Tag Archives | Becoming a Better Player

Why is it so Hard to Change?

If there is one thing that comes up most often in lessons I give to any level of player it concerns the difficulty in changing from an existing technique that is not providing satisfactory results to one that makes you a better player. This could include work on putting and all the facets involved with making putts (stroke mechanics, green reading ability, speed control, routine, mental approach), work on swing mechanics (how to hit every shot better and more consistently), short game technique (all types of pitches and chips, bunker play, shot selection, visualization), and a general approach to practice and playing that allows the player to raise the level of his or her game. Why is this so hard […]

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On Going Out To Practice

So you’ve figured out your schedule for the day and what do you know, you have time to get out to the range for some practice. The first thing to do is to decide how to budget the time you have. There is no set way to divide up your practice time. You need to assess what has been going on with your golf game up to this moment and address what most needs to be addressed. If you are hitting the ball terribly, by all means plan on spending most of your time hitting balls. If your short game has recently been horrible, pick the shots you have been the worst at and spend some time with them. You […]

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Myths and Misconceptions: How Conventional Wisdom Keeps You From Getting Better

In the course of a day’s teaching I always marvel at the utter uniqueness of each case I deal with. Each golfer that comes to me for help has an entirely different personality, physical makeup, personal history, level of athletic ability, and learning capability. Each hour I reboot the computer and start over with a fresh batch of swing flaws, which may start right with the grip and set-up, then proceed to takeaway problems, backswing problems, transition problems, downswing problems, and impact problems. The game is so difficult, and the technique so complex, that literally no one is without something in their swing, some movement or position, that they would like to improve. And while over the course of teaching […]

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Golf’s Greatest Misconceptions

When people ask how it is that I can stand out on the practice tee and teach for eight or nine hours without getting bored, frustrated, or exhausted, I give them an answer that comes straight from the heart: teaching is interesting, challenging, and fascinating, and a full day of lessons simply flies by.

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PRACTICE AND PLAY: What’s The Difference?

Each of our golf swings function as a unit, a whole item built around practiced and somewhat grooved feel that requires a minimum of thought. The swing you use when you think the least can be termed your “natural swing’. In almost every case (unless you’ve won a couple of U.S. Opens) the natural swing is one the golfer would like to improve.

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9 Reasons to Believe You Can Actually Become A Better Golfer

I have always opined that success breeds confidence, instead of the other way around. In other words, confidence is not something that can be created simply by thinking or acting confidently: there needs to be real reasons to feel confident.

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How to Improve Over the Winter

Getting better at golf is the focus of most of my writing in one fashion or another, and since the cold days of winter make it even harder to do the things necessary to improve I figure that focusing on spending the winter constructively would definitely be a good idea. First, let’s make a quick list of general things that would help anyone improve, then see how winter would affect the golfer’s ability to implement these items…

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Golf for the Long Term

In my 25 years as a teaching pro I have preached at length to students and to the readers of my columns about the value of limiting goal setting to one in particular

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