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Golf Tour Prep

John Klauk, winner of the 2002 Western Amateur Championship

This Golf Tour Prep program is designed for players with a verifiable U.S.G.A. Handicap of 9 or better who are at least 18 years of age. The focus of the program is preparing players to perform at their peak level in competition, whether it is in amateur, college or professional events. The player and a certified TBGA instructor individually design all programs.

Expectations After 1 Year
The full year program is the best way to make the most improvement in your game. Each player will learn their faults and tendencies in each part of their game – full swing, short game, putting and special condition shots – and be able to demonstrate and execute the proper technique in each of those areas. Equipment will match the golfers’ swing to ensure that distance, direction and feel are working together.

We begin with a full physical evaluation. During the evaluation past injuries, poor biomechanical movements, lack of strength, lack of flexibility and any joint instability will be revealed. An individualized training and nutrition program is prescribed. Our trainers supervise and motivate you during workouts that are designed specifically to enhance your body’s strengths, develop deficiencies and prepare you for the rigors of tournament golf.

Cliché, yet true: “It takes one to know one.” Our certified instructors are competitive golfers and recognize the physical demands of today’s tournament golf. Instructors will guide you when to train hard and when to maintain what you have built.

To develop mental toughness you must know your own mind’s temperament. Each player will work with our sports psychologist to establish the mindset required for tournament success. Students will achieve peak performance through attitude, mindset, playing process and preparation.

Periodization
Periodization is the process of varying your training program at regular time intervals with the intent of playing at peak performance during tournament golf. Proven benefits of periodization are improved muscle memory, endurance, strength, power and mental acuity. The goal of our program is to optimize training during both short (days, weeks) and long (months, years) periods of time. Using periodization, a golfer is able to achieve peak physical and mental performance for a particular point in time, such as a tournament. Additionally the athlete is less likely to experience boredom, burnout, over-training and injury.

Program Components

Technical

Practice Range:

  • Swing Analysis: Evaluation, understanding & goals
  • Swing Improvement: slow motion swings, generics, mirror work, drill stations

Short Game:

  • Putting: short and long putt mechanics
  • Family of chipping: putt-chip, chip, pitch-chip
  • Bunker and lob shots: basic mechanics.
  • Pitching: fundamentals and basic feel

On-course:

  • Preparations Basic steps: planning, pre-shot routine, reactions
  • Improvement through video: evaluation and goal setting

Mental Conditioning:

  • Personal Awareness: evaluation on personal performance
  • Personal Motivation: goal setting

Physical Training:

  • Flexibility: entire body
  • Endurance: cardio, muscle
  • Strength: core
  • Pre-hab: shoulders & back

Tournament Week

At Tournament Site:

  • Practice round
  • Game plan
  • Warming up
  • Playing process: preparations and emotions
  • Evaluation
  • Active Rest
  • A break is designed in the program to allow the player time to analyze their previous tournament and develop goals for those areas of need. This phase lasts no more than 3 days.

Pre-Competition Phase

Practice Range:

  • Preparation: warm-up
  • Swing improvement: slow motion swings, generics, mirror work, drill stations Feel: shaping shots
  • Critical situations: sloping and difficult lies
  • Taking the game to the course: pre-shot routine

Short Game:

  • Putting: sloping putts, lag putting, and reading greens
  • Around the green: focus on distance control
  • Handling pressure: drills and games
  • Pitching: fundamentals and basic feel
  • Feel: shaping shots
  • Critical situations: sloping and difficult lies
  • Taking the game to the course: pre-shot

On-course:

  • Planning: options, high % shots
  • Pre-shot routine: feel and visual
  • Reactions: analysis, emotions

Mental Conditioning:

  • Thought control: handling distractions
  • Emotions: handling expectations

Physical Training:

  • Flexibility: entire body
  • Endurance: cardio, muscle
  • Strength: core
  • Power: explosive
  • Coordination: complex movements

Competition Phase
Non-tournament Week

Practice Range:

  • Preparation: warm-up
  • Swing performance: alignment/posture, rhythm, feel and keys

Short Game:

  • Test: highest score
  • Skill performance: alignment/posture, rhythm, feel and keys

On-course:

  • Preparation: game plan
  • Competition: match play
  • Preparations basic steps: planning, pre-shot routine, reactions
  • Course management: options, high % shots

Mental Conditioning:

  • Preparation: game-plan
  • Staying in the present: one shot at a time

Physical Training:

  • Flexibility: entire body
  • Endurance: cardio
  • Speed: maintaining muscle readiness

Example of weekly morning schedule

Monday – Workout – strength & flexibility.
Full swing – analysis, ABC’s, drills & corrections.
Short Game – putting & chipping- techniques. [full day]

Tuesday – Strategy and on-course analysis.
Mental performance workshop.
Full swing – ABC’s, drills & corrections.

Wednesday– Short game – putting through pitching.
Full swing – drivers & difficult shots.
Club fitting – loft & lie, personal consultation with Master Club Fitter.

Thursday – Workout – strength & flexibility.
Swing – review & practice.
Short game – bunker & pitching.

Friday – Short game – short game skills tests.
Full swing – review & practice. Workout – strength & flexibility.

Example of weekly afternoon schedule
On-course afternoon coaching

Monday – Evaluation & Preparation
Tuesday – Pre-Shot Routine/ Developing a Game Plan
Wednesday – Course Management/ Playing Process.
Thursday – Critical Situations.
Friday –  Game Plan.

Boarding
Our boarding students stay in TBGA luxury town homes located near St. Johns Golf & Country Club or near the World Golf Village & Hall of Fame. Each town home is fully furnished with internet and cable.