Confident Golf – PGA Golf Lessons by Doug Kercher
My website is www.dougkercherpgagolf.com . There is a lot of practical information there that I give to other golfers and you might just find some of it useful. Don’t forget to get my free 22 part mini golf instruction course and I welcome any questions you might have. A ll the best for your golfing future. Doug Kercher PGA Professional, Gold Coast, Australia. My name is Doug Kercher, PGA golf professional on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and married to Anne with a five year old son Sam.
My website ( www.dougkercherpgagolf.com ) intends to provide just about every answer to any question you have about the wonderful game of golf. Enjoy my articles and blog posts as well as the mini course and if you are looking for something to take you to the next level of golf and help you reach your full potential, check out my golf manual also available on my main site Doug Kercher PGA Golf .
I have been a PGA golf professional for almost 20 of the 40 years I have been playing golf. I have been a low marker since I was a teenager and completed my PGA golf traineeship in Melbourne from 1991 to 1994 and previously obtained a Bachelor of Science from Monash University. After gaining my qualification I then taught at various golf ranges in Melbourne.
From 1998 until 2004, I operated an indoor golf teaching studio and clubmaking facility in Camberwell where I taught 1,000 plus happy clients. I have participated in the annual Royal Adelaide Golf School with Cameron Howell on three occasions and have run golf clinics for the PGA at various Pro Ams. I moved to the Gold Coast in 2004 as I secured a golf teaching position with the Australasian Golf Academy at Royal Pines. I then set up my own teaching business at Piggabeen Driving Range. I am currently teaching golf freelance at various courses by taking clients for playing lessons and playing some senior tournaments. As a devoted student of the game and the various methods used in golf, I have written a unique comprehensive golf improvement program over several years. My golf program is like a self help workbook consisting of three parts, a manual, and two pocket books, a Training Diary and a Playing Record, that you can fill in yourself over three months to plan, track and analyse your game.
My website, www.dougkercherpgagolf.com contains comprehensive information about every area of the game of golf. I have been a very successful coach where students have seen rapid improvement. In fact, I guarantee my methods when I take golfers on to the course for training. One 17yo improved from 24 to 1 in two years and is now a trainee professional and another 15yo has gone from 15 to 5 in the space of 6 months. I am sure you will see some great improvement as you follow this blog. I have played many PGA and senior events at golf courses all over Australia and in New Zealand and China. If you ever visit the Gold Coast look me up, my email is dougkpga @ gmail.com My teaching style is also a bit different.
I teach you where you play, on the course, 3 to 5 hours at a time. Why get a drip feed program of half hour lessons one or two weeks apart and learn the painfully slow way. I simply take you through your game, one part at a time on each hole from putting, chipping, punching, pitching, lob shots and bunker shots through to the full swing. My instruction is simple and precise and works right before your eyes in each area of your game. My playing lessons are fully guaranteed. If you are not happy, you keep your money in your pocket, that’s right, you don’t pay. I take full responsibility for your improvement. Why not book a time and course of your choice on the Gold Coast or Brisbane or Northern New South Wales soon.
Here are a couple of examples of the results you could achieve – (article taken from my blog at www.dougkercherpgagolf.com ) “Over the last two weeks I have completed 4 playing lessons with 6 different golfers of different ages and abilities. The first one was with a father and son, the second also a father and son but a little younger age group, and two individual male golfers. Every person was at a different level in their game and had different goals. However the common denominators I see in all the players are their own basic natural ability to hit a golf ball. All of them naturally wanted improvement in their consistency, accuracy, distance and control in all areas of their games.
The great thing about a playing lesson is having time to observe someone’s game, time to explain the principles of the game and implement those techniques step by step, from putting to the full swing. Over the first three holes, I just observe the player’s games and their equipment.
While most people can get way with standard length clubs and grip thickness, some just can’t and this can really cause compensations in the important areas of posture and grip. Clubs that are too short can cause people to hunch over too much and have their weight too far toward the toes. Grips that are too thin prevent a secure grip on the club causing difficulty in maintaining a secure hold on the club throughout the swing.
In looking at how someone plays, I usually see some areas I can help with their putting right away. The first problem isn’t the player’s fault. It is invariably the length of the putter. The vast majority of golf stores don’t custom fit putters. The 35″ standard length is standard for who? When a putter is too long, the upper arms don’t connect with the chest making it hard to putt by rocking the shoulders.
The second problem is lining up. It is very difficult to line up a putt looking at a putt from your normal stance. So crouch down, face the hole and line up the brand name on the ball with the point you want to aim your putt. Then you can line up the putter face with the line on the ball.
The third problem is decelerating the putter as you strike the ball. If your putter goes back more than thee or four inches for a three foot putt, you will have to decelerate the putter as you hit the ball. So put a tee behind the ball and the putter head to stop your backswing becoming too long. This was just the first mini lesson of the many I help people with as we finish the round.
Stay tuned for more installments. By the way, Mark had played two rounds on his holidays and had 97 and 101. After the lesson, he shot his best score of 84 at Parkwood International. Andrew was averaging 20 over par from his last 90 rounds. I reckon he had 87 with me, and had a double bogey and a triple bogey on the first 6 holes before the changes we worked on helped him play a great round. This was off the blue tees at Hope Island.