Golf is a combination of what your heart wants to do, what your mind tells you to do, what your body can do and what your nerves allow you to do.
If I could clone you and you played a match against your clone and I caddied for your clone, we would beat you every time! Why is that?
Golf is a game. Games are played using plans, strategy and tactics. Influencing these factors are your physical abilities and limitations. Decisions are therefore made taking into account all these components. Unfortunately, a player’s pride clouds his judgment and causes him to make poor decisions.
Almost all amateurs under-club on their approach shots.
Almost all amateurs under-read break on their putts.
It may be “Drive for show and putt for Dough” but if you don’t drive the ball well, you can’t putt for birdies!
There is a lot of talk recently about method swings and method instructors. I shy away from these instructions and instructors. Some examples of a method swing are “One Plane”, “Stack and Tilt” and “Natural Golf”.
I believe that we are all made slightly different physically. It is these differences that cause us to move, walk, run, throw and swing differently than anyone else. When we perform any of these motions we use the areas of our bodies where we are strong and protect or guard areas where we are weak. For example, a person with a short, round build cannot and should not try to swing the club like someone who is tall and thin. It is therefore the instructor’s responsibility to recognize these differences and find what the student can and cannot do repeatedly and build a swing from the building blocks laid before him by each student.
An instructor must listen to his student and ask about their physical, emotional and psychological background as this will lead to finding the correct swing for that individual. For example, a person who has a history of back problems cannot swing like a younger person with no back problems.
A good instructor will recognize early in the lesson, how each student “learns”. That is, some students learn quicker with creative queues based on feel and timing and imagery, some may need to see their swing on video to understand. Other students may learn better allowing the club to move through a string of positions. It is the instructor’s job to find what clicks with each student and develop the lesson plan accordingly.
We have all heard “Practice makes perfect”. In golf, practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. If we continually practice old (bad) habits and poor technique we are just fortifying a bad swing.
While you want to use the same swing with every club in the bag (except the putter!), you should still practice with every club.
When you practice, you should practice with a plan or purpose, otherwise you are just exercising.
If given the option of practicing bad habits or not practicing, it is much better not to practice!
While practicing the short game is boring to some, it is one of the best ways to lower your score.
On given the option of a positive mindset or “beating balls”, the positive mindset is exponentially better than just practice.
A positive mindset will win out over talent in the long run.
The key to great performance is being comfortable in the situation. The key to developing that ease is in narrowing your focus and building and following a routine.
- WOODS -
Driver : 2017 Taylormade M1, 10 degree 440 head
#3 : Taylormade M2, 14.5 degrees | #5 : Taylormade M1, 19 degrees
- IRONS -
#3 : Taylormade M1 | #4 - #9 : Taylormade 770
Pitching Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge : Taylormade Milled High Bounce 48, 54 & 60
Putter : Taylormade Spider, Mid length
- DISTANCE -
Driver : ? | 3 Wood : 260 yards | Hybrid : 240 yards
3 Iron : 228 yards | 4 Iron : 213 yards | 5 Iron : 199 yards
6 Iron : 185 yards | 7 Iron : 172 yards | 8 Iron : 158 yards | 9 Iron : 143 yards
Pitching Wedge : 128 yards | Sand Wedge : 108 yards | Lob Wedge : 88 yards
Anderson Sets Course Record & Wins 2011 Section Championship
Anderson Claims 2011 Tower Tee Invitational
Anderson Takes First Major of 2011 at Annbriar GC
Private Clubs Magazine | October 2002
Competition Jitters, Focus on your swing thoughts
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