Author: Marc Solomon

Is My Golf Swing More Mental Or Physical?!

Whether Golf is more ‘Mental or Physical’ has been debated for as long as I’ve been around the game … and started well before I stepped on this planet.

Is one more important than the other … or is it a balance that creates a consistent golf swing?

When one’s mind isn’t clear … it’s difficult to sync up the physical movements in your golf swing. So, perhaps … your golf swing starts in your mind … yet, the limitations of your body (physical) sends signals back to the brain saying whether it can or can’t do what you’re asking for. With the brain then coming up with a ‘McGyver’ type of compensation to make up for your physical limitations.

Thus, a lack of consistency! As it takes incredible skill to be repeatedly consistent while managing multiple compensations in your golf swing.

This week’s video will introduce you to the Anxiety Scale … and how understanding the scale can help you to better balance the Mental and Physical to play a more consistent game on the golf course.

Are You Attempting To Not Use Your Hands In Your Golf Swing?

Syncing Your Body & Hands Produces More Consistency!

Many Golfers that come to GMS tell us that they’ve been told not to use their hands in the golf swing – “My Pro told me to take my hands out of the swing!”

Yet, that Pro might be telling you this because that is what they do in their own golf swing. Even though his/her problem shot is hitting the ball with a lot of power, albeit to the left. You on the other-hand are hitting the ball with less power (than you’re capable of) and off to the right.

Yes, the Pro might need to take his/her hands out of their swing to prevent hitting hooks to the left. However, your “Hot Issue” of hitting to the right might mean that you need more hands in your golf swing.

So taking your hands out of the swing is just going to make you weaker and having your golf balls flying farther right!!!

This week’s video will continue with last week’s theme of learning how to incorporate your hands so that they work equally with your body.

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The Importance Of Your Hands In The Golf Swing

This Week’s Video – Fixing Your Slice … Where’s The Best Place To Start?

On the golf course, are there more Slicers or more Golfers that score above 90? While I’ve never completed a formal study … my guess is it would be a similar number.

This is not to say that all Golfers that score over 90 slice the ball and that all Golfers below 90 hit it straight. Though, there’s no doubt that slicing the Driver plagues more ‘Above 90 Golfers’ than those in ‘Below 90 Fraternity’

So, if that’s true … we’ve got some work to do on straightening your shots … especially your Driver!

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‘Using Your Body To Get Through The Golf Ball For Power!’

This Week’s Video – Create Natural Power Without Swinging Too Hard!

Does Power come from the Turn? Does it come from your hips? Does it come from whipping your arms & hands? Or is it the perfect combination that creates your very best shots?

Yet, when Golfers want to give a little extra power to a shot … those body parts often have different ideas on what creates power. Thus, we mostly experience bad shots when trying to hit the golf ball a little farther than our skill level allows.

This week’s video focuses on how to get your body more connected to produce better shots more often … by hitting from the knees!

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‘How Much Do You Need To Open Your Club In the Sand Trap?’

This Week’s Video – Opening Your Clubface Too Much Could Be Trapping You!

If you’re having trouble in the sand bunker … could you be trying to do too many tasks such as opening your club face and your stance, as well as stressing over hitting the absolute proper amount of sand at a precise measurement before the golf ball?

What if I told you that getting out of the sand isn’t as tough as some Golfers make it? And while it’s not always easy to get out in one shot … are you making it tougher than necessary?

This week’s video will give an introduction to show you how the sand bunker isn’t as difficult as many Golfers make it. And that some techniques being taught … are making the sand tougher than necessary!

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‘Getting Through The Golf Ball For More Distance Can Be Improved With One Simple Move!’

Watch This Week’s Video – Flare It Out & Air It Out!

If you’re having trouble getting through the golf ball … does that mean you need to force your hips and shoulders to turn?

What if I told you that something as simple as turning your foot could improve your shoulder and hip turn … resulting in a smoother swing? The PGA Tour Pros do it … do you?

This week’s video will show you how simple it can be to improve your turn, follow-through, and finish!

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‘You Can Practice Distance & Accuracy At The Same Time Using This Drill!’

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Finding the perfect combination of distance and accuracy should be at the top of the list for any Golfer that wants to have fun playing golf. Because when you do find your swing … you hit your best, most satisfying golf shots.

Though, most Golfers we meet are working on their golf swing with the “Either Or” Approach. Meaning they’re either working on distance or accuracy … however, they aren’t doing the things necessary to work on both at the same time.

Many Golfers that work on fixing their slice … end up losing a lot of the distance they used to have. So working on Distance & Accuracy together is ‘muy importante!’ … if you truly want to become more consistent.

This week’s video should help you to better understand how you can practice both without overthinking!

Use Natural Hip & Body Movement To Create Consistency & Power In Your Golf Swing

‘It’s As Simple As A Wood-Chop! Chop Wood For Golf Swing Consistency!’

Consistency is more easily repeated when your body works together to create a powerful golf swing.

Yet, because much of the Golf Instruction that’s readily available focuses on working on individual parts until their perfect: hips, shoulders, arms, wrists, weight shift, head down, left arm straight. Many Golfers become ‘Head Cases’ when they can’t coordinate these movements on a fairly consistent basis!

When you can Feel your body working together … it’s much easier to repeat the good swings, as well as experiencing far less anxiety while trying to find your “Lost Swing!”

This week’s video should help you to better understand how the hip turn, shoulder turn, and weight shift can happen more naturally

What’s Preventing You From Finishing Your Follow-through? Watch This Week’s Video!

‘Improved Distance, Accuracy & Consistency’

Although not being able to Follow-through does not determine how the ball flies … it does show that something in your golf swing maybe out of sync prior to the club meeting the golf ball.

Though, you can’t fix a bad Follow-through by practicing your Follow-through!

Not being able to Follow-through is an Effect of something else malfunctioning … thus, we have to look deeper into your golf swing to uncover what’s impeding your Follow-through … The Cause!

Where most Golf Instruction fails is that the Instructor tries to fix the Effect before finding the Cause … and that’s when the chaos begins.

In this week’s video … Marc will show what might be preventing you from moving through the ball. As well as demonstrating how you can dig further into your swing to find your own “Tour Pro Finish”

Releasing Your Golf Swing To Hit The Golf Ball Farther … Watch This Week’s Video!

Golfers looking for more distance are often battling between swaying too much or protecting against the sway by standing overly stiff. Even the PGA & LPGA Tour Players have to work on balancing too much vs too little while they practice. So you probably should also!

We have found that the more successful the Golfer … the better they’re able to find the balance between power and control. The less skilled the Golfer … the harder it is to find that balance.

So how can you release more power while maintaining accuracy?

With this week’s video/drill, you can start determining how much is too much, how much is too little, and of course … how much is perfect for your golf swing.

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Create Power In Your Golf Swing For More Distance

‘Learn To Balance Accuracy With The Desire For Distance’
When you try to smash the ball as far as you can … you’ll see your accuracy decrease

Which often leads many Golfers to being overly focused on swinging slower than they are capable of … just so you can “Keep The Ball In Play”

Which causes you to hit the ball 20 yards less than you should be … making holes play longer … and rarely allowing yourself to experience the exhilaration of ‘Bombing A Drive Down The Fairway!’

Being able to balance power  … while maintaining enough accuracy to keep the golf ball in play – is what the PGA & LPGA Tour Players also have to be conscious about every time they swing

Yet, the Tour Players didn’t master that balance overnight … it takes years of practice mixed with trial and error … to earn the high level of control they have … both physically and mentally

This week’s video gives you a visual of how you can start syncing your body, arms and legs to hit longer golf shots while “Keeping The Ball In Play”

Are You Over The Top? Swinging Outside In?

  • Why Am I Coming Over The Top?
  • What Causes It To Happen Continually?
  • Am I Working Too Hard On Completely Trying To Fix It?
  • How Concerned Should I Be?
Are you looking to eliminate your slice, or at least not slice as much? Do you want to draw the golf ball?
Become a Golfer where you can control your golf swing so that you hit straighter and longer golf shots!
You’ll surely see/hear something different than the usual ‘golf tip’ by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:

Learn To Turn In Your Golf Swing – Golf Improvement Weekly

Watch This Week’s Video To Answer These Questions!

  • Are my shoulders supposed to start the turn?
  • Could my upper body be causing me to ‘swing over the top’?
  • Can I sync my upper body with my lower body for a smoother swing?
  • Is there a Drill I can practice to improve my upper body movement?

If you’d like to understand how to turn your upper body so that you can create consistency and power in your golf swing … you’ll surely see/hear something different than the usual ‘golf tips’ by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video

Should You Swing Your Body Or Swing The Golf Club

Are you in control of the golf club … or is it in control of you:

  • Do you lose power/distance because you’re focused on moving the club on a certain swing path or position?
  • If your club is on the ‘correct’ swing path … does that mean your body is also moving correctly?
  • Which is more important to consistency … body movement or club position?

Many Golfers are focused on moving the golf club on a ‘correct’ swing path or swing plane. Yet, the effort you’re using to do so may be negatively effecting how well you hit the golf ball.

If you’re looking for more power, accuracy, and better consistency in your golf swing … you’ll surely see/hear something different than the usual by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:

Using Your Hips For Power In The Golf Swing

‘Your Hips … Your Golf Swing’

Turning, Rotating, Opening, Clearing … whatever term(s) you use … you’ve been told to use your hips accordingly. In this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:
  • What’s The Role Of Your Hips In The Golf Swing?
  • Are You Trying To “Turn/Rotate/Open/Clear” Your Hips Before Hitting The Ball?
  • How Do I Determine When To Start The “Turn/Rotate/Open/Clear” Movement?
  • Do My Hips Help Me To Generate More POWER?!!!!
If you’re curious to understand more about your hips in the golf swing … you’ll surely see/hear something different than the usual by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video

The #1 Golf Swing Myth – Lifting Your Head!!!

Are You Keeping Your Head Still?!!!

Are you trying to keep your head down and/or still when you swing the golf club? If so, congratulations … you have a spot reserved within the largest group of Frustrated Golfers!

Which is unfortunate as this probably isn’t a group of Golfers you want to be a part of … as the lifting of your head isn’t causing the inconsistency in your golf swing.

Wow … that might be a difficult concept for you to digest as it’s the #1 swing thought for most Golfers!!

As Harvey Pennick wrote: ‘Looking up is the biggest alibi ever invented to explain a terrible shot. By the time you look up, you’ve already made the mistake that caused the bad shot.’

If you’re curious to see why it’s not the lifting of your head that’s causing your bad shots … you’ll surely help yourself by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:

The #2 Golf Swing Myth – Your Grip Needs To Be Interlock or Overlap

The Grip Is Boring… But, Muy Importante!!!

”Where’d you learn how to grip the golf club?”
Are you using an interlock grip or overlap grip?

Most people are taught a golf grip by someone that has been playing golf since they were younger than a teenager. Yet, the majority of people taking these lessons are doing so after the age of 40.

There’s a huge difference when you learn and practice holding a golf club 1000’s of times before entering high school vs picking up a club when you’re closer to retirement than you are to your high school graduation!

The way you hold your hands on the club is an important catalyst towards how well you’ll hit the golf ball … however, it’s not about how many knuckles you see or where the v’s are pointing or blah, blah, blah.

It’s more about — ‘Am I in control of the golf club, yet not squeezing too tight?’ For many Golfers it’s an either/or proposition. Meaning – your golf swing is either out of control when you’re attempting to hit the ball long and straight or you’re squeezing your hands too tight in order to stay in control of the golf club.

What’s The Solution?!!

If you’re curious to see if you’re current grip is the ideal grip for you … you’ll surely help yourself by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:

The #3 Golf Swing Myth – How To Stop Swaying In Your Backswing

You’re Swaying! You’re Swaying! You’re Swaying!

Is there a Golfer alive that hasn’t been accused of dancing with the ‘evil sway’?
  • What is a sway in the golf swing?
  • How do I know if I am swaying in my backswing?
  • Do I really have a sway just because another Golfer or Professional told me I’m doing it?
  • What inconsistent swing habits (compensations) have I created because I’m trying not to sway?
These are important questions that I believe Golfers of all skill levels should be asking themselves … as the ‘diabolical sway’ is often misdiagnosed in golf lessons. Which leads many Golfers to go on a frustrating search for golf tips and swing techniques to stop what they’ve been told is hurting their golf swing.
Yet, the accumulation of these supposed solutions are most likely causing other issues in your golf swing … meaning you’re just going to be overloaded with even more swing tips each time you go to hit the golf ball.

Improving your Swing Mechanics is essential to better golf … however, we’ve found that it’s difficult for many Golfers to improve their golf swing mechanics when you’re trying to stand too still to avoid the ‘repulsive sway’!

If you’re tired of being told that you’re swaying in your golf swing … you’ll surely help yourself by watching ‘The #3 Swing Myth – That’s Holding You Back’ in this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:

The #4 Golf Swing Myth – You Need Perfect Alignment (Aim) To Hit The Golf Ball Straight

The #4 Golf Swing Myth … Perfect Alignment Of Your Feet
Swing Tips Like The Above Are Probably Making You An Even More Inconsistent Golfer!

Last week we showed the #5 Golf Swing Myth – related to having a “Baseball Swing” Golf Swing. This week the countdown continues with the #4 Golf Swing Myth

Alignment (or aiming) is often taught be telling the Golfer to aim parallel to their target. Where the Golfer needs to have their feet on a straight line just slightly left of the target (for a right hand Golfer). And that if your feet are aimed a little to the left or right … you don’t have a chance to hit the ball straight to the target.
This myth is untrue – you don’t need to be perfectly parallel to your target.
Watch this video to see how you can work on your aim and alignment based on your personal golf swing

The #5 Golf Swing Myth – The Baseball Swing Is Messing Me Up!

The Top 5 Myths You Might Be Trying In Your Swing … That’s Probably Making You Even More Inconsistent

Have you been told that you’re an Inconsistent Golfer because you swing the golf club like a baseball swing?
Many Golfers have been told that a baseball swing is messing up their golf swing. Yet, just like many other sports moves … a baseball swing is very similar to a golf swing.
The athletic motion of the body moving through the ball with the club/bat swinging around the body … is almost the same motion whether you’re playing golf or baseball. The same is true with returning a ball in tennis … the way the body moves through the ball is similar to the golf swing.

The golf swing is similar to many other sports moves that you can learn to incorporate into your golf swing to become a more natural Golfer that is much more consistent on the golf course

Watch this video to see more about how you can improve your golf swing … you’ll surely help yourself by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video to see the #5 Golf Swing Myth

Are Your Ready To Make Your Best, Most Consistent Golf Swing

Are Your Ready To Make Your Best Golf Swing?

To be prepared to make your best golf swing goes beyond your grip, swing path and follow-through. Because if you’re not ready … you’re not going to be able to make a consistent golf swing.
  • Will you be able to hold the club in your hands with a loose, but firm grip if your fingers and forearms are squeezing too tight?
  • Will your golf club move on a consistent swing path on your back and forward swing … if your body is not warmed up and stretched correctly?
  • Will you be able to turn your body through to complete your swing to the fullest finish position (a follow-through that your body allows) if your hips, core and shoulders are tight?
The answer to all three questions is — of course not!

Improving your Golf Swing Mechanics is essential to better, more consistent golf … however, we have found that it’s difficult for many Golfers to improve their golf swing mechanics when their hands, arms, hips, shoulders and overall body doesn’t allow for the movements that allow for consistent swing mechanics to happen.

Hip turn and shoulder turn in the golf swing can be improved to help you create a consistent golf swing
If you’d like to continue to improve your ability to perform more consistent golf swing mechanics … you’ll surely help yourself by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video –

Using Your Hips For More Power In Your Golf Swing!!!

Think Of Your Golf Swing As If You’re A Machine!
Having more consistent golf swing mechanics is the difference between struggling as a 20+ handicap versus having the confidence of a 10 handicap. However, these swing mechanics can only be incorporated into your golf swing once your body is ready.

Most Golfers are trying to force the ‘correct’ swing mechanics into a body that might not be physically able (at this point) to allow those swing techniques.

So the Golfer goes on yet another search for more golf swing tips because the previous ones aren’t working. Thus, adding even more swing thoughts on top of all the other golf swing tips that you’ve already tried!

Every machine needs to be properly maintained if it’s going to work effectively and consistently … and your body is the most important machine in your life!

‘Most People Treat Their Car Better Than They Treat Their Body — Though, You Can’t Lease A New Body Every Two Years!’
You can start the process of training your body to allow for proper swing mechanics by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video –

Improve Your Turn For More Consistency In The Golf Swing

Are You Properly Turning Your Shoulders & Hips In Your Golf Swing?

What are you focusing on in your golf swing when you hit a golf ball? For many Golfers … they’re thinking about their shoulder turn and hip turn.

And while there’s nothing wrong with that … there are many ways to turn in your golf swing … yet, not all are efficient (correct) for your golf swing.

Turning your shoulders and/or hips is too general of a concept for each person to consistently implement. What a turn feels like for one Golfer may feel like a sway for another – a reverse pivot for another – or over-rotated or under-rotated for another.

Each Golfer reading this has a different Feel … so each of us will have a slightly different turning motion in our personal golf swing.

So how do you find how to turn in the golf swing? You can start the process of feeling your proper swing rotation by watching this week’s Golf Improvement Weekly Video:

In The Golf Swing You Need To Turn Your Shoulders & Hips, And Don’t Forget To Shift Your Weight!!

Turn Your Shoulders & Hips, And Don’t Forget To Shift Your Weight!!

Most people are taught to swing the golf club by being told to turn their shoulders & hips, as you shift your weight while keeping your head still. And while you may succeed in coordinating all of these golf swing techniques at the same time … you still need to be able to make solid contact with the clubface pointing straight!!

While the golf swing is most often taught using complex swing tips that you’re told that you need to master … it’s not as complicated as it is often taught. The golf swing is an athletic move like the ones used in tennis, hockey, soccer, football, etc.

For example – the golf swing isn’t as complex as a baseball swing. As hitting a baseball includes a ball that’s moving very fast (while you having to be aware enough to get out of the way of an errant throw towards your body or head), as well a bat that has a rounded hitting area.

When you’re ready to stop making your golf swing overly complicated and would like to have more fun hitting good golf shots … watch this week’s video (it’s the 3rd in a series about Feeling Your Golf Swing) … so that you can start to move away from thinking too much while trying to hit a golf ball!

Understanding Your ‘Swing Feel’ Will Improve Your Consistency!

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 become a PGA or LPGA Tour Player … 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 My Golf Swing 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 in their golf swing is slightly off.

Whereas a Frustrated Golfer usually doesn’t sense their golf 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 swing drill so that they regain a consistent golf swing in a minimal amount of time.

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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.

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

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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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