Success is only achievable by believing in yourself - and this is especially true in your golf game. Everything in golf has choices. Do you use the 3 wood or a driver? Should you aim for the right side of the green or the left? Are you thinking about hitting the fairway, or thinking about your last round where you hit it in the lake? The positive thoughts referred to here for the game of golf are often called “visualization.”
To properly answer this question, I must first ask you a very important question. What percentage of your practice time do you chip and putt? Is it 40%, 30% or closer to 15%!?
A quick and easy way to improve your game is to practice the different parts of the game in proportion to how much you use each part of the game on the golf course. For example, let’s say you shot 100 and had 36 putts. Then, at least 36% of your time should be spent putting. Hit only 10 drivers on the golf course? In this case, that should only take about 10% of your practice schedule.
Typically, everyone can spend more time practicing their short game. So next time you’re on the course, take some time to actually track your shots! Try playing the pitch and putt courses during the off season and count how many tee shots, iron shots, pitch shots, chip shots and putts you take.
Taking a lesson soon? Want to get the most value out of that lesson? Great!
Here are a few quick tips to help you get the most out of your lesson experience:
This number obviously varies greatly from person to person. People like Ben Hogan and Vijay Sing hit an amazing number of balls a day just to ensure they won’t lose the secret to their swing. Others feel like they need to play, and only play.
The best advice we can give to anyone is to only hit as many balls as you can while you are able to give it 100% focus. Once your focus wanes, take a break or go to the putting green. You will never be doing anything positive for yourself or your game without focus and a plan.
I had the fortunate experience of traveling to Dubai for the 2016 Jubilee Games; a “Mini Olympics” which was run 100% by volunteers for the Ismaili community. For the past 1.5 years, I had been working on the Sport Implementation team to help make these games a reality. The Jubilee Games included 3,000 athletes from 29 countries, 15 sports and over 10,000 volunteers and spectators!
My groundwork consisted of running the Golf Tournament which was held at Emirates Golf Club (Mijlas Course) where the Dubai Desert Classic is held every year. It was a spectacular venue and all the golf participants had a wonderful time - despite the extreme temperatures (the highest temperature was 49 degrees; not including humidity!)
In the last part of our Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) article series, we dove into the meat and potatoes of the TPI golf screen. As promised, we will delve into the functional movements associated with swing characteristics #7 to #12. At the end of this article you should have a clear picture as to which functional movement faults are associated with each common swing error characteristic.
If you have any comments or questions regarding the functional movements or swing characteristics, please ask a Burnaby golf professional.
To review, the 12 most common novice swing characteristic flaws are:
Let me paint you a picture. Imagine, a 33-acre golf specific research and development center just minutes from the ocean. This golf center is fully furnished with driving range stalls, 3 PGA-caliber holes complete with bunkers, a mini-Scotty Cameron putting studio and a robot that hits golf balls 24 hours a day. No, it’s not heaven (although its pretty close)... it’s the TPI Headquarters in Oceanside, California.
It’s that wonderful time of year again, golf season! Time to dust off your clubs, buy some new balls and head over to the driving range and find your swing. Please, do yourself a favour and don’t forget that you haven’t performed a full golf swing for months and understand that attempting to do so may result in a premature end to your golf season. Be mindful that we must prepare our body for the physical demands of our golf swing.
Diet of Champions
Golf is a physical sport that requires both physical and mental preparedness. Our body requires adequate nutrition to perform well mentally and physically. Unfortunately, nutrition is an often overlooked aspect of the game. Proper nutrition not only supports your body's needs while playing the sport, but it also helps you recover from a tough round or workout at the gym. On the course or at practice, proper hydration and a variety of nutritious foods can help you perform well on the course.
Golf Burnaby regular Rory Clipsham was fortunate enough this past December to spend a few days at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which is located in the southwest corner of Oregon on the Pacific Ocean.
Bandon Dunes is built on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes sitting 100 feet above the ocean. The resort is made up of four full sized golf courses, a 13 hole par 3 course, and a 60 acre practice area. These golf courses give you a true links golf experience that is completely natural, complete with incredible views of the ocean, the ever changing winds, rolling fairways, pot bunkers, and of course, the gorse.