It’s amazing the number of amateur golfers that can ruin an entire day with a poor round of golf. I can’t stand when I ask a player before they tee off “hey, how are you doing today” and their response is “I’ll tell you in 4 hours”.I’ll be the first one to tell that player that they don’t practice enough to base their entire day off of how well they play. I still remember Dustin Johnson 3-putting the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay to lose to Jordan Spieth after hitting an unbelievable drive and approach shot into a Par 5 that most amateurs would need an air cannon to reach in two. After a disappointing 3-putt, Dustin could have complained about the greens or talked about shots that he left out there. Instead, he walked over to his wife and gave her a kiss and picked up his young son with a big smile on his face.Amateur golfers need to remember they are playing this game for fun and breaking 90 is not what puts food on their table. With over 20 PGA Tour wins and being a major winner, amateur golfers should take a page out of his playbook when it comes to his demeanor on and off the golf course. -- PGA Coach Brian Phelps
Director of Instruction & Player Development
Avon , CT
Brian Phelps grew up in Canton, CT and has a mother and father who were Physical Education Teachers and Coaches of multiple high school sports. Brian played baseball, wrestled, soccer and golf and was an All-State soccer player as a senior. As a young man Brian was introduced to golf at Canton Public Golf Course by a local legend Walter Lowell who was a pioneer in introducing juniors to the game of golf. Brian has decided to carry on the tradition of his parents and his roots of CPGC and specializes in introducing juniors to the game of golf by coaching kids using an athletes first mentality that will allow your junior to play golf for as long as possible with the most enjoyment possible.
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