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Minnesota Golf Golf Tips
"Golf Education Never Ends"
Chuck Klecatsky PGA Professional
Legacy Courses at Cragun's
As the mornings become more brisk in the Brainerd Lakes area, and schools are starting their fall sports programs, I am again reminded why the game of golf is so appealing. What a great PGA championship we got to enjoy last week, with underdog Rich Beem holding off the best player in the world down at Hazeltine National Golf Club. If you are a golfer or just a fan of sports, watching Tiger Woods and Rich Beem battle on the back nine Sunday was very exciting drama. I know a number of readers attended the championship down in Chaska and marveled at the players' ball-striking ability and the consistency with which they play the game. The PGA Professionals that were playing in that tournament are experts of their swing, but you could still see them at the driving range working on the fundamentals of Posture, Grip, and Alignment (the "PGA" we teach at The Legacy). I think we should all learn from these players and as our children go back to school, we should take some time to visit our local golf professionals and continue our education of the game and the swing.

At The Legacy Courses we often find less people taking lessons as the fall arrives, but I think that this time of year is a great time to work on your game. People often take a couple of lessons in the spring, as they are excited to play golf after coming in from a long season of snowmobiling, but then as spring fades into summer that slight fade becomes a slice again. I think that late summer lessons are often better because the golf muscles are in mid-season shape and the days are still long enough to get a round in after work. I often find that my students this time of year have a lot of data about what is happening during their rounds and where they are losing shots. In the start of the season we work a lot on ball striking or swing changes, yet this time of year I tend to help people to PLAY the game better via a different course strategy or tuning up a player's set-up. This time of year a player is more likely to be able to implement a change because their ball striking should be in good shape. Often a small adjustment is all that is needed to set your golf swing back on line for the fall.

Take an hour this autumn and visit your local PGA Professional. He or she can help you to continue your education of the game of golf and may just help you enough to make some of your late season round the best ones of the summer.




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