Jeff Coston was named 2017 WWCPGA Teacher of the Year. Jeff teaches beginners to Tour Professionals and enjoys enhancing golfers at every level. Jeff does everything from golf schools, playing lessons, Video swing analysis, fitness,club fitting, short game, putter fitting, putting, wedge mastery and the mental side of golf.
“I am very grateful for this award. I love golf, teaching golf and helping people play the golf of their dreams!”
The Jeff Coston Golf Academy has been at Semiahmoo Golf Club and Resort for over 23 years.
Jeff Coston and Derek Barron teamed up to win the Olympic Peninsula Pro-Pro at 7 Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim. They shot 63-61 to win by 2 shots. Coston made a hole in 1 on 17 and Barron birdied 18 to ice the victory!
“Derek and I had a great time playing together! I’ve known Derek since he was 19. We both played well and laughed along the way.”
I recently put my Edel putter back into my bag and it has changed my life!
I believe Edel’s theory on using a putter that you aim well. After much research and using a laser to measure aim on students, I have found that most mis-aim from inside six feet. Being fit with the proper hosel offset, loft, weight, length and more is so important.
I’ve been in conversation with David Edel himself a dozen times in the last couple of months. I have learned so much more about his research that I am excited to share with you.
Q1) You cross the border and make effort to see Jeff Coston on your golf. Why?
Kaitlyn: I really like the way that Jeff explains things to me! He makes things clear by showing me, and then I do it! We watch my swing on videos so I can really see what I am doing and what I need to change so it helps me to improve faster! He is also so supportive and really believes in me!
I just gave another “Bunker Lesson” today. I could almost feel the tension rise as my client stepped into what they called “the TRAP”. I mentioned the first golfer who coined the word TRAP for BUNKER wasn’t very good at that aspect of the game.
Bunker play definitely has some technique; no question. Good bunker play, as in any aspect of the game is proper mindset also. Bunker practice is usually an afterthought. Seldom practiced; usually as a 911 emergency rather than 411 information.
Jeff Coston made 10 birdies and no bogeys the final round to post 68-70-62 to win his fifth Senior Oregon Open.
“I hit the ball well all week. The last round I just let the putter go like Steph Curry shooting foul shots! Less try, less time, less think. Just let it go freely. A game worth playing. Golf can be so much easier when we learn to overcome interference and let it go!”
Coston will play the Northwest Open, August 21-23 at Wine Valley.
This month marks a celebration of 23 years Jeff Coston Golf Academy at Semiahmoo Golf Club! Being here with the members, staff and this super facility has been my honor and privilege! Thank you Semiahmoo for allowing me to spend much of my life here and hopefully much more. Everyone wants to hit the golf ball further, no doubt! Hitting the golf ball straighter helps also. These last 23 years most everyone communicates, “I want to be more consistent; hit it farther; hit it straighter.”
We have, and will continue to, write about the proper plane, path and club face. We often over these 23 years have focused on shallowing the shaft on the downswing (most golfers have to steep an approach).
We have and will continue to communicate most golfers would be benefit with a slightly stronger grip in the fingers. Golfers also aim thier feet to the right of target and shoulders left; where feet left and shoulders right would be a better habit.
I have been playing and coaching golf my entire life. Golf has been my passion since age 12. I have sought to play and coach golf as well as it can possibly be done. This passion in my life and journey has taken me to the PGA Tour, winning on the Web.com tour, playing the Champions Tour and having the most major wins in the history of Pacific Northwest Golf. I say that to say this, “I am a better coach than I am a player!” Golf is not what I do but rather who I am.
I leave for the Hawaii State Open next week. To win, one must make putts. I’d better win to pay for this trip! Here are some principles, drills and mindsets I use and coach to help players putt better. (myself included)
1. Great speed on any putt is a non-negotiable.
I would say proper speed on a putt of 15-40 feet is a wonderful first step to more success on the greens. Golfers focus 80% of their mind on line and 20% on speed. I believe it should be reversed. 80% speed/20% read. If a player has great speed they will eliminate many 3 putt greens. Golfers leave putts short and long, that is why they 3 putt. If a player has great speed, they can believe and trust much more. Hit 40 foot putts and “just roll your golf ball” like throwing a horse shoe or a baseball.
Get target focused and aware. Get more “out of your head” and “into the target.” Think athletic more than technique. A good image, “long putt, longer backstroke.” Not necessarily a longer through stroke.
Begin your putting practice with speed drills from long distance. 30-40 foot putts.
2. Get a good set up at address
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Hands below your shoulders.
Most people would do better with a shorter putter. Come see me and get a proper fit. Choke down on your putter, will be helpful.
Bend forward with your spine.
Hands forward at address (also keep them forward through the stroke)
3. Make more putts 5 feet and under
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Put a tee at 5 places on the green 3 feet around a hole. (3′, 5′, 7′) Call it the star drill. Take 5 golf balls and make 3 of 5 at each spot before you move on. Do the same drill at 5 feet and 7 feet at your 5 spots around the hole. You will improve.
4. Be mentally ”’TOUGH”
Commit to your read from 5 feet and in. Even if you are unsure of the break, get sure before you putt.
Develop a repetitive, reactive routine
Line the blade
Line the body
Hit the putt on the sweet spot of the putter each time. The sweet spot is the line on your putter. If you hit all putts solid on the sweet spot your ball will roll better and your speed will be more consistent.
Jeff Coston is a 20-time Pacific Northwest PGA Player of the Year. Jeff can be reached for appointment year-round by calling Semiahmoo Resort at 360-201-4590. Jeff also has a warm, dry academy building for year-round instruction.
As I write this, I’m on the flight back home from Orlando, Florida. I lived in Orlando while playing the PGA and Web.com Tours. It’s funny how Orlando does not seem like home although we lived there for over 15 years. Semiahmoo is home.
This week I played the National Senior Club Professional Championship in south Florida. I won 10 years ago! It doesn’t seem that long ago! Ouch! This year I shot 69-72-70-73 and finished T18. If you know me, you know I imagined better. Over 300 players from every state. With my finish, I qualified for The Senior PGA Championship next May in Washington D.C. This will be my 11th Senior PGA. I must be old!
I defend The Hawaii State Open for a week in December and celebrate 40 years of marriage with Diane! I know, she is amazing for putting up with me. December through February if you bring a new client to my warm and dry academy building for a lesson, you will receive $50 off your next lesson and your friend will also!
The winter is a super time to improve our golf! I know I will be improving my skills along with you.