Golf Essentials - Answers for Weekend Warriors

62 EpisodesProduced by Casey Bourque

Free daily and deployable golf help for those who don't want to pay an instructor - arm yourself with practice plans, drills, and custom insights. I answer all your questions, host live Q&A's, and tell it to you straight. Here's what I believe: 1. Golf is challenging, but it doesn't need to be com… read more

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Yup, The Yips Exist in Other Sports - Like Tennis

January 17th, 2019


Open International Jr. Golf Swing Contest - Judged by Jack Nicklaus, Francesco Molinari & Others

January 17th, 2019


World Junior Golf Swing Contest

Brendon Elliott, PGA Member shares the details on his global junior golf swing contest. The panel of judges is …

KPI Golf on Underperforming Golf Courses & Options to Turn Things Around

January 15th, 2019

Expert Opinions are Cheap

John Brown discusses the options that struggling and underperforming golf courses have. The first big misconception is that …

2 Simple Pre-Swing Tips to Get Out of a Golf Slump - or Winter Hiatus

January 15th, 2019

Pre-Swing is Better than In-Swing

The quickest wins are in your setup and stance - nothing to do with your swing. Most people focus on "in-swing" …

Tips For Shooting Great Video With What You've Got - CSK Creative's Craig Kotilinek

January 14th, 2019


The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Golf Course Ownership

January 12th, 2019


KPI Golf Management owner and business partner John Brown Jr. shares some stories of over 45 years in the golf course ownership and management …

Taking Inventory - How Do I Deliver More Value?

January 12th, 2019


This episode is all about me asking you how I can be better. I'm loving doing the podcast thing, and I want it to be 100% about bringing value to the …

Guys Trips, A Car Accident & A Simple Swing Key That Worked for Me

January 11th, 2019


So, some old friends of mine from Maine and from Texas come here to Orlando every winter for a week to play golf and enjoy some sunshine. 

They've …

With Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer Talking Golf, TV, Ribs, Life on Tour & Myrtle Beach

January 9th, 2019

How Charlie Got into Television

Many don’t realize (myself included) how great a player that Charlie was in his early days. He’s still competing …

Country Club Pitfalls: Golf Management Deals Too Good to Be True

January 9th, 2019


Country clubs bringing in outside management do so in one of two major ways:

1. They recognize they need help and expertise to help them move forward optimally.

2. A firm offers to inject some capital over time in …

Dominate the Springtime - Winter Drills for Putting, Chipping & Full Swing (Ep.52)

January 8th, 2019

3 Drills to Get Sharp in the Off-Season

These 3 wintertime exercises helped me big time coming out of the gates in the spring back when I was in high …

Rant: Why Short Sighted Golf Course Operators Suck

January 7th, 2019

Get Your Business Priorities in Line

I believe that the most successful businesses (golf or non-golf) take care of the most important things …

2 Games To Make Putting Practice More Interesting (and Productive)

January 6th, 2019

Pull-Back and Safety Pull-Back

These two putting games are incredible in a lot of ways. First of all, they help make putting practice a lot more …

Help For Golfers Who Have Golf Courses They Care About

January 4th, 2019

Super Thankful - Time to Reflect

Just a regroup on why I'm bothering to deliver this podcast. It's two major reasons, both of which based on stuff …

Drill: 5-Minutes A Day For Consistent Bunker Play and Pitching

January 3rd, 2019

Draw a Line in the Sand

Super simple pitching and bunker play drill for improving your consistency. It's all about impacting the ball or the ground …

Golf Courses Turning to Tumbleweeds

January 2nd, 2019

Surviving The Next Round of Closings

Visiting my parents in Southwest Florida this week. Their golf community lost their golf course a couple years …

John Brown of KPI Golf on Humility, Owning Mistakes & Data-Driven Decisions

January 1st, 2019

There is No “Set and Forget” Strategy

The only way to perform optimally is to stay diligent and continuously prioritize highest impact activities.

Hammer - A Killer Golf Money Game With a Hint of Poker

December 31st, 2018

A Test of Confidence - Preying on Weaknesses

Hammer has a wonderful way of revealing just how confident you are with your game. It's best played with …

The Simplest Short Game Tip Ever - Better Contact & Distance Control

December 31st, 2018

Length of Backswing = Length of Shot

Sounds super obvious, but so many players fail to deploy this simple method:

Let the length of your backswing determine the length of the shot

Most players that struggle with short …

What Golf's 2019 Rule Changes Mean for You

December 30th, 2018

Big Changes for Tournament Players

If you're planning on playing some real competitive golf, moving forward the rules have changed quite a lot. You …

Holding It Together When You're Nervous - Tips From Major Champions (and me)

December 28th, 2018

What Happens When We're Nervous?

What is it about pressure that causes our body to react so strangely. You may not even be all that nervous about the outcome, and for some reason, you can't swing the same way, your …

How to Play Those Touchy 50-Yard Wedge Shots Without Fear

December 28th, 2018

Turn a Weakness into a Strength

I used to absolutely fear a 50 yard wedge shot in golf tournaments. I'd do all I could to avoid them. Mostly that …

Fairway Wood Clinic - Basic Tips for Solid Contact

December 26th, 2018


This clip is from a clinic I did back in Phoenix for some relative beginners about hitting fairways woods. 

A lot of players struggle with this clubs - they're long, unforgiving, and you've got to be dead on to hit …

Deploying Trust and Added Revenue for Golf Courses

December 25th, 2018

Creative Sources of Revenue

When I go to Germany every summer, the days are very long. The sun rises around 4:00 am and sets around 10:30 pm. Golf …

How to Break Those Mental (and Scoring) Barriers in Golf

December 24th, 2018

They're Just Numbers

Many of the so-called barriers that we try to reach in golf are simply arbitrary numbers. I get that it sounds cool to say that …

Stymies - The Best Competitive Putting Game Known to Man

December 23rd, 2018


More Players the Better

Stymies is a vicious competitive putting game that is best played with as many people as you can wrangle up. Find 10 people and you'll have a blast.  

It's a total strokes game played on the …

Gambling on the Golf Course - What's Your Take?

December 22nd, 2018

How do you Feel About Gambling on the Golf Course?

I'm down for a friendly wager playing golf with some friends, but is there a point where it goes …

Winning vs. The Yips - Tactics for Gaining Putting Confidence

December 22nd, 2018

Dealing with the Yips

I suspect that there are many more people out there facing the yips than we realize. I hope that this deep dive discussion …

Keynote on Golf Course Marketing for Club Owners

December 20th, 2018

We're Living in a Bubble Based on the fact that the economy has been great over the past 9 years, AND we've got a huge wave of Baby Boomers playing …

The Big-Time Advantages of Local Synergies Between Golf Courses - Clustering

December 19th, 2018

From a Player's Perspective The advantages for golfers when multiple golf courses team up is obvious. We get more holes to play golf on for our …

Disrupting the Online Clothing Retail Industry - Bogeybox Golf Club

December 18th, 2018

A Revolution in Clothing Retail Super cool conversation with Nik Bando, Founder & CEO of Bogeybox Golf Club. So, Nik figured out that he (along …

Private Golf Course Turnaround Case Study - John Brown's Hybrid Solution

December 17th, 2018

KPI Golf Management’s John Brown discusses a Hilton Head area private golf course that was struggling with membership attrition in the Hilton Head …

Simple Tip for Crisp Contact with Your Chips and Pitches from Tight Lies

December 16th, 2018

Chipping and Pitching Struggles Lately I've been struggling a bit with my chipping and pitching. I've felt like it's been a challenge to make clean contact consistently from poor lies and tight lies. Basically, if the …

Know a Golf Instructor Bringing Big Impact? I'm Giving Them a Stage to Share Their Story

December 15th, 2018

$300/Hr Golf Lessons aren't Helping Anyone Golf Digest just ran an article on the nation's top golf instructors under 40. I get it that these are …

A Whole New World for Amputees Playing Golf - Sports Science Solutions & K-Motion

December 14th, 2018

Bringing Golf Opportunities for Amputees that Never Existed Sports Science Solutions and K-Motion are teaming up to develop some incredibly helpful …

Hate Bermuda Grass Greens Like Me? 4 Simple Ways to Deal with Grain

December 13th, 2018

They Don't have Grainy Greens in New England Where I grew up, our bent grass greens don't have any grain to speak of. I just never thought about the …

Indoors or Outdoors - Here's a Killer Putting Challenge for You

December 12th, 2018

Finish this Challenge and I'll be Super Impressed. I learned this drill when I was back in college playing at Florida Southern. Lee Janzen, former …

Sir Nick Faldo Elite Swing Clinic on Practice, Swing Sequence & Preparation

December 12th, 2018

This special swing clinic was part of a private session offered to some elite International Junior Golf Tour players playing at Bella Colina in …

KPI Golf's John Brown Shares Survival Advice for Underperforming Golf Clubs

December 11th, 2018

Longtime friend John Brown joins us to talk about the business of golf - namely golf courses and their survival. We tap into his 40+ years of golf …

Nick Faldo Wedge Play Clinic - Benchmarking Distances & Tournament Preparation

December 10th, 2018

A Golf Clinic for Elite Junior Players This clip is part of a private clinic that was conducted for 1 hour and 20 minutes for elite junior golfers. …

Hit Hooks and Slices on Purpose - Tips for Calibrating the Curve

December 9th, 2018

Do it in Practice Before Bringing it to the Golf Course We know that opening the club face will yield a slice, and closing the face will hook the …

Simple Science of Optimal Athletic Performance - Casey Cox of Sports Science Solutions

December 7th, 2018

Data-Driven Decisions in Athletics Today, I'm talking with Casey Cox at Sports Science Solutions about the absolute cutting edge of using …

Why You Need to Ask Your Instructor for the Shortest Golf Lessons Possible

December 7th, 2018

I Believe that Traditional Golf Lessons are Best for the Instructor, not the Student. Learning to play golf is a lot like learning a language. …

The Putting Yips - One Rainy Day from Quitting Golf

December 6th, 2018

My Parents are the Best Humans in the World This is a segment of a keynote presentation I did at Golf Academy of America in Orlando. I talk about a …

Playing in a Scramble Golf Tournament? How to be a Kickass Teammate

December 4th, 2018

Scrambles are a Whole Different Animal - You Can Cheat!  So, I'm teeing it up in a scramble golf tournament tomorrow. I wanted to share some …

Sidehill Lies – Why Your Strategy is Probably Only Half True

December 4th, 2018

Big-Time Misconceptions about Sidehill Lies After you’ve been playing golf for some time, you’re bound to hear this rule of thumb: If the ball is …

1-Hour Golf Practice Blueprint - Stay Connected, Trajectory Work, Bunkers & Putting

December 3rd, 2018

Look for Feedback Every Time You Practice Here's your hour of practice broken down for you. We're starting off on the range with a great drill to help your arms stay connected with your body as you rotate. We run into …

The Business Case for Free Golf Lessons | Keynote at Golf Academy of America

December 2nd, 2018

One of my strongest presentations to date. Lots of continuing dialogue and positive feedback from the audience on this one...Here's my keynote speech …

Bunker Play Basics - How to Develop Your Stock Sand Shot

December 1st, 2018

This episode is all about bunker play. In basic terms, we handle bunker shots a lot like pitch shots, but there are a few important variables we'll need to learn to account for. First, everything is determined by the …

1-Hour Practice Blueprint - Putting Challenge, Up & Downs & Setup

November 30th, 2018

Here's your 1-hour practice blueprint for the day. The goal is to make best use of the limited time you have at the course. Here's what we're doing: 1. Ladder Drill (15 mins) - Short and mid-length putting with …

Q&A - Tough Lies, Tournament Nerves and Making the Most of Winter Off Season

November 29th, 2018

Today we hear from Carson in Rochester, New York. He's a 13-year old who's been playing golf for a couple years. As he's moving into junior …

Take Better Photos with your Phone - Tips from Golf Photographer Cy Cyr

November 28th, 2018

Cy Cyr has arguably become one of the world's top golf photographers...and we've know each other since we were 5 living in Maine. I wanted to know …

Do You Fear Those Half Wedge Shots? Don't.

November 27th, 2018

This wedge play technique changed my golf life. I was able to turn an absolute fear of 30, 50, 60 yard wedge shots into a strength of my game. These …

Getting Your Kids Into Golf - Chat with National PGA Award Winner Brendon Elliott

November 26th, 2018

Anyone looking to get their kids into golf, this episode is for you. We're talking with Brendon R. Elliott, PGA founder of Little Linksters …

Improve Chipping and Pitching Without Any Practice - Troughs and Hills Matter

November 25th, 2018

I learned this concept from the great Dave Pelz - Better shot selection in terms of where you’re choosing to land the ball will improve your chances of success. Always try to land pitch shots into troughs and avoid …

How far do I stand from the golf ball?

November 24th, 2018

Probably the most common question that I haven't gotten to yet. Here's an easy way to think about your golf swing setup and how far from the ball you …

Weekly Practice Blueprint - Full Swing, Wedges and Putting Drills

November 23rd, 2018

Here's your hour of practice time broken down into drills and an approach that I think will be super helpful for your game. We're mixing it up with …

Pounding Driver 101 - A Simple Beginner's Checklist for the LONG BALL

November 22nd, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here's what you need to know about driving the ball like a champ. There are some tendencies that we all fall into that'll sabotage our chances for success. An easy pre-swing checklist …

Save Money on Lessons - Learn to Read Your Shots and Fix Yourself

November 21st, 2018

Physics don't lie. The ball goes where it goes for a reason. In this episode, we're reverse engineering impact and how the ball behaves. Where does it start? Is is curving? Are your misses mostly right or left? What do …

Quick Win for Slicers - Deep Dive into Controlling the Clubface at Impact

November 21st, 2018

There are only 2 factors that determine the direction that the golf ball flies - swing path and club face angle. For most full shots, where the club …

Golf's 15-Year "Land Grab" - Why Millennials and Gen-Xers Need to Tee It Up

November 21st, 2018

If you're thinking of about playing golf, or investing some energy into getting better...especially as a 20 or 30-something, I'm gonna try to …

Golf Essentials - Daily Insights for Weekend Warriors

November 21st, 2018

Golf Essentials is Casey Bourque's way of meeting you where you are with a "tell it like it is" methodology for feeling better about playing golf - …
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