There’s nothing better than a beautiful summer day on the golf course. The lush grass and bright sun delight the senses as you’re having fun with friends or family, playing the game you love from sun-up to sun-down.
Plus – and this one’s especially true for those who suffered through a long winter – it’s WARM!
Now that you’ve learned how to tune-up for the summer season, let’s take a look at how you can play your best golf yet at the peak of the playing season.
Here to help is PGA Junior Golf Camps Director Sean Lanyi, PGA, who teaches for the Golf Channel Academy at Tri-Mountain Golf Course just outside of Portland, Oregon. As a U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher in 2015-16 and the 2014 Southern California PGA Junior Golf Leader, Lanyi is a whiz at helping his students practice for maximum improvement.
Check out Sean’s three tips to make sure you get the most from your game this summer and that you’ll be swinging with confidence all summer long!
Find the Right Fit
Lanyi says that before you really take a deep dive into golf this summer, make sure to double check that the clubs you’re using are still the correct length and match up with your height. Who knows, you may have sprouted a couple inches without even knowing since last year!
“If you want to succeed, the first step is having the right tools,” says Lanyi. “I see a lot of youngsters with too short of clubs or too light of clubs the following summer. Ask your PGA Junior Golf Camps Director for some help with this – they’re the experts for a reason!”
Practice with a Purpose
Now that you have a few consecutive months where you can practically play all day, every day, it’s important to make sure you use your time on-course wisely.
Before each practice session, type up a checklist on your phone or write a few small goals on a sticky note that you want to accomplish. You don’t need to make them too difficult, either. The more often you practice with discipline, the more often you’ll achieve your goals.
“Have a plan and stick to it, too,” adds Lanyi. “Work from the green back to the tee, then branch out. Try to accomplish some putting and chipping goals first, then work on your full swing checklist. You’ll become more balanced by practicing this way, and it’ll help you improve on the shots that matter most.”
Fun Comes First!
This might be Lanyi’s most important tip and it’s one he reinforces every day at his PGA Junior Golf Camp. Prioritize having fun and you’ll get more enjoyment from your practice and play.
Instead of burning out on grip and posture checks, try using a couple days this summer to focus on hand-eye coordination, cardio, footwork or other skills that are more athletic-based. You can easily ask your Camp Director for tips or simply head to YouTube and you’ll find plenty of ways to improve your golf game from the comfort of home.
“These types of skills are so important at a young age because we’re trying to create more athletes, not just good golfers,” says Lanyi. “During PGA Junior Golf Camps, we use game-based learning, and develop athletic skills in a fun, circuit-training environment.”
“In between the golf instruction, we’re running, jumping, dribbling around cones and playing other games that create a blend of skills fit for a developing athlete. We might be working hard and staying busy, but no matter what we’re having fun.”
Sean Lanyi, PGA, is a Teaching Professional at the Golf Channel Academy at Tri-Mountain Golf Course and a Camp Director for PGA Junior Golf Camps in Ridgefield, Washington. You can learn more about PGA Junior Golf Camps, held at more than 120 facilities nationwide throughout the summer, by visiting PGAJuniorGolfCamps.com or calling (888) PGA-PLAY.