2-Time World Long Drive Champion Eric Jones Will Speak at the Bay Area Golf Show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

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Fresh off his 2nd World Long Drive Title Win, PGA professional Eric Jones will speak on the main stage at the Bay Area Golf Show November 16-18, 2012

Speed through the impact zone – not power — is by far the most important component of a swing built for distance.

PGA professional Erica Jones, who on October 18th, 2012 won his 2nd RE/MAX World Long Drive title, will speak on the main stage at the Bay Area Golf Show on November 16-18, 2012 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. He’ll be on the main stage each day at 1 p.m. showing golfers the Keys to getting more distance.

With the knowledge that one does not need a perfect golf swing in order to have distance, Jones, who runs a high performance teaching program called “The Golf Coach Program” and has Master’s degree in sport psychology, will show golfers the 5 Keys he used to win his 2nd World Long Drive Title with a drive of 369 yards. Jones won his first world long drive championship in 2003 with a drive of 381 yards.

At the Alameda County Fairgrounds, he’ll take the main stage on November 16, 17 and 18 at 1 p.m to show golfers:

  •     How to Hit it Farther (Friday November 16, 1 p.m.) ,
  •     How to Select Equipment That’s Built For Distance (Sat. November 17p.m.),
  •     How To Hit It Long Under Pressure (Sun. November 18, 1 p.m.)

“We’re very excited to have Eric on the main stage. He’s a high energy, entertaining, and popular speaker who genuinely loves helping golfers improve their golf game,” said Kirk Tourtillotte of Varsity Communications, show owner.

For directions to the Alameda County Fairgrounds and to learn more about the Bay Area Golf Show Go to http://www.bayareagolfshow.com. Ticket prices are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, kids under 12 are free and the ticket is valid all three days. Discounts are available on the website and parking is free, said Tourtillotte, who also explained that the 2012 show features new vendor GolfSmith.

Jones is the author of “The 5 Keys To Distance” — a program with video drills that debunks the common myth that golfers need brawn, girth or power to hit the ball far. In fact, Jones explains that speed through the impact zone – not power — is by far the most important component of a swing built for distance.

“Power can help generate core speed and control the club face square the club face, but it does not itself create more distance and can actually kill distance if it introduces tension in the swing,” said Jones. “However, every mile per hour of speed you add to the swing translates to 2.4 yards of distance. This means if you took your club speed from 85 to 105 mpg, you would add almost 50 yards of distance to your drives.”

The 5 Keys to Distance debunks the common myth that golfers have to swing the club according to one specific method to get more distance.

“The 5 key concepts are not about fixing your swing, This is not a method approach” explains Jones. “It’s about helping golfers understand the fundamental concepts that when addressed correctly, and in the right order, can automatically improve distance and consistency.”

The 5 Distance Keys Distance can be remembered by the acronym B.L.A.S.T, which stands for:

1. Balance
2. Leverage
3. Arc Width
4. Speed of Hip Turn
5. Target Extension

Golfers will understand how athletic balance helps them find the center of the clubface and the middle of the fairway, how to use leverage to maximize power, why a wider swing arc produces effortless club head speed, how to generate speed using core rotation, and why target extension is the key to holding lag and accelerating through impact.

The 5 Keys to Distance derive from Jones’s own journey to acquire more distance and consistency in his own game and from his in-depth PGA training and Master’s degree study of how students best acquire the skills they need to lower their index and enjoy the game more.

“Everyone knows that having distance in your golf game makes the game easier and more fun. It’s pretty common knowledge that having a short iron into the green is much easier that hitting your 4 iron in the same circumstances. And let’s face it, hitting consistent, pure shots off the tee and fairway at a distance you know is at or near your very best is very satisfying,” he said.

He explains that some approaches to getting more distance get people into trouble or prevent them from reaching their distance goals. “I often see people on the range – even long drive competitors with whom I work — struggling to hit the distance they know they hit,” he said.

“As I spent more and more time on the range with my students, I began to see that the approach of trying to use ad hoc tips and a totally haphazard learning and practice strategies to get more distance was totally wrong,” he said

He explains that those strategies don’t help students understand their whole swing — how everything has to work together. And they don’t help students improve the core elements in the swing that – if addressed the right way and in the right order – can automatically lead to more distance and consistency.

“Once I had completed my Master’s degree and continued to work with students in my own teaching practice, I knew I could put my knowledge and experience together in a usable, understandable framework that would help golfers put it all together, get more distance and have a much more grounded, integrated understanding of the golf swing,” said Jones.

For more information about The 5 Keys to Distance, visit http://www.TargetCenteredGolf.com.

About Eric Jones

Eric Jones, MA, played college golf at Stanford University and later served as an assistant coach for the Junior varsity team. He’s the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Super Senior Champion and the 2003 RE/MAX World Long Drive Senior Champion, and has competed in the World Championship finals each of the last 10 years, notching four top-3 finishes. Eric is a PGA Class A Professional who also holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology, Eric has been recognized for his innovative approach to instruction, most notably his High Performance Golf Coach Program. He is the author of The 5 Keys To Distance and two new books slated to be released later this year: To learn more about The 5 Keys to Distance go to http://www.TargetCenteredGolf.com

The 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, who was a past president of the Northern California Golf Association and one of the premier amateur players of his day.

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