Train to Compete

By, Brad Pluth

Year-Round Coaching at Deer Run and Twin Cities Orthopedics 

Designed for intermediate and advanced golfers with the desire to compete in tournaments and compete at the high school level. Program focuses on mastering the nine core shots, on-course strategy and purposeful practice. The goal is to lower your competitive scoring average in tournaments. 

Train to Compete Training Schedule

Tuesdays 8-9:30am or 4:30-6pm

Thursdays 9-10:30am

Saturdays 10:30-12pm

$50/session or $160 for four sessions

$199 unlimited four-week pass

Sample Training Session

Here is how we get results... We play, assess, train & repeat.

Below you will find a scorecard a coach will fill out during your first playing lesson.  We track metrics that matter and may use three or four of the stats depending on the ages and ability level of the golfer. 

People, and golfers, do not argue with their own data. We look to identify how you shoot the scores your shooting whether it's entering the scoring zone (tee shots and approach shots outside of pitching wedge distance), shots inside the scoring zone (shots with your wedges and putter), first putt distance, along with number of putts. 


Scorecard in the simulator


We coach the athletes to keep track of three to five key metrics.

## of putts is a basic measurement, fist putt distance or putts missed inside 4', 6', 8' or 10' may be customized on the scorecard. This will show how well they are striking the ball or how they are chipping and pitching around the green. Remember, it's not how you putt that matters as much as where you putt from. 


Understand the average tour professional only makes 50% from 8'. 

The golfers you see on TV on the weekend are making a higher percentage that week, 

but over the course of the year, they only make 50% from 8'.

Shots "Inside The Scoring Zone" will range from 100-yards to inside their pitching wedge distance. 

Shots "Outside the Scoring Zone" is every shot outside the scoring zone. 

Followed Mental Program is completing their preshot, and post shot routine.  

We will use a mental game scorecard, and a number of other resources to track performance and provide feedback for the students and parents.  

Skills Assessment 

In looking at a database of over a million rounds, I wanted to know what the top 10 most common shots were, luckily there was no statistical difference between nine and ten shots and wanting to keep it simple, I choose nine.

Below you will find a sample benchmarking test to identify the best program for you and the skills that you need to work on to shoot the score you want to shoot. 

We'll pick two or three shots to focus on and develop purposeful practice sessions.


Purposeful Practice

Use the Purposeful Practice forms to create a perpetual improvement process