Instruction Tips, Books, Videos and More from LPGA Teachers

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  Many LPGA Teaching and Club Professional members have published books, videos, DVDs and training aids. Browse the products below to find the "Tool of the Trade" that can help YOU improve YOUR game!   

 

Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf by Nicole Weller (Junior Golf)

 

Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf focuses on the fundamentals of golf for Juniors such as putting, chipping, sand play and long game, as well as rules and manners, safety, terms, math, the game's history, equipment, attire and much, much more. After completing each game, the mentor can reward the child with the stickers included inside the book or with a point value (or both!).

Rewarding effort, embracing healthy outdoor activities, and challenging individuals to get into motion is what Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf is all about. Books retail for $12.95 on www.sticktosports.com.

Books are also available at wholesale rates to green grass facilities, instructors and youth programs for 6 or more books through Nicole Weller (912-355-8073 or Nicole@wellersportsventures.com). A portion of net sale proceeds are donated annually to various youth golf and other youth organizations.

The book makes a great gift by a parent/grandparent and can be used as a class handout in youth programs.

Nicole Weller, a member of both the PGA of America and the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, is the head teaching professional at The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga. Nicole has earned recognition as the 2011 LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Teacher of the Year, 2012 and 2013 LPGA T&CP National and Southeast Section Junior Golf Leader, 2013 PGA of America National Junior Golf Leader, 2012 Georgia PGA Section Horton Smith Winner, and 2010-2012 U.S. Kids Top 50 Teacher. Nicole is included on several prestigious lists, including Golf Digest Best Young Teachers, Golf Digest Top 50 Women Teachers in America and GRAA Growth of the Game Teacher.

 

 

My Golf Instructor Website and Putting Perfection DVD by Maria Palozola

 

After a full year of hard work, LPGA professional, Maria Palozola, launched a huge game improvement website and produced her first DVD to go along with it.  The website is called MyGolfInstructor.com and is a comprehensive game improvement site with free tools, such as a game tracker and a practice planner.  The site also contains hundreds of articles, drills and tips available for free.  They filmed over 140 drill videos as well, that are available to premium subscribers.  Check out the site here:  http://www.mygolfinstructor.com/

The DVD is the first in their short game series and is called Putting Perfection.  PGA Tour Veteran, Jay Delsing, is the guest instructor.  View the DVD page here:  http://www.mygolfinstructor.com/dvds/

 

About Maria Palozola:

  • Top 50 LPGA Teacher in the World (2008-2012)
  • LPGA Midwest Teacher of the Year (2008 & 2011)
  • Golf Magazine "Top Teachers in Midwest"
  • Golf Digest "Top 10 Teachers in State" (Illinois)
  • Former Director of Instruction at Michael Jordan Golf Center and the Midwest Golf Lab
  • Starred in infomercial - "Golf's MVP" shown on Golf Channel and numerous cable channels
  • Has been both a collegiate and high school golf coach
  • Certified GolfPsych Instructor, Certified Ad-vantage Golf Fitness Instructor, Certified Club Fitter
  • Writer for Avid Magazine and co-host for Avid Magazine Golf Weekly radio show
  • Operates the St. Louis West County Chapter of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Club

 

 

The KiAi ("key-eye") Go lf Instructional DVD Series by Jamie Zimron, The Golf Sensei

 
Class A LPGA Teaching Pro, Jamie Zimron, takes you where golf's greats play: the unified mind-body "zone" where the keys to your own real abilities and best scores await. Consider that Tiger has trained his "total self" since age 2 to become the world's #1.  Annika became the first woman to break 60 on tour by emphasizing physical and mental conditioning. Phil turned to core fitness and martial arts to find the centered power and relaxed confidence he needed to finally win majors. Their east-west / mind-body approach is all on-purpose, to play and be their best!
 
Jamie's easy-to-follow expert guidance is guaranteed to improve your flexibility, focus, power, balance, confidence, consistency, swing and  of course scores. No gimmicks or gadgets, just the real things to help you reach your own golf, and human, potential.  This award-winning DVD Series illuminates:
 
1) Universal Principles For Golfing Success 
2) how to Make Your Golf Club Your Health Club
3) never-before-seen Swing Patterning exercises to groove in your best swings 
 
For golfers of every age and ability level. 4 instructional films + 3 Companion Manuals + Exercise Pocket Guide.  Available at www.kiaigolf.com or call 800-978-5516 / 760-492-GOLF (4653).

Jamie Leno Zimron
is a former junior golf champion, 5th Degree Aikido Black Belt, Sports Psychologist and Mind-Body Fitness Expert. Known as The Golf Sensei ("sen-say" = master instructor), she is a leader in holistic golf education. Her dynamic teaching style and powerful integrative methods help motivate and guide people to newfound success - both on and off the golf course. Based in the San Diego area, Jamie speaks and teaches locally, nationally and worldwide.
 
 

The Game Before the Game by Lynn Marriott & Pia Nilsson with Ron Sirak



After two years on the best selling golf book list with their smash hit Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, co-authors Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson and Ron Sirak have now published their new game-changing piece of work -- The Game Before the Game: The Perfect 30-Minute Practice.

As complete game coaches, Marriott and Nilsson showcase their proven integrated coaching principles by outlining how practice should be productive, fulfilling and fun. This revolutionary approach of how to take the range to the first tee is shared through three essential areas of practice: Warm-up, Maintenance and Preparation.


The authors' remarkable insight into each of these three areas is accompanied by specific drills that the reader can use to fully prepare to translate practice into success real-time on the golf course. 

The Game Before the Game: The Perfect 30-Minute Practice (ISBN:  978-1-592-40329-5) is available in bookstores and online. For more information go to Vision54.com

Lynn Marriott
and Pia Nilsson, co-founders of VISION54, were voted among the top 50 golf coaches in the USA by their peers in the September, 2005, issue of Golf Digest. Pia and Lynn have developed a new philosophy of golf that embraces the physical, mental and emotional parts of the game, focusing not just on developing the player, but also on developing the human being. They run dozens of golf programs for players at all levels, encouraging people to learn to coach themselves and to aim high--for the perfect 54 game. Their school, GOLF54, was rated the #1 golf school in the U.S. (Golf Magazine, June 2005). Annika Sorenstam credited Pia Nilsson, her Swedish National Team Coach, with giving her the psychological tools to win 19 times over two seasons and shoot the first 59 in LPGA history. (Golf Digest, September, 2003)
 

Golf Guide for Parents and Players by Jacqui McSorley & Johnny Gonzales

 

Secrets of success for junior and college golf, the pro tour and beyond.
 Whether your kid is 2 or 18, just starting, has played some golf, or is already a champion – this book will provide a chockfull of practical answers and new ideas.

“I am delighted.” JACK NICKLAUS

Golf Guide for Parents and Players (ISBN-13: 978-1-932421-14-9) is available online, through bookstores and through MansionGroveHouse.com

Jacqui Nicoletti-McSorley
brings to this book a wealth of golf experience. As an avid and highly successful junior golfer, collegiate player at the University of Southern California, as a playing professional on the Japan LPGA Tour, and now a sought-after LPGA Teacher, she offers amazing insights for parents. A prolific contributing writer for golf magazines, she has also shared her know-how on radio and television. Jacqui actively supports the growth of golf in her community and started an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf site in San Diego's north county. leagues.

 

Custom-Fit Your Golf Swing by Dori O'Rourke

 
Finally, You Can Stop Struggling with Your Golf Swing! There is only ONE golf swing that fits your body perfectly...and only ONE  book that shows you how to find it! Custom-Fit YOUR Golf Swing is the first book that shows you how to find YOUR best swing - the only swing that fits your body perfectly!  It´s impossible to be consistent as long as you keep trying to learn someone else´s swing.  For maximum power and consistency, you need to find YOUR best swing - the only swing that fits YOUR body best! There´s no other swing program like it.
 
Custom-Fit YOUR Golf Swing (ISBN: 978-0-9628854-3-3) is available on Amazon.com or from PerfectApproachGolf.com

Dori (Coach Dori) O'Rourke is a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP). She's a popular writer, teacher and speaker. As a leading golf improvement expert, she is committed to developing innovative products and programs that make golf improvement EASIER and more FUN. Known to many as Coach Dori, her talks and writings have inspired and entertained golfers coast to coast for over 20 years.
 
 

Music, Golf and Motivation DVD by Robin Aikens

 
 

Get the basics to begin your perfect golf game.  Aikens takes you through putting, chipping, the pitch and the full swing. You will also learn how your favorite music can improve your game.

Music, Golf and Motivation DVD may be ordered by sending check or money order to Golf Safari P.O. Box 178477 Chicago, IL 60617. The cost is $24.95 + $8 for shipping and handling.

Robin Aikens
is a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Teaching and Club Professionals. She is President and CEO of Golf Safari, three formidable business units (Golf Safari Apparel, Golf Safari Accessories, and Golf Safari Publications). She is also CEO and President of ProStarGolf, two business units: ProStarGolf Schools, and ProStarGolf Productions, producing televised celebrity charity golf outings that are fun and entertaining.

 

Ladies, Get A Grip by Mary Galvano


Don't know a thing about golf, but want to?  Here's the perfect way to get started!
 
Ladies Get A Grip is a light hearted, non-intimidating self-help book designed to speed up the process of getting women out onto the golf course. Whether for business or pleasure, you will never have to miss an opportunity again. A very simple, down to earth learning process. Learn business etiquette, golf rules, basic golf swing and putting, booking tee times, how to use your femininity to get ahead in business or social situations and more.
 
The book may be ordered through www.marygalvano.com.

Mary Galvano
is a Class A Member of the LPGA, former touring professional, and once recognized as one of the top junior golfers in the nation with over 100 victories. Daughter of the late, Phil Galvano, PGA and "Pro to the Stars," Mary continues the family business of teaching golf.  She has dedicated her life to golf and to helping others achieve their goals. Now she wants to reach out to people who never had a chance to be around the game, teaching those who may be intimidated to get started.
 

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Golf by Cheryl Anderson, Brian A Crowell, Tom Mackin

 

While there are countless books to help good golfers get even better, there are few books for "pleasure" golfers who simply want to have fun and not embarrass themselves. Instead of laborious text loaded with theory and tech talk, Teach Yourself VISUALLYtm Golf contains hundreds of color photos that demonstrate golf's fundamentals alongside clear explanations.

Brian A. Crowell is the head golf professional at Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford, NY. Tom Mackin has been an associate editor at GOLF Magazine and a contributing editor for Zagat's America's Top Golf Courses.
 
Teach Yourself VISUALLYtm Golf (ISBN:  978-0-470-09844-8) is available in bookstores and online.

Cheryl Anderson
is an LPGA Class A member and Director of Instruction at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, NY. She received the LPGA's 2006 National Teacher of the Year award, the 2007 PGA Section Teacher of the Year for the Metropolitan Section, and is one of Golf for Women magazine's "50 Top Teachers in America."
 

How to Master a Great Golf Swing by Maxine Van Evera Lupo

 
 

Mastering a strong, consistent, and accurate golf swing is no easy feat. Yet, as leading golf swing analyst Maxine Van Evera Lupo shows in this revolutionary book, any golf, by focusing on the 15 fundamentals and following the step-by-step instruction for each, can master the proper moves and postions that ensure a coreect and controlled swing. Using this sequential method of instruction, the auther clearly examines each swing part in detail. The golfer can then compare his or her movements with those discussed in the book and depicted in more than 200 line drawings and adjust those components that are not fundamentally correct.

Available in bookstores and on Amazon.com. This is the second edition of How to Master a Great Golf Swing (ISBN13-979-1-58979-350-7 and 10-1-58979-350-1), which was originally issued in 1992 and sold more than 50,000 copies.

Illustrated by Dom Lupo, One of America's foremost and well-known golf artist.

Maxine Lupo
has been a member of the LPGA since 1979. She is a well-known swing analyst in Southern California.

 
 

My Life:  from Fairway to Airway by Betty Hicks

 
All fans of the LPGA should inclue My Life:  From Fairway to Airway in the libraries of important golf books.  Betty's unique and fresh perspective on the beginnings of women's professional golf makes for fascinating reading.  Her persona memoris of Babe Zaharias, Patty Berg and other LPGA stars, as well as movie star Katharine Hepburn and golf course developer Marion Hollins offer intimate, never previously told details of the lives of the women in golf in the 1940's and 1950's. 
 
As co-founder of the forerunner of the LPGA, Betty Hicks has chronicled the history  of women's golf and taught the sport for more than 50 years.  She has co-authored two books and written over 400 articles for golf publications. 
 
My Life: From Fairway to Airway (ISBN 0-595-41434-6) is available from iUniverse.com or Amazon.com

Betty Hicks
is a founder of the Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership of the LPGA and is a member of the T&CP Hall of Fame.
 

Pro Pointers by Paula Adelman

 

Paula Adelman, an LPGA teaching professional, saw the need for simple golf tips that students could clip to their bag and take to the golf course. With student input she developed these four double- sided laminated cards that are easy to read and understand. It's like having a Pro by your side on the course!

- Includes 4 double-sided laminated cards, covering essential topics.
- Easily clips to your golf bag and flips for easy reading.
- The perfect gift for all golfers.
- A unique Tee Prize for your club or outing.
- Can be personalized with your club or event name.

Learn more at MyProPointers.com.>>


Paula Adelman
is an LPGA Class A member and teaching professional at Country Club of the Rockies in Edwards, Colorado.  She has been teaching golf for 17 years.

 

Golf's Greenland and its SWINGplay by Nancy Dunn-Kato

 

Golf's Greenland and its SWINGplay

A great book for a golfer to give to a child or grandchild this holiday! Discover together how to paint rainbows with leprechauns on the putter's heel and toe. Keep the squirt gun in the putter's top hole aimed at the dragon on your target shoulder. The squirt gun leaks and the water drips right in front of the ball. Then, dowse the dragon's hot spit as you putt the ball into the hole!

Learn more at SwingPlay.com.>>

Nancy Dunn-Kato
is a teaching professional at Long Beach Parks & Recreation in Long Beach, California.  She has been an LPGA member since 1989. In 2000, Golf for Women magazine selected her as one of the 50 Top Teachers for her innovative method of teaching golf fundamentals, etiquette and swing mechanics through the use of creative experiences in art, poetry, and play.

 

Golf Fitness by Karen Palacios-Jansen

 
Play Better, Play without Pain, Play Longer and Enjoy the Game More
By Karen Palacios-Jansen and the Editors of Golf Fitness Magazine
Foreword by Gary Player

Every golfer, at every level, can shoot lower scores and play injury-free with the golf-specific programs outlined in Golf Fitness. This book looks at the tips and techniques used by today's top golfers: Master's Champion Trevor Immelman's exercise routine, Stuart Appleby on how to develop the "power move," LPGA Tour pro Suzanne Petersen's routine for top performance, Phil Mickelson's trainer Sean Cochran on staying fit in the off-season, and more. Golf Fitness includes exercises to improve the golf swing, details on better warm-ups, whole-body workout routines, and notes on nutrition. The book also looks at the mental game, and how the mind and body can work together for lower scores. Any golfer looking for an edge will find it in Golf Fitness.


Karen Palacios-Jansen
is Managing Editor of Golf Fitness Magazine and was voted the 2008-09 LPGA National Teacher of the Year. A regular guest instructor on the Golf Channel's "Golf Academy Live," she lives in Mooresville, NC (Charlotte area). Golf Fitness Magazine is the premier publication devoted to physical and mental conditioning for golf. GF's editorial offices are in Ococee, FL (Orlando area).
 

How to Learn Golf Your Way by Nancy Stuart

 
Would you like to not only understand why your golf ball goes where it does, but more importantly, learn how to make it go where you want on demand?

"How to Learn Golf Your Way" was designed for golfers of all ages and all skill levels from the complete beginner to the Touring Professional.


You will finally be able to play the game of golf for the sheer enjoyment it delivers rather than beating your head against the wall with all the frustrating shots that never go where you intend.


Nancy Stuart's pursuit of perfection has led her around the world to the most sought-after teachers of the game of golf. Through hours, days, months, and years studying the golf swing and game, the information has now been put on the page for others to use without having to go through the same lessons that took Nancy years to learn.


Nancy's personal mission is to "teach them to teach themselves." This learning happens as a result of a lot of questioning and seeking of answers. This book is designed to not only teach you about golf but also will teach you how to think about the reasons why everything is happening the way it is in your game.


Nancy's other aim is for you to "Become Your Own Best Teacher". Feed a man a fish and he is full for the day, but teach him how to fish and he is full for a lifetime.


Nancy Stuart
is an LPGA Teaching Professional at the Don Law Golf Academy in Boca Raton, FL. Nancy teaches golfers of all ages and all skill levels.
 

Easy for Hands by Heayoung Choi

 
  The grip is the most important factor in the full golf swing because your two hands are the unique bridge which makes the connection between body and golf club. This book explains why different body types (different shape of hand, thickness, length) need different grip styles. There are 54 bones in our two hands. The hands should be comfortable and the bones should not be harmed every time when the hands swing the clubs. So, making the hands easy and comfortable makes the swing easy and natural, automatic, effective, repetitive. This book is written in Korean and will be translated into English, Chinese and Japanese. composed of 313 pages 313 pages with 600 photos and illustrations. Approx. $32 USD.

Heayoung Choi
has been a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals since 1996. Her first book, The Opposite Way for Golf, published in 2003, became the most popular golf lesson book among Korean golfers and is now in its 12th edition.


 

Your Inner Swing: 7 Lessons in Golf and Life by Randy Friedman

 

Karen Palacios-Jansen, LPGA T&CP member and managing editor, Golf Fitness Magazine and golffitnessmagazine.com says:

"Randy Friedman, in her new book, Your Inner Swing: 7 Lessons in Golf and Life, contends that beliefs we have about ourselves while we are playing golf can even affect our daily lives and the quality of our life. How many times have you let a bad round or one bad hole affect your mood for the rest of the day?

"Friedman wants us to stop looking at the things that we don't want or don't have in our lives ('I don't want to hit the ball in the water,' ' I never hit a good drive on this hole,' or 'he hits it so much farther than me'), and focus what we want in our lives—on and off the golf course. Friedman suggests that beliefs that improve your golf game will also improve your larger life. 


"If you have been searching for the mental edge that will help you elevate your game, you need to read Your Inner Swing. Friedman's book will equip you with simple, yet effective exercises to do on a daily basis to improve your golf game as well as your life."

The book/cd package may be ordered at the special discounted price of $57
(reg. $79.95) by going t http://www.golfmindpower.com/cgi/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key=YISPSC

Enter the discount code: GOLFPRO

Randy Friedman is a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP). She's a performance golf professional, a mind coach, a speaker and an author.
www.golfmindpower.com

 

Be You Swing True! by Shannon Dowdy-Kneisler

 
 

Be You Swing True!  Yes, it is true that our uniquely made body type can make a difference in our golf game.  Internationally recognized biomechanical doctors share their insight with Shannon Kneisler.  She brings this information to you in a golf perspective and delivers you the needed tools to get these assets in your body working in your golf swing.

In these three DVD's you will discover the function of bones and how they affect the swing.  You do not need to be an expert to understand these DVD's.  They're so simple and easy for even a beginner golfer to understand.

Volume One: Grip will help you understand your lifetime grip.  The shape of your hand and its structure dictate where you should be placing  your hands on the grip.   Should you have set your hands perfectly to your hand shape every time, there will be no question if you can square the club.  By simply having this lifetime grip it will begin to shape the ideal swing plane and improve your yardage in some cases up to 20%.  Discover if you are naturally designed to be a interlocking, overlapping or 10 finger grip.

Volume Two Posture shows you what makes up your posture through the vertebrae of the spine.   Shannon Kneisler shows you how posture is affected by the feet, stride, knees, hips, shoulders and head.  She gives you techniques to follow at home so you can determine whether or not your posture is in balance to your center of gravity and tells you how to prevent injuries.

Volume Three: Balance. We often hear how important balance is and how fitness aids in your balance.  But very few times is the swing addressed in terms of balance while the club is in your hands.   The addition of the club adds an entirely new dimension to the swing and being in balance with the club and your body is what golf is truly about.   Shannon Kneisler tests every inch of the backswing, forward swing and follow-through using balance techniques to prove the correct positions.  With these correct positions you are able to utilize nearly 95% of your body power without effort—your body simply responds to the proper movement without having to add swing thoughts.  Even if you have suffered from ailments in the past, you can maximize the unused energy sources in your body by watching this DVD.    

$39.99 each. Special Pricing for LPGA Members—$20.00 each. Order through golfwithshannon.com or call 1-877-296-0001.


Shannon Dowdy-Kneisler,
known internationally as the "Bio-Golf Coach," is helping to bring excitement into the game of golf with the use of biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and meta-physical techniques to enhance all golf games with the easiest and most approachable natural body type way to learn the game and have fun.  She has been tagged by the industry as "Your Anatomy Expert on Golf" because of her continuous efforts to share the insights of how your body type is unique and should be valued when learning golf. Shannon has degrees in kinesiology, biomechanics, and business. She resides in Oklahoma  and is contracted in California, Florida and Internationally throughout the year to educate other professionals and teach "Bio-Golf" to eager students.



 

Golfing with Erin by Erin Szekely

 


"Golfing with Erin" is a 20 minute video featuring Erin's instructions on Grip, Aim, Stance, Alignment, Full Swing, Putting, Chipping and Pitching and Sand Shots. Her unique instructions are based on Manuel de la Torre's principles, are easy to follow and will help you simplify your game.


I just viewed Erin's DVD and I think it is "terrific." She did a wonderful job explaining the Manuel de la Torre system. "Very very impressive."

Pam Barnett

LPGA Teaching Professional
Students include: Ted Purdy, PGA Tour Jerry Smith, Nationwide Tour


"Even I can understand it, and I've never golfed before... I think this is great, very easy to follow."
Ashley Griffith

Beginner Golfer

The "Golfing with Erin" DVD is available for $15.95 plus shipping and tax where applicable from GolfingwithErin.com

Erin Szekely is a class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. She teaches Manuel de la Torre's principles, and is featured in his DVD.
Szekely is a member of the LPGA Senior Tour, and plays competitively on a professional mini tour, which has taken her around the country and to China. She is the director of the Washington State Women's Open, and has been involved in Junior Golf around the Northwest.


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