Archives for December, 2020

Find Your Rhythm to Kill Your Early Release

I have played this game for over 50 years and love the challenge. I only break 80 once in a while so I’m always looking for ways to keep a consistent swing for every club in my bag. One of our blog followers asked if GOLFSTR+ could help him overcome EARLY RELEASE. My response reminded me how important your practice with training aids can be.

Swing rhythm and weight shift from your trailing foot to your leading foot during your transition can help you avoid YOUR EARLY RELEASE. Unfortunately the changing weight of each club and the mental pressure from your last shot often have an impact on your next shot.

Practicing with GOLFSTR+ will remind you to keep your leading arm straight. Your leading arm should stay straight in both your back-swing and your down-swing. That’s a good starting point to stop your early release. Following are 2 of the 6 training aid uses for GOLFSTR+

1/ Straight Arm Trainer
a. Feel it touching the back of your leading arm as you pull down to start your down swing.
b. That’s your mental reminder to prevent your EARLY RELEASE as you shift your weight to your leading foot.

2/ Lag Trainer
a. The pressure on your trailing forearm is the reminder to start your transition.
b. The rotation of your leading hip starts your weight shift.
c. Holding your cocked wrist as you start your down-swing stops your EARLY RELEASE.

A recent blog by Danny Maude gives us another great description on how to avoid EARLY RELEASE and generate more power:
a. Store It: Rotate your hips and shoulders as you cock your wrists to store energy.
b. Keep It: Load your weight from your trailing foot to your leading foot.
c. Release It: Start your down swing with your leading hip, shoulders and then arms. Release your wrists last to generate a wooosh at the bottom.

d. Say “One Hundred and One” to add rhythm to your swing.

When you release at the bottom of your swing you will definitely hear a WOOOSHing noise. GOLFSTR+ just gives a reminder to help you delay your release. The woooshing noise is just the proof that you got it right. Practice to get the sound and that feeling for the right release. Buy one today at www.GOLFSTR.com

Don’t be too serious about your game. Loosen up!
I hope you got some interesting Christmas presents like I did.
Happy New Year

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Allow Your Subconscious Mind to Take Control

Have you ever experienced an Out of Body SENSATION during your golf swing? It’s that moment when you get everything in sync for the perfect shot. Your subconscious mind seems to picture your swing in slow motion as it takes control of your body. I now realize that my brute force in my External Game of Golf is limiting my lower scores.

I decided to share these thoughts after I finished reading “The Inner Game of Golf”. Improve your game by letting your subconscious mind take control.

So many golfers, including myself, rush our backswing during the transition and never give our body time to start the shift of our weight to our leading foot at the top of our swing. Are you experiencing the following in your iron swings?
1/ You finish your swing falling back on your trailing foot.
2/ You rarely take any divot after the point where your ball rests.
3/ Your divot starts before your ball.
4/ The direction of your divot is never running up your target line.

Practical-golf.com provided this image. Impact your ball and then take your divot.

You need to slow down your transition and accelerate from the top of your swing. Danny Maude refers to this motion as swinging from “high to low” as your club falls DOWN through the ball. Your rushed, brute force swing from the top of your swing is killing your game.
a. Add rhythm to your swing by thinking 1, 2, 3 (with “2” at the top of your swing).
b. Force yourself to start the press forward (instead of backwards) at the top of your swing so that you WILL take a divot (or at least some grass) after the point where your ball is at rest.
c. Force yourself to finish your swing so that you are balancing on your leading foot and watching the amazing hit that you just made.

I know that many, including Tiger Woods, shift their minds into a yoga like trance where their subconscious takes over their swing. I’m not sure that I have described this correctly but I do know that it’s a subconscious experience. It’s that strange awareness when your mind takes control of your brute-force swing. Pros get this feeling on almost every shot.

Wouldn’t you like your ball to catapult off your club and vanish directly up your target line? Using your GOLFSTR+ to remind you to keep your leading arm straight is just a great starting point for perfect golf shots. Buy one today at www.GOLFSTR.com

Golf Truism #38 Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.

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Hip Press is Key for Your Success

If your lead hip is not starting to press forward at the top of your swing, your transition will not generate a powerful hit. All too often we lock our head and hips at the top of our swing and let our arms take over. That early arm action freezes our body so that we swing with our weight on our trailing foot. Your hip press or bump will start your weight shift to your leading foot.

When you complete a relaxed practice swing (before your muscles tense up for the main event), it’s so easy to allow your weight to start shifting to our leading foot. Unfortunately when we step forward to the ball your focus often changes. We all tend to think about putting a little more power into our swing. That extra power causes us to rush the start of our downswing – – – BEFORE we start to shift our weight to our leading foot.
To help you create a smooth transition, Clay at TopSpeedGolf.com made the following recommendations:

This image shows a light hip BUMP during the transition. It allows you to stay over the ball and to start opening your hips.
  1. At address: Stand nice & tall (but still in an athletic position). You want to begin by standing as upright (with knees bent) as you can and still reach the club to the ball. You’re going to want to squat lower as you launch down in your downswing, so starting with nice posture can keep you from feeling too low to the ground in the downswing.
  2. On the backswing: Activate your hips. If you rotate your hips in the backswing, not only does it help you load up on your leading foot, but it gives your hips momentum to open up through impact as you launch into a standing position.
  3. During the Transition: Push your lead foot into the ground (as you bump your hip forward). Newton’s 3rd Law says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, by pushing into the ground with your lead foot, it pushes your lead hip back (and open). This gives you room to swing through the ball. Opening your hips at impact allows you to power through your ball as you either launch your drives or skim some turf with your irons after the ball.
  4. As you follow through: You need to keep a shoulder tilt through impact. Your trailing shoulder should be tilted down. Focusing on this will ensure you’re staying in your athletic posture through impact.

When you get this right it feels like y o u a r e s w I n g I n g in s l o w m o t I o n. You can feel the leading edge of your club effortlessly power your ball up your target line. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to keep you leading arm straight through impact. Buy one today at www.GOLFSTR.com

Golf Truism #38 The nearest sprinkler head will be blank.

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The Importance of Your Mind Games

There is a fine line between a poor golf shot and a wonderful shot. Imagine the success in your game if you could perform the same swing with each club to impact exactly on the sweat spot of your club face and directly up your target line. An inch of impact error on your club face (up, down, out, in or any combination) or a few degrees off your target line can destroy any shot. When you consider the action required by every bone and muscle in your body, it’s actually amazing how we hit as many good shots as we do.

The human body is an imperfect machine but our brain somehow makes corrective actions to compensate for the different strengths of muscles on each side of our body. Past injuries like torn muscles, a strained tendon and broke bones all must have an impact on the way we swing a golf club. The older we get the more inconsistent our bodies become.


We are all frustrated with missed shots. But we all believe that golf perfection is within our grasp and that’s why we keep coming back to this game. YOU need a plan for consistency.

It’s risky to plan and then visualize your shot drawing into the green over water. Let your mind control your shot and enjoy the view.


How do We Maintain Consistency in our Swing?
1/ Have you ever noticed that you have played some of your best golf when you are injured with a muscle strain or playing in a mental fog while suffering with cold medication? Your new found success occurs when your mind is minimizing that monster inside your brain. Give yourself more time for a good backswing and time to follow through to a complete finish. Admire your shots.

2/ Why do they call Ernie Els “The Big Easy”? His backswing and transition are slow and in control. Slow down your backswing to give yourself time for hip and shoulder rotation as your wrists cock to create lag.

3/ Power does not come from a Fast Backswing: 100% of your power comes from the accelerating release of your arms and your wrists through the bottom of your downswing.

4/ Control Your Practice Swing: Train your muscles during your practice swing. Choose your target, visualize your shot and deliver the perfect practice swing with exactly the same power that you want when you step up to your ball and make exactly the same swing.

Minimize your mishits by duplicating your prefect practice swing. It’s all in you mind. Don’t change your cadence or power when you swing through your ball and up your target line. It’s that STUPID RUSH as the top that limits your weight transfer and creates your mishits. Practice with GOLFSTR+ as a reminder to feel your straight leading arm throughout your swing. Buy one today at www.GOLFSTR.com

Golf Truism #37: It always takes at least five holes to notice that a club is missing.

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Find Your Inner Game of Golf

We all struggle for perfection with our game of golf. That’s exactly why we love this game. Yes it’s a love hate relationship but you know that if you can par one hole you should be able to par all 18 holes on any given day. At least you hope to do that. I’ve been reading The Inner Game of Golf by Timothy Gallwey. He really has an amazing solution.


Self Doubt Is our Primary Stumbling Block
CONFIDENCE and TRUST for a consistent swing with every club is all we need to create SUCCESSFUL GOLF SWINGS. Unfortunately we live with 2 alter egos: Self 1 that controls how we TRY for success and Self 2 that OPENS OUR MIND for success. You can’t be thinking about your past swing failures. You need to get rid of mental stress by replacing it with a simple thought that’s easy to accomplish.

Of course you need to know the basics of the proper club selection, grip and setup for your irons, hybrids, woods and driver. You also need the skill to read a green and choose a target line. All of that can be learned with lessons and practice. Where we all fall down is during our swing when nervous tension destroys our rhythm and execution with any club or putter.

If you focus on the top 10 (or 100) moves that you need to execute and then try to join the dots in your mind, you build up panic and emotion that destroys any swing. That’s exactly why Brooks Koepka says that he has “NO thought in his mind when he swings”. He knows his target and the shape of his shot. That wonderful feeling is all he needs to execute his shot.

Charles Barkley was a wonderful basketball players but he can’t melt all of his thoughts into a simple golf swing. He needs to allow his inner self to release his swing.

Professional golfers spend years taking lessons and practicing every type of shot with every club in their bag. Competitive matches just add an extra level of stress that recreational players will never experience. But the moment of truth happens for every shot we take. How do you calm down your brain for every swing?

Take Your Brain out of the Equation
Take the pressure for success off your shoulders. On the tee or fairway after you choose your target line and setup for your shot, just think about an easy task like tossing a ball at your target or on the green think about stooping to pick your ball out of the hole. I like the idea that Jack Nicklaus only visualized the ball fight for his next shot. Give yourself a simple mental task to relax and calm your mind as you execute your shot.

I have learned that my best shots always happen when I know that I can layup to an easy location. It take all of the pressure off so that I just use 1 extra club so that I can easily reach my target with an 80% swing. To let your inner self (Self 2) execute your swing, Gallwey suggests that we just say “Dah, Dah, Dah” for your takeaway, impact and follow-through. That removes any time to think about specific motions for the swing. Your unconscious mind will taking over.

I will report back to you as I transition from my current method to the Gallwey Method. My mental triggers are: “1,2,3” or “out, lag, in” to force me to take more time for my (1) wide takeaway and (2) flat wrist lag before my (3) shallow downswing and impact up my target line. I developed the “1,2,3” method to block my mind from external thoughts. I’d love to hear back from our followers on your thoughts and successes.

Learn the fine points of your swing with every club in your bag using GOLFSTR+ to improve your swing and take the pressure off your game. Buy one today at www.GOLFSTR.com.

Golf Truism #36: The ball always lands where the pin was yesterday.

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