Category: PGA Insights

Improve How You Get Through The Ball Without A Golf Club

There are 3 ways you can improve your golf swing:
  1. You can buy new equipment
  2. You can take lessons and practice
  3. Improve the machine (you) which allows #1 & #2 to create better consistency and power
Your golf clubs are only as good as you allow them to be. They don’t swing themselves! The person holding the club determines how well the club hits the golf ball.

Lessons and practice can help you to improve … however, if your body hinders you from swinging through the golf ball easily … are you going to be able to use all the new, good information you learned with lessons and practice?

Use the winter off-season to improve what you’re able to do with your golf swing. Many bad swing mechanics can be attributed to not having a feel, or ability to get through the golf ball with the least amount of resistance from your body!

Is it solely a lack of golf swing knowledge that’s holding you back? Or is it a combination of swing mechanics, combined with not allowing your body to flow more naturally?

This week’s video will show you how to get through the golf ball without having to swing a club or hit golf balls!

Improve Your Golf Swing Without Practicing You Can & Will Hit The Ball Better!

Being able to hit the golf ball better is possible … it isn’t a myth!

Yet, golf lesson after golf lesson and swing tip after swing tip … most Golfers don’t realize much improvement after 2 or 3 years of trying to improve. Why is this?

Our golf swing can only function as well as our body and mind allow. Let’s start with your body. Compared to your 25 year old self … are you currently more flexible or less? Are you stronger or less? As coordinated or less?

It’s the same on the PGA & LPGA Tours … the 25 year olds can often be much more athletic hitting the golf ball farther distances than the 40+ years olds (Mickelson & Woods). Though, these 40+ year olds are also hitting the ball farther than their younger self’s … as they’re working on their bodies to improve their golf swing (as they also improve their quality of life as they progress in the years going forward).

In this video – getting stronger and gaining coordination doesn’t have to be a hassle or inconvenience … it can be accomplished smartly – https://youtu.be/QEkrJ0gf4qk

For Consistency & Distance: Find Your Natural Golf Swing And You’ll Find Both!

Consistency and Distance aren’t given … these two wants are earned!

  • A Golfer must be able to feel their golf swing to be able to repeat it (consistency)
  • A Golfer must understand how their body moves in the backswing (the creation of power)

Without the ability to feel your golf swing, or having a firm understanding of how much you can move back (while maintaining balance & stability) … Your Consistency will be inconsistent and Your Power will be nonexistent!

In this video – we have rods on the ground, in belt loops, and in the hands … in order to help you find your best, most simple golf swing – https://youtu.be/Cw_E2DaC0UQ

Why Are You Topping & Hitting Behind The Golf Ball?

Playing your best golf is fun … playing less than your best is frustrating!

Much of the Inconsistency a Golfer experiences can be related to how you swing the club back in preparation to swinging forward to hit the golf ball.

For example: when you feel as if you picked-up (or raised) your head when hitting the golf ball can be attributed to how move your body in your backswing. Yet, most Golfers are incorrectly trying to fix the raising of their head in their forward swing!

Thus, you’re not consistently able to fix it! Why? Because the problem is most likely being created as you swing the golf club back.

Watch this week’s video to start fixing  your problem of hitting the top or behind the golf ball – https://youtu.be/YHo0W9BxnRs

Skipping Stones To Get Through The Golf Ball!This Simple Video Tip Will Help!

How you move your body through the golf swing directly effects how your hands and arms deliver the golf club into the back of the ball.

So much so, that if your body isn’t moving naturally … your hands and arms will make inconsistent compensations that’ll negatively effect the direction (and distance) you hit the golf ball.

Thus, being able to find a repeatable body motion is helpful if you want to hit better golf shots more consistently.

We’ve found that it helps Golfers when familiar movements (that are similar to the golf swing) can be visualized (pictured in your head) before swinging. Which helps Golfers to better coordinate turning your hips & shoulders, while shifting weight.

Watch how “Skipping Stones” can help you to hit the golf ball more easily – https://youtu.be/zkWMk32C0lU

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.

‘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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YouTube – https://youtu.be/UKmIA5vGchQ

‘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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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.

Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate

What Can You Learn From This Classic Golf Match?

Wow! Was that a fantastic golf match or what? Tiger and Rocco – Player e Player for 19 holes. That’s about as good as it can get.

But, I’m sure you’ve had your fill of hearing and talking about the match. Enough about them already – let’s get to your golf game. What could you take away from the US Open to help your golf game – and I’m not talking about one of Johnny Miller’s tips.
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How To Win Like Jim Furyk

Are you still working on “The Tour Putting Square”? Did you try it once or twice and have given up? Or maybe you’re not interested in improving your scores and haven’t even tried it.

Or worse – maybe you’ve taken a Monkey attitude by saying – “Well Marc, I really need to practice my Driver before I work on my putting.” And I agree, if you’re always in the trees – then you need to straighten out your Driver. Though how many times in the last 2 months have you made bogey, double bogey or worse from the fairway?
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Tiger – Tiger – Tiger

There’s that word again – perfection. Though as good, or should I say great, or maybe invincible as Tiger is – he’s far from perfect! Nobody in this game is perfect. Yet, we still hear every week Golfers that write to us or tell us how inconsistent they are. And again, we need to know what are the standards for consistency and inconsistency. So when you say – ‘I’m too inconsistent’ – what are you basing this on? What standard of excellence are you comparing your desire to hit the ball well in your quest to break 90 or 100?
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A Master’s PLAN

The Masters is a good place to find ideas you can use to improve your golf game. The golf course plays tough; you have a grouping of the best Players in the world gathered together and they’re playing under more pressure than probably any other golf tournament!

One of the great aspects of watching the Masters on television is the number of cameras in the best possible positions – not just to see where the Players hit their balls, but you get to see them PLAN their shots.
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Congratulations to Brian Vranesh. Who’s Brian Vranesh? He’s Mr. 81 on the PGA Tour this year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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