Am I Practicing to Improve My Score?

To properly answer this question, I must first ask you a very important question. What percentage of your practice time do you chip and putt? Is it 40%, 30% or closer to 15%!?

A quick and easy way to improve your game is to practice the different parts of the game in proportion to how much you use each part of the game on the golf course. For example, let’s say you shot 100 and had 36 putts.  Then, at least 36% of your time should be spent putting. Hit only 10 drivers on the golf course? In this case, that should only take about 10% of your practice schedule.

Typically, everyone can spend more time practicing their short game. So next time you’re on the course, take some time to actually track your shots! Try playing the pitch and putt courses during the off season and count how many tee shots, iron shots, pitch shots, chip shots and putts you take.

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Golf courses are on off season rates. Please note driving range happy hour will change on October 31, 2016. 

Burnaby Mountain Golf Course recognized as 'Facility of the Year' in Lower Mainland

Burnaby Mountain Golf Course was recently recognized as 'Facility of the Year' in the Lower Mainland by the BC Professional Golfers’ Association (BC PGA).

Each year, the BC PGA Golf Awards honours top achievers for excellence in the golf profession in ten categories including Facility of the Year. The winners are selected for their outstanding achievements, promotion of the game, and professionalism.

BC Summer Games Event Recap

Kate Weir, Burnaby Mountain Golf Professional, recently volunteered to be the team coach for zone 4 juniors. She coached the team to a gold medal victory at the Ledgeview Golf Course in Abbotsford this summer. One of the team members, Alyssa Chang, won the individual bronze medal. Congratulations to all the young athletes!


Volunteering Trip to Colombia

Candace Walters has volunteered for one year with SOLAHIS, a Christian non-profit society that started in 2006 to assist the struggling communities of Medellin, Colombia. The centre was built for the children who live in this very impoverished state. Currently there are 175 children who are being sponsored by the non-profit society who would otherwise have nothing. The centre focuses on education first, with the ulitimate goal of ensuring that these children will be accepted into (and supported through) university. So far seven children have graduated from university through the efforts of SOLAHIS!

How Many Buckets of Balls Should I Hit To Have a Good Practice?

This number obviously varies greatly from person to person. People like Ben Hogan and Vijay Sing hit an amazing number of balls a day just to ensure they won’t lose the secret to their swing. Others feel like they need to play, and only play.

The best advice we can give to anyone is to only hit as many balls as you can while you are able to give it 100% focus. Once your focus wanes, take a break or go to the putting green. You will never be doing anything positive for yourself or your game without focus and a plan.

Trip to 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai

I had the fortunate experience of traveling to Dubai for the 2016 Jubilee Games; a “Mini Olympics” which was run 100% by volunteers for the Ismaili community.  For the past 1.5 years, I had been working on the Sport Implementation team to help make these games a reality.  The Jubilee Games included 3,000 athletes from 29 countries, 15 sports and over 10,000 volunteers and spectators!

My groundwork consisted of running the Golf Tournament which was held at Emirates Golf Club (Mijlas Course) where the Dubai Desert Classic is held every year. It was a spectacular venue and all the golf participants had a wonderful time - despite the extreme temperatures (the highest temperature was 49 degrees; not including humidity!)

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI): Part 2

In the last part of our Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) article series, we dove into the meat and potatoes of the TPI golf screen. As promised, we will delve into the functional movements associated with swing characteristics #7 to #12. At the end of this article you should have a clear picture as to which functional movement faults are associated with each common swing error characteristic.

If you have any comments or questions regarding the functional movements or swing characteristics, please ask a Burnaby golf professional.

To review, the 12 most common novice swing characteristic flaws are: