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What This Golf Pro Has to Say About Improving Your Game

How do you improve your golf game? What clubs should you work with to help you improve? What Northeast Florida holes are pro favorites and which ones should you be playing? One of the nation’s top ranked golf instructors, Anne Cain of PGA Tour Golf Academy at World Golf Village, answers these questions and more.

Short Background/Credentials/Years Playing?

I have played golf since age 12. I played competitively as a junior and was ranked in the top 3 in the country at age 15. I received a full golf scholarship to the University of Georgia and in my senior season I captured 3 titles including the individual SEC Championship. I played professionally on the Futures (Symetra) Tour, Ladies Asian Tour, and went through LPGA Qualifying school five times. I spend most of my time teaching now versus playing.

 

#1 Discipline that has Helped Improve Your Game?

Golf is the only sport where we learn and practice in a completely different environment from where we play and compete. Driving ranges are great for building skills, but I used to camp out for hours beating balls on the range thinking I was improving – but I wasn’t. To be competitive you really have to practice more on the course and develop a strong mental program to handle the ups and downs of the game. You are not going to hit many perfect shots in a round of golf – but if your misses are okay you can still score well. When I finally accepted this, my game really improved.

 

Top 3 General Tips for Improving Your Golf Game?

Initially I would tell anyone who wants to improve to work on improving these 3 clubs: driver, sand wedge and putter. I see too many people hitting 7 irons and, initially, that is not a very important club. Don’t just beat balls on the range with no feedback – take lessons so you know what and how to practice. You will save so much time and enjoy the process more.

 

Local Favorite Holes to Play?

White Oak Plantation is really fun to play and is a very unique property. TPC Sawgrass is, of course, a famous layout. It’s fun to play but I think it’s too difficult for most golfers.

 

What’s in Your Bag?

I have a great relationship with Ping and have played their clubs for many years – Driver all the way down to Putter.

 

Any Technology You are Utilizing?

Equipment, gadgets, etc…? Are you kidding? As an instructor I have every gadget (some high tech/some low tech) known to man! Here at the PGA Tour Golf Academy we use technology every day to help our students with actual data and feedback. High-speed video and launch monitors have really changed the way we teach. When I play golf, I have a TOM TOM GPS golf watch and that’s it!

acain@touracademy.com