How can you improve your swing tempo? What are you currently doing now to improve the rhythm of your golf swing?
Rhythm is the heart of every sport! Train your rhythm and personalize your ideal tempo to perform your best.
Tempo in Motion is the first in-depth system to mastering your rhythm for optimal performance.”
Jordan Spieth’s swing coach Cameron McCormick – “Tempo in Motion is the best means to find the sync in your swing. You’ll be amazed at how solid and straight you can start hitting it.”
What is Tempo in Motion?
Tempo in Motion is the best Rhythm and Tempo System for Sports Training. We combine scientifically engineered music and tools designed to determine and perfect your tempo and rhythm. Our company has developed software and a unique system with the feedback and support of many sports professionals. Tempo in Motion also provides the only streaming radio for tempo and rhythm training.
Payne Stewart’s Rhythm and Tempo by Pat O’Brien “The overall goal when you putt or play golf is to have a flow or rhythm about you. That’s why I love Tempo in Motion!”
– Pat O’Brien Short Game Coach to 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson
Find, analyze, and perfect your individual tempo and rhythm with our proven system that uses auditory click patterns and music tracks to sync your movement for any sport. Coaches and trainers work to strengthen the body and mind. Tempo in Motion is the glue that ties it all together.
What are some of the benefits of Tempo in Motion?
Here are some benefits that golfers and golf coaches have reported:
Future Champions Golf growth continues. FCG, a key College Golf Camps partner is planning for new tournaments in Kansas, Canada and now names new tournament directors in Texas, Kansas, Northern California, Southern California, Northern Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Canada.
Founded by Chris Smeal, PGA in fall 2003, Chris has a passion for junior golf. FCG and Chris have become the experts in junior golf development and tournament hosts. FCG’s upcoming tournament now has over 500 junior golfers registered.
Carlos Brown named tournament director in Texas
Carlos is set to host the Inaugural FCG CBGA Texas Invitational in early summer 2018 in Dallas, TX. The event will be a qualifier for the FCG Callaway World Championship now annually played at the Westin Mission Hills. Stay tuned for more information about this special event and check out our other FCG Texas Tournaments here!
Carlos has been involved with Future Champions Golf for many years now including bringing a team to San Diego for the Callaway Junior Cup event featuring Chris Smeal Golf Academy verses the Carlos Brown Academy. Carlos sends his players to several of the annual FCG Tournaments.
Carlos is a proud member of the Callaway Elite Staff Team
TJ Atley named tournament director in Canada.
Future Champions Golf Tour to host a special event in Vancouver, Canada. June 26-27-28 – first two days Hazelmere GC (1 pm start) and the final day Swan –E-Set Bay Resort
FCG NorCal Tournament Director – Greg Dumlao
Greg has hosted FCG events in Northern CA annually for 4 years and will be bringing more events to different areas over the next several years. These events will expand our National Tour, create more opportunities for players to qualify for the prestigious FCG Callaway World Championship, and much more.
Vincent Martinico – FCG Tournament Director for Arizona and Nevada Events
Vincent has been with the Future Champions Golf staff for over a year and has excelled in becoming a Tournament Director. Vincent will oversee development of key events in Nevada and Arizona as well as the San Diego Kids and One Day Series Events. Meet Vincent next week at the FCG Arizona Championship being played at Ocotillo Golf Course!
Vincent will work alongside FCG Director of Operations, Antrone Williams.
Maranie Jaslowski – FCG Tournament Director for Southern California and Northern Mexico (Tijuana)
Maranie has been a driving force behind the Tournament Program for Future Champions Golf for years and now will be responsible for overseeing all Southern California events throughout all the levels of the program. She will work directly with Antrone Williams, Director of Operations on all facets of the tour.
FCG will be hosting an event in Tijuana, MX in 2018 with the support of the Tijuana CC and host Ricardo Montemayor.
Josh Nahm to host FCG Kansas State Championship in 2018
Josh is set to host the inaugural FCG Kansas State Championship in Spring 2018 with the top finishers earning a spot in the 2018 FCG Callaway World Championship!
FCG’s tournament headquarters and golf academy are located at Stadium Golf Center in San Diego, CA.
Here is one of our favorite golfers of all time, Stan Utley. Mr. Utley and his son attended one of our junior golf exposure camps in Dallas. We talked about many many aspects of junior golf. One topic of discussion was “how do we get junior golfers to release the golf club?”. Further discussion brought us to the Orange Whip. Mr. Utley firmly believes the Orange Whip naturally creates lag in the golf swing. Thus creating a release of the golf club. Listen to this great video with Mr. Utley.
“I use the Orange Whip to make sure my swing is how I want it” – William McGirt, PGA Tour Winner
Designed exclusively for juniors, the lighter weight and shorter length of the Orange Whip Junior, allows junior golfers to feel if they are maximizing their swing tempo and balance.
Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Junior; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft.
The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the club face. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion.
The counterweight balances the Orange Whip Compact, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly.
Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course.
Feedback from the Orange Whip Mid-Size is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.
Benefits of Using the Orange Whip
One of the best and often overlooked features of the Orange Whip is the ability to use it indoors without compromising its unparalleled performance. It only requires a minimal amount of space and 5-10 minutes of training time per day. No golf swing trainer is more time efficient and effective. You can work with an Orange Whip year-round and never again have to depend on weather conditions or daylight when you want to improve your golf swing and fitness. It’s the ideal tool for those living in challenging winter environments and busy individuals with little time to practice.
The Foundation Drills are the core group of training exercises designed to maximize the effect of the Orange Whip. These can be performed in a single daily workout. To increase benefits to fitness and flexibility, 2 or more sets per day are recommended. In general, only 5 to 10 min every day is required to notice some results. This minimal time requirement makes it easy for almost anyone to incorporate these drills into their schedule.
When used regularly, the golfer will quickly see noticeable improvements in their golf swing such as, increased flexibility and strength, enhanced coordination, and a perfectly balanced tempo.
The weight on each end of the flexible shaft provides a low-impact stretch while swinging.
The Orange Whip provides a core muscle workout when used during repetitive motion drills. The wrists and forearms receive a workout doing various drills and during the hinging action while swinging.
The Orange Whip synchronizes the arms and body while swinging it repetitively. If this motion is out of sync, the user will lose their balance and/or feel awkward.
As the arms and body work together, a natural rhythm takes over the swing. This is how your tempo develops, some may be fast or slow, yet always in balance with an efficient motion.
With an Orange Whip, anyone can make the most out of the winter months and improve without hitting golf balls. If a golfer trains their swing without using a ball, the mind and body will allow the swing to develop naturally. The Orange Whip can eliminate the ‘hit’ instinct from your mind and consistency can be developed.
In addition, once a person athletically learns how to swing the Orange Whip, I encourage the user to try and feel where the Orange ball would release off the end of the shaft. This is a great mental exercise for those who want to improve the accuracy of their golf shots.
When using the Orange Whip indoors, make sure there is sufficient space to swing freely in all directions. A garage or spaces with vaulted ceilings are ideal. Be sure to eliminate all obstacles and restrictions prior to swinging. Pay special attention to doors and entrance areas. Do not swing the whip near these areas and take the necessary precautions to avoid contact with unsuspecting persons entering a space near the path of the Whip.
College Golf Coaches are constantly seeking information about junior golfers and yardage books. Coaches ask themselves often, “is this junior golfer organized? does he/she have a game plan?”
All competitive golfers are looking for any advantage to maximize their scoring potential during tournament play as long as it’s within the rules of the game. You can do this yourself. That’s right, you can create a game plan with a DIY yardage book.
After several years as a parent of a junior golfer, Michael Carter and his daughter Larissa created a do-it-yourself yardage book company called Go To Caddie. Since it’s inauguration in 2015, Go To Caddie yardage books are being used by professional and junior golfers around the world. In addition, their My Caddie Pro yardage book has been incorporated into top college golf programs throughout the country.
A yardage book is an essential tool that all professional golfers and caddies use when taking notes prior and often during practice rounds before a tournament. In the past, both player and caddie would spend hours familiarizing themselves with the course design. Now with new internet technology, they can design their yardage books from home allowing them to have accurate measurements throughout the course prior to even stepping on the first tee box. DO IT YOURSELF with Go To Caddie Excellent stocking stuffer for Christmas!!
The My Caddie yardage book is designed for rising junior competitive golfers.
Yardage books can help eliminate costly mistakes and erase any doubt from a player and caddie’s mind by servicing them both with their own accurate information and game plan. This gives a mental edge to a player by having confidence over every shot. These notes can provide accurate yardages for distances from the tee box to hazards and landing areas in and around fairways and on the green.
A properly filled out yardage book also provides detailed sketches and measurements of the greens giving the player knowledge of landing areas where the pin is located. Players can then confidently assess their plan of attack or defense for each approach shot during a round. DO IT YOURSELF with Go To Caddie
junior golfers yardage
A yardage book is a definitive tool for course management and a critical piece of equipment for the modern game.
Yardage books are one of the best-kept secrets in golf. Juniors and amateurs inspiring to improve their game will be well served to learn how to use one. Whether you’re preparing for a match at your local club or sharpen your skills in preparation for college, learning the correct use of a yardage book will maximize your scoring potential. DO IT YOURSELF with Go To Caddie
The My Caddie Pro is a do-it-yourself yardage book that can be used on any course. Our book allows the player to:
Eliminate costly mistakes and determine a strategy for each hole
Document precise measurements for distance from any area on the course
Draw detailed sketches of fairways, hazards, and greens
Play with confidence knowing whether to hit attack or defend shots to the green
Draw slopes and breaks for more accurate putts on the greens
Record data in the stat tracker to learn areas of strengths and weaknesses
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The My Caddie yardage book is designed for juniors competitive golfers. It has a saddle stitch binding with a club yardage chart and when the book is flipped open, its 40 pages for all 18 holes. The course template is already drawn in so all hazards and notes are completed by the player or caddie during practice and tournament rounds. This also includes an instructional tri-fold that will not only walk you through the process of diagramming each hole, but it also gives you tips on how caddie and player manage their round. This system also offers tips that pro’s use in every tournament.
College Golf Camps is focused on offering junior golfers everything they need to play college golf. One of the most common questions at our camps is “What is a good SAT/ACT score?” or “How many times should I take the SAT/ACT?”.
College Golf Camps is not the expert in the test-taking field, however, we know the expert, Shaan Patel at prepexperts.com
You may have heard of Shaan Patel. He was originally on the show “Shark Tank”. Mark Cuban invested and now Shaan is becoming a household name.
Shaan Patel, an associate of College Golf Camps is now offering a 50% discount on the following products.
1. 6-Week Flagship SAT/ACT Prep Course
2. 3-Week Fast Track SAT/ACT Prep Course
3. Self-Paced Video SAT/ACT Prep Course
4. Weekend Review SAT/ACT Prep Course
Please College Golf Camps and ask how to activate the 50% discount.
College Golf Camps is on a mission to improve junior golf. What if you could predict future performance? What if you could identify areas for improvement? What if you could measure the “it” factor?
Every junior golfer sends college coaches their resumes filled with relatable data about their golf games. Swing profile, tournament profile, stats, test scores, videos, etc. Almost never do you see junior golfers measuring their mental game or their competitiveness. What if you could provide your swing coach or college coaches your mental framework. In terms of, how do you best respond to direction? College Golf Camps research team has found a way to help identify your mental holes and more importantly how to fill them.
How would you respond to the following comments:
“I am more concerned about details and take more time to polish and perfect my skills than most people I know.”
“I am more capable of staying focused on the game in pressure situations than most people I know.”
“Other people in my life have to accept the fact that my education, my sport, or my career comes first.”
“Others would describe me as a person who performs extremely well under pressure.”
“I compete with myself physically.”
You need to take this test. It will blow your mind. Your development will soar to new heights. More importantly, your trajectory for improvement will increase dramatically.
Would you like to take this test?
Dr. Nick Molinaro, a College Golf Camp associate uses this test to improve player performance.
AME is an innovative Web-based program designed to provide athletes with detailed mental toughness assessment and training strategies to help them perform better in competitive, pressure-filled situations. Critical performance factors include focus, confidence, discipline, and leadership. AME is based on the internationally respected and widely used TAIS (The Attentional and Interpersonal Style) test, which was developed by Dr. Robert Nideffer in 1976. Every athlete, from the high profile professional to the weekend warrior, can now Perform Under PressureÔ by participating in the program and comparing their results with top athletes in various sports.
WHO can use AME?
Any recreational, amateur or professional athlete interested in performing at their fullest potential.
Coaches at any level interested in getting maximum effort out of their players.
Parents who want to help their sons or daughters to focus on success.
HOW does AME work?
Participants answer an easy-to-understand on-line inventory that measures attentional strengths and weaknesses, decision-making style and interpersonal preference. Based on TAIS technology, AME provides a direct link between concentration, personality characteristics and performance. AME provides a detailed diagnosis of the individual athlete and provides vital feedback that teaches users how to better concentrate and focus their minds in pressure-filled sports scenarios. Aside from on-line instruction, users can take advantage of a team of leading sport psychology professionals that offer personalized face-to-face evaluation and assistance for athletes and teams.
WHERE does AME draw its information from?
Winning Mind has collected over 25 years of TAIS data from comparison groups including Olympians, professional athletes, coaches, high-level amateur athletes, military leaders, business executives and sales managers. AME comparison groups include MLB 1st Round Draft Picks, NBA players, coaches, NCAA football players, elite and amateur golfers, Olympic basketball, hockey, skiing, cycling and volleyball athletes and tennis pros.
We have created a community of people through our junior golf camps that we are very proud of. We have so many visitors asking great questions. Here, we provide a stage for FREE information, advice and opinions, share joys and 3 putts, don’t mention the word shank. Most importantly, we want you to interact with other junior golfers, parents, coaches, instructors, etc. College Golf Camps Forum
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We’ve all heard a lot of tips and tricks about putting, but what actually makes a good putter good. Today we talk with leading biomechanist Dr Rob Neal as he shares his research and experience working with the best players and putting coaches in the world.
What makes a good putter?
The key to being a successful putter is to deliver the putter head with the right energy at impact and the club face pointing in the right direction and do that consistently well.
You cannot on one stroke be perfect and on the next, nowhere near the mark. What you will see with expertise in putting is really high levels of consistency with putter head delivery.
If you measure them on a SAM or a GBD system you will find that the standard deviations of face angles, dynamic loft, etc are approximately 0.3 of a degree. That is very low and that might be over 10 or 15 putting strokes. The levels of variability or the standard deviations as you move proximally at expert players, increases a little bit and this is their mechanism of coordinating the stroke.
Good putters are also able to coordinate their movement and compensate if need be.
Good putters are also able to coordinate their movement and compensate if need be. If they pull a little bit too hard with the lead arm they can compensate by doing something different with the forearm and the hand in order to deliver the club or the putter, with the precision necessary to make the putt. If you didn’t have this subtle coordination amongst the body segments involved in a stroke, then if one part of the body made an error on the stroke, then that would be it. It will be all over.
All of the putting coaches that Dr Rob Neal works with (David Orr, Paul Hurrion and Phil Kenyon) strongly argue that this coordination of the body segments is one of the things that separate the good putter from the really good putters.
Really good putters have the ability to compensate or modify what they are doing within the stroke in order to produce the right outcome in the putter head.
The process that I would typically go through is examine what someone does with the putter first. What the stroke mechanics look like,face angle, dynamic loft, putter path, rise angle, etc and then work my way from the putter back to what the body was doing in order to produce that particular pattern of movement.
The process that I would typically go through is examine what someone does with the putter first.
The challenge then is to find good elements in anyone’s putting stroke and then be able to modify those things and maybe disruptive in their technique and really make a difference for them putting reasonably well, and putting poorly.
There is no one solution that we would dictate is right for everyone because it’s to change a motor pattern, so we are looking for things that have the maximum impact with the minimum change.
Sometimes, that might be changing the putter or changing the loft and lie on the putter. If the stroke itself is really consistent but there is too much dynamic loft, at impact then the simple solution would be to change the loft on the putter, reduce it by a couple of degrees or if there is not enough dynamic loft at impact, then maybe the ball needs to be put further forward in the stance so that you could make the same stroke but catch it at a different point during the arc that the putter is making.
I can tell you as opposed to what some people think, “try to keep the hands out of your putting stroke”, every person we have measured has hand action during their stroke. So it’s not like you can get rid of it, in fact, it’s probably a good thing to have in there.
About our guest
Dr Rob Neal
Dr Robert Neal, CEO, established golf biodynamics (GBD) in 2000 with the intention of providing the best possible biomechanics service available to golfers and teaching professionals alike. A unique skill set has made this a reality.
Today, the GBD philosophy towards performance enhancement has not changed, we are proponents of an integrated approach to supporting “the golf athlete”. That is, we combine a scientific approach with the practical skills necessary to bring about technical change, all of which is performed in conjunction with the teaching professional and athlete’s own support network (which may include the athletic development specialist, physical therapist, podiatrist, nutritionist etc).
The diverse nature of our clientele reflects the extensive skill set that rob and others in our GBD team bring to the table. While GBD regularly works with golfers of all playing abilities (playing professionals and recreational golfers) we also consult to teaching professionals and organizations such as the Jim McLean golf schools, the Titleist Performances Institute (TPI), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), various PGA’s worldwide (Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland), The Danish Golf Union, The German National Team and more.
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PGA Instructor, Patrick Gocklin recently wrote a great article for golfwrx.com about the use of K-vest golf instruction wearable technology . Golf WRX is a wonderful source of information for junior golf performance.
Creating a top junior golfer with K-VEST golf system & K-PLAYER
In the fall of 2014, Brandon Gillis, a high school sophomore, walked into my facility for a K-VEST golf evaluation session. Brandon was referred by a K-VEST-certified fitness professional, Scott Prunier. Averaging in the low- to mid-70s in tournament competition, Brandon had just won the New Hampshire State Junior title, but he was barely getting any attention from colleges around New England — never mind top Division I programs — because of his history playing in bigger regional and national events on tougher, longer courses. His ambition was to play college golf at the highest possible level, and he was willing to work hard to achieve this goal.
To give you some background, Brandon was averaging 270 yards off the tee, was a slender 5-foot 10-inches tall, 160 pounds, and occasionally fought back pain. A couple of close friends had helped Brandon reach that point in his golfing career by using videos to assist him with his swing and overall golf game, but Brandon was stuck. He no longer knew what to do to improve his swing. To play at a higher level, he knew that he needed to gain more distance off the tee, add consistency with his irons and learn how to eliminate his back pain.
I suited Brandon up in K-VEST golf wearable technolory system and captured his swing. When I looked at the swing summary reports and the graphs of his kinematic sequence, I identified a few red flags that indicated why he was losing distance, had issues with iron consistency and had some back pain. First, at address, Brandon would set up in C-Posture. Second, at the top of his backswing, his pelvis bend increased too much. Third, he had too much upper body rotation and upper body bend at the top of his backswing, which put him into a reverse spine angle, creating his occasional back pain. As a talented player, Brandon found ways to compensate for these challenges in his swing. However, to achieve the level of golf at which he wanted to play, it was important we address these aspects of his swing right away.
After assessing Brandon’s swing, I developed a program using the biofeedback function that’s a part of both K-VEST and K-PLAYER. As with all players who have more than one issue — and most do — I had to pick a starting point. As a rule, I work from setup through impact unless an area is screaming out for attention. In Brandon’s case, I was concerned about the injury risk from the reverse spine angle, but I decided to work on posture first, as I thought that could also help change the reverse spine angle.
Where a player starts a swing has a lot to do with where the swing goes, in my experience, so I worked on his posture first, getting him more athletic and feeling engaged through his feet and lower body with a neutral spine. To do this, while suited up in the K-VEST, I set him in the exact posture I wanted him to learn and hit the “set live” button on the K-VEST to save it as our model going forward. We then worked for some time setting him up in this position. Our work process was first without a club, then with a club, and then hitting balls.
After Brandon was comfortable in his new athletic posture, I trained Brandon’s pelvis bend by building a program that helped us train his pelvis bend at setup, impact, and the top. I used a number of variations and added difficulty as we went along. We followed the same work path as with the setup: no club, club and then hitting balls.
Watch the video below to learn more about how biofeedback works.
Once Brandon had mastered his new pelvis mechanics, we addressed the upper body side bend with biofeedback, following the same workflow. The greatest value to Brandon was using the biofeedback program I designed. He was quite pleased to know how it enabled him to consistently execute perfect reps to more quickly develop a more efficient and powerful swing. He could see and feel the improvement as we worked, and that increased his motivation.
Our work experience was like that of many of my students with K-VEST golf and K-PLAYER evaluations. After the first lesson, when we captured Brandon’s motion, we saw the efficiency and red flags that we had identified had already improved greatly. In one lesson, Brandon had learned to swing without creating reverse spine angle at the top of his swing (eliminating the risk of back injury), and most importantly to him he was able to swing faster with more control. However, to really make the new move permanent and enable him to perform when under pressure in tournaments, Brandon stayed dedicated to the training throughout the off-season. Session one was the “wow.” Then came the months of hard work. In my experience, the wow is not to be under-appreciated, as it provides inspiration for the hard work to come.
In order to feel prepared to have his best competitive season yet in 2015, Brandon came to see me about once a week through the winter. We worked mostly in the supervised form of coaching. We always used the biofeedback in K-VEST and K-PLAYER to train him and then captured swings at least two times per month to make sure he was progressing. Since he is a very competitive and talented player, I wanted to be sure I was supervising him consistently.
Once Brandon began his competitive season and he was traveling around the country, we would only meet once or twice per month to capture his swing with K-VEST to see if there were any red flags in his technique that we needed to improve quickly. Often, we were continuing to train what we worked on from our initial sessions, making sure he was not reverting to any of his previous poor swing patterns.
Key in training these high-level players in a competitive season is to not have them feeling as if they must change their motion under the pressure of competition, which leads to poor performance. So, during the competitive season, it was most important to help him manage his already-improved swing. In the offseason, we could attack the changes we wanted to make in a more intensive manner. This is a pattern we have stuck to ever since. We make changes in the offseason and maintain and build on that progress during the competitive season.
In the summer of 2015, Brandon finished third in the Southern Junior Amateur Championship at Olde Stone Golf Club in Kansas. After this event, his phone started to ring, calls coming from schools such as Wake Forest, North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia. His game had really improved. He hit a few drives over 300 yards, showing an improvement of more than 30 yards from the year before in this event, and he did so while under the pressure of playing in front of the coaches of these programs who could evaluate his new swing.
In the fall of 2015, Brandon received an early scholarship offer from Wake Forest, currently the No. 12-ranked team in the country, and accepted it. In the summer of 2016, he was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Junior Amateur and is now the No. 16-ranked junior golfer in the world according to Golfweek. He is currently a senior in high school and will attend Wake Forest in the fall.
As a coach, I can say that using K-VEST golf technology and K-PLAYER with Brandon immensely accelerated our improvement process toward achieving his goals. We were never guessing how to improve; instead, we had designed our program to maximize Brandon’s swing efficiency, and he put in the effort. The ability for him to know he was making perfect practice reps every session and being able to capture swings to validate our program’s success, tracking his progress from start to finish, gave us great confidence that Brandon was continuing to improve as a player.
I have found that the use of K-VEST and K-PLAYER in different ways during the on- and off-seasons has added great value to how Brandon and all my players train and play. We use it to make big changes in the offseason and to maintain those changes during the competitive season. And when anything is starting to slide, we return to the setup first, using a setup we saved by “setting live” in biofeedback on a day when a player was swinging really well and confidently.
I am proud of the progress Brandon has made and look forward to being a part of his journey as he continues to grow as a golfer.