Introducing “Thoughts From Coach Brendon

The start of what hopefully becomes a regularly occurring post across my social channels and on my blog. "Thoughts From Coach Brendon" will share my feelings on a variety of topics, primary in the golf space, but who knows what else? We will just have to wait and see...

Get Inspired by Your Putting

The putting green is a place that can cause frustration and disappointment for some but by following these tips, it can become a place that brings inspiration. Good putting is almost always the catalyst for a low round. Hitting greens is important for sure, but you have to make the putts in order to make the birdies.

One Thing the Average Golfer Can Take Away from Maja Stark’s Incredible Sunday

It is important to strive to hit the ball better, and with that, hit more greens in regulation. However, the reality is that the vast majority of golfers will never have enough time carved out of their busy schedules to put in the practice necessary to reach the levels they wish to achieve. So don't get frustrated with your game. Perspective is everything, especially when time is limited for most of us to improve our individual play.

Do your Research When Searching for a Coach…

Finding the right coach for your young golfer can be a daunting task. With that said, you still must do your research in looking for the right coach. In this post, I lay out some tips for finding the perfect coach for your young golfer.

Ashleigh Buhai Highlights the Keys to Putting in Windy Conditions

External factors, such as wind, can influence the ball on the putting green. Not only do you need to consider the effect the wind will have on the direction of the ball as you putt, but also the effect on speed when you putt.

Moving Day at the Amundi Evian Championship: Keep Trusting in the Good

Golf is a game of streaks, both good and bad. Anyone that has played the game, for any length of time, understands this to be true. Sometimes, after a streak of really good play, golfers start to look for the other shoe to drop and the good to come to a screeching halt. It’s in our nature as humans to almost feel as though good things can’t last forever, and with that pattern of thinking, we almost conjure up the bad to sneak in.

Catching Up With the KPMG Women’s PGA Champion

In the lead up to the next women’s Major Championship of 2022, the Amuni Evian Championship, I had the opportunity to catch up with the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Champion In Gee Chun following her victory at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

Getting Through Rough Patches in Your Game

We all go through moments where we doubt ourselves and our game, even the pros. The week prior to the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, In Gee Chun seemed to have had some doubt about her game. As it was reported after her win, In Gee had one of those chats with her sister, that chat that many golfers often have, where the purpose of their playing came into question. It came down to asking herself what she really wanted out of her golf experience.

Maintaining Momentum in Your Game

Is there a trick to riding momentum when you are in the early stages of gaining it? Or what about a way to break out of a downwards trajectory and nerves start to creep into our game? In either case, what is happening is something that is generally outside of our norm and can happen during a single round or even a stretch of days or weeks…both for the good and the bad. I have had many students over the years go through both great runs and bad ones.

Preparing to Play a New Course

Last week at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, many of the competitors tackled Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course for the first time. What are some of the things you need to do to prepare the next time you head to a course for the very first time?

Brooke Henderson Goes Low with Left Hand

Brooke Henderson is not alone in using the left hand, or lead-hand-low putting method as a way of improving both putting technique and overall confidence on the green. We see this method often as a way of helping countless professionals and amateur golfers alike.

Minjee Lee: Ball Striking Genius

It surely doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that solid ball striking comes from solid fundamentals. However, as I work with my students and watch other amateur golfers practice, I see countless, recurring deficiencies with their pre-swing and in swing fundamentals. There are some basics from Minjee that you can copy and adapt to your own game.

How a Match Play Mentality Can Help You In Any Format

When discussing the mental game, and strategy in golf, and having a mindset conducive to scoring our best, experts often say you should have a “One Shot at a Time” mentality. When grinding during a match play event, that train of thought is absolutely one that is often found in a winner.

Critical Things All Parents of Junior Golfers Should Know…

Every so often I hear chatter among parents of junior golfers that gives me great concern. Not just as a coach, but also as a parent myself. Many times the things I hear come from "newbie" parents who are just getting their kiddos going in the game. Other times, it comes from parents of more seasoned junior golfers, which is even more concerning to me.

The Art of the Bounce Back

We see it often: after taking a double bogey or going out in a few over, a Tour professional will suddenly find it within themselves to rebound in a big way. Most at that level have discovered the art of the bounce back. This is actually something measured in professional golf. Bounce Back (also known as Reverse Bounce Back) is a stat that measures how a golfer recovers after a bogey or worse to make birdie or better on the next hole.

What You Need to Know to Keep Your Game Sharp at 50 and Beyond

For many golfers that have long had dreams of playing at the highest level, age 50 can mean a new beginning. I even hate to call it “Senior Golf” anymore as 50 no longer seems to be a marker of one’s game getting over the hill…quite the contrary in many cases.

What You Can Learn from the Game’s Best as they Make Final Tune-Up’s

What are the things the pros are focusing on during their prep, and what you can learn from it? Much like I spoke of back in April, at The Masters, each player has a unique and specific way that they lay out their practice schedule. In general terms however, we see many follow a playbook similar to below…

The Art of Patience in Golf

Regardless of where your golf game is, you need to learn to exercise the ability to stay patient. Whether you are a world-class golfer, a brand-new adult player or a highly competitive junior, you need to learn to be patient in this game. If you don’t, it is very, very hard to imagine that you will have any kind of real, and lasting success playing.

Stay Committed to the Process

Where players like Marina Alex excel is in their commitment to a process and working a plan to reach certain goals that they set for themselves. If there ever was a “secret sauce” in golf, it is in this fact. To improve your game, you must have a plan to create a pathway to reach the goals you set for yourself. You must work on those things deliberately and diligently, but you must also remember to have fun with it while doing it.

Play to Your Strengths and Accept Your Weaknesses

John Rahm is as consistent as he is because he has complete control of the clubface. His backswing is short, which is a hallmark for consistent ball strikers, and his unorthodox move in setting the club at the top, and how he transitions down from there, allows him to keep the ball in front of him and in play the majority of the time.

Dressing for Summer on the Course

With summer right around the corner, and days getting brighter and hotter, it’s a great time to talk about how to keep you protected from the sun, as well as staying cool, while on the golf course…from the standpoint of what you wear that is.

Get to Know the Grass: Putting for the Terrain

Like all successful professionals that notch victories, putting well is a theme that rings true for the vast majority. One of the big keys to being a great putter is having the ability to adjust to different green speeds. Beyond being able to figure out the speed, great putters can adjust to different grass types. The three main varieties we hear about are Bermuda, Bent, and Poa Annua.

Free Up Your Mind, Play Better Golf

Have you ever noticed this? While on the course, you drop a second ball, perhaps out of frustration, or maybe simply because you want to try to “figure something out” and you stripe it? A shot that comes off the club like a thing of beauty. Sometimes we call this phenomenon “our second guy/girl.”

Pitch Perfect: Hyo Joo Kim’s Short Game Fundamentals

Kim, like many professionals of the LPGA and PGA Tour’s, relies a great deal on her short game, particularly her pitching and chipping ability. It’s one thing to have a solid short game but to pull off these shots to perfection, in the heat of tournament play, is what separates winners from contenders.