Saturday, 19 September 2015

7 Golf Tips to Solidify Your Mental Game

Do you let negativity get to you when playing? If you’re like some of the golfers in our golf instructions sessions, you can remember times when you let your negativity get to you… and it cost you. Many golfers can. That’s because we’ve all done it. Letting negativity prevail is costly in golf. If only we could play better, we could eliminate the negativity.

But eliminating the negativity associated with golf isn’t possible. Golf is hard. That means there’s going to be a lot of negativity involved. When you miss an easy shot, you’re going get frustrated, you’re going to feel disgusted with yourself, maybe even angry. It’s only natural. It’s the agony and the ecstasy of the sport. It’s something we have to live with if we want to play golf.

To play your best, then, you must control both the physical AND the mental sides of your game. Below are 7 ways to solidify your mental game.

1.    Play instinctively—Thinking about your mechanics during your swing is bad. But we all do it. Some of us, however, do it more than others. Here’s a proven golf tip for you: Forget about your grip, your arms, your shoulders, and so on. You can’t think about your swing and swing correctly at the same time. Instead, play instinctively.

2.    Manage negative emotions—you need to manage your negative emotions as much as you need to manage the course—maybe more. It would be nice if we could eliminate all our negative emotions but we can’t. So instead we need to control them as best we can. In other words, you need to forget about the two-footer you missed on the last hole and hone in on the shot you have now.

3.    Control your focus—Thinking about the outcomes of shots only gets you in trouble. It promotes anxiety and anxiety causes tension. Tension can cause you to mis-hit shots. Instead, focus on the things you can control, like your pre-shot routine. It will keep you relaxed.

4.    Trust your body—you want to approach each shot with the belief that your body will correct itself for any mistakes you make. To build self-trust, you need to increase your awareness by working on staying in the moment and by deciding on your mental focus for each shot before swinging.

5.    Manage your attitude—don’t expect to be positive and confident all the time. No one is—at least not in golf. It's too hard a sport. So when you find your confidence slipping away, work hard to get it back. Wallowing in negativity can cost you dozens of strokes and turn good rounds into bad ones.

6.    Stop fighting yourself emotionally —when we try to resist something emotionally, it only makes it worse. In other words, what you resist only persists. When you try to resist negative emotions, which are a form of energy, they only intensify. Instead, accept the fact that you will feel things like fear some of the time while playing golf.

7.    Rehearse success in advance—Use emotional visualization techniques to build confidence. Visualization is the technical term for mentally rehearsing success in advance. See yourself making that tough putt before actually making it. Doing so not only boosts confidence, it banishes negativity—the greatest barrier to playing better golf.

These 7 golf tips are just some of the mental strategies out there. Dozens more exist. While some may work better for you than others, they are all designed to help you combat the negativity that comes along with playing golf.

Since you can’t eliminate negativity completely in golf, your best option is to work hard at controlling it. It’s called managing the mental game. Savvy golfers know that they need to manage both the course AND the mental game to play their best. Managing both well can help you cut strokes from both your average score per round and your golf handicap. For more information about “swing plane best aids” and “golf swing for beginners with drills” please visit our site

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Perfect Swing

Every golf player worth their salt is always looking to improve their swing. What can really be done to correct the often ostentatious swing of the beginner? Or the overly confident over-the-top swing? Drills, practice, the driving range and just getting out there and playing through. To accomplish the perfect swing, there are hundreds of simple drills that you can practice to curb the excessive swing, help with the follow through and give your stance the proper formation.

Towel Drill

If you want to keep your club on the correct plane, whether you are a two plane swinger or a single plane, can be a challenge. A quick and simple trick to salvage your follow through is to tuck a towel under your left armpit. If the towel stays put until you’ve hit your shot, then your form is pretty good. On the other hand if it falls out you may repeat the drill until it becomes second nature.

Pause Drill

Life moves at a very fast pace, everywhere but at the golf course. The most common mistake that new golfers make is that they tend to rush through their swings. Practice pausing at the top of the swing and you will achieve a more fluid swing.

The golf swing, done correctly is a thing of beauty. Timing is part of that, it should become second nature, the series of events that leads to that perfect swing and eventually that hole in one. Back swings begin with the movement of the head of the club, then the shaft, hands, arms, shoulders and finally the hips. The downswing is exactly the reverse of this process. Aggressive movements at the height of the backswing are unnecessary and counterproductive. Practicing with training aids or just a mirror can help you to slow it down and really correct this deficiency.

The perfect swing takes time, time to practice, time to learn and plenty of time to get out there and put it to use. Over the years you will learn many tips and tricks to ease the way and have a lot of fun doing it. If you want to read more about “golf swing drills for beginners” and “how to properly swing a golf club” please visit our site

Saturday, 13 September 2014

6 Golf Tips On Staying Positive During A Round

Want to chop strokes off you golf handicap without swinging a club?

Learn to stay positive on the course.

That’s right. Learn to stay positive on the course.

Everyone hits bad shots or experiences bad luck. But getting down on yourself after a bad shot or bad luck can add strokes to your scores and your golf handicap. Staying positive sets the table for low scores.

Next time you watch the pros see how they react to bad shots. They may get angry when they shank one. But they don’t get down because of it. Instead, they gather themselves and address the next shot.

Staying positive after a bad shot is so critical the pros even keeps stats on it. It’s called the “bounce back” rate. It measures how often you make a bogey or worse on one hole, then follow it up with a birdie or better on the next.

Anger Affects Your Swing

Staying angry or getting frustrated affects your swing. When you get angry or frustrated, you tend to tighten your grip. Tightening your grip prevents you from releasing the club properly.

Anger and frustration also affect your body language, which also can hurt your swing. If your chin gets down literally, for instance, you inhibit your shoulder rotation on your backswing. That’s not good.

More important, anger and frustration affects your short game. Nothing hurts your short game more than they do. You rely on feel and touch in your short game more than anywhere else. Stay angry and frustrated and you’ll miss a ton of chip shots and putts. Count on it.

How To Stay Positive

So how do you stay positive throughout a round? Here are 6 golf tips we give students during golf lessons on how to stay positive on the course:

•    Tell yourself to stop

When you start berating yourself for making a bad shot, say “Stop.” Say it out loud if you want. Or, just think it. Either way works. This trick rids you of negative thoughts.

•    Take a deep breathe

When you feel yourself getting angry, take a deep breathe. Hold it. Then exhale slowly. As you exhale, imagine all your negativity flowing out of your body. Repeat the exercise until you feel calm.

•    Reverse negatives to positives

Don’t let a challenging shot intimidate you. Vow to show the shot you’re in charge.  Practice turning a positive into a negative until the effort becomes a habit.

•    Recall past positive experiences

Recall a great shot you hit previously. Maybe it was a great drive or a long putt. Whatever it was, it made you feel fantastic. Visualize creating the same result. Then make it happen.

•    Stay in the moment

Pro athletes say this all the time. What does it mean? It means they practiced “process” versus “outcome” thinking. Analyze your mistake objectively. Determine what you did wrong. Then decide how to fix it and move on. 

•    Focus on the shot at hand

This is perhaps the most important mental golf tip of all. Sounds easy. But it’s not. Train yourself to forget the 2-footer you missed on the previous hole. Use your pre-shot routine to help do this.

Also, don’t think too far ahead on a shot. You need to make this first shot before you can make the second. Focus on the shot at hand.

Don’t let a bad shot or a bad hole get you down. Stay positive. The mental golf tips described above can help. They’re effective and proven. They’ll help you recover when something bad happens.

Staying positive helps is critical to playing well. It’ll help you cut strokes from your golf handicap without swing a club. It’ll even help you break 80.