Golf Practice "G"

Gentle Does It

Concept: Blocking out distractions when putting.

Action: Try closing your eyes for a moment and notice how you can focus more clearly. The action of closing your eyes eliminates more than half of the distractions that we encounter constantly throughout the day.

You won't need the ball initially, just the putter and you standing on the green.

Now get into your normal putting stance and visualize a ball on the ground and line it up with the hole.

Swing your putter, as you would do if you were to hit a ball.

Now do it again with your eyes closed and become aware of the pressure of your hands on the grip.

Feel the lightness of your grip and the weight of the putter hanging in your hands.

You can continue to swing backwards and forwards in a fluid motion making slight adjustments to eliminate the drag on your putter. More importantly, you will be able to focus on the lightness of touch you have on the grip of your club.

Once you have done this a few times with and without your eyes closed, place a ball on the ground and concentrate more on the “feel” of the club in your hands than the ball you are hitting.

This is excellent distance training, as you will begin to have a better feel for what your putter will do. Your action will become more consistent.

Geometric Angles

Concept: In your wrist you have an anatomical snuff box just under the end of your thumb. The correct golf swing shape involves using this box to hinge the club in an upward motion.

Action: Hold a golf club your hands and practice pointing the grip end down as you simulate your back swing hinge.

The wrists work the same way as hammering a nail or casting a fishing rod.

Golf Confidence

Concept: The most important aspect of becoming a skilled golfer, while at the same time having as much fun as possible, is confidence.

If you have very little confidence in your ability to play the game, you will not perform well, plain and simple. And if you do not perform well, you guessed it; you will leave the course feeling frustrated and angry.

True joy when playing golf comes by having fun and accepting the fact that golf is a lifelong journey, never a destination. Let me repeat that: Golf is a lifelong journey, never a destination.

Action: Write this down, stick it on your mirror, read it, live it, and watch your personal happiness increase along with your golf game.


You Can If You Think You Can!

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

~ C. W. Longenecker ~


Green Reading

Concept: No green is totally flat. Thus, most putts have a degree of break in them—often subtle, sometimes severe. The best way to deal with breaking putts and sloping greens is to make every putt straight.

Action:Identify how much break there is on a putt. For example a 3foot break from the left means the hole itself now ceases to be your target. Your new target is a spot positioned 3 feet to the left of the actual hole.

Hit the putt to your imaginary target left of the hole, and let the slope on the green take care of the rest. You are more likely to make a pure putt stroke when hitting a straight putt than when trying to guide the ball on a breaking putt.

Most of us under read the break of putts so be sure to remind yourself of this.

Grip Measurement: 10,10,4

Concept: The putting statistics from the P.G.A tour indicate on average players stand 10 inches wide and 10 inches from the ball when putting, with the ball positioned 4 inches back from the middle of the left foot.

Of course, some players stand wider than this, like Kenny Perry. Some, like Ben Crenshaw, are narrower. However, the above measurements are the average.

Action: Use your putter’s grip, because it is about 10 inches long and measure your stance and your distance from the ball.

Use you putter head, because it is about 4 inches long and measure your ball position, one putter head back from the middle of your left foot.

This is a great template to base your putting stroke around just remember 10, 10, 4!