Practice with a Purpose

Practice Progress Sheet

Developing exceptional training habits is especially important for young players having the desire and opportunity to reach elite level. Your coach should be familiar with how to develop a practice progress sheet, periodization and recovery periods. This is the roadmap developed by elite Olympic coaches.

  1. a rational, systematic approach to training and performance. (See above example of practice sheet)
  2. a sustained passion and commitment to details .
  3.  own the elite performance experience. (see themselves as winners)
  4. embrace the challenge and complexity of elite performance context. (Understand the process of learning)
  5. employ a big (moral) picture view of sport and life. (Keep it in perspective).

Not one of these traits is a birthright.  Each can be learned, adapted and applied by anyone with the drive to be an optimal performer.


Tracey, J., & Elcombe, T. (2015). Expert coaches’ perceptions of athlete performance optimization.International Journal Of Sports Science & Coaching10(6), 1001-1013.

In 2016 I completely changed my programs for teaching juniors. I now only teach a select number at a time.

OnBoarding Program, Age 12-15 Boys & Girls $250 per Month

  • Individual consistent lessons both on range, short game area and on-course.
  • Group practice sessions.
  • Stat keeping (
  • Tournament evaluations
  • Scheduling
  • On-Course evaluations
  • Progress Reports
  • PGA Jr League Team for more information on 2016/17 Enrollment.


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3 putting drills to Improve Your Score

3 putting drills

to improve your score

You’ve all read that the quickest way to lower scores, more victories and a lower handicap is to improve your performance on the green.
Of course, your Putter (its design, weighting and fitting)
is very important. So is your technique and ability to create a positive stroke.

But even with those two aspects sorted, Putting needs effective practice. I use the term “effective” very deliberately because I see lots of golfers on the Putting green practising.

I’m also very aware that your time is precious and the chances of you increasing your time on the practice green is low. So we need simple, easy, and quick drills to help you improve your performance.


Align your eyes and brain before the round starts

Place two irons between the hole to form a rail or path to the hole. Stand 2-4ft from the opening and putt down between the shafts, the ball may bounce off the shafts but will always go in the hole. After a few goes, you will adjust and make putts without hitting the shafts. Your brain and eyes are getting accustomed and adjusted to the task.The challenge, especially early in a round, is that your eyes and your brain haven’t yet aligned themselves. They both conspire to make you think you’re aiming for the centre of the hole, but you’re not. This is a result of having one eye stronger than the other. So let’s align the eyes and brain before you start your round.


Reduce the pressure and you’ll make a better stroke and sink more putts

Place a coin between you and the hole from between 3-8ft away. Your drill is to roll the ball over the coin, regardless of wether the ball goes in the hole. Just focus on the coin and rolling the ball over the coin.When you’re out on the course your instinctive reaction to the size of the hole should be “Wow, that’s big”. This drill will tune your brain into a smaller target on the shorter Putts. The first time you face a tricky 3-footer, it’s going to look a lot easier; the hole will appear bigger.


Around the clock, an old favorite

Place six tees around the hole between 4 to 8ft from the hole randomly. Go through your ‘pre-shot’ routine each time and sink all six in a row. If you miss, start again. After you have become accomplished at this distance, add 2-3ft. Make sure the lengths are random as this will help with distance control on the course. This is a more realistic drill for ‘transfer practice’.
Performed once a week will translate into more 3 – 8 foot putts sunk in your round and that is an easy win.This drill ought to mean fewer howls of anguish out on the course, when a 9 – 15 foot putt comes up short in the mouth of the hole. By spending a small amount of time each week practicing this drill your on-course performance will improve.

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Are you playing the wrong club?

Are you playing the wrong club?

Think about your last round (or better still, keep shot details on your next round and check those).

What percentage of your shots was played in the 40 to 100 yard zone?
How many clubs do you have that cover that zone? Most of you will say two. But, chances are, neither is the right club.

I think that is a result of a lack of education on how to manage this part of the game.

Now think about the percentage of shots you play from 100 yards out to Tee-Shots. It should be a bigger percentage, but it won’t be that much bigger.

Yet for those shots, I’m willing to bet you carry 10 or 11 clubs.

Does that sound sensible?

It may be the manufacturer’s fault

As they seduce you to want to hit the ball further and further, manufacturers have continued to strengthen lofts.

The solution: you NEED to have a 50 or 52° Wedge in your bag as your go-to club in the 40 to 100 yard distance.


Specialist wedges

The alleged ‘Pitching Wedge’ in your bag is also just an extension of the Iron designs. Often the CoG is low and deep to provide ‘ease of launch’.

The trouble with that on your Wedge is, the harder you swing, the higher the ball goes with distance control out of the window. The ball is inclined to balloon.
Specialist Wedge designs have the CoG placed to provide an effective ball flight and easier, more consistent distance control.


Now learn to use the right club

I wish I could coach every golfer on the technique required for the Pitch Shot. We know that improvements in technique here translate into lower scores. We need to help make sure you can set yourself up to guarantee a good ball strike.

We want to make sure your arms and body are working correctly together. Making sure you are swinging on plane will make a big impact to your crispness of strike, your accuracy of strike and your consistency.

And finally we want to show you how, with the one club, you can control distance to cover the 40 to 100 yard range.

Make this an area for improvement

This year, invest a little time and money into having the right clubs in your bag to cover the short game. Then, sharpen up your technique so that you are taking shots off the scorecard. I would be more than happy to explain any details you’re unsure of. Better yet, book a lesson and I’ll incorporate all of this into your technique.

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 Short game drills to boost your chipping skills 


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Find your PGA Golf Mental Profile

About The Profile

The profile was developed by Bobby Foster, a management consultant headquartered in Columbia, SC. Bobby is a former teaching professional and golf coach at the University of South Carolina where he coached several All-Americans including four players who played on The PGA Tour. He is a Certified Behavioral Analyst specializing in the DISC Behavioral Style Model. He explains the purpose behind the development of the mental golf profile –

“Our company has had great success using DISC profiles in work language to help people improve performance in all types of working environments. Over the years, I’ve often thought about how much better I would have been as a player, instructor and coach if I’d known about the DISC System during that stage of my life. We built this profile in golf language so that players, instructors and coaches could enjoy the same benefits I’ve seen countless experience with DISC profiles in the workplace.”

The system generates personalized information for working on your mental game just as video and launch monitors produce personalized information for working on your swing and customizing your equipment. The profile works great for self-coaching as well as for collaborating with your instructor or coach. 

Following is the outline of the Mental Golf Workshop™ profile process – 

  1. Log in to use access code :Strudwick
  2. Discount Cost $65.00 (regular cost $85) have credit card ready
  3. Spend about ten minutes answering the multiple-choice questionnaire.
  4. Your answers go through our proprietary scoring system to produce a 20 plus page report.
  5. Review the detailed descriptions of your mental golf tendencies and customized strategies for these areas of your game – Golf Temperament
    1. Pre-Round Preparation
    2. Mental Tendencies When Playing Shots
    3. Course Management
    4. Working With Your Instructors
    5. Mental Tendencies Toward Golf Fitness

Your report is produced in a “workshop” format, with space provided to make notes as you work through your report. This format makes it easy to self-coach yourself or to review with your instructor.

We suggest reviewing all of the information and then selecting the key items that will most impact your performance. Perhaps the most effective method for reinforcing these key points is to write them on index cards and put them into a plastic bag you keep in your golf bag. Review these index cards before your practice sessions and rounds and you’ll be delighted with the positive impact this awareness and repetition will have on your performance. 


We’re grateful to several prominent people in the game for their assistance in developing the profile. 

  1. Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, Co-Founders of The Titleist Performance Institute, tested the profile extensively with players of all levels before including it in “The Titleist Experience” program. Their feedback and advice has been invaluable.
  2. Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of Vision 54 Golf Schools are both Golf Digest Top 50 Instructors and have extensive knowledge of the DISC profile system. Pia and Lynn provided valuable guidance and included a section on our profile in their best-selling book, Every Shot Must Have A Purpose.
  3. Two friends from The PGA Tour, Brad Faxon and Jonathan Byrd, tested the profile and gave advice from a tour player’s perspective. The profile is designed for players of all levels, and Brad’s and Jonathan’s input was quite helpful in making sure the reports would be relevant for players at the highest level.
  4. Two of the top mental coaches in the game, Dr. Morris Pickens, of The Sea Island Learning Center and Chris Passarella, of The IMG David Leadbetter Academy, provided invaluable advice on structuring the profile so that it is suitable for both self-coaching and for collaborating between player and coaches. Dr. Pickens also contributed the section on “Developing Great Practice Habits,” in the profile. 
  5. Dr. Bob Rotella and Tom Kite shared valuable information about what “really” works in the mental game in lengthy Q&A sessions and encouraged us to use this information in the profile.

We’re grateful to these people and many others for their contributions to the profile’s development and ongoing improvement. Version 6 of the profile is online now and includes many improvements suggested by instructors, coaches and golfers of all levels who’ve previously used the profile. Please benefit from our research and work by working through your profile by yourself and/or with your instructor. 

We’re confident you’ll find your report easy to work with and the information to be comprehensive and helpful for improving your performance. As Dr. Greg Rose, Co-Founder of The Titleist Performance Institute advises, “The beauty of this system is that our players get an accurate and comprehensive report without having to spend hours completing laborious questions. You sure get a lot for the time and money you invest in. 

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PGA Jr. League Golf….Ground Breaking Experience for Your Child

PGA Jr League Knoxville

Knoxville Cyclones 2014

Team: (Left to Right Back row first) Sam Mayes (Asst. Coach) John Thomas Estep, Byson Morrell, Ethan Rimmer, Sawyer Spoone (lower row) Eli Hinton, Eli Mayes, Aaron Frazer, Luke Watson, David Brown, Cooper Hayes, Coach Suzanne Strudwick

The most impressionable images from my junior playing days are from being back home in England playing team golf. Representing my home club, Brocton Hall GC  in head to head competition against other local clubs. This lead to being ‘discovered’ by local and regional coaches who then passed me up the chain in an organized, progressive learning system. The progression seemed natural and steady, leading me all the way up to England Junior coaching and trials.

The new PGA Jr. League golf has the potential to finally start a progressive system that is sadly lost to the USA Junior’s. A system that identifies, encourages and trains young golfers without the need for a substantial economical background. This is starting point for young juniors with ambition and desire. Notice I did not say talent, this comes much later in the process and is developed over time.

The English system has now become extremely complex and organized, very different from the rudimentary system I grew up in. The Coaches have specific training levels, Junior golfers are fed into specific training programs that inspire, challenge and develop young achievers. Coaches are paid by a percentage of club membership fees and the National Lottery. No wonder we are crushing the USA in Ryder Cup’s!

You just need to look at how far advanced our neighbors in the north, Canada to see how far behind the US is to providing opportunities, developing and training, not just in golf but all sports. Check out these links

The PGA has finally taken the role it should have done back in the early 1970’s when Olympic sports were starting to take off. The PGA Jr League has the possibility of changing the starting ground of discovery. The important aspects of this program are:

  • The Hook: It’s just great FUN with the correct amount of competitiveness and togetherness, being part of a TEAM.
  • Learning: Juniors are paired together allowing for a lesser skilled player to learn from a more skilled player but still have the opportunity to excel.
  • Team Environment: The is the very best part, golf is inherently an individual game, but the PGA Jr League has created a system of perfect teamwork.
  • Progression: Teams have the opportunity to advance all the way from City, State, Regional, National levels. This is so important and is missing from today’s Junior competition system. Only the very elite get to advance but with PGA Jr League a 7-year-old can go all the way to represent their Country!

I am thrilled to have taken our 2014 Knoxville Cyclones all the way to the National Championships at TPC Sugarloaf in Atlanta, GA The experience for everyone, team, parents, Grandparents and Coaches was one of the very best of my career.

Sign Up Now, don’t miss this opportunity! Click here:

Call Suzanne (865) 777 GOLF

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