Learn from One of the Best Golf Instructors in the Nation!

Congratulations, Ron!  Ron Gring, Director of Golf Instruction at Terravita, has been named to Golf Magazine’s Top 100 List of Instructors for the 16th consecutive year. This recognition places Ron in the most elite fraternity of Golf Instructors worldwide.

“It’s hard to believe that it has been 16 years since I was first named to Golf Magazine’s Top 100 list of instructors. It is a real source of pride for me and I am so appreciative to Golf Magazine. But more importantly, our Terravita golf instruction program is for the Members of Terravita to improve the quality of their overall health, lower their handicap and have more fun in the process. We are here to provide the highest level of expertise in that pursuit. This announcement from Golf Magazine is an important confirmation of the results of our program and the Terravita team of instructors.”

Our Director of Instruction, Ron Gring, has had many accomplishments during his career both in tournament competition and in golf instruction. Ron Gring played professionally on the American mini-tours, Asian Tour and South American Golf Tour from 1978-1985. He won the Gulf Coast Chapter, Dixie Section PGA Championship in 1989, won the Dixie Section Player of the Year Award in 1991 and was named the Gulf Coast Chapter Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. He also took home the Gulf Coast Chapter Teacher of the Year in 1991 and the Dixie Section PGA Teacher of the Year in 1991, 1996 and 2003. Ron has been a contributor to Golf Magazine since

 

 2003 both in the magazine itself with its Golf.com online instruction.

Ron has been named to Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Teachers every year since 2003 and has been honored with Golf Digest’s Best in State in both Alabama and in Arizona. 

Ron, along with the entire Terravita Golf Instruction & Fitness team are here to help you improve your golf game.  Whether you want to only focus on hitting the ball better to improve your golf score, improve your overall fitness level to feel better (and hit the ball better) or just want to have more fun playing golf, Terravita is a great option to improve your golf game. 

Golf Swing Analysis

– Why guess? When you can measure?

To find out what is real vs. what you feel is the secret ingredient to improvement. With our FlightScope launch monitor, MySwing 3D data capture and V1 high frame rate video capture, we can accurately diagnose and establish your individual priorities and then create a plan of improvement.

TPI fitness analysis

– You can only swing as efficiently as your body will allow.

Our TPI Golf Fitness Evaluation experts will show you why you swing the way you do, provide a path to enhanced swing efficiency, more power and your overall physical fitness will improve dramatically in the process.

Individual Programs for Individual Golfers

– There is no “The Way” there is only “Your Way”

From the information that our evaluation process provides, we will design a specific plan for your improvement, your schedule of lessons and precisely what you need to focus your attention toward to improve your game.

Contact the Terravita Golf Club if you are interested in lessons or if you would like more information about joining the Terravita Golf Club.

Three Ways the New Golf Rules Can Help You 

New Rule Changes for 2019:

In case you haven’t heard, golf is in for some exciting times starting in January.  In an effort to “modernize” and “speed up play,” the USGA and R&A have decided to update and continue their collaboration to issue a single set of rules that govern the game worldwide.  There are some updated/improved rule changes that will take effect in January of 2019, so we wanted to go over a couple highlights for you:

  1. No Penalty for Putting with the Flagstick In!

Starting in January, there will no longer be a penalty for hitting the flagstick while your ball is hit from on the putting green.  You may have heard Bryson Dechambeau talking about keeping the pin in for the Tournament of Champions event in Hawaii at the beginning of the year.  Ever the tinkerer, he will be testing out this rule to find the advantages and disadvantages to it.  If I were to ask one person to determine the effectiveness of this rule, it would be him.  As of right now, the “ruling” is still out on this rule and we should have an answer soon as to whether this rule makes sense or not scientifically.

  1. No Penalty for a Double Hit!

If you are a golfer like me, you probably gave a big sigh of relief after reading that and might have some difficulty wiping a smirk off your face. The dreaded double hit is as scary as watching a horror movie by yourself in a creaky cabin in the woods on a full moon!  After experiencing this shot myself, I’m not sure which is more embarrassing, the double hit or the penalty stroke after the fact.  The USGA has apparently decided that shot is scary enough that it can take away the embarrassment!  Thank you USGA…my golf game is embarrassing enough!

  1. A Fourth Relief Option for Unplayable Lies in a Bunker

We all know, or at least know when we pull out the rule book, the three current ways to get relief from an unplayable lie in a bunker with a ONE stroke penalty…1) Stroke and Distance – 2) Back on the Line Relief IN the Bunker – 3) Lateral Relief in the Bunker.  Now there is a fourth relief option which allows us to drop the ball back on the line of relief OUT of the bunker for a TWO stroke penalty.  This could be the most beneficial rule change to golfers who struggle to get out of the bunkers!  When I first heard this rule change, my mind started to wander to the bunkers in the British Open and what could happen in the upcoming years.  This rule will definitely be used more by those who struggle to get out of the bunkers, but I wonder at what point someone who is great out of bunkers takes advantage of this rule?

Please note there are several other rule changes that will take place at the beginning of this year and we encourage everyone to grab a copy of the Players Edition of the Rules of Golf.  We have 300 copies in the Terravita Range House, so please stop on by at your convenience and pick one up!

Practice Your 50-Yard Wedge Swing to Improve Your Driver

If you want the best shortcut to improvement in your driving distance AND accuracy…

Hit More 50-yard Wedges!

 

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

 

But if you give that idea some thought, it implies a profound question. If you cannot control the clubface, sweet spot path, centeredness of contact, trajectory control, spin control and distance control on a 50-yard shot…how will practicing a much longer and much faster golf driver swing help you?

 

The fact is that as you add speed, how you are moving and what you are feeling move further apart and that makes it just about impossible to accurately feel what is going on. So the odds are against you that you will improve at all, if ever.

 

So, if you want the fastest track to hitting every club better, follow this drill/exercise and learn how to improve your golf swing and hit your driver like a pro.

 

Address the ball and “rehearse” exactly where you would like to be positioned at the Moment of Truth IMPACT!

 

Move, slide, rotate, shift and bend every part of your body and every part of the club to the precise zone you need to be located in when the club contacts the ball.

 

Bingo!There you have it! Clearly presented, right in front of you, the exact location and the exact FEEL of where every component needs to be at the most important microsecond in the swing. Just follow the step-by-step instructional video so that you can put yourself into the precise position for impact.

 

From there, NOT  FROM ADDRESS… make a long enough swing with your favorite wedge to hit the ball 50 yards. Your first goal is improvement in compression of the golf ball. Then repeat. Then repeat. Then repeat again.

 

As consistency in your compression builds you can then make half or three-quarter length golf swings, maybe hitting the ball 100 yards with a longer club…but now, with a higher level of trajectory control and compression. As soon as your compression decreases, go back to the 50-yard golf wedge swing and build in length and speed as your compression improves.

 

Am I suggesting that you should never practice at full speed? Of course not…but only after you have an improved level of excellence with a shorter, slower 50-yard golf wedge swing.

 

There is no “secret” to hitting the ball with a high level of certainty. But if there was…it would be your ability to reproduce precise impact alignments. Even better, there is no point of diminishing returns. How would it be possible that you could have too much precision at impact? Precise impact alignments are Golf’s Gift that keeps on giving.

 

So, if you want to control your game…gain control of the flight of the ball. If you want to control the flight of the ball…control your impact alignments. If you want more consistent impact alignments…hit more 50-yard wedges.

 

If you need training related to where you need to be at impact, our T.G.I.F. (Terravita Golf Instruction and Fitness) team is here to support you. We would love to show you this fantastic exercise. It is one of our most crucial components in our instruction program. And as always, contact us if you are interested in joining our private golf and country club.

 

 

Improve Your Game Permanently in Less than 5 Minutes

I know you are saying, “AW C”MON! Every training aid infomercial, every teacher, every TV commentator, every so-called expert with golf tips says the same thing…and you know what? IT NEVER WORKS!

I agree 100%.

It is a fact that in golf there is nothing you can do to achieve instant perfection. 

But, you can improve immediately, if you will agree to take on a different approach…and here it is… 

To improve your game immediately and permanently… 

Clean Your Room! 

In the book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Dr. Jordan Peterson, he uses the metaphor of cleaning your room as an amazing way to improve your life.

As it relates to golf performance improvement, “cleaning your room”
would require that you:
1st – Recognize the parts of your game that are a mess.
2nd – Find the motivation to clean them up. 

 

3rd – Do something about what is in the most obvious need of your attention. In other words, take some action to “clean them up”. 
4th – Continue to “clean your room!” Stay committed to preventing the same mess from influencing your game in a negative way again. 

There is a pervasive but misguided conviction among golfers that adding a new skill set, adjusting your golf grip, renovating the swing, adding a fifth wedge or getting custom fit for a super powered self-shooting new driver will immunize them from making bad decisions. While all of those ideas may have merit, that is not the outline of what is being offered here.

I am proposing the idea that you become mindful of the parts of your game that are killing your scores…and that you simply…

Stop doing those things. 

The first step is to stop doing those things that are the most obvious, the ones that everyone notices…the ones you already know about without having to drill deep into diagnostic analysis or go to a psychotherapist to discover.

For example, if you know you are a poor bunker player, choosing shots 

 

that eliminate or at the least minimize the chance of hitting the ball into a bunker would be one way to “clean your room”. 

Maybe you are not very good at short-side lob shots. Playing away from the short side of pin locations would be a good way to “clean your room”. 

If you know you are not a good fairway metal player and you know that you probably cannot hit a successful shot with the fairway metal club that you are “supposed to use”, use your favorite club instead, no matter 

 

what it is, to significantly improve your chances of hitting a successful shot. These golf tips would be another great way to “clean your room”.

If you know you have something in your golf swing that always shows up on the course, but not on the practice tee…learn how to compensate for it in the interim, while you are in the process of working to eliminate it. This can get a bit complicated, but with help from your personal PGA or LPGA instructor, you can figure out a way to play better with the imperfection until your swing gets better with a little golf swing practice. If you’d like to set up a golf lesson, contact us. Just one more way to “clean your room”. 

It is a very simple formula:
1.) We all have parts of our games that are better than other parts. Based on evidence from your previous 5-10 rounds, what are yours? By determining what the strongest components of your game are you can immediately begin to play toward those strengths
2.) Come to a conclusive understanding as to what are the weakest elements in your game and then avoid them. 
3.) Play to your strengths. The proposal of focusing on improving your weaknesses as a way to lower your scores is simply wrong. Place your strengths in the center of your attention on every shot and play toward them. Choose the shots and the clubs that are your most reliable based on recent evidence, using results from your last 5-10 rounds. 
4.) Make better shot selection decisions. Stay away from the shots and skills in your game that are outside what you have determined to be your strengths. Be committed to the principle that, “I am going to play toward my strengths and stay away from my weaknesses. I am going to play the shot that I know I can execute, not the one I am “supposed to play.”

Want to improve your game in a permanent way? 

CLEAN YOUR ROOM!* 

And simply stop doing the obvious things that are destroying your scores.

3 Tips to Improve Your Putting

Keeping an eye on the golf pros touring this year you will see a variety of tools and styles being used for their short game. From the large variety of putter designs, styles of stance, grip styles, and more, it can be tough to know what really is important for improving your own putting. Following these tips and mastering these three simple principles of putting can help you consistently sink more putts.

Steady Stroke

First, you want to develop a consistent stroke that makes proper contact with the ball. To visually check if you are consistently hitting the ball squarely with your putter’s face, draw a line around the middle of the golf ball and roll the line end-over-end. Take a stroke and if the line wobbles, keep practicing! Allow yourself adequate time to practice this tip to develop muscle memory.

Inside the Lines

Second, learn to roll the ball along the intended line you desire. This is managed by the putter face position at impact. An elevated putting line string or alignment sticks can be used to track your results. Using these aides will help you gain confidence in putting along your intended line.

Gain a Feel for the Greens

Third, learn to hit the ball with the proper distance and pace you desire. This is a result of the length and force of your putting stroke. Start by putting from one edge of the green to another (not at a hole) to gain a better feel of distance and pace and the stroke required. A 4 foot putt will require less length and force of the stroke compared to a 12 foot putt. Lay a string or alignment stick down and putt to it from 4,8, and 12 feet until the ball rolls no more than 12 inches past the string. If you practice from 12 feet and in, you are well on your way to making more putts. Next, get to work on the longer putts like 20, 30, and 40 foot putts. Begin by working toward finishing the longer “lag” putts within 4 feet of the cup. Then, with continued practice, you should seek to be inside 3 feet of the cup. Now you are working to minimize your 3 foot putts.  

It’s arguably the simplest part of the game to practice and often least practiced by the average recreational player. Practice these putting tips in two 20-minute sessions per week for four weeks and you will find your golf scores will drop the next few rounds on the course.

Personal instruction and golf lessons from a PGA or LPGA Professional is also a great way to improve your golf game. If you’d like to set up a golf lesson, contact us.

6 Benefits of Living or Retiring in a Private Golf Community

Gone are the days of a boring retirement when such a phrase was synonymous with an uneventful future. The quality of life beyond retirement has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to the flourishing of beautiful private retirement golf communities and the demands of planning an early retirement. The typical retiree isn’t typical – with more choosing private retirement communities with benefits beyond home ownership – communities have risen to the challenge and provide more than just a restful place to retire. Read more for the benefits of living or retiring in a private golf community.

  1. Socialization: Being surrounded by friends and engaging in fun social activities lowers the risk of dementia and strengthens the immune system. Living in a private or upscale golf retirement community comes with a built in network of people who all share space in the community. Enjoy a glass of wine with your friends and neighbors and become part of a community of peers to live stronger.
  2. Security: A solitary lifestyle doesn’t have to be fraught with dangers. Upscale golf or retirement communities are safe places to enjoy an evening stroll, sunset golf game, or stargazing. Realizing you forgot to lock the door is not quickly followed up by an anxiety attack. Enjoy the peace of life in a secured community.
  3. Fitness: Staying active could very well be the proverbial fountain of youth. Enjoy a daily round of golf, a neighborhood stroll, a match of tennis, yoga classes, take a swim in a state-of-the-art pool, or stick with your own routine at a community fitness center. Stay fit and stave off insomnia, prevent heart disease, and decrease cancer risks along with countless other physical and mental benefits. Maybe even enlist your friend and neighbor for accountability and companionship during your workouts.
  4. New Experiences: Ever wanted to try something new but felt uncomfortable going it alone? Enjoy new experiences with neighbors, peers and friends. Making new experiences group experiences is fun and exciting. Luxury private and golf communities cater to their residents with organized opportunities for get togethers, themed-parties, seasonal gatherings, games, book clubs, workshops, volunteering, and more.
  5. Low Maintenance: Being a part of a community simply makes life easier. Many upscale communities offer an array of services from meal planning and preparation, to landscaping, to chauffeured transportation. Living in a home outfitted with the latest technology and favorite amenities makes it that much more pleasurable to enjoy visits with the grandkids. Whatever your personal lifestyle craves, a luxury country club or retirement community has the options to suit your unique needs and characteristics.
  6. City Life Benefits: The quality and availability of healthcare in retirement tops the list of most mature adult’s major priorities. Living in a community that is in close proximity to, but not in the busy heart of, a city like Phoenix is perfect since you having access to major healthcare services and hospitals. You also have easy access to shopping, dining, cultural and other major events.

If you’re looking for a private golf and country club community or in the planning stages of retirement, living alongside your peers in a private community has a multitude of benefits. Please contact us to find the perfect place for your active lifestyle.

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Summer Golf

As summer is now upon us, we play the wonderful game of golf in Arizona in some pretty high temperatures. It really is true – it is a dry heat and that does make golfing in Arizona much more enjoyable than places with higher humidity. The secret to a more enjoyable round of golf and good scores is easy. Some of the best things you can do to have a successful round is to properly prepare for the high temperature conditions before you play. Here are 5 golf tips to help you enjoy your next round!

 

  1. Hydrate! This includes being well hydrated before you play or practice. Drink plenty of water and know more trips to the restroom are a good thing. Most studies will tell you to drink water versus some of the popular sports drinks as they are high in sugar. A children’s Pedialyte drink is a good choice as well. Even if you think you’re drinking enough water – you probably need to drink more!
  2. Pack a Snack! Eat smaller more frequent snacks that are light and not heavy. Avoid a large heavy meal before you play. Protein bars, fruit, and nuts are great ways to keep your body fueled and help your brain stay sharp. Opt for fruit and nut trail mixes (without chocolate which makes a melted mess), or dried fruit like apple chips and a handful of almonds.
  3. Think Shade and Sun Protection! Play golf courses with lots of mature trees. Park the golf cart under a tree near the tee box or out on the fairway while you’re waiting for others in your group to hit their balls. Stay in the shade as much as possible, it will not only help keep you cool but it will also help protect your skin. Don’t forget a wide brim hat to provide protection from the direct sun. Wear fabrics that are “performance” type that wick away moisture, provide UPF protection, and provide the best cooling effects. Sun sleeves for your arms are very good for sun protection and keeping you cool.
  4. Any Tee Time is a Good Tee Time! The early risers will tell you that you should get out on the course by 6:30 am. Others may suggest you wait until mid-morning – after the course has had a chance to dry out and the humidity levels drop and a breeze is likely to help keep you cool. Or, if you like a bargain – or prefer having your own (practically) private golf course – some will tell you that golfing in the afternoon is the ultimate golfing experience. Regardless, any tee time is a great time!
  5. Finally, take breaks in your practice and be aware of what your body is telling you. Your body will be better able to regulate, and allow you the game’s enjoyment, in these higher temps if you take care of it. Plan a little extra time for these breaks as well when coordinating your next tee time.

Scottsdale, Arizona is known as a mecca for golf – and for good reason – you can enjoy year-round golf at premium golf courses here. North Scottsdale is the ultimate place to take advantage of year-round golf; surrounded by the lush, green Sonoran Desert (yes, it really is very green here year-round!). It is also 5-10 degrees cooler than Downtown Scottsdale or Phoenix in the summer, making every day a great day to golf! Contact us to learn more about how you can live right on the golf course and take advantage of perfect golfing conditions all year.