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Megan golfs and blogs: Q&A with Futures Tour player Megan Heckeroth

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Future's Tour player Megan Heckeroth is gaining fans through her golf and her Web site. (Courtesy MeganHeckeroth.com)

Megan golfs. Of course, that's no mystery to the multitudes who have visited Megan Heckeroth's Web site.

Currently, the Netarts, Ore., golfer has gained notoriety far beyond the average Futures Tour player by keeping her Web site updated and creating a personal relationship with her readers via her blog. Aside from her words, visitors can examine videos of her swing, ask questions and more.

And while Heckeroth is rightly proud of her technological breakthrough, it's the a breakthrough on the golf course she's more concerned with, as she prepares for Qualifying School, where she plans to earn her LPGA Tour card.

Such is the confidence of the 26-year-old strawberry blonde with the striking green eyes - to her, it's just a matter of time before she has that card. WorldGolf.com caught up with Heckeroth, and she answered questions about her game, her technological savvy, and her battle to be able to shake off the occasional bad hole.

Megan Heckeroth Q&A

Question: How close do you feel to take the next step, and join the LPGA fulltime? Do you ever have to remind yourself to be patient?

Megan Heckeroth: I feel like I am very close to joining the LPGA fulltime. Qualifying School is coming up at the end of September and I feel confident that I will do well. I have five more events on the Futures Tour to help prepare myself for it. I have to remind myself all the time to be patient. Patience is a virtue. I know that I will play full time on the LPGA soon but I have to remember that it's not going to happen overnight.

Q: What are your best attributes as a golfer? What are problems that keep resurfacing?

Megan Heckeroth: I think that my physical strength is an advantage along with having great feel around the greens. Trying to stay mentally positive and bouncing back from a bad hole is the biggest thing that I have been working on lately. I have definitely improved on it but there is still some work to do on the mental side of the game.

Q: How hard is it to live this type of lifestyle, with the amount of travel it takes?

Megan Heckeroth: I don't think that this lifestyle is hard. I am actually enjoying it very much. I love seeing new places, meeting new people and playing different golf courses every week. When I am back in Los Angeles, I do spend a lot of time at home enjoying the time off and catching up with friends.

Q: It seems that your web site is extremely professional. Do you do it? Is this part of your educational background?

Megan Heckeroth: I initially worked with a web design company on the design, the layout, the presentation and the content. I do however write my own blogs that are posted weekly after each tournament. My blog has since gathered quite a following among golf fans and bloggers alike for the simple reason that very few pros are dedicated to telling their tour story on a regular basis and with such level of detail.

Q: What are your thoughts on using the Internet as a tool? You seem to have an understanding of how it can be used to assist your career.

Megan Heckeroth: Initially I did not think much of it, mostly using it for emails. But because my sponsor has a good understanding of technology, they encouraged me to develop this marketing side of my career by committing to do it weekly. And as things have snowballed, it has become apparent to me how important the internet is as a communication tool and especially how interested people are about blogging.

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William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.

 
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    Tim wrote on: Feb 21, 2014

    After fifteen years of teaching and thirty five years of playing.I feel compelled to say I should spend my days trying to repay all of my former students and try to collect on the ones I have taken which have included two number one teachers in the world at the time. Both not only failed to help my game, but in the long run caused me to learn and teach misinformation leading to misery for me and my students.It wasn't until eight years ago that I decided there must be and easier way.
    After giving a lesson to a doctor in South Florida,who questioned my same old approach,that I began to look outside of the golf world for all the answers.The doctor explained to me that the brain cannot learn new patterns with tips.The brain will only establish new patterns by the use of training aids.To establish a new nueronal pattern your brain must pass thru the exact positions on a weekly basis for up to two years.Your brain only wants to perform the old pattern.Short term patterns can start to be established in three months,but any time you add the fear mode,the brain will tend to fall back on old patterns.If any teacher gets a student to a lower handicap it is in spite of the teaching not because of it
    All traditional teaching has to fail,I have never seen a teacher on any level work correctly to change a brain pattern all they can do is build confidence and get you to hit your coordination barrier more often.This is why the average score in this country has always been ninety two.
    The majority of golf swing theories are incorrect because they are based on what a player feels.What you and every other golfer feels is not what is happening.The last thing you would ever want to do is take advice from a great player in any sport.There answers will never be accurate.This was once again proven this weekend as Johnny Miller explained how long hitting tour players had the widest arc,s.If you were too ask any physics professor to show you a back swing with a wide arc it would be the direct opposite of Mr Millers explanation,that which is taught by all top teachers today.It is simply Johnny Millers perception,and not scientific reality.Traditional teaching will also have you believe the body is somehow a source of power and accuracy in the golf swing. When in fact science once again proves that the body because it is rotating on a different plane then the golf club,contributes nearly nothing to the golf swing.Tigers hips at four miles per hour when tested,there must be speed to create speed.Only the fast moving arms thru extension and rotation can create the speed necssary to power a golf ball tremendous distances.You actually want the body moving slowly.This is only accomplished by getting right arm extension ,again another false teaching caused by feels and perceptions.Body rotation is the number one cause of errors in the golf swing.The brain gets more feedback from the hands then any other part of the body,that's why it is important to focus on the hands.Great players all have time learned rotation of the hands and forarms from years of playing and practicing.
    There are mechanical advantages over what is taught today from the grip to moving the club backward and downward,you must look outside of the box to find the answers.I write this article because it has been proven to work as I took a Maine assistant pro to two PGA championships after he made several changes to his golf swing over a period of two years based on science.It was amazing to see his changes come to life ,when in fact he was struggling to play competitive local events prior.How many people do you know that practice and play all the time and never get any better.The answer is most.You are limited by your ability to coordinate the complexity of todays mechanics. Once you reach your coordination limits,you will not become a better ball striker no matter what you do, practice equipment or lessons even from Butch Harmon will not help.There is one and only one way to improve and change patterns for motionYour body must pass thru the exact positions numerous times every several days for two years to make a permanent motion leading to effective change.You must use training aids that cause your swing to repeat with correction,before you take another lesson or by another tip magazine consider thinking outside the box this summer.Tips dont work only correct motion repeated over and over will finally give you the results you desire.To back up my thoughts I recently went as and instructor at the last pga championship with a guy who 5 years ago was working in a fl bagroom,all other instruction results in a score of 92.Would love to answer questions Tim rgg284@aol.com

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