My Annual Family Golf Tournament, The Granny Classic, is this week. For all my brothers, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, this is the equivalent of the U.S. Open.
Problem is, heading into this momentous occasion, my driving in recent outings has ranged from “Barely decent” to “What the …. kind of shot was that?”
Usually, the latter.
My brothers, Pat and Charlie, are pretty good golfers. I’m not in their league, but on the dark side of the family, my Brother-In Law, “Darth” Mathera and I, are about the same. That is, until recently when Darth retired. He’s now playing three times a week, and with all the rain we’ve had, I didn’t get to play three times in June.
I needed a tune up, so I called Gretchen Scheuermann an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional, and the Director of Golf and Head Pro at The Highlands.
“Gretchen, I need help!”
“I’ll see you tomorrow at 1pm.”
I worked with Gretchen for about 30 minutes. She told me exactly what I was doing wrong. I’d mention it here, but Darth might read this and then use the information against me. So I won’t say exactly what, but I should be bombing my drives in the Granny Classic.
Game on, Darth. You’re in trouble.
All golfers, even the pros, need tune ups from time to time. The guys we play with aren’t really capable of offering sound advice because, chances are, they have the same bad habits.
Gretchen knows how to teach the game of golf. She recognizes that every swing and every golfer is unique. Gretchen allows golfers to learn and practice in a relaxing, comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere.
Located on Route 29, about a mile north of Ruckersville and about 10 minutes from Airport Road, The Highlands Golf Park really brings the golf course to the golfers. Go to www.highlandsgolfpark.com for more information.
I once had the opportunity to play a 9-hole practice round with Gretchen where she helped me – one on one – with a variety of shots.
I think I’ll schedule that again, as soon as I hoist up the trophy for the Granny Classic.