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About greg johnson

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  1. greg johnson

    SE Region Results

    Congradulations to both Mark & Carlos on their co-win. Carlos and I attended the first USGTF Clubfitting class in Florida back in 2002 given by Arlen Bento, and played together during the 1st round of the U.S. Cup at the Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio in 2005. It's nice to know that some of our more senior players still exhibit that spark in their game. On that note, Keith Dunklebarger, who I believe is in his mid 60's, won the Central Region Championship that I had an opportunity to particpate in on Aug. 21st at Renwood Golf Course in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. Greg Johnson
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    July 2011 Editorial #1

    Suzy: A good perspective on the marketing of golf for the baby boomer generation. I agree totally that this will be a group to focus on. For those in this age generation, we can look back on our youth and remember that we had so many different types of interests, that it was difficult to stick to one activity with any regularity. Those near or at retirement tend to focus on a particular hobby or interest and usually stick with it. So it makes a lot of sense to not ignore this population, especially as this group will constitute a very large segment of the population. Good perspective and I enjoyed your insight on this. Greg
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    October 2010 Editorial

    IN REGARDS TO PARTICIPATION IN OUR U.S. AND WORLD CUPS, I HAVE ATTENDED 3 AND FOUND THE EXPERIENCE QUITE REWARDING IN TERMS OF MEETING FELLOW INSTRUCTOR'S FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND PLAYING AT SOME UNIQUE COURSES THAT I WOULD NOT NORMALLY HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY. IN REGARDS TO THE QUESTION WHY MORE INDIVIDUALS DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THESE EVENTS ENOUGH OR NOT AT ALL, THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE WAY TO GET A BETTER PICTURE OF THIS. THAT IS THROUGH A MEMBER SURVEY. YOU MAY DISCOVER THROUGH SUCH A SURVEY THAT THERE MAY BE OTHER REASONS WHY MEMBERS ARE RELUCTANT TO ATTEND OR WHO NO LONGER ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. SUCH INFORMATION WOULD BE VALUABLE FOR OUR ORGANIZATION TO KNOW, TO POSSIBLY DISPELL ANY MYTHS THE MEMBERS MAY HAVE ABOUT THESE EVENTS OR TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY CHANGES TO THESE EVENTS THAT WOULD MAKE THE EVENT MORE ATTRACTIVE TO MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE. SUCH A SURVEY WOULD HELP TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT OF SPECULATING THE POSSIBLE REASONS FOR WHY THERE MAY NOT BE BETTER PARTICIPATION, OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS, SUCH AS FINANCIAL OR FAMILY COMMITMENTS. SUCH SURVEY COULD BE INCORPORATED INTO OUR ANNUAL DUES MAILING TO MEMBERS. IT COULD BE JUST AN ISSUE OF HOW A MEMBER MIGHT PERCIEVE SUCH EVENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, A HIGHER HANDICAP LESS COMPETITIVE MEMBER MIGHT FEEL THAT PARTICIPATION MIGHT BE LESS REWARDING FROM A PLAYING STANDPOINT VERSUS A LOW HANDICAP MEMBER WHO HAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR PRIZE MONEY, WHICH CONTINUES TO GROW IN VALUE EACH YEAR. THUS THIS MIGHT PROMOTE THE PERCEPTION, AS UNTRUE AS IT MIGHT BE, THAT PARTICIPATION IN SUCH EVENTS ARE GEARED MORE FOR THE LOW-HANDICAP COMPETITIVE MEMBER. ALSO, IF THE OTHER GOOD PROBLEM EXISTS, WHICH IS HAVING MORE PARTICIPANTS REGISTERING FOR SUCH EVENTS THAN THE FIELD CAN ACCOMMODATE, DO WE RISK ALIENATING THOSE THAT REGISTER, BUT WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE. JUST THROWING OUT SOME THOUGHTS HERE FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND OPINONS. GREG
  4. greg johnson

    In to out downswing

    Dave: As far as inside to out problems, you can also try using several pieces of high tech equipment. One is the cardboard box that a set of clubs or a club may have come in, or just a plain old bottled water type bottle. Place the middle of the box about a driver's head width from the ball at address, with the box pointing to the target. Weather the student has an outside to in or an inside to out path, he will end up hitting the box either just prior to impact in the case of the outside to in, or just after impact with an inside to out path. By having the student practice the proper path, he/she will eventually be able to hit shots without hitting the box. I just attended the 3rd round of the US Bank Championship this past weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was watching one of the younger tour players on the practice range working on path consistency. He placed a water bottle about 2 to 3 inches on the other side of the ball at address and about 2 to 3 inches ahead of the ball. I pretty much knew what he was working on, but just to make sure, he confirmed to me that he was using the bottle to help him reinforce and maintain the proper path. He of course did not hit the bottle once since his path was correct. However, since the path is so important to execute properly for the tour player, the fact that he was using this drill was a way for him to make sure that his path was being maintained. This is a drill you should at least try to use, to see if your students can benefit from it. Hitting the box or bottle is immediate feedback to them that there path is not correct. Hope this is helpful. Greg Johnson [q ote name=Dave Butterfield GolfnGo' date='Jul 7 2008, 09:50 AM' post='139] I've developed about a dozen drills and tips to correct an out-to-in downswing swing path, but now I'm struggling with methods to correct the in-to-out swing path. Does anyone have a couple of good swing thoughts, or drills to use? Dave Butterfield daveb@golfngo.net www.golfngo.net
  5. greg johnson

    General Commentary

    Mark: In regards to the Members Forum, I applaud the fact that this is now up and running again as a tool to share ideas with other members. I'm sure with time, other members will come on board. In order for an organization to be successful, communication between it's members, and the ability to contact them to share ideas is important. One of my frustrations, and you may feel it may or may not have merit, is the ability to find out who my fellow USGTF members are, not only in my area, but accross the country. Is there a mechanism in place now within our organization that would allow me to find out this information? I have suggested to the main office that it would be helpful to develop a members contact directory that members can have access to. Such a directory would obviously need to be voluntary, since some members may wish not to be contacted by other members for whatever reason. Such a directory would be extremely helpful in being able to partner with other members in your area to work for example on collaborative projects , or just to get to know one another better. The directory would also be helpful when traveling, which will allow members a chance to visit and share ideas with fellow members. Again, the whole goal is to be able to help develop a better bond among members. I have shared this idea with USGTF Level III members Joe Delorenzo who teaches for the Medinah, Illinois Park District just west of Chicago, and Steven Johnson (No Relation) who has his own teaching facility in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Both agreed that such a directory would be a benefit. I only discovered that these two members were part of our organization by accident, while going to several golf teaching links related to golf instruction on the web. Otherwise, I would have had no idea that these individuals were members of our organization. I think it would be helpful to conduct a survey among our members on the idea of a contact directory, to see how they would feel about it. In order to keep such a directory updated, it would be my suggestion that when sending out the yearly dues mailing, include a voluntary members contact information form that the member can fill out. On the form, the member can be given an option to participate or not in the directory. If they wish to participate, then they could be given options on how they would prefer to be contacted. Some may just want to include an e-mail contact, while others may wish to share their web address if they have one, and finally others can include the name, address, and business phone of the facility that they teach at. By including a contact form with the yearly dues mailing, this will minimize the contact information from being too outdated. I have participated in one of our World Cup events a few years ago in Florida and several US Cups since then. I have had an opportunity to meet some great people and share contact information with them at these events. However, the number of members one is able to meet at these or other organizational events, represent a small percentage of our total membership. I think if we can develop such a directory with the necessary safegards in place to protect members from unwanted solicitation, this would be a tremendous tool to allow our members to form a stronger bond with one another. To use a sports analogy, professional sporting events offer fans programs, that allow them to know who the players are and maybe a little backround bio. It just seems practical that our members would benefit from such a program within our own organization. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this idea, as you may have your own suggestions or ideas. I would also like to hear from other members and get their thoughts. Thanks Greg Johnson Level III Member
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    General Commentary

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    General Commentary

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    Swing Analysis

    I would like to get the thoughts of others on the importance of swing analysis technology as it pertains to instruction for the average golfer. I keep thinking of the great instructors in the past such as Harvey Penick and others of their generation who helped some of the great golf legends become outstanding players without having the ability to use this technology. The question is, if experienced instructors such as these could identify swing faults or otherwise use their experience to greatly improve the performance of their students without the use of todays technology, is it fair to say that this technology is somewhat overrated in it's ability to improve a golfers performance over traditional non-technology instruction? Has there been any observations or studies showing that swing analysis instruction produces better results for students than instruction given without this technology? From an economic or marketing standpoint, there is no question that the use of this technology is popular with students, since they get a chance to observe their swing on video. This alone makes it a great incentive for instructors to incorporate this technology in their instruction, especially from an income standpoint, which obviously a good thing. However, I would just like to get some feedback from our members on their thoughts on this technology, and their view of its effectiveness as a tool for golf instruction.
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