Month: October 2016

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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How To Break Your Magic Number (And Shoot Your Best Golf Score Ever!)

Breaking through your Magic Number can be one of the hardest, most nerve raking events a Golfer experiences on the golf course. What’s a Magic Number? Your Magic Number is a score that you want to beat for the first time. And many times it drives Golfers crazy when they can’t get past it. Which often times leads to purchases of what are advertised as game changing training aides seen on late night infomercials.
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How Are You Out Of The Sand Bunker?

If there’s one place on the golf course that I have seen more people consistently struggle than anywhere else – it has to be the sand bunker. At GMS we have defined 4 Levels of Sand Bunker Players. And have found that once a Golfer knows their Level, understands why they’re at that Level and then starts implementing strategies to get to the next Level – they start to become more consistent out of the sand.
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Hit The Golf Ball Farther With Your Driver

Everybody wants more distance with their Driver. How can you get more distance?

The old joke goes that if you want more distance with your Driver – move to Denver, Colorado. Where the air is thin and you get an extra 10% on your drives because of it.

Yet, that’s not reality for most of us – plus the golf course architects have gotten smarter lately by making the golf courses out there – 10% longer. So the old joke doesn’t work anymore – it all equals out in Denver nowadays.
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Hit Your Driver Like A Top Tour Player

Here we go again with Driving Accuracy. As this may come as a shock for any Golfer that has been diligent in trying to keep their golf ball on the short grass – Driving Accuracy when it comes to simply hitting Fairways is the most overrated stat in all sports. Now, I know that reading this information probably upsets many Golfers whose battle cry on the links is simply – “if I could just hit more fairways I could …!”
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Top 3 Reasons Your Golf Game Isn’t Improving

#1 You don’t practice enough

Do you need to practice your golf swing in order to improve? This is an often asked, yet excellent question. So to give you an answer, I’d like to use an analogy to make a point about improving your golf swing. If you decided at 40 years old that you wanted to become a pitcher for a local baseball team, however you hadn’t played baseball for 25 years – would you need to practice throwing pitches before your first game?
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The Golden Rules Of The Golf Swing

What movement in sport has more to-do’s, along with more not-to-do’s than the golf swing? In the golf swing we have the Golden Rules like: we need to “shift our weight” – yet not “sway”. In the golf swing we need to “cock our wrists” – yet not “flip our wrists”. In the golf swing most Golfers will tell you that you can’t lift your left heel on the back swing (right handed Golfer) and yet, if you don’t lift your heel – many don’t have the flexibility to make a “perfect” shoulder turn.
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What’s The Toughest Task In Golf?

What’s the most difficult task to accomplish in golf? And please don’t say winning the Masters. So to rephrase this – What’s the most difficult task to accomplish for the mortal golfer?

Well, this is just my opinion, but until proven otherwise I’m sticking with it – Shooting Your Age! What’s Shooting Your Age? It’s when you play a round of golf and your score is the same or less than your age. For example: You’re 72 years old and you scored 72 strokes or less.
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The Weakest Part Of My Game

Why do all great Players say that the weakest part of their game is their short game and the vast majority of Monkey’s say that the weakest part of their game is their long game?

Or let me explain it this way – Do you know how many times I’ve seen a golfer have more than 34 putts during a round of golf? Well, to give you an idea of how many times I’ve seen golfers ruin their score by taking an excessive number of putts – pick a number between 1 and 9 and then add as many zero’s after that number as you can picture (oh, and then add a couple more zero’s after that). And with the consistency of the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, this golfer will look at their scorecard, read out loud that they scored 97 and then with the conviction of a politician say – “If I could just hit my Driver and long irons better, all my problems would be solved!”
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Is Your Practice Influencing Your Golf Swing?

(Do You Practice In A Way That Negatively Effects Your Swing)

There might not be anything that impresses me more about a Golfer than their ability to practice effectively. To be able to go the driving range and/or practice area with a Practice PLAN to improve shows how serious a Golfer is towards improving. And I’m sorry if this offends you … but a Golfer that goes to just hit golf balls for the sake of trying to improve, is not serious about improving their golf swing!
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