《USGTF NEWSLetter》2016年6月期

21/06/2016 

US CUP REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Registration for the 21st annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, to be held Monday and Tuesday, October 10-11 at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, is now available. Please visitwww.USGolfTeachersCup.com to register.
This year, the prize pool has been expanded so that 20% or more of the field will earn prize money. Play will be held in five divisions: Open, Ladies, Senior (50+), Super Senior (60+), and Legends. The USGTF has also contracted with the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Scottsdale to provide a discounted rate of $83 per night plus tax to all tournament participants.
Complete tournament information can be found at the US Cup tournamentwebsite, or you may also call the USGTF National Office at (888) 346-3290.

USGTF FITNESS AND NUTRITION DIVISION NOW ONLINE

The USGTF’s newest division, the International Golf Fitness and Nutrition Association, is now online atwww.USGTFFitness.com. The program and course are designed by USGTF member Michael Brantl, a recognized fitness and nutrition expert. He is a 25-year fitness veteran who has certifications from the ACE as a Personal Trainer, from the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and from the ACSM as a Health Fitness Specialist. He also holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from The College of New Jersey.
All USGTF and WGTF members, as well as all golf enthusiasts, are welcome to become certified. The cost of the program is $399. Fitness and Nutrition are an important part of golf performance, and anyone who desires to take their teaching and coaching to the next level should be well informed on all facets of their profession.

PENICK NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Nominations for the annual Harvey Penick Trophy for Excellence in Golf Teaching are now being accepted.  All USGTF members in good standing are eligible. Nominations may be made by others, or members may also self-nominate. The award is given to the USGTF professional who best exemplifies service to the golfing public, integrity, and accomplishments. Past winners are not eligible. Nominations must be made to the USGTF National Office by Friday, September 9. The trophy will be presented at the closing banquet and awards ceremony at the United States Golf Teachers Cup in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nominations may be sent via email at info@usgtf.com, or through regular mail at USGTF, 1295 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952.

SAVE TIME ON GOLF VIDEO ANALYSIS WITH SWING PROFILE GOLF APP
Swing Profile automatically detects and records the golf swing – no sensors are required. Analyzing your student’s golf swing has never been easier. Swing Profile automates all the manual tasks. Other swing analysis apps would usually take you 10 minutes to do what Swing Profile can do instantly.
Simply point the camera at your student’s golf swing, and Swing Profile will automatically detect and record the swing. Then it will create swing sequence, trim the video to just 2-second swing motion, draw swing plane for quick swing diagnosis, and synchronize the new golf swing video with others. See the magic here: https://youtu.be/SLeGCzmQADY.
Swing Profile is also a perfect swing training aid. Set up the camera with a mobile holder or tripod to point at your own golf swing, and Swing Profile will automatically play back your golf swing in slow motion so you can spot errors. Your students will improve faster, knowing that they are practicing the right technique every time.
Swing Profile was awarded “Best Overall Product” at PGA Merchandise Show 2012. Many golf coaches are already using the Swing Profile golf app for full-time coaching. The golf app is available on iPhone and iPad. It is completely free to use; only upgrade when you are ready to. For the month of July 2016, we are doing a 40% discount on Coach upgrade ONLY ON OUR WEBSITEwww.swingprofile.com. So, what are you waiting for? Download Swing Profile and try it nowhttp://apple.co/1Xqc3.

USGTF REGIONAL ACTION REMINDER

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Southeast Region -The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held this month at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, Florida, a private course featuring a Ron Garl design. The entry fee is $175, and can be paid through the USGTF National Office. The event is open to all USGTF members in good standing, and will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. To enter, please call (888) 346-3290. For more information, please contact region director Mike Stevens at ams1127@msn.com.

Northeast Region – The USGTF Northeast Region Championship will also be held this month at Mercer Oaks West Course in West Windsor, New Jersey (near Trenton). This one-day event will be played Thursday, July 21. The entry fee is $165 and play will commence at 12:00 noon. The event is open to all USGTF members in good standing. For more information and to enter, please contact region director Bob Corbo at (609) 520-0040, or email him atsimductivegolf@gmail.com.
Central Region – The USGTF Central Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, August 7-8, at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The entry fee is $199, and the deadline to enter is July 29. The event is open to all USGTF members in good standing. For more information and to enter, please contact region director Brent Davies at (248) 701-6843 or email him at btkadavies@comcast.net.

USGTF MEMBER VIDEOS SOUGHT

Have some great information you want to share with the rest of the world? Now is your chance. The USGTF is looking for members to submit instructional tips through videos of 60-90 seconds. The tips can be geared towards the playing public or to teachers – your choice. The videos need to start with the phrase, “Greetings from the United States Golf Teachers Federation,” and then you can identify yourself before starting the tip. The videos are a great way to promote yourself, because you are welcome to give your contact information in the video. To submit, please send your video file to info@usgtf.com.

“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL ARIYA JUTANUGARN

She exploded into the winners circle with three consecutive victories after never having won an LPGA event, but keen golf observers knew it was just a matter of time before Ariya Jutanugarn would capture her first victory. What was a surprise, though, is that she captured her second and third titles immediately afterwards in consecutive weeks, but it shows the talent that this young lady possesses.

At the age of 11, she qualified for the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, making her the youngest ever to successfully qualify for a major tour event. She steadily progressed, winning the AJGA’s player of the year award two consecutive seasons. She turned professional at the end of 2012 at age 17. She played on the Ladies European Tour in 2013 and won her first professional event that same year. For 2015, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and finished 35th on the money list. Her first victory in 2016 made her the first Thai winner in LPGA Tour history.
As a footnote, her older sister Moriya also plays on the LPGA Tour, and the two are frequent travel and practice-round companions. Ariya Jutanugarn still lives in Thailand but spends a fair amount of time in the United States.

EDITORIAL – MAKING SENSE OF THE DUSTIN JOHNSON RULING AT THE U.S. OPEN

By Mark Harman, USGTF Level IV Member
By now, we all know the story of Dustin Johnson’s penalty during the final round of the U.S. Open. Johnson took a couple of practice strokes on the fifth green, set his putter on the ground to the side of the ball, and then lifted the putter and put it behind the ball without grounding it. Nevertheless, the ball moved slightly backwards, and the USGA’s Jeff Hall and Thomas Pagel ruled that Johnson’s actions more likely than not made the ball move, resulting in a penalty under Rule 18-2.
Earlier, the USGA ruled that Romain Wattel, whose ball also moved on another putting green, was absolved of any penalty. The distinction? Wattel’s ball moved approximately six seconds after he grounded his putter, while Johnson’s moved about one second afterwards. Hall and Pagel explained that this was the difference between penalty (Johnson) and no penalty (Wattel). However, the USGA’s reasoning behind the Wattel decision actually reinforces that Johnson also should not have received a penalty. Why? Because if you’re going to acknowledge that a ball on those greens could move on its own at any time, the bar for determining whether a ball was moved by a player’s actions was raised very high – so high, I submit, that unless a player actually caused the ball to move by touching it, there was no way to accurately determine the likelihood of a player making a ball move.
As the USGTF’s tournament director, along with Cole Golden, it is my responsibility to know the Rules, and indeed I attended a USGA Rules seminar several years ago and scored high enough on my test to be accredited as a Rules official by all state golf associations. In addition, I study the Rules, Decisions, and their logic and philosophy, so I feel I am well qualified to offer an opinion on this. Hall and Pagel were simply wrong in their ruling for the reason I outlined earlier. And it’s a reason I’ve not seen mentioned anywhere else.
This ruling, and the USGA’s ineptness in how they handled the entire situation, has been well discussed. I could write a couple dozen paragraphs on this, but due to space constraints, I will limit my remarks to the ruling itself. What’s clear is that the USGA created a situation that didn’t need to be created, and USGA executive director Mike Davis admitted as such. Let’s hope in the future that such scenarios, although extremely interesting, are never repeated.

NEW FROM ONTAL CORPORATE GOLF WELLNESS

The USGTF has been asked to assist Ontal CGW in providing golf services to the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). They have chapters in over 100 cities across the county. Assistance is needed with golf instruction, club fitting, golf product sales, and to introduce the EWGA Style website to custom build your own golf apparel. Below are the group’s demographics for the entire country. If you would like to assist, please contact Dan Webb at (414) 614-8488 ordan@ontalcgw.com.
 
EWGA Members are in their Prime Earning Years:
  • 53% are between 36 and 55 years old
  • 52% are married, 33% single, and 15% either widowed or divorced
  • 80% are employed full-time
  • 38% earn a personal income in excess of $100K
  • 65% have a household income in excess of $100K
  • Affluent & well-educated (over 80% have college degrees; of these, 44% have graduate degrees)
  • 45% are either business owners, senior managers, executives, or in professional/technical positions
  • Avid golfers (75% play 25+ rounds per year)
EWGA Economic Clout:
  • Total golf spending of EWGA members in 2015 including golf-related travel = $591+K
  • Average chapter spends in their local communities (w/average membership of 111) = $591K
  • Average spending of one EWGA member (including golf-related travel in 2015 = $5,356
  • 18-hole rounds played by the membership association-wide was 550,000+
  • Average 18-hole equivalent rounds played by one EWGA member in 2015 was 42
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