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How Brooke Henderson can improve your golf!

How Brooke Henderson can improve your golf!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

To say that golf is in great hands is an understatement!  And young hands at that!  We have Spieth, Day, Fowler, and McIlroy and more exhibiting great sportsmanship along with their stellar play.  But the women on the LPGA Tour are furthering their own brand of spectacular golf and winning with a joyful yet humble demeanor.  Great examples include Lydia Ko, who applauded when opponent Brooke Henderson holed the winning put in the Women’s PGA Championship and Henderson herself.  This young Canadian displays quiet confidence rather than self-congratulatory fist pumps.  Brooke also never fails to acknowledge the caddies and volunteers.  Thanks to John Haime of Golfwrx for this insightful article on the state of women’s golf!

Copy Brooke Henderson.

No, don’t copy her swing or her putting stroke (but that may not be a bad idea either); copy her attitude, because the wonderful self-expression and joy she brings to the game is worth celebrating and showcasing for young players … or any player.

Young golfers today look to Jason Day, Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy (for obvious reasons), but they may want to model their attitudes after the 18-year-old Canadian on the LPGA Tour. Brooke Henderson seems to have a great recipe for both enjoying the game, remaining humble and playing some pretty spectacular golf that is generating great results.

In a time where everything seems to be overstated, Brooke Henderson won the Women’s PGA Championship in an understated manner. No fist pumping, no running around, no over-the-top drama: just hitting shots like she is capable of, enjoying the experience, connecting with the audience and matter-of-factly finishing at the top of the leaderboard.

No Fear.

How Brooke Henderson can improve your golf!

Fear is a major interference in golf. We can look forward and consider all of the “what ifs” that could potentially happen, and most of the what ifs you might consider don’t have a positive effect on your game. Then there’s bringing the past forward. The tendency is to bring those things that really didn’t work out to the present moment, and those thoughts and feelings don’t help.

Brooke Henderson plays without fear. As an example, while most players at the recent Women’s PGA Championship highlighted the narrowness of the Sahalee fairways and that drivers wouldn’t be the play, Henderson stated to the media early in the week that driver would be the play for her. It’s her strength, and narrow fairways would not be a problem, she said. In a very self-aware manner, similar to Dustin Johnson in the U.S. Open, she used her driving as a weapon at the PGA, played to all of her strengths, leveraged her advantages and fully expressed herself.

“I used to get a bit nervous but then thought, ‘What’s the point of that, really?’”

In a recent interview, Henderson was asked about nerves and anxiety and her response was: “I used to get a bit nervous but then thought, ‘What’s the point of that, really?’”  Makes sense, doesn’t it?

What was most refreshing about Henderson and watching her win the PGA was the overall environment she creates within herself: a relaxed joy that produces great smiles after good shots, some disappointment after bad ones and a self-awareness that she understands her unique abilities and uses them. There was also a complete clarity following the winning putt in the playoff. She was determined to congratulate playing competitor Lydia Ko with a genuine embrace and acknowledge caddies and volunteers.

To learn from Brook Henderson on how to become a better player through a better attitude, go here!

Source : John Haime   Golfwrx

Pictures : Joe McLean  Scott MacLeod  Flagstick Golf Magazine

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Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Brooke Henderson leads her own ‘Grow-the game’ charge for women’s golf in Canada.

At 17 years, Henderson is not old enough to be a member of the LPGA Tour but has played several events on sponsor exemptions.

She finished third at the Swinging Skirts Classic in April ’15, having missed a play-off by one stroke. Henderson also stood out at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, where she led midway and finally finished in the 13th spot.

Recently, her play in the LPGA Kingsmill Championship netted her a 25th place finish. She has already accepted sponsor exemptions for 3 more LPGA events.

Besides her phenomenal skills at only 17 years of age, this player also exudes a great personality. Kim Valleau, co-ordinator of the junior girl’s program at Calgary Elks Golf Club, says about Brooke, “I think she’s going to be the one that Junior girls look up to in Canadian golf. She’s so well-composed on the course, too, from what I’ve seen.”

Henderson is getting TV press, and she has a prolific presence all over social media. Wes Gilbertson of the Toronto Sun gives us the latest scoop!

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

Brooke Henderson hits a shot during the final round of the 2015 Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout Presented at Las Colinas Country Club earlier this month in Irving, Texas.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way right now!

Brooke Henderson won’t be teeing it up at a Canadian Women’s Tour stop next week at Glencoe Golf & Country Club.

The good news is the teen phenom from Smiths Falls, Ont., will instead be preparing for another start on the LPGA Tour, and with every high-def appearance on Golf Channel, there’s growing excitement about the impact she’ll eventually have on would-be birdie-machines from across the Great White North.

“I think there will start to be more Canadians watching the LPGA just to see how she’s doing, and if you get moms and dads sitting down with their girls to follow Brooke because she’s doing well, that’s just going to inspire that next generation,” said Matt Rollins, the executive director for Alberta Golf. “I think that’s important for them to have that hero.”

There was optimism a couple of months back that Henderson could be in the field for the Canadian Women’s Tour shootout in Calgary.

Brooke Henderson is shot-in-arm for Canadian Golf!

The two-day tourney runs next Tuesday-Wednesday on Glencoe’s Meadows loop — but that was before the 17-year-old star-in-the-making took the LPGA Tour by storm.

Henderson finished third at the Swinging Skirts Classic last month, missing out on a playoff by just one stroke, and was leading at the midway mark of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout before fading to 13th.

This weekend, she climbed several rungs on the leaderboard in Sunday’s final round en route to a 25th-place showing at the Kingsmill Championship.

Although she’s too young to officially join the LPGA Tour, Henderson has already accepted sponsor exemptions for the next three events, including the ShopRite Classic next week in Atlantic City, N.J.

Her upcoming schedule also includes the Manulife Classic from June 4-7 in Cambridge, Ont.

To see the rest of Wes Gilbertson’s great article on Brooke Henderson, click here.

Source: Toronto Sun Wes Gilbertson

Pictures: Toronto Sun   James Emery Photography   

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