Gregory Fields, PGA Director of Instruction,
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
With over 27 years of experience as a PGA golf professional, Gregory brings a broad spectrum of talent to the Rawls Course at Texas Tech. Gregory and his wife relocated from Maui, Hawaii where he held positions of Senior Teaching Professional and Senior Instructor at the Kapalua Golf Academy for the past 16 years. They decided to relocate to Lubbock to be near family.
Gregory received the “2014 Hawaii PGA Teacher of the Year” award and was listed in Golf Digest’s “Top Teachers in Hawaii.” Earlier in his career, Gregory held positions as the Head Professional at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach, California and served as Director of Instruction at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Monterey, California. He has also held positions as PGA General Manager/Head Professional at courses in Colorado and New Jersey. The National Junior College Athletic Association also named Gregory “Coach of the Year” for his role as Head Coach of the Burlington County College Golf Team in 1992. Gregory served on the faculty of both the Burlington County College and the California State College at Monterey Bay.
Gregory has earned a reputation as a great instructor who has helped thousands of golfers more fully enjoy the game of golf. Gregory’s experience and love for the game has forged him into a gifted instructor. His expertise as a coach allows him to relate to every player regardless of their skill level.
One of Gregory’s famous quotes is… “ Golf is fun…but scoring lower is more fun.”
Keep the game simple and keep it fun. The ‘Fun With Golf’ program is designed to meet the goals of the recreational, business or student golfer. Strength, flexibility, physique, and hand/eye coordination influence one’s ability to play golf. For the person wanting to play competitive golf, much time and effort must be dedicated to practice and play. However, the majority of people just want to have fun when they play, and desire to reduce the anxiety, intimidation and embarrassment they sometimes feel while on the golf course.
There are four basic shots in the game of golf - putting, chipping, pitching and the full swing. All four shots require two basic elements for success. At impact, the clubface needs to be facing the target and the ball must be struck at the correct point in the arc of the swing.
How you position yourself prior to hitting a golf shot (your set-up), has a huge influence on your chances of having consistent results. Your set-up includes ball position, posture, grip and aim (BPGA). A poor or inconsistent set-up leads to poor or inconsistent results.
Every golf shot must be evaluated and a strategy selected. For example, do you need a high shot or low shot? Based upon the ball flight desired (strategy) you must decide which club to use and how to set-up (BPGA) correctly? Finally, after coming up with a good strategy, club selection and set-up, what motion is required for a successful result?
In conclusion, understanding the four basic shots, establishing a strategy, learning how to set-up, and knowing what motion is required will enable you to keep the game simple and have more fun!
© 2017 Gregory Fields