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Understanding Your ‘Swing Feel’ Will Improve Your Consistency!

Your golf swing can be finicky – one hole it can feel as if you’re ready to play Professionally … and the next hole you feel like you’ve never picked up a golf club before.

Where does it go? And more importantly … “How Do I Get It Back?!”

We’ve found that Happy Golfers are able to Feel the movements in their golf swing … better than Frustrated Golfers are able to. That doesn’t mean that they’re thinking about the different parts of their swing. It just means they have a higher sense of knowing when something is slightly off.

Whereas a Frustrated Golfer usually doesn’t sense their swing is off until they hit the golf ball … the Happy Golfer can Feel (sense) that something is off before they set-up to hit the golf ball. As well as understand how to use a drill so that they regain their swing in a minimal amount of time.

‘Go ahead, Be a Happy Golfer!’

Regards,

Marc Solomon, PGA – Your Instructor For Life
www.GolfMadeSimple.com

Stop Swinging Too Hard With Your Driver!

There’s nothing more satisfying than walking off the 18th green knowing that you hit your Driver well all day. So to have that happen more often … when hitting your Driver – should you try to:

A) Swing with more effort than you swing your pitching wedge

B) Swing with less effort than you swing your pitching wedge

C) Swing with the same effort as you swing your pitching wedge

We often see the greatest improvement from Golfers when they learn to allow for the same amount of effort with their Driver as they are using with their pitching wedge … and simply trusting the club to do the work!

It’s frustrating when a Golfer knows that he/she shouldn’t swing so hard, yet slice after slice – we continue to do it! “Oh, dang it … I just tried to kill that golf ball!”

Though, at GMS we’ve found that many of the Golfers that feel as if they’re swinging too hard … are actually struggling because they decelerate with their Driver.

Deceleration? Why Does It Feel As If You’re Swinging Too Hard?

There are two ways you may decelerate, yet feel as if you’re swinging too hard –

1. you could be slowing your body on the forward swing … which causes your arms to fling forward without much control like a slingshot. Although, many Golfers blame their arms … it’s the body stopping that caused the arms to fling forward without control

2. your arms could be slowing down (because you’re trying to swing slower) while your body continues to move as it should – which may give you the feeling of “I’m getting too far ahead of the ball … I feel like I’m lunging at the ball”.

Either way – it’ll appear to others (and to yourself) that you’re swinging too hard because the swing didn’t look smooth.

Yet, in reality, all that’s happening is that either your arms or body is decelerating. And because you looked and felt so discombobulated – it feels and appears as if you’re swinging too hard.

Yes, deceleration is often pegged to other shots/clubs such as chips, wedges and putting … but, it does also happen many times with Driver. Because the accumulation of constantly being told that you’re swinging too hard has Golfers standing over the golf ball repeating “swing nice ‘n easy, nice ‘n easy, nice ‘n easy”. Which may contribute to you decelerating.

Fortunately, all that maybe happening is that your arms or body is decelerating. And because you looked so out of control – it appears as if you were swinging harder than you should.

Though – if you’re body and arms are moving together at any speed – it would appear as if you had made a smooth golf swing. As the typical PGA Tour Pro swings his Driver at 120 mph and the average 90 shooter swings at 85 mph … yet, the Pro looks smoother while swinging at 35 mph faster!

Believe me, I wish I could give you a guaranteed way to never swing too hard or too slow again. However, learning to have your arms and body working together is a great place to start!

And … next week … we begin a new video series on how to get your body and arms working together for a smoother, more consistent golf swing. Be on the lookout for our next issue of Golf Improvement Weekly!

The Happy Golfer finds consistency with their Driver by understanding how to get their arms and body working together to produce a smooth swing

The Monkey swings too hard, then swings too easy, then swings too hard, then …Go ahead, Be a Happy Golfer!

Regards,

Marc Solomon, PGA – Your Instructor For Life
www.GolfMadeSimple.com

Parallel Hands Drill (Power & Consistency In Your Golf Swing) Part 2

To become connected in your golf swing to create power and consistency … you need to understand the Feel of your golf swing. This goes beyond trying to turn your shoulders, hips and shifting your weight.

We highly recommend you watch Part 1 of this Drill – vimeo.com/305549943 – before watching this video (Part 2)

A Golf Swing Drill For Getting Your Arms & Body In Sync – Part 1


Is you golf swing inconsistent because it’s difficult to consistently coordinate the different parts of your golf swing? Would your golf swing become more consistent if you could have your hips, arms, shoulders and weight working together?

If so … use this drill (Parallel Hands) to discover how to feel your golf swing … so that you can start to feel consistency!

Coordinate Your Golf Swing Using Your Center

Are you trying to coordinate the movement of shoulders, hips, weight shift, arms, etc? Although we probably know the answer … how consistent and effective has that been for you?

“Sometimes I turn my shoulders correctly, but my hips don’t turn. Other times I can turn my hips, but then my weight doesn’t shift. I just can’t find much consistency!”

Why do the better Players look so smooth and fluid?

Turning Your Shoulders In Your Golf Swing

Your shoulders play a vital role in every athletic movement. Yet, not understanding it’s role in the golf swing will have you chasing a constant flow of tips in your attempt to hit the golf ball better.

In this week’s GIW, Marc Solomon, PGA Professional and owner of Golf Made Simple, busts another myth in the ‘Over-Taught Golf Swing’

‘The Solution – What Moves Your Golf Swing?’ (video) Golf Improvement Weekly

This week … we’re going to start speaking about and demonstrating the ‘Cause’ of the issues creating frustration in your golf swing. In prior weeks … we’ve spoken about the ‘Effects’ that most Golfers are struggling to correct in their golf swing.

How much have you focused on your Center of Gravity when practicing and/or playing? Well, if you haven’t … you should! Your Center of Gravity dictates how well your arms, hips and legs move together when swinging your golf club.

What does a happy, successful Golfer think about and try to do in their golf swing?

What does the frustrated Golfer think about and try to do?

What Moves Your Golf Swing – Golf Improvement Weekly from Marc Solomon, PGA Professional on Vimeo.

Are You Coming Over The Top In Your Golf Swing? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘Over The Top, Outside In, Casting … Why Can’t I Stop?’

The over-taught golf swing often creates problems … rather than solving them. One of these swing issues is often mis-diagnosed as a ‘Cause’ … when in fact, it’s an ‘Effect’.
“If I could fix my over the top swing …I could hit the ball better!”
Yet, the more things you try to incorporate into your golf swing … the more bouts of inconsistency you need to battle against.

Why You May Have Trouble Completing Your Follow Through (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘Are You Hanging Back And Having Trouble Finishing Your Swing?!’

A huge number of Golfers tell us they have trouble shifting their weight & following through … which causes them to lose distance and accuracy!
“If I could just shift my weight and complete my swing … I’d be happy!”
It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do … but, why do so many Golfers consistently have trouble finishing their swing?

Is it OK to Bend My Left Arm? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘My Arm Is Bending … I Need To Keep It Straight!’

You’ve heard it a million times … and you’ve felt it happen more times than you want to admit!
“You need to keep your left arm straight … you need to stop chicken winging it on your follow-through!”
It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do … but, you can’t consistently control it even when you concentrate to make sure you it doesn’t bend.

Your Play Zone Creates Your Swing

Your Play Zone Creates Your Swing

There are three different Golfers that play on the course. Which one are you?:

  1. The Player that works as hard as necessary to hit the ball their best so they can score their best
  2. The Golfer that wants to play well enough to score respectively so that they can go out and confidently play with other Golfers
  3. The Person that really doesn’t care how they play … they just want to walk, talk and try to hit the ball well enough not to slow up the other Golfers

Regardless of whether you’re Golfer 1, 2, or 3 … the key is you know which group you belong to. Because if you want to achieve your goal of enjoying your time on the golf course … you need to understand your motive for playing.

The problem arises when Golfer 2 starts to take the personality of Golfer 1 (score!, score!, score!). Because now you’re getting out of your comfort zone as far as how intense you become on the course, as well as how critical you are of yourself each shot.

This getting out of your Play (Comfort) Zone also happens when Golfer 2 starts to fall into the traits of Golfer 3. Because in order to find the perfect balance between fun and good scores … you also need to concentrate enough to make a PLAN before each shot.

Now, this isn’t limited to Golfer 2 … similar scenarios apply for Golfer 1 and 3 when they move away from their Play Zone.

For Golfer 2, a round of golf can be a rollercoaster, with you feeling good playing holes 1, 2 and 3 — before slowly moving into the intense traits of Golfer 1 for holes 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

So by the time you get to the 9th tee … you’re playing so poorly that you can’t even smile. Which means you’re now morphing into an unmotivated Golfer 3 for holes 9, 10, 11, and 12 — until you make a heroic putt on the 12th green to somehow salvage Par after not smelling a good score since hole #3.

While now feeling great on the 13th tee because you somehow regained hope (back to being Golfer 2) – you continue playing well on holes 13, 14, and 15 … until falling back into Golfer 1 for 16 and 17. Which causes you to become too frustrated to care … as you play 18 with the attributes of Golfer 3.

Thus, you played a round with 6 good holes and 12 holes divided between mediocre and frustrating results.

Whether you’re Golfer 1, 2, or 3 is up to you. But, regardless of what type of Golfer you are … to enjoy yourself … you need to know your Play (Comfort) Zone. Because everything becomes easy when you do! Your swing feels smooth, the golf ball does what you expect it to do … Life Is Good!

Though, when you move away from your personality … things start to become more difficult. As your swing doesn’t feel as smooth or as in sync as it was when you were in your Zone. And regardless of how much you breakdown your swing mechanics … you won’t see any improvement that round until you get back into your Play Zone.

What happened? Why’d you lose your swing?

Yes, good mechanics in your golf swing are necessary. And inconsistent swing habits will cause bad shots. However, those inconsistent habits are more easily controlled and fixed when you stay in your Play Zone.

The Player has fun on the golf course because they stay with their PLAN

The Monkey doesn’t have a PLAN … so he/she floats between moments of brilliance and frustration more often

Go ahead, be a Player!

Regards,

Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life

How You Practice Determines Your Success

How You Practice Determines Your Success

Do you ever think about your practice on the driving range? Or do you just go out and hit ball after ball … hoping that something will eventually click?

If that’s how you practice your golf swing off the course … that’s most likely your strategy while on the golf course. Swinging at the ball thinking that something will click and produce a great shot.

With the hardest part of this process being able to repeat that one good swing with another one, and another, and another for what you hope is 46 consecutive good shots!

That’s like the person that says “I’m not going to work to make money … I’m just going to play the lottery each week until I win.”

Although you’ll most likely hit more good shots in a round of golf than the number of times you win the lottery … it still won’t produce enough satisfactory results to please you.

Hitting good shots isn’t a game of chance … it’s about aquiring skill through smartly designed practice sessions.

How Do The Best Coaches Do It?

If you watch football … you know that Alabama just won another College Football Championship — their 5th time in 9 years. So the question that could be asked that relates to your golf game is — ‘how are the coaches of that program able to have their players playing at such a high level … so consistently?’

The word I’ve heard is ‘competition’. They make each player compete at practice … every practice!

Do you feel like you’re competing for a chance to play when you practice your golf game? Or are you like the majority of Golfers out there hitting balls … hoping you find something?

When I speak about getting into a competitive attitude when practicing … you’re not competing for a spot to play against 4 other talented players at your position. However, adopting a Practice PLAN helps to put a competitive spirit into your practice.

Why?

Because it’s amazing what we can do when we push ourselves to do better. Yet, out of the Golfers going to hit golf balls … a big chunk of these Golfers aren’t improving or are getting worse.

Imagine if the Alabama football team was practicing and the team wasn’t getting better. Would their coach, Nick Saban, continue to practice the same way, practice after practice? “Alright team, we’ve lost a couple games in a row … let’s continue practicing the same way we’ve been practicing!”

How about you? If you’re not happy with how you’re hitting the golf ball … what do you do?

Do you go out without much of a PLAN besides just hitting range balls? Do you continue to work on the same specific thing in your swing? Do you work on something completely different? And most importantly … using these methods … did you see improvement or continued frustration?

With all the information literally at our finger tips … it’s easy for a Golfer to get distracted as far as what to work on in your swing. It’s so easy to watch a video on Youtube and then think – “yes, that’s me. That’s what I’m doing wrong!”

When in fact, it may have nothing to do with what the error in your swing is. And more to do with you being a Golfer that’s desperate for a solution.

Yet, the consistency you have will always come back to whether you have a Practice PLAN … or if you’re just hitting balls hoping something will suddenly click.

The Player understands how to read the flight of their ball and relate it to their Feel … thus, they can create a personalized Practice PLAN

The Monkey hits range balls hoping to one day hit the Golfer Lottery

Go ahead, be a Player!

Regards,

Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life

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What’s Consistency In Your Golf Swing?

What is consistency in your golf swing? If you hit 7 out of 10 shots well … would that be good enough? Or would you need to hit 10 out of 10 shots in order to call yourself consistent?

Though, before you can determine whether your shot was up to your standards … you first need need to decide what you consider to be a good shot. Because a Golfer that scores above 90 can’t hold him/herself to the standards of a low 80’s Golfer.

Meaning we see Golfers that score above 90 and 100 hit shots that are similar to the average shot taken by a low 80’s Golfer … tell me the shot wasn’t good enough.

So what’s often “acceptable” by the low 80’s Golfer isn’t consistent enough for a 90+ Golfer. The above “not good enough” runs rampant through many Golfers that hold their golf swing with too high a standard.

What is considered Consistency for you? Until you can determine what it is … you won’t be able to find it.

And although people will always tell us that they know they’ll never be on the PGA Tour … they still use that Player’s skill at hitting great shot after great shot as a measuring stick for their own game.

However, this will do you more harm than good. As you’ll be in a consistent state of disappointment because you’ll never be as consistent as these Golfers that spend over 50 hours a week working on their game, strength and flexibility.

How consistent is the PGA Tour Player?

The average Tour Player hits the fairway using their Driver 60% of the time. That means that they miss the fairway 5 or 6 times each round. Would you consider yourself consistent or inconsistent with your Driver if you hit “only” 8 fairways and missed 6?

The vast majority of Golfers we see would proudly declare how inconsistent they were if they only hit 60% of the fairways. Yet everyone of them would take the “inconsistent” swing of some familiar Players that hit less than 6 out of 10 fairways: Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson.

All of whom are “inconsistent” with their Driver and hit less than 60% of their fairways.

Before you can become consistent … you must determine what’s consistent for your skill level. And what’s consistent for the skill level you hope to achieve. Because you might be the person that will never allow yourself to improve as your expectations of what consistency is … are too high.

A 95 Golfer can’t compare themselves to a 6 handicap. The 6 is a 6 most likely because he/she has more time to practice, is more physically gifted, has been playing for a far longer time, and/or has learned from superior Instructors. Thus, a 95 Golfer that doesn’t have the above traits … can’t expect to be as consistent.

It’s like going to the gym to lift weights. If you go to workout once a week and another person has gone 5 times a week for 15 years … will you be able to bench press as much as them?

If you try to lift the same amount of weight as they are … you’re going to physically hurt yourself. Kind of like how you might be mentally hurting yourself on the golf course expecting to have the consistency of the 6 handicap.

The Player understands that ok shots are sometimes good enough

The Monkey needs to understand what level of consistency is acceptable before they can improve

Go ahead, be a Player!

Regards,

Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life

www.GolfMadeSimple.com

Why Do You Sometimes Lose Your Golf Swing?

“The Disappearing Golf Swing!”

Have you ever played a round of golf where you were hitting the golf ball well and then all of a sudden you lost your golf swing?

We call that the Disappearing Golf Swing.

We often hear comments from frustrated Golfers that are just coming to see us such as: “I just lost my golf swing! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I was doing alright, playing my average game … and then I just lost it!”

This situation shouldn’t be handled with panic or anxiety. Your golf swing is not lost. You still have your golf swing. You don’t just lose it. However, it is our job to help you find what are some of the causes (bad habits and compensations) that contributed to the Disappearing Golf Swing.

“So Marc, if I haven’t lost it … where did it go?”

Your golf swing may disappear for a little while as it is impossible to be 100% consistent for 4 hours on the golf course. 100% consistency really has never happened in the history of the game. So if a Professional Golfer that has been practicing for 6 hours a day, 7 days a week for 20 years has a Disappearing Golf Swing … you should expect for it to happen to you.

Now, I absolutely know that I will be receiving emails from “experts” that tell me that I shouldn’t tell Golfers that they should expect to have a Disappearing Golf Swing … continuing by telling me that Golfers should always stay positive and expect for the best outcome.

I understand what these “experts” are saying, however that is not reality. And setting unrealistic expectations for yourself is the main reason a Golfer will more frequently experience a Disappearing Golf Swing.

Not accepting that you will have periods of bad streaks will cause you to start to fiddle and tinker with your golf swing. Thus having you move farther and farther away from what you were previously doing well. What causes a Golfer to go on a downward spiral? Fiddling and Tinkering.

There is a fine line between a great golf shot and a terrible golf shot. The difference is as small as a half inch – perhaps the distance between the center of your golf club and the toe of your golf club. How delicate is that half inch? Try this: place a coin in your hand; set-up as if you were going to hit a golf shot (with nothing in your hand except the coin). Now swing back (a full golf swing) and through, releasing (underhand tossing) the coin across the room.

Now leaving the original coin in its resting spot, take another coin and do this again. Were you able to have that other coin stop less than a half inch from the first coin? My first thought is that it probably isn’t that close.

What does the example above represent? It shows how difficult it is to be consistent. Meaning, if it is that difficult to be consistent doing something as easy as tossing a coin … how difficult is it to do something as difficult as making a golf swing to hit a golf ball?

Without exception your golf swing will disappear from time to time. It is something that will happen and you will need to live with. However, the better the skill level of the Golfer … the less time the golf swing will disappear.

This is where effective practice comes into play. The Golfer that goes to the driving range to merely hit golf balls often experiences longer periods of Disappearing Golf Swings because these are the Golfers that are most often confused with their golf swing. The Player that has an effective Practice PLAN of combining drills with the hitting of golf balls is the Golfer that experiences less time with a Disappearing Golf Swing.

How much time should you spend hitting golf ball versus doing drills? Well, the drills should take up most of your time on the driving range. What do I mean by that? Perhaps you should read the previous Golf Improvement Weekly from May 24th (Issue #332 “Better Golf Practice, Better Golf Swing!”) to getter an idea of what an effective practice session should look like.

First remember how difficult it was to make a consistent toss with that coin … and then you’ll understand how difficult it is to make a consistent golf swing. Thus, your Disappearing Golf Swing is nothing more than a lack of consistency. Yet, the more effective you practice … the more consistent you become. When’s the last time you really looked at the effectiveness of your practice routine?

The Monkey feels his/her swing has left them and starts to experiment with different golf tips their friends give them to find their golf swing

The Player understands their golf swing will disappear from time to time and it is not a time to panic, but a time to do their swing drills

Go ahead, be a Player!
Regards,

Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life

How To Naturally Finish Your Golf Swing

If you had to describe the most important swing technique you need to do … what would it be?

Thoughts such as: swing slow; head still; turn; release; stay down; and follow-through … seem to be amongst the most frequent we hear each day. Yet, the most popular is undoubtedly … “finish the swing”. As many Golfers feel as if their bad shots often happen because they don’t complete their golf swing … “I stop my swing – sometimes I just can’t finish!”
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How To Overcome First Tee Jitters

The idea of standing on the first tee without knowing how you’re going hit your tee shot is enough to make a grown man cry. Believe me … I have seen the tears after watching Golfers hit bad shots.

It doesn’t matter if you’re playing with your best friend or with 3 people you’ve never met before. The anxiety that flows through your body while on the tee box causes many Golfers to make golf swings that often result in a substandard shot that sets the tone for more of the same over your next 17 holes.
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It’s Your Decision To End Blow-up Holes

Would you agree or disagree that the PGA Tour Player has a better golf swing, is better at reading the golf course based on their strengths and weaknesses, as well as being more in control of their emotions from getting too low during a round than the average Golfer?

One reason (of many) they’re better equipped is they have the luxury of listening to the advice of their caddie to help them make decisions on the golf course. Who’s advice are you listening to on the golf course?
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Are You Full Of Swing Tips

Believe me – when it comes to golf tips … we may not have heard it all, but we sure have heard a lot. Holy moly, we hear the same swing tips over and over from Golfers coming to see us when we ask them “what have you been working on in your swing?”

From “I’m trying to close my stance and put the ball farther back to draw the ball” to “I’m trying to get my swing more flat so that I stop coming over the top on my downswing”.
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Can You Take Your Range Swing To The Golf Course

Have you ever taken a golf lesson that helped you hit the golf ball better for a short time? For example: you were told to keep your left arm straight in your swing and then all of a sudden you started to hit the golf ball better.

Then a few days later, you would go to the golf course and lose your swing. Regardless of how much you focused on that same swing tip … you can’t find that effortless swing you had on the driving range.
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Your Backswing Determines Your Forward Swing

As most Golfers that hit inconsistent shots are trying to get a better understanding of why they don’t see consistency … even when talking about their bad shots. Why does one shot go right and the next goes left? “If I’m doing the same thing wrong … shouldn’t my bad shots be similar?”

To give you an answer – you must understand that the same bad movement on your backswing can cause different bad shots on your forward swing. Meaning the same error on your backswing could cause you to hit a ball too far right on one shot … while having you hit the ball too far left on your next shot.
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Explosive Power In Your Golf Swing Isn’t Far Away!

We receive so many questions throughout the winter months about “what can I do in the colder months to work on my game?” So we started creating videos a few weeks ago about strengthening your golf swing.

And although many people are clamoring for golf mechanic specific videos … we believe the winter season is the perfect time to work on your golf swing by working on the mechanisms that allow you to produce consistent movements. In other words – if you improve your muscles by just 10% … you’ll improve your golf swing by 20%.
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Are Your Hips Causing Your Golf Swing Issues?

As the “Golf Tip” has become the “go to” source of instruction for most Golfers trying to improve … it rarely works to give more than temporary relief to what most likely is a bigger swing issue. Or in other words … “swing tips” work as well as using aspirin to cure cancer.

Yet, frustrated Golfers continually try to find the next tip that will magically transform their inconsistent swing into something they can be proud of. Though forever disappointed in their less than stellar results … the Golfer is a persistent creature of habit that’s comfortable using this next tip mentality.
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More Compensations In Your Golf Swing

What are you currently working on in your golf swing? Many Golfers answer: “I’m trying to bring the club back more to the inside.”

What are you focusing on to be able to do that consistently? “I have to have my hands and right elbow come closer to my body … instead of away from my body.”

Does it help you to hit better shots? “Yes, when I do it correctly. But that’s only about half the time.”
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The 8 Commandments To Better Golf

1. I will never go to the driving range to work on my golf swing without a Practice PLAN based on using a specific drill after every 6 shots.

Golfers often have ineffective practice habits when they go to the driving range. Remember, the hitting of the golf ball shouldn’t be considered practice.

Practicing a drill to work on a specific area of your swing is effective practice. The hitting of the golf ball should be used to indicate what drill you should practice before hitting your next 6 golf balls.
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Is Your Golf Swing Fixable?

The golf swing is a series of “Causes and Effects” that determine whether you hit a good shot or not.

When you hit a good shot – it’s because you either have a perfect golf swing … or you have a swing flaw, but you were able to align your compensations to produce a good shot.

The interesting thing about the statement above is that no one in the history of the world has ever had a perfect swing. Every person has a swing flaw. However, the better the Golfer … the less the flaws.
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Should You Try To Hit Down On The Golf Ball?

One of the most frustrating aspects of playing golf is when you hit one good shot … then follow it up with a poor shot that you hit the ground before the golf ball.

This inconsistency is often caused when a Golfer is trying to get under the ball with their golf club to help it up in the air. The good news is that sometimes you get lucky and hit a good shot … but the bad news is that many times you either hit the ground first or you lift up to try to avoid hitting the ground.
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Finding One Golf Swing That Works

Here’s a test for you: when on the golf course, do you ever have days where you hit your irons well … but have a bad day hitting your Driver? Or you hit your Driver well … but all of sudden you forget how to hit your fairway woods?

If you answered yes to either (or both) of those questions … you’re the Golfer that relies on different golf swings for each of these shots: a chip, a pitch, another swing for wedges, a mid iron swing, a long iron swing, a hybrid swing, a fairway wood swing, and of course … a Driver swing. Thus, if you continue this philosophy … you’ll be a permanent member of the “League of Frustrated Golfers”.
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Consistent On The Range – Inconsistent On The Golf Course?

Have you ever hit 3 or 4 perfect shots in a row on the driving range that makes you wonder … “why can’t I do this on the golf course?”

The mystery of why you can’t carry consistency from the range to the course has baffled many Golfers. And as there has been golf psychology books written (and bought by desperate Golfers) about this subject … the issue you’re having has much more to do with how you practice versus the witch doctor teachings of Rotella and others.
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Swing Techniques – Does More Advanced Mean More Better?

It seems that the more a Golfer struggles … the more he/she starts looking for more advanced techniques to solve their problems. Yet, the more advanced the technique you attempt to implement … the worse your swing gets … because “more advanced” also means more difficult.

In order for a Golfer to see improvement … he/she first needs to come to grips with their current skill level. Because there are many Golfers that do not break 90 and 100 that are trying the same (or similar) techniques used by the Tour Players.
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Consistency With Your Driver

The common issue many Golfers have is that when they want to hit the golf ball farther … they usually hit a worse than average shot. As the result is often a shot that is short, or flies into the trees, weeds, or water.

Why is it that when you try to swing harder … you hit bad golf shots? It has to do with the various parts of your body not working in synchronization. Meaning, when a Golfer tries to swing with more power … the brain doesn’t know how to get you into impact at that faster speed.
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The Fragmented Swing Of The Frustrated Golfer

One of our Instructors and I were talking the other night about the increased frustration we’ve seen in Golfers over their inconsistency. We were comparing how much more confused Golfers are about their swings nowadays compared to just 8 years ago.

Yes, Golfers have probably always gotten frustrated since the beginnings of the game. But we’re seeing more people than ever who are at their wit’s end and ready to give up.
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Power In Your Golf Swing

Often times we hear Golfers say they have a problem of using too much of their right side in their golf swing. Left-handed Golfers – just reverse everything I’m saying.

As many Golfers have been told they use too much right side in their golf swing … I believe this is something that needs to be addressed. Because trying to take your right side out of your swing will further damage your efforts of becoming more consistent.
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How To Make Quick Swing Improvements

A very good question each Golfer should know the answer to is: “are there multiple things you need to work on in your golf swing … or is there just 1?”

This is important to know if you want to improve – because you’ll need to prioritize the issues in your swing so you have a place to start. As over 9 out of 10 Golfers just jump into hitting golf balls without a PLAN … and coincidentally these are the people that usually become the most frustrated with continual inconsistency.
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“Be Aware Of These Golf Quotes … They Will Mess Up Your Golf Swing!”

These quotes make me cringe on the golf course because they might be holding you back from becoming more consistent –

“That was a bad shot because I picked up my head” (Trust me, the reason you hit the bad shot happened well before your head moved. The feeling you have that you picked up your head didn’t have anything to do with your bad shot. Unfortunately the more you rely on keeping your head perfectly still … the more inconsistent you will become. Yes, what I wrote might be a tough pill to swallow … however it’s the truth. The head of a PGA Tour Pro moves 3 to 5 inches on their backswing … how can you realistically expect for your head to stay still?)
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Three Simple Thoughts For Your Golf Swing

We have found that to improve your golf swing so that you’re hitting better shots and scoring better on the golf course – Golfers need to improve the ‘tangibles’ in their golf swing … as well as the ‘intangibles’.

A ‘tangible’ would be your golf swing mechanics.

The ‘intangibles’ are the little things that the best Players consistently use … while regular Golfers often ignore. Now this may not be your fault as these ‘intangibles’ may have never been brought to your attention. As most Golfers are taught to focus 100% of their attention on their swing mechanics until they get it.
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How To Hit The Golf Ball Farther Without Swinging Harder!

The common issue many Golfers have is that when they want to hit the golf ball farther … it usually doesn’t end up well. As the result is often a shot that is topped, or flies into the trees, weeds, or water.

Why is it that when you try to swing harder … you hit bad golf shots? It has to do with the various parts of your body not working in synchronization to get you into a consistent impact position. Meaning, when a Golfer that can’t feel their impact position tries to swing harder … the brain doesn’t know how to get them there at that faster speed.
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Power, Consistency, Happiness

A common statement we hear from many frustrated Golfers is that they have been told they are using too much of their right side in their golf swing. However, working to take your right side out of your golf swing will hamper you efforts of creating more consistency and power.

For these Golfers, it isn’t that your right side is doing too much … the problem lies with your left side not doing enough. Or in other words — it may appears as if your right side is doing too much only because your left side isn’t doing enough.
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Driver Distance Equates To Easier Second Shots

As most Golf Professionals are pushing “you need to improve your short game to improve your scores” … we are pushing – “find the weakest part of your game and improve it so that you can lower your scores.”

And in reality – the weakest part of most Golfers game is their Driver. Yes, there are Golfers that hit their Driver well enough to easily get on the green (with a 7 iron or less) in two shots on a Par 4. However, that small select group may make-up about 20% of all Golfers.
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Your Success Playing Golf Depends On …

Your success playing golf depends on 4 key factors: how you hit the golf ball, how you putt the golf ball, how you PLAN each hole, as well as how you handle your emotions throughout the 18 holes.

I will tell you that the average Golfer spends a minimum of 70% of their energy/thought on hitting the golf ball better, 20% of their thought on putting, 9% on their PLAN … but probably not even 1% on controlling the emotions you go through in 18 holes of golf.
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The Proper Way To Hit The Golf Ball Farther

The greatest feeling in golf can often be described as “I hit that ball so good. I hardly felt as if I swung at it. If I could only do that every time”.

While the worst feeling in golf can be “That was so bad. Why do I always try to kill the golf ball?”

Most Golfers that try to swing a little harder often have trouble hitting good golf shots because when you try to swing harder – one part of your body is going to move faster than the rest of your body causing you to become “Disconnected”.
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Does Your Golf Game Shutdown After A Lesson?

Golfers have too much information to think about and much of the instruction they learn contradicts itself.

For example – you sign-up for a 6 lesson series of lessons to improve your consistency. In lesson #1 you’ve been told that you need to “bump” your hips towards the target to shift your weight to your left foot. So you practice and practice shifting your weight. But as soon as it starts becoming easy to do without too much thinking … you start to hit behind the golf ball with your irons.
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Can You Take Your Golf Swing From The Range To The Golf Course?

Why do so many Golfers have trouble taking their driving range swing onto the golf course? What is happening differently on the golf course where you don’t hit the golf ball nearly as straight as you did on the range?

The most obvious answer could be that on the driving range you have less pressure to hit a good shot because there are many other golf balls to progressively correct yourself after hitting a bad shot. Whereas on the golf course … there is only one golf ball that matters.
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Do Your Struggle To Make Your Best Golf Swing Consistently?

As many Golfers struggle to play golf to the level they feel they should play – I understand your frustration. Golf can be frustrating for all levels of Golfers … from the newcomer trying to get the golf ball up in the air to the person qualifying to become a PGA Professional.

And what makes it most frustrating is that you know you have the ability to do better … “but why can’t I play my best when I want to?”
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Happiness Is A Smooth Golf Swing

How can golf look so easy when the PGA Tour Players play … but be so difficult for the regular Golfer? As the Tour Player looks as if he/she is hardly swinging the golf club — the golf ball goes a mile.

Yet when regular Golfers go to hit a golf ball, it looks as if you’re either trying to knock the cover off the golf ball or you’re so afraid of swinging too hard … the ball doesn’t go anywhere.
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Bad Shot, Good Shot, Bad Shot?

The question each Golfer needs to ask is: “how many shots in a row can I expect to make a good golf swing?”

Is the answer 3? Is it 5 shots in a row? Or do you just need to find the secret to your golf swing so that you never hit a bad shot again?

Most Golfers lump all their ‘not so good’ shots into one bucket – the ‘bad shot category’. Which means that each golf swing is being judged as either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
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Golf Has Been Good To Me!

Golf is truly an International Game. Let me give you this example: In the 90-days, from this past Monday, October 4th till the beginning of December we’ll have had golfers come to see us from Japan, Switzerland, Mexico, Malta, Australia, India, Canada, Nigeria and of course the United States. Showing – It doesn’t matter what country you live in – if you play golf, you’re always trying to get better.
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Golf Practice In The Winter

Are you tired of going into each new golf season with high expectations and then ending your season not reaching your goals? This is often followed by you promising yourself that you’re going to work hard during the winter on your grip, your swing plane, keeping your head still, blah, blah, blah. It seems as if every year around this time I get the same emails – “Marc, where I live I can’t play during the Winter, but I want to be ready for the Spring. What can I practice inside my house during the Winter?”
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How To Make A Consistent, Effortless Golf Swing

Have you ever hit a golf shot that felt so good and effortless that you said to yourself – “that was perfect?” If so, then I bet the next words out of your mouth were most likely – “why can’t I do that every time?”

So the question must be – “why?” Why can’t you swing like that consistently? What’s the issue that’s standing in your way of golfing glory? It was probably an effortless golf swing that felt so easy that you say to yourself – “I hardly felt like I put any effort into that swing and look how far it went …. why can’t I swing that easy all the time?”
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How To Make A Consistent Golf Swing With Your Driver

The Driver is the name of the game. There’s nothing more satisfying than walking off the 18th green knowing that you hit your Driver well all day. In fact, there are times that I play golf just because I want the adrenaline rush that accompanies hitting great drives on the golf course.

To put it bluntly – you need to hit your Driver well to have fun on the golf course. Yes, you can hit your Driver well and still not score well on the golf course. Though, it’s very difficult to score well if you’re hitting your Driver poor – tee shot after tee shot.
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How Many Golf Instructors Does It Take?

How may Golf Instructors does it take to screw in a light bulb? If it’s the same amount that it took for me to get my golf swing consistent enough to think about becoming a PGA Professional – it’s a lot more than 1 and little less than 100.

In order to screw in the light bulb – one Instructor will tell you that first you need to position the ladder, then climb up to see what type of light bulb is already being used, then climb back down to get the replacement bulb, then climb back-up to take out the old bulb and put the new one in.
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Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate

What Can You Learn From This Classic Golf Match?

Wow! Was that a fantastic golf match or what? Tiger and Rocco – Player e Player for 19 holes. That’s about as good as it can get.

But, I’m sure you’ve had your fill of hearing and talking about the match. Enough about them already – let’s get to your golf game. What could you take away from the US Open to help your golf game – and I’m not talking about one of Johnny Miller’s tips.
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I’ve Found The Secret To Golf

What’s the Secret?

Is it something in your grip? Could it be that you need to see 3 knuckles instead of 2 knuckles?

Could it be to start your swing with a little more wrist hinge so that you can set the club with more ease?

How about thinking of the acronym HASH as you swing back? You know HASH, don’t you? Meaning the order in which you should move your body parts as you swing the club back –
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Are You Playing For Score?

“Play For Your PLAN, don’t plan for your score.” If you can live by this simple sentence on the golf course, you can succeed in playing well.

If you turn it around to say – “Play for your score, don’t plan for your PLAN” – you’re pretty much going to be a frustrated golfer. Or as we say – you’re a Monkey. And we all know there’s too many Monkeys out there for our own good.
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Meet Mr. Slice

Here it comes again. That big old slice of yours. You knew it would show it’s ugly self again. You just didn’t know when!

The story of your golf life continues. The agony of all agonies on the golf course. So instead of giving tips on how to stop slicing your golf ball like everybody else does, I want you to see what you’re up against. You know the old saying – “Know Your Friends, but Know Your Enemies Better”.
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Who Do You Play Golf For?

Or let me put it another way – When you’re on the golf course, are you ever worried what other people are thinking about your swing or your game?

Monkeys are more worried about how their golf swing looks to others rather than staying focused on their PLAN. Or in other words – it’s more important for you to look like you know what you’re doing in front of other Monkeys, rather than staying focused on your game and scoring well!

OK, I understand that you might not believe what I’m saying or are in self-denial – so lets go to the examples.
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You Know You’re A Monkey If You

Start each statement with: You know you’re a Monkey if you –

Are trying to decide which would be better for you a 9 degree or 10 degree Driver

Explanation – One degree isn’t going to make a noticeable difference. Yes, maybe if you’re clubhead speed is 120 mph and you hit the ball so solid that the difference between your worst drive (270 yards) and your best drive (290 yards) is only twenty yards, you might spend more than a few shots deciding. But, the average male swings at 85 mph (Female – 70 mph) and the difference between your worst drive (140 yards) and your best drive (250 yards) is too inconsistent to have one degree make a difference.
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This Is My Worst

How bad do you want it? It seems that the more you sit inside and the less you’re out playing golf – the more excited and optimistic about your golf game you become. Isn’t that odd? Odd, why odd? Because you might not believe this, but there are people out there that get upset on the golf course. Really, strange as that may seem, there are. I’ve seen it before with my own eyes.
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Do You Remember?

Do you remember this from January 4, 2004? It was one of our most popular and I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it again because I’ll wager a good sum of cash that it applies to your golf game!

So Close, Yet So Far Away. That’s my game – I’m so close to breaking through, but I just can’t. I know what it is that I need to do, but for some reason I can’t put it all together at the same time. What’s holding you back from getting it all together at the same time so that you start to see results?
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Have Fun Playing Golf! What makes golf fun for you?

Nothing! Nothing about golf is fun. I really don’t like the game at all. It’s too dang frustrating for me to play because I can’t seem to be consistent enough to enjoy myself out on the golf course. I mean, how can you have fun when all you do is slice the ball into the trees or hit your divots farther than you hit the golf ball? Hey, I can’t help it, that’s my game!
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Are You A 70% Player Or A 30% Monkey?

How can a game that looks so easy be so hard? How can it look as if that Player on the PGA or LPGA Tour is hardly swinging the club, yet the ball goes a mile?

And I ask this because when the regular Golfers in this world go to hit a golf ball, it looks as if you’re either trying to knock the cover off the ball or you’re so afraid of swinging too hard that you swing so slowly that the ball doesn’t go anywhere.
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Habits are Habits

Habits in Golf are usually classified as being good or bad. Have you ever heard of Mediocre Habits?

Mediocre Habits – this is like a gray area. You know that you have some Good Habits and you know have some Bad Habits – these are easy to spot because they’re black or white, they standout and that’s good. You can notice your Bad Habits and correct them and you can see your Good Habits. But it could be your Mediocre Habits that are killing your golf game.
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How To Score On The Golf Course

How To Score!

What’s happening on the golf course around the greens? It’s getting scary out there! When I go out on the golf course I see golfers walking up to play their short game shots with 4-different clubs in their hands and then having a brain meltdown trying to decide which club to use. You ever see anyone do that? It’s like time just stops and their standing over their ball in this purple haze trying to decide what to do.
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Play Golf Like Vince Lombardi

Here’s an analogy for you and your golf game- It’s Football season here in America or as our European, Asian, African, South American, Australian, Mexican and Canadian friends say – it’s American Football season. And one things strikes me every year at about this time – why can’t the Arizona Cardinals ever breakthrough to the next level. Please stay with me, this relates to your golf game!
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How To Hit Your ‘Long Irons’

What’s the difference between hitting your 9-iron and hitting your 3-iron? What a huge question! There are 5-other golf clubs between these 2-clubs – So surely you need to swing them differently. Right? I mean, isn’t that what everybody says you need to do?

It’s like the Monkey says – “You need to hit down with your short irons and sweep your long irons.”
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How Easy Do You Make Your Golf Swing?

What are 9 of the most popular golf swing thoughts that many Golfers have before hitting a golf ball?

  1. Keep my head still
  2. Left arm straight (right arm for left handed Golfer)
  3. Shift my weight
  4. Eye on the golf ball
  5. Turn my shoulders
  6. Don’t sway
  7. Make sure to swing easy
  8. Clear my hips on the way through
  9. Follow through all the way

Now which of these 9 are you thinking about before and during each shot? What? All 9?! Before and during each shot? Seriously? Wow!!!
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How To Draw The Golf Ball

My understanding of the game of golf is that you’re trying to get the ball into the hole in the least number of strokes possible. Whether it’s for your own personal satisfaction or if you’re in a golf tournament – you’re a winner if you have taken the least amount of strokes.

How you play on the golf course isn’t judged by how beautiful your ball flight is. It isn’t like American Idol or Dancing With The Stars where you get voted off the golf course if you’re not hitting a perfect 1 yard draw.
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