All posts by Simon Fagan

I have been teaching Golf since 2001. I am lucky in that I have been around and worked with some of the finest teachers and instructors EVER to teach this game! I have enjoyed learning from all the people I have come across and listening to golf stories from generations of golfers professional and amateur. I will list a few of my golf role models that have especially made an impact on my teaching philosophy. First would be Joe Fagan, he after all is the one who taught me how to hold the putter when I was 4 years old. Second is Hub Bechtol I would attribute him to inspiring me to get back to golf. And last would have to be Albert Salinas. Thanks guy's for all the inspiration!

Junior Golf Academy

Next Level Junior Academy at Los Rios is a great way to get your beginning golfer started or to keep your competitive junior in training. The next level program allows each child to develop at their pace with guidance from coaches that know what it is like to compete. The tuition will allow unlimited access to all…

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Use the ground for power

I have recently had a few students asking about ground reaction force or GRF. One of my students is a bit confused by the recent interest about this topic on the golf channel. He made a comment that until recently he had never heard anything about GRF’s and now it is discussed constantly. I do…

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Putting

Putting mechanics or fundamentals should be looked at with two skill sets in mind. To start the ball on your intended line and to roll the ball the desired distance. Another equally important element required to make or hole a putt is the ability to read the greens properly. If you are a beginner reading…

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“I hit my driver too far and too straight” said no one ever.

If you have ever had your swing measured on a radar like Trackman you probably know a little bit about the many factors that will help you to get the most distance out of your particular swing speed. Smash factor, launch angle, spin rate, angle of attack, centerdness of contact, vertical landing angle etc. are…

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Lead wrist at impact

    All good ball strikers have a common denominator, at impact they deliver the club in a way that allows them to contact the ball before the ground. I cannot think of a player that does it another way successfully, although they often have very different swing motions. Think of Jim Furyk or Matt…

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Two ways to train

Most people tend to practice what they are already good at more than what they need to improve. Think for a second about the last time you assessed your game and truly put a practice plan together that addressed your weakest areas. If you did this and stuck with it then you know that you…

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Chip shots

When you miss a green are you thinking about making it or are you thinking about getting it close? Maybe you are just hoping to get it somewhere on the green. If that is the case you wouldn’t be alone. The shot that you play is almost as important as your execution. You should use…

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The 3 categories of a slicer

Most golfers have struggled with a slice at some point. In fact 85 to 90% of golfers have a bit of banana in their flight.  All slicers have a clubface that is open at impact but what you need to understand is what the face is open to. It is open to the path that…

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Players Championship

Congratulations to Matt Kuchar for winning the Players Championship! It could have been one of the toughest rounds of golf to stay focused on your game ever. He was playing with Kevin Na in the final group and if you missed it Na is having a tough time, to say the least, pulling the trigger….

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