Lessons

LESSONS WITH A PGA PROFESSIONAL

Head Golf Professional - Richie Tomblin
 

About Our Professional:

 
Before he started his professional career, Richie was in The US Air Force for 13 years and he retired for medical reasons. He then became an Assistant Golf Professional at Windance Country Club in Gulfport, Mississippi. After leaving Windance, Richie moved back to New Orleans, his home town, working for several golf clubs most known City Park of New Orleans. Richie was  again relocated due to Katrina. He headed to Morgan City where he opened the Atchafalaya golf course.
 
He left the blooming course in hopes to head back home to NOLA. Richie returned back to the golf industry at Timberlane Country Club and has been a PGA Member since 2005. This professional golfer has two successful sons. Jordan Tomblin is a Professional trainer and Josh Tomblin is a PGA Golf Professional at TPC of Louisiana. Married to Laura Tomblin and has a stepson Landon.
 

 
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Special Package
3- 1 hour lessons for $100

$50 for 1 hour
$35 for 1/2 hour
$25 for Junior Players
Group Rates available
 
 
 

Richie's Quick Tips

Curing Shots from the Toe
 
A friend of mine once took a lesson from Harvey Penick in Austin years ago. Harvey was up in age and did not want to go outside due to some inclement weather. He asked my friend to bring his clubs inside for an inspection. Mr. Penick looked closely at the marks on the club face and checked the worn portions of his grip. After several verbal instructions, my friend was cured by the legend without hitting a ball.

The ball flight, divots, and marks around the club face are all pieces of evidence that we should constantly monitor. By looking into the evidence we start the process of solving any swing issues we may possess. For example, an ill common to many golfers is hitting the ball off the toe of the club. Hitting on the toe of the club causes the ball to fly shorter and often to the right.
 
If upon examining the evidence you find marks on the toe portion of your club, here are a few reasons why:
 
1. You are standing too far from the ball.
2. Clubs are too short
3. Clubs are too flat
4. You are changing the distance from the ball while swinging.
5. You could be shortening your radius (arm or wrist) while swinging.
6. Your swing is too vertical or steep (most common)
7. The toe of the club is gets to the ball first. (only if hooking)
 
Reference this list the next time you play or practice. Go ahead and make the necessary adjustments, thereby producing a counterbalance to ensure a center face hit!
 
 
 My Secret to Striking Irons
 
This month's instruction article is a little different from the past articles. Typically, I would dole out some info for you to follow. There is certainly nothing wrong with that approach. However, the job of the educator is to guide the student to learn for his or herself!
I am asking you to ponder a concept I have used often in my teaching. Keep in mind that beliefs almost always determine actions, so it is crucial you begin your journey with the correct understanding. These ideas are correct. They have been purchased with blood, sweat, tears and years of lesson giving and taking. I know if you muse on them you will improve! Remember "a guided struggle is much better than a blind one!"
 
My secret is as follows:
 
1. Make a hole in the ground. Make a divot! The golf club is designed to descend on the   ball. Hit the ball then the ground just after. You do not get under the ball to get it airborne. Ladies and gentleman, if you do not scuff the grass and make a hole, you are contributing to unemployment! "Make a hole" is a phrase heard often in the military and it is great advice.
 
 2. Make the ball go in the same direction as the divot! Let me give you a hint, grip, grip      and more grip!
 
3. Spend the rest of your life making the divot go at the target.
 
 Work on the secret and if you need some help give me a call.
 
 
Power Trip
 
How is power created in the golf swing? Most people associate power with club head speed. However, true power comes from pressure. Club head speed properly applied creates pressure which is the real recipe for powerful golf shots.
           
Pressure is the result of angles being formed, stored, delivered and released. For example, in a model top of swing position, the shoulders are turned ninety degrees, the right arm is bent ninety degrees and the left wrist is cocked ninety degrees. If these important angles straighten/release at the proper time, the club head at impact applies pressure to the ball. The golf ball actually changes shape at impact. I call this shape change, "the squash."
 
Here's a drill that will help you "squash" the ball.
 
1. Take a normal stance with a seven iron.
           
2. Bring left foot over to the right foot, moving the club head also. Now the ball will be several inches forward.
           
3. Swing back to the top. Now, step forward replacing your left foot allowing your weight to transfer before you swing down to hit the ball. Caution! You must step before you swing or the angles you formed at the top of the back swing, will straighten/release prematurely! The result will be power leakage! Stepping before swinging will allow the ball to be hit while the angles are in the process of straightening - Squash!!
 
Try this step drill; I know it will help you.
 
  
Simplifying Green Side Bunker Play
 
Do you know why the green side bunker shot is the most forgiving shot in the game? The answer is an obvious one; you never have to contact the ball. The amount of precision required in hitting a drive down the fairway is much greater than hitting a bunker shot around the green. Yet, this shot is one of the most feared shots amateurs play.

To take the fear out of our green side bunker game, we need to simplify our approach.
 
1. Assuming a good lie in the bunker, dial the club face open. Holding the club straight out in front of you, open the club face to one o'clock, then take your grip.
           
2. Lower the bottom of the swing arc. Dig your feet into the sand, lowering your swing arc, promoting contact with the sand first. During the swing the club travels down under the ball never making contact. The ball flies out like a grain of sand.
 
3. Make a large enough swing in the bunker to throw the sand onto the green. The biggest mistake amateurs make in green side bunker play is employing too little swing. The small swing is unable to propel the heavy sand far enough, therefore the ball comes to rest back in the hazard. Note... I know this scenario does not happen to any of our members. However, you may know of someone else that could use this info!
 
4. Try one of my favorite bunker drills. Draw a circle in the sand approximately three times the size of your golf ball. I call this circle the 'island!' Once you have your 'island', make a large enough swing to throw the entire circle of sand onto the green. Repeat this several times. When ready, place a ball in the middle of the island; make a swing and your out!