The former captain of the University of South Carolina's women's golf team where she completed a double major in Marketing and Management leads the resort's instructional programs for both women and juniors and is a lead instructor for many of our schools. As a PGA Certified Instructor as well as a LPGA Certified Instructor she has appeared in magazine articles and was nominated for the Junior Golf Leader award for the Carolinas PGA. Abby and husband Greg have been married since 2008.
Abby has been recently selected for the inaugural list of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers. Her credentials and high standing in the instruction community have earned her a spot among the top 40 instructors under the age of 40.
Hello All Governor’s Club Members on Kiawah Island Golf Resort! I have begun to schedule a couple special clinics/classes for you all in December and January! Check out your Governor’s Club Calendar to sign up!
As of right now:
Governor’s Club Video Analysis: This is a 30 minute session. I will video 2 swings and we can go and view your swing
The novice player or a player that has only played for a couple years. We will go over in depth all about the different areas of short game, discuss etiquette on the golf course, and build a proper golf swing that you can be begin to understand and improve through your golf year!
Sunday, February 19, 2023 9am-12pm: Rotations on the driving range (short game) 12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch at Tomassos 2:00pm, 2:10pm, 2:20pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point (scramble) 3:30pm: Happy Hour at Golf Learning Center
Monday, February 20, 2023 9am-12pm: Rotations on the driving range 12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch at Tomassos 1:30pm, 1:40pm, 1:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point (Scramble for beginners/ friendly competition for intermediate) 3:30pm: May choose to play the back 9 on their own 6:30pm: Dinner at Jasmine Porch located in the Sanctuary Hotel (included)
The player looking to dive into more detail about their game. This group is going to be able to understand the basics of golf but really take it to the next level. For instance, this player is hitting the green but wants to get it closer to the hole, or can chip it on the green but wants to get an up and down etc. This class will go over short game, understanding the mental game, and learning more about their full swing through video and drills.
Sunday, February 26 9:00am-12pm: Rotations on the driving range (short game) 12pm-1:00pm:Lunch at Tomassos 1:30pm, 1:40pm, 1:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point (scramble) 3:30pm: Happy Hour at Learning Center
Monday, February 27 9am-12:00pm: Rotations on the driving range 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch at Tomassos 1:30pm, 1:40pm, 1:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point (scramble for beginners/ friendly competition for intermediate) 6:30pm:Dinner at Jasmine Porch (included)
Maximum of 16 people per event
Accommodations are on your own. The Sanctuary at this time seems to be pretty full with openings here and there. Villas are a great idea for this event, because you do have a full kitchen, living area, porch etc. which is nice to go back and relax in! If you do choose to stay at the resort we have discount codes that you may use towards your stay
Please email me if you have any further questions or would like to join us for an amazing golf adventure!
My students are asking how to gain more distance in their golf swings. First, maximum power comes from your hips and your shoulders. But your hips have to be connected with your shoulders and the club long enough to get this maximum power. What does that connection feel like? How long through impact must this connection stay? Here is a drill you can practice to help you understand if your swing is making this happen:
First take a ball and any club (preferably an iron to begin). Set up to the golf ball. DO NOT TAKE A BACK SWING. Start with your hips first to push the ball forward a bit. Then extend your shoulders to the target making the club face push the ball forward. If you stay connected the ball will go forward towards your target. Stay connected to see how far you need to move your body to keep the ball on your target line. If you do not stay connected the club face will twist which will make the ball go in the wrong direction. If this happens you lost your connection. Really focus on keeping your hips, shoulders, and club together as one unit. The feeling should be strong in your core instead of your forearms and wrists.
How did it go? Could you feel stronger moving through you shot? How long did you have to stay connected? The strength of your core is staying connected through impact and is keeping connected to your target. Welcome to maximum power!
Check out my video to see how I practiced this drill!
There are so many books on golf: instruction, mental, biographies, history, etc. What books should we read? My answer is read anything! I took a picture of my top 3 books. Of course two are mental because it is my favorite topic of golf to read. It really does help me not freak out on the golf course. Plus, I received Annika’s book a very long time ago. It is a great picture book about the pure basics of golf. Before I had a child, I left it out on my coffee table and everybody loved to take a peak! I am hoping for the book to make it back to the coffee table, I believe the kids are getting old enough now that the book will be safe from those sticky, nasty fingers…hahaha!
Some other favorites are Bob Rotella’s Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, any of Vision 54 books by Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, The Match and The Greatest Game Every Played by Mark Frost.
I would love to hear about what golf books you like to read or suggest! Email me, Facebook, Instagram etc. I think we would all love to hear all the great books out there!
This is one of the hardest parts of golf to teach. We all want to strangle the club to death to make sure the club does what we want it to do. Unfortunately, this actually does the exact opposite affect. When we hold the club too tight we make the club shaft stiffer and the club doesn’t do what it is suppose to do. It is very similar to playing a tambourine. Yes, a tambourine! It is the music instrument that when you hold it and shake it it plays music through the vibration. But if you hold the tambourine too tight it doesn’t have the vibration and the music is not very nice. The club itself has to have some wiggle to create lag to create the power the club provides. When you grip it too tight, the club can not lag and can not create power.
So instead of us asking ourselves are we gripping the club too tight. Grab a tube of toothpaste, take the cap off, and point it down at the ground with your golf grip and stance. Swing! Did any toothpaste come out? If it did, when did it come out? At the top of your swing? Impact? How can you fix it. Instead of gripping tight, try to put that pressure somewhere else…..shoulders….hips….etc.
Check out the video and see if I showed good grip pressure or not!
Do you like to watch golf on TV? I am not a huge fan, but my husband is! He watches the tournaments every week. He will call me into the room when they slow a golfers swing down…..this is my favorite part! They are truly amazing at what they do when they swing a golf club. When they slow it down on TV it actually gives all of us a chance to really see the different parts of the golf swing.
First I look at their setup: Posture is nice and straight, knees slightly bent, front arm straight.
Next is the backswing: How they use their front shoulder to take the club back on plane, with their front arm straight and back arm relaxed, the toe of the club pointing up.
The Top of the Swing: They rarely over swing, the front arm staying straight, shoulder under chin, body so strong and coiled
Now the Downswing: The HIP TURN IS CRAZY! They start their hips first and then their arms just follow allowing gravity to take over.
Impact: The clubface is square, the hips are moving towards the target, and the front arm is still straight!
Past Impact: The CLUB IS STILL EXTENDING to the Target, the arms are still straight, the hips are still turning!
The Finish: Look at how high the arms are finishing above their head!
THESE PROFESSIONALS ARE AMAZING!
Now we are not professionals, but if we are going to look at or mimic anyone it should be the people that make the big bucks in this game. We can learn a lot from them!/
Hi! I have had a lot students asking for some good practice drills lately. This drill is actually one of my favorites!
We start by chipping a ball about 5 yards away. A good short chip…remember no hips. Then our second ball we take and chip a little farther away. The third ball you do the same thing. You start creating a line with balls down the driving range. Eventually you will have to transition to a pitch shop using your hips to get the ball farther. Then continuing using your hips and taking longer and longer swings. Count how many balls are in your line. The closer the balls are together, the better distance control you have, and can continue to add more balls to your line. You literally can do this drill all the way through your bag. Working on getting the ball farther and farther while controlling the distance during the drill.
On a second note you can also notice my shots are in a straight line. The second part of this drill is working on your extension with your club. When you are swinging you are ensuring that the clubface is moving down the line towards your target for clean contact.
Here are some good stretches to do before you go out to play golf. You can do these at home or right on the driving range. When you are stretching you want to concentrate on your bigger muscles of the golf swing. I usually start with my upper body, shoulders specifically. Then work down to my legs and ankles. Then finish up with a good back stretch to finish!
Included in the stretches are:
Small and Large Circles targeting your shoulders
Pulling foot up behind you to concentrate on thigh stretch
Stretching your back by rotating around your hips
Each stretch can be performed in groups of 5-8 times or counting to 12. Remember stretching is pushing your limits a little bit is good to get that full stretch and make you even mor flexible over time. No bouncing is needed just holding the stretch is best.
There are many more stretches out there that you can do, but I do feel these are some easy stretches that help you instantly warm your body up for the golf swing!