PGA Teaching Professional Eric Jones Wins the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in the Super Senior Division

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PGA teaching professional and Orinda, CA resident Eric Jones wins the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in the Super Senior Division (age 50 +) with a drive of 369 yards. He now has two wins, the LDA Tour Rookie of the Year crown, and 7 top-ten finishes in his 10-year association with the premiere event in power golf. Jones also won the Senior Division title in 2003, according to a spokesperson for Long Drivers of America (LDA), the event host.

PGA teaching professional and Orinda, CA resident Eric Jones wins the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in the Super Senior Division (age 50 +) with a drive of 369 yards. He now has two wins, a long drive tour rookie of the year crown, and 7 top-ten finishes in his 10-year association with the premiere event in power golf. Jones also won the Senior Division title in 2003, according to a spokesperson for Long Drivers of America (LDA), the event host.

Swedish long-drive competitor Sandra Carlborg earned her second straight RE/MAX World Long Drive Title with a record-setting 339 yards blast at the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship powered By Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Joining Jones and Carlborg on the podium at the Mesquite, Nevada Sports and Event Complex were David Brinker in the Legends Division (60+) and Jack Crutchfield in the Grand Champions Division (55+). Brinker who lives in CreveCouer, MO, posted a winning distance of 330 yards to secure his first world title. Crutchfield, who lives in Brewton, Alabama, drive it 354 yards to claim his first title as well.

Competition at the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships continues in Mesquite, Nevada through Thursday October 25, 2012, when ESPN 3 will broadcast the finals of the Open Division and Senior Division beginning at 2 p.m. pacific time. Carl Wolter of Lehighton, PA, is the defending champion of the Open Division and David Mobley of Hunterville, NC, is the defending champion in the Senior Division. Live scoring continues from the tournament at http://www.longdrivers.com
As he did in 2003, Jones relied on his 6th and final ball to blast the winning drive, out-driving Mike Barbarossa by just 3 yards in a battle that went back and forth with three lead changes. Jones explained that on his last ball he knew the key was to “stick with the same routine that got me to the finals, and focus on making square contact with the ball, letting the result take care of itself.” Playing with a 7 degree "No Brainer" driver by Geek Golf and a Claymore shaft by Aerotech, Jones' clubs were all custom-assembled by Northern California-based clubfitter John Greenwood. Steve Almo, owner of Geek Golf, who takes his inspiration for club head designs from classic club heads of the past, explained that it took two years of design and testing to create a new "muscle" head driver, with unique heel-to-toe sole weighting which puts more weight behind the club face, increasing MOI, which increases distance and lowers spin. The distinctive orange color and white stripes of the No Brainer was inspired by another "muscle" classic - the 1967 Camaro.

About Eric Jones

Eric Jones played college golf at Stanford University and later served as Junior varsity team coach. He’s the 2003 Re/Max World Long Drive Senior Champion, the 2004 LDA Tour Rookie of the Year, and has competed in the World Championship in each of the last 10 years, notching four top-3 finishes and 2 wins. Eric is a PGA Class "A" Teaching Professional who also holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology. As founder of the Seaver Golf Academy, Eric has been recognized for his innovative approach to instruction, most notably his High Performance Golf Coach Program. He is the author of numerous articles and books on golf, including "The 5 Keys To Distance", "How To Practice Your Golf Swing Like The Pros", and "Strategic Golf: Course Navigation." Two new books and online training courses are slated to be released later this year.

About Target Centered Golf

Jones developed the website http://www.TargetCenteredGolf.com in 2008 as a comprehensive online resource to help golfers take their game beyond technique and play more confident, consistent golf. Jones explains that the name "Target Centered Golf" captures the essence of being in the zone: playing golf with automaticity, allowing the natural athlete to emerge through the mind of imagination with the target as the central focus of the swing. His blog, which can be found at http://www.targetcenteredgolf.com, features real world solutions from his own Golf Coach Program and encompasses all aspects of the game, from how to hit for distance, to scoring shots, to putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play. But he goes beyond mere standard instruction to cover topics seldom explained by mainstream media yet critical to high performance play; scoring-skill development, shot-making, self-management, game management and course management; as well as how to play in the zone more often.

As one of the few PGA reaching professionals formerly trained in both swing mechanics and sport psychology, Eric believes that the mechanical and mental sides of the game should not be separated because that is not the way we play golf.

As his teaching practice has evolved it’s become clear to Jones that golfers benefit most when the best of both worlds are combined: Sometimes students benefit most from a mental shift, sometimes from mechanical change. The key is to put the right solution in front of the student at the right time, which explains why his innovative teaching produces breakthrough results.

About Eric’s High Performance Golf Series And Golf Coach Program

Information about Eric’s High Performance Golf Training Series and his Golf Coach Program can be found at http://www.TargetCenteredGolf.com. His teaching practice was developed in honor of his grandfather Charles Seaver, a past president of the Northern California Golf Association, medalist at the 1931 U.S. Amateur, and one of the premier amateur players of his era.

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