Golfers are always looking for ways to improve their game, and with so much information out there, it can be hard to know what is most useful. Here’s What Golf Coaches Would Tell You If They Knew You Were Reading is a blog started by two PGA professionals. We aim to help golfers of all levels improve their game through providing analysis of common faults, as well as providing drills and practice tips.
The blog is written by Andrew Rice, a PGA professional at the Riverside Golf Club in Portland Oregon, and Mike Wolfe, a PGA professional at the Portland Golf Club in Portland Oregon. Mike has won 5 Oregon PGA section events and holds 11 course records around the Pacific Northwest. Andrew is currently ranked in the top 50 golf instructors in America by Golf Digest magazine.
Welcome to the Riverside Golf Club blog! Here, we will post articles about golf and tips for improving your game. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is something here for you.
At Riverside, we want to help all of our members improve their game. After all, the better the player, the more fun they will have! That’s why we have a variety of classes and one-on-one lessons available, as well as some great deals on equipment in our pro shop.
So take a look at some of our posts and see what we’re all about. If you like what you read, be sure to stop by the club to check us out in person!
You have to know the rules to play golf.
Riverside Golf Club is a premier public golf club that offers quality golf at an affordable price.
Originally opened in 1929, the course was redesigned by famous architect Robert Trent Jones in the late 1950s. Riverside is one of the most popular courses in the Pacific Northwest, and has been voted “Best In State” for more than a decade by Golf Digest magazine.
The course is an 18 hole championship length layout with large greens and tree-lined fairways. It’s enjoyable for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced players.
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The swing requires total body movement and balance. The average golfer has poor balance and doesn’t use their legs properly. When you start your downswing, it is important to get the lower body moving to help maintain your balance. As you shift your weight from the back foot to the front foot, you want to make sure your knee does not slide forward too much. Your knee should move straight down during the downswing; sliding your knee forward will cause you to come out of your posture and lose balance.
Golf is a great game. It’s fun to play, and any level of golfer can enjoy it. But it would be much more fun if you could become more consistent and lower your scores!
Before we get into the specifics of how to improve, let’s look at what golf really is and the key components of the game.
After reading this section, you’ll have a better understanding of what golf is all about. You’ll also understand why certain aspects of the game are so frustrating for some people.
Once you know this information, you can use it to focus your practice time on the areas that will give you the biggest improvement in your scorecard.
Golf is a precision sport. The goal of each shot is to hit the ball as close as possible to a target or flagstick that is usually about 300 yards away.
Sometimes the target will be on a green, but it may also be in the fairway or behind you on a tee box. The challenge with this sport isn’t just hitting at a distant target; it’s doing so from different types of lies (the ground surface), different distances away from that target and in varying wind conditions.
Beyond the Game: “Growing the Game”
A few years ago, Golf Digest’s Ron Sirak wrote a piece declaring that while golf has experienced a bit of a boom in the last 10 years, it’s not nearly as healthy as some would like to think. In response to Sirak’s article, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem offered his thoughts on the state of the game and what needs to be done. At the heart of his message is one that we’ve been hearing for nearly a decade now: “grow the game.”
Finchem points out that golf is still an incredibly popular sport, with more people playing now than ever before. That being said, he also acknowledges that golf doesn’t have nearly as many participants as other sports like basketball and soccer. So while it’s doing well, there’s always room for improvement. He believes we can continue to grow the game by making it more affordable and accessible to all types of people. Even though it’s a great game for everyone, there are still many who are intimidated by it and turn away from it because they don’t know how or where to begin.
The best way for this to happen? Finchem says it starts with coaches: “We need more qualified coaches; we need