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!!

 

Calgary Flood Slideshow 2013

Alignment

alignment |əˈlīnmənt|

noun

1 arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions : the tiles had slipped out of alignment.
the act of aligning parts of a machine : oil changes, lube jobs, and wheel alignments.
the route or course of a road or railroad : four railroads, all on different alignments.

Ironically, “the route or course of a road or railroad” reminds me of the classic golf alignment mistake (eewwwwwwww). This article may make sense, but it is often interpreted as “aim your toes at the target”, which makes the clubface point right of the target (for a right handed golfer). The word alignment, as it pertains to golf, often includes the alignment of various pieces of the body, club or ball, relative to a constant.

My personal definition of alignment is the process of directing or pointing the clubface at the intended initial launch direction, with the intention to achieve the same alignment at impact, regardless of intended club path.

Please note, that there is no mention of toe, hip, shoulder, hand, eyeball or political alignment…

How is alignment measured?

Impact alignment is measured using Trackman. Some impact alignment terms are Dynamic Loft, Launch Angle, and Club Face Angle. Learn how technology has actually helped millions of golfers of all levels achieve levels they didn’t think possible.

To learn how your swing aligns with success, call me at 403.803.3290 or email at toddhalpengolf@gmail.com

 

 

4th Annual Charity Longball Open

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Tie those boots up tight, this tournament is going to be a wild ride!

The 4th Annual Charity Longball Open will be held July 19, at 2pm, at the River Spirit Golf Club. The format is a two man scramble.

What is Longball Inc??

LONGball Inc was created in 2010 with 4 friends that grew up with a passion for the sport of golf and the lifestyle that comes with it. Golf has always been in our blood. Whether playing in competitive tournaments to hoist some crystal, cutting work to sneak in an afternoon round while the boss it out of town, or knocking back a few with boys on the course to have some laughs, golf has always been a part of our lives.
With open minds and a thirst for discovery, we have created a golf line that is built on a foundation of high quality and performance fabric that you can keep you looking good and feeling good from the 1st tee to the 19th hole.
We feel that golf clothing should not only fit right while making your swing, it should feel great. That is why we have used the finest bamboo and cottons along with our polyester blends. We know that golf doesn’t stop once you shake hands on the 18th it’s just getting started. That is why we have developed out lifestyle brand that will keep you looking and feeling great well after the round.
Our Canadian based golf brand has been developed with input of players and professionals around the world to combine new fashion trends with international influences. This combination keeps our brand always evolving and head of the curve. #itsalifestyle

What can you expect at the tournament?

Lots of beauties, lots of babes, lots of beers, lots of birdies! What more do you need??

Grab a buddy and sign up today!

Longball Inc Website

Longball Inc Facebook Page

2014 Tournament Sponsorship Package

 

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