The Most Important Golf Technique

The most important golf tip you’ll ever get will not be about your swing. It will not be about the latest equipment. It won’t even be about getting your clubs fit correctly. It will be about the number one factor that effects how well you play…your attitude. Everyone agrees that golf is a mental game. But vary few really think about what that means. Everyone would rather try that new driver or work on that hot new swing technique. The fact that the average handicap for all golfers has not gone down in the last 20 years tells me that the newest equipment and the scientific research and launch monitors evaluating our swings has not done a thing to improve our games. What if I told you could take five strokes off your score in your next round without changing a thing about your equipment or your swing? It really is possible. Here’s how… Setting Your Expectations Part of the allure of golf is the challenge. It is a very difficult game but that difficulty draws many people to the game. Especially if you have been successful in other sports, or other parts of life. But one of the secrets of playing good golf is playing within yourself. If you choose shots that are well within your capability it will take a lot of pressure off your game and remove tension from that swing. In other words… make the game as simple as possible. That will lead to lower scores because you eliminate those really bad scores on a hole. But doing that is often hard for a successful...

Beginners: Make Your Own Par

Someone decided that on a typical par 3 it should take one shot to get to the green, on a Par 4 two shots, and a Par 5 three shots. Is this helpful to a beginner? Probably not. Beginners should totally ignore this convention and make their own par. Trying to hit greens in regulation causes beginners more bad shots than anything in golf. It encourages beginners, and even intermediate golfers, to try shots that deep down they know they could never pull off. Letting go of this arbitrary, unrealistic expectation will increase everyone’s enjoyment of golf and improve their scores at the same time. If you think about it…getting to a 400 yard par 4 in 2 shots is pretty difficult. It requires a drive of at least 200 to 220 yards and a second shot of 180 to 200 yards with accuracy. What percentage of beginner golfers can hit two 200 yard shots relatively straight with any sort of consistency. The honest answer is probably not many. In fact, many single digit handicap golfers can’t do it consistently. Now how about three 140 yard shots. Now that’s within the realm of possibility. That’s just three 6 or 7 irons for most male beginners (the women’s game is another matter altogether). Three shots to get on, two putts, that’s a five. A bogey on probably one of the more difficult holes. Do that on every hole you shoot 90. Even if you don’t you’re bound to break 100. The Game Will Be Much More Fun The real beauty of creating your own individual par is the enjoyment it...

A Golfer Is As A Golfer Does

Did you ever stop to think about what the difference is between a good golfer and a … well…not so good golfer. I’m not talking about the obvious differences like how they hit the ball, or how they score, or even talent, but just the things they do. I guess you could call them the ‘habits of successful golfers’. I play with all kinds of golfers. They run the gamut from beginners to single digit handicaps. It’s easy to tell which is which…and I don’t even have to see them swing. The guy that shows up 5 minutes before the tee time, coffee in one hand, tying his shoes on the tee, no warm up, no practice putts…well you know which one he is. He’s the one that wonders why he’s 6 over after 3 holes and still struggling to find his game at the turn. Golf is a game that requires hand eye coordination. It’s not easy hitting that little white ball. Sure natural ability helps. We can’t control what God has given us. But there are many things we can control and many things we can do to maximize the natural skills we do have. Let’s take a look at some of those things you can do…some of those habits. Warm Up Every good player I know makes sure they are ready to play. That means arriving at least an hour before their tee time. They go to the range, stretch their muscles and hit some warm-up shots. I’m not talking about a full-fleged practice session here. But they do hit enough balls to not only loosen...

The Four T’s of Golf

When you are on the practice range there are many things that you can think about and work on. Many of these will be swing technique and “back swing” thoughts. But when you get on the course it’s time to put those thoughts away and play the game of golf. Now it’s time to think “forward swing” thoughts and focus on putting the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes. So how do you bring your a game to the course. What are the things you should concentrate on. Here’s my suggestion on a unique way to keep your game together and your mind in the right place. Think about the Four T’s of Golf-Target, Tension, Tempo and Trust. Let’s take a closer look at each. Target Golf is a target game, not a “swing right” game — especially on the course. If you keep your target as your main focus, and target never leaves your mind throughout the shot, both your good and your bad shots will be better. A one-pointed focus on the target will give your body the message of what needs to be accomplished. Tension Tension is the number one swing wrecker especially on the course. On the range the consequences are minimal so naturally tension is less. On the course we are facing a much more difficult challenge. The lower your tension level the better your shots will be…it’s that simple. You can reduce your tension level by deep breathing and thinking slowly. You can also reduce tension by picking shots that are well within your capabilities. Tempo Tempo is what helps us...

Do You Root For Tiger… or Not?

Well it’s Master’s Week. And everyone is picking a favorite to win. Who are you rooting for? Ya many are picking Tiger to win after his win at Bay Hill 2 weeks ago. Are you rooting for Tiger? Ever since Tiger had his… indiscretions… well I have a hard time rooting for him. Actually I’ve never been a big fan of Tiger. He always seemed to take things… and himself too seriously. How do you feel about him? Let us know by filling out the survey on the right. When he was winning and was obviously the best in the world, and maybe heading to be best of all time, I suppose I cut him some slack. I gave him the benefit of the doubt. But he has proved what he is really made of. Anyone who treats his family that way… well he’s got a lot to learn. Not that I should talk. There’s nothing perfect about me. But Tiger gets so much for doing so little. Ya so little. I know, some people think that being a great athlete is somehow a good thing. But a gifted athlete is just that. Someone who has been given a great gift. If an athlete doesn’t realize how lucky they are and how blessed they have been… well they may be a great athlete but they are not a great person. And that’s what counts! Anyone can be dealt a great hand… but it’s how you play that hand that matters. Tiger has been dealt a great hand in life. And all he has done is feed his greed and...

The Best Tempo In Golf

In my opinion the player with the best tempo in golf is Ai Miyazato. Take a look at these videos and see if you agree. Plus one of her practice techniques is an old Harvey Penick concept from his Little Red Book video. He teaches to try and make a practice swing on the range that takes at least a minute. This is what Ai Miyazato is doing in this particular video. It looks easy to do but it’s not. But here’s another video that highlights her tempo during a practice session. If you can do this your game will get better. Just thinking of her swing has helped mine. What I particularly love is her transition from back swing to down swing. There is no rush. It’s almost as if she doesn’t even care if she starts the downswing. There is no HIT in her swing. It’s like she doesn’t care if she hits the ball or not. It all just FLOWs. And in this last video from the LPGA Rewind series, Ai Miyazato wins the ShopRite LPGA Classic and becomes #1 in the world. Her shots come later in the video but she maintains that beautiful tempo throughout her...

Reporting In From The Transitions Championship 2012

Well 2 days are under our belts. The cut has been made. And we’ve got a great weekend in store at the Transitions Championship. The weather is amazing. But that’s typical of this time of year in Florida. And the golf has been hot. Padrag Harrington tore it up on Day 1 with at 61 but cooled down on Day 2 shooting 2 over par. He’s 2 behind Jason Duffner who was steady Thursday and Friday with a pair of 66’s. As Marshall on the par-5 14th hole I got to see some action. Paddy hit his second shot on Friday onto the hill on the right side overlooking the green. A large tree blocked his shot but he managed to put the ball close for a realistic birdie putt. He didn’t make it which was the story of the day for him. He made no putts on Friday. The second shot on the par-5 14th is a blind shot so as Marshall I was positioned on the hill over to the right side of the green to watch for balls coming up that way. Often the pros have no idea where their balls land so having a spotter over there is helpful. That’s what happened with Harrington’s second shot, so I was there to protect the ball and move the crowd for his 3rd shot. That was also what happened with Ernie Els second shot. Even the spotter from NBC didn’t see the ball, so when it caught my eye in the distance as it was landing and I found the ball, I had my 10 seconds of...

From The Transitions Championship 2012 – Paddy Harrington Goes Low

It’s Day 1 at the Transitions Championship 2012. On a course that players ranked as one of their favorites, Padrag Harrington shot a 61 on the first day of the tournament. With 10 birdies and 10 under on the par 71 layout, Paddy may have exploded the prediction by many players that 12-14 under would win the tournament. I guess we’ll see. There’s plenty of time left for other players to match or exceed Paddy’s score, but it’s not likely seen as his score is the course record. Many players are at 5 under, and Will Claxton (who?) is at 7 under, so if Padrag comes back a little it could be a dog fight. But again, we’ll see. There’s lots of golf yet. And tomorrow I’ll be marshaling the 14th hole, so I’ll give you a first hand and up close report on how things progress at the 2012 Transitions Championship. Over and out....

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