Track your Stats: (I've attached a one sheet you can print for stat tracking)
No matter how much time you spend on a specific area in your game (swing, short game, putting, shaping shots, block practice, random practice) it is of paramount importance to track your stats. Sure, certain stats can be misleading and aren't the end all, but understanding which areas are weaker in your current game gives us a clear portrait of what areas need improvement.
I can't tell you how many students and players constantly want to bring their swing, short game and putting problems to the lesson tee with no evidence of how it's truly tracked on the course. This doesn't mean, PLAY-PLAY-PLAY... It means track your practice rounds taking finite notes so that you and your instructor can specifically work on the weaker areas identified. Many times what you mention to us instructors isn't always your biggest scoring challenge in your total game. You would be surprised by bringing 2-3 rounds of tracked stats what your real dilemmas are. WE WANT TO MAKE YOU BETTER, so outside the communication part in what needs be better (VERBALLY), providing proof (HARD COPY) gives us a black and white solution to the matter.
I've attached a maltby breakdown template you can print for your practice rounds. Many of my juniors and high school students are now using this template to bring the good's and bad's to the lesson tee. A few club players and pros as well. It's assisting us in fully developing the weaker areas of their game. Get to work on this students and friends.
There's much more to golf than just hitting it well (however when that's our goal we focus primarily on getting you to a better place swing wise) so understanding how we can clean up the card is a paramount part of "PLAYING THE GAME".
Hope to see many of you put this into application and bring them to the lesson tee for our next session. I want you better in every single area possible. That's it. Nothing less. All the best - JJ ;)
“On the professional level, visualization and belief is just as important as swing fundamentals. James has been a supporting and passionate light in my life, when it comes to the mental aspect of the golf game”.
– Justin Itzen
Canadian & Golden State Tour Professional
“It’s been more than an improvement in swing and fundamentals with James. Since we met (2011) he’s inspired me to set goals, visualize and enjoy the game of Golf. I’m learning to grow emotionally, technically and mentally more by the work I’ve done with him than any other”
– Aaron Lee
“Thank you James! As much as Michelle’s father and I have taught her, you have built some mental confidence in her as she starts her AJGA Golf journey. We appreciate you and what you’ve taught Michelle swing wise and mentally”.
– Mischa Jung
“James Has inspired many players of all levels (including myself) to work hard at improving their game. Teaching young and old, neophytes and seniors how to play the game of golf with a zeal and circumspection few purely golf teachers dare to parse. James' approach blends the refined methods of physical strength, fitness, rigid but sensible diet and the power of inner focus to achieve the "way of the Tiger," referencing Wood's brilliance on the course. "After all his [Tiger's] achievements never were taken lightly or casually assumed to be a given. To get to the top, you need to think like a champion," Jordan offers. He matches his reflection with measured optimism philosophically.”
– Dr. Jimmy Jordan
PGA Professional 1990-2010
“I’ve met James A few times at my charity clinics. People seem to be just as fascinated with his teachings as they are with me hitting the long ball”.
– Vincent Ciurluini
Long Drive Champion & T.V. Personality.
“After winning the putting contest at our charity event, James gave a few pointers out to some of us on the practice green. The tips were very helpful and he sure is a passionate young man!”
– Bob Miller
Los Angeles Kings Announcer
“When I came to James, I was trying to teach myself “stack and tilt” and self diagnose. I found that many of my fundamentals and self diagnostics we’re hurting my swing and golf performance. One day at the range, James noticed the challenges and offered to assist in bettering my swing. The changes that night were immediately effective and we began the process of a weekly meeting in bettering my swing. He has immensely improved my swing and thought process along the way”
– Angelo Palumbo
Licensed Fitness Instructor
“I was lucky enough to meet James the day he shot a course record “61” at the Encino golf course. He had another friend he was helping that day, and was answering most my questions about the short game. He chipped in twice and seemed like he couldn’t miss a putt, so it was only right I bugged him! He really knows a great deal about the game”.
– Charles Kim
“It’s always a good decision to see James before one of our Laker tournaments. He relates the tempo and feel of the golf swing “Like Shooting A Free Throw“ Nice and Smooth. Thanks for your help J”.
– Elgin Baylor
Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer
"Thank you James for working so patiently with us and introducing us to the basics of Golf. We truly enjoyed your help golfing on season 4 of our show!"