Sarah DeFuria LPGA Teaching Pro., Director of Golf
Sarah has been instrumental in establishing a professional reputation and following with many amateur men, women and junior golfers of all abilities. She finds especially gratifying working and helping competitive junior golfers from area high school teams and hearing the accomplishments from students who are now “players.” This remains one of the important highlights of her teaching career.
A former all-around athlete who has learned by example
Sarah teaches in the style of “Keeping it Simple” by going back to the basics while trying not to overwhelm the student with too many changes or using too many golf terms at one time. This is especially true with the new women golfers she instructs and the reason behind her Beginners Ladies Golf League. Sarah understands novice women golfers are hesitant and not comfortable going out on a golf course after lessons while on their own.
Together, Sarah encourages all players to have fun, learn the game in a non-intimidating way, while practicing golf etiquette, learning the rules of the game and the importance of keeping pace of play while actually playing! Using this technique, Sarah is able to encourage players to become ready to golf anywhere with the confidence that they can belong on a course and enjoy a lifelong sport that can include lifelong friendships.
GOLF TIPS FROM THE PROS
Although the potential reasons for a duck-hook are numerous, the following drill can help in avoiding the left side of the golf course. Try swinging the golf club with the left arm only. After a few free swings, try hitting golf balls with the left-arm swing, with the intent of taking away an over-active right side.
Chip 'em low
Next time you're practicing the chip shot, try this drill. Lay your golf bag in front of the hitting area and try to chip the ball low enough to hit the bag. Once you can do this without trouble, take the bag away and chip at the hole. This will allow you to get the ball started correctly on the bump-and-run shot.