Halloween marked the final Future Legends Clinic for 2015. The kids won prizes by showing off the skills they learned over the past months. Congratulations goes out to Nicholas Love for winning the Big Chip Off Challenge! The day concluded with a fry & chicken strip feast provided by Dan, George and their Legends Grill Team.  

Future Legends Clinics will start again in the 2016 Feb/Mar timeframe. If you want to be kept up to date on the Future Legends Clinics, just drop an email to solanogolfpro@gmail.com.  

2015 Future Legends Toast Dan Bieber. George Marshall and their Legends Grill Team

2015 Future Legends Toast Dan Bieber. George Marshall and their Legends Grill Team

Nicholas Love, 2015 'Big Chip Off Challenge' Winner

Nicholas Love, 2015 'Big Chip Off Challenge' Winner

**NEW** Online Lessons For Golf Newbies

It is high time I share what my junior students have taught me over the past 10 years about teaching one how to golf their ball. And since the summer months are starting, what better way than to use my Blog as a way to document  the basic steps for lessons.

I believe golf is best taught through regular lessons with lots of practice in between. So I will do my best to post one lesson per week. The series of lessons will be designed to take a novice through the lessons necessary for them to become comfortable playing on the course  . . .with others!

The lessons will contain video, stills and text. The ultimate goal will be to complete a series of digital lessons that will allow a non-PGA Professional (coaches, parents, etc.) to introduce someone to the game of golf.

To conclude, please share your thoughts and comments to the blog entries. Together, the final product will be better than what I can create alone.


Tom Nelson


To Golf Camp or Not To Golf Camp?

Well it is the Golf Camp Season! There is a golf camp out there for every kid of any age. They will be learning with their friends in a fun environment. Kids learn golf for a number of days straight - 4 to 8 hours a day. They are going to learn so much and greatly improve their games, right? WRONG!

It is my experience that golf camps are almost always better for the in$tructor$ than the students. After all, camps charge hundreds to thousands of dollars to give large group lessons.  But do not get me wrong, the content of the instruction is normally very good. Yet we need to remember that the students are kids. As a general rule they do not have the attention span to effectively learn from marathon lessons over such condensed periods of time. This is even more true for kids under 13!

A camp at $200 for four days may sound like a deal. But the individual attention each child actually receives will depend on the size of the group.

On the other hand, I have seen kids sent off to remote high end camps sometimes half way across the country. This may be a good life experience, but they always return with a new  'magic method' or 'magic move.' But after a short time the magic starts to fade and the kid quickly realizes their camp instructors are no longer available. Now what does the kid do? Normally they end up going back to their local instructor who attempts to undo what the kid learned at camp! There is something to be said about working with the same instructor as multiple instructors teaching multiple methods only confuses the student.

And remember that learning golf is similar to eating an elephant; one must take small bites over a long period of time. Only in golf, one needs to practice between each bite or meal! So, be very careful and do your homework before sending your kid to golf camp.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Unless the camp is extraordinary, even a $200 camp would be better spent sending the kid to individual or small group lessons over a 5 to 10 week period . . .from one instructor . . . with lots of practice between each lesson!


So are golf camps good or bad? Share your experience below in the comments.