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Word Cues: Cheat Sheet

May 31st, 2011 1:55pm - Posted By: Tiffanie

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We thought it might be helpful to provide a "cheat sheet" of sorts for the SNAG Word Cues used at each of the four stations...

 

Rolling Cues


Hold

“Feet Together”

“Left on Yellow, Connect, Right on Red”

“Hold the Grip in the Palms”


Set-Up

“Bow to the Ball”

“Target Step/Rear Step” 

“Bend Your Knees” “Tall A”

“Relaxed Y”       (The student is now in the “Ready Position”)


Stroke

“Dot Your Eye”

“Brush 7 to 5, Tick-Tock”


Chipping Cues


Hold

“Feet Together”

“Left on Yellow, Connect, Right on Red”

“Hold the Grip in the Fingers”


Set-Up

“Bow to the Ball”

“Target Step”

“Bend Your Knees” “Tall A”   

“Long Y”        (The student is now in the “Ready Position”)


Stroke

“Dot Your Eye as You Cross Your Tee”

“Brush 8 to 4, Tick-Tock”


Pitching Cues


Hold

“Feet Together”

“Left on Yellow, Connect, Right on Red”

“Hold the Grip in the Fingers”


Set-Up

“Bow to the Ball”

“Target Step/Rear Step”

“Bend Your Knees” “Tall A” 

“Relaxed Y”     (The student is now in the “Ready Position”)


Swing

“Dot Your Eye as You Cross Your Tee”

“9L to 3”

“Hold Your Y” “Eye to the Sky”


Launching Cues



Hold

“Feet Together”

“Left on Yellow, Connect, Right on Red”

“Hold the Grip in the Fingers”


Set-Up

“Bow to the Ball”

“Target Step/Rear Step”

“Bend Your Knees” “Tall A” 

“Relaxed Y”    (The student is now in the “Ready Position”)


Swing

“Dot Your Eye as You Cross Your Tee”

“9L to 10”

“Swing to 3L”  (Some students finish at 2 without this cue)

“Finish at 2”


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Professional E-Newsletters

May 30th, 2011 1:08pm - Posted By: Tiffanie

We recently released the May edition of our Golf Professional E-Newsletter. To view this newsletter, click HERE.

If you are interested in receiving communications from us via email, including the monthly E-Newsletter, breaking news, and specials please email: tiffanie@snaggolf.com to sign up.

 

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Josh Alpert on Player Development: Complement Junior Programs With Easier Equipment

May 23rd, 2011 8:27pm - Posted By: May 2011 PGA Magazine

PGA Pro Josh Alpert

 

Article Source: May 2011 PGA Magazine

 

Josh Alpert is a PGA teaching professional in El Segundo, Calif.

 

Josh Alpert on the importance of complementing junior programs with easier equipment:?

I created Good Swings Happen Junior Golf Academy to house the variety of junior programs that I run on a year round basis. I began using S.N.A.G. (Starting New At Golf) equipment as a part of our week-long summer camp programs designed for 7-13 year olds. We now run additional camps only using this equipment for the 5-7 year olds. By using large lightweight plastic clubs to hit brightly colored larger balls, we are encouraging juniors to have a positive first experience with the game. I encourage other professionals to think outside the box and look at the benefits of complementing their existing practices with similar equipment. It is critical that the youngest age groups have a positive first experience learning the game. From an educational standpoint, this equipment is much easier for young children to use, and the lessons learned playing with S.N.A.G. are easily applied to continued learning using conforming equipment.

Josh Alpert on the business impact of complementing junior programs with easier equipment:

?Because of its portability and ease of use, we don’t have to wait for kids to come to our facility. S.N.A.G. allows us to bring the game directly to them – at their schools, parks and recreational facilities. Reaching out and exposing golf to those who have not had prior access is a great way to truly grow our game. My junior camps generate more revenue for me than my other instruction programs – and I encourage other PGA Professionals to investigate similar efforts.

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Q & A with Chris Lempa: Working with your local Park & Rec Department

May 12th, 2011 2:57pm - Posted By: Tiffanie/Chris

We caught up with Chris Lempa, Assistant Golf Professional at Torrey Pines Club Corporation. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his SNAG program.

Chris has just started doing SNAG Classes at the course and has been working with his local Park & Rec Dept in San Diego to promote SNAG Camps for this summer. He has found it to be a beneficial and fruitful partnership for all. The idea of collaborating with more organizations and getting “out of the box” to draw in new golfers (and REVENUE!) is a great idea and one more Pros are beginning to adopt.


How did you learn about SNAG?

Through a colleague at work and researching various youth programs throughout the country. 


Why did you decide to do SNAG programs? What factors did you consider?

Originally it looked like a fun program for the younger kids (ages 4 to 7).  I wanted to make golf fun and exciting without having to hit a tiny ball down a huge fairway.  You can set up your course anywhere.


Tell us about your SNAG Camps…

I haven’t started the camps yet, but have held a few one hour SNAG classes.  The SNAG Camps start in June when school gets out.  They are scheduled to run for 2 hours on three consecutive days.  By the last session we want the kids to be able to understand the rules and etiquette of golf enough to be able to play SNAG Golf and have fun.

 

What was your first step in starting the Camps?

My first step was to establish a relationship with the San Diego Park and Recreation Department so we would have a venue for the camps and clinics.  They handle the sign up and I teach the classes.


How did you get the relationship with your local Park & Rec Department started?

I started a clinic program for adults at our facility and formed a relationship with the Park and Recreation leaders.  They did not mind establishing new revenue and I did not mind sharing some revenue for some marketing at a different venue.


Tell us about your marketing efforts: how do you find kids to participate?

We market through the Recreation Center (flyers, programs, etc.), and also through the Junior Club at Torrey Pines email list.  However, I found that the best form of marketing is by holding the clinics in plain sight and letting people be curious about what you are doing out there.

 

What is the format of your SNAG classes?

It is one hour, one day a week, and the classes run for a calendar month.  We obviously start the kids off with a small swing (using the “Roller”) and then get them playing all four shots (Rolling, Chipping, Pitching, & Launching) by the end of the month.  It is also fun to set up a little course for them to play at the end of each "skills session."


How many kids do you typically get? Do expect this to grow?

We currently have (3) kids participating in our first session of classes.  I do expect the number to grow because at each of those classes (3) more kids came up and wanted to try or sign up for the next month's clinic.


What does it cost the student per day/week?

We charge $65 for a month of SNAG classes (4 hours).  The camps cost $120 per session (6 hours of SNAG, prizes, maybe some equipment)


Do you have a Staff that helps? Is this a large overhead cost?

Right now it is myself and another Pro (Brett Wycoff), who is very involved with our junior program at Torrey Pines.  Eventually, I am sure there will be a staff involved.  We just bring the next person in as the program grows.      

 

Do you work with the local schools?

The Park and Recreation Department send out their programs to every school in the San Diego area.  


Do you think the San Diego market provides unique opportunities or challenges or can SNAG programs work anywhere?

SNAG Camps and Classes can work anywhere.  It is a great program and I can not wait to grow it beyond the (4 to 7) age range.


 

Thanks for your thoughts Chris!


Contact info: Chris Lempa, Assistant Golf Professional, Torrey Pines Club Corporation, 858-452-3226 ext 322, chris@torreypinesgolfcourse.com


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Excellent video!!!

May 11th, 2011 5:24pm - Posted By: Corey & Axle

Join Cordova Bay CPGA Golf Professionals Corey and Axle as they introduce the revolutionary new SNAG golf program for kids. We don't teach baseball by using 100 mile-an-hour fast balls but we expect kids to use adult size balls, targets and methods when learning golf. SNAG changes all that. Watch Axle and Corey demonstrate the equipment, programs and sheer fun you can have using SNAG Golf.

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SNAG Lesson #2: Pitching & Launching

May 11th, 2011 4:58pm - Posted By: Tiffanie

As you may remember, I am an adult new learner that has no clue about golf. I am taking SNAG Golf Lessons from Shelly Haywood with "SNAG Arizona" in Tucson, AZ. I completed my second lesson focusing on pitching and launching last week...it was actually quite easy and enjoyable, here are my experiences:

 

Pitching:

The pitch is used to produce a shot that has more airtime than ground time. When standing in the Hoop Clock, with your body in a "tall A" and "hanging loose Y", keeping your arms straight swing your club to 9, make an "L" with the club by moving your wrists and swing through to 3 o'clock holding the "Y". Word Cue: 9L to 3Y. When finishing your swing make sure the bulls eye on the club face is facing up to the sky. Word Cue: "Eye to the Sky"; Make sure your tempo is constant, like a clock; minimize the body motion it is more of an arm swing

 

Launching:

When standing in the Hoop Clock, keeping your arms straight swing your club to 9, Make an "L" with the club by moving your wrists, swing on to 10 , swing club around and through the ball to 3 o'clock, reset hands to make an "L" by moving your wrists, finish at 2 o'clock (or as Shelly says finish by "scratching your back" with the club; shoelace to your target). Your right foot will turn...The idea is to swing hard enough so momentum pulls your body to the left side. You will feel a pull in your left side as it isn't necessarily a natural motion for your body.

 

With a launch you will be making a full turn with the body...this is a great time to use the SNAGaZoo. Shelly said in technical golf lingo it would be called "releasing the club" which means to release your wrist in this position. Most new learners have no idea what that means. If someone told me to "release my club" I would drop it on the ground. :) Using the word cue 3L. She sees ladies getting lessons from their husbands where the ladies are told to "keep your head down", but it isn't about keeping your head down but about your stance. Stand in a good athletic position, your butt is the most powerful muscle in your body so use it! "It's all about the butt! The butt is king!" Shelly loves TPI. She says, "This is the number one test question at the TPI: the butt is king, the abs are queen". hahaha, so remember: 10 to 2, keep your butt out!

 

Shelly had me do some drills with the Snapper. The Snapper is a great tool to practice that speed needed to have a great launch shot.  The "snap" comes from the wrists. As Shelly says, "The Snapper is awesome! It is the best tool ever! The Snapper teaches speed.  Kids just "get" this!"  

 

After a few decent tries I actually did a great launch shot. There is a beautiful sound to a good launch shot!! It makes you feel like you could do anything! It got close to the Flag Sticky but didn't hit it. It made me feel better when Shelly said that in the beginning direction doesn't matter as much as just making good contact with the ball. 

 

In the two short lessons I had with Shelly I feel that I learned a lot about the different shots and got a great base to progress in my instruction. I won't be able to do a SNAG lesson in the next couple of weeks so I will probably do one more SNAG lesson to brush up before getting into traditional lessons. I want to make sure I am ready to move to the next step, and I am excited to learn more!!

Shelly has been really pleased with the progression she has noticed in her students when she uses SNAG equipment, training tools, and word cues with them versus traditional equipment and techniques. She uses the SNAG training tools even in her traditional junior classes.   I loved what she said about it: "I am in love with this for new golfers. I could never get a new golfer to do what you just did in half an hour. If I take two identical people who have never played golf before, one using traditional golf and one using SNAG I guarantee you the success rate with SNAG will blow regular golf out of the water. It is fun because you have is success and you will have the confidence to "graduate" to traditional equipment. Success breeds confidence and confidence is fun!" 

Thank you to Shelly Haywood for giving me such great lessons! I look forward to becoming a golfer! Yippee!! :)

 

To view our Instruction Manual, click HERE.

If you are interested in taking lessons from Shelly please visit www.snagarizona.com for her contact information. If you are not located in Arizona but would like to take SNAG lessons, please contact us at info@snaggolf.com and we will help you find a professional in your area.

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Congrats to our 2011 SNAG G-Ball grantees!!

May 9th, 2011 9:12am - Posted By: NRPA News Release

SNAG Golf is so committed to growing the game of golf that we have provided the finacial means for millions of kids across the U.S. to learn golf in our parks.

The SNAG G-Ball grantees for 2011 have been selected. Thank you to all the agencies that applied and congratulations to the grantees!!

We already have hundreds of additional parks that want to have a G-Ball program in their area. We are looking for sponsors to join us in this effort to conitnue bringing quality golf education programs to our youth. If your company is interested in a co-branding opportunity, please contact our Vice President Kelly McCammon at 813-226-7574 or snagkelly@me.com.  



PRESS RELEASE-May 9, 2011

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has awarded $180,000 in grants to 15 park and recreation agencies in the U.S. to pilot the new SNAG (Starting New at Golf) G-Ball program in 2011—in order to connect youth to the outdoors, and increase engagement in golf and recreational sports.

G-Ball, best described as golf’s version of T-Ball, was designed to be a fun and exciting entry point for golf, targeted toward children 5 to 6 years old. The activity-based program focuses on progressive and developmental play in a non-competitive format, and is conducted by parent-coaches in recreation centers, on sports fields and in other public open spaces.

Grants of cash and SNAG equipment valued at $12,000 each were awarded to the following agencies for 2011:

Glendale Parks and Recreation – Glendale, Ariz.
Carson Parks and Recreation – Carson, Calif.
Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation – Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation, and Community Service – Santa Clarita, Calif.
Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation – Federal Heights, Colo.
Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation – Miami, Fla.
Orange County Parks and Recreation – Orlando, Fla.
Treasure Island Recreation – Treasure Island, Fla.
Indian River County Recreation – Vero Beach, Fla.
Lawrence Parks and Recreation – Lawrence, Kan.
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation – Springfield, Mo.
Roseville Parks and Recreation – Roseville, Minn.
Los Alamos County Recreation – Los Alamos, N.M.
West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation – West Allis, Wis.

Agencies will administer programs during the summer of 2011, with some programs offering additional opportunities throughout the year. The SNAG G-Ball grant program was made possible by Player Development Products, LLC.

“We congratulate our 2011 SNAG G-Ball grantees, who will bring golf, recreation and the outdoors to the children of their communities in a fun and innovative way,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA.

“We are excited to bring golf into the youth team sports arena with our G-Ball program, and we thank NRPA for bringing this program to life in America’s local communities,” said Terry Anton, president of SNAG Golf.

For more information on the SNAG G-Ball grant program, go to www.NRPA.org/SNAG, or contact Nancy Logan at 703.858.2199 or nlogan@nrpa.org.

 

To view the official press release, click HERE.

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Press Release: President of SNAG Golf to Speak at Influential Golf Industry Conferences

May 3rd, 2011 3:36pm - Posted By: Tiffanie

Tahlequah, Oklahoma – Terry Anton, Co-founder and President of SNAG Golf, will spread his call for a paradigm shift in the mindset of the golf industry to audiences around the world in the coming months at conferences held in the United States and Asia.  Anton has been asked to be a featured speaker at Golf 20/20, the Asian Pacific Golf Summit, and the PGA Conference of Asia.  Anton plans to share his vision of growing golf in the United States through SNAG Golf’s flagship player development program “G-Ball” at the Golf 20/20 Summit in St. Augustine, Florida on May 10th. Anton will be joining the conversation with other industry heavy hitters on how to best grow the game at the Asian Pacific Golf Summit and the PGA Conference of Asia in Pattaya, Thailand from October 31 through November 6.  

 “I am thrilled to speak at these premier and influential conferences,” Anton states. “Growing the golf industry is our goal and I look forward to discussing SNAG’s programs and methodology and engaging in dialogue with my peers around the world.”

The May 2011 edition of Golf Business magazine praised Anton for being a entrepreneurial “risk taker” stating, “Of all SNAG’s recent glimmers of success, no breakthrough is as notable as the approval just won from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for an extensive rollout of the G-ball program. In its own news release, the NRPA proclaimed the SNAG program as being “golf’s version of T-Ball” for children ages 5 to 8. The NRPA is extremely choosy about partnering with commercial entities, but it praised the comprehensive training and programming…”  G-Ball can be played in existing fields around the parks facilities and can be taught by parent coaches. This will allow children to finally have a real golf experience without the need of lengthy lessons and expensive green fees. “Our way of introducing the game lets you stay off the course longer, which is counterintuitive to a lot of industry people,” Anton asserts. “But, it’s a critical benefit. It keeps the cost low, and it keeps beginners progressing, without pressure.”

There are thousands of organizations and schools in Asia utilizing SNAG Golf’s instructional methods and equipment to instruct adults and children. Asian Golf Monthly and Asian Golf Business magazines recent interview with Anton highlighted his passion for growing golf around the world.  Following on the heels of this impactful article, Anton will continue to promote player development at the Asian Pacific Golf Summit and the PGA Conference of Asia. Hundreds of professionals from around the world gather at these conferences to discuss the future of the game. Multi-time Majors champions Gary Player, Greg Norman, and Annika Sorrenstam were among the world class speakers at the 2010 Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Bangkok who debated the direction of golf in Asia, direction of the junior game, and the importance of keeping golf relevant in these rapidly changing times. The call for a paradigm shift in the mindset of the golf industry intensified last year and much of the focus was squarely on golf development to grow the game.

Terry Anton plans to add value to this discussion by highlighting the success of using modified equipment for new learners. SNAG Golf is working to transform the game of golf into a sport that more people have access to in a variety of environments. The mission of SNAG Golf is to “get people physically active by introducing them to golf in a fun and easy way that encourages a lifetime of positive experiences and relationships. To address the demographic, geographic, economic, and educational barriers that prevent the masses from participating in this lifetime sport."  With the support and collaboration of industry leaders around the world SNAG Golf hopes to make infinite progress toward making golf a thriving sport among all ages, abilities, races, and economic circumstances.

About SNAG Golf:
SNAG Golf is a fast growing global player development company that has introduced golf to millions over the past 10 years, including more than 8,000 schools worldwide. SNAG stands for Starting New at Golf. It is a player friendly, first touch development program designed for both children and adults. It is a dynamic tool that is used as an instruction system for new learners and as a fun game that can be played by anyone, regardless of skill level, anywhere. The key is in simplifying the instruction so that it can be an effective transition into the game of golf. SNAG can be taught and played almost anywhere with immediate, positive results.  This immediate success keeps new learners wanting to be further involved with golf. SNAG contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. The game has its own simplified rules and terminology that adds fun to the learning and playing experience. It incorporates developmentally appropriate equipment that will allow golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as on a soccer field, in a gym, or on the beach. The program builds on strong fundamentals of the different strokes and swings and develops playing ability quickly and effectively.  

For more information on SNAG Golf:
Professionals, please visit our SNAG Pros website www.snagpros.com for more information on our Coaching System and Training Tools used to instruct new learners.  For individuals and groups that want to play the fun game of SNAG visit www.snaggolf.com. For more information on G-Ball, visit http://www.snaggolf.com/gball.html

“The Risk Takers”: May 2011 Golf Business, http://www.golfbusiness.com/article.aspx?id=1726

“No Snags to Golfing”: May 2011 Asian Golf Monthly, Pages 54-56, http://asp18.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGM128/agm128-may2011.html

“SNAG-It Ain’t All Kids Stuff”: May 2011, Asian Golf Business, Page 44, http://asp17.digitalflip.com/asiangolf/asiangolfmonthly/AGB-MAY2011/AGB-MAY2011.html

TO DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE, CLICK HERE

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