Archives for May, 2018

Golf is 3 Games in 1

Yes, it’s 3 games that you play against yourself on every hole that you play.  If you think of it this way, it will help you perform better on every round you play.  Game 1 is: drives landing in the fairway. Game 2 is: hitting Greens In Regulation (GIR)Game 3 is: avoiding 3 putts.  Of course hitting it close for a 1 putt green is a bonus.  The best part of this approach is that every hole is a new set of games that you play against yourself.

When your play these “games”, keep your score by placing a dot in the upper left corner of your score card square for each hole where your drive lands in the fairway (or in a good location for your second shot).  Place a dot in the upper right corner if you hit the green in regulation (or a good putting location).  Enter your number of putts in the lower right corner.   As you improve your totals for each of the 3 games, your scores will drop.

Driving Game: In this game you should pay attention to the shape of your shot and the shots that give you the best distance.  Of course the longer the shot the easier it is to hit your GIR.

>A longer swing path with a straight leading arm does not have to reach horizontal in the backswing.  Just make sure that you force your shoulder rotation in the backswing with a straight leading arm to build power in your swing.

>Limit your backswing so that you can keep your head down and eye on the ball (without bending your leading arm).   If you focus on keeping your leading arm straight, over time your will improve your shoulder rotation and increase your distance.  Swinging with a straight leading arm is critical for consistent hits but it takes time to change from a baseball swing to a golf swing.

>Start your down swing with your hip. Swing from the inside up the slot by flattening your swing plane to hold your lag and whip your club up the slot for more power.  Jim McLean does this with a slight loop at the top: swing straight back and create a slight loop at the top to swing on a lower plane up the slot from the inside to outside across the ball.

GIR Game: It’s all about direction control.  You know the club that should reach the green, so choose a less lofted club and swing with slightly less speed & a lot more control.   If there are too many hazards around the green or the green is too elevated, land your shot in a safe area where you can chip your next shot close to the hole to make sure that you minimize your putts.

Green Game: Getting 1 putt on a green is wonderful but your goal is to avoid 3 putt greens.

>Reading the right break is critical to minimize your second putt.  You can only learn this with practice and getting a feel for the speed of the green for each day when you play.

>Practice the swing speed that you know will pass the hole by up to a feet (even if you are only 1 or 2 feet from the hole) to avoid direction changes from bumps and the major break as the ball slows down.  [Stop trying to make the perfect putt to die into the hole.  Get that out of your mind.] Then step up and make the same swing (before your muscles freeze up and your mind starts to think up excuses to miss the putt— stay focused).

>Don’t stand over the ball thinking for 5 seconds like Jason Dufner at the Players on the 18th hole where he missed a 3 foot putt and then a 2 foot putt.  Nerves caused him to short-putt on many of his closing holes before the 18th.  Those 2 putts missed on the 18th cost him $770,000 by moving from second to a tie for 5th.


Golf  is a game that you play against yourself.  Play these 3 games on every hole and forget about what your partners are doing.  Total your scores on all 3 games so that you can set your own personal records.  The more you play these games, the lower your score will drop. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to improve your swing with all 6 swing fixes.  Buy one today at

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Is your Face or Path Killing Shots ?

It is amazing to watch the flight path of golf balls when they uses a tracer line during tournament broadcasts on TV. The balls start out left or right and then draw or fade before they drop out of the sky. Occasionally we even see the dreaded straight ball when least expected. Unfortunately recreational golfers tend to make more dramatic hooks and slices. You will never be a good golfer if you don’t know how to control your impact direction as well as your draw or fade.

The following descriptions are all from a right handed golfer’s point of view.

Control Your Ball’s Flight Path
CLUB FACE DIRECTION is responsible for 85% of the INITIAL direction of the ball. So a closed club face will pull left and an open club face will push right at the point of impact. Choosing your club face direction at setup is only half of your problem. As your grip pressure changed more with one hand or the other during you back and down swing, you may be changing your club face direction. That’s why a light to moderate grip pressure with both hands allows your leading wrist to return to the identical setup direction at impact.

Get ride of that slice. Close your club face slightly at setup and make sure that you are swinging from the inside to out across your ball for a nice draw.

Unfortunately SWING PATH can cause most of the SHAPE of your shot to curve left or right. Your swing path at the point of impact causes side spin. Golf swing path causes the ball to travel in the opposite direction as the club face smashes across the surface of the ball.
Swinging from inside of your target line to outside of your target line (away from your body), will spin your ball back to the left side of your target line.
Swinging from (over the top) outside of your target line and across your ball to the inside of the target line, will slice your ball to the right of your target line.

Recreational Golfer’s Solution
Most recreational golfers tend to slice the ball. If your club face is open at impact and your swing path is from (over the top) outside to in, you are guaranteed to create a major slice. A tight grip will just guaranty a major slice.

1/ Setup with a light grip pressure and stay consistent throughout the swing.
2/ Swing wide and up to the top so that you will loop and swing from the inside, up the slot or up the target line.
3/ An alternate suggestion is to take your trailing foot 2 inches back of the line parallel to your target line.
4/ Keep your eye on the ball through impact or you will lift your swing plane and slice or top the ball.
5/ Finish Your Swing: Complete your swing up your target line into a balanced finish as your watch your amazing shot draw into your target line.

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Let Your Club do the Work!

Have you ever wondered why the harder you swing the worse the result? It has to do with your mind as your game progresses. If you are “tight” when you start your round, you tend to swing with a tight grip, tight wrists and tight muscles in your arms. You try to “muscle” your swing with your arms. You can get so much more out of every swing if you loosen up your body and your shoulder rotation. Let the weight of your club do the work as it releases or whips through the ball.

You may be rushed to get to the course or the weather may be cold, windy and wet but why should we be so uptight; swing with brute force; grip it and rip it and swing harder & faster . Yes, they are all negative for our games and we need to find a way to overcome these problems every time we setup for a swing.

Webb Simpson won the Players with a calm and focused mind. He did it by hitting fairways and greens and you can do it too.

Here is a basic list of thoughts to keep in our minds every time we play a round of golf. It’s all about letting your body relax and letting your clubs do the work.

Arrive Relaxed: Avoid rushing to the golf course with hard rock music playing on the radio. Running to the first tee will get your blood pumping but the results will be a disaster.

Stretch Exercises: Stretch the night before, hours before your tee time as well as within 30 minutes of your tee time. The closer you get to your tee time the more dynamic your stretching should be: Leg swings, swing 2 clubs in both directions and bent trunk rotations.

Weather Check: If it’s cool or windy, dress for warmth or give your mind a wind reality check. Accept the fact that there is wind: change your club selection according to the direction of the wind. Don’t rush or shorten your back swing as the wind will tend to put your mind in a hyper active state. [Believe me it is much worse when you wear hearing aids.]

Calm and Relaxed: Use a consistent setup and always start it with a deep relaxing breathe to calm your mind and muscles. I see Phil Mickelson and many other pros do it and you should too..

Relaxed Grip: Before every swing, check that you don’t have a death grip on your club. Squeezing your grip will tighten your wrists and your arms. It also kills your release.

Let your Club Lag Naturally: When your muscles are relaxed, you can feel the weight of the head of each club in your backswing. [Don’t muscle through your swing!] Let the weight of the head of your club feel heavy as it creates a natural lag with your relaxed wrists. Then start your down swing with your hips as you unwind your torso and arms and you finally whip your wrists through impact.

The end of your grip is flared so that you can use a light grip with your hands and avoid letting the club slip out of your hands. Practice every swing in your game with GOLFSTR+ before your round to feel the weight of your club head. Let it do the work during every swing. If you can’t feel the weight of your club head during your back swing, you are gripping too hard. Practice with GOLFSTR+ and buy one today at

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Bring YOUR Brain When You Golf

I have often read that you should clear your mind and then just swing your club for the perfect result. DON’T BELIEVE IT. That may work if you are a robot but you will not be successful if you are not focused on a simple swing thought. Each golfer needs his own triggers to make the right swing for the shot that you want. Without mental preparation you are headed for DISASTER!

Don’t fall back into your old swing problems. This often happens after you par or birdie a hole and step up to the next tee feeling invincible. [Its called the “PBSU- Post Birdie Screw-Up” ] You forget to focus on the swing that will create the shot that you want. You swing a little faster and boom – there goes that dreaded slice or hook or topped ball. What were you thinking?   NOTHING ?

Successful golfers use their brain to plan and feel every swing. Use your key swing thought to control your swing for each shot.

If the game of golf was a no-brainer, you would par every hole. You really do need to focus on the game to make every shot count. Your mind needs to be focused on a SIMPLE PLAN FOR EACH SHOT

Know Your Big Miss. Are you: Slicing, Hooking, Duck Hooking, Topping or Hitting it Fat?

If you don’t know what causes each of these shots, then you better find out by taking a lesson or checking it out on the internet. Take your solution to the range and practice the right swing. Most swing problems are caused by swinging too hard and too fast. We all do it. DON’T starting your swing with shoulder rotation at the top which will create an outside to inside swing path and you will probably fall back as your follow-through (which also causes you to top your ball).

Interesting Result as seen On the Golf Channel
During a recent tournament the commentators remarked that they could not see a difference in the slow motion, side by side, replay of the tournament leader (Maverick McNealey) with a downwind, perfect drive on a hole as compared to a drive into the wind which was pulled low and into the rough a few holes later.

So I replayed the side by side video about 20 times to look for changes in his swing. I could see very slight changes in the speed of the takeaway; the position at the top and the swing path down to the ball but the important change was a slight “over the top” early shoulder rotation at the start of his transition. The wind must have been playing tricks with his mind.

My POINT here is that there is very little difference between a perfect shot and a bad shot. Use your mind to focus on the swing that you want in order to make the shot.

Use Your Memory and Mind to Plan your Swing
Before you make each shot: select the right club that will reach your target when you swing at 90% of your swing speed; take that 90% practice swing with a balanced finish; setup comfortably up to the ball and execute your planned swing.

I say words in my mind to slow my swing down for both the practice swing and my planned swing: “Sweep Innn Pose”. [“Sweep Innnn” during my controlled takeaway with wrist lag and a reminder to start my down swing by pushing in with my hip as I swing from inside. “Pose” is the reminder to impact as I say the letter P and hold my balanced finish.]  Saying words in your mind will eliminate other thoughts and will control the tempo for your swing.

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Is Tiger Over the Hill at 42?

I think NOT!  We should all take a lesson from Tiger on things you may want to do or NOT do to be successful in golf. We all know that Tiger was on the edge of beating Jack Nicklaus and every other golfer in most of the important records in golf. Now that it appears that Tiger is back on the right path, let’s take stock of the changes that he had to make to get back on track.

I got on Tigers Band Wagon when he turned 42 in December 2017, about 11 months after his last spinal fusion operation. He placed 9th out of 18 pros participating in the Hero World Challenge. That was pretty amazing but it was miraculous that he had more birdies than anyone of the other competitors. Sure he had some bogies that put him in 9th place but his success proved that he has the skills to drive, chip and putt, just like the good old days. All he has to do is improve his consistency and he will be a winner.

At 59, in 2009, Tom Watson missed winning The Open when he missed 2 shots on the final hole. It was a mental collapse but his success shows us all that a win is always possible when you are older than 30. Sure there have been 8 different winners this year so far and a lot of them are in their 20’s but Tiger is gunning for them.

Rory McIlroy said that it would be the greatest comeback in sports history if Tiger won the Masters. Unfortunately he placed tied for 32. The pressure at that tournament was still beyond Tiger. But there is hope as he can still create miracle shots. He just has to put more of them together.

Tiger and Stevie remember so many great shots. This is definitely a Sunday round in his traditional red shirt. (2005 with a chip-in on the 16th at Augusta to win his 4th Masters)

A recent PGA weekly blog by the 2013 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Lou Guzzi stated: “Tiger Woods is excelling with a focus on ‘feel.’ He’s not overthinking. He’s imagining the shot he wants to hit and then he hits it.”

Guzzi mentioned a funny story about one time when the great Bobby Jones was asked what he thought about when he swung a club. Replied Jones: “The last thing that worked.” That is exactly where Tiger needs to be (and what we all need to do).  USE YOUR MIND TO REMEMBER SUCCESS AND THEN DO IT. Keep your focus on the feel for each shot. Remember your great shots and then just duplicate that calm, focused swing.

Tiger knows this. His focus is on the feel for the shot but even more important is the consistency of the shot that he is trying to make. It’s a reminder for all of us to not let our minds take over with a killer swing that will ruin our shots.

Prediction:  Tiger Will Win (if not this week, soon)
Tigers returns to Quail Hollow and the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship this week in Charlotte, N.C. His last win was on this course in 2007. It was his 57th career victory. The then-31-year-old Woods finished with a 13-under 275, the lowest score in the history of the tournament at that time. I’m expecting at least a top 3 finish this week for Tiger.

Tiger is not over the hill! He and you can control every shot with mental focus and an internal feel for the shot you want to make. Practice with GOLFSTR+ and achieve those same great shots when you take your game to the course. Buy one today at

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