Month: October 2016

No One Is Safe After Making a Birdie!

Are you more likely to hit a bad tee shot after making a double bogey (or worse) on the previous hole? Or are you more likely to hit a bad tee shot after making a birdie on the previous hole?

It is amazing how many Golfers I have seen make a great birdie (or miraculous par) on one hole and then get up on the next tee box and hit their worst drive of the day. Why is it that after having a terrific hole would you follow it up with a terrible tee shot?
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A Better Golf Swing Using Simple Improvements

There’s nothing like the expectation of standing on the tee feeling confident that you’re going to make a nice, smooth golf swing that produces a great drive down the middle of the fairway. Being able to watch the golf ball sail through the air as it splits the fairway is worth everything and anything!

That’s what we want every time we step on the tee. It’s what I want, it’s what Tiger wants, it’s what Annika wants – and I’m sure it is what you want.
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Are You Using Your Golf Swing Or Their Golf Swing?

As we move from August to September – it would be nice to hear that your golf scores continually improved throughout the summer. Which brings me to this question: “were you playing to improve each round or were you more focused on searching for your golf swing every time it was your shot?” It would be great to hear that most Golfers were improving each round … yet reality is that most Golfers spend 18 holes just trying to survive from golf swing to golf swing.
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Golf – Believe It or Not!

I recently observed a situation you mightl be surprised to hear. In fact, many of you may not believe this story at all.

On the golf course the other day, I was watching a mid 90’s to mid 100’s Golfer play a few holes. On the 1st hole (a Par 4), this Golfer was on the green in 3 shots and then 3 putted for a 6. On the 2nd hole (a Par 4), was on in 2 shots and 3 putted for a 5. On the 3rd hole (a Par 3), was on in 1 shot and 3 putted for a 4.
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Be Aware Of These Golf Quotes – Could These Old Sayings Be Messing 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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Why Can’t I Improve!

Why is it that some Golfers improve so swiftly and some Golfers don’t improve as fast?

How is it possible that we see a Golfer that struggles to break 100 and then within a few weeks, he/she is emailing us about shooting an 88? Yet, how is it possible that we also can get an email from time to time from a similar Golfer that writes – “Although, I feel as if I improved, my scores aren’t showing the improvement I’ve seen from other Golfers that have written to you on your website and in Golf Improvement Weekly each week.”
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Are You Committed To Your Strengths?

The day has come for you to make a commitment to your Golf Game.

The Player makes a commitment to “play to their Strengths and stay away from their Weaknesses!”

The Monkey doesn’t even make an attempt to know what their Strengths and Weaknesses are!

So what are your Strengths and Weaknesses? Most Golfers aren’t honest about what they do well, or what they do great or what they’re so inconsistent in doing that they shouldn’t even consider doing it on the golf course.
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How I Went From a 16 to a 3 Handicap – And How You Can To

You know, I give more credit to a 16 handicap that goes to a 3 handicap than I give to a Golfer that makes it to the PGA Tour. Don’t get me wrong – the PGA Tour Player is the greatest Golfer in the world. The skill level of this Player is off the charts. Though, a Golfer that has limited time to work on their game as they juggle family, career and the time those two factors take away from golf time – to be able to improve your average score by 13 strokes into the low single digits is more than impressive.
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How Do You Warm-up?

Your Warm-up to play golf can be such an over-looked aspect in how you play on the golf course. Many Golfers take it for granted how vital the process of warming-up can be to your results on the golf course.

And although there are many types of Golfers that play many different styles of golf on the course – there aren’t many different styles of warming-up that are exhibited by everyday Golfers. By my count there are basically 4 different styles of Golfers for warming-up besides the GMS Golfer style.
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Are You A Monkey Or A Player

Why do we call a frustrated Golfer a Monkey? It has nothing to do with one’s ability. It has to do with how a Golfer goes about learning. I’ve seen Monkey’s that shoot in the low 80’s and I’ve seen Players that are just starting to break 100. The difference is that the Monkey will become frustrated because they’re in the same scoring range for an extended period of time – while the Player is excited because they’re seeing improvement every time they step on the golf course.
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How To Practice Over The Winter

Are you sick and tired of going into each new golf season with high expectations and then ending your season not reaching your goals? Then you promise yourself that you’re going to work hard during the winter to work on your grip, your swing plane, keeping your head still. And 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 garage during the Winter?”
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Hard, Smooth or Easy – How Do You Swing Your Driver?

The thought of swinging too hard is enough to make even the best Golfer stop to take a deep breath. For as long as many of us can remember, it’s been beaten into our brains that swinging too hard is one of the 3 Golf Commandments never to betray.

And so it is that whenever you hit a bad drive – the first thing that pops out of the mouth of anybody within a half-wedge away is: ‘Man, you looked like you were really trying to kill that ball!’ And your reply is most likely: ‘Yeah, I tried to hit that one a mile.’
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Congratulations to Brian Vranesh. Who’s Brian Vranesh? He’s Mr. 81 on the PGA Tour this year!

Congratulations to Brian Vranesh. Who’s Brian Vranesh? He’s Mr. 81 on the PGA Tour this year!

What’s Mr. 81? He’s the first Player on the PGA Tour this year to score above 80. Now this isn’t to make fun of or ridicule Vranesh – this is just to show that even people who play golf for a living can have a “bad” round. Yet a “bad” score for Mr. Vranesh might actually be a great round for you. As GMS is a big believer in using a Result Based Approach to help Golfers improve – and the results of our Golfers show GMS works – we’re going to use Vranesh’s “bad” 81 to help you score a “great” 81.
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Why Henry Hates Golf’ Part IV: Finale

So we left off last week’s Why Henry Hates Golf speaking about how to get the golf ball up in the air. The common fallacy in golf is that you need to get underneath the golf ball to get it up in the air. And if you try to get underneath the golf ball – you’re probably going to either hit behind the golf ball (meaning the ground before the ball – which is never good to do, unless you’re in a sand bunker next to the green) or you’re going to avoid hitting the ground by compensating in some way that you’ll end up hitting the top of the golf ball.
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Are You Practicing Your Core?

Can you improve your swing by working on it 100% of the time? Can you improve your swing even more by working on your swing 50% of the time and working on your body 50% of the time? There’s no doubt you’d find a lot more consistency splitting your time between practicing your swing and working on your body – than if you just worked on your swing 100% of the time!
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Don’t Let Slow Play Affect Your Golf Game

More than a few Golfers have written to me asking if I could write an article on “how to keep my poise and play golf with very slow Golfers”. This seems to be an issue that affects a lot of Golfers and your ability to keep your rhythm going on the golf course.

Let me start by telling you a story about my golf game the other day. Unfortunately, I don’t play as much golf as you probably think I do. So when I do have a chance to play – it’s a special treat. Then add the fact that I was going to meet an old friend I hadn’t seen in over a year and that I was also playing at my all-time favorite golf course … well, you can then understand my disappointment being paired up with Mr. Coors Light.
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Why Henry Hates Golf Part Two

Continuing from last weeks ‘Why Henry Hates Golf’ we left off with Henry saying to Marc that he is frustrated with his game and wants to become more consistent. Marc starts to speak about what the best players do to become more consistent and Henry is eagerly awaiting his answer.

“Well Henry, first you’ll need to find where your strengths and weaknesses are in order to really know where you need to practice.”
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Does A Better PLAN or Better Ball Striking Produce Better Scores?

Why is it that on the first tee you can always tell who’s a Player and who’s struggling with inconsistency. I mean even before this Golfer swings to hit the golf ball – you can tell how good a shot they’re going to make. The Player just has this look about him/her – they reek of confidence that tells you that they’re a Player that’s going to hit a beautiful shot – to the point that even if you’re not in this Player’s group, you stop everything you’re doing just to watch them swing. Can you picture that scenario? And I’m not talking about how they dress. It has nothing to do with their clothes – but more to do with their actions.
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How To Hit the Golf Ball Farther

Hitting the golf ball farther should be a priority of yours. If you look at the top Golfers in the world – the majority of them hit the golf ball a good distance. The problem is that many Golfers continually hit bad golf shots because of their quest to hit the golf ball farther.

For the struggling Golfer – hitting the golf ball longer usually comes down to swinging harder. For the Player – hitting the golf ball longer comes down to having an efficient golf swing so that every part of your body is moving together. There’s a huge difference between these two strategies.
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Improve Your Golf By Watching John Daly

Can you improve your golf game by watching John Daly? Yes, you absolutely can. You just have to know what to look for.

As much fun as it used to be to watch John Daly hit a golf ball – it’s sad to see him now. It doesn’t look as if he’s having a fun time on the golf course – well, I guess the same can be said of most Golfers that are struggling. If you only were able to see Daly during his prime on television when he – ‘Gripped it and Ripped it’, you missed something special because there was nothing like seeing him live and standing next to him as he hit a golf ball. It was incredible!
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Only A Small Percentage Of Golfers Will Improve

“Only A Small Percentage Of Golfers Will Improve”

Why we call a frustrated Golfer a Monkey has nothing to do with one’s ability or the scores that you shoot. It has to do with how a Golfer goes about the learning and improvement process. I’ve seen Players that are just starting to break 100 and I’ve seen Monkeys that shoot in the low 80’s. The difference is that the Monkey will become frustrated because they’re in the same scoring range for an extended period of time – while the Player is excited because they’re seeing improvement every time they step on the golf course.
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How To Fix The Cause Of Golf Swing Problems

‘How To Fix The Cause Of Golf Swing Problems?’

All I want for Christmas is a …. Golf swing. Imagine if it was as easy as sending a letter to the North Pole.

“Santa, all I want is a consistent golf game. I’ve been a good ___ (girl or boy, you fill in the blank). I’ve been nice to the ones around me. And yes, I have been practicing hard for the last few years to improve my golf swing. Yet, like most people – I don’t improve as much as I should, regardless of what I do. Please, please, please put a brand new, shiny golf swing under the tree for me this year!
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Why Henry Hates Golf

“I hate this game! I hate it! Why do I play this stupid game? I quit – I’m never playing again!” Henry blasted himself.

I heard Henry as he was walking to his car and wondered why he was so down on himself. Henry is a hard worker, I see him at least once a week hitting balls on the practice range. I’ll be going to the first tee with a Golf Made Simple class to do our on-course Instruction and there will be Henry banging balls on the practice range – one after another – “looking for the magic”.
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Your Golf Game – Would You Rather Hit Longer Drives Or Fewer Puts

Would You Rather hit the golf ball 300 yards and have 41 putts a round or Would You Rather hit the ball 200 yards and have 27 putts a round?

Both the 300 yard drives and the 27 putts are great stats to have. Both signify that you have talent. But, it’s rare to have a Golfer that can do both. I guess the way I look at it is – 100 yards more off the tee box doesn’t equal 14 strokes. Besides it’s a lot simpler to acquire a good putting stroke than it is to acquire the swing speed (and control of that swing speed to make center contact) so that you can propel the ball an extra 100 yards. So why not improve your scores instantly by practicing your putting more this year?
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What Causes Compensations in Your Golf Swing?

The idea that golf needs to be as complicated as many Golfers are making it is a frustrating/confusing concept to me. Every week, I hear of a new, groundbreaking concept that someone has come up with that’ll help all Golfers to hit the golf ball farther and straighter. I’ve heard about new grips, swing plane concepts, weight transfer systems, along with stuff I don’t want to even mention that supposedly will make your swing automatic.
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What Can Your Learn From A PGA Tour Player?

Stats are a great way for you to understand what your expectations should be on the golf course. And believe it or not, many Golfers expectations of what the range of scores that they should be scoring is far off. For example: once a Golfer scores a 95 for the first time, they usually expect to score from 95 to 100 in their next 10 rounds. And when this doesn’t happen, there’s a sense of that you’re not improving and possibly getting worse.
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Video Analysis For Your Golf Swing

So the Golfer said to me – “I want to get my swing on video so I can see what I’m doing wrong. I want to compare my swing side by side to a PGA Tour Player’s swing to see what I need to correct.”

And I said to myself – Here’s another Golfer that’s about to take a drive down the infamously long road of Frustrated Golfer Lane. For some Golfers this road never ends – it just goes on and on and on until they either quit or just accept their fate of not being a good Golfer (or as some frustrated Golfers would call themselves – I’m just a hack).
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The Value Of Each Golf Swing On The Golf Course

When’s the last time you gave your golf game a thorough self assessment to find where you need to improve the most?

Most Golfers can not give themselves an accurate assessment about their golf game because they do not diligently track what they do well and what they’re inconsistent with. They just go out on the golf course and play. If they hit a good shot … “that was a good shot.” If they hit a bad shot … “I am so inconsistent!”
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Get Out Of The Sand Bunker In One Shot

What is it about the sand bunker shot that scares the pants off some Golfers?

Why is it that some Golfers can just hop in the sand, look at the target, wiggle their feet into the sand and get the ball out every time? Yet some Golfers go into the sand knowing what they exactly need to do, feel like they’re doing everything correctly – yet, the ball is often left in the sand or hit on a line drive over the green into perhaps another sand bunker?
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Do Not Swing Toe-up To Toe-up. Another GMS Video To Improve Your Golf Swing

Based on working with over 1,200 Golfers each year … one of the most taught golf tips that Golfers are working on is called “Toe-up to Toe-up”.

Unfortunately for people trying to improve their golf swing … “Toe-up to Toe-up” has been taught so often that it has been pretty much annointed as being as important as “keeping your head down” and “keeping your left arm straight”.
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Is Your Golf Swing As Consistent As Tiger Woods’ Swing?

Continuing from last week’s Golf Improvement Weekly about the length of your drives ….. Tiger Woods only hits a drive over 300 yards 24% of the time. Or in other words – only once in four drives. So if his drives over 300 yards can be considered his best drives – then 3 out of every 4 drives the ‘Best Player On The Planet’ hits would have to be classified as either average or below average for Tiger.
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The Consistent Habits Of The Inconsistent Golfer

There are a few characteristics of a consistent Player that all Golfers should be striving to achieve. For if you don’t know what it takes to be consistent … how will you ever make it there? As most Golfers just go out and do the same things over and over again, repeating the same mistakes in their approach to becoming consistent – they’re often left wondering why they never improve.
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Why Doesn’t Your Golf Swing Improve?

Why do some Golfers improve while others are stagnant for years? How is it possible that one Golfer that has been playing for 15 years has been a 21 handicap for 13 of those years and another Golfer that has been playing for 3 ½ years is already down to an 11 handicap. And the kicker is that they practiced just as much, they’re both in good shape, they both want to improve just as much as the other and they both have bought new equipment in the last couple of years.
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Do You Take Golf Tips From Strangers?

After the longest hiatus that Golf Improvement Weekly has ever seen (2 months) – we’re back. Just as it maybe a good thing for Golfers to take a break from the game every-once-in-a-while to refresh your brain – GIW needed to do the same. Although GMS had a record year in 2008, and 2009 is actually ahead of 2008 – it’s been a hectic 9 months (with 3 new GMS locations opening), along with everything else. So, we just needed a break from writing.
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Is Your Golf Swing Difficult

Why is it that Golf is often referred to as the most difficult sport to play?

Yes, golf is difficult if you want to score in the low 70‘s. Especially if you have only played for a few years, play only occasionally, spend more time working than working on your game, etc.

But it shouldn’t be a difficult game to play or to hit good golf shots. If it seems that you are struggling to improve … it may not be your fault.
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Do You Hate Blow-up Holes on the Golf Course?

What’s the percentage of time that you take out your 3 wood for your second shot on a Par 5 hole? If you’re like most Golfers, the answer could be 80% or higher. Though, the Players on the PGA Tour aren’t even close to that high of a percentage.

So why are you using your 3 wood more than the PGA Tour Player? And please don’t say because the PGA Tour Players hit their Driver so much farther than you – because they play a golf course that’s much longer than the course you play – so things balance out.
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Why Golf on TV is Hurting Your Game

Watching golf on TV is great especially if there’s a great match going on like they did last Sunday at the Honda Classic in South Florida. When a golf match gets down to the last few holes with a few Players around the lead you get to see all the great shots and all the shots that don’t go as great – or as the golfer watching on TV says when the Player goofs-up “Hey that looks like me, I could’ve done that.” But, because most of the time these Players that are in contention are in the “Zone” or as we like to say – they’re on a streak of good shots – you only see the best golfers at their very best. And in a way, this is unfortunate because it would actually help your game if you’re able to watch the best Players In The World struggle a little bit.
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Evolution of a Golf – Go From a Frustrated Golfer to a Player

The Evolution of a Golfer
Go From a Frustrated Golfer to a Happy Player!

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Why is it that it seems like some people that begin to play golf pick-it-up right away? Then before you know it, they’re breaking 100, busting through 90 and in less than 2 years – they’re in the 80’s for a short spell before moving into the 70’s in year 3 or 4.
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Better Golf Swings For Better Scores On Par 5’s

As we were reviewing some past articles from Golf Improvement Weekly, we came across this ‘gem’ from January 18th, 2005 about playing better on the Par 5’s. As many of the people reading this weren’t subscribers 3 years ago and I doubt the people who were subscribers would remember this article – we’re repeating it. Not because we’re lazy – but because it has some excellent points that’ll help you eliminate your ‘Blow-up Holes’.
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Why Henry Hates Golf – Have You Ever Met Henry?

“I hate this game! I hate it! Why do I play this stupid game? I quit – I’m never playing again!” Henry blasted himself.

I heard Henry as he was walking to his car and wondered why he was so down on himself. Henry is a hard worker, I see him standing on the practice range at least once a week hitting golf balls. I’ll be going to the first tee with a Golf Made Simple class to do our on-course Instruction and there will be Henry banging golf ball after golf ball on the practice range – one after another – “looking for the magic”.
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Scoring Better On The Par 5’s

Over 90% of the Golfers we see average more over par on the Par 5’s than on the Par 3’s or 4’s. While 100% of the PGA Tour Players average more under par on the Par 5’s than they do on the 3’s and 4’s.

Maybe there’s something we can learn from the best Players?

For example: Adam Scott’s average score on the Par 5’s is 4.4 strokes per hole. On the Par 4’s … his average is 4.03. And on Par 3’s is 3.17.
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Creating An Automatic Golf Swing

Why does it seem like some people are “naturally talented” at golf, while others “just can’t get it”? When the talented people first start to play … they soon begin to break 100 before busting through 90 into the 80’s.

On the other hand – some people feel as if “I can never get it!” These Golfers started off like most people learning the game, taking baby steps towards improving and then within two years they hit a wall and stay in that same scoring range for the next 5, 10, 20 years.
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Halfway Through Your Summer Golf Season

In many parts of the United States, Canada and Europe, you’re halfway through your summer Golf Season. You might only have a few months of good golf weather remaining until your golf clubs are put-a-way in the basement, garage or wherever you put them until spring.

So tell me (or tell yourself) – what have you accomplished so far this year on the golf course? Lower scores, more consistent ball striking, a better understanding of your golf swing, or did nothing get better? Hopefully the answers are one of the first three options as opposed to the last.
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Are You Chipping Like A Pro Or Like The Normal Golfer

How is it that the best Players in the world look relaxed when chipping? While the Golfers at your local course set-up with tense arms and a strained look on their face.

As the struggling Golfer is creating tension by trying to limit hand, wrist and body motion … the great Player uses hand and body motion for feel. Thus, many of the things you’re trying to eliminate in your chipping stroke could be causing you to become more inconsistent.
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Four Steps To Consistency On The Golf Course

One –stop Fidding by trying to add new things to your swing … you already have enough to think about. Everybody’s going to hit bad shots – hopefully not often, but it’ll happen.

This is where a Player has properly prepared by having a “go to drill” they use to regain the feel they have temporarily lost. This drill will help them to find their swing within two or three shots.
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Eliminate Your Golf Swing Checklist

Why is it that some people never seem to be able to “get” the golf swing? They try to improve, they take lessons, they hit golf balls … but they continue to struggle.

And then there are others that don’t seem to put nearly as much effort into improving … but they seem to swing smooth and hit a good ball whenever you see them play.

What’s the difference between these two Golfers?
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Why Is It Difficult To Shoot Your Lowest Score

As it often takes multiple opportunities to pass a Magic Number (for example: Phil Mickelson, Michelle Wie, Sergio Garcia, etc.) … it becomes a series of being so close, but then making a bad score on the 18th hole. Or after hitting your Driver great all day … out of nowhere, you start hitting it terrible on the 15th hole. Or needing to make a 6 foot putt on the last hole that just rolls across the edge of the cup without going in.
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Practicing Correctly At The Range For A Consistent Golf Swing

Every Golfer has the ability to make improvements each time they go to the golf course.

But unfortunately, the style of practice for the majority of Golfers doesn’t allow for this as their practice comes down to simply searching for a swing that produces a great shot – then trying to repeat it. But if the next one isn’t equally as great – you are off to find something else.
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Your Golf Game Has Good Habits & Bad Habits — What About Mediocre Habits?

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

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 and continue to profit from them. But it could be your Mediocre Habits that are killing your golf game.
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To Achieve Better Scores –‘ Sometimes You Need To Lose So The Can Learn How To Win’

‘Sometimes You Need To Lose So That You Can Learn How To Win’

It seems as though many Golfers get so close to shooting their best score ever, but then we ultimately, out of nowhere, do something to mess ourselves up on the last hole or two. Fortunately, this is a process that doesn’t need to be constantly repeating itself. There is a way to get over the hump so that you don’t “shoot yourself in the foot” on those last couple of holes.
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US Open – Pebble Beach – Tiger Woods –The Last Time The US Open Was In Pebble Beach – History Was Made

The Last Time The US Open Was In Pebble Beach -History Was Made! Who Will Make History In 2010?

As the US Open Golf Tournament returns this coming weekend, it should provide for interesting theater as there are a few big, boldfaced names involved: US Open – Pebble Beach – Tiger Woods. Three subjects – each alone is powerful enough to pique even the most casual golf fans interest. Yet, considering the history of those three names, when used together – there aren’t many things that have the potential of being more exciting.
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