Category: Golf Psychology

Video – Where Does Power Come From In The Golf Swing?

What if you do have power … however, something’s blocking your power from happening smoothly in your golf swing? Thus, resulting in you often feeling as if you’re swinging too hard, too fast, too quick … and hitting errant shots!

In the world of athletics (golf included), there are multiple factors that contribute to the success of the participant … 3 of these factors are: speed, agility, and quickness.

  • Speed – the ability to move the body in one direction as fast as possible while staying in control (yes, important in the golf swing)
  • Agility – the ability to accelerate, stabilize, and quickly change directions with proper posture (yes, important in the golf swing)
  • Quickness – the ability to react and move the body with a maximum rate of force (yes, important in the golf swing)

Whether it’s football, boxing, trail running, tennis, or golf … the better you’re able to control these 3 factors determines how well you do.

For example – a PGA or LPGA Tour Player spends much time in the off-season working on these 3 parts so that they can naturally improve the mechanics of their swing. Because these Players know that many of the swing techniques they’re trying to implement are dependent on what their body is capable of doing. And if the body isn’t capable of turning through like you want to … your brain will find a compensation to get around that problem.

Yet, these compensations create inconsistency in your golf swing such as lifting up, coming over the top, etc, etc

More power and consistency is possible if you understand what’s blocking your swing. Use this Winter’s Golf Hibernation to find your consistent swing by improving your Speed, Agility & Quickness:

Video – Hit The Golf Ball On The Course As Well As You Do On The Range!

When you analyze your golf swing … do you judge yourself by how well you hit the ball on the Driving Range … or how you play on the golf course?

Your answer interests me because I’ve never met a human that hits the ball equally as well in both places … with Mo Norman being the closest I’ve witnessed.

The amount of Consistency you see in your game relates to the disparity between your ‘range swing’ and ‘your course swing’. Meaning – a Golfer that feels fairly good about their swing on the range, but stinks it up on the course … is most likely ‘A Ball Beater’!

Definition of a ‘Ball Beater” – a frustrated Golfer that hits ball after ball while regularly trying out a new swing tip or scanning their memory banks to remember an old tip that helped in the past.

Perhaps you know someone like that?

If you’re looking to bring your Range Swing to the Golf Course more frequently:
YouTube – https://youtu.be/0lkGhrOrjPc

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.

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?:

  1. The Player that works as hard as necessary to hit the ball their best so they can score their best
  2. The Golfer that wants to play well enough to score respectively so that they can go out and confidently play with other Golfers
  3. The Person that really doesn’t care how they play … they just want to walk, talk and try to hit the ball well enough not to slow up the other Golfers

Regardless of whether you’re Golfer 1, 2, or 3 … the key is you know which group you belong to. Because if you want to achieve your goal of enjoying your time on the golf course … you need to understand your motive for playing.

The problem arises when Golfer 2 starts to take the personality of Golfer 1 (score!, score!, score!). Because now you’re getting out of your comfort zone as far as how intense you become on the course, as well as how critical you are of yourself each shot.

This getting out of your Play (Comfort) Zone also happens when Golfer 2 starts to fall into the traits of Golfer 3. Because in order to find the perfect balance between fun and good scores … you also need to concentrate enough to make a PLAN before each shot.

Now, this isn’t limited to Golfer 2 … similar scenarios apply for Golfer 1 and 3 when they move away from their Play Zone.

For Golfer 2, a round of golf can be a rollercoaster, with you feeling good playing holes 1, 2 and 3 — before slowly moving into the intense traits of Golfer 1 for holes 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

So by the time you get to the 9th tee … you’re playing so poorly that you can’t even smile. Which means you’re now morphing into an unmotivated Golfer 3 for holes 9, 10, 11, and 12 — until you make a heroic putt on the 12th green to somehow salvage Par after not smelling a good score since hole #3.

While now feeling great on the 13th tee because you somehow regained hope (back to being Golfer 2) – you continue playing well on holes 13, 14, and 15 … until falling back into Golfer 1 for 16 and 17. Which causes you to become too frustrated to care … as you play 18 with the attributes of Golfer 3.

Thus, you played a round with 6 good holes and 12 holes divided between mediocre and frustrating results.

Whether you’re Golfer 1, 2, or 3 is up to you. But, regardless of what type of Golfer you are … to enjoy yourself … you need to know your Play (Comfort) Zone. Because everything becomes easy when you do! Your swing feels smooth, the golf ball does what you expect it to do … Life Is Good!

Though, when you move away from your personality … things start to become more difficult. As your swing doesn’t feel as smooth or as in sync as it was when you were in your Zone. And regardless of how much you breakdown your swing mechanics … you won’t see any improvement that round until you get back into your Play Zone.

What happened? Why’d you lose your swing?

Yes, good mechanics in your golf swing are necessary. And inconsistent swing habits will cause bad shots. However, those inconsistent habits are more easily controlled and fixed when you stay in your Play Zone.

The Player has fun on the golf course because they stay with their PLAN

The Monkey doesn’t have a PLAN … so he/she floats between moments of brilliance and frustration more often

Go ahead, be a Player!

Regards,

Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life

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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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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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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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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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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Who Do You Play Golf For?

Or let me put it another way – When you’re on the golf course, are you ever worried what other people are thinking about your swing or your game?

Monkeys are more worried about how their golf swing looks to others rather than staying focused on their PLAN. Or in other words – it’s more important for you to look like you know what you’re doing in front of other Monkeys, rather than staying focused on your game and scoring well!

OK, I understand that you might not believe what I’m saying or are in self-denial – so lets go to the examples.
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You Know You’re A Monkey If You

Start each statement with: You know you’re a Monkey if you –

Are trying to decide which would be better for you a 9 degree or 10 degree Driver

Explanation – One degree isn’t going to make a noticeable difference. Yes, maybe if you’re clubhead speed is 120 mph and you hit the ball so solid that the difference between your worst drive (270 yards) and your best drive (290 yards) is only twenty yards, you might spend more than a few shots deciding. But, the average male swings at 85 mph (Female – 70 mph) and the difference between your worst drive (140 yards) and your best drive (250 yards) is too inconsistent to have one degree make a difference.
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Are You A 70% Player Or A 30% Monkey?

How can a game that looks so easy be so hard? How can it look as if that Player on the PGA or LPGA Tour is hardly swinging the club, yet the ball goes a mile?

And I ask this because when the regular Golfers in this world go to hit a golf ball, it looks as if you’re either trying to knock the cover off the ball or you’re so afraid of swinging too hard that you swing so slowly that the ball doesn’t go anywhere.
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Habits are Habits

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

Mediocre Habits – this is like a gray area. You know that you have some Good Habits and you know have some Bad Habits – these are easy to spot because they’re black or white, they standout and that’s good. You can notice your Bad Habits and correct them and you can see your Good Habits. But it could be your Mediocre Habits that are killing your golf game.
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“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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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 course and they’ve been taught to play golf using someone else’s strategy and swing, instead of their own. Thus, causing the Monkey to become frustrated by their inconsistency on the golf course because among other things, they always feel rushed because they feel they’re holding up the other golfers in their group.
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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 frustrating aspect of playing golf – however, it’s something that every Golfer will experience at least once a round. So although you don’t want to have the mindset that you’re expecting to hit a bad shot – you shouldn’t be surprised when it does happen. Yet, as much as you know that you’ll eventually hit a terrible shot – we all find it extremely difficult to not allow it to bother us.
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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 happen on the golf course – but take these questions in stride and have FUN with them.
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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 they’re continually listening to the advice of other Golfers that struggle. We refer to this as using a “Theories And Assumptions Based Approach”.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Your Golf Swing Getting Better Or Worse? — Finding Your Golf Swing While On The Course

When’s the last time you said – “That’s the best round of golf I have ever played!”?

When’s the last time you said – “Oh, I stink. That was the worst round of golf I have ever played!”?

It’s my belief that the latter statement is said more often than the first statement. Which is a shame because you should be having fun on the golf course and making progress whenever you play. But judging from what we hear from a vast majority of Golfers – there are more Golfers playing worse than ever versus the number of Golfers that are playing better than ever. Maybe that’s why they’re calling GMS.

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Is Your Golf Swing Too Complicated — Strike The Golf Ball With An Effortless Swing

Is Your Golf Swing Too Complicated?

Strike The Golf Ball With An Effortless 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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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 what you’re going to have for dinner later that evening – than it would focusing on your score!
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