“We are live at the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club and If this putt goes, they will be slipping on the Green Jacket…”

Let’s face it, if you are a golfer, in any form or fashion, you have played this scenario out at your home course, the local mini-golf track or even on your hardwood floor in your living room, numerous times.

In recent years, Augusta National decided it wasn’t enough to afford only the best male players in the world that opportunity each April. In 2013, boys and girls ages 7-15, through the Drive, Chip and Putt initiative were given the opportunity to roll one in on 18 at Augusta on the weekend. In 2019, with the introduction of the Augusta National Woman’s Amateur, the game’s best female amateurs were given this same opportunity on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.

Now, the question I pose to each of you — Does your putting stroke have what it takes to roll one in under the same pressure those at Augusta will feel over the next week?

With my students, I sometimes use acronyms to help instill concepts or drive thoughts home. In honor of the return of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, or ANWA for short, I would like to play off that ANWA acronym to help you become a better putter…especially under pressure…

Aim

Natural

Watch

Attitude

Aim

Your aim is a critical pre-stroke concept. The problem I see with many golfers however is what they are aiming at. Far too many become fixated with hole and nothing else. In most cases, we are rarely hitting a dead straight putt. That fact will never be more evident than what we will see over the next 9 days at Augusta National. To be a great putter, you must learn to become a great green reader. The best putters learn to focus on the apex point on their intended line to the hole. When you can learn to focus on that point in your putt, the one that is the highest point of the break, you are well on your way to becoming a better putter.

Natural

We often hear from players on the PGA or LPGA Tours that they wished they felt more free or natural with their putting stokes. While technique is important in putting, namely set-up, path and tempo, many golfers become crippled by those concepts. What suffers is the ability to have a free-flowing stroke where the club-head can freely release. When you practice your putting, and while keeping key concepts like set-up, and path in mind, try to make that final thought one of making a free released and flowing stroke toward your intended target.

Watch

There are many things that the great putters do that have really nothing to do with the putter at all. A great example of this is the idea of watching approach shots land on the green and seeing how they react and roll out. This can give you a great deal of information before you even step foot on the putting surface. In addition, learning to observe the topography of the course as you walk up to the green can also aid in making you a better putter. With its rolling terrain, Augusta National is the perfect example of a course that you would want to be “eyes wide open” on as you play.

Attitude

We all know how critical the mental game is. Part of this is the attitude we keep as we play…and especially during the times we are scrambling and not at our best. Of all the aspects of the game, putting really seems to be that area where attitude is everything. It is no coincidence that the best putters in the game would be the first to tell you that they are the best. It is not because they know they are statistically at the top but more so that they genuinely believe that they are the best. Even on their worst day, they still believe they are great putters and know that putts will inevitably fall if they keep making confident strokes.

To recap…as you work on your putting in practice or as you roll the rock as you play, remember the acronym, ANWA… Aim, Natural, Watch, and Attitude. These concepts can truly help make you a better putter.

Source: Brendon Elliott, PGA

 

Upcoming Clinics, Camps & Classes ⛳

🏌️Grow & Grow+

Fall and Winter Clinics

Enroll your junior golfer in one of our Grow or Grow+ Clinics this Fall and Winter – starting as early as tomorrow, November 7!

Each Program includes 1 lesson per week for 8 consecutive weeks*

Each golf lesson is 45 minutes

Ages for GROW: 3-8 Ages for GROW+: 9-12

Size is limited to 10 kids per age group

A minimum of 3 kids are needed to bring the program to your school

Costs for the complete program is $200 for the 8-week session**

*Some school based programs have a slightly different number of weeks in a program.

**Some school based programs have a slightly different cost per session.

🏌️Linksters Day Camp

The Linksters Day Camp program, designed for ages 6-13, offers a “mini-camp” program aimed at children that are homeschooled. The program runs in 8 week sessions and meets twice a week, on Monday’s & Wednesday’s, from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. A great option to get kids out of the house in a safe environment that also doubles as a physical fitness requirement.

The Linksters Day Camp starts November 11!

🏌️Linksters Elite Classes

Advanced Lesson Programs

Competitive Girls & Boys

Ages 13-18

Whether you’re moving up a division on your competitive golf tour, or you’re looking to compete on your high school golf team, Little Linksters has a golf program for you. Linksters Elite Classes start November 16 & 17!

QUICK! Registration closes Friday.


2020-2021 FALL/WINTER SEASON REGISTRATION OPEN!

ALL ABILITIES WELCOME!

SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AVAILABLE!

This years Fall/Winter season goal is to field THREE 13U teams, and ONE 17U team at Wekiva Golf Club Matches will be scheduled through the season with our friends at ICE GOLF ACADEMY located at Orange County National Golf Club.

Practices will be at Wekiva Golf Club every SATURDAY morning during the season from 9:00-11:00.

All players will be invited to an occasional Zoom, Virtual Practice on Sunday evenings.

The Fall/Winter Season runs from OCTOBER 17th, 2020 – MARCH 25th, 2021

Our PGA Jr. League Players Receive Coaching and Guidance From an Award-Winning and Recognized Team of Coaches, Organized Team Practice Sessions and Regular Matches are held Within the League.

2020-2021 FALL/WINTER SEASON REGISTRATION OPEN!

ALL ABILITIES WELCOME! – SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AVAILABLE!

This years Fall/Winter season goal is to field THREE 13U teams, and ONE 17U team at Wekiva Golf Club Matches will be scheduled through the season with our friends at ICE GOLF ACADEMY located at Orange County National Golf Club.

Practices will be at Wekiva Golf Club every SATURDAY morning during the season from 9:00-11:00.

All players will be invited to an occasional Zoom, Virtual Practice on Sunday evenings.

The Fall/Winter Season runs from OCTOBER 17th, 2020 – MARCH 25th, 2021

Our PGA Jr. League Players Receive Coaching and Guidance From an Award-Winning and Recognized Team of Coaches, Organized Team Practice Sessions and Regular Matches are held Within the League.