Lesson Corner

New PGA Director of Instruction 
Jim DeLaby


 About Jim DeLaby
805.478.5723 ~ jamesdelaby@charter.net


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.


For club repair, contact Dave Schimandle
  or visit his website here


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At Monarch Dunes every Wednesday

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The First Tee Central Coast (TFTCC) was one of only 16 of the 200 First Tee Chapters to achieve “ACE” Status in 2014. Congratulations!
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Tip of the Month

One of the reasons your game can be inconsistent from one club to the next (For example; you hit your driver well but can't hit your irons, or vice versa in next round), is possibly the swing weights may be substantially different.  Thus, different swing weights different possible swing tempo or other adjustment to make them both go straight.  At the Academy we can synchronize your swing weights so you swing each club the same way.  

Monthly Special

$159 for (4) half hour lessons


Tip of the Month

Having trouble focusing on the same key thought every shot?  Many golfers find that they have to rotate their swing thoughts to having any success.  There are studies that show that some golfers have to do this on purpose due to the way their brains are hardwired.  So if you have been playing golf for a long time, try to write down as many of the key thoughts that have worked under pressure for your most successful days.  Write them in your yardage book, and try experimenting with a different thought on each hole.  This is not for everyone but those of you who already have found this effective should learn how to rotate your thoughts through out a round of golf to play more successful.   

Monthly Special

$155 for (4) half hour lessons





Q: Do you have back pain when you play golf or after golf?   


A:Golf related back pain is usually related to limited mobility and/or limited stability.T

he appropriate exercises will correct these limitations and decrease or eliminate back pain.

Our Strength and Flexibility Specialist, Bud Cassell is available to help you with golf specific drills and exercises to help you play golf with less or no pain. Call him to sign up at (530) 219-0920 or email him at budcassell@gmail.com


July Tip of the Month

Last month’s article was on how to overcome anger outbreaks by understanding how the USGA scorecard par has been designed.  This week’s article is focused on how to overcome anger outbreaks by learning how to reprogram your mind after an unsuccessful shot or round.  This is a process I have successfully used with myself and my students, over the years, to overcome anger outbreaks on the golf course.  

To overcome the anger monster outbreaks after an unsuccessful shot or round, we need to understand how the brain works. From that great 1950’s sports and life psychology book “Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz”, we learn that the brain is an organ and acts like a computer.  It is impersonal and does not know the difference between make believe and reality.  Therefore, train your brain to react to your joyful emotion after this unsuccessful shot or round, not guilt-anger-shock-depression-anxiety-denial (known as the grieving cycle).  How?  Well, if the brain doesn’t care about make believe or reality then right after any of these unsuccessful moments, recall any of your greatest golf shots, holes, 9 holes and or 18 holes.  The brain will obey this command, and will bring you immediate joy as it has stored these moments in the brains libraries in the, well, let’s call it, the joy program.  Great emotion = great shots that you have already hit.  What happens when we hit unsuccessful shot, hole, 9 holes, and or 18 holes we actually use the grieving cycle to force the brain to memorize theses failures as the norm.  And thus we continue to hit unsuccessful shots, holes,  9 holes, and or 18 holes, by staying in the grieving cycle.  Maltz advocated 21 days to hardwire our brains to accept this type of “emotional” reprogramming.  I leave you with one of my most exciting statements for all golf games “I always birdie and/or play my best golf after an unsuccessful shot, hole, 9 holes, and or 18 holes”.  I have learned to love this game called golf!

In the next months ahead, I will be writing about another way to overcome the anger monster; by using the Dart Board Formula to reduce your anxiety. 

From the desk of Jim DeLaby, our PGA, TFTCC, LEARN GOLF! Director of Instruction, who has been training for years under world renown teachers, tour players and tour caddies, mental and sports psychologist trainers, fitness and equipment experts.

Free golf equipment assessment and fitting with Jim DeLaby, first 10 to  sign up by July 20th.  

1. $155 for 4 half hour private lessons

2. LEARN GOLF Golf Clinics = Please call Jim DeLaby to sign up

3. Strength and Flexibility Classes: July 16 - Aug 6, Monday and Thursdays 5:30pm. To sign up call specialist Bud Cassell at (530) 219-0268

4. Family night Wednesdays TBA please call Jim DeLaby for more info. 

5. Ladies/Couples Clinic on Sunday July 26th. Sign up with Academy Instructor Cynthia Navis 714-3594

6. Juniors:  The First Tee Central Coast Wednesday afternoons, classes for different age groups, to sign up contact TFTCC Coach Avrit at 805-801-2828

7. Club Repair and Equipment Assessment:  Call Academy Instructor Dave Schimandle at 805-598-9993

8. Free LEARN GOLF! Clinics for Cancer Patients to sign up please contact Dignity Health Fitness Trainer: John Malinkowski at 346-3413

June Tip of the Month

Here are 3 different ways, that I have successfully used with myself and my students, over the years, to overcome anger outbreaks on the golf course.   The first way, is to have an understanding how the USGA scorecard “par” has been designed, so you can calculate your own par.  A second way, is to reprogram your mind to use bad holes, bad scores, bad nine holes, and bad eighteen hole scores to your advantage.  And finally a third way, although there are many other ways, is to use my Dart Board Formula to reduce your anxiety. 


As for the USGA Scorecard, The United States Golf Association defines par as: 
"the score that an expert player would be expected to make for a given hole. Par means expert play under ordinary weather conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting green."  Let me interpret this for you…  So when it says Par 3 or Par 4 or Par 5 it can be conceived as saying; this is what an expert, like a PGA Tour Professional, averages.   So to calculate your own par for each hole, take your average score for your last 20 rounds, not your handicap (which is purposely calculated by USGA to be lower than your scoring average, to stop sandbagging).  Let’s say, your average score is an 89 at Monarch Dunes. Since you are 18 over the 71 pro par, your average score would be pro bogies on every hole.  Then you would simply do the following to your own scorecard:  Simply write in pro bogies for each hole (like on number one, write in a 5).  Then take a permanent marker (you have one for marking your golf ballsJ), and cross out the pro pars across the entire scorecard, so you are not tempted to go into the anger monster mode, because of looking at our pro averages while playing your round.  Now as you’re playing your round, concentrate on your own/personal par for the entire round.  If you make 4 on Hole 1, you made your own personal birdie, and you are now one under par.  And if you then make a score of 3 on Hole 2, you made your another personal birdie, so you are now 2 under par.  The emotion from this type of philosophy, alone, will bring you a new love and joy for the game of golf.  And those anger monster days will finally be behind you. 


     In the next months ahead, I will be writing about the other two ways to overcome the anger monster; how to reprogram your brain to take advantage of bad shots/holes/9 and 18 hole rounds and using the Dart Board Formula to reduce your anxiety. 


From the desk of Jim DeLaby, our PGA, TFTCC, LEARN GOLF! Director of Instruction, who has been training for years under world renown teachers, tour players and tour caddies, mental and sports psychologist trainers, fitness and equipment experts.


June Special: $150 for (4) half-hour lessons.

May Tip of the Month

2016 is approaching regarding rules change on long putters... You will have to conform by having your putter no longer than touching elbow. Of course if its longer than, that it just cant touch your body. Have you considered what the greatest putters in past do or have done:


Best LPGA Ladies putter Inbee Park = cross handed


Best Mens PGA Hottest putter right now = cross handed


Jim Furyk PGA Tour Recent winner = cross handed


Also know as left hand low...


Biggest benefit is it gives you a landmark up against your wrist to feel if butt of club is moving. Traditional way of putting does not.


Also consider what Matt Kuchar does = long enough putter that is just under his left elbow       .


Other great putters go traditional style but forward press against target wrist and hold club there. Again so they can feel what butt of club is doing during stroke.


Don't forget about the claw grip especially if your hands are turned in and you can see 4 knuckles when hanging .  


And there is the Grip Print way.


May Special: $125
Full Game Assessment / Tune up 


April Tip of the Month
The longest shot in golf is the pull draw! To do this (per right handed golfer or opposite for left handed players) try aiming right of your target and close the club face about 10 degrees. Now re-grip the closed club face and swing nice and easy. You'll see the ball curve to the left and roll a long way.

April Special
$75: a strength and flexibility assessment, an equipment assessment and a swing video analysis.

March Tip of the Month
Need to hit ball lower so do these three simple adjustments:
1st - choke down one inch
2nd - tee ball 1/4" lower
3rd -shorten back swing a tiny bit


March Special  $95
Golf Game Assessment for your golf swing: includes video swing analysis , 1 hole on course swing assessment, and equipment check up...
(Allow hour and a half)


March Lesson Calendar

January Special
$130 includes 3 half hours of private instruction 

2015 Tune Up Special 

$195 includes 6 unique assessment sessions (30 or minutes depending on findings) including:

Session 1 Equipment Check and/or custom fitting specs

Session 2 1 Hole On Course Play Assessment 

Session 3 Video Tape Swing Analysis 

Session 4 Strength and Flexibility Assessment 

Session 5 Short Game Evaluation

Session 6 Custom Tailored Practice plan  based on findings 

Call/text Jim DeLaby, our PGA Director of Instruction (805)478-5723 or delaby@charter.net


We NEED equipment: we need any graphite shafted golf clubs for our LEARN GOLF! Program 

Tip of the month
Want to hit the ball more consistently? Practice swinging through to your finish and hold finish for 3 seconds or more. Do this drill for 5 min a day maximum... Equals about 5 to 10 practice swings. Excellent strength and balance training for more consistent shots!


January Golf Academy Clinics & Services:

We can meet many different instructional needs and personalities, as the Golf Academy has seven teachers with 7 different personalities and unique teaching philosophies : 

Please welcome our newest golf instructor Cynthia Navis 

If you want to find out which of our 7 teachers best fits your instructional needs please call or email our PGA Director of Instruction  to get a custom assessment ... Call/text Jim DeLaby, PGA (805)478-5723 or delaby@charter.net


-Sunday at 9:30 

-must call our new Lady professional golf teacher Cynthia Navis to sign up 
+1 (805) 689-7621


-call/text our TFTCC Coach Darren Avrit 
(805) 801-2828 
-Scheduled on Wednesdays through out 2015

-we will take you on either  golf courses, privately or up to 4 persons 

-Monday afternoons, sign up is at front counter in Golf Shop with Aaron Carpenter

-Tuesday and Saturday late afternoons 
- call academy coach Rory Doll to sign up 748-4094

-call Academy Fitness expert Bud Cassell (530) 219-0920

-Call our specialist Dave Schimandle 598-9993

- call Academy Coach Travis Robinson 
(805) 441-8911



   -for information and to sign up and to buy used or new clubs, too; please contact Academy Director Jim DeLaby at text/phone 478-5723 or email him at delaby@charter.net