I firmly believe
improvement starts with acquiring a better
understand of the game. Here are ten simple
ideas about golf that I commonly pass along
to my students and clients:
Golf clubs are not
To produce a
legal golf club, manufacturers have to stay
within the design guidelines set forth by
the United States Golf Association. As a
result, everything that can be legally done
to significantly improve the performance of
a golf club has already been done. The
newest golf club designs look great, but
they’re not going to lower your handicap.
Trying to swing like someone else is
The fact that
the top 100 players in the world all swing
differently should tell you something. It
should tell you that how you swing is not
nearly as important as you’ve been led to
believe. Instead of trying to swing like
someone else, just learn to better
understand and manage the swing you already
The value of hitting the ball farther is
golfers remain fixated on trying to hit the
ball farther, the essence of good golf is
not raw distance, its distance control – the
ability to hit the ball specific distances.
Without improved distance control, hitting
every club in your bag 10 or 20 yards
farther provides no meaningful advantage.
The path to lower scores is the same as it
was 100 years ago.
way to significantly lower your average
score is to become more accurate off the tee
and improve your short game distance
control. Golfers fail to improve because
they continuously look elsewhere.
When playing golf,
over 60% of your shots will be either on or
around the green.
While most golfers are
aware of the importance of developing their
short game, very few take
the time to do
it. If golfers practiced only their short
game and nothing else, their average score
would drop – probably significantly.
Understanding and becoming better at what
you can effectively control is easy…. and
it’ll make you a much better golfer.
golf, there are five aspects of every shot
that are within your complete conscious
control. I refer to them as the five
playing skills, and as you develop them you
become a better golfer. They are:
– you can learn to identify and choose to
always play the highest percentage shot.
– you can learn how to determine and choose
to always select the club that provides the
greatest margin of error.
– you can choose a single positive intention
and allow that single intention alone to
guide you through the process of shot
– you can setup to the ball in the way that
allows you to most easily create the desired
– you can choose to stay in the moment,
trust yourself, and swing freely – without
You don’t need to hit more good golf shots
to significantly lower your average score.
In truth, you
can score the lowest round in your life
through hitting nothing more than average
golf shots. Its poor shot selection, severe
mishits, and blowup holes that ruin your
replacing below-average golf shots with
average golf shots, all you have to do is
better manage your game and learn to play
every shot with a higher degree of purpose.
You can start doing that immediately.
– just work on your five playing skills.
Few golfers are
100% focused on the shot they’re playing.
golfers allow their thoughts to drift into
areas that are both beyond their control and
irrelevant to the shot at hand. While trying
to create a golf shot, they might also be
golfers are playing.
golfers might be thinking.
places the ball might go after it leaves the
swing is going to look like.
score on the hole might be if they hit a
good or poor shot.
of the last time they attempted a similar
What they did
right or wrong on their last shot.
And those are
only thoughts related to golf!
If you want to improve your ball-striking,
you’ll have to stop thinking when you’re
moves too fast to be consciously controlled.
When you try to manipulate your swing
motion, you’ll only succeed in throwing
comes to hitting a golf club, your body is
far smarter than you are. So relax, create a
single positive intention, and get properly
setup to the ball; then just trust yourself
and swing with confidence – not thought.
Continually taking golf lessons is like
continually buying new golf clubs, it’s
expensive and there is no reason for it.
acquire a better understanding of the game and
learn how to manage your golf swing, you’ll
gain the ability to self-coach and never
need another lesson. Once you acquire a set
of golf clubs that are easy for you to use,
it’ll become the only set of golf clubs that
you’ll ever need.
Learning to better
understand the game
can save you a lot of money!