Are You Keeping Your Head Down?

Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Arizona Golf Lessons Update: Friday, April 30, 2010

The next time your golf buddy says to you, “remember to keep your head down, and don’t move it.” Ask him why? His answer will vary from these statements:

1. Because you missed the ball.
2. Because you topped the ball.
3. Because you looked up.
4. Because you hit it thin.
5. Because you hit it fat.
6. Because you shanked it.
7. Because you are supposed to.
8. You will see the tour player keep his head down in the golf magazine.

The man [Jack Nicklaus] in the video below will move his head to his right before the club moves. Jack won 18 major championships by moving his head.

Watch LPGA Pro, Lorena Ochoa move her head:

I advise all my students to not keep your head down. If you would like to know why you do the following below, call or email me. And, it’s not because you didn’t keep your head down.

1. Why you missed the ball
2. Why you top the ball
3. Why you hit it thin
4. Why you hit the ground first [fat]
5. Why you shank
6. Why you are not consistent

Better GolfToday & Tommorow,
Robbie Camacho

Golf Coaching Or Golf Lessons??

Phoenix, Arizona Golf Lessons Update for Saturday, April 24, 2010

There is a segment of the amateur golfing population who will not seek help from a golf teaching professional. c

Here is a list of why they won’t and don’t.

1. “The golf pro will screw my swing up.”
2. “He will change my grip, and that will mess me up.”
3. “He will have me swing his way.”
4. “I swing my way, and his way only works for him.”
5. “Waste of money, I will buy a $400 driver instead.”
6. “I tried a top-100 golf magazine instructor and paid $150 for one hour and did not see any results.”
7. “I do not a need golf lesson, I can already break 90, so I will figure it all by myself.”

There is a difference whether you need golf lessons or a personal golf coach. Most golfers know that Tiger Woods does not take “golf lessons,” he has a golf coach.


Here is a short list of what I offer as a ‘Personal Golf Coach’.

1. Coaching you how to play shots out of a divot.
2. Coaching you how to fade, or draw the ball on purpose.
3. Coaching you how to putt better.
4. Coaching you how to drive the golf ball better.
5. Coaching you how to gain more distance.
6. Coaching you how to be a better bunker player.
7. Coaching you how to score.
8. Coaching you how to be be a better tournament player.
9. Coaching you how to self-correct your errors.
10. Coaching you how you can be a better golfer.
11. Coaching you how you can reach your goals and dreams.

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho

Troon Golf [Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Arizona]

Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale , Tempe – Arizona Golf Lessons Update: Thursday, April 22, 2010

OGC I played Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler yesterday. I highly recommend this golf course to all golfers. Why? The experience of playing a first class golf course. In addition to the product [golf], the customer service is world class. I have never been thanked for trying to keep up with the group in front of us. Also, one ‘player service’ staff member raked the bunker for me post my golf shot.

Troon Golf is an upscale golf management company. They boast facilities in 21 countries and 31 states in the USA. Troon Golf is headquartered right here in Scottsdale, Arizona. And, if you are interested in practicing your golf [swing] at Ocotillo – you can practice with unlimited range balls for the day at only $20 plus tax.

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho

[Lie] Angle

Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Arizona Golf Lessons & Coaching Update: Monday, April 19, 2010

lie angle machine Within the last two weeks I tested two iron sets for lie angle for two of my pupils. The first test revealed a lie angle change of 3 degrees to be bent upright. The second set revealed a need to change the lie angles 4 degrees flat. I recommended to my first student to go to Golfsmith and have someone there test and bend accordingly. The Golfsmith rep. said that my student’s clubs were “ok,” and that I [his coach] did not know what I was talking about. So my student left with no need to bend his clubs, according to Golfsmith.

Upon hearing this, I recommend another golf shop, and that was AZ Golfworks in Tempe. AZ Golfworks bent my student’s irons 2 degrees upright. The change was necessary due to my initial lie angle test . I will test again to see if 1 degree [more] upright is necessary.

My second test was done after my student bought a brand new set of Adams Idea a70S hybrids & irons from Golfsmith, per my recommendation. Prior to my student’s purchase, I asked the Goldsmith rep. to test for lie angle; because I knew the clubs were too upright for him. During testing, I asked the rep. if the clubs can be bent at no cost, and he said yes. After test, the Golfsmith rep. said that his irons were “ok,” and that working with me on his swing will take care of his clubs. What?

Lesson learned: I will be bending my students clubs myself. In my opinion: I will be using the golf industry’s best loft and lie machine by Mitchell Golf. Looking back, I don’t know if it was just plain laziness by the Golfsmith reps., or lack of club-fitting knowledge.

Note: lie angle – The angle formed between the shaft plane and the horizontal face plane (attitude). Lie is the most important factor for initial ball flight direction. If the lie angle is incorrect, then the golfer with a “square face” at impact will not see the ball fly straight to her target. Also, check your golf club’s manufacture’s tolerance for how many degrees [+] or [-] you can bend.

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho

Bushnell V2 Tour – Range Finder

Tempe, Arizona Golf Lessons: Update for Thursday, April 15, 2010

BV2Do you know how far you hit every golf club in your bag? In my opinion: the Bushnell [laser] range finders are the best. GPS does a fine job, but if you want true accuracy – you will find Bushnell delivers yardage readings to within 1 yard.

Other benefits:

1. Works on any golf course.
2. Works on any driving range.
3. Works in any weather condition.
4. Locate any target [object] on the golf course.
5. Golf course management.
6. Will help you lower your score.

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho

9 Holes Is Still Golf

Phoenix / Arizona Update For Golf Lessons: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rio Salado Golf CourseWhen was the the last time you played just nine holes? There are many golf courses here in Arizona that do not offer nine hole rates. I just find that absurd. Here is a short list of benefits from playing nine holes.

1. Time.
2. Cost savings.
3. Less fatigued.
4. You still get your golf fix.
5. You may have time to go to the putting green and/or time for a small bucket of balls post nine.
6. You may play well end and well.

Golf is golf, whether you play 9 or 18. Do not understate the value of 9 hole golf courses. Enjoy!

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho

ASU W.P. CAREY Business School Golf Class

Arizona – Phoenix – Scottsdale – Tempe Golf Lessons Update: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Last Sunday – April 11, I had the opportunity to coach/instruct a group golf class for students from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey Business School .WPC.JPG

Justin D’Amico, Graduate Advisory Board, put together a group of fellow students for a fun golf learning event. In addition to the golf class, each student will have the opportunity for a one-on-one follow up 30-minute coaching session. There is no doubt in my mind that each graduate student will be successful as an outstanding professional in the business world.

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho
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7 Things That Can Ruin Your Golf Lessons

Phoenix, Arizona Golf Lessons & Instruction Update: Monday, April 12, 2010

Here is a list of 7 things that can ruin your golf lesson[s] experience:

face.bmp1. Seeking advice outside of your hired golf instructor.
2. Not practicing as prescribed by your golf instructor.
3. Not completing your lesson series.
4. Introducing “other” swing thoughts, swing ideas, swing methods, swing techniques, as not part of what your hired instructor would like you to do.
5. Not asking questions.
6. Not having your instructor evaluate your golf equipment. Note: Your golf instructor can be at fault for this one too.
7. Scheduling your lessons when you are pressed for time.

If you or you know someone who would like to play better golf here in Phoenix, Arizona, then now is the time to act. I can be reached by phone at (602) 828-GOLF, or email me at rcamacho @ azgolfinstructor dot com.

Best Golf In 2010,
Robbie Camacho

Does The Masters Tournament Inspire You To Play Golf?

Phoenix [Metro Area] Golf Lessons Update: Friday, April 9, 2010

Last night was packed at Fiddlesticks! I am sure yesterday’s warm weather and ‘Masters Week’ with Tiger Woods back in the mix made the difference. M

How could you not be inspired to go to the range and/or play golf this week because of the Masters. The golf course is one of a kind and is always perfectly manicured. For expanded coverage visit – Masters Dot Com.

If there is one dream course to play for me – I choose Augusta National. Enjoy the Masters this weekend, and your golf as well. If I can be of help, then now is great time to start.

Better Arizona Golf For 2010,

Chipping Short Distances

Update – Golf Lessons Arizona / Phoenix /Scottsdale / Tempe: Monday, April 5, 2010

There are situations when you need to chip just off the green versus using your putter. Experiment with this: use this type of grip – a reverse overlap grip. What? Place your left index finger on top of your right hand fingers. gro

The purpose is to use your putting stroke with the reverse overlap grip. What you find is the following:

1. Hands working together as “one”
2. No “wrist action”
3. Distance control
4. Option to use any club in your bag
5. Works well with lob wedge over a bunker to a tight pin

Here is a great video produced by my former teacher, A.J . Bonar [using a pitching wedge]:

Better Golf,
Robbie Camacho