Monday, May 9, 2011

A Like-Minded Meeting

Last week I had lunch with sport psychologist legend Patricia Donnelly. She’s an incredible woman and a pioneer in her field. In 1998 she published an extensive study linking child development with golf instruction techniques— incredible stuff, and what’s more, her findings exactly match my own philosophy. She writes: “Children of approximately 3 to 6( Read More… )

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Continued Education

Last week I woke up to an email from a mother of two girls that I used to teach years ago. I had recently re-connected with them out east last summer and the mother was writing to invite me her daughter’s last basketball game of the season. She told me how much her daughter would( Read More… )

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Putting 101 – March 2011 Golf Digest

See Kate’s pre-round putting drill for improving distance control here. 

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Educator verses Instructor: How to Get Children Involved in Golf Early On

A few weeks ago I went to the PGA show in Orlando. It was a wonderful experience and I got to see and catch up with so many of you face to face. I was sent to cover SNAG (Starting New at Golf) and the conversation quickly turned to something I believe we’re all concerned( Read More… )

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kate Tempesta and Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy in November 2010 Issue of Golf Magazine’s 40 most influential people in golf

“There are flashy ways to leave your mark on the game at a relatively early age,like, say shooting 58 or winning 14 majors. And then there are less glamourous but equally important ways.” See the whole list including UGA here.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kate Tempesta named by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Young Instructors of 2010” November 2010

See Kate’s ranking and read her 2-Minute tip ‘Give Your Chips A Body Blow’ here.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Of Surprises and Success

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. — Albert Camus I was met with a wonderful celebration this Sunday in Central Park. Christine, Mari and Monica had organized a surprise party for my being named one( Read More… )

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It’s in the Process

Sometimes I think we’re too focused on the big picture, the end goal, the bottom line. Sometimes I think we don’t have enough appreciation for the process. My program isn’t successful because my students learn how to play golf (although they do). My program is successful because I connect with my students, I get on( Read More… )

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

SNAG Starting New At Golf

This blog has been a long-time coming and I hope it gives some insight into a subject that is the source of a lot of joy (and some frustration) in my program. Yes, my friends, the time has come to talk about SNAG®. I get asked a lot what SNAG® is and why I use( Read More… )

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Power of Priorities

I started my central park program this week and the first thing I saw trucking up the grass were three boys from St. Thomas More Playgroup- cue the heartstrings. I’ll admit, it was bittersweet, especially when one of them asked with big, eager eyes: “Why aren’t you teaching us movement anymore? We miss you.” I( Read More… )

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