Golf comes with a strange language, starting with its name. Unlike sports with simple names like football, basketball, and baseball, our pastime sounds more like a dog spitting up a fur ball. I guess obvious names like “stickball” and “torture” were already taken when those bored and masochistic Scottish shepherds started chasing rocks across the links.
Welcome to Golf Instruction
with John Rogers
John Rogers started at Lakeview Golf Club (Harrisonburg, Virginia) as an Assistant Professional in 1995. He began teaching in 1996, and became a full-time Teaching Professional in 2001, building a base of clients in the Shenandoah Valley.
In 2007 he launched this website as a source of information about instruction and golf programs at Lakeview Golf Club. In 2009 John became the Director of Instruction at Lakeview and added a second website for his golf articles under the banner Golf Things Considered. This website has been expanded in 2011 to include a Tip Sheet with helpful hints and drills for golfers seeking to improve their games.
Both websites, and the time he spends daily with clients at Lakeview, are dedicated to everyone who loves the game of golf.
Golf Things Considered
Earn the Release
The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
One of the many funny things about golfers is that we tend to bring religious conviction to our swing techniques. “Thou shalt not let thine elbow fly!” and a million other rules come down from the mountaintops of golf wisdom. We talk about swinging the club “the right way” or “correctly”, we seek the “secret move” like the Holy Grail itself, and I have found that it is a rare golf conversation that does not include the word “perfect” somewhere along the way.
- Earn the Release
Tip #4 Be Aware of Short-Game “Black Marks”
The short game is crucial when it comes to scoring well in golf. We all know this. We’re told from the days when we first play how it all comes down to putting and chipping, and most of us know how it feels to get beat like a drum by some 80-year old father-in-law who can only hit the ball 150 yards from the tee, but who chips and putts like he sold his soul to the devil.
- Tip #3 The Simple Pitch
- Tip #4 Be Aware of Short-Game “Black Marks”