Category: Performance

What is the difference between professionals and amateur golfers?

As a member of a Facebook group named “Golf Teaching Professionals”, I’m lucky to learn from great instructors worldwide on a daily basis. This resource is incredible and I can barely keep up! I don’t participate much but thought I’d share something from this group.

Sasha Catron asked this question to the group,

“In one word what is the difference in the best players you teach and the average ones?”

The answers are astounding, but not that surprising. Here is a list of the names of the instructors, and their one word answer. I hope I don’t get in trouble posting this, but it’s a risk I’m taking…

Christopher Smeal – Optimistic
Bob Fahy – Commitment
Chip Richter – Athleticism
Michael Deiter – Dedicated
Eric Cogorno – Talent
Michael Blinco – Obsessed
Brad Edwards – Attitude
Matt Malesteri – Drive
Bob Duncan – Motivation
Stephen Lynn – Everything
Michael Starr – Determination
Mitch Brunick – All true
Sean Kennedy – Attitude
Todd Edwards – Desire
Joey Anders – Grit
Jim Sykes – Practice
Chris Beaty – Mental
Rodd Slater – Observation
Mike Aldrich – Hand Eye Coordination
Shane LeBaron – Strike
Jeff Schmiedbauer – Coordination
Scott Leritz – Commitment
Blaze Grinn – Emotional
Justin Rister – Commitment, persistence to their practice drills and routines (Too many words Justin…)
Chris Daily – Body Awareness
Doug Grey – Desire
Andy Walker – Awareness
John Dochety – Attendance
Bowen Sargent – Confidence
Ira Kramer – Belief
Jonathan Bullas – Score
Bob Baldassari – Talent
David Ogrin – Awareness
Jason Helman – Attitude
Tim Lambert – Enlightenment
Sasha Catron – Perserverance
Joe Dau – Discipline
Andy Griffiths – Scoring
Elliot Oscar – Approach
Todd Ormsby – Grip
Steven Steinway – Positive
Wayne DeFrancesco – Everything
Peggy Gustafson – A desire of where they want to be. A perception of where they are on their golfing dreams. How we as teachers to give them their path to allow them to reach their golfing dreams..Realistic or not. (Uhh way to many words…not sure how this is a one word answer…)
Dan Schwabe – Awareness
Doug Lawrie – Grit
Joe Ingoglia – Sequencing
Brett Fanning – Talent
Zac Stennett – Fearlessness
Gary Ellis – Rhythm
Rita Mehrens – Form
John Hughes – Passion
Eddie Smith – Commitment
Matthew Finney – Motivated
Randy Cavanaugh – Teachable
Brian Smock – Time
Trevor Derrheim – Proprioception
Joe Dougherty III – Coordinated
Marty Foster – Practice
Chris Ford – Passion
Jim Beadle – Face
Aaron Doyle – Patience
Adam Stevenson – Determination
Bob Townsend – Drive
Christie Quinn – Perseverance
Jenn Holt – Desire
Wayne Powell – Dedicated
James Jordan – Routine
Oliver Darby – Skill
Rick Wright – Committed
Stephen Cottingham – Detail
Todd Halpen – Concentration
Kathy Gook – Mindfulness (Defined by wikipedia as “the intentional, accepting, and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the thoughts, emotions, and sensations occurring in the present moment”.)
David White – Wanting
Sean Pender – Grinding
Morten Jensen – Tenacity
Geoff Saayman – Drive
Timo van Geest – System
Grant Field – Attitude
Deanna Zenger – Discipline
Steve Cardy – Practice
Boris Miro Janjic – Feel
Dominic Sainsbury – Grit
Gavin John Hamlyn – Application
Stuart Campbell – Inspired
Nancy Quarcelino – Want
Stephen Ennis – Work
David Walker – Ability
Adam Young – Skill
Kelly Murray – Sticktoitness
Jeff Dantas – Awareness
Dave Druken – Commitment
Dale Ketola – Determination
Steven Yellin – Silence
Roger Hatcher – Score
Mark Caldwell – Putting
Kevin Shields – Talent
Ed Angulo – Passionitment
Bob Grissett – Proprioception
Rudy Gonzalez – Mobility
Robert Gates – Work
Barry Cheesman – Mind
Brian Jensen – Love
Dave Pezzino – Clubface
Allen Burton – Precision
Christian Alderucci – Dedication
Andrew Patnou – Score
Mark Russo – Commitment
Joe Casey – Confidence
Mark Caldwell – Equipment
Chris Schultz – Practice
Tom Connell – Grip
Brad Pluth – Talent
Peter Arnott – Adaptability
Frank Gowen – Mind
Chad Ristow – Mentality
Jeff Howe – Commitment
Dave Heinen – Relentlessness
Jennifer Cully – Awareness
Paul Contento – Skill
Steve Ford – Knowledge
Mike Vanderwolf – Perspective
David Johnston – Willingness
Chad Powell – Commitment
Blaze Grinn – Selfishness
Scott Davies – Desire
Buddy Cooper – Mind
Preston Combs – Consciousness

 

What is amazing about this list?

NEVER DOES IT SAY GOLF SWING!!!!!

Pick out your top 5 favourite words from the list above, and write down how you plan to improve those characteristics with respect to your golf game.

When you book a lesson with me, expect guidance on those characteristics in your game. I’m here to answer the easy questions, actually improving and learning lies within you.

 

 

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!!

 

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Make no Mistake, this IS the US Open

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, prominent golf coach Sean Foley, said something that I really loved! To watch the entire video, click here, and to hear that particular quote, go to the 14 minute mark.

“Today is a super important day. Let’s not pretend we’re back at Lake Nona. Let’s face the fact we’re there. It’s going to take a lot of energy to pretend you’re somewhere you’re not.”

     The concept of ‘going to your happy place’ does take a lot of energy!  I love what Sean said for so many reasons. Be in the moment. That moment is the US Open so be present in it, and create your experience.

    I do however, often teach mental game tactics that do involve placing your mind elsewhere, even for just a short moment (like 2 seconds) just to reset and refresh your emotions. Sean said ‘not at Lake Nona’, which I think resonates with some of the mental game stuff I work on. I’d seldom encourage a student to put their minds into another golf situation, positive or negative. Every shot is unique, so I believe that referring back to similar shots you executed well, is a poor strategy. The past is the past. If it was an hour ago it might as well be a million years. 

     What’s my point? Instead of putting your mind into a different golf situation, put it somewhere so far from golf. Put your mind in a place that provides energy, not requires it.  The videos below are where my mind goes when I close my eyes. Skiing the south face of the chutes at Castle Mountain. It is my favorite place in the world that I’ve seen so far, so going there in my mind to do something as creative and free as skiing, always helps my golf game.

 

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