round. I mean, if you think about it, going from three shots around the green to only two is an extra stroke on your scorecard every time you get up and down. And you know we’re all about saving strokes here at The Golf Academy! So we’re here today to talk about some of the different ways to practice the art of getting up and down. Continue reading “How to Practice: Getting Up-and-Down”

4 Rules You Never Knew You Were Breaking

If you’re like me, most of the time you spend playing golf is just for the love of the game. I’ll go out on a Sunday afternoon with my dad or my brother and we’ll just play eighteen. I don’t make them re-tee their drive if their ball slips out of bounds, we’re very loose with our interpretation of ground under repair, and we generally let the small stuff slid by without too much of a fuss (except when my brother kicks the ball out from underneath a tree). This not only helps us keep our pace of play up, but it also helps us enjoy the game and each other more because we don’t have to worry about playing the game “the right way” in terms of the rules.

All of this goes out the window once you’re in a tournament though, where one small slip up on some of the rules I said above could result in penalties or even disqualification; something nobody wants to see! So what are some of the small nuances in the game of golf that some of us “Sunday golfers” pass over regularly? Continue reading “4 Rules You Never Knew You Were Breaking”