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Golf Swing tip – Yours Is Good Enough

golf swing tipIf you watch the Golf Channel or read any of the magazines and books on golf, it will be very hard for you to miss the basic theme that  “There is a perfect swing and you will do the most for your game by trying to get it”. Even when you watch a tournament on TV, you see the commentators participate in this conspiracy by showing us frame-by-frame analysis of the pro and critiquing his/her every move. Now, maybe we can give the TV guys a break because they are just trying for some entertainment value and let’s face it, most of us are interested in the details of the swing because we’ve been brainwashed by years of this theme.

For many years, I too was a “swing zombie” in my quest to improve my golf game. I even participated with a group of golfers that  all had our swings videotaped and then we critiqued each other in a classroom setting. The feedback I received from all of us watching my swing ran from “very smooth” to “way off-kilter”. Everybody had a differing opinion of many of the swings that we watched and at least for me, it only confused me more.

Craigsidesaddle2In my younger years, I had a typical amateur slice swing that obviously came out of my years of playing baseball and softball. In those days, I would just aim for the left edge of any fairway and I could count on the ball moving left to right, at worst ending up in the right rough but usually hitting the fairway.  I enjoyed playing golf those days but I always felt that something was missing. So when I could finally afford it,I decided to take a set of lessons from a pro. Of course I told him that I wanted to get rid of my slice swing and he asked me back “are you sure?”.

This answer kind of shocked me but he was a very good instructor and by the end of the lessons, I was able to hit the ball out of bounds both ways, left and right. I figured that it would just be a matter of time until I “dialed” in to hitting it straight. To make the story short, 5 years later and I was still “dialing” and getting wrong numbers (ob, jail, water,no score improvement, etc.).

golf swing tips photoLooking back, I honestly believe now that if I had stuck with my old left to right swing and just used the rest of what I learned from the pro, that I would have improved significantly. Why? Because I was a typical golfer and not a 12 handicapper trying to become a single-digiter (a good golfer trying to become a great one). Studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of amateur golfers shoot in the 90’s or above for men and it’s over 100 for women.

If you are in that group, then you really should be working on parts of your game that will give you far more efficient score improvement for the time and effort spent. This would primarily be in the area of the short game and the mental game.

U.S. Open Previews - Day TwoThis is absolutely true for the average golfer but it may be true for all golfers as well. There is loads of evidence on the pro tours that the ones making the money are those best at chipping and putting. The golf research guru himself, Dave Pelz, actually followed tour players around for years taking detailed statistics and he proved it (see, My Short Game Bible). In addition to that, there are too many pros to list that admit that their swing is not “technically correct” or maybe not even very good…BUT THEY WIN TOURNAMENTS!

Swing Golf TipsLook at Jim Furyk, 2003 U.S. Open winner. He actually has a big loop in his backswing. Lee Trevino always told people that they should not copy his swing. Even Jack Nicklaus says in his books that he wasn’t a very good ball striker. Bruce Lietzke has won tournaments on the PGA and Senior tours playing his left-to-right shot his whole career – And he says he rarely practices! On top of that, the tours are littered with past champions that totally lost their game AFTER they tried to change it for the better.  And now they are begging their sports psychologist to help them “find” their old swing.

I have talked to PGA golf instructors that say it’s their clients that want the swing advice (just like I did) even when they recommend working some other part of their game first. So maybe it’s our own fault in creating the current situation where average scores of amateurs have not dropped one stroke in the last 50 years despite the advances in equipment technology.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you are a total beginner, maybe you should start out with learning the basics of the golf swing with a lesson. But if you’re hitting it solid most of the time,  you are good to go for a real scoring quest as more swing advice is not the quickest way for you to drop your score. There is just so much more that you can do, on and off the course, that will pay you back in saved strokes for far less time spent than “fixing” your swing. Most of us have precious little free time that we can work to improve our games so why not work on that which will give us the greatest bang for our (time) buck?

And so, let me be the first to make a pledge to the golf spirit inside me (I always thought that golf is like religion):
“I for one, do solemnly swear that I will not pay attention to any swing advice of any sort until I can score in the 70’s consistently with the swing I have (and maybe not even then)”.

Greens and fairways!


Golf swing tipsDo you still really think that the only way to get better at this game is to take lessons and then practice until your hands bleed? Does that work? Sometimes for some people. At the beginner level, yes, you need to get the basics down and develop a decent swing. But what of all those millions of golfers around the world that have a decent swing…that have taken lessons…that have had plenty of great shots before.

Why can’t you put together 18 holes of good golf if you can put together 3 or 4?….You can!

Now, go with me here a minute…you’ve produced a great shot before with a given club right?

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So you know that the problem is not with your body unless the body has significantly changed since you had that shot right?

So if that’s not the problem, what is? I don’t think I have to tell you. I think your clubs know the answer since they don’t change from shot to shot.

As I write this and you read this, I am reminded of a friend who recounted to me about a story that Jack Nicklaus dad used to tell about young Jack. It seems that Jack never did think he had the best or prettiest swing on the tour. And, he didn’t think he had the most talent.He just KNEW he was going to make a putt…or a perfect swing…or win the tournament.

Would you like to get some of that? Break 80 Without Practice

Your Emotions Determine your Golf Score

golf emotionsYour Score is Determined by

How You Feel

Today, let’s get down and dirty about the word “feel” and how I apply it to golf the “Without Practice” way so you can shave some strokes effortlessly this weekend. You know deep down if not at the top of your head, that when you feel good, you will perform or act your best in anything right? Most of us struggle with our feelings because we just let them occur based on whatever is happening in our lives at the time.

For instance, if you just get news that you got a raise at work, you are going to have a great feeling for some time after correct? This is a great time to get out on the course as your bio-computer (brain) is now in the optimum condition for performance. Nobody denies this and yet we go out on the course and choose to say and do things that destroy our optimum performance potential.

I am becoming more and more convinced the longer I play this game that how we “feel” during our round determines the variation from our average score more than anything else. What I mean by feel is our STATE. Remember that word STATE from CD3? STATE is physiology plus internal representation. It’s short for “state of being.” So what if we can do things to affect our state just the same as receiving the news that we got a raise at work? We can!

happy golferRecently, I shot my best round of the year at 1 under par. As I teach people to really dig into how they “felt” when they played a great round, I took notes and after the round really went over the things I was thinking, how my body was responding, what did I eat, what were my eyes seeing, etc. You need this information to help build your optimal state. Once built, you can rebuild it in the future since you now have the blueprint or instructions. WE need to pay far more attention to when we play well than when we don’t!

Many golfers completely dissect their rounds afterward replaying their bad shots over and over in their minds trying to figure out what went wrong. This only serves to implant suggestions in our unconscious mind that that is how we play. Not good for future rounds. Remember: “as a man think, so shall he become” and other quotes like that? It all stems from the concept of the duality of our mind; the subconscious and the conscious functions. Once we get this, we can do a lot toward the mental side of our game to reach our potential.

state of mindI used to take advice from the magazines that say you have to keep track of your Greens in regulation, how many putts you had, how many sand saves etc. and then “identify” my weaknesses. Again, not good since putting the focus on the negatives only gives them power and the repetition of thinking about them starts to solidify in your unconscious. Remember that your unconscious doesn’t know the difference between a positive or negative thought, it just accepts that which it is most convinced of by repetitive thought or action. And besides, I don’t need a scorecard to remind me of my weaknesses on a given round. I know what they are after every round and I can usually pin it down to something I did or didn’t do prior to hitting the ball in my pre-shot routine. (I discuss the crucial elements on CD 1)

positive golferWhat you need to start doing right now, next round, is really zero in on the things that go well. Make little celebrations in your mind (be humble with your partners) when you hit a great shot. Turn on the positive emotions and show a big smile when you sink that long putt! Take mental, if not paper and pen, notes on anything worth remembering when you do anything that puts you into that “feel good” state.


Create an anchor that you do every time you hit a shot exactly the way you planned it just like the ringing buzzer that Pavlov’s dogs were trained to salivate to.

When you have bad shots, immediately analyze it afterward, see what you can learn from it and then FORGET IT! It will do you no good whatsoever to hold onto it. You know that your swing is different from day to day as all the pros also complain about. So what benefit can be gained from going over bad shots that could be gone the next day without even trying? Save the analyzing for the range if you do have time to practice. If not, then just keep pounding your subconscious with images of you accomplishing the little things you had trouble with until your next round. That is the “Without Practice” way.

Greens and fairways!


Golf swing tipsDo you still really think that the only way to get better at this game is to take lessons and then practice until your hands bleed? Does that work? Sometimes for some people. At the beginner level, yes, you need to get the basics down and develop a decent swing. But what of all those millions of golfers around the world that have a decent swing…that have taken lessons…that have had plenty of great shots before.

Why can’t you put together 18 holes of good golf if you can put together 3 or 4?….You can!

Now, go with me here a minute…you’ve produced a great shot before with a given club right?

So you know that the problem is not with your body unless the body has significantly changed since you had that shot right?

Steve Little, Bloomington IL

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So if that’s not the problem, what is? I don’t think I have to tell you. I think your clubs know the answer since they don’t change from shot to shot. As I write this and you read this, I am reminded of a friend who recounted to me about a story that Jack Nicklaus dad used to tell about young Jack. It seems that Jack never did think he had the best or prettiest swing on the tour. And, he didn’t think he had the most talent. He just KNEW he was going to make a putt…or a perfect swing…or win the tournament.

Would you like to get some of that? Break 80 Without Practice

Have you heard it all before? Have you taken lesson after lesson and you’re still stuck at your old scoring level? Why is that? Why do some folks seem to make this game sooo easy and others struggle beyond belief.

What if you could play golf with the attitude of Fred Couples? What if you could shrug off your worst nightmare rounds and play at your highest level immediately after?

Have you heard the old saying that we only use 10% of our mind power? Whether it’s 5% or 10% or 20%, you know it’s definitely true as you have experienced times in your life, on and off the course where you have had absolute flashes of brilliance and wondered why you can’t do it all the time…guess what? You can!If you’ve hit a great shot with your clubs just once before, there is absolutely no reason you can’t do it again. What do you do differently when you don’t repeat a great shot? I’ll tell you…you run your mind a certain way that produces those results…simple.Break 80 Without Practice

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Intro to The Mental Game of Golf

The quality of your golf game is equal to the quality of your communication…with yourself!

In this article, we are going to begin the process of learning how we can use our mind better for our game. You shouldn’t need to be convinced of the paybacks we can get in this area for cutting your score right? Developing your mental game is definitely using the Pareto Principle as we can spend so little time and energy here and gain big efficiencies toward reducing our score. And especially getting everything we can out of ourselves and not just for our golf but for the rest of our lives as well, this info is actually applicable to just about anything we want to achieve in our lives.

It’s very exciting and again, the beauty of it all is that what I’m going to tell you does not take much time. We’ve got spare in between moments throughout our regular day and we can take advantage of them because we are just working with our brain. A club in the hand isn’t even necessary! And you can work these concepts into your game anywhere, at home, at the office, even while driving!

If you would have asked Sam Snead, or Byron Nelson who their mental coach or golf psychologist is when they were playing, they would have looked at you with a blank stare and said “what are you talking about?” Up until recently, there were none.

The 1st time I’d heard about mental coaches for golf was when I was listening to an interview on sports radio while I was living in Portland, Oregon in 1995. PGA pro Peter Jacobsen, who is from that area, had just won at Pebble Beach and Buick Invitational after a long period where he didn’t win anything. He was asked what happened, what he did to so dramatically improve his game to be at the top of the tour again after a long dry spell. He said he had spent time with a sports psychologist. In those wins and his other top finishes that year, he putted unbelievably well, even by tour standards. One of the things he said that the psychologist had him do was to practice his putting, for an hour a day.without a ball. Wow, do you have the discipline to do that? I don’t know if I do either.

Golf Brain

We all know that we use only a fraction of our brainpower. What if we could use more? We can.

We’re going to have a lot of fun with this and it’s where I give the greatest credit to my getting into the 70’s and my client’s scoring improvements. I mean imagine, I go 25 years or so of hacking up courses, spraying shot everywhere, shooting in the 90’s. I even took lessons and that still didn’t do it and then I read a couple of books that aren’t even about golf that jumped me to the next level.

Now, you may hear or read about some golf psychologist or teaching pro saying that they don’t believe you can just read a book, not practice “correct” mechanics and then get that much better at sports performance, but I ‘m here to tell you I and many others have done it, and I had no help from anyone. So I KNOW you can too because of your human potential. You are human right? That’s the only pre-requisite here.

So how did I start all this? In my teens, I took a course in college called “interpersonal communications” and was introduced to a couple of psychology books. This info has been around for a while folks but it’s just as valid today as then. Some of it even refers to concepts learned centuries ago from some of the great philosophers. I’m reading them thinking: “where have I been that I ‘ve never seen this before?” Well, looking back, I’d say I was stuck in the typical golfer rut of getting as much mechanical instruction as I could get and then I had to practice it regularly to get better. Except, that didn’t work!

Anyway, our project in that class was to try to change something in our life using what we learned. I was extremely shy about speaking in public like many people and so I attempted to use the concepts but I didn’t stick with it! I gave it a quick try and proclaimed it to be a failure like many of us do when discovering a new concept. I then forgot all about it until years later when I had that “meltdown” round of 112 and started to look for something different otherwise I’d still consider myself insane by Albert Einstein’s criteria right? So I picked up those books again and gave it a real try this time and like magic, it did wonders for my game! I was as shocked about it as anyone.

All of psychology agrees that it typically takes 21 days to change a habit and that’s for minor changes. It can take longer if you’re going to do any major reprogramming. But, the key is consistency. You have to do these exercises every day. Missing days will just prolong the results you’re looking for. Now don’t worry, these “exercises” I’m talking about are very easy and fun.

Craig Sigl

I know you’ve all heard the old saying that we only use 10% of our brainpower. I’m not so sure that number is true but it is a fact that we have untapped potential up there. Some of the top Olympic competitors and professional athletes are finding out how to tap into this. They’ve done it, they’ve put the concepts to use.What if we could grab some of that too? What of the possibilities?

That’s the main reason why sport records keep getting broken, it’s because we keep finding new ways to use our mind to make our body perform better and this is part of it.

Since those first 2 books, I’ve studied many more and found that there are recurrent themes running throughout all of them and the biggest one is that we want to develop rapport with our unconscious mind. When we do that, we can play golf with our unconscious mind that is far more consistent than the conscious.

How do we do that?

Well, there’s more than a few opinions and modalities developed to do just that and I’ve explored and am continuing to research them. I’ve already mentioned Hypnosis, NLP, and also Accelerated Learning techniques. I’ll write more on each of these in coming articles too but before that, you need to understand first how our mind operates. Stay tuned…

Greens and fairways!


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Have you heard it all before? Have you taken lesson after lesson and you’re still stuck at your old scoring level? Why is that? Why do some folks seem to make this game sooo easy and others struggle beyond belief.

What if you could play golf with the attitude of Fred Couples? What if you could shrug off your worst nightmare rounds and play at your highest level immediately after? Break 80 Without Practice

Have you heard the old saying that we only use 10% of our mind power? Whether it’s 5% or 10% or 20%, you know it’s definitely true as you have experienced times in your life, on and off the course where you have had absolute flashes of brilliance and wondered why you can’t do it all the time…guess what? You can! If you’ve hit a great shot with your clubs just once before, there is absolutely no reason you can’t do it again. What do you do differently when you don’t repeat a great shot? I’ll tell you…you run your mind a certain way that produces those results…simple.Break 80 Without Practice

If you would like to begin to unlock the secrets to the other 90% that you are leaving on the table of your performance, you need to check out:

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These CD’s are a goldmine of modelling what has worked for the most successful people on the planet in all sorts of endeavors. Craig Sigl has brought these secrets into the realm of the golf world with astounding results. You’ve never heard anything like this before!

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Hi Craig, I’ve just been listening to your CDs AGAIN! How did you manage to cram all of that info into just 4 CDs?! It’s incredible. Next time I need to get my notepad out and write down some of the great stuff you have on there. I could spend the rest of my life researching golf and would not have found half the information you have recorded. A truly excellent job. I now recommend it to all those who read my book “Golf Swing Eureka!!”
Cheers, Jon

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Handicapped golfer Ed Furgol inspires you

Hogan, Snead, Nelson beaten by journeyman, Ed Furgol

After his great victory at Baltusrol in the U.S.Open, Cary Middlecoff, no mean shotmaker himself, paid Furgol a great compliment by saying, “Ed can hit any kind of a shot with as good technique as any player today.”

IN THE WORLD OF GOLF, the name Furgol is a synonym for courage, fortitude and guts. From the time he was 12 years old Ed Furgol never had an outside chance of playing good golf. He had no right to aspire to be a golf professional and an outstanding one. He shouldn’t even have dreamed of winning the greatest of all championships, the United States Open.

Yet he did all of those things. It is a saga of a man overcoming a severe handicap which has set an example for every golfer to follow. If Ed Furgol could accomplish so much despite a seemingly insurmountable physical deficiency, then every man and woman alive should take great heart.

A Tragic Accident

The story stems back to a tragic day in New York Mills, N. Y., on the outskirts of Utica. Two weeks before his twelfth birthday a little Polish boy was swinging on a playground trapeze. He fell. The left arm was broken and the youngster walked an excruciating mile to his home with the bone protruding through the flesh of his upper arm. The local doctor did his best to repair the damage but when the cast was removed two months later, his heart fell. The arm had not set properly.

A year and two desperate operations later the boy was told the terrible news. His left arm never would return to normal. The elbow had set into bent rigidity and the arm would be six inches shorter than his right arm.

Even worse, atrophy had set in the extensor muscles of the injured arm from elbow to shoulder and the boy would go through life with that area withered and weak, just bone covered with flesh. He was sentenced to life as a cripple.

It isn’t hard to picture the kindly old doc and his sympathy for the youngster. This kid from a poor family of immigrants just didn’t have a chance in a community where big, strong men had difficulty making a living. And never again would he be able to play any sport.

If so, the medic did not perceive the fierce determination of the lad or his awesome capacity to work out his chosen destiny. Once the shock and pain of his disability were past young Furgol went back to battle his way. He has been battling ever since and his accomplishments are worthy to become a legend.

Young Furgol would not permit his misfortune to interfere with the daily things a boy of his age can do. He did odd jobs, peddled papers and caddied at the nearby private golf club. It was there he was bitten by the golf bug.

It doesn’t take much imagination to realize what the youngster went through when he started to play this game in which full-bodied people have difficulty. The rest of the kids could take hold with both hands, imitate their patrons and hit the ball pretty well. Furgol, with his crippled left arm, couldn’t keep up.


But there was no handicap on Furgol’s ambition. He determined he was going to be a good golfer and he stuck to it. By himself he worked out ways he could overcome his disability. Maybe he failed to realize then what a long and tedious path he was to follow. But knowing Ed, not even this would have deterred him.

But he never eased up on his ambition to be a star golfer. Even as a youngster Ed Furgol developed callouses on his hands from constantly hitting balls. They were to be the badge of his career and his ambition until that wonderful day in 1954 when he won the United States Open championship.

With the casual cruelty of children, Furgol had tough going in the teen-age days following his accident. But it only intensified his efforts, made him work harder to prove he could do it. Even today Furgol remembers an axiom which he constantly repeated to himself, to step up his spirits. It went, “You’ve got a chance if you want it badly enough.”

Furgol wanted it, and gradually he began to get it. By the time he was 18 he was the best public links golfer in Utica. But that wasn’t enough. Ed Furgol wanted to become a professional, not just in name but a full-fledged master of the game.

He even went to work on the local course, first cutting greens and then driving a tractor to further his chances. Then he tried learning the trade of a metal polisher. He thought one time of becoming a professional boxer. The kid could fight, too. That powerful right hand was a surprise weapon, and by now the left arm, despite its withered upper half, was powerful of forearm and hand. His constant devotion to exercise had assured that.

Furgol tried out his skill at the manly art as an amateur. He fought three times and won twice, once by a knockout, once by a decision. But when he tried to turn professional, the New York State Boxing Commission’s local official took one look at his arm and turned down his application vehemently.

By 1938 Furgol was looking beyond the Utica horizon for more golf worlds to conquer. He went to Detroit to play in the National Public Links championship and did well. He also found he liked Detroit very much and jobs were more available than at home. He went back to his old job as metal polisher in the motor city but with one purpose in mind-to save enough to hit the golf trail.

Never for a minute did he lose sight of his long-nursed ambition.

Greens and fairways,


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June 28, 2010 in Misc

Golf training aids aren't effective if…

heir garages or closets. How many wives have threatened a “clearing out” of these contraptions? If you are feeling me.keep reading.

Have you purchased golf training aids only to use them once or twice and not see improvement? Isn’t this an everyday occurrence for golfers? I see and hear this all the time, and yet golfers will continue to spend hundreds of dollars by the `latest/greatest’ gimmick.


I don’t know if they (golfers) think they will find the “one” swing aid that will change their game forever; or they are just trying to take the easy way out?

Either way, the main reason most golf training aids don’t help is because you are not working on what’s causing your swing faults. You! Your machine (body) dictates your outcome! There’s no way around it!

What your body is capable of in that moment is the result you’ll get.

How many times have you wished you could make a bigger backswing but can’t? How often do you walk off the course with a sore back? How many times did you have a good front nine only to blow up on the back nine and shoot your normal score?

The above results were because of the “physical” issues within your body. Until you realize this and take a different approach to your golf improvement program, you’ll be a frustrated golfer for a long time.

In my opinion, there are a couple of golf swing aids that are effective when you incorporate them with your new golf training program. One is the medicus. This is a fantastic golf swing aid that gives you instant feedback. Swing it too fast or out of plane and the shaft breaks at the hinge.

Another golf swing aid I like is the weighted golf club. I swing mine everyday and boy does it loosen me up and strengthen my golf swing muscles.

Other than the above golf swing aids, there are dozens and dozens of ones that are a total waste of money. Save your money and work on you! The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll stop buying the latest, greatest golf training aids.

Core training for golfers is a must for developing maximum power and distance. As in all athletics, the core is your engine. Everything comes from the core! The modern golf swing is definitely a “core-focused” movement; unlike the older swing technique of lower body action dominant.

You probably have heard the term core training for golfers, but do you know what it means and how to implement it into your golf performance routine?

Your core is the middle section of your body.specifically your abdominal region. If your core is weak or restricted in rotational flexibility, you will have a minimal chance at hitting long drives.

I see this all the time in the senior golfer. No core strength or flexibility, resulting in a HUGE decrease in yardage off the tee. The senior golfer will say things like, “I’ve lost so much yardage off the tee the past few years”; “I use to hit my drives 50 yards further”; “If I could only get 20 more yards I’d be happy”.

This can be a very frustrating situation; but one that can be remedied easily, quickly and in the convenience of your home with minimal equipment. Improving your core rotational strength and flexibility does not require equipment in a gym or club.

You can do exercises as simple as grabbing a single handweight, getting in your golf posture, and rotating back and through holding the handweight in front of your stomach. You can also do stretches right in your office chair. Sitting upright and reaching around your chair, turning as far as you can to the right, then turning to the left.

These are just some very basic core training for golfers exercises, but they would give you a “kickstart” into doing a complete program for your core.

You will be amazed at how much power you acquire in your swing when you implement a core training for golfers program. Even if that’s all you did for the time-being, you’d be way ahead of the game.

But my guess is once you start slow and easy, you’ll get the “runners high” and want to do more. This does not have to be a gut-busting routine! You can spend as little as 10 minutes a couple of times a week and see results.

Don’t put it off any longer!

Start your core training for golfers today!

By Mike Pedersen, creator of Ultimate Golf Fitness Products

24 instruction tips for Senior Golfers to Drop Strokes

From Karl Higham:

“Had a real good round today. Couple of 30 year olds I got hooked up with thought they would give me a lesson. I’m now that old guy with the short game that used to beat up me 30 years ago”. This should be you!

Senior golf instruction is much like standard golf advice. However, many seniors feel they have more trouble with strength and flexibility issues as they get older. This page will give you plenty of help in that area.

Senior golf instruction tips

O.k., so you’ve finally made it to your “golden years”. Congratulations! You’ve earned and deserve it. (I personally am grateful to you all and owe my freedoms to the last generations before me)

You can now get out on the course more than you ever could when you were working your tail off for yourself and your family. Only problem, you can’t hit the ball as far as you used to and your swing isn’t as flexible as you’d like and so you’ve accepted the fact that you’re not going to score as well. Wrong! You are now going to score lower than you did when you were younger if I can help it with the following senior golf instruction tips! You just have to take advantage of your strengths so you can tear those youngsters up on the scorecard.

Senior golf instruction KEY 1:

All you are going to care about is number of strokes – your score. They care about what they look like while pretending to care about score. I know this because I’ve golfed with hundreds of these people over the years and I’ve been one too. YOU play for score and score alone. This is how your experience and brains will way overcome any physical limitations. Remember, golf is 90% mental.

Senior golf instruction KEY 2:

Forget birdies, eliminate bad holes. It is far far easier to prevent large-score holes than it is to shoot for birdies or tough pars. Everybody thinks they are better than they really are and so the choices they make on the golf course are not in line with their ability and this is what causes balloon scores (triple or quadruple bogies). When you are outdriven by such a player, make sure to compliment them loudly and pump them up to keep swinging for the fences. At worst, you’ll be a good sport. Chances are, they’ll start hitting shots out of bounds and you will just keep chugging along with pars and bogies and nothing worse. If you play smart and have only bogies and maybe a par or two, BOOM – you just shot in the 80’s and are in the top 10% of all golfers in the world. Seniors without a big ego can really destroy youngsters who think they should be firing at every pin and driving off every tee. You are going to just stay in play and stay focused, and let them beat themselves. Winning golf is a matter of who makes the least mistakes, not who makes the greatest shots. Always remember this, it’s the classic tortoise vs. hare lesson.

Senior golf instruction KEY 3:

Believe in and win with your swing. Have you ever watched a recent champions tour event (used to be called the Senior’s Tour) on T.V.? Some of the player’s swings look exactly like those on the main tours. But, many don’t and these guys (and ladies on the Women’s Senior Tour) WIN with their swing. YOU CAN TOO! Look at Allen Doyle at 66 years old and still in the top 10 with a very non-technical (some even say ugly) swing. Keep this in mind as you read the following senior golf instruction tips that you can put into play on your next round to SCORE LOWER, because that is all that matters. Forget about trying to imitate Tiger Woods and ignore what your playing partner is doing.

Senior golf instruction tip for Loss of distance. This is the most common problem among seniors. What can you do?

  1. Make sure you are playing one of the new drivers. If you’re driver is over 3 years old, you are losing distance that a new driver will give you.
  2. Play the correct ball. If you have less than a high swing speed, you should be playing one of those low-compression balls. Forget about the “Distance” balls. They only go farther if you swing at high speeds. Forget about the “Tour” balls like the Pro V-1 or anything that says “Tour” on it. You need a ball that will compress at an average or lower swing speed that will give you the greatest distance like the Titleist So-Lo or Maxfli Noodle for examples.
  3. Learn to hit a draw. Most of the Seniors on tour have gone to hitting the ball right to left (for right-handers). You will gain 10-15 yards with your driver hitting a draw instead of a fade. Draw System
  4. Strengthen your grip. To gain additional hand action you may have lost and add yards to your swing, turn your grip clockwise or, to the right for right handers. This will put your right under more underneath the grip allowing for the hands to be more active in putting some juice on the ball at the end of your swing.
  5. Work out and exercise. O.k. I know you didn’t want to hear that but it is a solid fact that if you’re muscles get stronger, you will hit the ball farther.
  6. Use a swing weight. Go to any Wal Mart or type in “golf swing weight” in a search engine and look for a plastic-covered donut-shaped weight for golf. Costs about $4. You just slide it down the shaft and it will stop at the club head. It’s just like a baseball player’s swing weight and works the same way. You swing your own club with this weight on it just before a shot that you need maximum distance. It will make your club feel light as a feather when you swing it without the weight for your shot and will give you a big boost in yardage.
  7. Stretch. Loss of flexibility = loss of distance. Get in the habit of doing more stretching in your daily life when you are at home or not on the course. Loss of flexibility doesn’t have to happen. Sam Snead could kick an 8 ft. ceiling and also pick up a ball out of the cup without bending his knees at the age of 70!
  8. Play the correct flex shaft. If you are playing some old clubs that weren’t fit to your game, you are losing out on more easy yardage. A good club fitter can match your swing speed to the shaft that will give you the longest shots you are capable of. Easy fix, go see your pro or ask around for a good recommendation of a good club fitter. You will be shocked at how much longer you can drive with the right shaft.

Senior golf instruction for putting

  • Putt with an anchored style. Many top seniors will tell you that fine-touch putting is the first thing to go as you get older. Sam Snead was a perfect example. Solution? Buy and use a Long, Belly or Sidesaddle putter. Each of these methods has you “anchoring’ the butt end of the club into your body to eliminate a large variable in your putting stroke. The Long Putter has the added benefit of being the easiest on your back. I am now using a Sidesaddle putter and technique  for my own game as Sam Snead used to fix his putting problems . So far I am really pleased with the results! Stay tuned for more on that..
  • Hold your finish. This is the easiest fix for your putting problems. Notice how pro golfers all hold their putter out for a few seconds pointing at the hole after they stroke. If you do this, you CAN’T jab or stab at the ball which causes side spins and jerky mis-hits. Train yourself to do this on your living room carpet.

More golf instruction tips for seniors:

  • Ensure good alignment So many pros lay a couple clubs down when hitting balls on the range. This is to help with alignment and even the best pros in the world, like Vijay Singh, do this EVERY TIME because it is so important and so easy to forget about. Have one club pointing at the target that the tips of your toes will be against and another one on the outside of the ball to encourage an inside-out swing (if you hit that club, you made an outside-in swing, or slice).
  • Keep hands warm It’s no secret that seniors are moving to Florida and Arizona for the warmer climate. It can still be cold down there in the mornings and the older you get, it seems the more the cold affects your joints and muscles. Here’s the secret: Go get a supply of these little hand warmers you can buy that you keep in your pockets while you play. They are very inexpensive. You will find that if your hands are warm, you won’t need as much clothing. Too much clothing will restrict your swing.
  • Loosen your grip A tight grip will cost you distance and it also reduces flexibility.
  • Try the 10-finger grip Has the potential to give you more hand action thus, more power. Especially for very senior seniors.
  • Keep your posture/Bend your knees Many seniors have a tendency to slump over forward and stiffen their knees. Keep your back straight but stay loose..
  • Always warm up Show up early for your tee time, have a good stretching routine, hit warmup balls on the range, test the greens, swing with your swing weight and under control.
  • Learn to chip better than anyone else. It doesn’t take strength to be the best short game player, it does take time and effort. You’ve got the time. Skill in this part of the game can overcome any other weaknesses in the rest of your game. If you have any time to practice, do it chipping and pitching.
  • Lose your long irons and replace with woods. The new hybrid woods out there are so much easier to hit than the 3,4,5 irons. You can get woods to replace your whole set of irons except wedges.
  • Use your  golf mind. This is your greatest asset on the golf course as a senior. Don’t let anything rattle you, even after your bad shots just smile and plan your next move. The hotheaded golfer will ultimately ruin his own game. You, the senior golfer, have enough experience in life or golf to be calm, cool, and machine-like even when you’re not playing your best. It’s no accident that the pros are unemotional and straight faced when playing tournaments.  This is the temperament you need to SCORE.
  • Spend a session in the sand At least one time this season for a half hour, practice hitting balls out of sand You can even do this at the beach, lake, or your grandkids sandbox. See my sand instruction page
  • Create energy One of the biggest problems for seniors is energy level. This really hits you around the 14th hole. When you lose energy, you lose focus and you play lazy. To gain and keep energy, before and during a round, don’t eat any heavy foods. Eat some fruit and whole grains. Have an energy bar for the back nine. Most importantly – Drink plenty of water as dehydration is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue.

Golf Swing instruction tips for seniors:

There is so much more that seniors can do to improve their score as literally thousands of books have been written about golf improvement that applies to all golfers. These are just some tips that seniors might get more help out of than the average golfer. If you are interested in a complete golf score improvement program and are too busy for lessons and practice, see Without Practice

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June 28, 2010 in Misc

Everything a lefty golfer needs to succeed in a right-handed world

Golf instruction for lefties

Right-handers might think that golf instruction for lefties is the same as for them; just switch all references of the word “right” for “left” and vice versa. This is true for the most part according to Bob Charles the original legendary lefty pro golfer, however, many left hand golfers will tell you that it isn’t all that simple.

First off, the pictures in golf instruction are almost always righty. Something gets lost in the lefty mind’s translation when looking at a right-hander swing a golf club and trying to “picture” yourself (as a lefty) in that position. Obviously if you have no other choice, then then changing the words and pictures in your mind is what you must do when looking at any instruction for lefties.

What can lefties do? Start out with a visit to Anything Left-Handed Offers a huge range of left handed products, lots of information and FREE newsletters, the original left-handed shop since 1968. Based in U.K.

  1. You can follow the left-handers on the Tours and search the web for pictures of these pros and then apply them to any golf instruction you find that is written for righties. Then all you have to do is reverse left and right wording.
  2. Buy a book or video created by a left-handed professional check these:
  3. The best thing that I can do for you lefties, is to point you in the direction of a website that has taken many of their fundamental lessons and used the computer to change the pictures and the words for you! Private lessons for left-handed players Golf magazine took some of their lessons for right handers, changed the words – right to left and left to right in the instructions, and flipped the pictures over so that they now have visuals of golf instruction for lefties.
  4. More websites of golf instruction for lefties: Left-handed version of “The best in golf” tips done the same way as above. There’s a link to view a printable version there too. Also, check out this UK company – golf instruction for lefties.
  5. View a free motion picture swing of a pro left hander like Phil Mickelson. . When you get to that page, scroll to the bottom and click graphic for golf swings page. There’s loads of videos of pros and celebrities swinging to view for free there.

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The proper Golf Grip must be mastered, by J. Victor East

Like all golf instruction, learning the “correct” way to grip the club depends on who is doing the instructing. There are three basic golf grips: The Overlapping (Vardon) Grip, The Interlocking Grip, and the 10-finger grip or Baseball grip. Great amateurs and top pros have had success with all of them.

Try each of these out after getting the basics as shown in the photos below and then go with what you feel you will be more confident with. You can always change and experiment later as many very good golfers do.

These photos and grip instructions are from one of the top teachers of all time:
J. Victor East. interlocking golf grip instruction:

1. The club poised diagonally alongside the left hand.
2. The left hand closed.
3. The right hand alongside.
4. The right hand closed, with the thumb of the left hand snugly fitted in the groove of the right palm.
Overlapping Golf Grip.
Pinky is diagonal but can also rest in the groove between index and middle finger of left hand


The following grip advice is from a different instruction pro:

The proper grip has an infallible check point – the V’s made between the thumb and index finger of both hands. Pro golf teacher’s instruction says these V’s must point over the right shoulder at about the neckline. When these point correctly, the grip is ideal since neither hand can obtain too much control.GripVs

Another excellent check of a good golf grip is the hand position on the club. Properly taken, the player should only be able to sight one knuckle of each hand – the forefinger knuckle. Left hand should be slightly over to the right of the shaft, with last three fingers gripping.

Beginner Golf swing instruction

The beginning golfer has no reason to expect consistency, because there has been no learning period. The established golfer who has a history of inconsistency shows evidence of a learning period that was either too short, incomplete, or did not include sound basic fundamentals. .

There are many aspects of golf that could be termed basic. However, in the interest of simplification and clarity, I feel there are only three basic fundamentals of great importance. The Grip, The Stance or Address, and The Swing Plane, and it is these three which we shall discuss.

In the order in which they are accomplished, but not necessarily in the order of their importance, we will first take up the grip, then the stance, and finally the swing plane.

The Grip

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The proper placement of the hands on the club, besides securing the club against slippage, allows for the greatest degree of mobility in the wrists and, at the same time, provides the best combination of speed of clubhead, and control of face alignment, both so important in acquiring power and directional control.

For right-handed players, the left hand is first placed with the bell-like end of the clubs grip snuggling under the fat heel of the hand. The clubs grip then runs diagonally across the palm, touching the last joint of the middle finger and thence across the middle joint of the first finger (Picture #1).

The left hand is then turned over the top of the shaft until the inverted “V”, formed by the thumb and forefinger points diagonally across the body toward the right shoulder (Picture #2). Strong players, those with exceptional hand action, may point the “V”, between the right shoulder and the right cheek.

Runyan 1 & 2 ThumbThe thumb of the left hand acts as a set screw, pressing against the shaft at an angle of about 300 behind the top of the shaft.

With the left hand in the proper position, we now place the right hand against the back side of the shaft in a vertical position (Picture #3).

Twine the right-hand fingers around the shaft so that the shaft crosses each finger at the middle joint (refer to Picture #3). The little finger of the right hand should overlap the first finger of the left hand, but not hook completely. This is called The Vardon, or overlapping, grip.

For weak-handed women, and the occasional narrow-handed man, a grip in which all eight fingers are on the shaft (Picture #4) may be advisable.

In either grip, the inverted �N�s� of both hands should be closed to prevent the club from slipping toward the palm of the hands during the swing. In other words, the thumbs should act as set screws against which the fingers can securely pull the shaft of the club.

The Stance or Address

In the stance or address position, we are attempting to encourage two fundamentals.

First and most important, the address position should provide a �suspension point� that remains constant during the swing. This �suspen�sion point� is found at the base of the player�s neck. It represents the center of the swing arc, the radius of this arc equalling the length of arm and club shaft.

Second, the stance or address position provides the distance the player�s head is situated from an imaginary line that extends upward vertically from the ball.

The taller and thinner the player, the closer his head will be to this imaginary vertical line. The shorter and stouter the player, the farther away his head would be. Also the head�s position, either behind or in front of the ball, is influenced by the stance or address. This makes it possible for the player to either pinch or lob the shot as the need arises.

With a driver you play the ball opposite the inside of the left heel with the weight evenly balanced on the insides of the feet. Thus, the head is positioned somewhat behind the ball (Picture #5). This is correct be�cause with the ball teed, the player will strike it about two to three inches after the clubhead reaches the bottom of its arc. This reduces the backspin on the ball to provide maximum distance.

When the ball is lying on the turf as in the case of the 2- 3- and 4-woods, it is advisable to strike the ball nearer the bottom of the swing�s arc. If fairway woods were to strike the ball well after reaching the bot�tom of the arc, as with a driver, a portion of the ball would be below the bottom edge of the clubface. The result would be that full compression of the ball could not be obtained and some power would be lost.
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If the ball is played about even with the left heel on the drive, the bottom of the swing�s arc comes at a point about two to three inches behind the baIl. Thus if we moved the ball back toward the center of the stance by about two inches, this should cause the bottom of the arc to come directly at the ball. This is what we want with the fairway woods, (Picture #6) with the 3- and 4-woods being fractionally farther back in that order.

The long irons are almost as straight of face as the 3- and 4-woods. However, these irons do not generate the same velocity of propulsion on the ball as do the woods. It is not easy for most light hitters to get the ball airborne with long irons as readily as with fairway woods. There�fore, it is inadvisable to play long irons any farther back toward the center of the stance than the fairway woods unless the player desires a very low, hard-flying type of shot.

I advise that the 2-iron be played about two inches inside the left heel with the weight fractionally more on the left foot than on the right. Then each succeeding iron from the 3 to the 9 should be played slightly farther toward the center of the stance until, with the 9-iron for an ordi�nary type shot, we would find the ball at about the very center of the stance with the weight remaining fractionally more on the left foot than on the right (Picture #7).

If the player desires an unusually high-flying shot for any of the irons, he should move the ball farther forward toward the left foot, keeping the weight evenly balanced between the left and right foot. In this way the ball is swept up off the turf in what is known as a lob shot. Generally, this type~ of shot requires a reasonably good lie (Picture #8).

One must keep in mind that these high flying lob shots have relatively little reverse spin and therefore do not stop well unless the greens are of sufficient softness for the ball�s high flight to bite into the turf.

On the other hand, should a lower-than-average flight of the irons be desired, the ball should be played back toward the center of the stance, with the weight slightly more on the left foot than usual. Then the ball is pinched more into the turf, giving a lower flight with more backspin (Pic�ture #9). One advantage of this type shot is that it works well from a great variety of lies off almost any type of turf from the soft-lush to the hard-packed.

Golf pitch shots: a lot easier than you think

I’m so tired of reading about the latest and greatest method for a golf pitch shot or any other golf shot for that matter. You know, you can go back to some golf magazines from the 60’s and you’ll see almost the exact same pictures and instruction sequences as today. Not much has really changed in golf instruction I’m here to tell you. If you read the latest books, however, you’d swear that the human body was just invented or that golf clubs were just invented, one of the two.

Listen, it’s so simple to make a great golf pitch shot and everyone way over complicates this. As with everything I teach in golf, it all boils down to doing a couple main things very correctly. Most of the details matter very little but we get all caught up in so many minor things that we end up not paying attention to the major thing.

For a golf pitch shot. Here’s the major things:

1. As still a body as you can given the distance of the swing. Again, I hear all of this advice on videos about wrist cock and proper stance and blah blah blah… Guess what? There’s many ways to make a pitch shot, not just one. But they all work more consistently when the body is still. Focus on this. Work on this in your living room while watching TV. You don’t even need a ball? This will pay you back in spades in lower score and yet nobody does it. Of course, if you have more than a short pitch shot, then yes, you have to allow the body to rotate with the swing. Just minimize it. The physics of the golf swing is such that the least of amount of variables of any of the swings gives you the highest chance for consistency.

2. Hit down to make the ball go up. Now if I had a nickel for every time I saw an amateur try to “help” the ball up in the air, I’d be a millionaire. This is so common because it is counter-intuitive. To hit a great golf pitch shot, you must strike the ball before the ground. If you need more loft, pull out your sand wedge or lob wedge. Don’t go through all those bodily gyrations to force it. The best way to make sure this happens is to pre-load it in your setup. That means, you should be leaning on your front foot more than your back. That drops your front shoulder down and back shoulder up. As long as you keep your body still, your swing will necessarily result in a downward, correct strike on the ball.

3. Make the shot while keeping it as low as possible. In other words, you don’t always need a wedge! In fact, for most amateurs, running the ball up on the green is almost always a better choice, especially if you tend to chunk it or hit it fat as they say. Pull out your 5-iron some day and chip with it anytime you don’t absolutely have to put it in the air You’ll be surprised.

Folks, those are the biggies. Get real good at them and then you don’t even have to worry about any details. Forget about being “technically correct.” Much of that stuff is for the pros. Look, you just want to break 100 or 90 right? How will you do that? By becoming as consistent as possible. Work on the big 3 in your next golf chip shot and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.