This will help you: Most amateurs have little control over their pelvis. You have be able to control your pelvis -- how it rotates, tilts and slides. This is an important foundation in transferring energy from the ground up through the body and the rest of the swing. This requires a certain level of fitness and we have a team of fitness trainers and medical people that screen for that.
This one helped me: Play within my own capabilities, play my own game and not someone else's. When I was 22, I won the California Amateur [championship] without doing anything fancy. I hit my own shot, not Greg Norman's. I'll never be Greg Norman.
Virginia Country Club (Southern California PGA teacher of the year, 2000)
This will help you: The club weighs 13 ounces, the ball weighs one ounce. It doesn't take a lot of effort to swing. We focus on rhythm; swing rather than hit . . . like a practice swing and the ball gets in the way.
This one helped me: Use your eyes. Your eyes have to pick up what goes on in any spot. Look at the course, the width of the fairways, the patterns, where you need to put the ball. You hear people ask, "How does it feel?" Vision and feel are connected.
Oak Creek Golf Club (Southern California PGA teacher of the year, 1999)
This will help you: We're inconsistent; we hit it some of the time. We do not have the correct alignment; the hand and club position are not correct. The shaft should be in line with the left arm . . . with the club slightly behind the hands . . . at impact. The left wrist is flat. The incline plane [between the arms and the club] should be the same from a couple of feet before the ball to a couple of feet after the ball.
This one helped me: Do not try to be perfect. You usually miss if you try that. Eighty-five percent [of perfect] is good enough. I learned in college that I did not hit it as far as some other guys, so I concentrated on staying out of trouble. Identify where the trouble is and plan not to hit it there. I let my natural draw happen and play for it.
Tierra Rejada Golf Club (Southern California PGA teacher of the year, 2001)
This will help you: Keep the wrists and hands very soft and leave the club alone. Don't try to alter the club's speed and motion. Hold the club lightly and allow the club to swing. If the wrists are soft, they'll hinge and unhinge when they are supposed to.
This one helped me: As a player, you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and play accordingly. Fred Funk does not try to be Fred Couples. He hits it straight and short. Because he is so accurate, he might be able to hit a driver on some holes where others have to use an iron [to stay in the fairway].
Brentwood Country Club (Southern California PGA teacher of the year, 2002)
This will help you: The next shot is your most important shot. Focus on that. That leads to more consistency and keeps emotions on a more even keel. Don't get upset or excited about what happened a hole ago or two holes ago.
This one helped me: Have the proper preparation and good routine. When I was on tour, in the three hours from the time I woke up, I would have breakfast, take a walk, drive to the course, putt, chip and then go to the range. The last thing I would practice on the range was the first shot I would hit on the course.