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golf8.5 – simplifying the swing in sequence Getting the 1,001 swing thoughts out of your brain

Former pro golfer and PGA instructor Kay McMahon maintains there’s a lot of bunk in golf instruction.

“You’ll watch TV and they say rotate your hips for speed. Well, if you do that you’ll swing out and across. Welcome you’re now a slicer,” she said in presenting golf8.5 to a group of writers at the Tour Edge Media Event. “If we want to grow the game, we have to change the way we’re teaching this.”

McMahon has developed golf8.5, a teaching methods that focuses on eight and half movements in the golf swing – 4 in establishing the setup and four and a half in the swing.

Her method debunks many of the established rules of instruction, like posture.

“We never teach posture. There’s no such thing. Every one establishes there own posture when they step into the ball to setup. So the posture happens automatically,” McMahon stated. “We believe effective learning begins in learning in parts. We believe you begin movements slow to fast.”

“When you follow Golf 8.5, the ‘1001 things’ that are traditionally taught happen automatically.  You no longer have to think about anything else,” she said.

So to establish the beginning, golf8.5 uses G-CAP – grip, clubhead, alignment and posture.

The swing is four and half movements – the Y formed by the arms and shoulders, creating an L on the backswing, together which form the box. From the top, the box like an elevator moves down and so on.

“It’s teaching so golfers can self correct themselves on the golf course,” she said. “These positions should never change.”

You can take online lessons by contacting golf8.5 at www.eduKaytiongolf.com

 

 

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TaylorMade’s putter that thinks Spider is the first totally-integrated golf sensor product

   The Spider putter, TaylorMade’s most popular putter in company history and one of the most popular putters on the PGA TOUR in ’16-’17, takes the next step in its evolution with the incorporation of Blast’s motion capture sensors in TaylorMade’s first totally-integrated golf sensor product in company history.
   “When two industry leaders partner to combine innovative technology, and deliver a new user experience, it tends to set change in motion. We’ve created a powerful putting solution that analyzes a golfer’s putting stroke to provide improvement insights and help them understand how to progress through a guided improvement journey.”— Michael Fitzpatrick, Blast Motion CEO and co-founder
   Spider Interactive automatically captures valuable stroke metrics in a seamless, non-intrusive design built into the top of the putter’s grip. TaylorMade has also co-developed a matching mobile app — available on March 1 for iOS and in Q2 2018 for Android users — which takes the user on a simple, intuitive journey to become a better putter.
Spider Interactive measures key putting stroke metrics including timing (backstroke time, forward stroke time, tempo), impact stroke speed and face rotation. Users will be able to easily analyze details of their putting stroke and track progress over time with performance history and interactive graphs, along with tiered training modules and drills to help improve putting. The app will also feature video recording and playback capabilities so users can review and analyze their strokes. YouTube golf instructional personalities Me & My Golf will have tips and tutorial videos on the app for further developmental content.
The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast is available starting March 23, 2018 at $399 USD, and will be offered in an L-neck (21° toe hang) or double bend (face-balanced) hosel in 34” and 35”lengths in both RH and LH, coming in TaylorMade’s platinum colorway with a full front/back sightline in black.
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80% of Ocean Links Greens, Bunkers leveled by Omni Court approves sodding bare areas until lawsuit is settled

By Mike Lednovich, Editor/Publisher

Over 80 percent of the greens and bunker complexes on the Ocean Links Golf Course have been destroyed, according to a court affidavit provided by Golf Course Superintendent Jason Wilson in Nassau County Circuit Court.

Only three of the 18 greens and their bunkers remain intact and unscathed, although Wilson told the court The Omni is not maintaining them.

In mid-November, The Omni Resort began bulldozing the greens and bunkers on the scenic course which includes four holes along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

The demolition of Ocean Links was halted after the Amelia Island Club and its members filed a complaint and a Nassau County Judge granted the club a temporary injunction, blocking The Omni’s plans to close Ocean Links and convert the land into green space.

According to Wilson, only the green and bunker complexes on holes 1, 2 and 6 are untouched.  All other 15 greens have been destroyed and graded. Wilson reported that only four greenside bunkers remain untouched.

On Dec. 27, Judge Steven Fahlgren granted The Omni’s request to modify the preliminary injunction allowing the resort to grade and sod affected areas of Ocean Links to prevent flooding and eliminate potential hazardous conditions to Omni guests.

Also at issue are the 6th hole, one of most scenic on the Ocean Links layout.

Wilson said The Omni would not maintain the 6th green and bunkers because the hotel had planned to reposition the green before it had decided to close the course. Omni lawyers said even if the Amelia Island Club won its fight to keep Ocean Links operating, the resort still was within its rights to reconfigure holes on the golf course.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12 to consider whether owners of Linkside Villas, which are located adjacent to several Ocean Links holes, will be allowed to join the lawsuit against The Omni.

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Omni issues rebuttal on Ocean Links demolition Resort says it is entitled to relocate or replace its golf amenities

The Omni Plantation, which is currently blocked by a court injunction of demolishing the Ocean Links Golf Course, issued a statement Wednesday which says the resort is within its rights to convert the 18-hole layout into a green space.

The statement released by Director of Resort Marketing Michelle Valley states the following:

View from the Ocean Links course at Omni Amelia Island

Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Amelia Island Equity Club entered into an agreement with a 99 year term as part of Omni’s acquisition of the Amelia Island resort assets out of bankruptcy in September, 2010. The agreement provides for reciprocal use of amenities between the parties, allowing club members to use resort amenities (golf, tennis, fitness, pool and restaurants) and guests of the resort to play the Long Point course and use the Long Point driving range.

The agreement acknowledges that amenities demanded by resort guests and club members will necessarily change and evolve over the 99 year term of the agreement. Specifically, the agreement gives Omni rights to reconfigure, modify, relocate or replace the resort amenities, including golf, if Omni determines such changes are necessary in its good faith business judgment.

Omni’s business judgment is that current demand for golf is better served by making material improvements to the Oak Marsh course and investing all golf resources into the operation of one quality18-hole course. The Ocean Links course is by far the poorest quality course in Omni’s entire golf portfolio of 21 courses and Omni received many complaints about the quality of the golf layout. Omni believes Ocean Links denigrates the reputation of the resort as a quality golf destination.

The Omni statement also maintains that Ocean Links was not being supported by Amelia Island Club members. It states:

The agreement contemplates that the club would provide 10,000 rounds of golf on the two resort courses, yet the club is providing less than 3,000 rounds per year (with less than 1,000 of those rounds being played on Ocean Links). Golf today is more about quality of the course than quantity of the holes. Maintaining a golf course for less than 1,000 rounds per year of club member play is not sustainable and is not required by the agreement.

The Omni statement said there are no plans to develop the Ocean Links property, stating:

It is also important to communicate what Omni is not going to do with the Ocean Links property. Omni has no plans to develop residential real estate on the Ocean Links property. The only contemplated development is an event lawn on hole number six behind the resort.

Omni has invested over $150 million at Amelia Island and the decisions made by Omni have benefited all stakeholders of the Plantation, in many forms, including increased property values. No one has more at stake in this decision than Omni, and Omni is motivated more than anyone to ensure the Plantation maintains its status as a premier resort community and destination. The decision to close the Ocean Links was made to enhance and improve the status of the Plantation for the benefit of all of its stakeholders.

The Omni began bulldozing the Ocean Links green complexes on Nov. 12, but was stopped two days later following an order by a Nassau County judge. The Amelia Island Club had filed a complaint against The Omni claiming it was in breach of its contract with the club.

The case is scheduled to go before a mediator, however, a date has not be set.

 

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Bye, Bye Ocean links, not so fast Lawyers look to block the Omni Plantation

Members of The Amelia Island Club are seeking to halt the Omni Plantation hired bulldozers from leveling any more of the Ocean Links Golf Course

announcing that attorneys are taking legal action to block the closure of Ocean Links.

The Club’s Board of Directors issued the following statement to its members:

The Amelia Island Club has a long standing agreement with Omni that assures Club members the right to the continued use the of the Omni’s Ocean Links golf course. The Club has gone to court today to obtain judicial relief to enforce those contractual rights.

The Management and Board of Directors of the Club are prepared to take all appropriate legal steps to protect the interest of the Club and honor the overwhelming vote against the Ocean Links golf course closure by our membership.

Thank you,
AIEC Board of Directors

Last Monday, heavy equipment operators began bulldozing greens adjacent to the ocean on the scenic Ocean Links property which was originally designed by Pete Dye in the early 1970s. Omni Plantation was operating 36 holes of golf, the other course being the Oak Marsh facility. Winding along a coastal Atlantic dune ridge, Ocean Links #4, #5, #6, #15 and #16 provided golfers with five oceanfront golf holes.

The Omni says it will redirect its golf resources to the Oak Marsh Course.

Ocean Links is part of Amelia Island Plantation, a master-planned community encompassing more than 1,350 acres of maritime forests and marshes, alongside miles of uncrowded beach front. It is home to approximately 900 single-family homes and 1,200 condominiums as well as the family oriented, private Amelia Island Club and a world-class resort owned and operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts. The Amelia Island Club has 1,400 members.

The Omni issued this statement: “As of November 12, 2017, Omni Hotels & Resorts has closed Ocean Links golf course and will repurpose that land into green space to enable all golf resources to be dedicated to enhancing the Oak Marsh golfing experience. We are pleased to share some already-noticeable improvements on Oak Marsh including the renovation of all bunkers, restoration and resurfacing of all coquina areas, replacement of the bridges on holes 15 and 17, and replacement and restoration of all bulkheads.”

The statement makes no comment on the Ocean Links property.

“At this time we are unable to discuss this matter in detail, so we will not be able to respond to your spe cific inquiries,” said Michelle Valle, Director of Resort Marketing Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

A message from Donald Stamets, Area Managing Director, Omni Amelia Island Plantation:

As of Nov. 12, 2017, Omni Hotels & Resorts closed Ocean Links golf course and will develop that land into green space. In addition to providing additional outdoor activity opportunities, this development will enable all golf resources to be dedicated to enhancing the Oak Marsh golfing experience. We are pleased to share some already-noticeable improvements on Oak Marsh including the renovation of all bunkers, restoration and resurfacing of all coquina areas, replacement of the bridges on holes 15 and 17, and replacement and restoration of all bulkheads.

Today, Monday, Nov. 13, we started Phase 1 of the project by leveling the greens of all holes except 1, 2 and 6. This is to facilitate the transition from “a putting green complex” to level ground covered with sod. Phase 2 will be to flatten and fill in fairway bunkers, in their transition to become sodded. Phase 3 is when all areas transition to sod to create a park-like setting. Phases 1 through 3 can take 4-6 weeks based on weather.

As previously communicated, hole 6 (which is directly in front of the hotel building) will transition into an event space. Holes 1 and 2 are being considered for par 3 golf holes and/or a practice area, while the remaining 15 holes will transition to green space.

 

 

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