Slow Play Warning PART DEUX

After re-reading my article on Slow Play and realizing a few things, I thought I’d write another article on Slow Play.

Here are some suggestions that may be applicable, instantly, to some golf courses. If you have influence on a golf course to make these changes become part of your community and membership, do it and make a change.

Idea #1 – Small signs locating where to place golf bags near the green, always in line with the next teebox or the fastest way that the group can leave the green. This could be done by the maintenance crew daily and usually in 10 seconds or less. It could be a small sign that is simply the courses logo, and could be crafted to look very classy.

Idea #2 – Cart path design is a frustrating topic for me. The beginning and the end of a cart path is usually a pretty ugly site. Let’s all take a cue from The National Golf Club, where they employ a fantastic cart policy. There is a small wooden stake, colored blue I believe, that indicates the precise spot (and side) of the cart path you are to exit the path, followed by another blue stake nearer to the green, where you are to enter back on to the path. All other  driving on the course should be ON THE FAIRWAY. Grounds staff and likely members will move this stake around daily, so that there are no wear marks exiting and entering the hole. This will speed up pace of play, and remove terrible ideas like “Cart Paths Only” and “90* Rule” completely at some courses. Seriously, get 36 signs/stakes and try it for a month…

Idea #3 – Using “Honours” to determine hitting order is a contributor to slow play. Unless you’re playing for more than $50 a hole (and even that is relative…), my suggestions are as follows;

– whoever is first in the hole on #1 tees off first on #2. Makes sense. Whoever is done the hole first, has the most time to figure it out for the next tee shot. For example, I finally hit a chip to 1′ and it’s given to me for a smooth 8. My buddy is putting for a birdie from 20 feet after the other 2 guys in our group finish getting up and in for pars. So I’ve been done for about 3 minutes now, and buddy guy is still putting for birdie. He makes it. So he’s up? He just finished a birdie putt and now he’s on the tee and was the last guy to finish?…….isn’t that silly? Couldn’t I just have gone over to the tee, got a yardage, figured out where the group in front is, and done numerous other things possibly to even help the group move faster!

Idea #4 – This is a similar idea as above. First player to finish the hole rakes the bunker. Maybe the person who is putting for birdie could rake the bunker for the person that just bladed it over into another bunker. Whoever was in the greenside bunker doesn’t rake it. The first one in the hole does.

Idea #5 – The second last person to finish their putt is responsible to get the flagstick. I always see the first person to finish the hole grab the pin. What are you doing? You’re up!! The flag can just sit there it will be just fine. Go figure out something.

Idea #6 – When to pick up your ball? Once you get to two over par for the hole and aren’t on the green yet, you’re done. BIPSIC. Ball In Pocket Sittin In Cart. Relax have a beer.

Idea #7 – Shoot less shots.

Idea #8 – Be prepared to play the game before the 5th hole….

Idea #9 – Visualize yourself being the first person to exit the green, the first person to exit the teebox, the first person to start up the power cart.

Idea #10 – Run.

 

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

 

 

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