BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Californian golf columnist
Want to take your game to a new level? Knock off a few strokes (or a bunch!) from your score? Then it's time to give Jacque Servadio a call.
Servadio, LPGA teaching pro at Foss-Kern River, is offering a revolutionary golf instruction program. She's billing it as the "only one of its kind in Bakersfield" and it comes with a money back guarantee. The only catch, you have to put the practice time in, but Servadio, who has been teaching golf for the last 5+ years at Kern River (10+ overall), pretty much guarantees that your game will improve and your scores will drop. How can you go wrong with that?
"This is not your typical three, four or six lesson series that most players that have taken lessons are accustomed too," says Servadio, who won multiple Kern County Women's Amateur Championships in the 90's. "This is a Coaching Program for anywhere from three to six months. Just like a basketball or baseball coach, I will be your coach and be there for you. Help you along the way. Motivate you."
Servadio, who can be reached at jsgolfinstruction.com (or 661-301-5944), is only offering 10 of the memberships which she hopes to start Feb.1, and will offer them through June. There are four different programs in all from short game specific to complete game packages and all focus on the "7 Key Essentials for Accelerated Development" as Servadio likes to call it.
"Most people will take a lesson or two, practice a bit on the range and then expect complete transformations in their game," says Servadio. "With this program, you will still get those individual lessons, plus you will be able to come out and receive supervised practice time in between your lessons and get feedback as you progress. Plus, there will be on-course transfer training where we will take what you learn in practice to the course."
Add in additional perks like a specialized practice pan, access to group clinics, mental toughness training, club and short game assessments and total monitoring, you can see why Servadio, whose motto is "My Passion is to Advance Your Game", is pretty confident that she can make you a better player. You just have to put in the time.
"Just like anything else, you improve because you practice and that's what I will ask in this program," says Servadio. "You put in the time and I will help you reach your specific goals or objectives."
And with a guarantee like that, how can you go wrong? Lower scores anyone?
Humana Challenge next week
While the PGA Tour contingent is playing in the SONY Open this week in Hawaii (last week was the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii), the folks in La Quinta are getting ready to host the Humana Challenge next Thursday through Sunday.
Besides the golf tournament, there are festivities planned everyday leading up to the tournament and even during the event. One of those is the PowerBilt Junior Clinic.
The PBJC will give junior players (ages 6 and up) an opportunity to take part in a free clinic and receive top-notch professional instruction from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during the final round on Sunday the 19th. There will be instruction in driving, iron play and chipping and putting. Plus each attendee will receive a goodie bag, prizes and admission to the final round.
The clinic is put on by The First Tee of The Coachella Valley and sponsored by PowerBilt, Lumpy's Golf Shops and the HB Foundation. The clinic is just one of many activities for kids during the final day which has been dubbed Kids' Day at the Humana Challenge, but if you would like your junior player to be able to participate, then they must submit an application ASAP!
If you plan on attending the tournament, which will be played on the Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus Private Courses at PGA West and the La Quinta Country Club (final round at the Nicklaus Private), you can still receive advance tickets at info@Humana Challenge.com.
Zach Johnson won last week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions by a single shot over Jordan Spieth, proving that you don't have to hit it a mile to win on the tour. For Spieth, it was the continuation of some excellent play he started as a mid-season rookie last year that saw him win and advance to the Fed-Ex Playoffs in less than two months! Not bad for the now 21-year-old.
The Web.com Tour will be starting at the end of February and our very own Bhavik Patel will be in his second year on the tour. Look for a future column in which Patel (BHS, Fresno State) will talk about his goals for 2014 and beyond.
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