101 Golf Tips

101 Golf Tips
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Tips 1

Poor golf stems from applying logic to a flawed concept.

Tips 2

You have to hit a lot of bad shots before you are able to hit a lot of acceptable shots.

Tips 3

Instead of trying harder and going after the game, try to let the game come to you.

Tips 4

When you see a Top player hit a shot, he is in that moment showing the rest of the world, in the physical, what he was moments before seeing and feeling internally.

Tips 5

A “good swing” when first experienced feels anything but good.

Tips 6

What you think the top players and top coaches mean and what they are truly trying to communicate are quite often miles apart.

Tips 7

If you are finding the game difficult, it may just be you’re attempting the impossible.

Tips 8

Game management; your choice of every shot on the course must be aligned to your ability to perform it given the pressure you are under at the time.

Tips 9

Golf improvement requires an understanding not only of what we want to learn but of the learning process as well.

Tips 10

The more you fight the wind, the harder it seems to blow. Learning how to hit longs clubs with quiet swings can help turn gales into breezes.

Tips 11

One reason we all struggle at golf is that we are told from the beginning how difficult the game is and not only do we listen, we believe it.

Tips 12

Anchoring is an age old science you can utilize to attract the successful state of mind and body that has to be present for good golf performance.

Tips 13

When there is no ball in the way we focus our attention on the swing. When the ball is sat there in front of us, we now focus on the ball. Two different mindsets give us two different swing outcomes.

Tips 14

Aggression kills coordination which results in the loss of timing and the very thing aggressive players are looking for, namely distance.

Tips 15

For the handicap player, a dominant body action only ever gives you an illusion of power.

Tips 16

The greater the degree to which the ball arrests your attention and entices you into pushing for results, the more you end up in a physical state that guarantees you cannot do it.

Tips 17

It is our response to the challenge with the constant stream of instructions we give ourselves during play and the misinterpretation and over emphasis of the instruction out of the textbook that keeps us where we are.

Tips 18

The interference and frailty of the conscious mind is the reason as to why golf is not only imperfectable but also the great appealing game that it is.

Tips 19

It is better to set a very high long term goal and fall just short of it than to set a goal that is achievable without you breaking sweat.

Tips 20

One of the problems of swing analysis by fragmenting the technique into many bits and pieces it actually losing sight of its purpose.

Tips 21

When teaching new players I always tell them that in the early lessons I am simply teaching them to swing the golf club; not how to hit a golf ball.

Tips 22

The good players learn the script and identify the characteristics associated to a good player and ultimately express the part as if it is an act.

Tips 23

You must understand shot patterns and ball spin aerodynamics before you even think about self analysis.

Tips 24

Knowledge of what to do is of no use until you can do what it is you know, and do it without thinking.

Tips 25

The quality of swings, not quantity, will lead to a quantity of quality shots.

Tips 26

It is not how good your good shot is it’s how good your bad shot is. Every player should aim to develop a good quality bad shot. Perfectionists do have a problem with this.

Tips 27

The best shot you can ever hit on the range is a good shot. The same shot hit on the course when you need a four to win club championship is immediately elevated to the status of a Great shot.

Tips 28

Here is a strong message for younger players coming into the game. You must decide and set the level you want to play to. Poor goals give poor results. When you set a goal, do not be afraid of asking “How high is high”

Tips 29

Don’t turn a 5 into a 7 by still going after a 4.

Tips 30

Step back from the conflict with the ball, swing the club, engage your hand and eye co-ordination, and just let the ball be in the way.

Tips 31

The purpose of the Golf action is, “To Swing the club head”. Many of you will now be thinking that this is stating the obvious and that you already do this. But do you?

Tips 32

Remember that a Top player does not have just one swing but as many different swings as shots he can visualize.

Tips 33

A slump is not something you catch; it is something you unwittingly create.

Tips 34

Technique equates to about 30% of what the game is about. Sadly many players put 100 % effort into that 30%.

Tips 35

As a beginner at golf, we strive to create a swing to give us a shot, with the accomplished player however, his choice of shot creates the swing. There comes a point when in order to improve, you must tackle this transition.

Tips 36

This is the paradox that is golf, we have to try without trying, want to win without thinking of winning and take care without caring.

Tips 37

It is not how good your good shot is it’s how good your bad shot is. Every player should aim to develop a good quality bad shot. Perfectionists do have a problem with this.

Tips 38

A good swing is an artistic expression, not a physical confrontation.

Tips 39

Pressure creates negative emotions which affects your ability to perform. Therefore work on reducing pressure by playing shots within your capability.

Tips 40

It’s said that Knowledge is power but for golfers too much knowledge can sometimes be a bad thing.

Tips 41

The best definition I know that defines a good player is this. A good player is someone who controls the spin they put on the ball.

Tips 42

In order to become better, you need to have a greater command of skills to include, a wider variety of shots, course management, self management and positive attitude.

Tips 43

The best deal in golf; put less in and get more out!

Tips 44

Contrary to what many golfers think there are only three ways you can hit a ball.

Tips 45

A faulty swing can hit very acceptable quality shots as well as disastrous shots; it simply depends on how great the error shows itself. The swing line through the ball that gives Montgomerie a graceful controlled fade turns into an uncontrollable slice if exaggerated. However, when the ball is under control, who is to say it is a fault.

Tips 46

A lot of the awkward movements we see in poor swings are instinctive “corrective” Movements as our instincts try to make the most of a bad job in an attempt to get the club to the ball.

Tips 47

When you book your next lesson, remember you are purchasing a feeling to take away with you.

Tips 48

To know the mind of a better player is very difficult but you can begin by watching, or noticing, their body language.

Tips 49

A good golf swing is a dynamic, flowing, synchronized movement working in conjunction with a faculty we all possess in abundance, “Hand & Eye co-ordination.” It is the culmination of years of practice and while it is available to virtually everyone, it is only truly mastered by a small percentage of players.

Tips 50

A great looking body action with poor hand action cannot play good golf but “Educated hands” with a limited, or eccentric body action can play stunning golf.

Tips 51

Higher handicap club players would improve dramatically if they spent more time educating their hand action and letting the body action follow there lead.

Tips 52

You don’t have to look at the ball during the swing, only be aware of its presence on the ground in front of you.

Tips 53

The swing most players have today owes its existence to the early ideas and beliefs formed from their first introduction to the game.

Tips 54

If you swing the club as it is designed to be swung, you will hit a right to left flighted ball most of the time.

Tips 55

The moment of truth in the swing is not impact but 5 or 6 feet before impact.

Tips 56

I feel it is important you understand that changing one part of your swing will alter all of it.

Tips 57

It’s a fact that whilst most players are disappointed when they miss a makeable putt, they aren’t surprised. The truth is they never really expected to hole it.

Tips 58

The closer you can match your real swing to the practice swing, the better player you will be. Make it a goal to do it. You will have to forget about results for a while but if you can stick with it, then in the long term, this single idea can transform you game.

Tips 59

To truly understand what is meant by passive hands, you need to have an understanding of what active hands are. In other words you need to have educated hands.

Tips 60

Many players do not have to do much special to make a par on any hole; well, if you don’t do much 18 times in a round, you can play to scratch.

Tips 61

Positive thoughts should be so natural that you are not even aware of thinking them.

Tips 62

Great looking swings can hit bad shots and bad looking swings can hit good shots.

Tips 63

prolonged exposure to the standard on the Tour can in a lot of cases impair the ability to explain and deliver the relevant and realistic message to the ordinary golfer. We could argue that TV expert analysis should carry a golfing health warning.

Tips 64

Learning and practicing how to hit your opposite “Bad Shot” on the range, as bizarre as it may seem, helps you eliminate the destructive bad shot on the course. Facing and embracing the bad shots by learning to hit them and not hit them deliberately takes the fear out of them. After all, it’s the shots we fear that we attract on the course.

Tips 65

Using your strength at golf is quite often a sign of weakness.

Tips 66

Don’t spend more time focused on your faults; focus on what is actually required to make things happen.

Tips 67

We are our own worst enemies when it comes to our golf performance; for a start, we over complicate the technique, then we try too hard to make things happen and finally, we beat ourselves up when we under-perform.

Tips 68

Experience the body playing a more complimentary role in your action rather than a dominant role.

Tips 69

Thinking is not “Doing” and too much thinking effectively kills of any chance of been able to do it at all.

Tips 70

If great golf is a gift from God, then so be It; but the gift is available to most if you can reframe your ideas. The main challenge in golf is getting your mind round the right ideas.

Tips 71

There is nothing in our human experience that serves as a frame of reference to help us to relate to the physical action required that is compatible with the unusual design of the club.

Tips 72

It is well worth remembering that if getting chewed up actually helped our cause, anyone who has played for at least 5 years would be extremely proficient by now.

Tips 73

Simply stand back, get out of your own way, and let your natural ability move in and take over.

Tips 74

The top players in the world all share several fundamental characteristics in their swings even though no two swings are the same. One of these similarities is they all retain their head position behind the ball until after impact and all club players would do well to emulate them.

Tips 75

The physics of the game tells us that club-head speed is essential for distance but too heavier a club-head simply slows things down.

Tips 76

Going for quick fixes gets you on board the Carousel of Quack theory where you keep going round year on year only to keep arriving back at the same place and still no better a player.

Tips 77

There are clubs that suit players and clubs that certainly do not and Professional help is essential to get you on the proper path.

Tips 78

Over trying prompts the breakdown of your game. It dismantles the co-ordination of your swing in proportion to the degree that you over try.

Tips 79

Here is one of the secrets to becoming a good player. A youngster and an adult taking their first swings on the range together. The adult hits 100 balls, 99 badly. The youngster hits 100 balls, also 99 badly. The adult takes the 99 shots home with him, the youngster takes just 1.

Tips 80

By the time you have felt the contact of the ball on the clubface, the ball is between 12 and 15 yards into its flight; when you feel impact, you are in fact experiencing history.

Tips 81

Slicer’s struggle because they make the mistake of trying to square the clubface with body action.

Tips 82

Apply yourself to swinging the golf club as it is designed to be swung – you must suit the golf club, don’t try to make it suit you.

Tips 83

A “Perfect” straight shot, even with the top players, just happens. It is not predictable and because it is not predictable, the smart golfer does not entertain the idea of attempting it.

Tips 84

It is said that the space between the notes creates the music. The same could be said of golf. If you really value good golf, put more value on the time between shots.

Tips 85

Your current swing is the end result of the thoughts and impressions you have created from day one of your golf experience.

Tips 86

For many players, to grip the club correctly would be an instant disaster and the reason why is because the new hand position would not be compatible with their current body action.

Tips 87

The top player does not picture himself failing so he is not surprised when he hits a great shot. He is temporarily stunned though when on the rare occasion, he does miscue badly

Tips 88

Poor golfers are continually trying to not hit the shot they do not want.

Tips 89

the importance of the club head becoming an extension of your arms and hands by saying that if I was to stick a pin in the clubface; the player holding the grip should go “Ouch!”

Tips 90

To improve your iron shots into greens, practice getting out of bunkers. If you get fairly proficient at sand shots, bunkers become less of a worry which consequently makes you less anxious on the shot to the green. There’s a bit of lateral thinking for you but it is true.

Tips 91

It is very difficult for the conscious competent player to accept that in order for him to improve he has to now learn to ” let go ” of his mental checklists and allow the subconscious and muscle memory to run the swing.

Tips 92

The golf ball can teach us everything we need to know if we only learn to understand the language it speaks.

Tips 93

The leading edge of the club face (bottom quarter of an inch) is the point where the top players feelings are focused.

Tips 94

Remember, before you take the medicine to cure a slice, make sure it is a slice you are suffering with.

Tips 95

Game management is very important but self management is at the heart of every great player.

Tips 96

New players should measure their progress on a monthly / yearly basis. Not on a daily basis and definitely not on a shot by shot basis as many players sadly do.

Tips 97

Avoid choking in the stroke play events by disciplining yourself to digest the round in small bite size bits; i.e. one shot at a time.

Tips 98

If your weight remains static throughout the action, the result will be powerless.

Tips 99

Being told to use a short iron when coming out of the rough is one thing but I think that understanding why it should be used will result in more chance of this sound advice been taken.

Tips 100

Many bad shots and spells of poor form experienced by better players is down to nothing more than mental laziness.

Tips 101

All successful players, either consciously or unconsciously draw from the huge reserves in the 70% “Psychological Well”.

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