Mike LaBauve - Biography

Mike
  • Class A member of the PGA
  • Articles Published in Golf Digest Magazines:

    "Your Short Game Basics" (cover story) - February, 1997
    "3 Weeks to Optimum Golf" (cover story) - March, 1998
    "How Good is Your Short Game?" - December, 1992
    "Learn Pitching with Your 5-iron" - May, 1993 "Line Up Your Power Sources" - February, 1994
    "The Golf Primer" - March, 1995
    "Your Angle for Distance" (cover story) - September, 1995

  • Director of Instruction - Kierland Golf Club - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Outstanding Student Achievements:

    Grace Park - 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion
    Keith Clearwater - Former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year
    Chris Johnson - LPGA Professional
    Howard Twitty - Won 1993 Hawaiian Open, PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year
    Teach other PGA, Senior PGA and Nike Tour Players

  • Southwest Section Teacher of the Year - 1993, 1987
  • Served on National PGA Teaching Committee - 1993, 1994
  • Voted Top 50 Instructors in the Country by Golf Magazine - 1991, 1995
  • Advisory Board Member for Titleist and Footjoy
  • Southwest Section Player of the Year - 1989
  • Southwest Section Champion - 1989
  • Qualified for and played in 2 Phoenix Opens and 2 Tucson Opens
  • Speaker at the 1994 and 1996 National PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in New Orleans - PGA Workshops and Business Schools


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Slicing: Downswing Many slices are caused because golfers start their downswing incorrectly, the correct downswing sequence starts with the lower body shifting weight from the right leg to the left leg, then the upper body follows
Split Grip Drill Practice the split grip and club-in-center drills to allow the arms and body to swing correctly together
Flip and Slice Cure Flipping or scooping keeps your hands back and closes the clubface to counteract an up and down slice swing. Fix this by rounding out your swing plane, turning your grip further to the left and letting your arms turn over as you go through impact.