AUTHOR : CHARLIE EPPS
Known as "The Golf Doctor," Charlie Epps has been one of Houston's most respected PGA professionals for 30 years. He is the Director of Golf at Redstone Golf Club, home of the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open.
Epps teaches two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and second-year Tour player Bobby Gates. Listen to Epps 9-10 a.m. Saturday mornings on Yahoo! Sports Radio on 1560 AM in Houston, channel 127 pm Sirius satellite and 242 XM.
The late Dave Williams, the all-time most successful and decorated coach in college golf, would always tell Blaine McCallister that to be a good Cougar you had to have "Cougar Red" blood. School pride is so important to motivate a student-athlete to rise to the occasion, to over-achieve.
Williams knew it's not always the most talented who wins. Often it's the ones who want it the most. Williams coached 16 NCAA national championship teams, the most in the history of the NCAA.
Here at Redstone Golf Club, we recently broke ground on The Dave Williams Golf Academy. This state-of-the-art practice facility will be open to the public, as well as serving as the hub for UH golf. Mostly, though, the academy will be all about winning. That's what Coach Williams was all about, and that's where current UH golf coach Jonathan Dismuke is taking the program.
The Redstone Companies have joined forces with the UH athletic department to create an atmosphere where young people can overachieve on and off the golf course. Through golf we will teach life lessons of dedication, discipline and determination.
Our students will have to do their homework. Young and old, freshmen and upper-classmen, they all must do their work assignments. In other words, they must learn how to practice. Yes, practice!
Why practice? That's the only way to improve. Let's break down the word.
P...is for Patience. Jack Nicklaus used patience as his 15th club. He never got in a hurry.
R...is for Rhythm. Tempo, timing and rhythm are the keys to a good golf swing.
A...is for Attitude. A winning attitude comes from success, which comes from practice.
C...is Character. Practicing will build character; character builds confidence.
T...is for Time. There are no short cuts to success. You must put in the time to improve.
I...is for Intelligence. Improve your golf IQ by reading and learning all you can about the game of golf.
C...is for Competition. Competition is what drives us. We all want to win, to improve. We want to show we have what it takes to get better. Competition measures progress.
E...is for Emotion. Golf is a game of emotion; we must learn to control our emotions.
One of my best students was an older member at Houston Country Club. He took a lesson once a week. All he wanted to do is make the ball "click." During a session in preparation for a tournament, he finally made that "clicking" sound when the club clips the ball perfectly.
"Charlie," he said. "Did you hear the click?"
I said, "Yes, sir. I did."
The lesson was over and he said he'd see me next week. He won the tournament!
All the great teachers I have met have said their best and most successful students were the ones who studied, worked hard and practiced. The Dave Williams Academy at Redstone will open this fall. It will be open to the public as well as home to the UH golf team.
School will open soon. Come out to Redstone and practice.