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November 27, 2011

Readers, just wanted to let you know there is a new post on the Stack & Tilt ® seminar I attended last week on my new website saradickson.com.  I will be posting there from now on.  If you feel the information here has been of value please consider subscribing there to continue receiving updates.  Thank you!

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10 Things I’m Thankful For As A Golf Pro (Thanksgiving 2011)

November 23, 2011

10 Things I’m Thankful For Being A Golf Pro

1. The opportunity to be one.
2. The wonderful members and pros you meet along the way.
3. The students. What they teach is much more valuable than what I teach.
4. The challenges that allow you to figure out the most effective way to operate & communicate .
5. The network; the industry, Twitter, Facebook. All there to help you.
6. The mentors. The ones who say, good job, but go find a way to make it great.
7. The knowledge that there’s always more to learn. And the fact you cannot beat golf.
8. The little and big ah-ha moments along the way. Whether it’s from students, you, whomever.
9. The teachers who teach others how to teach.
10. The happiness of knowing you may help another person to enjoy the game as much as you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers.
Have a great day,
Sara

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What Is An AimPoint Clinic? (11/15/11 Clinic Review)

November 19, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to host an AimPoint Clinic at Stonebridge Country Club in Naples, Florida.  For those of you who may be wondering, AimPoint is a green-reading system developed by Mark Sweeney.  Mark originally wrote the Emmy-Award winning computer software program; you’ve seen it on The Golf Channel when they show the blue line indicating the break of the putt.  In using the software, Mark kept seeing patterns occur and realized that once you gather a few components about the putt, putting is very predictable.  We can thank gravity for its constant force on Earth (golf ball included) as well as Mark for humanizing the process so that we as golfers can use the system too.

In the clinic, participants (members, PGA pros, circuit players, and local golfers) learned which factors control break, how to identify them, and how to then put them together to get a read from the AimChart.  In the course of the clinic participants also learned what certain green characteristics implied for their putt as well as how to handle optical illusions.

Here is a slight video excerpt from the morning clinic:

In attendence was a Futures Tour Player for whom I caddied the past two years in Q-School.  This year she averaged 29 putts (4 less than average) as the two of us implemented the AimPoint process for every putt for four days.

While being at work here is today’s feedback I received about the clinic:

In the shop: “I broke 90 for the first time in years the first time using that chart on the course.” […Would you say it took you more or less time to read the putt?] “Oh it’s much quicker.”

Walking in parking lot: “Hey Sara, I showed the others in the group!  It said 8 inches. [Did it go in?] “YEA!”

via Twitter mention: “Woke up this morning actually wanting to practice putting!  That’s a first.”

After continuing to learn, practice, experiment with different green-reading situations and implement the AimPoint process for the last six months, I was able to pass the final certification by teaching the afternoon clinic with and in front of Mark.  

Not everything catches my eye but AimPoint caught me because it finally addressed something that nobody could every really and definitely explain to me; green-reading with constant precision.

As a Level 1 AimPoint Instructor now, I very much look forward to teaching AimPoint clinics as well as AimPoint specific lessons!

Much appreciation and thanks to those who fielded phone calls, tweets, and texts from me when I had furthering questions or progress to report, you know who you are.

As Mark said when the first person to hit a multi-planar putt at the end of the clinic made it on the first try…. “Yep. Make everything!”

If you have any questions or comments on this topic type them in the comment section below.  If you find this information useful please feel free to share it using the social media buttons provided.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day. #makeeverything

Sara Dickson in PGA.com’s Learning Golf thru Twitter Article

November 15, 2011

Those who know me often joke that it’s easier to reach me via Twitter than any other medium.  I am fortunate to be connected to with a great group of people and golf professionals on Twitter.  Below is an article by PGA Magazine’s John Kim featuring John Graham, Kirk Oguri, and myself about how and why we use Twitter in the golf industry.

Learning Golf thru Twitter

Hope everyone is doing well.  If you have any questions about Twitter, how to use it, or why you may want to use it, just let me know.  If you find this information useful please feel free to share it using the social media buttons provided.  Have a great day!

New Golf Ball Flight Laws (via New England Golf Monthly Magazine)

November 10, 2011

I recently had an article published in the New England Golf Monthly magazine on what have the “New Ball Flight Laws” in golf.  You can view the article by going here and clicking over to page 20.  I am grateful to be a recipient of good information from those who research and share it as well as for the opportunity to pass it along.  Let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding this topic.  If you find this information useful, please feel free to also share it using the social media buttons provided.
Have a great day,
Sara

The Good, Bad, Old, and New

November 3, 2011

I am a very moderate person and tend to have at the very least empathy for different viewpoints and opinions.  But that does not mean moderate people do not filter through to find what is right and what is wrong. Today, I wrote on a topic that has been on my mind since hearing about a situation that negatively affected people doing their part to promote correct information.

The Good, Bad, Old, and New:

When something is improved upon for the better and therefore is viewed as good, it often turns the view of that initial something to old, obsolete, and… bad. Now, to be fair, the new and improved something certainly should remain good.  To also be fair, the only reason the new something emerged as good is because of the initial something… which is now… bad.

But that is as it should be.  It is not to say the person or people behind the initial something is bad.  It is just that the something provided ground for progress, and that progress has occurred. Once something is truly improved upon and proven to be for good, that should then become the status quo… regardless of some instinct of safety to cling to the familiar past. This is how progress occurs.

The old and obsolete something can certainly remain; but only as a reference as to why the newer something contains more good.  The old something could certainly be used, but with the availability of something better, some sort of trade-off of efficiency or performance would take place.

An example of this would be….. well there are not actually many examples of this something.  Most things like opinions and preferences are just that; variables.  So to be categorized as pertaining to this post, this something is of higher degree. It must be viewed as a law.

Laws relate to something that so far as known, is invariable under certain conditions.  It makes sense then that if a law is proven incorrect, then the something that proved it incorrect should become and be promoted as the status quo.  Not by choice, but by the intrinsic desire for overall genuine progress.  At first it may not be easy, but trying to get the wrong information to work correctly is much harder.

Note: This post contains the author’s viewpoint.  The author is grateful to those who have uncovered and promoted educational information. She herself would not have known of said information if it were kept in dark, secret caves. This post has nothing to do with religion or politics.  Unless golf ball flight laws are included in those categories.

Confused? Questions? Ask them.  Promote them. That’s the first step as to how progress occurs.

Video: 4 Minutes for All Golfers (and People)

October 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I like to post blogs about things I learned.  Sometimes I post about golf training aids, books, or movies.  Sometimes about golf technique and tournaments.  But today I found a video about something that we sometimes forget. We all know how similar golf and life are; sometimes we narrow our perspective and forget to enjoy the pursuit.  Striving to increase my knowledge and communication of golf instruction is one of my primary interests.  So is living joyfully. Therefore, when I saw this I could not help but share it with you.


In the next post we get back to some golf physics.  Stay tuned.

Have a great day,
Sara