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October 28, 2014 - 7:04am
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GolfTEC is celebrating its five millionth lesson milestone with a charity promotion benefitting The First Tee.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- GolfTEC -- the world leader in golf lessons -- has announced that it will commemorate the occasion of teaching its five millionth lesson by providing complimentary 30-minute golf lessons on November 8 or 9 to customers who make a donation to The First Tee.

Offered at all GolfTEC locations in the United States, this unique opportunity allows golfers to sign up online at golftec.com or by calling 877.446.5383. To complete the process, customers follow instructions on making a donation to The First Tee and show that receipt upon arrival at GolfTEC. Each lesson is valued at more than $50, far greater than the $20 suggested minimum contribution to The First Tee.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization focused on introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through afterschool and educational programs, it helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

"We gave our first lesson nearly 20 years ago and since that time GolfTEC has grown to become an industry leader, employing more PGA professionals than any other organization," says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. "Our goal is to grow the game by helping players improve and enjoy golf more, which creates a devoted consumer base excited to play and share this amazing sport."

Highly efficient and boasting a 95 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC's philosophy. This is embodied by the company's popular game plans and lesson packs, which are available in a variety of options to suit all budgets.

"The First Tee and GolfTEC have a shared vision of introducing more young people to the game of golf and ensuring they have the necessary tools to succeed on and off the golf course," says Jennifer Weiler, vice president of strategic alignment and development, of The First Tee. "We are grateful to be part of this unique promotion, which will undoubtedly raise awareness for our mission."

GolfTEC's first-class instructors have gone through rigorous certification to master the analysis of golf mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques. Each of the company's locations boasts an array of state-of-the-art equipment and services specially designed to provide customers a totally unique experience. Among the technologies currently employed:

* g-SWING teaching technology -- Patented software program displays real-time video with motion measurement, capturing body positions throughout the swing; coaches use the info to diagnose, communicate and measure the changes that will lead to improvement.

* TECfit -- using Foresight launch monitors to capture critical performance data -- ball flight, ball speed, clubhead speed, launch angle, sidespin and backspin -- coaches cross-reference this information with GolfTEC's proprietary SwingLabs database to help select ideal clubs for each student’s swing; they can then accurately illustrate changes in ball performance resulting from club adjustments.

To learn more about GolfTEC, visit www.golftec.com.

October 27, 2014 - 9:46pm
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John Daly and Yao Ming
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John Daly might have to change his "Big John" nickname after meeting up with Yao Ming in China.
John Daly spent the last week over in China playing in the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am and – perhaps more importantly – minging with the celebrities. If you follow him on social media, you saw him post photos with stars like Jessica Alba and Kenny G.
 
Daly posted his most memorable image of the week Monday night, though. As you can see, it shows him standing next to a building on the driving range at Mission Hills. Oh wait, that's no building – it's former NBA standout Yao Ming.
 
"I look like a Mini Me?" Big John asked on Twitter, and the answer to that question is a big fat yes.
 
 
Yao, as NBA fans might remember, stands a cool 7-foot-6. Daly, according to the PGA Tour, checks in at 5-foot 11. That makes Yao 19 inches taller than Daly and, in this photo, he looks every bit of it.
 
"thisguyisbig," Daly added to his tweet, and "andi'mnosmallguy." 
 
No kidding, John. No kidding.
 
Yao, by the way, took up golf a few years ago. Being 7-foot-6 makes getting down to the ball a little tougher, as we can see in this video of Yao from 2012. But he's stuck with the game and, considering how popular he remains, his enthusiasm no doubt is a big boost for golf in China.
 
 
October 27, 2014 - 5:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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The golf trick-shot artists Bryan Brothers are at it again in this unbelievable video that incorporates some basketball.

If you've never heard of "Legendary Shots" they're basically the basketball trick-shot version of the golf-trick specialists Bryan Bros. Put the two together and what do you get?

This absolutely, unbelievable, insane video:

There are so many you've-got-to-be-kidding-me moments packed into this five-minute video shot recently at FarmLinks Golf Club in Alabama that you just need to see it for yourself to believe it.

Here's the description of the video from Legendary Shots:

We teamed up with our friends George and Wesley Bryan, otherwise known as the Bryan Bros, for an epic combination of basketball and golf. All of us had a blast making this video, and we are especially grateful for Farmlinks Golf Club for letting us use their course and facilities. Seriously, they gave us each a personal golf cart to use while we were there, how awesome is that?!

Cool, but not nearly as awesome as all these shots! 

October 27, 2014 - 10:50am
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These junior golfers from Finland are second to none in the golf-ball juggling game. See for yourself.

Over the weekend, our Andrew Prezioso was out covering the PGA Junior League Golf Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.

While he was there, he shot a cool video of some of the junior league players juggling golf balls.

Since then, we've had some emails roll in of other impressive golf-ball juggling acts from junior players.

This one from Finland (a video that posted to YouTube in May 2013, but sure hasn't gotten the eyeballs it deserves), in particular, blew us away:

 

How about those juggling skills?

Well done. 

October 27, 2014 - 10:05am
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The responsibility of making sure a player is hitting the proper shot falls to his or her teammate at the PGA Junior League.

DULUTH, Ga. -- Jim Collins’ official title was Captain of Team California, not coach. After the way his team performed at the 2014 PGA Junior League Golf Championship, it’s clear why his title is captain.

When it comes down to it, the role of coach was really spread out among all the players. The same could be said about the other seven teams who played at TPC Sugarloaf.

With four pairings of teammates on four different holes at the same time, it was a challenge for a captain or assistant coach to be ingrained in every match. But even if they were closely following a certain match, the captains and coaches tended to take a hands-off approach.

“The kids are out there making decisions on their own and coming up with their own strategies on each shot, each hole,” Team Indiana Captain Amy Nickol said. “As captain, I’m out there to give them positive encouragement in between holes. If they’ve got questions, maybe answer them in between holes. But otherwise, they are their own player, they are their own coaches out there.”

Related: Team Tennessee shows off it golf ball juggling

Team New Jersey assistant coach Paul Kaster said he tended to just provide encouragement for his players and help on the greens, but he left the breakdown of shots to his players.

That put the responsibility of making sure a golfer was taking the right approach on his or her teammate and playing partner.

“When you see a teammate going up to hit, you want to make sure they’re ready to hit the ball,” Team California player Macade Mangels said. “You have to think about how they’re going to hit the ball and how you’re going to hit the ball. You have to help line up each other. … When you’re out there, you feel like a coach.”

Collins compared the format of the Junior League to basketball, a sport that he also coaches. With the PGA Junior League being a team format rather than stroke play, players are forced to work together, much like the five players on a basketball court.

That was even more important, Mangels said, especially with Sugarloaf’s fast greens.

“You have to convince them they can make the shot,” he said. “If they don’t think they can make the shot, you have to help them with the process.”

PGA Junior League National Championship: California wins title | Photos

So instead of relying on individual skill and self-analysis, the PGA Junior League brought a different side to the sport. Perhaps that’s what helps to explain why the popularity of the league has doubled from last year to this year. There are now 18,000 participants and 1,500 teams around the country.

“Being able to work with someone else and manage yourself, manage them over the course of four-and-a-half hours under some pressure, that’s a pretty useful skill that can transfer over to a lot of different endeavors,” Kaster said.

It’s that type of communication that can help these players in all aspects of life.

“I think what they really learn is that two heads are better than one,” Collins said. “Maybe that will help them communicate better with their parents. Their parents are telling them what to do and maybe (the kids think) ‘maybe I need to listen a little better do this because two is better than one.’

“As they get into college and later in life and become parents, they are going to remember what they learned.” 

October 27, 2014 - 10:04am
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T.J. Auclair
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John Daly, Kenny G
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In China for the World Celebrity Pro-Am at Mission Hills over the weekend, John Daly and Kenny G collaborated for an impromptu concert in the hotel lobby.

Imagine... you're walking through the lobby of a hotel in China and then -- suddenly -- a John Daly/Kenny G concert breaks out.

It would never happen, right?

Well, at Mission Hills on Sunday night, it did.

Check it out:

OK, so maybe our lead-in was a little dramatic. But Daly was excited about it.

This is what what Daly wrote on his post: "WOW, what a night!!!! One HELL of an unscripted night in the lobby with my buddy @Officialkennyg!"

Daly and Kenny G are at Mission Hills for the World Celebrity Pro-Am.