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Systems Approach to Golfing. The Systems Approach to Golfing is for golfers who love golf and have a burning desire to improve their game, but have limited practice time.

It will help you understand why a golf ball behaves as it does, and how to use this knowledge for better scoring.

Concepts include both the physical and mental aspects of golfing.

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The Systems Approach to Golfing.

Systems Approach to Golfing author Chip Heyl.

Richard (Chip) Heyl has been a competitive amateur golfer most of his adult life. He attended Bowling Green State University on a golf scholarship, majoring in mathematics in the College of Education. While at Bowling Green, he set the school record for the total number of dual match victories and was elected to the All Mid-American Conference Golf Team his senior year ('63). He teaches golf at both the city recreational and collegiate levels.

Chip has won over eighty golf tournaments at the Club, County, District, and State level, including:
  • Twenty club championships at six different clubs
  • Several open golf championships (open championships allow both amateurs and professionals to compete), e.g., the Huron County Open in Northern Ohio
  • Several district championships, including the Northern Virginia Amateur (twice)
  • And both team and individual state titles, the most notable being the Virginia State Golf Association's Open Championship in 1975. He lost a sudden-death play-off for the VSGA Open Championship in 1974.
Chip has qualified for and won matches at the United States Golf Association Public Links Amateur Championship (1965 and 1966), USGA Amateur Championship (1974 and 1981) and the British Amateur Championship (1982 and 1983).

In 1979 he qualified as an alternate for the British Open Championship, where he had the full status of a competitor until the field was filled the day before the championship.

The Open was being played at the St. Andrews' Old Course, literally the "Home of Golf."

He was selected as one of sixteen amateurs from Virginia and West Virginia for the Virginias-Carolinas Matches eleven times between 1970 and 1981. He was twice selected and played for a Middle Atlantic Golf Association team in their annual match against the Philadelphia Golf Association.

Since retiring from amateur golf competition in the early-1980s, Chip has turned his attention to golf instruction. He is currently adjunct professor at the Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, in the Department of Physical Education, offering both beginning and intermediate classes since 1993.

Mr. Heyl is a retired systems engineer from the defense contractor Northop-Grumman. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Skip (the former Marcella Jean Charville), their beagle, Spot, and keeshond, Teddy.

Chip hitting a tee shot.

Supplementing the Systems Approach to Golfing Chip has written an Instructor's Guide to the Systems Approach which includes lesson plans, tests, vugraphs, and much more. In addition Chip was the lead author for The Long View of Improved Putting.