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John Mayes (John Mayes)
10.0 January 6, 2019
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NH January 2, 2019
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15.6 January 2, 2019
Chris Sassano (Chris Sassano)
4.9 January 1, 2019
Kevin McGarrahan (KevinMcGarrahan)
22.0 12/31/2018 4:36:19 PM
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Joe Helfert (JoeHelfert)
13.5 12/28/2018 10:19:43 AM
Gregg Dewalt (Gregg Dewalt)
7.2 12/14/2018 10:50:42 AM
Todd DeBoer (ToddDeBoer)
NH 11/27/2018 1:30:41 PM
Brad Herman (Brad Herman)
15.2 11/7/2018 7:45:09 PM
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  • Comments (78)

    Chris Sassano January 1, 2019
    Tip of the Month January 2019

    Practice like your playing a round of golf. Switch it up, try to limit the number times you hit a club. No more than 3, Try hitting a driver then an mid iron then a wedge. Also focus on shots that will likely occur during a round, such as 5-6 ft putts for par 20-25 yard chip / pitch shots, green side sand shots. The more you practice like you're playing is simply good planning.

    Chris Sassano 12/31/2018 12:43:37 PM
    Let’s toast another new year with a roaring fun, and laughter all over, with this New Years Eve. Be safe and get ready for this coming 2019 golf season.

    Chris Sassano 11/1/2018 4:39:10 AM
    Tip of the Month November 2018


    I hardly see anyone on the practice putting green. More than half your shots are while putting. When I do I see players on the putting green, why are they hitting these long 40-50 foot putts. Those putts are fun but are rare. Most of your putts will come from 20-25 feet and even more putts from 5-7 feet to save par. These are putts that need to be part your practice time. Try just 15-20 min on the putting green to close out your range time. Doing this will add confidence to your game and save stokes.

    Chris Sassano 10/15/2018 5:14:00 PM
    Tip of the Month October 2018

    Balance is the key element to control and to hit more fairways, gain more distance. Good balanced in the golf swing means starting with a setup and staying in control as your weight moves from heel to toe and side to side. An easy way to work on your balance is too swing the a golf club without hitting balls. Trying swinging the golf in slow motion feeling the weight moving and repeating it one and over. Once you feel the weight move and your not losing balance try speeding it up to about 60 %, repeat until you’re able to maintain balance while holding that finish and count too 3 with all your weight on the lead leg. You can only swing as fast as you can while your balance is maintained to a solid finish position. This always a good drill in the off season during or during the week to get ready for weekend play.

    MattBrittain 9/26/2018 7:47:02 PM
    New to the club. Was wondering if there is a group here that plays every so often for the 3 rounds that have to be confirmed by a member

    Chris Sassano 9/1/2018 10:13:27 AM
    Tip of the Month September 2018


    If your one who will just pound one ball after another, will not lead to much practice to inprove your game. Try to make practice fun by changing clubs after every shot or playing an imaginary round using what the range layout has to offer. If your at the range with a buddy try calling out targets and have a closest to the pin match. Try a chip and putt match if the range has a pratice area..hit the chip shot for then try to make the putt. Not only will this make practice more fun, it will make your pratice more Valuable to take that game to the course.

    Chris Sassano 8/1/2018 5:29:50 AM
    Tip of the Month August 2018

    Too often, Golfers will tend to aim at the cup and then push or pull their putts to allow for the slope of the green. The player may not be even aware that they are doing it. Next time your on the practice green, find a putt that has a break of at least 1ft....6-7ft away. Place a ball marker where you think you need to aim outside the cup in order for the ball to take the break and fall in the cup. Align your putter and body with that spot and hit some putts. This will provide a better sense of how to align yourself to play breaking putts. On short straight putts pick a aim point behind the hole. This will help not to decelerate and leave the putt short of the hole.

    Chris Sassano 7/3/2018 4:57:26 AM
    Tip of the Month July 2018

    Your golf glove does give you feedback about your grip. If you have a hole near the heel of your hand, means your holding the club too much with your palms. You should move the handle more into your fingers. If you wear holes in the thumb, you probably have a grip that is too tight. Lighten your hands on the grip so that you do not feel any tension in the muscles of your hands and forearms. If your gloves do not wear out easily, you most likely have a good grip and your hands are not making any adjustments during your swing.

    Chris Sassano 6/2/2018 5:27:09 AM
    Tip of the Month June 2018

    Par 3 holes can be tempting to go flag hunting, but also can lead to making a big score. On par 3 holes that are longer than 160 yds, don’t not aim at the flag. Aim for the middle of the green and then 2 putts for par. Par on all these holes is good, let the par 4 & 5 holes be where you go for birdies.

    Chris Sassano 5/1/2018 7:02:16 PM
    Tip of the Month May 2018

    A wind that moves across the fairway from left to right or right to left is a crosswind. A few precautions to hit drives to position your ball for your next shot. First, your goal is to keep the ball in play; do not over play the wind. For example if the wind is right to left, you should aim down the the right side of the fairway. If you hit a straight and the ball is moved by the wind then the ball will either be in the fairway or light rough. Second, blasting in a high and down the middle with a cross wind can lead to trouble. Finally, never think you can cut thru the wind.

    Chris Sassano 4/1/2018 6:24:58 PM
    Tip of the Month April 2018

    Do you miss short putts? One main reason Golfers miss short putts is that they decelerate. Many golfers are afraid of hitting the ball too firmly and having the balll spin out or running the putt too far beyond the hole. Deceleration is usually caused by making to long of a backstroke, and then slowing then putter head thru the impact zone. A better way to make these short putts is make a shorter backstroke and longer follow thru keeping the putter head moving thru the hitting area.

    Chris Sassano 3/15/2018 8:01:32 PM
    Tip of the Month March 2018

    The goal is to lower your scores and this will help. Play a course you know well and then play from the next further tee markers. This will challenge your shot making and will expose your weakness. Once you know where you need to improve you can take action and address those areas that needed to stop the bleeding. This will strengthen your shots making skills and prepare you to lower your overall score.

    Chris Sassano 2/2/2018 5:31:00 AM
    Tip of the Month February 2018


    If your not working on a specific swing change and you find yourself just pounding one ball after another during practice time, will not lead to much to improve your game. Practicing should be fun but also step towards lowering your scores. Try changing clubs after every shot or playing an imaginary round using what the range layout has to offer. If your at the range with a buddy try calling out targets and have a closest to the pin match. Try a chip and putt if the range has a pratice area..hit the chip shot from then try to make the putt. Not only will this make practice more fun, it will make your practice more Valuable to take that game to the course.


    Chris Sassano 1/7/2018 8:11:33 AM
    Tip of the Month January 2018

    New Years Resolution - Putting?

    While at the practice range, I hardly see anyone on the practice putting green. More than half your shots are while putting. When I do I see players on the putting green, why are they hitting these long 40-50 foot putts. Those putts are fun but are rare. Most of your putts will come from 20-25 feet and even more putts from 5-7 feet to save par. These are putts that need to be part your practice time. Spend 20-25 min on the putting green either at the start or to close out your pratice time. Doing this will add confidence to your game and save stokes.

    Chris Sassano 12/1/2017 6:42:47 PM
    Tip of the Month December 2017

    I have seen many golfers extend their arms and hands outward when setting up with the driver. This gives a false sense of power. It is good to extend your arms at impact but not at setup. Hold the club about six inches from your body and let your triceps touch your chest slightly at setup. Take your regular backswing, but when you come into the impact zone let your arms fully extend to the ball for maximum power.
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  • Membership Information
    Club Name: North Alabama Golfers
    Official Name: Madison Area #758
    Membership: Public
    Club Type: Club without Real Estate
    National Assn: USGA
    Regional Assn: Alabama Golf Association
    Compliant: Yes
    USGA ID: 30263
    Members: 273
    Location: Madison AL


    2019 Revision Schedule
    1/1, 1/15, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 4/1, 4/15, 5/1, 5/15, 6/1, 6/15, 7/1, 7/15, 8/1, 8/15, 9/1, 9/15, 10/1, 10/15, 11/1, 11/15, 12/1, 12/15
    Last Revision: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Season Start: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
    Season End: Tuesday, December 31, 2019


    Club Chair
    Chris Sassano
    Professional Champion
    Handicap#: 2969718
     

    Kevin McGarrahan
    Amateur
    Handicap#: 2480297