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Brian Short

Assistant Golf Professional, PGA Member
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Brian Short, PGA
Brian has been a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at the Penn State Golf Courses since 2003.  His teaching backgroung includes running junior programs, clinics, teaching Kinesiology classes for Penn State, teaching PGM Player Development classes as well as six years of private and group instruction.  Brian was elected to class A PGA Membership in May 2010.
 
 
 

Brian's Golf Tips:
Splash the Sand!

Do you spend too much time in the sand?  Do you take more than one or two shots to get out of the bunker?  Well there is a simple and easy way to get your ball up and out in a hurry.    

The sand shot is the only shot in golf where you forget about the golf ball.  The most important idea to think about when hitting a sand shot is to splash the sand onto the green.  The big question is how do you splash sand onto the green?  You start with your stance, have a good knee flex and let your arms hang down naturally.  Second, the alignment of the clubface and your feet should create a “V”.  This will allow you to swing on a more upright path, which will allow you to slide the clubface under the ball without digging deep.  When swinging the golf club, try to keep a quite lower body, meaning there is not a lot of weight being  transferred from your front to your back foot.  Another important aspect of splashing sand onto the green is to remember to always follow through on your swing.  If you do not follow through on your swing it is more than likely the ball will stay in the bunker.  If you have any questions or concerns about sand shots feel free to contact one of our P.G.A. Golf Professionals for further instruction.

Always be ready to Hit
Plan your shot and pick your club while approaching the ball.
Carry a spare ball in your pocket.  When in doubt, play a provisional.

Don't Waste Time
Never record your scores on or near the green.
Don't leave your bag in front of the green.  Leave it off to the side towards the next tee.
Give instructions only on the driving range.
When a ball is lost for two minutes wave the following group through.
Drop off cart passenger, and then go to your ball.

On the Tee
The first player ready to hit should do so.
Watch other players drive so you can determine location of ball, if necessary.
After hitting, return to your clubs and be ready to proceed.

On the Green
 Park your cart and clubs to the rear of the green, in line with the next tee.
Line up your putt before your turn.
Putt continuously until you hole out, unless restricted by another golfer's line.

Picking up
Take a maximum of eight strokes on any fairway.
If you are a low handicapper, pick up after a triple bogey.

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