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Golf: Ben Mutz, of Dunne National, stresses strong green play is essential to improvement

Ben Mutz teaching instructor George W. Dunne National Golf Course. | Supplied photo

Ben Mutz, teaching instructor at George W. Dunne National Golf Course. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 22, 2013 7:05PM



While working as a PGA pro and golf instructor on and off since the mid 1980s, Ben Mutz has picked up a few things over the years.

Sure, the ability to hit the ball long distances helps.

But what about just reading a green? Knowing your clubs?

“A lot of golfers don’t have that simple concept of putting down,” Mutz said. “Work on your putting, your chipping; the fastest way to a golfer’s heart is to lower the chipping and putting average.”

Mutz, a teaching instructor working at George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, offers golf lessons featuring everything from driving and full swings to the short game.

He has upcoming clinics at Dunne, as well as putting and chipping clinics at the Diversey Driving Range in downtown Chicago.

Mutz does his best to keep the mood light and fun. After all, it is supposed to be fun. Have a question? Try to grill him.

“Usually, the golfers stand in front of me, six to eight students, and I ask if there are any questions,” Mutz said. “I don’t care if they challenge me. I’d actually prefer it. You can be a golf nut whether you shoot a 72 or a 110. It turns into something fun, cool and interesting.”

Mutz’s hope is simple. If your putts are dropping, hopefully, shots from the tees and fairways fall in line, too.

“A strong fundamental foundation of golf comes from putting,” Mutz said. “Think like a pro golfer. If you do not have control of your game on the putting green, you will never have command of the rest of your game.”

Mutz began working as an instructor in Heidelberg, Germany, in the mid-1980s. He set up shop as the teaching instructor at Dunne since May 2012.

“I looked around at a lot of golf courses and did a lot of interviews, but George Dunne gave me a great opportunity,” Mutz said. “I’m the head pro there, and that’s been pretty cool. It’s a phenomenal course, one of the top competitive courses in Chicago. I found a home here, and I’m pretty happy.”

Bolingbrook welcomes two-time Masters champ

Pairing with Cleveland Golf for the first time to run a short game clinic with a pro player, Bolingbrook Golf Club PGA head pro Eric Aldrich conceded he had pipe dreams.

Who would show up? Maybe 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley? Or maybe 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell?

On Tuesday, Aldrich and Bolingbrook welcomed two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw to host a two-hour clinic.

“I had no clue who it would be, but I can’t describe how thrilled we were to get Ben,” Aldrich said. “Whether it was the fame, the trophy case, Ben just has an aura and a gentle way about him when it comes to golf, just how good he is talking about golf.”

Crenshaw won the Masters in 1984 and ’95.

Working with Cleveland Golf, Aldrich is psyched for what the new deal offers for the course and its golfers.

“We partnered with Cleveland Golf in the offseason hoping to give golfers the tour experience,” Aldrich said. “It’s the same type of competition and services the players get each week on the PGA Tour.”

Bolingbrook offers club fitting and club building that uses the Trackman computer system.



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