Julie Brown LPGA

Julie Brown LPGA


About this pro

Julie Brown has been surrounded by great golf all her life. Her mother, who held a 2 handicap for 20 years (and is still a 9 at age 76), introduced Brown to the game at age five. “I was so young we only played one hole,” recalls Brown, “Then three holes the next summer, then more often when I turned 12.” Brown followed Tour events as an avid fan, collecting autographs and marveling at the shot making. She also watched her mom take home a number of trophies from amateur competitions. Hooked, Brown played Junior golf events, notably finishing runner-up in the 1966 PGA Junior. Brown grew even closer to the game as a member of the Miami-Dade Junior College golf team and soon after a scholarship recipient to play golf at Florida International University. Brown helped her Junior College to a National Championship in 1974. The Miami News County runner-up in 1973, Brown qualified as an amateur to play in the Burdines Invitational, an LPGA event, in 1974. Now a member of both the LPGA and PGA, Brown has competed in LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division National and Section events as well as Georgia PGA Section events. Perhaps her best memory of professional tournament competition was the 1996 LPGA Michelob Light Heartland Classic. “The Heartland Classic was the ultimate treat for me in many ways,” says Brown, who had spent the previous 18 years working on her skills as a teacher and manager in the golf industry. “I wanted to give the player within myself a chance to get out and perform.” Her first round in the Classic was thrilling. “I played the first nine at one over par,” notes Brown. “Wow! I was walking on sunshine…I knew what it felt like to play great golf and trust myself to play the game.” Brown believes that training in golf is similar whether you are a 20 handicap or a 5. You should first seek out a PGA or LPGA teaching professional to learn what it is you need to work on. She recommends you work with the pro to get a feel for what you need to do to improve. “Learning a swing that is reliable requires repetition and more repetition,” notes Brown, who adds that building such a swing also means more practice on the range. Take advantage of that time on the range; use drills and develop your own pre-shot routine. The range is for mastering and refining your skills. “When you get out on the course, let yourself trust what you accomplished on the range,” says Brown. “Put yourself on automatic pilot and empty your mind of swing technique clutter.” Intermediate and advanced players should keep records of their shots, for example fairways hit, greens in regulation, up and downs, number of putts and so forth, according to Brown. “Share these statistics with your pro to see which areas need improvement and what can be done,” adds Brown. Recently, a student of Brown’s called in to thank her. She had taken a lesson with Brown and gone out to play the next day. “Julie,” she said, “I had the best round ever in my life.” Brown was pleased, but quick to point out that she merely provided some direction so that the student could then go out and play her game. Brown has helped three other students in the past to win their flights in Club Championships when she worked at a private club.

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Dawsonville, GA 30534
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I need to know my students goals for the game. Check on physical limitations if any. Be sure they are using golf clubs that fit their swing. This is just as important if you where going to go buy shoes, you need for them to fit properly. IF not your swing will be inhibited and never develop to be reliable.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Experienced and knowledgable about equipment selection and fitting golfers for clubs that will enhance their game.

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