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Why Can’t I Improve My Driver? — Are You Practicing It Like A Monkey Or A Player?

“Why Can’t I Improve My Driver?”

Are Your Practicing Like A Monkey Or A Player?

If I was a Golfer in the northern Hemisphere that mainly played during the months of April through October (while sneaking in a late fall or early spring round once-in-a-while), I’d have my focus primarily on hitting good tee shots more than anything else. I mean … c’mon, is there anything more fun and satisfying than hitting a great drive?

Think of it this way: On most Par 4’s and Par 5’s – if you hit a very good drive, you should be on or next to the green in two or three shots on the Par 4 and three or four shots on the Par 5 … even if your next iron/hybrid/fairway wood shots are slightly below average.

However, if you hit a slightly below average drive from the tee (meaning still keeping it in play, but without much distance); you would need to hit a combination of two or three excellent iron, hybrid and/or fairway shots to be on or next to the green in two or three shots.

So since you may be the Golfer that has a limited golf season (and time) to work on your golf game — Doesn’t it make more sense to prepare yourself to hit great tee shots?

Yes, to play your best golf – you’ll need a combination of playing well with your Driver, irons, hybrids, fairway woods, wedges and putter … as well as having a PLAN.

However, every hole starts out with a tee shot. And frequently, 14 holes start with you Driver. And although you use your putter on all 18 holes – sometimes 2 or 3 times a hole – equaling anywhere from 34 to 44 putts for most Golfers – your tee shot sets the tone for your round more than any other shot.

Saying that – that doesn’t mean you should go to the driving range and just start to bang tee shot after tee shot onto the driving range. Because over the years, the practice range has actually hurt more Golfers than it has helped. That’s why you should have a practice system that allows you to find consistency.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the first driving range ever created (in 1913 – Pinehurst, North Carolina) was given the name– Maniac Hill? Which means that close to 100 years ago Golfers were banging golf ball after golf ball without much thought like maniacs …. and through extensive research I have found that 99.99% of Golfers are still doing that today!

How is consistency found?

It’s found by having a Practice PLAN. A practice system you can use so that you understand what you should be practicing based on how you’re hitting the golf ball. Or as we say – a Practice PLAN based on having you find your predominant ball flight, then practicing in a way that will allow you to make that ball flight more consistent. Hence, a Practice PLAN that allows you to learn your golf swing so that you won’t have to think about it while on the golf course.

So that all you need to do on the golf course is PLAN and then swing!

For example – during our 3 day GMS programs: we use a Practice PLAN to help you hit the golf ball better, however this is also a PLAN (or Practice System) that you would use at home. The Practice PLAN is set-up to allow you to first work on consistent, solid contact (Impact) with the golf ball. Because hitting in the same consistent place on the clubface of the golf club is critical. If you’re hitting in different areas of the clubface – the flight of your golf ball will be consistently inconsistent.

So Part One is based on practicing impact and solid ball strikes – getting your body, legs and arms into a strong impact position.

Part Two of the Practice PLAN is to start feeling how your clubhead and body work together from the very first movement of the backswing. This gets you to practice your backswing (path, plane, etc.), so that you start to coordinate your body, hands, arms, hips, legs, etc from the very first movement. This is something that over 90% of Golfers don’t work on at all. Sure, many Golfers work on their backswing. But how many spend much time on the very first movement?

Do you know that many of the issues that you work on in your golf swing (coming over the top, swinging outside in, open clubface at impact, hitting behind the golf ball, topping the golf ball, you name it) often are the effect of not practicing the first movement of your golf swing?

Part Three of the Practice PLAN is practicing the movements bringing you into impact.

Most Golfers we see (before coming to see GMS) are working hard on the transition from backswing to forward swing – however, the issue is that these Golfers are not working on Part One and Part Two of the Practice PLAN. So regardless of how hard they work on the transition – they will always (100% of the time) revert back to their old, bad habits because the bad habits in Part One of their golf swing weren’t fixed. And because Part One wasn’t addressed adequately – Part Two wouldn’t have been addressed – and thus Part Three will never be fixed.

The result is that even though they have been working on the transition for years upon years —- they continually revert back to their bad habits and rarely (if ever) improve their golf swing!

Maybe that’s why we’re constantly seeing Golfers that tell us that they’ve been playing Golf for 5, 10, 20 years and have never improved as much as they have with GMS. Why is this? We have a Practice PLAN (a Practice System) that works!

Read the Testimonials on the website. We started receiving so many testimonials that we had to create separate pages by year. However, as the testimonials continued to pour in – we then had to start separating each year into different pages based on scoring level. So all testimonials are now grouped by the year the testimonial was sent to us, along with the scoring level of the Golfer sending it in!

And we could list even more than we currently do, but the web pages would be too long! Here’s just a random bunch of testimonials from 2009 from Golfers breaking 90 – http://default/golf-made-simple-testimonials-breaking-90.html.

Now, going back to practicing your Driver: How have you been practicing your Driver? Are you going to driving range and hitting golf ball after golf ball like a Monkey? Or do you have a Practice PLAN that allows you to find where the breakdown is in your golf swing – which would then allow you to isolate the issue so that you can fix it – which would then allow you to test it under pressure before taking it to the golf course?

Or do you go to the driving range with high expectations … however, often after just a short time of hitting golf balls, creating your own little Maniac Hill and leaving the driving range wondering why you can’t hit the golf ball?

The Monkey practices their Driver like everyone else … just swinging and swinging trying to find something that works for more than a swing or two

The Player has a Practice PLAN using a proven system that allows them to work on the important parts of their golf swing so that they put brains in their muscles (muscle memory) … which allows them to hit the golf ball better on the golf course without having to think about it every swing

Go ahead, be a Player!

Regards,

Marc Solomon

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