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Driving with 7 Iron and 9 Iron | Golf Lesson at Oak Hollow Golfcourse

Updated on May 24, 2012

Oak Hollow Golfcourse, McKinney, Texas

Very affordable and beautifully maintained municipal golfcourse in MckInney, Texas
Very affordable and beautifully maintained municipal golfcourse in MckInney, Texas | Source

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FIRST LESSON: Wed, 2/16/2011

Alas, the cold, inclement weather abated and the quest begins...Oak Hollow Golfcourse was beckoning. Resistance was futile. My husband bought 2 1/2 hours of golf lessons for me as a Christmas present and now was as good a time as any to start. We headed for the driving range to empty a bucket of balls and set up my first lesson with Travis Stockholm, my pro instructor.

Like a student waiting for the bus on the first day of school, I was excited and full of anticipation while waiting on the driving range for my first golf lesson. Travis seemed like a nice fellow when we chatted and planned our first lesson. I was right. Also, His method of instruction fit just right with my way of learning. We began by talking about my experience with the game thus far. I explained, "Other than driving on the range, playing putt-putt, and limping through my first nine holes a couple weeks ago....(NADA)". He smiled as though thinking....oh my, what have I got myself into. Travis looked into my bag of tricks and selected the 7 and 9 irons and said, "Let's start with these". Knowing that those irons were the particular demons that taunted me last week when we played nine holes, my thought was ....oh my... I will likely confirm his fear.

The grip: I learned a grip from Gordon Bass at GolfSmith, who just happens to be a PGA golf instructor working out of Oak Hollow as well. Gordon said, "Never change it". I was happy I was still doing it right as Travis did not change it a bit. He further elaborated to always begin by gripping the club of choice by my left side as that would give me the proper angle of grip on the club (I am right handed), then proceed to add the right hand to complete the grip. Seemed easy enough to remember. I have always liked the K-I-S-S method...Keep It Simple Sweetheart. That works for me.

Tee Box at the First Hole

Learning How to Use the 7 Iron

Handing me the 7 iron, Travis asked me to aim for the tree about 100 yards out. He said he wanted to see what I do naturally and he will instruct from there. I liked that concept. I knew at that point I wasn't going to leave the lesson with instruction overload. It made me relax. I approached my position, bent the knees, pretended to know what the blazes I was doing and made the first swing of shame., thank God. OK, not least I hit the ball, let's try that again I thought as Travis patiently and quietly observed. Whoosh ....divot  ...air! Ok, not so good ...I smile ....he says worries .....go at it again. Whoosh ....slice. Again., about time. I redeemed my self-respect. Ok, he said, let's talk. I want you to stand straighter with knees only slightly bent like you are trying to sit on a tall stool, but barely are able to do so. He said, "You're bending the knees too much, you cannot get your body rotated around and end up overcompensating and off balance. When I thought about it, I actually understood what he meant. Ok, go at it again. I tried to position myself a little straighter ....he said, good right there. Ok...swing again..whoosh...air. He said, that is ok you are adjusting to the change...go at it again. Ok...stand straighter; no straighter  ...whoosh  ....PING  ....NICE SHOT!!!  YES, I could tell by the look on his face that Travis decided I was worth the pain. I proceeded to practice my new positioning and it was a big difference in the distance and trajectory of the ball in play. Travis was pleased with my progress and decided to switch clubs to the 9 iron.

Learning How to Swing the 9 Iron

Learning How to Swing the 9 Iron, new target. He scoped out another tree about the same distance, but with a new trajectory. Since the 9 iron has a shorter shaft than the 7 iron, I again had to adjust to the length of the shaft and at the same time sit straighter than I did before the lesson learned. Travis explained that when I started my swing in more of a crouched position my body would not rotate as it should. As a result, I would automatically stand taller on my down swing and throw myself off balance. That is exactly what was happening. I could feel the difference when I did it as instructed. to try to get that feeling swing after swing. We worked on swinging deeper under and behind the ball. Though, sometimes I would slice...for the most part I got a solid connection with the ball. My biggest problem to overcome is trying not to swing like the softball player I once was by subconsciously putting my weight into the swing. I have to train my mind to use my body differently when swinging at my target. It will come with practice. I was amazed at how effective those small simple changes made to the end result. I was very pleased that I even hit the targeted tree a couple times.


Thank God for Forgiveness...In any form.

My husband was driving his bucket of balls while watching my lesson and stood amazed at my progress. As I ended my first lesson, my husband and I loaded the cart for nine holes to practice my newly learned set of skills. I felt excited at the hint of confidence that surfaced where I felt I could intentionally use my irons for the purposes intended. It was at that moment I realized I started the basis of a valid learning curve. We played nine holes and I was pleased that my game improved from the nine we played a couple weeks ago. I did once again loose a ball in the drink ...but oh well, I will always remember that hole and that I left a part of myself there for eternity. My husband commented that he could definitely see a difference in my skill level. That is what it is all about...improvement. Thank God for.... any form.

The Amazing Ball:


A golfer, playing a round by himself, is about to tee off, and a greasy little salesman runs up to him, and yells, "Wait! Before you tee off, I have something really amazing to show you!" The golfer, annoyed, says, "What is it"? "It's a special golf ball," says the salesman. "You can never lose it!" "Whattaya mean," scoffs the golfer, "you can never lose it" What if you hit it into the water" "No problem," says the salesman. "It floats, and it detects where the shore is, and spins towards it." "Well, what if you hit it into the woods" "Easy," says the salesman. "It emits a beeping sound, and you can find it with your eyes closed." "Okay," says the golfer, impressed. "But what if your round goes late and it gets dark" "No problem, sir, this golf ball glows in the dark! I'm telling you, you can never lose this golf ball!" The golfer buys it at once. "Just one question," he says to the salesman. "Where did you get it"

"I found it."

Great New Invention: Birdie Ball

Birdie Balls Give Exact feel of real Golfball and Are for all ages

When we want to practice, we all usually head for the driving range with a bucket of balls or chip in our back yards because that is all we had. Now the PGA is promoting a new product called the BirdieBall. It is a cylinder shaped object that spins like a golfball when struck but only goes as far as 40 yards no matter how hard you hit it. Wow!!! This BirdieBall can be struck as hard with your driver or your chipper. You can chip back and forth between golfers to practice and that would save a lot of retreival efforts. Check out the video to see more. What a great idea. I can get a lot of practice with this without leaving the yard.

Oak Hollow golfcourse

3005 N McDonald Mckinney:
3005 N McDonald St, McKinney, TX 75069, USA

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    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks for visiting 2sports. Yes, the old softball swing has been a problem.

    • i2sports profile image


      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Whoosh! air Whoosh! slice Hah hah. I play ice hockey and we can have similar troubles with some of our shots!


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