Archive: October, 2014

Tips from the Tour

In the recent months, I’ve been fortunate to work with a few great players, both of whom recently turned professional. Their skill set is quite high, so the areas we focus on are much more about performance, than swing mechanics.

The following is a few tips or stories to help you prepare for competition.

1. Find out where all the pins will be, could be, might be, and are, during a practice round. Putt from the low point to that pin, and draw the Zeroline. Record vital slope %’s.

2. One ball. Play at least a few rounds every spring with only one ball in the bag. Lose it, and go home.

3. Wear the most awkward and uncomfortable clothes you own. Perform a focused practice session with that discomfort.

4. Simulate as much pressure as possible at the end of a practice session. Every shot and every swing is paramount. It’s the be all and end all for life as we know it. Visualize pure terror if you miss the fairway. These techniques, if done properly, will raise your heart rate and many other physiological effects of pressure, anxiety, and fear. Please contact me for more details on this training technique.

5. Arrive 2 hours prior to a round and plan for 1-2 after every round for practice. The tournament round is just one objective for you during the tournament week (or few days, or single day). Learn their putting green and chipping area as detailed and competitively as your home course.

6. Play a few rounds or do some practice with terrible golf clubs. Appreciate your own.

7. Visualizing your ball flight is about 1% of this concept. Visualize everything about your day and your performance. Visualize your confidence, your stature, your character, your grit, your composure, your routines, your reactions and your focus.

Here are a few things that some tour players taught me..there’s lots more of this..

Mike Mezei and Stu Anderson – They taught me that golf is a marathon. You give every shot your best effort and move on. Just like a marathon runner, who misses a step or two, or trips up or cramps up for a bit, will they panic? Will they start sprinting? Probably not. They stay the course and stay focused.

Kent Eger – The shot doesn’t change, you change. Every situation or shot, whether it be a fearful doubt ridden shot with the match on the line, or a simple 15 yard warm up chip shot off the range mat mid winter, is the same. The goal doesn’t change, you do. You approach so many different shots in different ways, each time you swing the club it matters the exact same amount. Pretty sure there’s some great golf literature on this (ahem Every Shot Must Have a Purpose)

Kris Wasylowich – Go low all the time. Make as many birdies as you possibly can.

Scott Stiles – Composure and Putting. Roll your rock and make putts. Make Everything.

Verbal Diarrhea

Thanks to Tim Ferriss for this article called “The 10 Most Common Words You Should Stop Using Now” and I think we should try it for golf!!

***Read Tim’s article before reading below***

Here are five words/phrases to quit using when you talk about your golf game.

1. Confidence

2. Practice

3. Distance

4. Consistency

5. New

Remove these words from your golf vocabulary. Find Synonyms or other ways to define them.

In the comments section, please leave a word that you will remove from your golf vocabulary and why!!