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iGrow Golf Operation 36! Our New Junior Program!


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Eventbrite - Junior Golf Parent Orientation

Families,

Starting this year we will be launching the Marc Lapointe Junior Golf Academy. The academy is structured using the Operation 36 Junior Development Framework.  The framework is used by facilities across the nation and consists of parents, coaches, and juniors all working towards the goal of shooting par or better for 9 holes!  Each junior that enrolls in the academy will be issued an Op 36 Bag Tag and profile in our Op 36 Academy Mobile App.   

The Op 36 Platform consists of 6 levels, and has a 12 subject curriculum that our coaches will deliver throughout the academy semesters. When the junior can demonstrate objectives to coaches they will earn badges on their bag tag, and will be able to track and log the progress in the mobile app.  Each achievement is tracked in a social activity feed and points are earned for completing objectives, and playing/practicing outside of class.  To graduate from the Academy the juniors must progress through all 6 levels and ultimately shoot par or better for 9 holes from their full tee box based on age!

Please join us for a Parent Orientation on March 3rd to go over more details, and answer any questions you or your junior may have. We will begin registration on March 3rd. Spots will be limited to 6 juniors per class. Those attending the Parent Orientation will have first priority for registration. Once we reach 6 students in each class we will begin a wait list.

To sign up for the Parent Orientation CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Operation 36 Junior Development Platform please CLICK HERE. We look forward to a great season! 

Sincerely, 

Andrew Kiger
Cell: 919-449-4274
drew@marclapointegolf.com

 

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New Home For Andrew Kiger Golf


 

When I started teaching golf eleven years ago, I had a dream to become a top 100 golf instructor. It has been an incredible journey so far and I appreciate everyone who has supported Andrew Kiger Golf along the way. It brings me great pleasure to announce the next step in my career. I have been hired to be the Lead Instructor at Marc Lapointe Golf. It will be my job to run and operate top notch PGA Teaching programs at Fort Mill Golf Club, Springfield Golf Club, Chester Golf Club, and Lancaster Golf Club.

I am incredibly excited about this opportunity and I know I can deliver on all your golf instruction needs. The Marc Lapointe Golf facility at Fort Mill Golf Club houses state of the art teaching technology such as FlightScope X2 Elite, high speed video equipment, Tomi 3D Putting analysis, and three huge high def TVs to display club data and video analysis. The facility also has two indoor bays so that instruction is always a possibility, no matter the weather.

I have also embarked on a mission to help juniors become great golfers through the Operation 36 platform. It will help every junior golfer to one day shoot par, or better, and have a lot of fun doing so. You’re going to love it!

Be on the lookout for things to come. This year, we are going to get better at this game, your scores are going to lower, and we are going to have a lot more fun!

Phone-919-449-4274

Email- drew@marclapointegolf.com

 

 

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New To Golf- A Beginners Guide To The Golf Swing


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The High Launch Low Spin Bomb


Here is an article I recently wrote for the Carolina Golf Journal. It explains how you can hit your drives farther and straighter than you ever have.

The High Launch Low Spin Bomb-

The key to long high bomb drives is hitting up on the ball. The LPGA hits up 3 degrees on the ball and the Remax Long Drive Champions all hit up on the ball upwards of 5 degrees. Bubba Watson has been measured to have an attack of 9 degrees upward. The average I see from amateurs is 3 degrees down. When you hit down on the ball you lower the launch angle and increase the spin rate causing your ball to balloon into the air sapping out precious distance. If you could take your normal swing speed and apply an upward angle of attack you could easily add 40-50 yards of total distance. Below I have included 4 steps to hitting up on the ball with your driver that will have you bombing it past your playing competitors every time.

Step 1- Ball Forward- Make sure the ball is placed on the shoelaces of the front foot to insure the ball is forward enough to hit upward on the ball.

Step 2- Tilt Away-  Bump your target side hip closer to the target as you tilt your spine away and behind the ball. With your lower body forward and your upper body slightly back you are in a balanced position to hit up on the ball. Your weight should still be equally distributed.

Step 3- Low and Wide Takeaway- Set up the upward attack for the downswing by taking the club back as low and wide as possible. To keep the width in the back-swing try to keep your arms straighter. This will make the arc of the swing the widest possible.

Step 4- Raise the Handle Through Impact- Using your body as a thrusting catapult push your hips (or Belt) as far forward and up as you can as your head stays back behind the ball. This will help you raise the grip end of the club enough to hit up on the ball. To add some draw to the shot raise the handle more up and to the right. This will help the club swing in to out more producing more right to left spin for even more distance!

Thanks for reading!

Please contact me for lessons

drew@marclapointegolf.com

919-449-4274

Follow me on twitter: andrewkigerpga

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Justin Rose- 3D Radar Technology


Justin Rose’s swing is one of the most beautiful golf swings on the tour. Sean Foley, Rose’s swing coach has done an amazing job helping him build a more repeatable and reliable motion. They often use slow motion video as well as trackman (3d radar launch monitor) to make sure Justin gets precision feedback during his practice. His putting coach, David Orr, also uses the Sam Putt Lab to help Justin with his stroke. When I was a student at Campbell University I would spend every  hour I could watching David teach and learned so much about the proper technique. The Sam Putt Lab allows Justin and David to have instant feedback on the stroke so that changes can be made and the putting stroke can be more consistent.

Here are some takeaways from Justin’s swing that you should try to copy in your own swing.

1. Centered Pivot backswing.

2. Lower body shifts aggressively to the target in the downswing and through to the finish.

3. Hands ahead at impact.

4. D-plane Control (Justin maintains great angles throughout the swing and has the ability to hit all the shots because of his understanding of clubface and path.)

flightscope x2

You can use the same radar technology the pros are using! I use Flightscope 3D Radar technology and high speed video to give my players accurate and reliable feedback on what the club is doing through impact.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the lesson tee soon.

Fairways and Greens,

Andrew Kiger, PGA MBA GSEB

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The Golf Swing Takeaway


In this video you will learn how to take the club back properly on plane with a square clubface.

Thanks For Watching,

Andrew Kiger, PGA

919-449-4274

drew@marclapointegolf.com

www.andrewkiger.com 

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Flightscope, Clubpath, And How The Ball Curves


Thanks for watching!!!!

Please visit www.andrewkiger.com or call 919-449-4274 or email drew@marclapointegolf.com to book a lesson.

You can follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/andrewkigerpga

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Clubface Control


 

 

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Ball Position


This fundamental is key when switching between clubs. Make sure you practice your ball position along with alignment to improve your ballstriking.

Thanks for watching and I hope to see everyone on the lesson tee soon

Andrew Kiger, PGA MBA GSEB

919-449-4274

drew@marclapointegolf.com

www.andrewkiger.com

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Posture- An Important Fundamental


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One day after Louis Oosthuizen’s amazing double eagle at the 3rd hole at the Masters I had one of the most amazing events in my golfing career. As if inspired by the professional’s amazing 4 iron from 254 I found a way to duplicate his amazing 2 on a par 5. That’s right! A DOUBLE EAGLE! It was an electrifying experience that I will never forget.

It all started when I blocked my Drive about 290 down the right hand side on the 17th hole at the Ballyntyne Resort. The miss almost hit a group of ladies who thought that the cart path was a good place for a morning stroll. (Little did I know they would be my only witnesses!!!)  For those that have not played the course it is exactly where you should be if you miss the fairway because of the ominous water hazard on the left hand side. The ball was sitting down in the rough a bit so I knew it was going to come out hot and with little to no spin. I lazered the distance off to 252 and started to plan a fade in my mind’s eye. When I saw the shot I wanted to hit I got my 3 wood out and made some fade rehearsals with my usual swing thought (3 quarter control swing). Then when I got up to the ball and hit the shot it felt like any other 3 wood and I assumed the worst when it started at the bunker that is placed just in front of the green.

Low and behold the ball finally started to fade just a bit to the right narrowly missing the bunker and hitting the front edge with a forceful bounce towards the back of the green. Once on the green the ball took on a mind of its own as it rolled over the ridge on the right side of the green making the ball break back beautifully right to left with excessive speed. I really expected the ball to chase off the back of the green and into the rough behind when out of nowhere the pin made a vibration that I could feel from 252 yards out. The vibration shot up my feet and before I knew it I was 5 ft up in the air jumping around like I had just won the masters. Luckily I turned around to the ladies behind me and asked “Did you see that?” “We sure did!” When I pulled the ball out of the hole I was happy to see my “Fightin’ Camels” logo on theProV1X.  (Campbell University’s mascot)

Too bad I couldn’t have hit the shot in the Masters like Louis did, but who knows if I can keep making some more double eagles I might give that a try next year!

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Solid State


Hit More Greens In Regulation This Spring By Staying More Centered-

As the golf season quickly approaches the time has come to brush off the dust and rust on those irons and to get back into playing shape.  Think about what will make this year your best on the golf course. Is it more power? More accuracy? If you’re like most golfers you want the ball to fly like a rocket, and for the shot to feel great. With that in mind, a good goal for this year might encompass striking the ball more consistently to hit more greens in regulation.

One of the most important aspects of solid ball striking is to strike the ball first, and then take a divot. This is done by controlling the lowpoint of the golf swing. The lowpoint should be just ahead of the golf ball to ensure solid contact. How can you improve your lowpoint so that you hit the ball solid every time? Start by staying more centered in the backswing.  When looking at the driving range this year at the Wells Fargo Championship I saw every player on the range take a divot after the ball on their iron shots. The winner, Lucas Glover, was the best that week and provides a great example of staying centered in the backswing. Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and with his recent swing change Tiger Woods, are also prime examples of great players who have stayed centered in the backswing.

Shifting your weight dramatically to your right foot or swaying back away from the target with your upper body will make it almost impossible to control the low point of your swing. By shifting or swaying too much, the player is forced to hunt for the ball, as well as compensate by lunging back into the ball on the downswing. When shifting your weight by moving your upper body back and behind, the ball literally moves in your line of vision. As your upper body shifts back towards the target during your downswing, your eyes have to search to locate the ball. This moment of hunting will kill your hand-eye coordination and your consistency. Instead, focus on a pivot that will make the swing more effortless. The best players throughout time make a minimal move away from the golf ball as they rotate their shoulders in a circle around their center. The center of the shoulders should remain fixed throughout the swing to help the club bottom out in the same place every time. By not shifting your weight, and rotating your shoulders correctly, you will create a more centered backswing. As a result, you do not have to rely on timing, and will find the lowpoint in front of the golf ball more consistently.

Drill #1

To keep your body centered in the backswing, have a friend hold a shaft with the grip end an inch behind your right ear (for a right handed golfer). If you are swaying back in your backswing, you will feel the grip touch your ear. In the backswing allow your left shoulder to turn down more towards the ball, and underneath your chin so that your shoulders are rotating in a circle correctly. Another version of this drill is to find a door frame at home. Without a club, practice your backswing keeping the right side of your head against the door frame. This will not allow your body to sway back behind the ball.

Drill #2

Another great drill is too practice hitting the ground in the right spot. Draw a line in the ground or use your clubs to mark where you want to start your divot. Practice hitting the ground just ahead of where the golf ball would be, taking a divot ahead of the line. This will help you find the right lowpoint and you will start catching the ball on the downswing just like the tour pros you’ll see this year at the Wells Fargo Championship. This will result in more pure shots and more Greens in Regulation.

Enjoy the best golf season ever this year and I look forward to seeing everyone on the lesson tee. To schedule a lesson you can contact me at drew@marclapointegolf.com, visit http://www.andrewkiger.com, or call 919-449-4274.

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Crack The Whip (power for your golf swing)


If you need more power watch this video to find out how you can gain yardage and clubhead speed.

This video will show you…

  • How to create angles on your backswing
  • How to store them appropriately on the downswing
  • How to release them like the cracking of a whip

As always thanks for watching and I look forward to seeing everyone on the lesson tee at the Dana Rader Golf School

Contact Info:

Twitter: andrewkigerpga

Website: www.andrewkiger.com

Email: drew@marclapointegolf.com

Phone: 919-449-4274

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Getting Out Of The Sand


If you are struggling with your bunker game or just want to get better this video will help you get better and you will start having more confidence in the sand.

Here are the key points that I address:

1. The main technique that allows you to get out of the sand. For example; Wrist hinge, weight forward, thumping through the sand to the follow through, hitting the same spot every time)

2. Not Everyone needs to open their clubface. (An explanation of which technique is right for you and how to use that technique)

3. What is Bounce? How is it used? When should I use it? How much should I have on my wedge?

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone enjoys the new year!

Please email drew@marclapointegolf.com if you have questions or call 919-449-4274 to schedule a lesson.

Check out our website www.andrewkiger.com and feel free to message me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/andrewkigerpga

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One of the most important aspects of putting is to make sure that the ball starts on your intended line. This skill is what separates the amateur from the tour pro. To start your ball on-line your clubface has to be square to the target. With these things in mind I recommend that you make sure your eyes are over the golf ball so that you can have a better perception of where your clubface is aiming. If the eyes are not over the golf ball things can become tricky due to the illusions a golfer sees when their eyes are inside or outside of the golf ball.

To illustrate these concepts I took some pictures of what the target line looks like to three different players.

This is a picture of two balls underneath the target line. In all of the following pictures this never changes. The first ball is the ball the player sets up to and the second ball represents where the ball starts (on the target line).

Here are the examples of what a golfer sees when their ball starts online to the target. Notice the difference in what the ball looks like in relation to the target line.

 

The clearest view to see the target line from is over the golf ball. Let me be clear though that I have taught all three of these types of players and all three players can be great putters. The point I want to make is that it will take you far less time to develop a repeatable stroke knowing that your clubface is square and that you are going to start the ball on the line you intended if you have your eyes over the golf ball.

To get better at this skill find yourself some string and two rods (pencils) and place them over your intended line towards the hole. Use this line to make sure the ball and putter look like the middle image above. If you do this you will know that the line on the back of your putter is square and your eyes are over the golf ball. Next stroke the ball down the intended line and practice getting your ball to start online just like the tour pros. I have no doubt that if you practice this your putting will improve and your scores will lower.

Cheers to better putting,

Drew

If you enjoyed this post and would like to work with me personally please call 919-449-4274 or email me at drew@marclapointegolf.com. Also visit my website at http://www.andrewkiger.com.

 

 

 

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How To Fix Your Slice


If you enjoyed this video and would like to work personally with me call 919-449-4274 to book a lesson or email me at drew@marclapiontegolf.com

I have also been taking video request from my students on what type of content should be on the website. If you would like to see a certain topic on this website please leave a comment below.

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Grip- The #1 Fundamental in Golf


Take a look at the following video to see how to properly grip the golf club. Gripping the golf club properly will not only lower your scores but it will also feel incredible when you start striking the ball more squarely and in the sweet spot.

If you enjoyed this video and would like to work personally with me call 919-449-4274 to book a lesson or email me at drew@marclapointegolf.com

I have also been taking video request from my students on what type of content should be on the website. If you would like to see a certain topic on this website please leave a comment below.

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The Gate Drill with Kevin Lyles


In this weeks post I join Kevin Lyles to talk about some drills he uses to help his putting. I greatly recommend trying these out to help improve your golf game.

Drill 1- The Gate Drill

For a five foot putt one of the most important aspects is to get the ball rolling on your line. Place two tees just bigger than the width of the ball about 1 foot in front of the ball on the line of your putt. Attempt to start the ball in-between the tees and watch your ball fall in the cup at the appropriate speed.

Drill 2- Circle Drill

Place 6 balls in a 3 ft. circle around the hole. Then attempt to make each putt with the appropriate amount of speed and break. The circle encourages each putt to look different and allows you to practice left to right, right to left, and straight putts. To make this drill more challenging try making 6 balls in a row from a 3 ft circle, a 4 ft. circle, and then a 5 ft. circle.

To book a lesson or to learn more about this great game check out www.andrewkiger.com, email drew@marclapointegolf.com or call 919-449-4274

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How to Drive the Golf Ball Over 300 Yards


Distance…Distance…Distance…

We all dream about it. It’s what we all long for in our golf games. That rush when you stripe a golf ball as hard as you can and watch it go soaring down the middle of the fairway. For the blessed few distance comes naturally but for the most of us it takes some work and dedication to develop the skills necessary to launch the ball far and long. Below it is my goal to give you the tools you need to hit the ball longer more consistently.

Here are the four keys I mention in the video that are guaranteed (if practiced and developed) to increase you distance off the tee. (In a nutshell use your body, arms, and hands in the proper sequence)

1. How to have a powerful body rotation

2. How to swing the arms properly

3. How to store and deliver the hands

4. Putting it all together in sequence.

Phone: 919-449-4274

Email: drew@marclapointegolf.com

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Climbing the Ladder to a Better Short Game.


One of the best ways to get better in your short game is to become more creative around the greens. There is never one “perfect shot” that you can play in every situation. For instance; When you want to hit a 20 yard shot to a back pin where you have plenty of green to work with it is best to play a low bump and run shot back in your stance. This provides less room for error with a shorter more repeatable backswing. However if the pin is in the front of the green with sand or rough to carry you must be able to hit the high pitch/lob shot to loft the ball into the air and land it softly next to the pin. Being able to hit multiple shots around the green with multiple trajectories will help you play the shot that best fits the situation.

A great way to practice imagery and creativity is to imagine hitting shots through different rungs of a ladder. In the picture of the ladder above there are 10 levels and 10 trajectories that you can possibly hit. Imagine the ladder about 10 ft. in front of you and attempt the following drill. The drill below has you hitting 10 different shots with 10 different ball positions. Using this drill will help you develop the skills necessary to hit the ball close to any pin in any situation.

Phone: 919-449-4274

Email: drew@marclapointegolf.com

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Chipping Basics


Above you will find a video on the basic chip shot. In the video you will see what I believe to be the simplest way to play a short shot around the green. I hope you enjoy and comment.

If you would like to find out more about the golf game and how to get better please email me at drew@marclapointegolf.com, tweet me at andrewkigerpga, or call to book a lesson at 919-449-4274.

Cheers to many more great chips,

Andrew Kiger

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Keep your Head Down! (or should you?)


Has any one seen this golfer before?

Top… Top… Top…. “Why can’t I keep my head down?” Chunk… Chunk… Chunk… “My head came up again.” Top…Top…Top… and so the devestating cycle continues. They have been told 1,000 times by their spouse, parents, or friends that they continue to raise their head, as well as take their eye off of the golf ball.  The golfer might get so upset that they can’t keep their head down, that they might even consider quitting.

If you have seen this golfer, please save them before it is too late! (That picture is over 100 years old.  It’s too late for him.)

Here is a great video I did with GolfGuruTv host Jason Sutton that shows the most probable cause to topping the ball, as well as how to fix it.

The head does not stay down. It pivots and follows the ball!

This allows the body to turn through the shot with a better chance of keeping the shaft leaning forward.

Stay tuned to the next post where I’ll go over the top three reasons golfers top the ball and how to fix them.

If you enjoyed this post and want to learn more please visit our website at http://www.andrewkiger.com or call 919-449-4274 to schedule a lesson.

See you on the lesson tee,

Drew

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