Follow me on my personal journey to become a better golfer and qualify for The National Championship on the Golf Channel AM Tour. In Episode 2 I talk about a pretty solid Sunday bag I ordered off Ebay and you get to follow me as I play a 9 hole par 3 course. If one word could describe this VLOG is would be "Honest" If it is a awful shot or amazing shot I promise to post it all. I will be very transparent and hopefully you can take something positive and useful away from each Episode I post. Good Luck out there and thanks for watching.
Follow me on my personal journey to become a better golfer and qualify for The National Championship on the Golf Channel AM Tour. There will also be special appearances and vlogs from one of my good golf friends Perry Bryant as he tries to do the same. If one word could describe this VLOG is would be "Honest" If it is a awful shot or amazing shot I promise to post it all. I will be very transparent and hopefully you can take some positive and useful away from each Episode I post. Good Luck out there and thanks for watching.
To become better at Golf it truly takes patients, practice, and persistence. After months of working hard I went from shooting 130-140 to finally breaking 100. I have broken 100 before but I only count it when it's done in a tournament. It was a cold and windy day at Lake Merced Golf Course. I had never played their before because it a private course. It did live up to all the hype of the LPGA hosting events their. I had an amazing time. It was a shotgun start and my group started on the 17th hole, a par 4 that I actually birdied. I was super excited and got greedy on the next hole a par 5 and ended up shooting a 9. After gathering myself I play all the other holes respectable. Now I am able to set a new goal of breaking 90. oh yea and i came in 2nd Place in my flight. I will keep you guys posted.
The other day I was paired with some guys who weren’t seasoned as myself. After the first hole they ask me did I want to play ahead of them because they weren’t very good. I responded saying I was fine playing with them because playing alone isn’t very fun. True to their word they were absolutely terrible but I had an amazing time playing with them. The conversation was great and down right funny at times. I even shared some tips with them when asked. Internally I told myself “damn Brandon this was you not to long ago.” The moral of this story is basically if you’re not in a hurry and have mastered the skill of patience take time to play with others who have a different skill set, a good way to grow the game.
Yesterday I was the first one on the golf course before the sun even came up. I have to play at these odd times because I have a little kid plus I still have to work and provide for my family. So that means if I want to get better at golf I have to make scarifies like rising at the crack of dawn like it's a call time for a commercial shoot.
Now to the good stuff, I found myself in the bunker numerous times on this particular day. Luckily I have been watching bunker videos on my Golf Academy app. I suggest you download it and it’s free! The worst that could happen is you might actually get better. This VIDEO from Martin Hall helped me a lot, especially since Monarch Bay has this links style course with deep bunkers. It didn't help that the pin was right on the front aka a greenside bunker. In the video below Martin shares some bunker knowledge from the late and great Seve Ballesteros on how to generate spin from the greenside bunker. Great video you should watch it the link is below.
Now here are my tips and they are really simple.
Step 1 - Set up with the ball slightly forward in your stance
Step 2 - Bend these knees
Step 3 - Create a shallow angle of attach like a sweeping cuffing motion, this will activate the bounce in your sand wedge.
Step 4 - Make sure the lower body stays quite
Step 5 - Really plant that right foot almost like a brace
Step 6 - No matter what accelerate through the ball
Step 7 – Slightly open your stance to the left (If you’re right handed)
Step 8 - Last but not least don't forget to open that clubface
Follow these steps and watch that ball shoot out the bunker high and land on the green by the flag.
Yesterday was a pretty good day because there is nothing I take more pride in than destroying my hommie Tony. The weather was overcast but my game was all sunny. My score of 90 should have been more like 77 but I had a couple of triple bogeys on holes that should have been birdies. I know Tony is going to come super ready the next time we play because he played the worst golf of his life. Not to mention he had a full mental breakdown on the back 9. I will give him credit he didn't give up though he kept playing. Despite his awful play I just kept my foot on the gas. I relentlessly kept knocking the ball in the fairway. I had about 8 putts stop right at the lips of the cup if they had fell I would have been super pleased with today although I am still happy. My dad is coming to visit next week I will let you guy know how that match works out.
Monarch Bay is my home course, I pretty much get all my practice done here. With a toddler it's hard to get to the course as much as I would like. That's why playing 9 holes is a great alternative to 18 holes. This has to be one of the best municipal courses in the Bay Area. The course conditions are some of the best I've seen for a muni course. I played at noon today and walked it for $14 which is pretty reasonable for the Bay Area. There was little back-up but the marshal let me start on hole #5. Marina 9 at Monarch Bay is also a great course for new golfers and kids. It's not just a par 3 course either there are several drivable par 4's. It's always pretty exciting when you hit the green on thoes par 4's. Today was great for me, no lost ball, great ball striking, birdies, and par's for me. If you are ever around the San Leandro area check out Monarch Bay.
I figured it's only right that I shared with you tips from my favorite golfer Lee Trevino. Trevino is considered one of the best ball strikers also many see him as one of the most creative ball strikersthe game has ever seen. He aligned left of his target and faded the ball. He was amazingly consistent at placing the ball right where he wanted it.
Favorite Trevino Quotes
"If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."
"You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work."
"You can talk to a fade but a hook won't listen."
"There is no such thing as natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls."
Enjoy some of his best tips below
The other day I played 18 holes at Lake Chabot. This course is like my arch nemesis. It’s literally 5 minutes away from my house and I pass it by on purpose sometimes. It is very challenging for a 17 handicap like myself. Whatever you want it’s there from Par 3’s to a Par 6. It’s had uphill lies, down hill lies, lies below your feet, and lies above your feet. One minute you’re in the sand and the next minute you could be looking for your ball in the woods. With all that said I still love this course. If you don’t know I am a budget golfer aka the [deal seeker] so I snagged a sweet little deal off their website for $22 for 18 hole and cart. Because I’m a single I always get paired with other people, which is cool because I love meeting new people. This particular day I played with 2 retired stockbrokers [Ben & Kevin] who had me laughing the whole time. They argued about what to buy and sell the whole round and I soaked it all up. Even though I shot an 89 I still had fun watching them slice and hook the ball all over the course. Depending on what day you go the course could take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours but we finished in under 4 hours. It’s pretty much a great public course, which was built in 1923 with a very diverse layout. Lastly the course has some beautiful views of the Oakland and San Francisco on a clear day. Lake Chabot I love it and hate it.
Par 6 [Dogleg left down hill then uphill to the pin, This hole is massive]
Buchanan FieldsGolf Course is my little secret 9 hole tucked off in Concord, California. Although it’s a 20-minute drive from my house it well worth it. It’s an inexpensive 9-hole course where you can use every club in your bag. Holes vary in length and the course is awesome for beginner and intermediate players. You won’t be hosting a PGA tournament here but you will have tons of fun and meet awesome people. There is no pretentious marshal giving you lectures on golf etiquette. The pace of play is slow and every one is fine with it. Besides while you wait for the group in front of you to clear you can watch all the private jets take off and land from the Concord airport literally right over your head. It’s truly one of the best-maintained municipal courses in the area. To sum it all up if you want an elite golf course there are tons in the area but if you want a cheap, tranquil, and fun course Buchanan is where it’s at. For that reason I call it my secret little 9 hole.
Well, I’m going to make this as short as possible especially since most people don’t like to read anymore. As some of you may know I am a Producer, Writer, Director, and Photographer. Coming off the success of my short film STAKES I wanted to make my first feature. I knew it would be a romantic comedy but that’s about all. Then one day I was passing by a golf course and it hit me. I would make my first feature a romantic comedy about golf. Then uncertainty set in and I realize I knew nothing about the game. I ask myself “how the hell you going to make a film about a sport you never played.” I though to myself it couldn’t be that difficult. (I was wrong) When I was a child I would knock all of my grandfather’s golf balls over the fence if I could do it then I could do it now. So I went to my nearest second hand shop and purchased some clubs super off brand (Woodbury I think…) but to me it was a deal I got the whole set for 29.99 plus tax. I immediately went to the driving range to crush some balls. I quickly realize this was not going to be easy. That’s when I did what any writer or director would do, research. I quickly immersed myself in books, YouTube, and talking to people in general. Fast-forward one year later I am almost finished writing my film. Now I have tons of stories, knowledge, pitfalls, and a golf handicap. I plan on sharing the past and present all with you guys. So thanks for reading and check back weekly for updates thanks.