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good:' Berkowitz says.••"He's . able to
add a lot to the discussion. He gets
along well with his classmates. His
honesty about it (having Asperger's)
has made it a non-issue"
"He's very honest and direct:' sec-
onds Bruce Hillenberg, PhD., director
of clinical training for CHS and a
psychologist for William Beaumont
Hospital in Royal Oak.
"He's very accepted into the pro-
gram," Hillenberg says. "My impres-
sion is that he has had tremendous
family support ..:"
Dubin works on his films with his
dad, a University of Detroit-Mercy
Law School professor, whose award-
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winning documentary films on legal
issues are shown on public television
and in law classes. The bullying film,
Larry Dubin reports, has just been
accepted for distribution through
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, indepen-
dent publishers of books in the social
and behavioral sciences.
They are busy With plans for a
third film; built around the kinds of
jobs that are good fits for those with
Nick's mom is a playwright. Her
newest work, Corning of Age, is being
presented at the Jewish Ensemble .
Theatre- in West Bloomfield through
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Spring into the new golf season.
Special to the Jewish News
Nether you are a 25 hand-
icap, a 15 handicap or a-
W 5, improving one's golf
game will make the game more enjoy-
able and satisfying.
• Committment and motivation to
the goal of playing better golf. Will you
structure your time on a regular basis
to lay the foundation to reach your
The more time you can set aside to
work on your plan to play better, the
faster your goal can be reached.
It is important to be realistic in
evaluating how much time and energy
you will regularly devote in the new
season to your golf game.
• Knowledge is so essential to devel-
op the skills you need to play better.
You need the assistance of a PGA golf
instructor to guide your practice and
skill-building on the driving range.
Measure where you stand so that
you and your instructor have a system
in place to evaluate how you compare
with your performance expectations.
Skills tests and on-course perfor-
mance testing is key.
• Training with purpose on the driv-
ing range will directly impact your
on-course scoring. Just identifying
and knowing what needs to be done
to play better is not enough. Your
instructor must give you direction on
what to work on, but only you can do
• Practicing vs. Playing: Take your
game to the golf course and trust it!
Developing mental toughness and
on-course management strategies
are what will allow your skills devel-
oped during practice to translate into
• Develop a solid pre-shot routine
of ready, aim, swing. In the ready
stage of your routine you are evaluat-
ing all the conditions such as yard-
age, wind and lie that would lead you
to commit to hitting the shot. Moving
around and quieting your mind are
part of getting ready. Eliminate dis-
tractions so the focus is on the task
• Aiming the shot is all about
engaging your alignment and body
to your target. Where does Rip
Hamilton look when he is shooting
a free-throw at the Palace of Auburn
Hills in front of 20,000 fans? He
certainly is not worried about where
everything is positioned and tech-
nique when he is executing that task.
He has practiced and practiced, and
trusts his abilities.
You can do the same, and as your
skills improve, so will the trust you
have when playing. Finally, pull the
trigger and swing!
Jeff Roth is a PGA professional at
Knollwood Country Club in West
Bloomfield and a member of the Michigan
Golf Hall of Fame. This and additional col-
umns on playing golf will appear weekly on