Originally posted 3/30/2014 on the USA Junior Golf website.
(SAN ANTONIO, Tex.) – The USA Junior National Golf Team announces the certification of the ANNIKA Academy as Florida’s first USA Junior National Team Training Center.
Beginning in April 2014, Annika Sorenstam’s boutique golf instruction and fitness school will provide coaching and competitive opportunities to USA Junior National Team members. Two of the five USA Junior National Team programs – Future Stars and Pre-Elite – will be featured. Read more →
In recent years, golf as an activity for group events has been declining in popularity despite it being the perfect activity for attendees of events to enjoy together. Golf fanatics, and mainly men, comprise the small percentage of attendees that continue select golf as an activity they’d like to participate in. Because of this trend, meeting planners and group event destinations are participating in an industry-wide effort to restore the popularity of golf amongst group events. In this article for Successful Meetings Magazine, Annika provides her insight into how to continue to successfully combine golf and group events, and how the ANNIKA Academy is leading the charge.
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David Allibone joined the ANNIKA Academy team last year, and has since been out to many tournaments meeting and speaking with junior golfers and their parents about the exceptional training available through ANNIKA Academy ELITE Training program. Having been a junior golf coach for many years, David brings a unique perspective and understanding of junior golf to our team. In this edition of “The Back 9,” David shares with us his favorite pastimes as a child, as well as why he loves the game of golf.
On Monday, March 17, 2014 Callaway hosted their first-ever LIVE “Kings of Distance” event at the ANNIKA Academy. Five of their Team Callaway PGA Tour pros came out to show the crowd in attendance how to get some real distance with their favorite Callaway clubs. This was just one of the stops on the “Kings of Distance Champions Tour” Callaway is hosting around the country, but the first ever to be live-streamed. Read more →
Originally Published in the June 2007, “Golf For Women” magazine.
By Annika Sorenstam and Dave Allen
Keeping your head still is a myth. Here’s why it helps to turn it with your shot.
As beginning golfers, we’re taught to keep our heads down and our eyes on the ball. But this is often bad advice. You can’t rotate your body through the shot and finish properly—weight on your front foot, right shoulder facing the target—if your head remains stuck in one place. Your weight has no place to go but backward, making it impossible to swing the club forward with any acceleration. I learned this lesson as a junior golfer; I would try to keep my head still and ended up finishing with my upper body tilted backward in a reverse-C—not the straight letter “I” position I have today. Because my upper body was moving in the wrong direction, I couldn’t hit the ball solidly or with any kind of consistency. Then one day my coach, Henri Reis, said to me, “Move your head with your follow- through. Let it turn with your body as if it were chasing after the ball.” After several repetitions of this drill, I was hitting the ball so well that when Henri told me to go back to my original swing, I said, “Forget it. I’m sticking with this one.” To this day, my head rotates forward during impact, like it’s on a swivel. The head turn has become my signature move, and it’s a big reason why I’m able to hit my irons and wedges so consistently.
Train your head to rotate during the swing by hitting balls with your right hand only (right). Tee each ball up and use a high-lofted iron, such as an 8-iron. To avoid topping the ball or whiffing it, turn your head toward the target in an aggressive fashion as you swing. This will help you transfer your weight forward onto your front foot, so you can hit down and through the ball. You’ll have an easier time turning your shoulders and unwinding your hips on the downswing; that way your arms can swing freely and generate more clubhead speed. By shifting your weight forward, the clubhead bottoms out farther forward in your stance, on the target side of the ball. This ensures the proper ballturf contact with your irons. When your weight falls back, your natural tendency is to lift your head and spine, which usually results in a thin or topped shot. Keep your head level as you rotate it toward the target and you should be rewarded with a solidly hit ball.