Let's Prep For The 2018 PGA Tour Houston Open

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE PROGRAM
I learned a lot after qualifying for my first major championship at Quail Hollow. My preparation should've been better by creating this practice program, YOU are going to train with me and hold me accountable while I prepare for my next PGA Tour event at the 2018 Houston Open!

RESULT ORIENTED GOALS

Consistent. Balance. Efficient.

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    LET'S SET SOME GOALS - SET EM' HIGH (BUT REALISTIC)

    Goal setting has three aspects to ensure we achieve our final goal. The first aspect 'result oriented goals' is the vision of where we want to go.

  • GOLF GOALS FOR 2018
  • Tee of #1 On Final Round of Houston Open, March 30th
  • Qualify For 2nd Straight PGA Championship
  • Win South Texas PGA Major Tournament in 2018
  • LIFE GOALS FOR 2018
  • Lose The Dad Bod (Lose 20lbs)
  • Get More Sleep (7h 30min minimum)
  • Host College Golf Combine (SAF)
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    YOU GOTTA WORK (SMART) TO ACHIEVE THOSE DREAMS

    The second aspect 'process goals' is the overall behaviors that we are going to implement daily to achieve our ultimate goal above.

  • HOW I'M GOING TO ACHIEVE GOLF GOALS
  • Accomplish 1 Thing Every Day To Get Better
  • Work-Life-Golf Balance
  • Practice Planning And Efficiency
  • HOW I'M GOING TO ACHIEVE LIFE GOALS
  • Workout Minimum 3x Per Week
  • Be Disciplined With Nutrition (less soda, beer)
  • Improve Mindset Techniques

PROCESS GOALS

Consistent. Balance. Efficient.

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    LET'S GET DETAILED WITH THE PROCESS DAILY

    The third aspect 'practice goals' are the daily items we are going to do in each "process" aspect to get better in life and golf.

PRACTICE GOALS

Awareness. Detail. Feedback.

START HERE

READ THIS FIRST +

RULES IF YOU WANT TO TRAIN WITH ME

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    RULE #1

    Always Remember Rule #1 and Rule #1A

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    NO EXCUSES!!

    If I hear one more person say "but, I was busy and didn't have time" or "it was raining outside so I couldn't practice"... I REALLY DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT, WE ARE ALL "JUST SO BUSY"!!!!
    Accept that you are being a little SH*T and figure out how to get it done. The next time it's "raining" or you were "so busy", take 10 minutes to improve your game. (you'll find endless options to get better in these practices)

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    GET A LITTLE BETTER EVERY DAY

    It's gotta be hard to be Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth, how do you get better? They dissect their games constantly by getting feedback every time they play and/or practice. (track your rounds!) Each day they focus on ONE aspect to get better at, while maintaining their strengths.

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    USE THE 60/40 PRACTICE RULE

NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UNDERSTAND YOUR GAME +

RECRUITING EVALUATION

Similar to working on your golf game, we need to establish a baseline for where you are currently at in the college recruiting process.

Below I have links to 2 different evaluations

  1. DIY ONLINE for those completing the recruiting process on their own with the guidance of this online program, please complete this quiz to get a better idea of where you stand and what you need to focus on during the recruiting process. ACCESS QUIZ HERE
  2. WORKING WITH JJ whether you are working with me online or in Houston, please fill this form out and I will put together a small report based off your answers.
    ACCESS EVALUATION HERE

 

EXERCISES

PRACTICE

MY PRACTICE STRATEGY +

Introduction

The college recruiting process can be quite intimidating for most high school athletes and their parents. There are many reasons why certain players get recruited to play college athletics, while others do not. Every year, hundreds of high school athletes fall through the cracks of college recruiting simply because they do not fully understand the college recruiting process.

In addition, most high school counselors do not possess the knowledge or experience in intercollegiate athletics to properly advise student-athletes on how to achieve their dream of receiving an athletic scholarship to play at the college level. At GPG we have come across only a limited number of high schools that have an appropriate program to successfully prepare student-athletes for the college recruiting process.

Our research has shown that:

  • 80% of college student-athletes attend schools outside of the NCAA Division I. This means that there are over 1,600 schools that offer athletic scholarships!
  • The average college team’s recruiting budget is $500. With such limited funds available, it is impossible for coaches to see all potential high school athletes that could be recruited for their programs. That is why a proactive approach is required to be seen by college coaches.

For these reasons GPG originally developed this manual, which contains an easy 10-step process to make it as simple as possible for you to obtain the college scholarship of your dreams and to GET RECRUITED NOW!

 

WEEK 1 - GETTING THE RUST OFF MY GAME +

GETTING MY PRIORITIES STRAIGHT...

I took the fall (end of August until end of December) to focus on my personal relationships and the golf academy business. I BELIEVE your life needs to be in order - have your priorities straight - if you want to have the best chance of success on the golf course. Now that I had some hard talks with my colleagues (and girlfriend), made some good improvements, I feel like I'm in a good position to work on my game and beat some tour "stars" at my next PGA Tour event.


GETTING MY GOLF PRIORITIES STRAIGHT...

After taking a hard look at my game, and being honest with myself.... I need to get a lot better if I'm going to beat Phil Mickelson (AGAIN!) at Golf Club of Houston. I tracked my stats (kind of) and here is what I need to improve before the last week of March...

  • Consistently keep stats (every time I play) to identify what is really holding me back from achieving my potential!
  • Improve my club face control in my full swing
  • Lose my dad bod (I've gotten so fat, I can't turn properly in the golf swing!)

ALWAYS REMEMBER RULE NUMBER 1 #NOEXCUSES

My first week began on a Monday, it was raining, so it was a perfect time to work on my swing positions to get used to motion of turning differently. I thought I might as well burn some calories at the same time, so I put together this practice to get back into the swing of things. ENJOY! 

DAY 1 - CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRACTICE
*this is indoors, you can do 90% of this practice at your house. If you have a net, you can do 100% of this practice!

STEP #8 PREPARE TO COMMUNICATE +

COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES be prepared to talk to coaches on the phone

Communication is an extremely important aspect of the recruiting process. Communications will take several forms:

  • First, you will be expected to tell the coach about yourself.
  • Second, the coach will expect that you have done your homework and thatyou will ask him questions about the program and how you will fit in.
  • And third, you can expect the coach to ask you questions, and to listencarefully to how you respond; you must be prepared.One way to prepare is to find a partner to role-play with before following up with college coaches. This will help you get an idea how to respond to coaches on follow up phone calls and conversations. This person could be a parent, teammate, coach, counselor, or anybody that will play along!WHAT to tell the coach

    Stress your personal strengths! Say one of your strengths every time an opportunity arises in conversation. Do not be afraid to come off as cocky - just let the coach know you are confident in your abilities to succeed at the college level and help improve his program. Here are some strengths that you should build into your conversations, if they apply to you. Add others that are applicable.

  1. You are doing great academically and plan to continue so that the coach will not have any worries in this regard.
  2. You will pursue every avenue possible for financial aid
  3. You will do whatever it takes to have a chance to play for their program.
  4. You are registered with NCAA Clearinghouse, so the coach knows you are eligible, which takes away 50% of the coach’s worry about a recruit.
  5. You are responsible and mature.You are proving that with the emails, mail, researching the coaches contact information, following up with the coach, and being able to put all the materials together, including being pre-registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
  6. You are passionate about being a collegiate student-athlete and playing for their program; you will do whatever it takes to prove to the coach that you are worthy of an opportunity to play for him.
  7. You know how to balance and excel in both academics and athletics.

WHAT to ask the coaches (minimum 2-3, ask more if you feel necessary)

You must do your homework to identify good questions to ask coaches. This is important to demonstrate your interest in their programs. Here are some questions to get you going down the right path:

1. Haveyouhadachancetolookatmyemailorpackagethatcamethrough the mail?

  1. How do you feel I could fit into your program?
  2. How many players are leaving after the(your graduation year)season?
  3. What does the scholarship situation look like for my recruiting class?
  4. How many more players are looking to sign for my recruiting class?
  5. When are you looking to solidify your recruiting class?
  6. What is the daily life like for a player at your college/university?
  7. How rigorous are the academic courses and how much help do we receive through the athletic department? What academic services, such as tutors, exclusive study area for athletes, learning specialists, and counselors are available?
  8. What is the graduation rate of your players?
  9. What would you like me to do from here to prove that I have what it takes to play at your school?
  10. Do you have any questions for me?

BE PREPARED to respond to these questions a coach might ask.

Think hard about how to answer these questions if asked. Ask others who have been through the recruiting process what types of questions they were asked. Role playing with a parent, friend, or other person can be extremely helpful.

  1. What are your goals going into your senior season?
  2. Whatareyourgoalsforcollege?
  3. Where do you rate sports on your list of priorities compared to other areas such as school, faith, family, social life?
  4. What are you looking for in a college?
  5. How much scholarship money are you looking to receive?
  6. What fields of study are you interested in?
  7. What are you looking for most in a school?
  8. What most interests you about our school?
  9. What other schools are you hearing from?
  10. Do you have a leader now?
  11. What types of grades are you getting now (which may be an early way to ask for your transcripts)?

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