What Every Golfer Needs To Know About Breaking 70
Some Plain Talk About a Simple Game That Has Become Way To Complicated
At Pro Tour Golf College we train our students to focus on the one thing that matters in competitive golf “Low Score Wins.” Every day, week and month PTGC students use the specifically designed training regime to remove the barriers that limit their competitive performance on the golf course.
Therefore achieving lower competitive scores consistently is not about talent or luck, it’s about measured, managed training with expert feedback to guide you.
So how does PTGC’s program stack up with regards to some of our students results this year?
Whitney Hillier last week shot a 65 in the last round of the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open to win. 8 strokes behind with one round to play, she produced the low golf score that catapulted her to a great victory. Other major and important victories were the Lake Macquarie tournament in January and the prestigious Riversdale Cup in Melbourne.
Whitney’s competitive scoring average has reduced from 77.8 at the start of the year to 72.7 which is a significant reduction and has seen her Australian ranking go from a high of 16th to 2nd, and her Amateur World Golf Ranking from 125th to below 15th (her win in Malaysia has not kicked in as yet).
Here's a look at Whitney's Results since joining Pro Tour Golf College
Aus Am.....................Semi Final
WA Am......................Semi Final
WA Stroke Play..........2nd
NSW Stroke Play........3rd
South Aus Am............3rd
So what has changed in that period? Well let's go back 2 years ago and Whitney whilst away with the National Team in South America injured her right wrist which unfortunately took all of 2010 to recover from. Her performances in 2011 were average and her confidence had hit rock bottom and she was going to be axed from the Australian National Squad as a result of this.
The loss of motivation and a lack of structure in her practice routine was a recipe for going nowhere fast. So Co- Director Lawrie Montague and I arranged a meeting with Whitney where we discussed a strategy for getting her to be better than she was. The outcome was that Whitney made the decision to join the PTGC program and embrace the highly structured daily program that is designed with one thing in mind; to develop a low competitive score average. A struggle to begin with but Whitney has committed herself totally to the PTGC training culture and is now reaping the benefits.
Rinaldi Adiyandono from Indonesia experienced the PTGC training culture when he came to Perth in September 2011 with the National squad to prepare for the South East Asian Games.
He was a very steady amateur golfer but wouldn’t cut it as a tournament professional as his competitive stroke average was at 74.5 which is simply not good enough to play competitively on the pro tour. Areas of his game holding him back were his pitching and approach wedge skills plus his 3 and 4 meter putts which resulted in a low percentage of birdies made each round.
Rinaldi attended the PTGC 1st term of 2012 and he is a changed golfer from that experience. Since his return to Indonesia he has played in 2 National trials and the Malaysian Amateur. In those ten rounds his competitive stroke average is 72.0, an improvement of 2.5 strokes which is a direct result of his time spent at PTGC. Another important stat is Rinaldi is breaking 70 on a regular basis and this is taking him closer to achieving his dream of being a successful tournament professional.
Agnes Sudjasmin also from Indonesia has a goal of playing on the LPGA Tour. A long hitter and solid ball striker Agnes had a tendency to hook the ball under pressure. Like Rinaldi her short game skills also needed attention if she is to fulfil her goal.
Spending ten weeks at PTGC has improved her ball flight to the extent that the hook has been eliminated, and her pitching skills and wedge approach skills are improving each week. Agnes’s competitive stroke average has improved from 76.9 to 74.0 over the last ten competitive rounds she has played.
In the Indonesian National Trials in March she shot 31(5 under) on the final nine holes and this gave her a huge lift in her competitive confidence because she has worked very hard on developing her weak skills. Last week in the last round of the National trials a 68 allowed her to finished tied for 1st with a three round total of two under.
PTGC student Rance De Grussa is enrolled in our Tour Player Program
Another PTGC student enrolled in our 'Tour Player Program' who has made tremendous progress over the past 8 months working in our program is Rance De Grussa.
His last four competitive rounds in our weekly competition at The Links Kennedy Bay (off the Black tees) are 69, 76, 67 and 71 for a score average of 70.75 which is close to our PTGC’s competitive 'golf success code' of 12-4-2 which is twelve pars, four birdies and two bogies (2 under).
So if results are all that matters then the above players records is proof that the PTGC program does take players and move them closer to their goals. The PTGC Program is a product of more than twenty years and during that period it has helped over 18 golfers win Australian Amateur and stroke play Championships, numerous professional and amateur tournaments in Australia and overseas.
If you’re a serious golfer and highly motivated to play successfully on a professional golf tour then let PTGC help you get there.
David and Lawrie - Co-Directors of Pro Tour Golf College