What does a golf pro do when it rains?

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Check the weather app incessantly on your phone and obsess about the rain. Reschedule lots of appointments. 

Also: finish my taxes very early. Plan junior programs, golf schools, and a very special trip to the Masters. 

Because this year, it is the year that it is finally happening. I’ve been wanting to go for years- since I found out that my LPGA membership badge allowed me complementary access to the grounds at Augusta National. This is a special perk of being an LPGA or PGA Professional, but unfortunately when my mom asked if she could come, I had to explain that it wasn’t possible. Please let me know if you know anyone who knows anyone….

I’d love for you to help me celebrate my business this year! It is a special year because I will be celebrating 10 years of teaching golf - I started teaching when I stopped playing professionally at the end of 2009. Please look for a special email coming soon to partake in some free goodies and fun!

Right now I am so happy to be outside teaching with the sun warming my face and drying out the course.

Hope to see you soon!

Rebecka

Ps. What bucket list experience are you planning this year? I’d love to know!

Honey Moon to Italy

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

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We flew to Amsterdam first to visit my sister and her family in Holland. My mom and my sister’s boyfriend Joost met us at the airport and we took the train and then the tram to their beautifully renovated flat in Rotterdam. Like most houses in Holland, the flat has 3 levels with stairs leading to each level. We got the top floor and slept in the study for our stay. My jet lag is usually pretty bad traveling to Europe, and this trip was no exception! On top of that, I didn’t sleep a minute on the ten-hour flight- instead I watched three Harry Potter movies in succession. I read the books ages ago, and have been revisiting the books on Audible. The narrator is absolutely fantastic, and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to several of the books while driving to work. When I first started listening to books, it wasn’t that great. I would zone out pretty quickly. But if I am in the car, it seems to work for me. I still prefer reading “real” books vs reading on my phone or on a Kindle, but it is pretty cool to be able to “read” in the car. 

One day we went to Amsterdam with my mom. We went to the Rijksmuseum, which is the largest art museum in Amsterdam. It is in a beautiful building. For all the museums we went to on this trip, I highly recommend buying tickets online to avoid standing in line. Museum lines are long! And we travelled off-season- I can’t imagine what it is like in the summer!

Another special experience was our visit to a restaurant called Heroine in Rotterdam. According to my sister, it is one of the most popular new restaurants. It features three menu options: 4, 5 or 7 courses. I don’t think I could recreate any of the dishes or even describe the flavors. It was very different dining experience! Also, each dish was served by the chef who made it and the ingredients were explained to us in both Dutch and English. 

Our next stop was Florence. We had booked a cute AirBnb by the Ponte Vecchio bridge. This bridge is also nicknamed the Golden Bridge, as it is lined with jewelry shops. We wandered the streets, had pizza and gelato, visited Michelangelo’s David, explored the Uffizi Museum and the Boboli Gardens. Florence was smaller than I thought, and made bigger because of all the incredible art and beautiful buildings. 

From Florence we took the train to Venice. When I walked out of the Train Station the sun was warm and bright in the sky. Standing on top of the stairs there, you see the Grand Canal right in front of you with the palaces lining the water. It was gorgeous! When the sun hits the pale-colored palaces and the hues glitters onto the surface of the water, Venice is a sigh to behold. I loved my time in Venice. If you love to walk, this is your paradise. Our hotel was very close to St Mark’s Square, and I think the Basilica is one of the most richly decorated buildings I’ve ever seen. Its interior is entirely mosaic. You have to see for yourself. 

I’m very pleased we decided to visit Venice in the Winter. It wasn’t crowded until Carneval started a few days after our arrival. I can only imagine how crowded the streets become in the height of the season! We had great weather- perhaps a little chilly but on the whole we didn’t have even one rainy day. 

We finished our trip in Verona, and by this time, my museum quota was entirely filled up. I got a massage, read, visited the indoor pool and napped. It was a sweet ending to our trip. 

Thank you to all of you who helped us make this trip possible! This trip was a dream come true, and we made memories for life!

Rebecka

A Putt for 54

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The worst thing to write is something cheerful when you are not in a particular cheerful mood. So without going into too much detail- let’s just say my partner and I didn’t ham and egg it very well at last weeks tournament at Palm Valley Country Club.

The highlights:

  • Winning the Pro-Am with a gross score of 54 with an all-woman team! On our 18th hole, I was the last to putt the 20-footer for birdie. Seeing that ball go in the hole, was really, really satisfying! I don’t think I’ve ever had a putt for 54 before, and that is a fun thing to think about- especially since I grew up having Pia Nilsson of Vision54 as my coach in the Swedish National Team!

  • One thing that paid off from my preparation was the half-wedge shots. I felt really confident on those shots, which are normally not my strength.

  • Attending a BLAST Golf Seminar. The Blast sensor is fastened at the top of your club, and measures back swing time and forward stroke time. Many players struggle with their tempo, and think that this technology can bring more awareness to that part of the swing. I’m excited to test it out for my full swing but you can use it for putting too!

Have a great week!

Rebecka

Palm Springs Prep

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I thought I’d share a bit about my preparation process for an upcoming tournament next week in Palm Springs. Every year, in the first week of December, the LPGA Teaching & Club Pro Division puts on a team event. The last few years I have arrived in Palm Springs completely out of shape. Last year was particularly discouraging. I played so poorly that I swore to myself that next year’s event preparation would need to be different. 

It started with me thinking about what I could do to get ready. Since the smoke basically forced me to stay inside for most of November, I realized last weekend that I needed to get a move on if this year was going to be any different. Nevertheless, a little prep is better than none, so when it cleared up last Sunday I decided to get out there. 

Sunday 

Played 9 holes at the East Course. 

My first thought was that I needed to drag myself to the range to hit balls. I immediately resisted. Why should I hit balls when I can play? Playing is more fun! Besides, I wanted to get into the thought process of playing. What do I mean by that? Well, I haven’t played a lot recently (especially with the wedding planning and before that, prepping for our Bodega Bay retreat) and that means my process of setting up to the ball hasn’t gotten much attention. When I haven’t played much, I feel the need to go through my process so that I feel good and solid over the ball. I want to know that my alignment and posture are alright, and that the time it takes to set up to the ball isn’t too long (so that I overthink it).

Basically, those are the things I paid attention to on this round. 

In my game, I’m usually pretty good with the driver, my short game and my putting. Not so on Sunday. I hit most tee shots way left of what I wanted. Although the swing itself didn’t feel too terrible, most shots did. I got some good short game practice in since I missed so many greens. And hurrah, my putting felt really good even though my speed was a bit off. 

Monday

Played 12 holes at the West Course. 

Mondays are usually my day off and after going to the gym and running a couple of errands, I drove to Oakmont. I knew I wanted to practice more on the course because I knew that the rest of the week it would most likely rain. 

Playing today was more of the same. My driver was still going left, irons were going good and putting felt good. I missed a fair number of greens so I really enjoyed the challenge of picking landing spots for my chip shots and trying to get the ball to do what I wanted it to do. 

My plan the next day was to get on the TrackMan launch monitor to check my swing. 

Tuesday

On Tuesday it rained pretty hard so I decided to hit balls inside in the teaching lab at the East Course after teaching my lessons. 

Priorities:

  • I wanted to make sure my club path with my irons wasn’t too inside out. 

  • I wanted to check my driver and understand why it was going left. 

  • Since the course set up on the second day of the tournament is on a shorter course and I know I will have a lot of wedge shots into the greens, I wanted to practice hitting certain distances. Luckily, the TrackMan is very helpful for this because it will give me both the carry distance and the total distance of my shot. 

First, I warmed up. I felt a bit sore from the workouts in the gym the last couple of days.

I hit several half shots before I hit 8-iron, 6-iron, 27 degree hybrid and 20 degree hybrid. So far so good. Path numbers were close to +3 which means I’m swinging slightly inside out. 

When I got to the driver it hit the first one really well. But the next one, I hit completely left and it felt like the driver swings I’ve had on the course the last two days. The path was ok but the face was closed by a few degrees. I probably should have suspected this- and I adjusted it by opening up my club face just a little more in the back swing and making sure my right hand isn’t riding on top of the handle in my take away. 

Lastly, I practiced a half-swing with my 54 degree wedge where my hands were about hip high and the club head a little bit higher. I wanted to know how far the ball would carry and how far the estimated roll out would be. I also did the same drill with my 50 degree wedge. I think my fave wedge is this one. I love chipping with it too. 

I noticed that if my club head speed varied, then my carry distance would be different too. I kept noticing and giving myself different tempos to see how the distance would change. 

I left feeling like I had accomplished what I had set out to do!

Wednesday

I went to the gym in the morning thinking it would rain all day. But it cleared up, and I went to Oakmont to teach one lesson and then meet up with a friend to practice. I know myself- it is so much easier to get that workout in or that practice in if you have a friend that will keep you accountable. Since the weather was nice, I stayed around the putting green on the East Course to chip. I use mainly three different clubs to chip: 60 degree wedge, 50 degree wedge and my 8-iron. That makes it easy for me to create low, medium and high trajectory. I got two golf balls out of my bag, and immersed myself into the process of getting my shots close to the hole. Most shots in the desert will be from nice, short turf, so that was what I mostly practiced hitting my shots from. 

After about 20 minutes, my friend arrived and I challenged her to a chipping contest. Challenging my friends has always been one of my favorite ways to practice and get better. It makes me go through my pre-shot routine just as if I was playing on the course. I spend more time on aim and alignment compared to if I was chipping on my own. I also spend a little more time visualizing the shot and imagining how it will roll to get close. 

When it got dark, we went to the indoor lab to hit balls. I went through a similar routine as the day before. On a few shots, I imagined the hole I knew I needed to hit a particular shot and went through my pre-shot routine. Each time I nailed the shot, which felt really good. 

I also went through the same wedge practice like the day before. The numbers were starting to be more predictable. 

My practice session ended with a set of speed sticks. Speed sticks are a great way to build speed into your swing. 

Thursday

Another rainy day. The only person who wants to have a lesson on a rainy day is Matthew. He can’t stand missing his weekly lesson! Matthew ended his session with a set of speed sticks and when he left, that’s when I started. I went through the set doing both right- and left-handed swings. 

Afterwards, I hit a few warm ups with my 60 degree wedge. Then I hit a few full pitching wedges to check my yardage. The last one carried 100 yards. 

Then I hit my 8-iron and 6-iron. I noticed the path was more inside out tonight than the last couple of days, so I did a little drill next to the wall where I drag the club along the baseboard while making my hands stay close to my legs. My thought is “the club goes out and the hands stay in”. This helped me get the path back on track. 

I also hit a few hybrids. I missed a couple right but to perfectly honest, that doesn’t bother me as much as when I hit it left. 

Lastly, I spent most of the time with my four wedges. I went through and hit hard shots with all of them. Here’s the results so far:

Half-shots Carry/Roll out

60 degree wedge 26/35

54 degree wedge 31/43

50 degree wedge 34/47

PW 40/54

Friday

Today it looks like I will go out to practice and play at StoneTree. My flight leaves from Oakland at 7:30 pm, so my priority today is:

  • Do 30 min cardio/interval at the gym and then do mobility exercises and stretch. 

  • Practice my driver and putting. 

  • Put the wedge distances to the test on the course. 

 

Follow my week on Instagram where I’ll do an update every day!

Class starts Friday April 13th! Don't be scared...

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Here's what people said of the last class:

"I now know how to practice putting!" -Rosa

"Much more aware of the power of consistency in all aspects of putting from the stroke (tempo) to the read to the pre-shot routine." -Joseph

"This class has done so much to increase my confidence in putting. When I miss, I feel like I have a better idea of what went wrong. The drills suggested making practice more effective and interesting. It was great just focusing on one thing per week and I like that I can return to the lessons online for a refresher. GREAT class!" -Kathy

"The class has helped me hit the sweet spot on the putter face and roll the ball better. I enjoyed every part of this class (the lessons, drills, live video, Facebook posts and comments)."  -Cindy

"I think your putting class is excellent for all levels from beginner to advanced golf. Thanks so much! I even enjoy putting practice now!" -Karen

LPGA T&CP 10+ Years Celebration!

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The LPGA T&CP started in 1959 as an extension of the LPGA Tour. Nowadays there are over 1,700 members globally who help players enjoy and improve their games. I've been an LPGA member since 2004 and a Class A since 2010. In contrast, there are over 28,000 PGA of America members. There are only a small number of dual members. The PGA training is geared towards the management of golf courses while the LPGA certification focuses exclusively on teaching golf. 

About the North Bay Fires

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I've felt out of the loop since the North Bay Fires and wanted to send you an update. I'm very grateful for the support on Facebook and over email/text during the fires, and I want you to know it helped a lot to feel the love. 

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It has been many days since Monday October 9th, when we woke up to multiple wild fires in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. However, the conversation still starts there everyday. Where do you live? Where were you? How did you and the family fare? Everyone has a story and here's mine:

My boyfriend Ed and I rent a duplex in Glen Ellen near Madrone and Arnold. 

We got home late on Sunday and during our drive home we noticed it was very windy. When we got out of the car it smelled faintly of smoke. I checked Facebook and the neighborhood app called NextDoor (this app was very helpful while being away) and I knew a friend was evacuated due to a fire. I slept poorly and woke up at 5 am from people talking on the street outside. We live on a very quiet street so this was unusual. It also smelled like smoke in the house, and since I knew a little info from the night before I knew this wasn’t a good sign. When I tried to turn on the lamp on my night stand I realized we had no power, so we went outside and talked to the neighbors and decided to leave. 

We grabbed a few things in the dark, got dressed and drove away. The plan was to go to Benicia to Ed’s parents house. 

When we drove through Sonoma, there were already lines at the gas stations. We tried to take Broadway but had to turn around because the road was closed and we could see smoke, flames and fire trucks. 

We turned right to take Napa Road and drove down a bit when we saw we wouldn’t be able to take that road either. We could see the flames on the hillsides. 

At that point, I felt a bit panicky and we somehow managed to take a couple of back roads to get onto Arnold. When we got in view of Sonoma Raceway, it was also burning on the hill above. There were few cars on the road so we got on highway 37 easily. In my rear view mirror, I could see the fire as an orange snake on the hills behind me. It seemed to me we had escaped hell. As I later found out, this was nothing compared to what other families experienced that night. 

We turned on the tv immediately and understood it was a really dire situation in Santa Rosa with multiple fires and a bit later that morning we got devastating news from Glen Ellen. 

I didn’t anticipate we would stay away as long as we did, but we had no power until late Tuesday 8 days later. On Wednesday I went back home and cleaned the house. The air was really bad and I was wearing a mask not to breathe it all in. It was smelly and dusty. I felt simultaneously relief and comfort of being home but also replaying the events of the past week and taking in how close the fire really came to our neighborhood. 

When they opened highway 12 a few days later I could see the destruction with my own eyes. It is a bit strange, because some areas look just the same, and some are burnt completely. The hillsides are black and bruised, but the vineyards are as gorgeous as ever. Another shock came a few more days later when they opened Warm Springs Road. That is the back way to get to Santa Rosa over the hills, which normally is one of the most beautiful drives I know. So much of it is charred with houses burned and fire retardant visible from the road. I want to cry every time I have to drive that way. It is unreal. 

I feel grateful I could go back to my home and my place of work and that everything was still there. Thousands of people weren’t as fortunate. I can’t imagine the pain of losing everything- to me there is no divine reason this happened to so many people. It is not just losing a house or the comfort of a home, but the time that will have to be spent to deal with the aftermath of rebuilding and dealing with paperwork of all kinds. Nothing I write today will make that better.

 

The impact of these fires also stretch into many businesses. Most of the valley wasn't able to go to work for two weeks. Some people will or have lost their job. I know many of you want to help and have an impact and here's how:

  • Come and visit the still beautiful Sonoma Valley which is currently in fall colors- if you need ideas of what to do and see, please let me know and I will tell you all my favorite places:) Golf+wine tasting is a delicious combo!

 

  • Donate to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund by going HERE.  
  • Another more personal option is to help the Padgett's family who is part of our junior golf program by donating HERE. 

Thank you so much!

 

During the fires, I learned:

  1. To keep a flashlight in my nightstand. I highly recommend this as it is hard to hold your phone as you are looking for things in the dark. 
  2. What I’d take if I have a few minutes. Make sure you put on comfortable shoes that doesn’t give you blisters. And if you have time, bring underwear.
  3. That having renter’s insurance is at least a little bit comforting. 
  4. A friend told me early on to be sure to take care of my nervous system while being away. This turned out to be very helpful advice. It is so easy to become frazzled and worried about what is happening even when all of it is out of your control. 
  5. Suffering is optional. The more I thought about what I could stand to lose, the more I suffered. That’s basically hanging out in the future. When I thought about that, I forgot to eat and spent hours reading updates on the internet. 
  6. That to minimize suffering, it’s best to spend more time in the present. When I did that, I realized I could go to the local gym, get a guest pass and move the anxiety out of my body. Yes, it worked at least a little bit. 
  7. It is easy to feel guilty for enjoying the moment in which you managed to have fun when there is so much heartache around. But truth is, that's no way to live. 

 

Sending you strength and energy for the rest of November!

Onward, 

Rebecka

September Celebrations

It has been a busy summer for me and I'd like to take a moment to celebrate reaching 300 new private lesson clients since I started teaching at Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa and Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park last Spring. Wow! Thank you so much for being part of my growth! In this time, I have co-founded the Oakmont Junior Golf Academy, taught junior summer camps and started a PGA Junior League Team at Oakmont! Our junior golf programs are thriving at Oakmont, and I am so pleased to grow our programs with my fellow LPGA Professional Jessica Reese Quayle!

And there is more to celebrate! Last month I received two nominations from our LPGA Western Section: one for Professional of the Year and another for Teaching Professional of the Year. I have never been nominated before, so I am proud to share this news with you, as you have all helped me develop as a teacher and coach. Thank you!

In other news: My website has a new look- one that I feel is more aligned with the kind of coaching I offer. To improve as a golfer, we have to grow both externally in skills and technique AND change internally to match how we see ourselves on the course. It doesn't matter if you have the best mental game on the planet if you have not honed your skills to match. And it doesn't matter if you have the prettiest swing on the range if you keep mentally sabotaging yourself when you play. What I offer is a holistic approach to golf improvement, one I hope translates to other areas of your life too!

Tomorrow I will be heading to North Carolina for the LPGA Teaching & Club Pro Division National Championship. It is being held at Mid-Pines, which is a course I've heard lots about and am looking forward to playing! You can follow the tournament on lpga.com. Play will start on Monday! This is my second tournament of the year, and I am looking forward to having some fun on the course with my fellow teaching professionals from around the country!

That's it for now! I hope you are staying cool this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing you soon. 

Keep swingin', 

Rebecka

How to Improve

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Have you ever wondered how improvement happens? What I am about to tell you might surprise you. The crazy thing with golf is that you can practice endless hours and not get better. 

Since many of my students ask for consistency, I'd like to present how that is achieved. To get consistent in golf, you have to face yourself and where you are. In my mind, it starts with a mind set of possibility. Many come to me with the mentality that I will and can fix them. But in my mind I think: you are not broken. You are the hero of your journey. I am just here to support and keep you going forward. 

The second part is you have to be willing to explore the "blind spots". This could be a part of your game or swing where you have limited body-awareness. You are simply not sure how it should be or feel. 

To figure out blind spots, feedback such as a TrackMan launch monitor can be helpful. A player might think they are coming over the top in their swing, when they are actually doing the opposite. (I've been there.) Video can also be helpful. Many players have an idea of what they are doing, but very often it doesn't match what the video is showing them. 

When you examine the blind spots, you increase your self-awareness. 

When you increase your awareness, you gain competence and trust. 

Competence and trust lead to the holy grail of golf: consistency. 

One of my students noted that this perspective can be applied to many other parts of life as well. 

Sending you all much energy and self-love this April as the sun is starting to come out!

Keep swingin', 

Rebecka

Start Before You Are Ready

Yeah, that's me, third from the right. The photo is taken in Frankfurt,  Germany, at the European Team Championship. I look more like a wannabe flight attendant than an aspiring professional golfer. This particular week, I happened to face Suzann Pettersen in the singles. It was match play, and I was up until the last two holes. On the 17th hole, she hit the par 5 green in two shots and made birdie. Then on the 18th, she made a snake of a putt to force us into a tie breaker.  We went back to the first tee, where I got up and down and clinched the match. It was redemption for losing that push-up contest we had in the hotel parking lot earlier in the week. At least that's how I saw it. 

At this point in my life, I wanted to be the best. The following year, I went to a college tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee with my golf resume typed up, and ready to hand to any receptive coaches. I figured college golf was my opportunity to get better, and play with the best collegiate golfers in the world.

I arrived at San Jose State University almost 19 years ago. I was 19 years old. Looking back, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had a lovely British accent, and no clue what a college essay meant. That first semester was a blur. I had to take remedial English and remedial math. Jet-lagged and wide-eyed, I thought the placement test wasn't all that important. It started out rough, but four years later, I had received Academic All-American honors three times. 

Recently, I was reading a book about habits. One of the sections in the book talked about whether a person is a "starter" or a "finisher". To my surprise, I am a finisher. I have a hard time starting. However, I really enjoy finishing things. Even a tube of tooth paste. Weird huh? I thought so too. All I can say is that I wouldn't have had all the wonderful golf experiences I have had if it wasn't for starting before I was ready. And I have had to do that many uncomfortable times. 

But knowing what is my natural tendency, it makes it easier for me to start.

Because once I start, I know I finish. 

Keep swingin'!

Rebecka

Happy New Year

Hi!

I'm back teaching this week now that the holidays are behind us. Hope you were able to take some time off to rest and reflect as we crossed over into the new year!

I spent my time off with my mom, who visited from Sweden, and my sister (yup, I'm sure you can tell above), her boyfriend and daughter who visited from Holland. This year will mark an interesting milestone. I will have lived half of my life in Sweden and half of my life in the U.S.! Little did I know as a 19-year old setting out to play golf at San Jose State University that I would still be living in the Bay Area 19 years later. Much has happened over these years, and I plan to share a little more about that later on. 

At the end of each year, I find myself always wanting to set new intentions. You know, clearing out the old so there's room for the new. I like to find a word or phrase (last year my word was Create) that will guide my energy for the year. If you are interested in the process I use, check this out.  I really like the white space of a whole new year ahead of me- although my calendar already has a few things going on! This year, I choose "Rise & Shine" as my mantra. This year is not a time to play small. It is a time to use our talents and focus to shine a light in this world. And, as an added bonus, perhaps it will help me get up earlier in the morning....

2016 was a year of change for me, and I want to send a special thank you to those who helped me through what was a times a very challenging year. It was tough to move, but on the other hand I now have space for guests and the most beautiful commute through the vineyards anyone could ever wish for!

Thank you to those of you who recommended my services to your friends and family. Thank you for your trust in me as a coach. I can't tell you how it means to me!

Sending you all my best for a great year on and off the course!

Keep swingin'

 

Rebecka

The Carmel Golf Escape

Participants at the Carmel Golf Escape September 27-29th 2016. 

Participants at the Carmel Golf Escape September 27-29th 2016. 

Wow!

What a great trip to wonderful Quail Lodge and Pebble Beach! This was a fun three days of golf, learning and new friendships among the ladies from the Santa Rosa area. We played golf for the first two days at Quail Lodge, which is a beautiful resort course in Carmel. We ended the trip with a lunch overlooking the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. Simply amazing. We will do it again!

Rebecka

The Trouble Shots School

Participants at the Trouble Shots School July 16-17th at Chardonnay Golf Course, Napa, California. 

Participants at the Trouble Shots School July 16-17th at Chardonnay Golf Course, Napa, California. 

For two days, we spent time focusing on bunker shots, low shots, side-hill lies and all the kind of shots that can make or break a round of golf. At the end of the two days, one participant commented that she was desensitized to getting into trouble on the course! I thought that was a great summary of a intense weekend of learning how to master not only the inner game but also the outer game of trouble shots. 

Big News!

I wanted to share the news that I have accepted a new position as Teaching Professional at The Academy at Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa. There I will be teaming up with Jessica Reese Qualye, who is also an LPGA Class A Member. She played for Texas in college, so there used to be a big rivalry between us! Jessica is also a former LPGA Tour Player, so we both teach from a player's perspective. 

Oakmont Golf Club has two 18-hole courses, East and West. I will have the ability to offer TrackMan lessons on the range, which I am really excited about. There is a big chipping and pitching area at the back of the range that I am able to use for short game practice. I will also be able to offer playing lessons. There is also an indoor lesson center, which has a BodiTrak pressure plate. Pretty exciting stuff!

This position will also allow me the flexibility to lead golf schools and retreats, which is something I really enjoy doing. There is an upcoming women's retreat at Chardonnay on April 30th-May 1st, and I look forward to a really fun time! See my website for details. 

I hope that you will come visit me at Oakmont! I understand that it is a bit of a drive to get here, but it is a beautiful one through the vineyards with a chance to stop at a great restaurant or winery along the way. 

To schedule lessons, please call me at 408-616-0226 or email me at rebeckaheinmert@mac.com. Online lesson scheduling is also available, please click here. 

Special thanks to those of you who have expressed support and care during this transition period. I really appreciate your concern and look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards, 

Rebecka

Word of The Year

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Hi, 
 
how's 2016? I've only written 2015 by mistake once, so I think I'm off to a great start!

I always feel that a new year brings new possibilities, and I always like to set new intentions. I like to pick a word to represent what I want more of in my life, and this year my word is CREATE. 

I picked CREATE for several reasons, but mainly that I want to focus on creating events and programs that will be educational, fun and useful.

The last few weeks I've worked with my fellow LPGA Professional Jamie Leno Zimron to organize a golf retreat for women in San Diego. Last year, Jamie founded EveryBusinessWomanGolf, and I am excited to join forces with Jamie again. The retreat will feature special guest Dr. Renee Powell. In February of 2015, Renee became one of the first 7 women ever granted Honorary Membership into the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (alongside LPGA greats Annika Sorenstam and Louis Suggs). I met Renee last spring when I was a guest speaker at the first EBWG Retreat in Napa, and I am honored to teach alongside her once again. More info at www.everybusinesswomangolf.com

In other news, I was elected Secretary of the LPGA Western Section, which is the largest teaching section of the LPGA and includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. I really look forward to getting more involved and support the organization in a different way than I have before. Wish me luck!

The last two years, I've taught over 2000 golf lessons. Whoa! I didn't know that until recently. I feel fortunate to meet so many wonderful people though the game of golf and to share my knowledge and experience. Thank you!

In gratitude, 

Rebecka

Mindset for Golf

Cheers to the holiest of seasons! Time to relax and spend time with family and friends.

I wanted to say thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. You are one of over 500 subscribers, and I really appreciate you!

One of the things I like to do this time a year is to reflect on the year that is almost behind me and set a new intention for the year ahead.

While I do that, I like to pick a word, just one word, that will inspire me to push forward to accomplish some of the goals I set. It also feels much more nourishing than coming up with a New Year's resolution.

My word for 2015 was joy. Joy is a word that has been guiding me throughout the year. What gives me joy? I love helping people. One of the things that gave me the most joy this year was hosting golf retreats for women. Thank you to all who participated! My intention with the retreats is to create a supportive environment where women can learn, grow and have a lot of fun! There are more retreats in the works for next year.

If you are interested in setting an intention for next year, I found this really helpful resource.  I am still picking between my five finalists!

What do you need more of next year? What inspires you? What do you want?

Lots of questions to ponder!

I wish you the best of seasons and look forward to connecting in January!

Keep swingin',

Rebecka

 

From Sweden to California


Oftentimes, people ask me why I am so passionate about helping my students.
Please allow me to tell you a bit about my story.
 
I grew up in Sweden, and when I was about 7 years old my father introduced me and my older sister to golf. My love for golf grew as my father and I spent more time together and I developed a deeper passion for the game.  At the age of twelve, I knew I wanted to become a professional golfer.
 
As a little girl growing up in a cold climate, the opportunities to play year round were limited.  However, when I saw Swedish female pro Liselott Neumann on TV win the U.S. Women’s Open, I realized the only real obstacles were those in my head.  As I got older and my skill increased, I developed a drive to compete.  I found I really enjoyed the competitive atmosphere when playing in tournaments. My dad didn't coach me much- but he had to tell me numerous times to keep my cool when I made a mistake. I'm glad he did because when I learned to do that I started to win! I also loved the preparation before a tournament, and the methodical process of executing my game plan.
 
When I was fifteen years old, I was selected for the first time to represent Sweden in a junior event outside London. This event further sparked my passion to work hard.  When I turned eighteen, I was ranked #1 in my age group and was offered golf scholarships to Oklahoma State and San Jose State University.  I hadn’t been to either place but was more keen to go to school in California, and so I choose San Jose State.  Apart from the Cosby Show and Beverly Hills 90210, I didn’t know much about the US.  Today, I laugh about how little I knew about going to college in America. 
 
After college, I turned pro and went to qualifying school. It didn’t go so well. I only got into a couple of events that first year, and since I didn’t make any money I couldn’t afford to play any more. So I got a job and continued to work on my game. Two years later I got another chance and had better results at q-school. I knew I needed backing, and I was fortunate to be able to raise enough money to pay for entry fees, travel, lodging and food. I reached my dream of playing professionally, and I traveled around the U.S for three years playing in tournaments on the Futures Tour (now Symetra Tour), which is the developmental tour of the L.P.G.A.
 
At the end of 2009, I ran out of motivation and money at the same time. The truth was that I was really struggling with my game and I wasn't happy about just playing to make the cut every week- but that is what I did. I tried to change coaches and it didn’t work. I didn’t get the result I wanted; my game actually got worse. I didn’t know what to do to get better. I was mostly frustrated about my iron game. My worst stat was greens in regulation. It is hard to break par when you are averaging 10 greens a round and spending a lot of energy on trying to get the ball up and down.
 
So I got a job as an Assistant Golf Professional at Blackhawk Country Club and I started devoting myself to becoming a teacher. I knew that players rarely make great coaches, so I started to study everything I could. I began to go to seminars and workshops on golf fitness and junior golf. I also finished my LPGA Class A certification I had started a few years earlier.
 
It wasn’t until I came across TrackMan in a seminar that I began to understand why I wasn't improving. I wish I had had access to that kind of information when I was playing! I learned why my swing didn’t hold up so well under pressure, and why I always missed my shots left. It was such a relief. I had been trying to cure my swing with the wrong medication. TrackMan has been a great tool providing me the data to intimately know my swing.  When I play golf now, I don’t get frustrated because I know my tendencies really well and I can correct my error on the next shot.
 
At the heart, my passion to learn has been the driving factor to perform at a professional level. Now I feel fortunate to share my knowledge and experience about golf with my students so they can achieve more consistent results.

If you got this far, thank you for reading and allowing me to share my story!

Harvey Penick used to say: If you play golf, you are my friend.

I'll say the same.

Keep swingin',

Rebecka
 

Practice, practice, practice

Last month I started working out at the gym again. I've been a bit of a slacker lately. At my first workout, it was painful to me how out of shape I was. Just doing the warm-up was difficult. My body wasn't co-operating. It wasn't quite doing what I wanted it to do. But even just after a few weeks, I can feel my body getting stronger, and remembering its strength!

Have you ever felt like that when you are trying to make a change to your golf swing? Well, it's probably because the movement that you are trying has yet to build enough connections between your memory and your body.

My goal is to start 2016 with a strong body. I have three months to do it. It took me a while to get to this out of shape, so I'm sure it will take me some time to get back to where I want to be.

In my experience, one or two lessons don't make that much difference. Just like going to the gym twice won't either. What makes a difference is the consistency of practicing and the good second nature habits that are formed through practice. And in golf, knowing that you are moving the needle in the right direction will help motivate you stick it out through frustrating times.

Many players hit their seven iron on the range until it feels good or until they hit one good shot. That might be the most unproductive practice anyone can ever do. It will only create a false sense of confidence.

I've seen it happen over and over again. And if you are a new golfer, it is important to strengthen your swing through intentional practice. It is better to start as you mean to go on, rather than having to re-write your swing program later. Practice the dynamics (swing plane, angle of attack, club path and face angle) that will make a difference. And if you would like some support with that, I’m here to help.


Take good care,

Rebecka