Gene Sauers Wins US Senior Open

Yes good guys can finish first, and second!

It was about two years ago at this same US Senior Open that I first met Gene Sauers and Pat Robertson.  That was a very lucky day for me.  Not because I’m claiming any influence on Gene’s win because I’m definitely NOT.  If I had any influence at all it was very little. There is nothing I could tell Gene Sauers that he doesn’t already know.  Not because this time the good swing won, (as mentioned in the video I did in 2014 below) but that I met two of the best guys you could ever have a friendship with.

I can actually feel it in my bones what it is like to spend practically your entire life in golf hoping for a bright moment here and there and I got one when I met Pat Robertson and Gene Sauers.  Especially Pat!  You ask who is Pat Robertson?  No, not the preacher.  Pat is probably one of Gene’s best friends throughout life and a person with a keen understanding of the golf business and financial planning and knows Gene like his closest brother.  He is the best true blue friend to Gene Sauers.

Gene started playing golf on tour at the age of 19.  He is a long time veteran who has stayed out on tour and slugged it out with the best in the business.  He has never given up even after enduring adversity like a serious illness that cost him years on tour.  He also endured the constant travel away from his family and home in Savannah.  All for that quest or addiction of the one moment.  That one moment when it all pays off.  Miguel Jimenez misses an eight foot putt and Gene’s entire life of golf rests on a five foot putt AND putting is probably Gene’s least favorite thing to do.

I was on the phone with a very close friend of Miguel Jimenez, Juan Guillen and it was a very difficult moment for us both.  Two great guys battling it out. It was a shame to see either one lose.  Miguel Jimenez is a great guy.  Juan is a writer for golf magazines in Spain so I know he was very disappointed but he remained a gentleman throughout.  I also must admit that I always carry a very found memory of the friendships I had with so many great Spanish golfers like Monolo Pinero, Seve Ballesterios and his brother, Valentine Barrios, Jose Maria Canizares and so many others.

By the way, Juan is my exclusive contact for our new golf trips to Cuba so if you’re interested in joining us in sunny Cuba for great golf, cigars and rum please call me at 804-378-7456.  Juan also heads up a golf academy for Miguel Jimenez every January in Spain.

I have to admit we did have one secret weapon.  I told Gene to tell Jimenez that his golf shoes were ugly.  Zapatos feos!  Don’t know if he did tell him because Gene is just too nice.  I doubt he’d said anything.  I just wanted to help keep Gene loose.

I am so happy for both Gene and his pal Pat Robertson and appreciate their allowing me to participate in a very small way.  It makes a shining moment in my golf career to know I’m friends with an Open Champion.

Senior Tour British Open in Scotland

Gene Sauers is Ready for the Senior British Open!

carnoustie-golf-clubI have some video sent to me yesterday from sunny Scotland (yea right) of Gene practicing on the driving range at Carnoustie.  I also include a picture of Carnoustie which as you can see, is very special.

You could go to Scotland FREE if you enter our drawing for a free golf trip for two to Carnoustie by going to The trip is sponsored by Pendleton Golf Club.  At Pendleton it’s like playing golf in Scotland without the cost of the airfare.  In case you’re interested in going with us and you don’t win the free trip, figure on a cost of about $3,900.  Please let us know if you’re interested so we can put a great group together. Imagine yourself playing golf where it all started and on the same courses the British Open was held on.

You could also get a FREE video analysis online of your golf swing, putting stroke or whatever you think is hurting your golf game.  As you can see we have videos coming in from all over the world.  Had one from Thailand just the other day.  Just send a video of your swing to

Here’s the analysis of Gene Sauers


Would Like More Lag In Your Golf Down Swing

Many golfers search for lag in the their down swing.

Lag is NOT essential for great golf.  As you will see in the video Rocco Mediate as very little lag in his downswing and yet he plays fantastic golf.  He also smokes really good Cigars.  Rocky Patel Decades.  Don’t say anything but he might be getting some real Cubans from Jimenez but don’t say anything please.

golf-lagLag is actually called “angular acceleration.”  The greater the angle the faster one must move to keep up.  This is found in marching a column left or right.  Maybe you’ve seen ice skaters spinning in a circle and the last skater has to hustle to catch up to the circle of skaters.

How about a race track for runners where you see staggered starting points because the outside runner would be covering a longer circumference unless you move them forward.

In order to produce lag in the golf swing one must have a separation of the arms FROM the body on the down swing.  Because the arms are as if they were on the outside lane of the track above, they must have a head start because they have more real estate to cover.  Yes yes I know about the connected theory.  It works for some folks like Rocco.

Your chest and upper body have such a short distance to reach the finish line which is impact with the ball, that the arms need a considerable head start with the longer golf clubs like the driver and not as much with the short irons.

Watch this video of a very kind student Ed Schneck that allowed me to use his excellent example of lag in his down swing that he was not even trying to produce.

Change Your Golf Swing In Only One Day?

How To Make A Golf Swing Change

You have to have one of two elements to change a golf swing position in my opinion.  The ability to nag a swing fault into submission or have an uncanny talent to focus on the task at hand and ignore the results for now meaning the golf ball flight.

I’ve presented you a very uncommon occurrence of an athlete that can make changes in an instant.  I’ve been teaching golf since 1970 and I can attest that finding that special someone that can make a change and put it to use quickly is very rare or I would not present this example on our Blog.

I guess that means that the rest of us belong to the “I’ve got to nag the swing fault to death” group. More importantly, you need to isolate the swing fault and do the drill for that specific swing fault slowly, diligently and with purpose and concentration.  Drill drill drill and forget it!  Once you get to the golf course forget the drill and let it take over.  If your doesn’t perform as you hoped you just haven’t done the drills enough or improperly.

With our lesson membership one can video themselves doing the drill and e-mail it to us for analysis.  It is just as important for us to receive a video of a golfer doing the drill as it is their full swing.  Golf drills are a form of medication and you must take as prescribed by your golf doctor to be effective.  You can see the details of our membership at

Here’s the video!

Junior Golfer Success!

First there was one girl now there are two!

golf-lessons-for-kidsYou may remember Caitlin Cooper who is now beginning her golf career at Randolph Macon University.  We’re very proud of her!  Now we have another junior lady golfer coming up that is showing tremendous promise as well!

My goal is NOT to make them top tour players.  It might happen who knows BUT I find it even more important that they get a real education at a good school and lead productive happy lives.  Tour golf is a grind and I believe some parents put too much pressure on their kids.  Let them enjoy their journey in golf and not get too down on themselves when things just don’t the way you hoped.  That’s sports!

In both of these cases we have to give the Dad’s most all the credit because they are present at every lesson and gently support their daughters the right way.  You see there is still hope for America!

junior-golf-lessonsOur additional star is Jessica Rathbone and her Dad Roger who is a Physical Therapist.  Jessica has show a very keen ability to make changes and understand why she’s making them and is a very hard worker.

Just like Caitlin she has that ability to bounce back from a bad hole or bad round.  That’s something you can’t coach, they just have it or they don’t.

Jessica just finished third in a tournament on the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour
Greater Richmond Classic held:   June 11/12  at Magnolia Green Golf Course, Moseley, VA. This course is rumored to be the third toughest course in Va.
Finish:  3rd. In the Prep (High School) division distance 5800 yds ( 73.1/136)  Shot 88 day one but came on strong Sunday to shoot a 79 to secure 3rd place.

Jessica was playing with girls that were older than her for the most part so there is a lot of room for advancement.  Most of all….she’s a great girl with good grades and a very polite manner to her.  The kind of girl anyone would want for a daughter and that goes for Caitlin too.

I am very fortune to have the opportunity to attempt to bring something positive to their lives.  Give them all the credit and don’t forget Dad!

Rocco Mediate Smokes Cigars and the Golf Ball

I Met Rocco Mediate and Became a Big Fan Instantly!

Rocco was chipping along side my friend Gene Sauers while at the Champions Tour and I yelled out to him, “what are you smoking?”  Rocco said, “are you a cigar guy?”  Is there a Cuban that is NOT a cigar guy?

Rocco immediately invited me over for a smoke and handed me two Rocky Patel Decades and they were just my type of cigar.  I like what he said.  “I’m only going to give you two cigars because I don’t like you.”  I love it!  I’m so sick of political correctness.   I told Rocco one of my best jokes and we laughed while we lit up our cigars.

One thing for our students to get out of this is that Rocco’s golf swing matches his personality.  Long and flowing and never rushed.  Your golf swing should match your personality or make-up.  You can work on golf swing positions all you want but if your tempo, balance and over all balance isn’t what it should be you’re toast.

Great tempo and balance will over come many swing faults.  Take a look at the analysis I just did of Rocco’s golf swing.  I’ll be sending more from the Champions Tour shortly.

Also, don’t forget Father’s Day!  I’ve got special pricing for members only and sales on both private lessons and the one day school for others.  For members go here.    For non members go here.

Here’s the video analysis of Rocco!

Golf Yardage Book On Tour

Are you prepared to play golf?

Success in almost all endeavors requires proper preparation.  Of course you are probably playing golf for recreation, but if you prepare to play golf properly you might enjoy yourself more and make better decisions on the golf course.

I have a video on Youtube called How To Use A Yardage Book that covers the yardage book at Pendleton Golf Club.  Preparation in proper procedures before play will help immensely.  However, proper preparation the night before you play with a stick to it strategy based on a yardage book or map of the golf course is going the extra mile which will pay dividends on your score card.

While on the seniors tour this week with Gene Sauers, Gene’s caddy Derrick was nice enough to show me his yardage book for this week.   Many of you play mostly the same golf courses at home all year long so it would not be difficult for you to build a yardage and strategy book of your own.  Heck with all the technology today you can practically make a picture of each golf hole with Google earth.

Here’s Derrick’s yardage book for this week’s tournament.

golf-yardage-bookBottom line is your swing can cause you to lose strokes by hitting shots off line however you might be wasting strokes by not preparing properly or having a clear strategy.  Nicklaus was well known for his strict strategy building the night before.  Once he decided he was going to tee off with a three wood on a given hole he would stick to that strategy no matter what his score was at that point.

Playing golf is like playing billiards outside.  Where are you going to leave the cue ball for the best next shot.  Play smart golf!  Build yourself a yardage and strategy book for all the regular courses you play.  Re-evaluate your performance and adjust your strategy accordingly.





Golf Lessons for Kids Richmond Va

Junior Golf Lessons

On June 4th from 9:30 Afather-son-golfM until 11:00 AM at Patterson Golf Park, (12586 Patterson Ave just east of 288) Quick Fix Golf will be holding a golf camp for kids with golf pros Bobby Lopez and Kania Burnette.  The first class will be for youngsters ages 5 to 7 featuring the SNAG golf system. (Starting new at golf)

Watch this video to see what Snag is all about.
Snag Golf Training Video

golf-lessons-with-video-analysisOn the same day in the afternoon from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM junior golfers that are ages 8 to 12 years old will enjoy a golf camp by our same professionals on the driving range with live ball flight and video analysis of their swing.  The student’s video will be emailed to the parent along with suggestions and drills for improvement.  To see a sample lessons with video analysis go here.


To book and buy online just go to


This Golf Video Will Give You Hope

That’s what we all need as golfers, Hope!

Hit one good drive on 18 and you’re ready to forget the entire day and look forward to your next round of golf when you will finally have your golf swing all under control.  Good luck!  You will never have your golf swing under control for long.  That is the beauty of the game of golf.

One thing you can do to increase your chances of enjoying more good golf shots than bad, is by incorporating proper practice habits.  Practicing the right things the right way will produce results.  Persistence needs to be in any successful practice recipe.

One of our fine lesson members Kevin Hood showed all the above mentioned traits after years of disappointment with his golf swing.  Kevin was a very good baseball player and a pull hitter which I believe added to his frustration.  Pull hitters in baseball need to clear their chest first on the forward swing which is poison for the golf swing.  I often tell baseball players to feel as if you’re hitting to the opposite field and get the bat out in front of you before you turn your body.  Much easier said than done because many of our past baseball playing students had played baseball for a long time.  Their swing habits are well ingrained from years of baseball.

Take a look at this video of Kevin’s golf swing before and after.  Incredible improvement for someone that was about to hang himself in frustration. This example demonstrates how one must push forward no matter what the difficulty until you get it.  Sometimes it just takes a light to go on when you least expect it.  Winners never quit and quitters never win!  Here’s the video.

Same or One Length Single Length Golf Clubs

What’s all the Hype About Same Length Golf Clubs

With the exposure Bryson DeChambeau, (U.S. Amateur Champion) has provided for his same length, one length or single length golf clubs, I felt it necessary to look into the merits of such a golf club configuration to see if it would indeed benefit our students and yes myself as well.

Every golfer wants to improve no matter what type of golf game they play, or they’re not really a golfer in my opinion.  They’re just out for recreation.

I started combing through the internet to see what was out there in hard evidence concerning same length, one length or single length golf clubs.  I found quite a bit more information than I expected.  Of course, all of what I am about to reveal to you is subject to actually trying a set out to experience the proven performance rather than perceived performance.

I new that years ago Tommy Armour tried the concept of single length golf clubs with little success. Here’s a report on the program  By Mike Sorensen, Sports Writer. This report was written in 1989!!!  The report mentions: The Tommy Armour Company first became involved in the one-length design after company president Bob MacNally played a round of golf with PGA Touring pro Bruce Lietzke six years ago. After the round in which MacNally had his problems, Lietzke suggested that he would be all right if could just use a 6-iron all the time. That got MacNally thinking and he asked the company to make him a special set of clubs all the length of a 6-iron.

Makes sense but will you loose distance on your long irons with the shorter length?  Is your wedge going to be longer and too heavy?  More on that in a moment.

single-plane-golf-swingA common argument among all the same length, one length or single length golf clubs suppliers is the ability to learn only one set up position, ball position and swing plane.  Again I’m not sure that argument as merit until I try a set.  One thing I do know for sure and demonstrate to students on occasion, that the loft has a lot more to do with the distance a ball travels than the length of the golf club.  Take out your eight iron and hit it full.  Then get out your four iron and choke up to eight iron length and hit it.  Bet it goes way past your eight iron shot.  Same length different loft.  Of course in this example the head weight of the traditional four iron is much lighter than the eight iron.

To learn the exact difference in distance between same length, one length or single length golf clubs and the traditional configuration you can check out the report written by Dave Tutelman.  Dave did a detailed report with tests on distance, trajectory and more.  If you look at Dave’s report you will see that the distances between the traditional length golf clubs and the single length golf clubs is not that different with the exception of the long irons, like the three and four irons.

OK so you won’t loose much distance if any but will you be more accurate and consistent?  Maybe?  Having taught golf since 1970 it makes sense to me that if golfers could only learn one ball position and set up some variables would be thereby eliminated.

We mentioned loft as the most influential factor in distance.  Well the lofts of the same length, one length or single length golf clubs is practically identical to industry standard if there is one anymore.  Golf club companies are notorious for decreasing loft for added distance to increase sales.  The length is about a six or seven iron length, (depending on which supplier you use) and all the heads weigh about the same as a six or seven.  In a traditional set of golf clubs each golf club is 1/2 inch different in length with a decreasing head weight of seven grams for every 1/2 inch added in length.

Typical Iron Set
Club 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW GW SW
Loft 21° 24° 28° 32° 36° 40° 44° 48° 52° 55°
Lie 59° 60° 61° 61.5° 62° 63° 64° 64° 64° 64°
Weight (grams) 239 246 253 260 267 274 281 285 284 296
Single Length  Iron Set
Club 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW GW SW LW
Loft 20° 25° 30° 35° 39° 43° 47° 51° 55° 59°
Lie 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5°
Weight (grams) 272 272 272 272 272 272 272 272 272 272

I found on interesting quote from a golf club executive.

“Same length has been done, personally I’ve been a fan but it’s a tough concept to sell. Reality; In the US golf industry there are 6 major chains that buy product that is sold to what constitutes 85% of the market. All but roughly 2-3 % of the rest is sold in golf pro shops and they are influenced by the retailers. The buyers for these major chains only buy what is played on tour and pretty much in order of market share. Like it or not we dance to that tune. To introduce something like single length after investing in the design we’d have to spend millions on marketing and not so minor get tour credibility because no product is successful at retail without it.”

-Anonymous Former Major Golf Company CEO

You’re probably asking yourself alright Lopez so what?  Well your friendly Cuban golfing buddy will again sacrifice himself as the Ginnie Pig and build a set of single length golf clubs so I and you can try them out.  It’s the only way we’re going to know if this concept will help us both play better golf.  That means stay tuned as I have already sent out feelers to suppliers and will purchase the best quality heads I can get.

Figure maybe April 25th or so I should have a set put together for you to try.  Keep up with our Golf Blog and Facebook

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