On Saturday, September 24th, FCA Golf JAX held another FCA Golf JAX Combine at the University of North Florida’s (UNF) Golf Complex. Web.com Tour Professional, Justin Hueber, joined us to lead a 30 minute pitching clinic. In addition to explaining his pitching practice routine and hitting a variety of pitch shots requested by participants, Justin answered several different questions ranging from practice techniques, to how he knew he wanted to play professional golf, to how he stays motivated, and even how he dealt with a nagging fear he used to play with everyday:
“I used to struggle with fear on the golf course. I used to be afraid of failure. I struggled with it for years. It’s been a huge part of my life giving it to God and saying ‘help me be fearless.’ Whether it helps me hit better shots or not, just to be free on the golf course knowing God has given me a fearless spirit out there to hit a shot–and it wasn’t because I was afraid to do it–has been a big help for me.”
Combine participants were also blessed by the presence of Web.com Tour’s J.C. Horne. “It was great to have J.C. back out here with us as a Combine Coach following his role as clinician at our last Combine. J.C. does such a great job with the kids,” said FCA Golf JAX’s Director, Matt Roop.
The event concluded by Combine participants competing their way through each Combine station: putting, short-game, and full swing. Participants receive points based upon the result of each shot hit at each station. Points are recorded on Combine scorecards and used not only to determine Combine winners, but also to help participants assess where their golf game is both strong and weak. This baseline understanding helps participants focus their practice in the areas where improvement is needed most. This simple, yet effective and efficient form of practice and competition taught in an FCA Golf JAX Combine is a model of practice that participants can take along with them and repeat as they practice on their own.
Combine honors were taken home by three participants. These winners include: Preston Shields (1st Place), Bobby Carlson (2nd Place) & Elizabeth Lohbauer (3rd Place). Congratulations to each of our winners!
Special thanks to Combine Coach, Michael Smith, who had the Combine Clinic streaming live on his Facebook page. Enjoy the video below.