Category: Golf Psychology

Your Play Zone Creates Your Swing

Your Play Zone Creates Your Swing There are three different Golfers that play on the course. Which one are you?: The Player that works as hard as necessary to hit the ball their best so they can score their best The Golfer that wants to play well enough to score respectively so that they can

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

4 Shots For 9 Holes … 8 Shots In 18 Holes

If you could hit your Driver 10 yards straighter on your worst curving shot so that the ball stays in play as opposed to having to punch out of the trees or taking a penalty for being in the water. If you could hit one more green from 150 yards away … as opposed to

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

How Much Do You Know About Your Game

To truly understand how to improve your scores on the golf course … you need to study your game. Because improvement goes far beyond hitting another bucket of balls at the range. Yes, you probably know that you need to improve your Driver, or your putter, or your irons … but do you really know

From High 90’s to Shooting 80 Is Easier Than You Think

How much better is a Golfer that averages 80 versus a Golfer that averages 98? The easy answer is 18 strokes. However, what goes into those 18 strokes? Well, that is hard to say because there are many different ways to score 80 and many different ways to score 98.

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

The Greatest Golf Tip Isn’t A Golf Tip

It can be said: “A Golfer that searches for one golf tip will become a Golfer searching for many golf tips!” Problem: It could be as innocent as hitting a couple of 7 irons behind the golf ball during a round … and someone suggesting that you move the golf ball back in your stance.

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

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

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

The Recurring Symptoms Of Your Golf Game

I read a quote today that said ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I’m sure they were working every day to build it.” Similarly the same holds true with your golf game … you can try any sort of golf tip or training aid or magic potion you can get your hands on …

Who Do You Play Golf For?

Or let me put it another way – When you’re on the golf course, are you ever worried what other people are thinking about your swing or your game? Monkeys are more worried about how their golf swing looks to others rather than staying focused on their PLAN. Or in other words – it’s more

You Know You’re A Monkey If You

Start each statement with: You know you’re a Monkey if you – Are trying to decide which would be better for you a 9 degree or 10 degree Driver Explanation – One degree isn’t going to make a noticeable difference. Yes, maybe if you’re clubhead speed is 120 mph and you hit the ball so

And The Monkeys Hit More Golf Balls

The Golden Age of your Golf Game is right now! Sure, some wines get better with age just by sitting around in a damp and dusty basement – though unfortunately this doesn’t happen with your golf game. And the Monkey understands this – so about this time every year you say – “My New Years

Are You A 70% Player Or A 30% Monkey?

How can a game that looks so easy be so hard? How can it look as if that Player on the PGA or LPGA Tour is hardly swinging the club, yet the ball goes a mile? And I ask this because when the regular Golfers in this world go to hit a golf ball, it

Habits are Habits

Habits in Golf are usually classified as being good or bad. Have you ever heard of Mediocre Habits? Mediocre Habits – this is like a gray area. You know that you have some Good Habits and you know have some Bad Habits – these are easy to spot because they’re black or white, they standout

You’re A Monkey If You …

Before you read each statement below, please repeat the phrase – “You’re a Monkey if you”: ….. go to warm-up at the driving range with just your Driver before playing. What are you thinking? Could you ever imagine Tiger or Annika warming up for a round of golf by just going out there and repeatedly

“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

Are you a Positive or Negative Golfer?

Positive or Negative? Which are you? The golfer that from 162-yards from the hole hits the ball on to the green about 20-feet right of the flag and then complains that your swing didn’t feel good on that shot? Or the Player that says – “OK let’s go knock that putt in for Birdie”?

Let’s Play – Who’s the Monkey?

In each question below, I’ve written 2-statements, try to answer which statement was made by a “Player” and which was made by a “Monkey”. In case you’ve forgotten, a Monkey is a golfer that’s never as consistent as they want to be, they’re always looking for the next hottest tip to try on the golf

Interview with a Monkey (I mean an ex-Monkey)

We had an opportunity to have an Interview with a Golfer that has become a very good friend of Golf Made Simple. When he first came to see us – his game, in his words was “Going nowhere and I’m not enjoying the game like I used to.” This ex-Monkey is a great person and

Monkey See, Monkey Do, And why video will kill your game!

Are you interested in getting your swing videotaped and reviewed – have you ever had a Video Golf Lesson where the Pro videotaped you and then told you everything you’re doing wrong in your swing? Have you ever had a Pro tell you everything you’re doing wrong, along with comparing your swing to a PGA

Why You Need Confidence

Golf, Golf, Golf – That’s what I want to do. Only if I do it well! I want my swing to be as smooth as Ernie’s and as powerful as Daly’s. I want my wedges to spin like Phil’s and be as precise as Annika’s.

How To Overcome Bad Golf Shots

What’s the hardest thing in golf? While you may ask eight different Golfers that question – you may receive eight different answers. Yet, the one answer that will always be in their Top 2 will be … “Moving onto the next shot after a bad shot.” Hitting a terrible golf shot might be the most

Would You Rather…?

Below are some questions that pertain to your golf game. By answering these questions we can find out what type of Golfer you are, what gets you motivated to play better and what aspect of your game you need to work on harder. Now some of these questions are a little outlandish and will never

Are You A Monkey On The Golf Course

Are you playing up to your potential on the golf course? Or are you still playing to the same level you were 3 years ago? A Player is constantly improving their game by using a “Results Based Approach” of having a PLAN to improve. A Monkey continues to stay frustrated with their golf game because

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

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

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 –

‘Why Henry Hates Golf’ Part III

With much awaited anticipation Golf Improvement Weekly has arrived in 2007. From Golf Made Simple, we wish all of our readers a very Happy and Healthy New Year. If you have not read the previous issues from December 2006, you may be asking yourself “Who is Henry?” Henry is a frustrated golfer and is in

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

Golfers Are Funny

‘I’m going to try to the Stack and Tilt. I’ve tried the 8 Step Swing, The X Factor, Slow and Low, Square to Square, along with every other new swing that has come out. ‘I’ve tried video analysis, I’ve tried Golf Tec, I’ve even tried getting down on my hands and knees to pray.

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

How To Turn Bad Decisions Into Great Golf Swings!

Do you know how to caddie yourself into a good round of golf? The best Players in the world are much better than the rest of us with all facets of golf. Really, to compare ourselves to being anywhere close to as good as a PGA or LPGA Tour Player would be the same as

Inconsistent Habits of Your Golf Swing

There might not be anything that impresses me more about a Golfer than their ability to practice effectively. To be able to go the driving range with a Practice PLAN shows how serious a Golfer is towards improving. But the reality is that a Golfer that goes to hit golf balls as their sole method

Who Do You Play Golf For?

As we were looking through Golf Improvement Weekly archives for a quote of the week, we came across a Classic GIW from 2006. As we read it – we couldn’t stop laughing at how true it is. So we want to present this GIW to you to read. This truly is a classic!

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

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

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! Click Here To Listen to The Audio Version of Golf Improvement Weekly 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

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

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?

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

Your Answers Determine Your Scores

By answering the questions below, you can find out what type of Golfer you represent: If you had to hit a wedge from 50 yards to a green surrounded by water – would you rather have that area: 40 yards wide and only 10 yards in depth (front to back) OR 40 yards in depth

You’re Probably Not Playing Your Best Golf If You …

Before you read each statement below, please repeat the phrase – “You’re probably not playing your best golf if you”: ….. go to warm-up at the driving range with just your Driver before playing. Could you ever imagine Rory warming up for a round at the Masters by just hitting his Driver?

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

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

How Do You Know If You’re Practicing Effectively?

Do You Improve Your Golf Swing When Practicing? Are you the Golfer that goes to the driving range to hit a bucket of golf balls so that you can work on your golf swing? You know, hit a few irons, hit a lot of drivers, try a few new things in your golf swing.

Are You A Golf Score Addict?

Are You A Golf Score Addict? Many Golfers believe it’s a good thing to be thinking about score during their round, before a particular shot or during their swing. But unfortunately, it’s the worst thing you could be thinking about on the golf course. It would actually be better for you to be focused on

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