Golf is 90% in Your Head?

Golf is 90% in Your Head?

90%-golf-in-headI’ve heard that comment all my life.  If 90% of golf is in your head why do we hit so many balls at practice?  I do know one thing.  You can certainly loose it with your mind or any negative thoughts on the golf course.  Gary Player once said, “the difference between a good golfer and a great golfer is they way they think.”

Now that I have more than 50 years of golf behind me I find that what you’re thinking can not only affect your golf score but also those around you and you’re overall well being.  What I would like to share with you today is how what you think will not only affect your golf score but it will change your outlook on the game of golf all together, and yes maybe even your outlook on life.  Golf could be 90% in your head maybe?  You be the judge.

I will also teach you what I know about what to think the night before, on the way to the golf course, during practice and of course on the golf course.  This is good information so please read on.

First, you need to think about your golf game the night before.  Plan out what your course strategy is and stick to it.  Don’t second guess yourself.  You can watch videos of how one would prepare a strategy for playing a golf course on our Golf Webinar Archive page.  About two thirds down the page called How To Play Smart Golf at Pendleton.

When preparing your strategy make sure you are realistic on the shots you expect to play.  As Nicklaus would say, “play within yourself.”  Do NOT dream of that 300 yard drive on the par 5 fifth for example, unless you can con90%-of-golf-in-your-headsistently, notice I said consistently drive the ball 300 or better.

Then there is what you think on the way to the golf course.  Forget the loud rock and roll music on the way and stay away from coffee.  Keep your eyes on the road ahead but take advantage of the drive to slow yourself down.  Leave early so you can drive under the speed limit.  Take deep breaths and think positive thoughts. 

Once you get to the golf course feel positive and think positive.  Start to build your bubble by not looking at any of the other players.  That was a BIG tip I got from Roberto DeVincenzo.  I said to him on the range while preparing to play in a Tournament what beautiful swings some of the players had.  He said don’t look at them!  He won over 230 tournaments in his career he should know.  Some of the players with picture perfect swings don’t always make it.  Look at Jim Furyk, Lee Trevino and others.

Another thing Roberto told me was, “to make it on tour you either have to have a great swing or great faith and great faith beats a great swing every time!”  So maybe he’s thinking that 90% of golf IS in your head?

You can check out my Blog post on How to Prepare to Play Golf  It’s a step by step plan for getting ready to play golf.  In building my positive attitude to play golf, I start talking to myself.  I close my eyes and feel the breeze on my face, then hit some soft shots in slow motion and try to slow myself down. This self hypnosis is critical to building the positive attitude you’re going to need in your round of golf.

golf-90%-in-headI’m also building the bubble.  What is the bubble?  It’s the “onliness” of golf that Hale Irwin talks about.  You’re the only person out there and you have to communicate with yourself, know yourself in competition and have total control of your emotions.  One thing is being a little nervous which is good, another is having control of your emotions.  You have probably seen that deep stare you see on most tour payers during a tournament.  That’s the bubble.

How should you think on the golf course?  FOLLOW YOUR GAME PLAN!!!!   If you decided to hit three wood off the 12th hole the night before, stick to that decision.  It doesn;t matter whether you’re way behind or ahead of your goals for the day.  Nicklaus was a fanatic about it and look at how well he did.  Having confidence in your game plan is key to having your thoughts continue to be positive throughout the round.

Lets say your round isn’t going as hoped.  Do NOT panic!  It’s only golf!  Controlling your emotions means you will be better prepared to look at your performance after the round and determine what changes need to be made.  A shaky start builds character in ones golf game.  A great player can double bogey the first hole and still shoot under par.  The same is true at your level of golf no matter what your level is.  If your average golf score is 90 and you start off with three double bogeys and still shoot your average, now you’re playing golf!  Starting off like a house on fire is not a guarantee of a good round for you that day.

Whenever either your swing goes negative on you or you get some bad breaks, slow down and take deep breaths.  Nicklaus also said, “golf is NOT a game of perfect.”  When a pilot gets in turbulence the pilot slows down the air speed.  You should do the same with your golf game.  Things start to go bad be patient, think calmly, slow down.  Slowdown your swing speed and take a little more club.  Talk to yourself and calm yourself down.  Panic or loss of temper will NOT help your cause one bit.

One last thing.  The gang you play golf with!  You have one very big disadvantage in that you’re riding in a golf cart with someone.  I suggest whenever you can, let your playing partner have the golf cart and walk some.  Feel the breeze on your face and make an effort to get in the bubble.  Worthless chatter during golf is a problem when it comes to scoring your best.  Make sure to stay away from any negative chatter!  Any comments like the course is too long, too wet, the greens are bumpy are all poison to your attitude and personal bubble.  Avoid golfers who talk negative on the golf course like the plague.

The exception to this is corporate or client golf.  You’re there to entertain your prospect and get the sale, not play your best golf.  Don’t confuse the two.

Golf is 90% in your head, maybe.  For the other 10% get out your cell phone and take a video of your golf swing and email to me for a complete analysis absolutely FREE!  For instructions on how to get the free lesson online go to https://quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

The Golf Swing Weight Transfer

The Golf Swing Weight Transfer

Now we have proof!  I’ve been saying for years that even baseball players don’t really transfer their weight in the way people think.  Yes they lift their front leg but then their body does not actually move forward during the swing. 

As was talked about all over the PGA show this year, the weight transfer in your golf swing actually goes backward or toward your back foot at impact!  I’ve shown backward motion in the golf swing on video numerous times in lessons and our workshop sessions. The new Bodytrak swing mat proves what I, as well as many other golf instructors, have been saying for years!  You can refer to our Blog posting on the Bodytrak system at https://quickfixgolf.com/2015/01/24/scott-hamilton-speaks-at-v-1-session/

How many times have you read golf tips that say “transfer your weight to your front foot.”  Big mistake!  Of course if a given golfer has a serious spin out move, meaning they turn their body excessively, the weight transfer in their golf swing motion could be a big help.

I would like to thank one of our new members Lisa Wright for sending us this video analysis of a classic baseball swing.  Please take note of the following:

1) How the body turns on the axis and does not pass the blue line drawn by the coach
2) Notice how even with the lifting of the front leg the hands of the batter do not move forward or toward the pitcher at all.

Hurricanes go around, electric motors go around, tornadoes go around!  Any movement side to side only reduces your golf club head speed and adds to the possibility of inconsistencies. 

A really good drill to try is hitting balls on only your back foot.  Take something like an eight iron and hit balls real easy on only your back leg.  I like to place my front toe BARELY touching the ground just for balance, but I put no weight on it at all.  You might be surprised at how straight and consistent you hit the ball this way.

So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champion Tour

So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champions Tour

Yea right!  It ain’t so easy to get on the Champions Tour.  You can ask all the guys down in Florida right now playing their guts out for only five, yes that’s 5 spots available for exemption on the Champions tour.

Not to mention the sectional qualifying tournament you would have had to endure and finish at the top of the stack in order to be one of the 85 players in the final tournament of 72 holes to qualify for an exemption on the Champions Tour.

You can see the Champions Tour scoreboard here.

The first group of individuals exempt on the Champions Tour, (meaning they get to play) are the players with the most earnings from the PGA tour.  So if you’re a new comer get to the back of the line and play in the two qualifiers. 

That means that Freddy Couples gets to play no matter how well he is playing if he feels like playing.  You might say he earned it by playing well in his youth and you might be right.  Fact is , that the PGA probably thinks that you the viewer are not to going to tune in on TV if you don’t recognize the names playing.

Oh yea, it costs $2,500 entry fee for the final qualifier plus all your expenses for a chance to be one of the top five.  Not a good bet.  I take my hat off to all the guys that tried though.  Guys like my friend Joe Daley.  Joe didn’t play his best this week but he is a long time veteran of the tour.  Like a journeyman quarterback that’s played for a ton of NFL teams but you cant remember his name.  By the way, Joe won a major just two years ago.  Still he’s back having to qualify.  Now that’s tough!

What’s my opinion.  Well I can make one because I ain’t playing.  I think that more spots available for Monday qualifiers is not only appropriate but would possibly wake up the Champions Tour to new blood.  Why recycle the same players we’ve seen in the past.  Nothing wrong with it but let’s see some new blood.  Some Cinderella stories that might give the local golfers some hope.

“Long time insurance agent beats the pros and wins on the Champions Tour”, etc etc.  Yea!  Get the crowd pulling for the under dog!  Just a thought.

Here’s a video analysis of Frank Esposito’s golf swing.  The winner of the qualifying tournament at 11 under par.

 

 

Eric Thompson Makes Significant Improvements In His Golf Game.

Eric Thompson Makes Significant
Improvements In His Golf Game.

There seems to be one very obvious common element among all our students that improve.  They show up to the semi-private lessons and they work on their drills.  It’s not an accident that they improve.

Eric has taken advantage of his membership and not only applied the lessons learned but also included bringing his son to the lessons as well, building a lasting impression through his positive example that dedication and effort pays off.  Not only did Eric improve his game, but he also wins Father of the year award in my opinion.

Thanks for your very kind testimonial Eric.  The pleasure has been all mine!

How Do Touring Pros Prepare To Play Golf

We finally started our first webinar.  Yea!!!!!!  There will be more to come and quick!  This first webinar featured the topic, “How Do Touring Pros Prepare To Play Golf.”  So much of golf instruction is primarily focused on golf swing faults and fixes.  There is so much more to golf than that.  You can have your swing humming on the driving range, get out to the course and literally fall part!

I’m sure you’ve heard that this game is 90 percent mental.  It is for sure, once you get your golf swing under control.  Swinging in perfect rhythm will come and go but you can maintain control over how you go about your management of yourself, your game and the golf course strategy.

To ask for an invitation to one of our webinars just send me an email to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

Here it is, hope you like it and find it useful for your golf game. By the way, this was our first webinar so there certainly were some glitches. While you’re working on your game, we will be working on our webinar skills and I promise you will see a significant improvement with our second webinar. Next week’s topic will be “What Does The Shaft Actually Do During The Golf Swing and How Do I Determine What Shaft I Should You Have?”

Webinar starts at 7 PM EDT Mondays.

A Consistent Golf Swing Demands Consistent Footwork

A Consistent Golf Swing Demands Consistent Footwork

Well nobody guessed the first “Name That Pro.”  This one might be easier.

Your feet can be a great indicator as to how consistent your golf swing can be. It also shows whether your swing path is so out of line, that it is almost impossible for you to have good balance or quiet feet.  If you practice at a driving range on a mat, listen for the noise produced by your feet on the mat. On grass see how torn up the grass is where your feet were.  Always check out your divot to see if it is aligned with where you were aiming.  Of course the best way to know how your swing is performing is to video your swing and send it me for a free analysis. Send it to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

If you hear your feet scraping across the mat, then you know that something is wrong like possibly over swinging, turning your chest violently, maybe sliding your hips or over excessive turn of the hips.  As in this video below, over active feet can be related to a re-routing of the golf club on it’s path to the ball.

For consistency, quite down the swing. Less is more!  Guess who this pro is first and you get two dozen golf balls!

Every Golfer’s Dream…Shoot Your Age!

Every Golfer’s Dream…Shoot Your Age!

Well, Bill Wagner, (student/member of Quick Fix Golf) shot better than his age!  Bill is a very youthful 74 years young and shot a 71 at Providence golf course this past week.  Yes a 71!  Worse, yet he is going to improve even more!  After taking a lesson this week, (he was smart to come in after shooting the 71 to see what he was doing well) we found more room for improvement.

Bill is a pastor of a Baptist Church in Richmond and quite a Gent.  A student of the game and always asking questions, which I like.  When students ask questions it toggles my feeble brain, which makes sure I cover all the information you need and deserve.

All the best Pastor and maybe before the year is out we can boast of a 69 or better. (Oh yea, that no man should boast, sorry)

Hey, Bobby:

I want to give credit where credit is due.  Last night at Patterson you gave me pointers on my grip, backswing, and hip turn.  I tried to put them into practice today at Providence Golf Club and guess what–I shot a 71.  This included one eagle and three birds!  Three shots under my age!  Thanks for your patience with an old cogger. 

Hoorah!  (A little Marine Corps lingo there.)

Bill Wagner

Golf Swing Analysis Jim Furyk vs. Graeme McDowell

Golf Swing Analysis Jim Furyk vs. Graeme McDowell

This video analysis should prove to you that a golf swing does NOT have to be pretty, it needs to be effective.  I’ve done for you a comparison of Jim Furyk vs. Graeme McDowell.  Once we slow the swings down you will find that these swings are not as crazy as you might think at full speed.

You will learn that “spine angle” is a BIG key to consistency and having a bulged left wrist could be very helpful.  To get the bulged left wrist I use my right hand to hinge the golf club back.  You might find another methods better for you.  That’s what Quick Fix Golf is all about.

 

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Alright macho man, Bloomberg television showed a short clip on the making of Dustin Johnson’s driver and it shows that he was building a 10.5 degree lofted driver.  I bet you thought that all these long hitters were using low lofted drivers, like 7.5 or 8.5.  You must take into consideration that Dustin has a very closed position at the top of his back swing.  The closed position actually reduces the loft on the golf club.  So, his 10.5 plays like an 8.5.

To reach what is “effective loft” you must add the loft on the golf club itself, the angle of attack of your swing path and the club face angle at impact.  That is why I insist that it is not necessarily the brand of golf club or the fitting system, it is the ability of the fitter to understand and recognize the idiosyncrasies of the golfer’s swing and how the golf club fits into the golfer’s swing pattern.

Here’s a great interview with Butch Harmon on Dustin Johnson, (his student) that is well worth watching.  Butch also supports a teaching philosophy that is very, very, very close to what we do here at Quick Fix Golf.  Personalized instruction allowing you to use your personal assets and tendencies.
Any questions?  bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com

You Want More Club Head Speed? Watch This!

You Want More Club Head Speed?

When you service as many students as I do, you occasionally get that special standout that comes along.  Without fanfare, Sri Ghanta quietly shows up at the Patterson range almost everyday and displays a work ethic that is lacking throughout our society today, in my estimation. (Of course he gets the large range card so it saves him money)
Besides being a great student of the game, Sri is also quite a gentleman.
From a golf swing standpoint, he has worked on the range for a year and a half, never seeing the golf course itself.  I had the honor of playing with him on his first round, as did a few of our other student/members, and we can all attest to the fact that Sri made a par on his first hole, the par 5 1st at Pendleton!  On his third round he made his first birdie on number 6 with the flag in the back on the upper tier.  Pendleton’s most difficult hole!
On the simulator at last nights workshop at Patterson Golf Park Sri was clocking over 117 miles per hour club head speed.  Below is a video analysis of Sri’s golf swing, demonstrating to you the angular acceleration Sri creates, using Sergio Garcia as a comparison.  I hope you learn something from it. My sincere congratulations to Sri, and keep up the good work.
You want more angular acceleration in your swing?  Stay behind the golf ball and pull straight down with the arms first.  For a video on how to get more angular acceleration in your golf swing just email me and I’ll send the video free. bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com