Akshay Bhatia won the 2018 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club with a score of -2, 214, narrowly defeating Frankie Capan (-1, 215) and a three-way tie for third between Trent Phillips, Ricky Castillo and Robin Williams (+2, 218.) Bhatia narrowly survived with the win following a penalty for using a range finder in competition, as well as giving up a four-stroke lead before again pulling away for the win on Saturday.
For most teachers, the idea of continuing education and professional development programs is nothing new. Whether through summer courses, after-school classes or professional day programs, most school systems encourage teachers to continuously stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in their respected fields. If educators with advanced degrees and years of in-room experience recognize the benefits of remaining current, why shouldn’t golf coaches also seek the most recent information.
We talk a lot about revolutionary products in the golf industry here at Game Like Training. Whether we’re talking about training aids, new equipment or, as we’re going to discuss today, methods of delivering coaching tips & advice, Team GLT demands a level of quality from products before we’re comfortable talking about them in a public forum, such as this blog. While most of the products we endorse are usually available for purchase on our amazon site, today’s product is a bit different… but in a good way.
Anyone that has even casually browsed the golf market recently knows it is seemingly flooded with training aids claiming to help with everything from swing mechanics and mental preparedness to muscle memory (which would be great for Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or the Tooth Fairy’s golf game, since, like those creatures, it doesn’t exist.) However, with so many products on the market, how do you know which are trustworthy? How can you determine which products will actually aid in the acquisition of golfing skills?
For many golf coaches, there is a never-ending quest for the latest product to help the golfers being coached. Whether searching for aids to better acquire skill, develop better time management or aids that encourage more efficient practice, it’s rare for a golf training aid to offer benefits in more than one area. Luckily, every now and then, a product like Stuart Morgan’s Performance Planner comes along and makes the search worthwhile.
On April 9, Golf Channel debuted its newest competitive golf show, Shotmakers. Utilizing Topgolf, the popular golf entertainment experience, the show features 9 co-ed teams of two in head to head competitions designed to judge their precision, distance and control, while testing their mental toughness and strategic decision making.
Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters tournament. The PGA Tour event culminated at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on April 8, 2018. With a final score of 273, -15, Reed narrowly defeated a strong-finishing Rickie Fowler, 274, -14, and former Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who shot a Sunday record-tying 64 to finish the weekend at 275, -13.