Tammy lohren

 

   


Tammy Lohren – P.G.A.  Member;  Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology.


-Won Connecticut Women’s Open

-Won Metropolitan P.G.A.  Women’s Stroke Play Championship

-Runner-up in Connecticut Women’s Open

-Runner-up in National P.G.A.  Women’s Stroke Play Championship

-Third place in Massachusetts Women’s Open

-Played Futures Tour

-2009 Inducted into the Longwood University Hall of Fame

-2008 Recipient of the Reid Harris Award for promoting junior golf

in East Tennessee


First, I am very fortunate to reap the benefits of my fathers (Carl Lohren) hard work and dedication to the game of golf for over 60 years.  He has taught me everything I know and then some. 


Carl is a Master P.G.A. professional.  He has been a P.G.A. member for 45 years.  He wrote two books: “One Move to Better Golf” and “Getting Set for Golf”.  He also has a couple videos.  For the fifty years of being a golf professional he has an array of stellar accomplishments for both playing and teaching.  Carl played on both the Senior and Regular P.G.A. Tours; Played in nine U.S. Opens; Won the New York State P.G.A. Championship, Won the Long Island P.G.A. Championship, Won the Met Sr. Open Championship, Won the National Sr. Open Championship, Winner of the Horton Smith Award, Metropolitan P.G.A. Teacher of the Year, Metropolitan P.G.A. Hall of Fame, Top 25 Teacher of the Century, Top 50 Golf Instructors of Golf Magazine, Top 100 Golf Instructors of Golf Magazine for 15 years, On Golf Channel; and has done many P.G.A. workshops & seminars around the country including the Tennessee Section.


The information I am about to share with you over the next eight months is founded through my father studying the greatest players in the world that were at the top of their game, consistently for 30 years.  The object was to find out what was the common denominator among the great ones, ie: Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus, Trevino & Palmer to name a few.


Our philosophy is to fix the flaw in your swing “BEFORE” you ever start your swing.  90% of the problems can be corrected in how someone sets up to the golf ball. The other 10% is how one starts the golf swing (backswing).  And, as my dad says, “The rest is in the hands of the Lord.”


There are thousands of things in the setup alone.  As we all know, the swing only takes about a second to a second and a half from beginning to end.  So, to try to manipulate any part of the golf swing after it starts, would be detrimental.  You may get a way with it for a little while, but it won’t last, especially under pressure. You will start looking for another fix. 


To start, you must start with the only connection you have to the golf club: your hands.  Never underestimate how important the grip is.  It’s the most important part.  If your grip is off, even by a fraction of an inch, it could cause major problems in both your swing and how you set up to the ball.  Your hands could dictate how your shoulders and arms are at the address position.


When I give a lesson, the first thing I check is how a persons hands hang naturally by their side. Then, I check out how they put their hands on the club.  Everyone’s hands hang differently, so what’s correct for one person could be wrong for another.  Your hands should go on the club the way they naturally hang by your side or somewhat close to that. 


The common denominator is HOW to put your hands on the club (right handed player):


LEFT HAND:  The club lies below the heel pad and in the crook or 2nd knuckle of the index finger- NOT deep into the fingers.  If correct you should be able to balance the club with just the index finger & under the heel pad. (Look at picture)  The thumb pad is on the club, somewhat close to your index finger.


A correct left hand causes your left arm to be straight without trying to straighten it.  If the club is not under the heel pad, your left arm could break down in the swing. This is one reason why so many people say, “keep your left arm straight” not knowing that the problem is with how they are holding the club: they are fixing a problem with another problem. 


RIGHT HAND:  The club lies in the finger pads of the right hand, NOT the palm.  The thumb is just off on the side of the club, NOT on top.  The lifeline of your hand, (between the two fat pads of the heel of your hand), should be placed along the side of your left thumb. The pinky is homeless.  It goes on last, either overlap or interlock. Do not try to make the pinky comfortable. If you do, you will undue the correctness of the right hand.  (See picture).  If the right hand is on the club correctly you will feel like you don’t have control, which is a correct feeling, but that is all it is, a feeling.  


There is so much that goes into holding the club correctly, but this should help start you off on the right path.


To prevent injuries, warming up your golf muscles is very important.


WARM UP:  For hands, forearms and wrists.  Arms extended in front of you parallel to the ground.  Open and close your hands as quickly as possible.   50 – 60 times.


STRETCH:  Arms extended in front of you, parallel to the ground.  Palm down, use one hand to apply pressure to the other hand – Hold for approximately 10 seconds.  Turn palm over and repeat.  Repeat on other hand. 


Have a great spring golfing. 


If interested in lessons please call me at: 865-898-1836  

The above illustrations are compliments of Carl Lohren, One Move To Better Golf.