Top 6 golf tips for having a great season on the links

Alumnus Jim Kitchen, BBA ’90, owner of Golf Tech in Novi, Mich., recently received the Customer Service Excellence Award from the Novi Chamber of Commerce. He and his business were honored for more than 20 years of service to customers. Kitchen has graciously offered his top tips for a great golf season.

1: Properly Fit Clubs – Have a qualified fitter help you select your clubs; this will pay off in the long run because you’ll see an immediate improvement in your scores, and you won’t be replacing your clubs as often.

 2: Lessons – It is always a good idea to get some instruction, especially for beginners. Try to find someone who is easy to understand. Lessons do not have to be “intense” to be effective.

 3: Practice with a Purpose – Practice should not be an hour of pounding balls. Pick one or two things to work on and focus on those. Of course, practice should be directed at the weakest parts of your game. Also, concentrating on the short game will always pay off with lower scores.

 4: Move up – Don’t be embarrassed to play from the forward tees; there’s nothing to be gained by struggling with the back tees.

 5: Conditioning – Taking time to get in a little better shape is a good idea. This will help your scores; you should see some added distance, and, most importantly, you’ll reduce the risk of injury.

 6: A Final Thought – Stop trying so hard and stop trying to hit shots you have not practiced, and you’ll see your game improve almost immediately. This will also equate to more fun on the course, which will keep you out there and swinging.

Thank you to Jim’s friend and fellow Business Bronco Nick Philips, BBA ’90, for forwarding this story idea! Share your story today.

Save the date, Golf Outings!

APICS WMU Student Chapter Golf Outing on Saturday, April 21, at Lake Doster Golf Club, Plainwell, Mich., Noon Check-in and 1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start

Grand Rapids Alumni and Friends Golf Outing on Monday, June 18, at Egypt Valley
– Stay tuned for details!

WMU Department of Marketing Scramble on Friday, August  24, at Heritage Glen Golf Club, Paw Paw, Mich. (tentative date)
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Editor: Cindy Wagner
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