(Grand Rapids, Mich.) When it comes to lower scores in golf, it all comes down to the long and short of it. “Long” for a powerful long game, where tempo is a key element for maximizing club head speed. “Short” for the all-important short game-centered on sound putting-that largely dictates the tallies on the scorecard.
At the 24th West Michigan Golf Show, held in Grand Rapids on Feb.10-12, 2012, two outstanding headliners will address the long and the short of the game with free clinics all weekend on the Fidelity Seminar Stage. Representing Tour Tempo®, the fast-emerging teaching and technology company that has revolutionized the understanding and critical importance of tempo in the golf swing, will be John Novosel, Jr. Teacher, coach and international presenter, Novosel will explain the fundamental tenets of Tour Tempo, as researched and developed by his father and himself, which stresses developing a consistent, Tour-like tempo or pace of the swing.
“I’m really excited about coming to the West Michigan Golf Show,” said Novosel, a past presenter for the PGA of Sweden, the PGA of the Netherlands, and the World Golf Fitness Summit. “Though not guaranteeing any sunny weather arriving from Kansas, I do guarantee golfers attending my clinic will take away some helpful tips and ideas on developing better tempo in their game. And unlike certain Tour swing fundamentals, a sound tempo is easily within the grasp of the average golfer.” Tour Tempo was also the subject of a critically acclaimed instructional book authored by John’s father with Sports Illustrated’s award-winning golf scribe John Garrity, that demonstrated a 3-beats-to-1-beat timing ratio between the backswing and the downswing ending at impact and common to virtually all Tour players’ swings.
Also on the Fidelity Seminar Stage will be the celebrated putting guru and PGA teaching professional Mike Shannon, ranked recently by Golf Digest as #40 in its listing of “America’s 50 Best Teachers” for 2011-2012. Part of the highly touted instructional team at Sea Island Golf Learning Center in St. Simons Island, Ga., Shannon counts PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar as one of his many students. “I’ve worked with Matt on his putting for the past two years and it’s gratifying to see his success,” said Shannon who will be ‘down under’ next week sharing his expertise with the Australian Golf Federation at Royal Melbourne, site of last month’s Presidents Cup. “Yet I receive as much satisfaction working with weekend golfers wanting to be better putters. And contrary to popular opinion, weekend golfers definitely can learn to putt like the pros.”
Golf Show manager Carolyn Alt knows golfers on the weekend of Feb. 10-12 will serve as an eager and attentive audience for Novosel and Shannon. “West Michigan golfers tell us in our surveys that the quality and credentials of our headliners provide an important added value,” said Alt. “Mindful that hope springs eternal even in February, I’m certain golfers looking to improve their games will be packing the seats for the clinics by John and Mike.”
Held continuously since 1989, the West Michigan Golf Show will attract thousands of Michigan golfers to hundreds of exhibits and will feature clinics, putting contests, junior golf instruction, swing analyzers and an unmatched golf shopping spree with numerous “golf show specials.” Sponsors include Treetops Resort, Fidelity Investments, Golf Association of Michigan, Boyne Resorts, Michigan PGA, and Srixon. As always, several charities will benefit from their involvement with the show.
Produced by ShowSpan Inc., the West Michigan Golf Show’s hours are 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday; 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday; and 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at www.westmichigangolfshow.com
Carolyn Alt, ShowSpan, 616-447-2860
Terry Moore, Sportserv Ltd., 616-490-0433, firstname.lastname@example.org