Gary Gilchrist is a Golf Digest Top 50 coach in the world. He has worked with many PGA and LPGA players over the years, including Yani Tseng, Lydia KO, Charles Howell, Sean O’hare to name a few. He has taken three different junior academies and grown them to the top of the industry (IMG Academy, International Junior Golf Academy, and Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy).
Today he shared with us his experiences and wisdom with golf and what it takes to improve. Golf is about developing confidence and your self-image. If you want to be great, look at what the best players are doing and copy them. Make sure that your team around you are supporting you and making you better.
To get in touch with Gary or to visit his academy visit IJGA.com.
Take your time and read your lie before selecting the shot you want to hit.
Some things we cover with reading your lie:
Grain- is it growing into you or with you?
Is it sitting down or up on the grass?
Is your ball on a slope?
When to hit high soft shots vs a bump and run?
To get a visual of some of these things watch this videos I created on Youtube: https://youtu.be/5gqGnHBiBlo
In this segment I explain some important factors in getting the most out of your driver.
The optimal launch conditions for someone who swings their driver around 100 mph is to have the ball launch somewhere 12-15 degrees and have 2,500 spin.
I layout three areas to focus on to help with this- equipment, set up position, and important factors in-swing.
I mentioned a Youtube video for a drill to help hit more up on the driver https://youtu.be/iXaqx8ykgd8
Brant and I in this episode go over some common limitations that golfers tend to have
We talk about the three most important factors in cleaning up these limitations- mobility, stability, and speed
Brant explains what a golfer must do first in order to gain speed and power in their golf swing
We then talk about junior golfers and windows of development (chronological age vs biological age)
Brant talks about the Canadian Sports Long Term Development- visit this website for more information https://sportforlife.ca/long-term-development/
Brant also talked about growmetry.com which is a site where you can put in your child's information and it will help you keep track of their biological age.
I generally see amateur players swing too hard when playing golf into the wind. This causes the ball to spin too much and get up in the air and make it difficult to control distance and direction.
When playing in the wind it is important to keep the launch and spin down.
In cross wind scenarios take a little more club and make solid contact, also move your swing direction a little more in the opposite direction of the wind to help start the ball away from the target to help bring it back to the planned target.
In this episode, I describe my philosophy on what the best ball strikers in the world do during the down-stroke of their golf swings.
Here are the three main points that I discuss:
1. You must shallow the golf club early in transition
2. You must keep the club-face square or slightly closed
I explain that the grip is important and here is a video to watch on that https://youtu.be/ZcIl_T4lrKo
3. Your body must rotate through the shot (not stall and then get active hands)
Visit my website if you're interested in online instruction and videos that go into more detail about the swing https://www.andrewstormgolf.com/lessons/online-instruction/
Phil is arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time.
His approach has always been unique and is interesting for me to try and learn from. In today's episode I point out some of the brilliant things Phil does to be successful.
1. He's a creative player
2. He's fearless and positive. He's never been afraid to fail.
3. He's willing to adapt and be flexible in his approach- he's tried many different things to get an edge.
Notes from today's segment:
1. Build a solid routine. Here are the important aspects of my routine that have worked well for me-
A. Take in all information and assess the shot (distance, wind, trouble, pin location, etc.)
How good do you feel today? A,B, or C game?
Assess all options before making your game plan
B. Make a game plan (what do I want to do with this shot)
C. Make a rehearsal swing
2. In practice play a 3 ball scramble to see what strategy works best for you on different holes.
3. Have a game plan before going out to play- what clubs are you going to hit off the tees? This helps us feel prepared and confident that we have something to fall back on.
Tim is a golf instructor/coach based out of Bradenton, Florida. He is a mentor of mine and my personal coach while I was playing golf at the high school and college level. Tim's resume speaks for itself as he has personally coached many PGA/LPGA tour players, 46 AJGA All Americans, 2 US Amateur Champions, and over 165 juniors who went on to get college golf scholarships.
Tim talks to us about why his players have been so successful, he explains his philosophy on developing golfers skill and technique, and also explain his approach which includes helping his players be better people and develop life skills and not only golf skills.
You can follow Tim on
Leah Harvey is a nutrition coach based out of Omaha, Nebraska. She has earned a coaching certification through "Trim Healthy Mama". She is very passionate about what she does and is kind enough to share some of her insights with us today. We discuss golf specific nutrition- what kind of things you should eat before, during, and after a round of golf. Then we get into some of Leah's overall philosophy regarding nutrition.
For more information regarding Leah, check out her website at livlico.com
Her Instagram handle is livli_leah
In this segment I interview Chris Dorris https://christopherdorris.com/ who is a success coach and mental toughness coach. Chris is such an impressive coach who is passionate and energetic about helping others develop mental toughness. Chris and I discuss what mental toughness is and some strategies to develop mental toughness on and off the golf course.
You don't want to miss this episode!
Chris references "The O line" during the interview- watch this video which explains "The O line" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dnu7Vqpg5I
Chris also plugs his golf specific mental toughness training course "The Edge" visit this link to purchase half off! https://christopherdorris.com/shop/
Brendan runs a business named "Golf Placement Services" which helps a junior find the right school in the recruiting process for them to attend and play college golf.
Brendan was the head golf coach at The University of Kentucky before starting this business and he has great insights into helping players maximize themselves and get recruited to play collegiate golf.
Judd Cornell, head golf coach at Creighton University will be joining us in this episode. We will be covering topics such as, Judd's history as a golfer and what he has learned and found valuable to become the best player he can be. Also, we dive into what he looks for when recruiting players to play at Creighton and what juniors should be doing to get to that level- tournaments they should play in, their daily practice and fitness habits and how often they should be competing.