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Tips of How to practice golf

2013 April 21
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Tips of How to practice golf

Golf Psychology Tips

Many people believe that up to 90% of golf is played in your head. Once you have learned the physical skills of golf fairly well, your performance becomes as much a mind game as anything else. Here are a few key tips to help train your mind to maximise your performance.

1. Stay in the present. Only focus on the shot in hand and not on what score it is for.

2. Find a pre-shot routine and stick to it. It will help when the pressure is on. If you deviate from this or have any doubts about the shot, back off and start again.

3. Visualise the shot you are about to play. It will give you more confidence when making the shot, which in turn will increase the likelihood of it happening.

4. Trust your swing – you have spent all that time practising, so let it happen.

5. Think positive! Don’t think ‘avoid the water’; think ‘hit the green’.
Before You Start

1. Firstly warm up! Do some stretches of all your muscles in your legs, back, arms and shoulders. Hold two clubs together and slowly swing them as normal after this to warm things up further.

2. Start with a short iron and work up through the bag. The shorter club will enable you to ease yourself into hitting shots.

3. Aim at a target and use clubs laid on the ground in line with your feet to ensure that you are pointing in the right direction.

4. Spend as much time on chipping and putting as you do on the long game. It counts for around 50% of your score, so give it at least 50% of your practice time.

Full Shots 1. Aim at a target and try to get a specified number within a twenty-foot radius. Once you have done that, increase the target number or decrease the size of the circle.

2. Pretend you are playing a round of golf on your usual course and hit the clubs you would normally expect to hit at each hole in order.

3. Groove your pre-shot routine by going through it every time you hit a shot on the range and on the course. It will help your swing function under pressure.

4. Concentrate on what you are doing. 25 balls with full concentration is better then 50 hit without thinking.

5. Work out how far you can hit each club so you can take your practice to the course. Go to a flat practice ground on a calm day, hit 20 balls, pace out the distance, remove the best two and the worst two and work out the average distance. If this is not possible, play a course with a yardage chart and note how far you hit the ball with each club as you play.

Around The Green

1. Aim at several targets and vary the length and type of short to increase you feel.

2. With chipping take 3 balls and chip at the same flag from a variety of different lies.

3. Throw 10 balls in a bunker and play them all as they lie.

4. With a partner, give each other lies around the green and in the bunker and see who gets it closer. You’ll soon find out who your friends are!

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Golf – Hitting Down To Go Up

2010 April 19
by Admin

Golf is a game that often can often become such a mental fog that one finds they can’t get their game off of a particular plateau. This is often because the game calls for contradictory motions, particularly when striking the ball. The concept of hitting down to get more loft on a ball is a perfect example. Let’s take a closer look.

Despite what you may hear, the primary notions of physics are fairly straight forward. We know them without thinking about them. Let go of a golf ball and it will drop from your hand to the ground per the rules of gravity. It all seems so simple, but golf is really hard because playing well requires us to subvert these basic notions.

The concept of hitting down on a ball to get loft is one that just makes no sense. If you look at the club, the head is angled back. For all the world, this would seem to suggest that driving the head under and then up through the ball would create the most loft. I probably don’t have to tell you that this is not true.

To get loft, you must drive down on the ball. The reason has to do with the club design. The angled face of the club you are using is designed to strike the ball in such a way as to artificially create loft. This only happens if you hit down on it. By hitting down on it, I am referring to the portion of your swing when you should hit the ball. You should still be driving the club in a downward motion. The angle of the club head will take care of moving the ball in an upward motion, but the power of the shot will come from the downward motion.

So, why doesn’t the ball just get driven into the ground? Well, it sort of does. It will actually compress a bit because it is trapped between the club head and the ground. The only place for it to go is back up the club head. As it does this, it will release energy that is added to the shot.

Hitting down on the ball to generate loft is mentally uncomfortable. Try practicing it. Position yourself forward of the ball in such a manner that you can’t help but hit down on the ball. Exaggerate your position if you must. Once you feel the impact and see the result, you’ll understand that the technique works. From there, it is just a matter of endless practice to nail down the perfect technique!

Mark P. Warner is with DrivingAGolfBall.com – learn the techniques needed for driving a golf ball with such precision you will lower your handicap.

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Why Golf Hypnosis Is Not Just a Placebo

2009 December 10
by Admin

I noticed an advertisement for a golf training DVD which referred to golf hypnosis as “just a placebo”. It made me realize once again that the majority of people (who do not know what hypnosis really is) jump to this same incorrect conclusion.

Scientific research has in fact proven that hypnosis creates activity in a different part of the brain from that which is related to the placebo effect. Hypnosis is a very powerful tool in enhancing anything which involves using your mind, and golf has got to be the most mental game there is. Hypnosis is incredibly effective in helping you to get your mind around golf and to acquire the calm focus which this great game inevitably requires.

But let’s not knock the placebo effect either. The placebo is no little thing to be dismissed as insignificant. The placebo has enormous power. In drug studies it is acknowledged that the placebo effect is seen in 20 – 30% of participants; this is not to be “sniffed at”. The fact is that simply by thinking that something will work, it will indeed work for 20 – 30% of the population. It really does pay to be a believer, or to have a positive expectation.

Your mind works in such a way that if you expect something to happen, this is generally what you will subsequently see. The suggestions used by golf psychologists and golf hypnotists take advantage of this basic fact. If you know how your mind instinctively works you can make a choice to take advantage of it. To ignore the placebo effect is, to be perfectly honest, extremely wasteful and I would venture to say rather stupid.

And to brush aside golf hypnosis as “just a placebo” compounds that wastefulness even further. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation. In learning to use hypnosis you learn how to calm and relax yourself in an instant; this is pretty useful in the game of golf. Hypnosis provides access to your subconscious mind which is the part that acts instinctively and automatically, and it therefore enables you to program your mind to focus upon aspects of golf in the way in which you might like. Hypnosis provides a state of heightened awareness and focus which once again is more than a little bit helpful when you are playing golf.

I could go on and on about how golf hypnosis is the very best way in which to straighten out your game and sink those putts, but I think you know by now where I’m coming from! Please don’t dismiss golf hypnosis as “just a placebo” and do not dismiss the placebo effect either. Why not try it for yourself? The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and this is a particularly delicious pudding!

Roseanna Leaton, specialist in golf hypnosis and author of the GolferWithin mind training system.

 

With a degree in psychology and qualifications in hypnotherapy, NLP and sports psychology Roseanna Leaton is one of the leading golf psychologists. Grab a free hypnosis download from http://www.RoseannaLeaton.com and keep your focus with golf hypnosis and golf mind training.

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For your Successful Sand Play

2009 December 10
by Admin

Are you worrying about how to have successful sand play?here give your some tips.

You must pay attention to the three keys?correct setup, proper technique and consistent point of entry.

The start of the backswing should be straight back or slightly outside the target line. There is an immediate breaking of the hands as you start this motion, producing a more vertical swing which encourages the club to enter the sand about two inches behind the ball (this is the point of entry)

What you are actually trying to do is to take as little sand as possible without contacting the ball. Allow the sand to lift the ball from the bunker. (You can work on getting a consistent point of entry with the Point of Entry Drill described here.)

As you make contact with the sand there should be a cupping of the left wrist. Let me explain “cupping.” Assume you are wearing a watch on your left wrist and the face, as usual, is pointing outward. When contacting the sand on the forward swing, you should try to take the back of your left hand and move it towards your watch face, thereby creating wrinkles underneath your left wrist. This action is called “cupping of the wrist” and it is very necessary in producing quality sand shots. Since this motion prevents the club from closing, the ball is lifted in the air with backspin.

These are the three most important things regarding sand play around the greens. You don’t have to be perfect to get out of a sand bunker, but you have enough of the basic principles to get started.

happy day!

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