Sacramento Chapter
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2021 Education at a Glance
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Class Descriptions

Member 2 Member Sessions:

Basic Rules of Golf - FREE
This session is taught by Marcia Whiting, NCGA Certified Tournament Rules Official and targets newer golfers, players returning to the game, and any player who could use a review of the most common situations encountered. The format is “on course” discussion and demonstration of basic rules. Topics include relief options from immovable obstructions, penalty areas, abnormal course conditions, and more.

Beyond the Basics - FREE

For the golfer who has played several years and has a grasp of the fundamentals, this session provides a deeper dive into some challenging, but not uncommon, circumstances.  We will review 25 situations which go beyond basic rules. We have all experienced situations on the golf course in which we were not certain if we correctly applied the rules.  Take this class and feel more confident on the course when you are in trouble because you will better understand your options and avoid additional penalties for wrong actions.  

How and Why You Need to Establish a Handicap - FREE  
Join this class to find out what a “handicap” is and why you might want to establish one. Kris Corbridge is our in-house expert and official Handicap Chair and will answer all your questions related to handicaps. Included in this session: ▪ The What, Why and How of Handicaps ▪ GN21 vs PWGA/NCGA ▪ The Scorecard ▪ How and Where to Post Your Scores ▪ Maximum Allowable Scores.

Excelling at Competitive Play - FREE

The objective of this session is to demystify the competition experience to help lessen your apprehension and concerns with competitive golf.   We’ve designed this session to be more of a guided, casual conversation with Sacramento Chapter members who have competed in local, regional and national tournaments.  As you will discover at this session, competition is inclusive of all skill and handicap levels.

Match Play Rules & Practice - FREE

If you like the excitement of the Solheim and Ryder Cup matches, then join us to learn the rules specific to golf in match play format with our very own NCGA Certified Tournament Rules Official, Marcia Whiting. Match play, the original golf format, is a fun way to play a round with friends of all skill levels.  In addition to the rules, we will discuss strategy of match play. This session is followed by on-course practice with experienced match play members


Fast Trackers - Exclusively LPGA Amateurs

This 8-week program will quickly get you more comfortable with your game.  In this popular program students with a variety of skill levels learn and set goals, practice with purpose, master basic rules, understand etiquette, gain   confidence and skill in putting, chipping, sand bunkers and the full swing.  Our final meeting includes a fun 9-hole scramble where you put all your skills into action in a 4-person team format and a graduation celebration.

  • Program Overview, introductions, “Practice with Purpose”, basic golf etiquette, tour of campus
  • Putting and Chipping
  • Pitching and Bunkers
  • Lob Shots 30-50 yards
  • Full swing irons, hybrids, woods and drivers
  • Basic Rules of Golf
  • Keeping stats, your development plan, scorecards, discussion on what clubs a golfer should have in their bag and how each differs in shot outcomes
  • 9-hole scramble and graduation

Conquering Challenging Lies (Exclusively LPGA Amateurs)
A “hands-on” clinic for experienced golfers who want to develop techniques and confidence for getting out of trouble.  Demonstrations on how to get out of the more difficult situations such as tall grass or heavy rough, uneven lies, how to hit out of a divot and off bare ground, under low tree branches or swing hindrances, and obstructions between your ball and the target.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice each shot and receive immediate feedback.  The instructor will also discuss rationale for shot strategy and the desired outcome.

Taking Your Game to the Next Level (Exclusively LPGA Amateurs)

This is a five-week program guided by the data collected from Trackman.  The information collected creates the pathway toward individual improvements.  Each week, drills and practice sessions are geared toward improving the weakest components of your individual game.  In the final week, each participant will return to the Performance Center and complete a club distance analysis on the Trackman.

Technology and Your Game (Exclusively LPGA Amateurs)

Discover technologies that can help develop your game!  Participants will have the opportunity to experience the exclusive TrackMan Combine.  This technology uses the Doppler radar to monitor three-dimensional clubhead movement and the ball flight from impact to landing.  The restricted class size will allow you to make a swing or two and receive immediate feedback a Teaching Professional. 

The session wraps up in the Science and Motion (SAM) Putting Lab where your putting stroke will be analyzed.  This experience will help players gain a better understanding of their putting stroke and why one putter style may produce better results over another.


Game Improvement


Playing Wet Weather Golf

Keep these key points in mind to ensure you play your best when the ground is wet and muddy.

  • When fairways are soggy due to heavy rainfall, the ball has a tendency to settle down into the grass. As a result, you’ll tend to hit behind the ball or fat. To make matters worse, you’ll feel like you’re hitting out of the rough. The ball will not have as much roll.

       SOLUTION: Select one club more than you normally would and stand a bit taller at
       address to promote ball-first contact.

  • Play the ball more back than you normally would to ensure that you catch the ball first. For example, rather than left of center for a wood, play the ball more toward the center of your stance.
  • With a modified ball position, more club, and a taller stance, you should pick the ball off the turf to avoid the mud-divot factor.
  • If course conditions are bad or messy due to weather or outside influences, check with your event coordinator to see if lift, clean and place (also known as “winter rules”) is permitted for the specific event.  This would allow you to mark your ball, pick it up to clean it, and then replace it within a specific area (usually six inches, not closer to the hole).  This practice lessens the chance that you score badly due to uncharacteristic conditions of the course at no fault of your play.

Winter can be the perfect time to improve your golf game. 
Here are some tips from Cindy Miller to help you do just that.

Improve Your Putting During Winter

Most people could eliminate three to five shots per round if they just improved their putting. Let’s say you don’t live near a dome and want to practice at home. What can you do?

1. Practice Your Putting on Carpet

You can purchase a 6-foot piece of indoor/outdoor carpet at a local hardware store. Lay the carpet out on your living room floor, basement, garage or wherever there is room. Place a quarter on the rug as the cup. Having something smaller than a hole will help you become more accurate and the real cup will appear huge to you.

Start practicing from 2 feet away, using your backhand. If you are right-handed, you will putt one-handed with only your right hand. Stand a little open to the target so you can easily see the line between the ball and the hole. Practice making 10 to 100 2-foot putts per day one-handed. (Your goal is to hit the quarter on each putt.)

Once you’re able to make most of the 2-footers one-handed, add your other hand. Be sure you can see the line and can hit the quarter on each putt.

As you become comfortable and gain confidence, move back to 3 feet, 4 feet, 5 feet and, eventually, 6 feet. You will make more putts when the snow melts.

2. Straighten Your Putting with a Yardstick

While you are at the hardware store, purchase a metal yardstick. Place the metal yardstick on the floor. On one side of the yardstick, there should be an open hole. Place a golf ball on top of the open hole. Practice hitting 3-footers down the yardstick. Your mission is to see how many putts you can roll all the way down the yardstick without the ball falling off. You will learn how to see a straight putt, how to set your clubface square to the target, and how to roll the golf ball on a straight line for 3 feet.

If you tend to open the face, the ball will fall off the yardstick to the right. If you pull it, the ball will fall off the left side.

Practice Your Full Swing Indoors

Most of us would love to hit all shots clean, airborne and straight. If you have room in your home to make half-swings with a short iron, I suggest you do so. You can use the indoor/outdoor carpet you purchased to practice putting to hit shots.

1. Pour a little flour on the carpet about the size of a quarter. Take small swings practicing brushing the carpet on the downswing where the flour is. Learning to make clean contact with the flour as your target without a ball will help you when there is a ball there.

2. I understand you cannot hit real golf balls in your living room. You can, however, purchase some marshmallows. Yes, I said marshmallows. You can practice hitting clean shots in the living room off the indoor/outdoor carpet using marshmallows as golf balls. It might be a little crazy, but at least you won’t hurt anything.

Work on Improving Your Alignment

Many people are unsure how to aim correctly. If you frequently watch the LPGA Tour on television, you will see many caddies standing behind players to help them line up their shots. In 2019, this will not be allowed, and players will need to line up their shots on their own.

The ball goes where the face points, not your shoulders. Learn to aim the clubface at the target and align your body parallel to the left of the target for right-handed players. Your body will be parallel to the right if you are left-handed.

Take a short iron. Find a wall in your house that you could practice setting up along. Pretend you are hitting a ball down that target line. Practice walking up to the ball parallel to the wall. Set up to the shot. The wall will not allow you to aim to the right. You may need to learn how to see the true line you want the ball to travel. It may look way left to you if you are right-handed or way right to you if you are left-handed.

Cindy Miller is a former LPGA Tour Player, a current member of The Legends Tour of the LPGA, a Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach, and 2010 LPGA National Teacher of the Year.


Clinic Materials
2020 Kickoff Putting Clinic PDF