Bennett Galloway
is a long time resident of Japan and the Director of Golf for Gotemba Golf Club and Belle View Nagao G.C., in Shizuoka, near Mt. Fuji. He is also a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and a teaching professional, providing lessons for all ages and abilities, in English or Japanese.
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  Tom Fielding
Tom has over 29 years of experience coaching in Australia, Japan, & SE Asia culminating in appointments as national coach in both Malaysia and Singapore, and has also been listed in the top 50 golf coaches in Australia. A Master of the "state of the art" swing analysis and other modern methodologies.
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  Craig Roberts
Currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Craig has been working in the golf industry since 1992 when he traveled to Japan. Spent 10 years in Japan on and off as an interpreter and instructor at golf schools with some of the best coaches from Australia and Japan. He currently teaches at Indoor Golf centre in Melbourne.
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October 13, 2013 - 2013 U.S. Kids Golf World Championships
by Bennett Galloway
This year I had the privilege of accompanying team Japan to the World Championships in North Carolina. It was by far the best experience I have ever had at a golf event and was a class act from beginning to end! All the participants experienced famous southern hospitality, elegant accommodations, recreational activities, and of course one or more of eight pristine world-class golf courses.
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April 26, 2013 - How's Your Mental Scorecard?
by Bennett Galloway
Is golf a sport or a discipline like karate or ballet? This might seem like a strange question, but when you look at it closely, even at the highest echelons of the game, there seems to be no rhyme or rhythm to body types or even swings. Does success at the game of golf favor physical strength or mental attributes?
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November 6, 2012 - Golf's Cutting Edge
by Bennett Galloway
On a recent trip to Jakarta, Indonesia I had the privilege of sitting down with the Senior Director for the Leadbetter Golf Academies in Asia, Phillipe de Busschere. I wanted to ask him about his experiences in Asia and find out what sets the LGA apart from the other academies out there today?
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October 9, 2012 - Slowly Consider Fast Play
by Bennett Galloway
Nothing ruins a fun day on the course like slow play! It can kill your over-all experience and feel for any course regardless of how good it may be. Factor in some adverse weather conditions like heat, cold or rain and it becomes all the more unbearable.
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July 22, 2012 - Japan Juniors head for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship
by Bennett Galloway
Nineteen of Japan's best junior players will soon depart for Pinehurst North Carolina USA to compete in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship August 2nd to the 4th, 2012. The participants were selected from the top players in U.S. Kids Golf Spring Tournaments (World Championship Qualifiers) played earlier this year in various locations in Japan.
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March 9, 2012 - Japan Golf Personalities: Kazumi Watanabe
by Bennett Galloway
In this interview we are privileged to speak with Kazumi Watanabe whose career has taken him to such prestigious positions as President of MacGregor Golf Japan, Fila Japan, Acushnet Japan (Titleist, Foot-Joy & Cobra) and a posting as Director General of the Japan Golf Tour Organization!
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June 5, 2011 - A Qualifying Success
by Bennett Galloway
A Special feature written by Bennett Galloway for the USGA online magazine Global Golf Post about the U.S. Open Japan Sectional Qualifier held at Ibaraki Golf Club.
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April 2, 2011 - Three Strikes for the Japanese Golf Industry
by Bennett Galloway
The 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the shores of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures on March 11, 2011, sealing the fate of not only some 30,000 unsuspecting people, but also affecting the livelihood of the whole country, including that of the entire Japanese golf industry!
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July 22, 2010 - Club Fitting···Rubbish or Reality? by Tom Fielding
Are you an off the rack guy? Have you ever experienced a custom tailored suit? All of you fall into either category, so in this feature I will let you know the "real deal" on Club Fitting and expel the myths.
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Dec. 14 - Get the most out of your balls..!
by Bennett Galloway
In this feature I have enlisted the help of renowned Boston University Athletic Enhancement Center sport psychology coach Adam Naylor to take us through the ins and outs of hitting balls on Japanese driving ranges that produce a teed up ball every 2.5 seconds!
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November 4, 2009 - "Turn" Over a New Leaf by Craig Roberts
In this feature I would like to talk about the word "TURN" and what it means when referring to turn in a golf swing. For those who have not read my first article titled "Body Angles and Body Shape" I suggest to read it first, followed by this article to help you understand the basics of the Reverse K set up.
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July 28, 2009 - The Art of Putting by Tom Fielding
The goal in putting is quite simple -- get the ball in the hole in as few as shots as possible. There is no question that many different styles are possible in trying to do this. If you walk onto a practice range at a PGA tournament or turn on the TV to watch the PGA tour players of today, you will still see some very creative looking actions.
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June 12 - Interview - Hiromi Go by Paul Jones
Hiromi Go and his contributions to the music and entertainment industry in Japan is almost second to none. Hiromi has been recognized by both his peers and applauded by his huge following for over 35 years. This superstar of the Japan music and entertainment industry took the time recently from his busy schedule to talk about one of his key passions, the game of golf.
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May 29, 2009 - Interview with David Leadbetter by Paul Jones
During a recent trip the USA I had the pleasure to pose some questions to the worlds most recognized and respected Golf Instructor, David Leadbetter.
Over the past 30 years David Leadbetter achievements both on the course with players and off course in business have allowed him to enjoy the tile as world number 1.
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April 6, 2009 - Japanese Golf Lingo 2 by Willy Badger
Language warning: Some of the terms are for guys talking with guys.
I had the chance to pick my old friend, Hideaki Suda's, brain on some Japanese golf lingo. He managed to unload a whole treasure trove of important and amusing terms the Japanese use during a round of golf.
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February 11, 2009 - Body Angles and Body Shape by Craig Roberts
As a coach who teaches all sorts of players from absolute beginners to top amateurs and professionals, I believe it is very important, for the success of any shot that all golfers have a sound understanding of the correct set up before he or she attempts to swing a golf club.
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November 24 - Choosing the Right Shaft Flex···Fact or Fiction? by Tom Fielding
Shaft Flex, what do you need to know to help choose the shaft that's right for you?
There are so many shafts on the market, each having their own special features, and the million dollar question is: how will I know which one is best for my particular needs? Here is a user friendly guide to help you through that maze of information and gain the necessary knowledge on golf shafts......
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September 23, 2008 - A Grand Opening in Niseko, Japan by Bennett Galloway
Who says luxurious golf in Japan is a thing of the past? Hilton Hotels and Resorts has stepped up to raise the bar on luxury and service by providing a golf experience seldom found in today's Japan. Give a wee nod to the doorman as you strut from the entrance of the new Hilton Niseko Village straight into your golf cart, and a mere 30 seconds later you are on the first tee.
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August 29, 2008 - Showa no Mori The little course that could by Willy Badger
Once upon a time a super rich electronics company in Japan built their private golf course to play setai golf. Setai golf is a term used in Japan as a way to close the deal for businesses. Basically, they invite potential clients up for a round of golf, lavish them with Gifts, Geishas and Guarantees.
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June 27, 2008 - The Mystery of Miura by Bennett Galloway
Ever wonder who makes the best golf clubs in the world? In this feature we are going to try to shed some light on the mystery behind one of the worlds best and most sought after golf gear companies, Miura Golf. I recently had the pleasure of meeting and sitting down with the Asia and Japan Representative for Miura Herb Wakabayashi.
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May 17, 2008 - The Accidental 'Compe'... It's easier than you think! by Toshimitsu Rohlich
The common assumption of most people (myself included) about golfing in Japan is that it's way too expensive and inconvenient, so I figured when I moved here two years ago I would have to give up the game I've played and loved since grade school. But, before I knew it, the golf bug had gotten the better of me. I'd bought a set of clubs and began regularly going to the driving range near my house.
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May 2, 2008 - Interview with Hiroshi Tahara Pro by Willy Badger
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to sit down with a legend in Japanese golf, Hiroshi Tahara. He is a former regular Tour Pro and the current honorary head pro for Gunma Country Club. Located in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, Gunma Country Club features a spectacular panoramic view from the club house restaurant to the nearby mountains.
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Jan. 28, 2008 - How to do lifting! by Willy Badger
Whether you like it or not, we are always trying to impress our friends. It may be a long drive or an eagle putt. It may be the clothes you wear or the club you swing. If you are beyond any of those possibilities. I offer you a different approach to being the center of attention on the golf course.
Well. . . for at least 30 seconds anyways.
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Jan 19, 2008 - Asia's Sleeping 'Tiger' Awakes by Bennett Galloway
Smiling faces, great food, unbelievable hospitality··· and now multiple world-class golf courses make Thailand the perfect place for winter golf getaways. Thailand has long been a favorite for ex-pats living in Asia looking for rest and relaxation and these days you'll even find detoxification retreats to rid you of your self inflicted Johnnie Walker and Habana's!
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Nov. 8, 2007 - Midriffs Short Shorts and a Slap in the Face by Willy Badger
If I had a love child with Nancy Lopez in University, our daughter would be twenty and playing on the LPGA tour. That would make me a concerned Daddy.

"She wears short shorts If you dare wear short shorts NAIR for short shorts."
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Nov. 2, 2007 - A Pebbles' Throw from Tokyo - Kawana Hotel & Golf Club by Bennett Galloway
The Kawana hotel opened its doors in 1936 and features two of the finest coastal links courses you'll find anywhere in the world. In its heyday the resort was a buzz with valets scurrying about in service of their cherished customers who comprised the most discerning of Japanese and overseas society.
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Oct. 7, 2007 - Golf Lingo by by Willy Badger
When you arrive at your course of choice, you are usually greeted by a barrage of bag handlers. It is wise to close all your zippers on your golf bag, so when the handlers get your bag out of your trunk you won't lose anything. In Japan image is almost everything so maybe give your car a once over before people you don't know go foraging through your stuff in NASCAR-like pit stop speed.
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Aug. 30, 2007 - Guilt and the Golf Game in Japan by by Willy Badger
I wake up at 6 am. I am psyched up for a great day of golf. My wife and kids are still sound asleep. I make my breakfast. Yes, no nato for me. I take out my frozen two liter Aquarius bottle from the freezer. Bugs Bunny's Foghorn Leghorn's advice to the young chicken hawk, rings in my head, "Keep your eye on the ball.
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Aug. 11, 2007 - The Bell Canadian Open by by Willy Badger
Beavers, Sasquatches and SkiDoo Suits. Championship
Nestled in the vast barren freezing tundra is a country called Canada where live a bevy of beaver loving brave Canadians who bear the beastly bleak temperatures to compete in a 5 million dollar Tiger-less Canadian Open.
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Jul. 20, 2007 - Curse of the Claret Jug by Willy Badger
In 1875 Tom Morris Jr., the first name to be engraved on The Claret Jug, was playing in an exhibition with his father against Willie and Mungo Park. Combined, the four men won the The Claret Jug 13 of the first 15 times. During that match Tom Morris Jr., was informed that his pregnant wife was rushed to the hospital.
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Jul 3, 2007 - Golf in Niseko, Asia's Answer to Whistler by Bennett Galloway
When you think of Hokkaido it usually first brings up images of pristine powder snow topped mountains and vast flat wide open expanses, but when the snowfields turn to green meadows, golf takes center stage and the people here trade in their boards for sticks.
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Apr 30, 2007 - Game On! by Bennett Galloway
The golf season is well underway and it's time to get out and enjoy some of the two thousand three hundred and forty courses Japan has to offer! Whether you've been active or on the couch since ski season, warming up your body for golf is as equally important for the athlete, as it is for the couch potato!
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Feb 14, 2007 - Japan Golf Tours by Bennett Galloway
Finally, a company dedicated to helping international golfers get access to and experience some of the most amazing golf available anywhere in the world, and it's right here in Japan! I had an opportunity to speak with owner and founder John Thornton, about what led him to creating golf tours to Japan.
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Dec 6, 2006 - Tom Doak Interview    by Paul Jones
Tom Doak has emerged as one of the most prolific and respected designers of golf courses in the modern day. I had the opportunity recently to ask a few questions about the man, golf course design and impressions of golf in Japan.
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Nov 24, 2006 - Gearing Up for Winter Golf by Bennett Galloway
The summer heat has left us and the leaves are beginning to fall. Most of you are probably starting to think about retiring your clubs for the season and focusing on winter sports like skiing and boarding. For some of us it's not that easy to turn off the game and the desire to tee it up lasts all year!
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Sep 1, 2006 - Respecting Your Game by Bennett Galloway
I had the pleasure of having lunch with a very inspirational person a while back whose face you might recognize. Bobby Valentine is the manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball club, an engaging speaker, management guru, and an accomplished ball room dancer to boot!
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June 10, 2006 - Adrift in a Sea of Golf Balls    by Bennett Galloway
I'm often asked by my students what kind of ball I prefer to play. My usual response is "lost ones"!! Seriously though, there is an absolute "tidal wave" of choices out there providing you with a full spectrum of performance characteristics to choose from.
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April 5, 2006 - The Secret to Scoring Well
"Shhh.....Don't Tell Anyone"!
   by Bennett Galloway
People often ask me what the most important factor, or part, of the golf swing is? If you didn't know, it's "Consistency". It doesn't matter how erratically you jab, swipe, poke or slash at the ball, if you can do it the same way every time, you can score well!
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