New PGA Director of Instruction 
Jim DeLaby

  

 About Jim DeLaby

Jim H. DeLaby III, who has been teaching golf since 1985, is a certified The First Tee Coach and a 20 year member of the PGA. In 1984 Jim was an All-American and member of the 1984 National Champion CSU Stanislaus Warriors Team. He is a two-time Teacher of the Year, Northern Chapter SCPGA (1996 & 2003) and 2001 Club Fitter of the Year, Northern Chapter, SCPGA.

Call/text or email Jim to sign-up!
805.478.5723 ~
jamesdelaby@charter.net

 

For club repair, contact Dave Schimandle
805-598-9993
Dave@slickstix.com

Or visit his website here!

 

MONARCH DUNES ACADEMY
My "mission" is to help you play better- under pressure in a fun, comfortable, supervised, learning environment 
ON THE GOLF COURSE!

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Lesson Special
$135 for (3) half hour lessons

Tip of the Month
Easy way to play out of the bunkers on the Challenge Course-

THE BUNKER PARTY
1st putt if lip allows or if grass is about ankle high then CHIP with 8 iron. If grass lip is up to hip high, then PITCH out with a wedge. If lip is higher than hips then blast out FULL SWING with wedge.

 

 

JULY 2014

Lesson Special
$130 for  (3) 1/2 hours 

 

Tip of the Month
Want to hit more putts in the hole? Then line the letters of your golf ball towards the direction of the line of your putt, then line up your putter in same direction. Now focus on stroking the putt down that line.
 

MAY 2014

 

Lesson Special
(3) 1/2 hour lessons
$120

Tip of the Month
Learn how to hit a more controlled, knock down shot, just like you see the professionals on TV.  

 

1. Take one extra club.
2. Narrow stance a touch.  
3. Shorten your swing a touch.  

 

You will be more balanced, and thus, more consistent with greens in regulation, than ever before. 

 

 

APRIL 2014

Lesson Special
(3) 1/2 hour lessons
$115

 

Tip of the Month
Come visit Jim DeLaby for FREE TIPS at
Monarch Dunes Demo Day

April 11th, 10-2pm
on the driving range

 

 

MARCH 2014

 

Lesson Special

(3) 1/2 hour lessons
$115 only!
March only. Must book by 3/25/14.

 

Tip of the Month

WANT CONSISTENCY IN YOUR GAME ? Find your rhythm ... Here's a simple drill- 

1st take out your favorite club (non-putter) find some rough where you can clip the grass, pretty easily (due to the rough being higher than fairway grass).

2nd start with a quarter swing and swing back and forth, without stopping, for 5-ten times. 

3rd now as your going back and forth start, to sweep the grass in both directions 

4th as you start to sweep the  grass (with that nice swoosh sound) start counting out loud 1-2 ... "1" when the club hits the ground on  going to back swing and "2"when club hits ground on follow thru.

5th now start increasing to a half swing and keep doing same thing , then 3/4 swing then full swing 

6th you now have your own rhythm or cadence dialed in (I have a machine to help you with this).

7th stop and tee up 3-6 balls, then hit them saying "1" as you go back and "2"as you come thru.  ("2" should be right at impact sound).

8th if you do it on time, you will clip the tee and the ball will hit near sweet spot creating your favorite hit sound the swoosh.  

 

 

FEBRUARY 2014

Lesson Special

3 1/2 hour lesson
$110 only!

 

Tip of the Month
 

Want  to make more putts under pressure? - Try to imagine the hole being the size or the width of a large range bucket!  

If the hole were really that big how easy would it be to make it?  So easy you would naturally relax... Many golf professionals say the hole actually looks that big when they are putting their best.  So if you really want to see, feel, and train with this kind of image play the challenge course new "big cups".   The width is like the width of a large range bucket!  Great mental training for advanced players and all golfing levels.  

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2014

Lesson Special
 

3 half-hour lessons for $105
Must reserve before 1/25/14

 

DECEMBER

Tip of the Month
Want to know which golf ball is right for you? Go to golfballsector.com

You will be asked several questions about the golf ball variables and playing characteristics that are right for you. There will be a chart of every golf ball in order that matches your assessment... Fascinating!

You must check it out. They have been doing this for 10 years.

 

Lesson of the Month
$95 for (3) half-hour lessons

 

OCTOBER

Tip of the Month
Focus on a repeating routine not on score, the more you are task or process oriented (not output oriented) the more relaxed you will be.

 

Lesson of the Month
4 half-hour lessons for $155.00
Offered in October only!


What a deal!! Call Jim now!
805-478-5723

 

AUGUST 2013
 

Tip of the Month

GRIP PRESSURE Tip- Golf Teachers for many years have advocated holding the club like you would hold a live bird, don't hurt the bird but don't let it go.  To make this a reality, during your swing, key in on this type of grip pressure, not only during your set up, but as important, at the top of your backswing, and at the finish of your golf swing.

 

Lesson of the Month

$145 includes 3 private lessons (half hour each lesson) , and 1 round on challenge course... 

 

JULY 2013

Summer Junior Golf Program (TFTCC):
Juniors 7 to 17
Mondays and Wednesdays
2pm to 3:30
$175 or $25 each day
Family play rates after
Beginner to intermediate
June 17 to Aug 7
Mondays - fundamentals
Wednesdays - fun junior league play


Adult Summer GOLF League:
Thursdays 6pm to 7:30
June 13 to August 8
Learn and play the CHALLENGE COURSE
All equipment provided
$150 residents or $35 a session
Join the fun!

 

Tip of the Month

Want to improve your chipping? Play the new forward (chipping) tees on the Challenge Course. During the month of July, we are running great specials!

Lesson of the Month


 

 

JUNE 2013

 

 

Summer Junior Golf Program (TFTCC):
Juniors 7 to 17
Mondays and Wednesdays
2pm to 3:30
$175 or $25 each day
Family play rates after
Beginner to intermediate
June 17 to Aug 7
Mondays - fundamentals
Wednesdays - fun junior league play


Adult Summer GOLF League:
Thursdays 6pm to 7:30
June 13 to August 8

Learn and play the CHALLENGE COURSE
All equipment provided
$150 residents or $35 a session
Join the fun!

Call Jim for more info

 

Tip of the Month

Bunker Party:
 Want to learn the easiest way to get out of a bunker?  Then try this simple philosophy to get out of the bunker:  

1st     If you can putt out of the bunker then utilize your putter and roll the ball out.

2nd     If the lip is no higher than your ankles then chip and run ball the out with an 8 iron

3rd     If the lip is about knee to hip high then pitch and run the ball out with a pitching wedge.

4th     If the lip is higher than your waist then lob it out with your sand-wedge or lob wedge.

 

So if you will simplify your philosophy by using any of these four steps, above, you will find the bunker to be easier to get out of.  And maybe, it gets so easy, instead of the bunker being a nightmare, you will think your having a bunker party!

 

Lesson of the Month

 

 

 

MAY 2013

Summer Junior Golf Program (TFTCC):
Juniors 7 to 17
Mondays and Wednesdays
2pm to 3:30
$175 or $25 each day
Family play rates after
Beginner to intermediate
June 17 to Aug 7
Mondays - fundamentals
Wednesdays - fun junior league play

Adult Summer GOLF League:
Thursdays 6pm to 7:30
June 13 to August 8
Learn and play the CHALLENGE COURSE
All equipment provided
$150 residents or $35 a session
Join the fun!
Call Jim for more info

Tip of the Month:
 Help your beginner golfers
If you want to help your friends and/or family love golf and play with you, for a lifetime, here's some simple advice:  When they start taking lessons you should take opposite handed golf lessons as well.  So if your currently rt. handed then learn what they are feeling, instantly, and try left handed.  I have been doing this myself over the years, it has helped me help the beginner golfers.

Titleist and Adams fittings on site available appt. only

Lesson of the Month:


 

 

APRIL 2013

Junior Golf:
Junior Golf Program, TFTCC, $100 and Scholarships available for Teenagers (Boys and Girls), 4pm to 5:30, Mondays, April 8 to June 10

Summer Junior Golf:
Juniors will learn the fundamentals and play events!
*offered by The First Tee of the Central Coast at Monarch Dunes
Starts June 17th thru August 7th
When: Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 to 3:30
Format: Mondays - swing fundamentals and Wednesdays - fun oncourse play events
 Ages: 8 thru 17 Girls and Boys
Fee:  $175 OR $25 per session
Lead Instructor: Jim DeLaby, PGA, TFTCC

 

Monarch Dunes Academy:
Play with the Pro
Personal Par Golf
Sub 60 Golf
Building Block Golf
Bootcamp Golf
Power Training and more...
(For more info see website or call/txt or email Jim DeLaby)

Tip of the Month
Want to know if your club is on "Plane"?
Take your driver and put a white tee (long tee preferable) in the butt end or grip end of the club, as there is a tiny hole there.  Now swing the club back to 3/4 distance where you arms and club form an "L" and see if the tee points at somewhere on the target line.  Now swing thru to the other side same distance thru as back swing (or mirror image) and see if the tee points again somewhere on the target line.  Without a ball practice this over and over till its easy to do.  If the tee pts at the target line you are on plane to the target line.

Lesson of the Month


 

MARCH 2013

(Note must sign up with Jim 3 days prior to each of these events)

Building Block Golf on Challenge Course: Monday, March 11th at 10am
Sub 60 Golf: Friday, March 15th at 2pm
Full Swing Golf Clinic: Saturday, March 16th at 1pm
Demo Day: Saturday, March 23rd at 11:30-1pm
Personal Par Golf: Monday, March 25th at 2pm
Junior Clinic:Thursday, March 28th at 4:15pm
Play with the Pro: Friday, March 29th at 2
:30
Skills Challenge: Saturday, March 30th at 3pm

Tip of the Month:
How to Hit Straight Drives
 If you want to hit your driver straighter and more consistent simply choke down on the grip handle.  The drivers were purposely lengthened to help you hit it further.  The problem is this is too long for most golfers.  The longer the club the tougher it is to consistently return the club-face square to the ball.  Just choke down as much as you can (without touching the shaft) and I know you'll hit the ball straighter and more consistent. 

Special of the Month

 

 

FEBRUARY 2013

Full Swing Clinic = Saturdays Feb. 9 and 16, 1pm, $20 each includes all necessary equipment and range balls
 Junior Clinic = Thrs. Feb. 21, 4:15, $15 each includes all necessary equipment and range balls
 Special "Chipping Clinic" = Feb 13, 2:15, $20
 Special "Bunker" Clinic = Learn how to escape successfully the greenside bunker, Feb 25, 2:15, $20 each
 Special "Rough" Clinic =Learn how to get out of the rough, Thr. Feb 28, 2pm, $20 each
Demo Day = Titleist, Adams, Tour Edge, and US Kids, Sat. Feb 16,

11:30 to 1pm, presented by the MD Academy

Tip of the Month
The Rough:
Frustrated and confused about what to do to successfully to get out of the rough? Try this tip... Widen your stance. If you widen your stance you will lower the bottom of your swing (where the club contacts the ground). Yes you will hit grass first, but due to this lower bottoming out, the bottom of the club will be lower than the equator and this will pop the ball out of the rough higher and farther. So instead of getting frustrated with this shot just widen your stance the next time you encounter "The Rough".

Special of the Month

 

 

JANUARY 2013

Junior Clinic: Monday, January 17th at 4:15pm 
Adult Clinic: Saturdays, January 12th and 26th, at 1:00pm.
$20 each, all equipment provided, meet in front of Golf Shop.

Tip of the Month
Frost Delay Strategy: 
Ok, you arrive to play golf for your early morning tee time, and you find out that there is going to be a 2 hour delay due to frost.  No time to get frustrated. Here's what you need to do to give you a chance to play normal... Don't wait around go do something else, eat breakfast, play cards, go home, read the paper/book, etc... find something to do that doesn't waste your energy but keeps your mind off of the delay.  Start your warm up routine by timing it to when the frost delay ends.  With this simple strategy you will have a good chance to play how you normally do.

Special of the Month


DECEMBER 2012

Junior Clinic: December 6th at 4:15pm
Adult Clinic: Saturday's, December 1st, 8th & 22nd at 1:00pm.
$20 each, all equipment provided.

Tip of the Month

 Putting: MisalignmenPutting alignment is one of the most important fundamentals.  If you are not aimed at the hole or the putting line you are not going to hit it. Try this self assessment: pick a straight putt about 5 feet from the hole and line the letters of the ball to the hole. Now set your club face square to the ball's letters and then look at the hole to see if the putter face feels aligned.  If not you have an alignment problem. The solution is to move your head/eyes around until you feel like the club face is aligned properly.  You can have a great stroke and read greens perfectly but if misaligned its all in vain!  I'm available Monday thru Saturday to help you assess your putting alignment.  

Special of the Month





NOVEMBER 2012

Adult Golf Clinic- November 3rd, 10th & December 1st.
30 minutes for $20, including range balls and all equipment needed.
Must call/text/email Jim by the end of the week to secure a spot.
Junior Golf Clinic- November 12th at 4:15pm.
This is a monthy clinic for the winter season. $15 per child.
Demo Day- November 17th, 9:00am-2:00pm.
Comanies include Callaway, Adams, Tour Edge & more
.

 

Tip of the Month
QUANTUM GRIP was developed by Occupational Therapist, Patrick Pinkart several years after a paralyzing spinal cord injury left him with difficulty holding a golf club securely. QUANTUM GRIP utilizes the very simple, yet very effective technology of "hook and loop" (Velcro) to make golf more accessible to persons with physical challenges and enable them to easily and securely hold a golf club. Golf Professionals say QUANTUM GRIP is also a superior training aide! QUANTUM GRIP is also great for experienced golfers who want to increase the power and "lag" in their swing and NEW golfers who are looking to learn the proper relaxed hand placement.

Golfers with arthritis in their hands and fingers, those with hand or elbow injuries, or any condition that affects their hand strength, find that QUANTUM GRIP magnifies their gripping power many times! Power is enhanced via the connection of hook Velcro material recessed into the golf club grip, and loop Velcro material that is constructed into the golf glove. The club does not slip or twist in the golfer's hands when swinging the club and hitting the golf ball. Very little strength is needed to hold the club securely to be able swing with confidence. No club twisting or slippage ensures the club-face is square upon impact with the ball.

 

Special of the Month




OCTOBER 2012

Tip of the Month
Golfers, gripping the club too tight under pressure? Try this simple drill: Concentrate on maintaining constant medium grip pressure during the entire swing. A traditional way to feel this is to pretend like your holding a bird in your hands without squeezing it but also don't let it go. Constant grip pressure like this should help stabilize your golf swing especially under pressure.

Click here for the video

 

Special of the Month


Call/text or email Jim to sign-up!
805.478.5723 ~ jamesdelaby@charter.net

 

 

JUNIOR GOLF
Junior Golf Program, TFTCC, $100 and scholarships available for teenagers (Boys and Girls), 4pm to 5:30, Mondays, April 8 to June 10
 
SUMMER JUNIOR GOLF
Juniors will learn the fundamentals and play events!
*offered by The First Tee of the Central Coast at Monarch Dunes
 Starts June 17th thru August 7th
 When: Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 to 3:30
Format: Mondays - swing fundamentals and Wednesdays - fun oncourse play events
 Ages: 8 thru 17 Girls and Boys
FEE:  $175 OR $25 per session
Lead Instructor:
Jim DeLaby, PGA, TFTCC
 
MONARCH DUNES ACADEMY
Play with the Pro
Personal Par Golf
Sub 60 Golf
Building Block Golf
Bootcamp Golf
Power Training and more...
(For more info see website or call/text or email Jim DeLaby)

 

Junior Golf
Junior Golf Program, TFTCC, $100 and Scholarships available for Teenagers (Boys and Girls), 4pm to 5:30, Mondays, April 8 to June 10
 
Summer Junior Golf
JUNIORS will learn the fundamentals and play events!
*offered by The First Tee of the Central Coast at Monarch Dunes
 Starts June 17th thru August 7th
 When: Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 to 3:30
Format: Mondays - swing fundamentals and Wednesdays - fun oncourse play events
 Ages: 8 thru 17 Girls and Boys
FEE:  $175 OR $25 per session
Lead Instructor:
Jim DeLaby, PGA, TFTCC
 
Monarch Dunes Academy:
Play with the Pro
Personal Par Golf
Sub 60 Golf
Building Block Golf
Bootcamp Golf
Power Training and more...
(For more info see website or call/txt or email Jim DeLaby)