Dr. Alison Curdt leads our coverage of golf psychology and is a PGA Master Professional and a LPGA Master Professional. Being 1 of only 2 women to achieve this highest dual PGA and LPGA credential earned by an instructor. Alison has over 29 years of golf competition background and has recently played in five LPGA Tour majors. Alison arrived in California after being a 2 time Academic All-American and competing on a full scholarship on the women’s golf team at Florida State University.
Owner of Alison Curdt Golf in Los Angeles, CA, she earned numerous teaching awards such as the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, 2016 Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year, 4-time LPGA T&CP Western Section Teacher of the year, LPGA Top 50 Teacher, and was inducted into the Southern California PGA Teaching Hall of Fame. Alison has been selected twice as one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America.
Alison is the Director of Instruction at Wood Ranch Golf Club and practices as a licensed clinical sport psychotherapist at Curdt Performance Therapy. She holds her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in sport psychology.
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Improve your backswing and follow through with Erika Larkin’s Shadow Drill You can do this anywhere there is sun)… the course, the backyard, or even the beach 🙂
Alignment is the easiest fundamental to work on, and probably one of the most neglected principles of golf. A good shot is useless unless it is going toward your intended target.
First, you align the clubface square to your target line, and then you align your body.
One of the biggest mistakes I see, as a teacher, is when people line up their body to the target first, then set the clubface down. This sequence usually makes people misalign their bodies, causing them to twist and turn inappropriately to get the ball to the target.
Don’t make the mistake that 90 percent of higher-handicappers do by not taking the time to align the body correctly. The easiest and most effective way to practice your align correctly is to set-up in an alignment station.
Avoid aiming your body at the target. This closes you off and promotes an inside-out swing or makes you hook the ball excessively. You may even come over the top on the downswing to pull the ball back towards your target. Practice hitting to targets in an alignment station so you can teach yourself to aim correctly.
Karen Palacios-Jansen is an LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and a Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Golf Fitness. Karen has been voted as one of America’s “Top 50 Female Instructors” by Golf Digest magazine for 15 years and received the prestigious LPGA National Teacher of the Year award in 2008.
If you are really struggling with solid shots from the fairway, then grab some chalk and let me show you an awesome drill to groove on-target and solid ball striking.
Start with Cindy Miller’s six-lesson beginner’s course covering the answers to questions that you may have in your mind but have been reluctant to ask.
Welcome to Golf says Nancy Berkley as part of her 7 step introduction for new players starting with a “Tour of the Course” Lesson.
The next step is Nancy Berkley’s excellent ‘Advice for New Women Golfers‘. As Nancy says ” If you want to learn to play golf, it can be overwhelming. I reviewed many websites advertised for “new” golfers, and they all assume too much knowledge. Although I am not a professional golf instructor, as a former educator, I understand the art of teaching.”
So there you go your first four steps into a lifetime of golf. Enjoy the journey and don’t forget to ask for help.
Feature Photo: Barbara Cooper and friends in Kansas USA – Women’s Golf Social Group
Use Erika Larkin’s Lawnmower Drill to really help you create some explosive power through impact so that you’re not leaving any distance on the table.