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This year you, your family, and loved ones celebrate the 244th Independence Day in America, commemorating the Declaration of independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776.

The past year has been a hugely eventful one for us all. We are living through terrifying times but we must remain confident and positive that the future is a bright and sunny one for us, our families, and our loved ones.

This special day is indeed a time for reflection for not only Americans but for the whole world.

It is certainly a time for us to reflect on how we have treated the world and its inhabitants in the past and how we should treat the world and its inhabitants in the future.
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From PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn

Do you become increasingly nervous as you prepare to putt? Are you afraid of hitting bad shots while you address the ball?

Chances are that your thoughts are major distractions interfering with your body's ability to make a confident swing.

Thinking too much about strategy, score, mechanics, weather, greens, spectators, previous shots, leaderboard, or results disrupt your body's ability to swing your golf club freely, efficiently, and effectively.

In our Golf Mental Game Survey, one golfer brought up the topic of overthinking during competitive rounds:

"I freak out every time before I putt. I can't stop thinking about messing up. I try to talk myself through my putts, but I still miss easy putts. How can I calm down during shots?"

Your nervousness sprouts from overthinking or 'walking through your putts' and worrying about the potential outcome of your shot.

You know that worrisome feeling when the "what ifs" invade your mind. It is, as if, you time traveled into the future and watched the worst shot you ever hit. When you think too much, you lose your touch.

Overthinking traps you in an overwhelming cycle of thinking about what might happen... Coaching yourself through your mechanics... Reminding yourself of what NOT to do... Losing focus.

When you 'freak out' about your shots, your body tenses, you grip the putter harder, and you take extra time before you strike the ball. That delay before hitting the ball exacerbates the problem by giving you more time to over-think and over-analyze your shot.

When you panic about your shot, you signal to your brain that you are not ready for the putt. This thought distraction makes your stroke feel unnatural and forced, causing you to push the ball wide of the hole or leave the ball short.

The most effective way to overcome your anxiety is to take charge of your thoughts rather than allow your thoughts to take over your performance.

For example, PGA golfer Collin Morikawa has improved his putting game by tuning out thought distractions and immersing himself in the act of putting.

MORIKAWA: "It was just to be more of an athlete, be an athlete that reacts to your target. You look at all other sports, basketball, you think basketball, they're always looking at their target. I thought of Jordan Spieth when I was putting, when he used to look at his target, he was reacting...."

"That's all he does. He takes a couple quick looks if you look at his pre-shot routine, a couple quick looks, doesn't stand over it too long, but he's committed and he just reacts to the target. And I think before I was so focused on speed or I was so focused on trying to hit this great putt that I just wasn't reacting to what I was doing."

Reacting or immersing yourself in your shot requires trust. Trust doesn't magically happen when you play a competitive round.

Playing a round of golf is not the time to 'fix' your swing. Trust is developed in practice. When you have trust, you are hitting the ball with confidence.

Tip to Gain Trust in your Golf Game:

(1) You can't think about the what-ifs--what if I miss this putt.

(2) Focus on your routine when putting or hitting shots, not the outcome.

(3) Over the ball, you must focus on the target on where you want to hit the ball or putt.

(4) Trust your muscle memory to hit the shot and avoid self-coaching or overthinking
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QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions…
What happens if I do not pass the playing ability portion of the course? Can I still become certified?
Yes, on the following:

1. Provided you have passed the written and teaching sections of the 5 day on-site course (or achieve at least 85% on the written exam of the home study course) and you are within 4 strokes of the target s core, you may, upon returning home and within a 12-month period, submit to the PGTAA, 4 attested score cards of 83 or less on any championship course (6,000+ yards). These score cards must be attested by at least two playing partners along with their scores on the same card or alternatively, signed by the local professional if he/she is familiar with your game.
2. Provided you have passed the written and verbal teaching sections of the 5 day on-site course (or the written section of the home study course),  but your combined score is beyond 4 strokes of the target score, then the following scenario to upgrade your certification is required:
You must return to any PGTAA certification course within a 12-month period and successfully redo only the PAT portion with a PGTAA instructor. The administrative fee is $200, which includes green and cart fees. Accommodations, if needed, can be arranged at an extra cost.

Please contact Susan Lotz (760.777.1925) in Membership Services prior to proceeding to assure correct processing.

Q. Do you have a Seniors Division?

Yes. This is for those members age 50 and over in both Men’s and Women’s divisions. Seniors make ideal teachers!

Q.Are there ongoing fees to belong to the PGTAA?

There is an annual $100 fee for the issuance of current year membership cards, PUD facilitation, replacement cards if needed, replacement certificates and PGTAA bag tags.. This is based on an annual anniversary date of enrolment.
Students who have not completed their certification after one year of enrolling, will still pay, as Associate Members (studying but not certified), $100.00

Q: What is the PGTAA’s primary mission for you as a teacher?

We want you to learn about your student before you actually teach them and give lessons. Your main goal is to try extremely hard to tailor your instruction methodology to suit each student’s wants and needs.  Your job and primary goal is to increase your student’s enjoyment of the game. This can be different for every golfer but it is your job to help all of your students to have more fun in the future, no matter what level of golfer you currently they are. Their skills set will improve if you identify with your student and identify their idiosyncrasies and needs.

Q: What method of teaching is used at the PGTAA?

We don’t have a method. The PGTAA’s teaching philosophy is based in solid fundamentals and simple practice techniques. Every student has different needs depending on their size, strength, coordination, past experience, available practice time and other factors. We teach you how to devise a plan to suit your own style of teaching and that of your student’s personal needs.

Q: What results can I expect after I become certified?

Most of your improvement, just like any health or weight-loss plan, is dependent on you and how dedicated you are to your goals. At the PGTAA, we will do everything we can to give you the tools you need to teach students and to market your services. Once you have a clear understanding of our fundamentals, how to teach them, and how to market yourself, your improvement as a teacher and your increased revenue/earnings, should come very easily.

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