The best golf advice I ever received

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #18  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about breaking free from the slavery of all the tips out there.  Haha, yep, I am going to actually rip on myself with this tip and tell you to enjoy the irony. Golfers who want to improve are generally a very open-minded, coachable group.  You want to improve, you want to experience the joy of lowering your score and the feelings of accomplishment you get from applying yourself to a a goal.  Yeah, me too! The problem comes in when you start to realize that golf instructors contradict each other regularly!  Who are you supposed to listen to?  I’ve got great news for all golfers…what is good for a touring pro may not be good for you.  What is good for a beginner, may hurt your game.  What one instructor teaches and professes to get great results with for his students….could actually be the worst thing you can do for your game!  There is no one way to golf. There is no one way to think about golf. There is no one set of clubs that are best for all, or even most golfers.  You need to be your own coach and trust your instincts.  

Greens and Fairways,


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18.   View all golf advice with skepticism

best golf advice

Not all golf advice is good for you!

Listen, golf instruction is sort of like religion. Everyone thinks their way is the best way and that they have figured out how all golfers should swing, putt, chip, etc.

The best instructors are the ones that have many tools and techniques in their bag and they have enough experience to sense what is most appropriate for a particular individual, and then tailor it to him or her.

You play a unique game, have a unique swing, have your own body style and ways of thinking and moving.

What makes you think a cookie-cutter system is going to work for you just because it worked for someone else?

“You can borrow, and you can steal, but don’t copy- that’s my tip for today. Take a little from here, a little from there, a little from everywhere. Then make it all your own. Fiddle with things until you get something that works for you. It has to be a natural movement for you or it won’t hold up when it counts.” – John Daly from Golf My Own Damn Way

best golf adviceI like John’s advice.  I haven’t taken a lesson in 17 years as of this writing and have been studying golf the whole time.

I stay away from most swing instruction AND I recognize that there is some great stuff out there to help you and so I will recommend it.

But you have to be the one to decide if it fits you.

I give you full permission to fully ignore, scoff at, or reject any golf instruction you run across (including mine here) and go with whatever strikes you that it will work for you.

Start to discriminate a lot more about what you will incorporate into your game and you will save strokes and frustration.

Swing tip to stop slicing off the tee

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #38  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about a simple way to fix your slice swing OR, to put more draw on your normal shot with one move and without changing anything else about your swing.  

That’s the key, don’t do anything else but what I describe below in the tip in the book and in the video I did more recently where I have more details on this tip and a video here

Greens and Fairways,


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38.  Emergency fix for slicing golf

Slice setup golf swingI used to be a regular slicer or power fader.  Once I learned how to draw (hook), my game actually got worse.

I later dialed in tight to that sweet place smack dab in the middle of both extremes using mental techniques.

I am now going to tell you how I cured my slice forever, in a 5-minutes lesson from a pro.

I have since passed this tip in the middle of many rounds to golfers who have asked for it with instant, very dramatic results.

Many slicers have no concept about the direction their shoulders are pointing. Hold a club against the fronts of the shoulders at address and look to see where the club is now pointing. 98% of slicers will have the club pointing left (for right handers) of the target.

Grab their shoulders from behind and point that club to the right of the Shoulder Turn To hit drawtarget and tell them to swing without changing that position of the shoulders.

Some will open their shoulders up again on the swing and you have to give them feedback on that by watching.  You can do this for yourself using video or a mirror at home.

Most instructors teach something about “rolling or rotating the wrists over” but that is a forced move and assumes a lot of things that just aren’t there for a long time slicer.

Once you hold the shoulders in a closed position, everything else falls into place.  Slicers might want to exaggerate keeping everything constant and not swinging their regular swing at first.

Instead, find the “feeling of keeping the shoulders in a closed position a lot longer than a normal shot.”

How to reduce tension in the golf swing

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #19  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about overcoming all of the nervousness, tension and tightness golfers face on the course that destroys their swing and putting stroke. Simply put, it comes from fear.  Fear of missing to be precise. Sometimes it’s a strong feeling and you can literally shake or tremble but most of the time, it’s very subtle and IS THE CAUSE of not being able to bring your relaxed practice swing to a round that matters.

Typical sport psychology mental game advice to deal with that is the golfer is told to “play in the present moment.”  This is good advice, however, most golfers have no idea HOW to play in the present…and the tension and tightness continues no matter how many times you tell yourself to “play in the present.”  

No, you need stronger medicine. You need a quick thought that can trigger a different emotion to get you out of the emotion of FEAR that is causing the tension.  This mental shift tactic has the potential to do that for you.  You’re welcome!

Greens and fairways,  



19.  Instant cure for the fear of missing

golf putting tricks…You’re on your home course at the 12th hole with that out-of-bounds fence line on the right.

…You long ago lost track of how many balls have sailed over that fence and cost you a balloon score.

…Every time you get up on the tee box for this hole you find that you get a pit in your stomach feeling or a twinge in your arms that works it’s way to freezing up your muscles.

…You make it worse by allowing the thought that “I hate this hole” or “I’m not going to hit this one out of bounds.”

…You might even voice it out loud as if you are telling God or The Universe that that is exactly what you want to have happen…    

Sam Snead used to say that he was more afraid of a 4-foot putt than a charging elephant on his hunting safaris.

Fear sets in and you feel it.

golf putting tricksBoy do you feel it, and you know what usually happens next- right?

I’ve got the shortcut for how to deal with fear when you haven’t learned my emotional mastery process.

The antidote to fear is CURIOSITY and it is now and forever your best friend on the golf course.

Any time you feel any sort of overblown fear going into some unknown situation (like “will I make this putt or not”), you want to tell yourself in the most playful, cheery tone you can muster: “I wonder what this will be like?”

You see, if you go into things for the main reason of satisfying your CURIOSITY, then you will always be successful at that and you will have no fear.

Changing your outcome and then knowing it will happen can rearrange your emotional chemistry in seconds.

How To Make Practicing Your Game Fun and At Home

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #39  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about breaking out of the box that says that golf is only for a full-sized course in a pristine country club setting where we have to dress up and observe all the traditions.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for that and I enjoy that just as much.  However, let’s face it…we all play golf, ultimately, because it’s fun and enjoyable.  So, why don’t we give ourselves the opportunity to expand those possibilities with this awesome game?  I say we can.  

AND, we can also have fun while working on improving our game…to boot!  

After re-reading what I wrote in the book below, I found this guy who created a website to help you have fun and PLAY GOLF EVERYWHERE!  I hope you do it.

Greens and Fairways,


39.      Improving your short game is fun

Ok, let’s face it…the problem with practicing is that it’s not fun. If it were as fun as the game, then we would MAKE time to do it all the time. That’s the secret here!

One day in my teens, I’m home from school with an illness. I hear dogs barking in the neighborhood and look outside.  I see 2 guys chipping from lawn to lawn of the houses on our street. I go out to talk to them and they are having a blast playing what they call “street golf.” They are bouncing the ball off the street and everything else and they weren’t drinking!

Since then, I’ve found a whole society called Guerilla Golfers.

Not long after that, I go to a golfing buddy’s house to watch a sporting event and show up an hour early.

We started with our sand wedge and then injected difficulty into the game with having to chip with our hybrids and then onto other clubs where the starting lie dictated it.

The next day, I killed it on the course!

The thing about this is that we always put something at stake and THAT made it fun.

I used to play a putting game with my young son that had golf balls colored and numbered like billiards balls and you putted then into the holes just like a pool table.

Family time and great putting time all at once!

Are you getting the picture?

Get creative and find ways to make working on your game fun and then it’s not practice!

How to play a golf practice round for maximum game improvement

Tip #31  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceis about taking a typical thing that golfers do to help improve their game, hit 2 or more balls in a practice round,  and supercharging it using the power of the mind.  

Every golfer knows the difference between how they feel approaching a shot in a practice round vs. how they feel in a competitive round.  If I had a dollar for every golfer who plays amazing in practice but can’t bring it to the course, I’d be rich. Overcoming this is one of the holy grails of golf, right?  

A typical tip given for this is to inject pressure into your practice and that helps… but what if you could inject your calm practice round swing/putting stroke into your competitive swing/stroke?  This would train your unconscious mind, through repetition, to come to some kind of mix of a pressured swing and a practice swing that would show up whether you are in practice or competition, just the same!  Hmmmm….Check it out:


31. Double your green fee golf value

Purposely schedule yourself a round when you know the course is uncrowded.

You want to do this in order to allow yourself to play 2 balls on the course.  But instead of the typical golfer who does this with a lackadaisical attitude and carefree swing, you want to do it with purpose and INTENTION.

What you want to do is play your first ball with the same intensity and pressure that you might have when playing the final round of the club championship.

I recommend putting a bet on it with a buddy and play strictly to the rules.

Do everything you can to put pressure on yourself with this ball.

With your second ball, you want to drop it in places where you need the most work such as in the rough, under a tree, behind an obstruction, with a bad lie, etc.

You will be alternating shots without fail.

 Notice how you take yourself from pressure to relaxed…pressure to relaxed….pressure to relaxed.  At some point, you will realize things about yourself that will give you the belief that you are in control of your state.

This is the magic for you!

And, you will be giving yourself a fabulous opportunity to work on the shots that you never work on while blurring the mental lines between pressure and relaxed.

If you go out and do this exercise with a blank mind, you won’t get much out of it.

This is what most golfers do when I see them playing 2 balls.

If you follow my advice, you will be improving your game WHILE still enjoying the challenge of shooting for a good score.

How To Clear Mistakes And Get Over Bad Shots

Tip #6  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceis about continuing to learn how to golf with your unconscious (subconscious) mind and fully utilize it’s power. It controls your body, right? Last time I checked, you golf with your body.  My foundational formula that I build everything off for performing in anything is:  

Performance = Potential – Interference.

When you make mistakes and choke on shots, you literally create like a tiny “injury” to your psyche and it is literally “stored” in the wiring of the nervous system – your unconscious mind. This is some of what we are calling “Interference.”    These things build up just like a volcano. The tip below may seem a little “out there” I know, but trust me, it works, even if you don’t believe it will work. But if you BELIEVE it will work to improve your performance, well then, it works even faster and more efficiently.   So, what would you like, faster or slower results from using the tips below?  It’s your choice.    Whatever you do, you must eliminate the interference.  

Greens and Fairways,



6.      Clear your past misses and chokes, unleash your potential!

clear mistakesYou see, your body stores these misses in it’s cellular memory. The emotion you felt from those misses encodes the thoughts you have about the chokes literally right into your tissues.

Over time, these build up and your nervous system automatically re-runs the disappointment, anger, frustration and pain that you felt over the years every time you now have a putter in your hand facing a must-make putt.

Eventually, for some of us, this can turn into “The Yips” where the golfer literally shakes or jabs during the putt or shot. Here’s how to unleash your potential by clearing your failures:   Start with a few moments of FOCUS and conscious breathing as described earlier.

Then spend a few moments or minutes quickly rehashing your mistakes in your mind. Bring them all up and then imagine throwing them into a trash can, sending them out into space or, you can actually write them down on paper and burn the paper.

You can also write them on a chalkboard of your mind and then erase the chalkboard to start the next round fresh and clean just like a school teacher at the end of the day of to get over a bad shot in golf

You can and should do this for individual misses and mistakes while on the course.  It takes 5-10 seconds and you can do it in between shots.

Objectifying or personifying the mistake activates and engages the unconscious mind to physically release the stuck negative energy and you can enjoy that lighter feeling and freer movement.

A Course Management Strategy Tip You’ve Never Heard Before

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #23  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about reconfiguring your brain out of that small thinking box that says “I have to hit it as far as I can every shot.”  

If you play this game with any regularity, you have doubtless had many rounds where a blow up hole ruined your score and it started by hitting the ball out of bounds or out of play off the tee.

Well, what if you could start a round virtually guaranteeing yourself that you would finish the round with nothing out of bounds and everything in play from your 2nd tee shot?

Let that sink in for a moment before you go on to the actual tip and then think about rounds you can remember where JUST ONE tee shot (or probably more) was the thing that killed your score. If you’re like me, this has happened too many times to count and the REAL cause of it is NOT because you had a bad swing that shot off tee.

The real cause is you haven’t mentally bought into the concept of playing conservative golf when it’s appropriate. You have an automatic habit to just bring out the driver, or whatever is the longest club you can hit, and mindlessly swing away without thinking.

Time to turn that around with this tee game strategy you can program your mind to. 

Greens and Fairways,


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23. The second most powerful advice

Once a season, go out to a full-sized course and play a round with nothing longer than your longest iron.

Now, this advice is primarily for golfers who hit the ball 200 yards or more with their driver and won’t be as powerful for shorter hitters.  In fact, us longer hitters are going to emulate shorter hitters with this strategy in order to train ourselves in real playing conditions to expand our options and adaptability.

Because you are doing this on the course while still having the intention to score lower, you will learn at the cellular level the following:

  1. The value of keeping the ball in play and playing conservatively.  It’s so easy to always break out the driver off the tee and go for it but many times, it’s much smarter strategy-wise to play the odds and keep it in play. Our ego tends to get in the way of this and you will now come away with a new appreciation for strategy.   Living this lesson is 100 times more powerful than just the head knowledge.
  2. Learn to trust and even rely on your short game to get you up and down.  You get a mental shift in attitude about your wedges because you are going to have more short approaches in  his round. You will be “practicing” your up and downs with a different mindset that expands your confidence.
  3. You will use your long irons a lot more than you ever have and make huge gains in this area from the play/practice you do. The first time I did this I scored the same as I always do on that course and I was shocked. My first sub-par round came a month after.

Get ready, get set, go low…

What You Can Use In Your Game From Watching The Pros

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #40  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about using what is USEFUL from watching the pros. We all know that we play a different game than the pros and shouldn’t be concerned with things like backing the ball up on an approach shot when we have multiple double and triple bogeys to let go of – first and foremost!

However, what most golfers DON’T know is that sometimes, their scoring problem on a particular hole or shot comes down to simply not taking every shot seriously and focusing on everything you need to do to make a successful shot or putt…

Especially, the pre-shot routine. Pros NEVER make that mistake. After your next round, ask yourself how many times you casually went up to a shot or putt, and it cost you? Golfers are famous for forgetting that but very good at thinking they missed the shot because of some mechanical problem. Often, that’s not it.  Start becoming aware and make some easy fixes to lowering your scores…

Below is a quick tip from the book along these lines. Use it! 

Greens and Fairways,


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40. What you can copy and learn from the pros


Bernhard langer focusI recently attended the Senior U.S. Open Championship and watch some of the greats up close.  I was particularly looking for things that pros do that amateurs typically don’t, but could do.

The leader at the time and eventual winner, Bernhard Langer, really showed me how he sends the message to his unconscious mind as to where he wants the ball to go to.

From when he started his pre-shot routine through to the ball coming to a stop, he had the most powerful, steely-eyed stare at his target.

I intently watched his eyes the whole time and he only took them off the target for a short time when he had to to set up and then during the swing.

It was the most amazing thing to watch as I have never seen such a powerful intention on another golfer’s face as his.

golf putting set upIt was like there was nothing else but the target and the ball out there. No crowd, no noise from the other fairway, just him and the target. It was sort of like watching a kid play a video game.

Someone could have called his name and I’m sure he wouldn’t have heard it he was so focused on his target.

The other major noticeable difference between average players and pros is that they spend much more time and effort in reading a green.

They walk around and get different angles, they bend down and feel the grass with their hands, and they look so much more purposeful than amateurs.

You can do much of this while waiting your turn to putt so time is no excuse.

The only difference between a pro and you doing this and reaping the rewards…is effort.

How to stay focused in golf

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #48  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about being EFFICIENT at using your Focusing abilities. We all know that it’s so easy to let your mind get the best of you and it often does that by going “negative”and bringing up negative thoughts. That leads to tension which wrecks your swing and putting stroke.  Instead, take charge of your thoughts and practice how you will think BEFORE you ever get to the course.  That’s effective mental practice if negativity and lack of focus are your problem.  Read more below.

Greens and Fairways,


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48.   Build FOCUS to use at crunch time

focus boosterThis is actually a very important strategy on how to have more INTENTION and FOCUS at the exact moments when you need it out there on the course in order to implement what you have learned here.

I want you to have MORE FUN out there on the course in between shots. I know I am fulfilling my mission on this planet when I get testimonials telling me: “I am enjoying the game much more.” 

You are not Ben Hogan…he was a golf freak of nature for his ability to FOCUS  for an entire round.

If you attempt to do this, you will either get a headache or start to dislike the game. All you really need is an intense focus for about 18 minutes out of the whole round.

Here are some things that you can do to keep your attitude up, crowd out negative thoughts, and enjoy the reasons for why you play the game in the first place.

Get creative and find ways to put more FUN and less seriousness in between shots to build FOCUS:

  1. Juggle the ball with an iron. You know, bounce it up and down off the face and see how many you can do. This looks so cool when you get good at it.
  2. Come prepared to the course with a bunch of golf jokes to tell your friends.
  3. Play side games like Bingo, Bango, Bongo or Wolf. Did you know that the USGA has approved of informal betting in the rules?
  4. Make it a point to ask your playing partners about their personal lives. People love this and your interest in them will reflect back to you in positive energy for your next shot.

Feeling good leads to playing good.

Weird golf swing trick that triggers “Oily”

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #33  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about tricking your brain at the time of the swing to put you into the relaxed swing state.  We all know that tension ruins a golf swing. Sam Snead, who had one of the best golf swings of all time was asked what his swing thought was right before he started and he said:  “I try to think Oily.” Now, I don’t know if that’s a technical term but you know what he means and the trick below can help you do that.  If you’ve ever teed up a shot and had NO CARE about where it landed, then you know how this feels and the tip below is designed to help you find it so you can use it on the course, for real. 

Greens and Fairways,



33.  How to get an oily swing


As you can see by now, eliminating problems one by one in your game is the way to get better without practice.   The biggest problem of amateur golfers that I hear most often is that they do pretty well on the range and then can’t bring it over to the course.

After you incorporate this little mental strategy and get it into your body’s intelligence, that could easily be a thing of the past.

This can be done at home, during warmups, or anywhere.  Go through a round or two doing everything else the same except for this:


Right before you start to swing the club, let your conscious mind create an imaginary picture of you hitting this ball off the edge of a cliff or a mountain top.

You’ve already picked your spots and communicated that to your unconscious through your eyes and through setting up your alignment in your pre-shot routine so no worries about target.

golf swing drillsBut, as you swing, fill your conscious mind with the picture in your mind of a shot that can go anywhere into the vastness of that empty air.   

You’ve let go of the outcome and you’ve trusted that unconscious swing as you teach yourself how to have a free flowing swing.

It’s a bit of a mind trick and you will want to rehearse this on the range before a round and/or in your backyard into a net or with whiffle balls, but it works like a charm!

Notice the feeling as you swing with abandon and with the easy rhythm you see the pros with.

Your imagination is a powerful thing and can be the bridge between swings on the range and swings on the course.

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