Junior Golfers looking to take their game to the next level need to learn to trust themselves and develop a sound method for improvement. I will teach you how to manage yourself and your game on the golf course. You will learn drills that will improve your touch on the greens, make you a wedge and short game maestro and hit full shots with abandonment. I will teach you how to play the game of golf and help you realize that working on your swing is just part of the formula. Simple fundamentals plus mental toughness have been the formula for the greats all along. Once you learn you have what it takes inside, you are able to believe in yourself, trust your instincts and let it go!
Mind, Body and Golf
1985 Father Son (Mark, Jim, Josh, Gary & Lacy McCumber)
I have been fortunate to be raised by two dynamic and unique parents. They have shaped my philosophies on life and personal development. My mother Joy is a concert pianist and I learned to play the piano at the age of 3 and the violin and viola at the age of 10. My father Jim started McCumber Golf Inc., a golf course design and construction firm, and was a main influence on his brother Mark McCumber's career. Jim and Joy were a great team in raising me, my brother and sister. Before we could go out to the course or play other sports we had to practice our musical instruments. The discipline I learned at an early age has guided me throughout my life. The culmination of these experiences bore my mind, body and golf approach to peak performance. When the three are addressed together and the student learns how one affects the other they are able to minimize mistakes, have smaller ups and downs and maximize their performance when their game is on and in the zone.
I have spent countless hours reading and learning from the best sports psychologists in the game. I will share mental game principles that I have developed from personally working with Dr. Deborah Graham, Dr. Gio Valiante and Dr. Bob Rotella. In addition to the top golf minds, I enjoy learning about peak performance in sport and how those principles can be applied to golf. The art of proper breathing and meditation go hand in hand with top flight performance. I have practiced these skills for a number of years and have reaped the benefits and enjoy sharing them with my students.
I also have been fortunate to train with leading fitness professionals. Joey Atlas was my first trainer after college and he taught me about functional training and golf specific exercises. I met Mark Avens during my time spent with Joey and was introduced to the Titleist Performance Institute and their certification program. I was certified in 2010 as a TPI Golf fitness professional. John Knight of Playfit Enterprises worked with me for a year and his philosophies continued to shape my view on the body and the proper balance for training and golf performance. When I was the assistant golf coach at the University of Florida I was exposed to Pilates and Yoga. My Yoga practice became a staple in my routine and something that I found gave me a great peace of mind when having to compete. During my quest for personal development and peak performance I found Tai Chi, which I believe takes the benefits of Yoga and breathing and gives a golfer an excellent low impact exercise great to do when on the road before and after competition. Another important component often overlooked when talking about the body is proper rest and what is put in your body. I was raised with a health conscious mother and grandmother. I learned excellent eating habits at a young age. As I matured and started to develop as a golfer I realized the value that proper nutrition and hydration play on peak performance. I also witnessed firsthand how when we over train and do not get the proper rest our focus wanes and we actually do more harm than good. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on what I found to be good ways to stay hydrated and energized on the course. My knowledge of the body will help advise my students on the best practices being used on TOUR and at top college programs today. I will be able to help you choose a great trainer and program to follow.
I was born into a golf family. As was mentioned at the top of the page, my father started McCumber Golf and was a big influence on Mark McCumber's golf career. I witnessed the best players in the world up close from a young age. I pursued the PGA TOUR for overfirst 10 years and during that time observed the best players and what made the difference from winning on TOUR or struggling to make a living. It is a fine line, one that is often immeasurable. I believe in great fundamentals and the ability to be able to trust your swing when you're playing your most important round. There is a time and place to work on your golf swing and mechanics. Ultimately though, you have to shift your focus to your creative side and become an artist. I will help you develop a sound routine for all of your golf shots and assist you in becoming a great wedge player and putter. I will then teach you to understand your tendencies and the right way to practice, so you will be able to work on trusting and believing in yourself, which will give you the best chance to reach your potential and meet or exceed all of your dreams and desires. I look forward to helping you along your journey.