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Minnesota Golf Experts Share Their Best Shots

November 25, 2014

What Golf Shots Are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, family, and reflection. So, in honor of the season, we asked several Minnesota Section PGA members, “What golf shots are you thankful for?” Like the good teaching pros that they are, some of these Minnesota golf experts combined their own favorite shots with a bit of advice, while one singled-out the best (and most important) shot he ever hit.

Best Golf Shots

Short Strokes

2009 Teacher of the Year Dee Forsberg McCullagh, currently teaching out of Brookview Golf Club in Golden Valley, is thankful for her putting. Dee reports, “As a player over 45 years of age, the short game is critical for making up for any loss of distance I have had off the tee due to my lower club head speed.”

Memorable Moments

Hazeltine National Golf Club Director of Instruction Mike Barge, the 1989 Teacher of the Year, is thankful for all the good shots he hit in 2014. Barge points out, “We tend to remember our bad shots and dismiss our good ones, but it should be the opposite. Good golfers can conjure up the best shot they have ever hit with each club to help them in any situation.”

Sand Saves

Former Section President Kathy Swanson looks towards the sand to be thankful. “I think one of the most intimidating shots in golf is the bunker shot – many players are just afraid to swing down through the sand. The word ‘through’ is the key to successful bunker shots. Following through during the swing so that the sand lands outside the bunker is key because the sand is what propels the ball out of the bunker.”

One For The Books

Eden Prairie golf coach Ty Armstrong has a shot he will always be thankful for: a 230-yard three wood to the island green on the 15th hole at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course. “It was stupid,” Ty now says, ”but I pulled it off.” This shot led to a tournament win, and a PGA Tour card.

Thankful indeed!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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