So I was happy to see a couple of good rounds of golf at the U.S. Open on Friday and Saturday. Never a big fan of the “death march” golf, where we watch the greatest talents in the world hack around a course, trying not to lose, rather than show casing just how good they are.
Yeah, I think it is worth while to have your clubs set correctly. I also think there are golf balls out there that at by far out perform others….
Some training should be easy. Easy for the mind and body. A bunch of training should be really
difficult to push you to the next level!
The drills I teach are “weakness exposing” drills…. They are
difficult by design. They are designed
to magnify any errors in your swing so that you can more easily identify them
and get rid of them. They are also
beneficial because it is almost impossible to create bad habits and get good
results while in the drills!
That’s awesome stuff!
Training tough also makes normal swings seem that much easier! I often have students hit shots out of divots
and dirt lies to not only teach them how to handle these difficult situations,
but also to make hitting off a nice lie seem like it’s laughably easy!!!
If it doesn’t break your spirit, training tough will make
you better faster!
This is a response to Nick’s question about TARGETS and short shots. My target is the hole on most all putts and chips, no question. Most chips are low running shots with no concern of where the ball originally lands (I know it will be safely on the green). I do my best to imagine the ball rolling into the cup! By definition, to roll in consistently, I have to have good speed (which would be a ball rolling 2-20 inches past the cup if you put a cover over the hole). So both line and speed are considered as I set up for my shot. The ultimate goal is the bottom of the cup.
Golf is difficult.
Learning golf can be fantastically frustrating because it is so
difficult to see any improvement early in your training. Golf can drive a seasoned player nuts because
the swing seems to change every day!
You’ll sometimes go from feeling like you can’t miss to having no clue
at all what will happen on the next shot!
training. For beginners, for higher
handicappers, for any golfer looking to improve their confidence I suggest
What that means is making it easy to see success while you
train. Use a tee to hit your 7,8, or 9
iron. Take less than a full swing! Work without a ball for a while just to feel
the rhythm of a smooth and balanced swing.
As we improve we swing harder, throw further, raise the basket,
would have your 5 year old shooting 3 pointers right away to a 10 foot high
basket! You’d encourage you youngster, but it would be
years before they would have any success!
They would create poor mechanics or give up in frustration! And I wouldn’t blame them!
full swing and a driver!
Train easy! It will
be more fun and build confidence in your game….
to use it! Sam Snead said he spent most
of his time on the range with his 9 iron.
He said he hit it well, knew he would hit it well, and build his confidence
with his entire game by hitting solid shots with a club he knew he could
hit… That sounds like genius to me!!!
Bad Targets tend to create bad swings…. If your target is the ball, you will tend to
strike at the ball rather than swing through it. If your target is up over a bunker, or water,
or “up the hill”, rather than forward, you’ll tend to attempt a lift in the
swing and a dip of the trailing shoulder causing the club to move off plane….
If your target is one of the “nots” (not right, not left, not fat, not thin),
you’ll tend to swing away from where you don’t want to go. These bad targets often cause exaggerated, or
over compensated moves in the swing that creating massive inconsistencies….
The toughest thing about the above targets is that THEY ALL
MAKE SENSE! I’m guilty of falling prey
to each of the above. Understanding bad
targets won’t completely rid you of making target errors, but will certainly
help you stay focused on the real target more often and correctly assess poor
swings. Grasping the importance of the
true target helps me focus on the golf course and range. Understanding the destructive power of bad
targets is an important piece in learning a golf swing.
Most golfers are slaves to mechanical thinking! One reason a golfer is never able to rid
themselves of swing thoughts that clutter and bind a golf swing is that they
are plagued with bad targets and never deal with them. We call swing fixed band aids because they
mask errors often caused by poor perceptions!!!! Change the target, and the swing will develop
One of the major goals of ATHLETIC GOLF is to free people up from the bondage of mechanical thinking. The premise being that we don’t learn to walk, ride a bike, or play baseball mechanically. GRAVITY GOLF, which is the understanding and building of a non-thinking swing, also offers the opportunity to PLAY GOLF, rather than THINK GOLF SWING.
This same weather in late July will be just another day. Right now…. it’s crazy hot! It’s heavy hot. The humidity weighs on you.
Saying golf is difficult is an understatement. Out of 50 shots hit on the range, how many of them do you hit just like you want? I know the number for me is extremely low.
One of the great things about being in the pro-shop on a busy afternoon is that I get to see a bunch of my students when they come off the golf course…. The emotions run from; “best round ever!” to “I’m just awful” almost every day.