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Spring Into Great Golf This Year!


 

cropped-sds_andrewkigergolf_pria_whitebg1.jpgSpring is here and it’s time to jump right into great golf this year! After teaching golf for 13 years I’m dedicating this year to taking my teaching and your game to the next level. This winter I revamped my teaching practice with the best teaching methods and technologies available in the golf industry. Come see for yourself why people are raving about Andrew Kiger Golf.

Located at the Marc Lapointe Golf Academy in Fort Mill, SC we have the latest high tech hitting bays, high speed video, 3D analysis, and Flightscope X3 Dopplar Radar. I promise you will see a difference in both your lesson experience and the improvement in your game.

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Please let me know if your ready to have your lowest score on the course this year by booking on
 http://marclapointegolf.uschedule.com/OnlineAppointments.aspx
or contacting me via my personal cell 919-449-4274 or email me drew@marclapointegolf.com.

As always I want to hear about your game and how you and your family are doing. If you are already a student let me know what I can do this year to make golf more fun for you and help you on your journey with your game.

Fairways and Greens,
Andrew Kiger, PGA

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iGrow Golf Operation 36! Our New Junior Program!


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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

 

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

 

 

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.)

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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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Clubface Control


 

 

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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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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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Putting- Feel the Speed


Even the best putters have a tough time every once in a while with the speed of a putt. When you find yourself struggling to get the ball near the hole on a lag putt try the following drill.

Putt with your eyes closed

Begin by setting up for a 6 foot level putt. Setup properly with your eyes open first and then when you are ready to pull the trigger close your eyes and try to feel the appropriate stroke that will put the ball into the hole. To have even more success with this drill keep your eyes closed and try to guess if the ball went passed the hole, short of the hole or just right. If this gets too easy for you back up to a longer distance to practice your lag putting and your “feel.” With time your stroke will become more and more intuitive and your distance control will be just as good as the guys on tour.

Flat Left Wrist- Key to clubface control


When it comes to getting the ball to start online the most important alignment in golf is the clubface. The trackman radar system has proven time and again the ball starts more towards where the clubface is oriented than it does towards the path of the clubhead. With this in mind the golfer must find a way to be consistent in the way he/she controls the clubface.

The best way to do this is to place your lead hand on the grip properly and to use your left wrist properly in the golf swing. The first step is to grip the club more in your fingers by placing the grip under the butt of the palm pad and across the base of the fingers. Now that the club is more in your fingers make sure that the orientation of your left wrist is correct. This can be checked by making sure the v of your left forefinger and thumb point to the right shoulder at address. You will also see at least two knuckles on your left hand if done properly.

With the proper grip the wrist will be in a better position to do its job. On the backswing the left wrist will turn and cock and then in the downswing it will uncock and roll. The common misconception here is to use your left wrist for power by bending it through impact. This is actually the “Kiss of Death” in the game. Bending your left wrist through impact makes you increase the loft of the golf club, leaves you susceptible to tops and chunks and also leaves the clubface wide open. Instead keep your left wrist flat as you uncock and roll to sustain more power and energy into the golf ball. This encourages a square clubface, the true loft of the golf club, and also provides a longer more powerful lever through impact.

Try the following drill to get this wonderful feeling of impact;

1. Take a dowel rod and place it against the grip of your golf club so that it extends the shaft out in front of your left hip.

2. Take half swings making sure that the dowel rod doesn’t hit your side and that your left wrist is staying flat.

This simple drill will give you more power and control and will transfer this skill into your impact position on your full swing.

Andrew Kiger

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