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It is true to say we can save you ten shots over the next few weeks (If you are playing high handicap golf ) First we cover the average golfer, for those are just about to learn or would like to learn, scroll to the end, we have included the some very basic notes on golf. With books / written tips illustrations it is comparatively easy to teach a high handicapper or someone who is just learning to play; they can read see the illustrations and learn the correct mechanics and principles of the game, which will immediately improve their game. With a low handicap player it is not always a wise move to introduce major changes. Even the great players like Tiger Woods find it difficult to make changes to their game. Research carried out over a two year period working with some of the world’s best players, has provided some interesting facts related to the few minutes prior to playing their shot, and the changes that take place while they take the shot. Based on the known fact that we ALL have two sides to our brain one side for serous high level concentration, the other side is for happy relaxed natural no tension let your body take over thinking. With the pro player their concentration level is very high during the pre-shot routine; it peaks for approximately 10 seconds while at address. Even so they never freeze over the ball, they waggle the club which is a signal to the brain, once they start their back swing the brain switches to natural let it happen mode, they depend on muscle memory to produce the natural swing, with the perfect timing balance and club head speed. They have developed every golfer’s dream, a natural swing which they can repeat every time without even thinking.

Your pre–shot-routine must be practiced until it is second nature. Determine your optimum target area, and the correct distance from the tee. (Taking into account all these factors) Hazards: Water, bunkers, trees, heavy rough, out of bounds. Check the wind, direction, from behind, wind against, swirling. Is the fairway wide or narrow? Now select the correct club, you should know the distance with your three wood which will give the average player 200 yards, driver 220-230 yards depending on the wind and ball selection. Now select precisely where to place your tee, it needs to be positioned to give you a direct line to your target. Your tee MUST to be the correct height, so the ball is level with the sweet spot on your club.

Now step back behind the ball and line it up with the target, the logo on the ball can be adjusted like a rifle sight to point to the target. Step back behind the ball and check the target line. Maybe select an a old divot a short distance ahead which is in line with your target, aim to hit the ball over this marker. Take a relaxed practice swing. Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball. Take your stance the width of your shoulders. Feet aligned slightly left of the target, check your grip, do not grip the club too tight. Pressure =same as squeezing a tube of tooth paste; you are now ready to take the shot. Take one last look at the target, deep breath relax no tension in the arms, just think rhythm and timing, keep your eyes fixed on the ball. Do NOT freeze over the ball waggle the club, push back low a smooth with the left arm your upper body starting to turn, DO not sway back, only the upper body turning (SET IT LOSE MOTHER GOOSE). That is your tempo. Pull down with the left arm in control keep your head down, eyes fixed on the ball hit right through the ball with the club staying low and in line with the target. Key objective to teach your mind and body to synchronize and maintain balance, smooth transfer of weight from right to left follow though, DO NOT LOOK UP UNTIL THE BALL HAS GONE Once your swing is smooth and natural and you can repeat it every time then will be a single handicap golfer.

Looking up on the down swing:

Many feel that this is the number one mistake that golfers make.

Being to keen to see where your shot is going, you begin to look up during the downswing and before the club-face makes contact with the ball. This moves the body, which misaligns the swing path. The ball could go any where.

Golf is a mind game first you must have mind set train yourself not to look up, you will have plenty of time to see where it is going AFTER impact.

Ok here is what you do, make it a number one priority:

Complete your pre-shot routine, select your target. Place the ball on the Tee at the correct height with the logo in line with the target. Take your practice swing, and then adjust your stance. Bend forward from the hips until the club rests behind the ball. Relax those are arms NO tension, take one last look at the target, then focus your eyes on the ball, let the mind switch to happy mode, real smooth take away in line with the target, Timing -Rhythm- Balance. Head down eyes fixed on the ball, natural swing. Main objective is timing tempo, relaxed natural swing with light grip. Pull down with the left arm; do not let the strong right arm force the shot. DO NOT swing like a mad axe man, Keep left side firm with left knee bent through impact. Smooth transfer of weight from right to left, nice easy natural swing. Swing through the ball, not at it, ensure your arms are fully extended through impact, and concentrate on a low follow-through. Eyes fixed firmly on the ball. Wait until you see the ball “disappear” before you even think about looking up. Once you achieve that natural swing and extend your arms through the shot, this combined with releasing your hands through the ball correctly, will give you more distance.

Been playing for years and never improve 90+ every round When you are playing a lot of golf yet never seem to improve then you need to go back to basics / fundamentals. Most of us in our minds eye believe we have the text book swing and that all our basics are correct, Grip, Stance, Posture, Address, take away, top of back swing, follow through, balance.

Top pro golfers have experienced coaches who tell them when some thing is not quite right. We need to check, this can be with specialist 3D swing analyzers that some of the large golf stores have, or a lesson with the local Pro at your club.

Simple visual checks that we can ALL make; some are best done in front of a large mirror. or video your set up and swing. Start with grip and stance, then each element of your swing, from the start of your back swing through each stage. Then time to work on your swing: Do NOT swing hard only 80% of your power. The main elements of your swing must be Balance and Tempo. The number one problem with ALL high handicap players they look up on the down swing KEEN to see where the ball is going, IF you look up for sure it will NOT go where you want it to. Why because if you look up before the ball has gone it always changes your swing path, the ball could go any where. READ on. Pre-shot routine, off the tee, select your target on the fairway, which will determine your club selection and where you place your tee, having selected your club will determine the height of your tee (Ball needs to be level with the sweet spot on club) Place the ball on the tee, step back and line the logo on the ball up with the spot you are aiming for, visualize the shot in your mind, take a nice easy practice swing which needs to be the precisely the way that you intend to play the actual shot, with that swing in mind both tempo and balance step up to address, ball in line with your left foot, stance the width of your shoulders, correct grip V pointing to your right shoulder, knees flexed weight on the balls of your feet, bend fore from the waist your club should come to rest directly behind the ball ( 32″ from your toes) Take the club back with your left arm pushing low smooth and slow as it pasts your right foot you should have start your upper body turn, make a full turn, KEEP the left arm straight, when the at the top of your back swing the club must not drop it now should be pointing towards the target, start to turn back with your right hip moving upper body and arms turning, pull down with the straight left arm (Left arm in control DO not allow the strength the your right arm to take over) Club returns on the same path as your take away, KEEP your head down eyes firmly fixed on the back of the ball until it disappears, hit through the ball keep your arms fully extended right through impact concentrate on a low follow through in line with the target. With timing tempo perfect balance your weight should have transferred from right to left, your upper body fully turned weight on the left foot, buckle on your belt facing to the target. Now you can watch the ball fly straight to your target.

YES you are right to much to think of and change overnight, there is NO magic formal that will transform your game over night, get the basics / mechanics right . Only correct one fault at a time, first you need identify the fault then focus on correcting that element of your swing or game. But club head speed is NOT the answer. Left arm in control with perfect Tempo then you will develop the perfect swing natural and smooth. Also course management plays a major part in your game. Why go for the green if you know in your mind you have little or no chance of getting the distance, use your head lay up to your best distance from the green, stay 100 yards out leaving a simple shot to the green.

While stood over your shot always be positive, visualize the shot be confident, NO negative thoughts. ONLY Positive thoughts NO tension, once you have gone through your pre-shot routine and are at address ready to play the shot take one last look at the target waggle the club to shake the tension out of your arms, switch to nice easy relax mode and make your natural switch. You need to concentrate on hitting through the ball NOT at it: Follow through with full release. Important your divots should be in front of where the ball was if they are behind then you are hitting the ground too early. When you take a practice swing mark the spot where you intend to place or address the ball in your stance, take the practice swing and see where the divot is it should be just ahead of where the ball was placed. If you are hitting behind the ball you can move it back in your stance. You have a handicap for a reason that is to make all players standing on the tee even, each has a chance of winning on the day if they play to their handicap or better. So if you are playing with players who have much lower handicaps than yours, DO NOT try to match their game, play your game continue to play to your strengths, use course management layup play percentage shot, not crazy risky shots. Do not rush your shot take your time go through your pre-shot routine.

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Top Golf Tips for 2012 FREE

All the top golf tips:

By popular demand we are, featuring tips on how to achieve more distance.

When you see the top players on TV driving 300 yards plus every time, and they are making it look easy, you wonder why your drives only go 200 yards.

Well there are key differences; first they have equipment which has been designed to match their swing, From the degree of their driver, the type of shaft, the grip, every detail is tested and they have the world best swing coaches, and are born with natural rhythm, they have the coordination required to keep every thing smooth and synchronised. Timing, tempo, balance.

They have a swing coach, with state of the art equipment to monitor arc, plane, and speed of their swing. With 3D videos that record their swing from every conceivable angle

They are playing with golf balls that are designed for maximum distance.

And they are natural golfers born with hand and eye coordination, balance and timing.

The young guns are super fit athletes, one would think that was a major factor for those drives 300 yards plus, how-ever it can never be explained why older guys and smaller guys who look out of shape still hit the ball a long way.

It must be down to the right muscles working in perfect sync?

You can use this drill to build up power and technique develop power and club head speed

Take a basket ball outside and take up your normal stance aiming at an imaginary target, but instead of holding a golf club place you hands either side of the basket ball.

Although your hands grip the club differently the arms should hang down in the same way as when you hold the basket ball.

On the back-swing the elbows should stay the same distance apart as they are at address. This keeps the swing connected and forces the arms to rotate the correct amount to find the perfect swing plane.

At impact releasing and throwing the ball forward is not as easy as it may seem. It requires the same timing as releasing the golf club into the back of the ball.

Use this exercise and the added weight of the ball to build up your core strength for more power and club head speed.

Although this exercise is relatively easy to carry out it involves many individual parts of the swing and will train better swing mechanics. With the weight of the ball it will also build up your golfing muscles for more power and club head speed.

Quote from a member: “Long drives are the key to attacking golf? “

**Please do not introduce these tips directly into your game, take them to the range find out if they work for you.

We do not recommend attacking golf aggression in some sports can prove an advantage. To stay in control and in the zone is far more important; however we do agree there will be time when you need to play attacking golf- to WIN

We have 15 coaches in our team they have all had an input into : What they do to get that extra 30- 50 yards on their drive when they need a birdie or even a eagle. (When you really go for it there is always a risk of the ball flying out of bounds, however if it does work and you land 330 yards on target that feels great)

Tiger at his best, and on his way back to the top player in the world: Note the complete follow through, that is a full turn and using his body lie a coiled spring.

When Tiger was at his best he would always attack, 380 yard drives


1 Start with more weight on the right side

When you plan to go all out with the driver, spread your feet even wider than normal. That gives you a firmer base to ensure you do not compromise your balance. A wider stance also helps you place most of your weight on your right side. One of the keys to distance is keeping the upper body to the right of the ball on the downswing, and a wider stance will help you do that.

Creating speed means getting the club-head moving faster–it does not mean swinging harder. Take the club back as far away from you as possible without swaying or losing your knee flex or weight distribution. If you can do that and match your arms with your body, you can swing as hard as you want. Creating width is fine, however DO Not CAST the club out, or you will have an out to in swing and that imparts spin on the ball resulting in a slice.

2

(Club head speed) Tour Professionals average 155mph

Feel that you are swinging slower, tests on the launch monitor clearly indicate that when Pro golfers shorten their back swing relax and do not let the swing get too long, just relax that is when they are driving at their best, and achieve more distance with out risking wild shots

3

Take it away low and smooth in line with the target.

The first thing you need to hit it farther is to turn the ball over–that is play a, draw it (inset). You also need to maintain a good rhythm, particularly the first foot or two away from the ball (left).Slow take away keep it low and in line as you are moving your club away from the ball, that sets the timing for the rest of your swing, and then your transition from backswing to downswing is going to be good. Even taking in to account you are going to take a good, hard swing, you have set the stage to maintain your tempo, timing, rhythm and balance.

From questions received and the information submitted from the coaches, these are the comments most heard: On driving ranges, tee boxes and fairways world wide. “I am coming over the top.” “I’m lifting my head” or “I’m swinging too fast.”

It seems strange to know exactly what you are doing wrong yet seem powerless to correct it? You can correct these problems, check the following.

Why are you coming over the top with your downswing?
You are taking your club away too flat or under the swing plane,

Keeping the majority of your weight on the left (forward) leg at the top of the back-swing
creating a narrow swing arc leaving the club-face open at the top

Flat Takeaway: Taking the club away too flat is the most common of the back-swing flaws. This problem has a knock on effect. The more a player is aware that he or she is over the top, the more he or she is likely to take the club away to the inside.

Learning to take the club back correctly on-plane begins with learning the proper set-up posture. DO NOT bend forward from the neck and shoulders you must bend from the hips.

When most players set up, you must hold the club out in front of you and bend from the hips, until your club is directly behind your ball. If you fail to tilt from the hips, your natural takeaway plane will be to the inside or too flat.
The proper posture begins by tilting from the hips while keeping the shoulders back and the chin up. This posture is the one that best allows you to take the club back properly, with the club-head lining up with the hands at the waist-high position and the shaft hinging skyward in line with the left forearm. These moves set the club on-plane and in front of the body and in perfect position to come back down on-plane or even slightly to the inside.

Another common fault: That results in an inside takeaway, is rotating the arms faster than the upper body. When this happens, the your arms get trapped behind the body, and the only way to get them back in front and strike the ball squarely is to come over the top. Your forearm rotation must match your shoulder rotation. When these two rotations are linked, the arms will remain in front of the body, effectively leaving room to bring the club down on-plane.

Reverse Pivot
Rates as the next most common problem that leads to an over-the-top. Transfer of weight, your weight must transfer from left to right as your upper body rotates. For example if your 75% of your weight is still on the left leg when you are reaching the top of your back swing, you will make a jerky transfer of weight onto your right leg just as you start your down swing. If you moving weight to your back leg to late E.G> At the beginning of your down-swing, you will lean back and the club will be centrifugally thrown out and over the top. Your weight must transfer from left to right during your back swing, and transfer from left to right on your down-swing, (YOU NEED =Perfect balance and transfer of weight)

What causes a reverse pivot? Lower-body sway, this is when the lower body slides away from the target on the back-swing, the upper body falls toward the target. The cure to ending the reverse weight shift is to learn to resist with the lower body and coil with the upper body. The lower body should be the foundation for the upper body during the back-swing. We stress the importance of maintaining pressure on the inside of your right leg by slightly forward-pressing your right knee toward the target as you take the club back. By doing this you will keep your hips from sliding and it also allows your right leg to accept the rearward transition of weight.

Narrow Arc;
The third most common reason for coming over the top is narrowing the swing arc.

This is when the club is to close to your head at the top of your back swing, not allowing sufficient room; you must leave room, for your down swing to return on the correct –plane. The typical reaction to this lack of swing room will be to throw the club out and over.

To prevent a narrow arc check the position of your right arm throughout the backswing. A player with a narrow swing arc tends to fold the right arm too early or keep it unnaturally pinned to the right side all the way to the top. This pulls the club in too close to the body. You will then feel the need to free the club by throwing it way over the top and away from the body.

As you take the club to the top, focus on pressing your right palm against your left thumb (for right-handed golfers). Which creates pressure and effectively pushes the butt of the club farther away from the head while also straightening the left arm and leverage the golf club. If you can maintain that pressure to the completion of the backswing, you will create all the room you’ll need to naturally pull the club down on-plane.

Open Face
The fourth most common reason why a player comes over the top is an open clubface. When the clubface is left open at the top of the backswing, the natural reaction is to swing to the left (over the top) to get the clubface square at impact.

An open club-face at the top can often be traced back to a weak grip at address. “Weak,” as it is used here, refers to the actual strength of your grip, not the positioning of your hands on the handle. If you grip the club with your palms, you have a weak grip, and the club will tend to fan open in the takeaway. Check our previous lessons we show you the correct grip. We show how the club runs more through the fingers. The left thumb pad sits more on top of the grip, while the lifeline of the right palm sits on top of the left thumb. This grip will allow you to set the shaft on-plane in the takeaway, set your wrists properly and keep the club-face from turning to open. We appreciate that to understand all these instructions (In text can prove difficult)

We are planning to go visual with all the lessons and they will be in videos and on DVD in the next three months.

We have in previous lessons stressed the need for a solid base a good stance.

These are tips: Sent in by members:

A firm grip with the last three fingers of the left hand. where no slipping takes place, firms up the left arm at the top of the back-swing, which leads to constant perfect width during the swing.

Tee the ball up high when hitting into a wind. The latest drivers always have the sweet spot high up on the face. If you tee the ball too low when hitting into the wind the ball will come off the bottom of the sweet spot with far too much backspin and will limit distance.

Most golfers start down too quickly from the top and swing to the rhythm ‘one- two’. Change to (Tee it high let it fly) to give yourself time at the top. Jack Nicklaus always maintained he played his best golf when he started the down swing slowly and smoothly

Practice Back Swing Exercise

Take up your address position ready to hit an imaginary ball, and then before you swing, bend down and put a ball directly behind the club head rather than in front where the ball should be.

Take up your stance again, make sure you know where you are aiming, then swing back to the top of the back swing. As you do so the ball will be sent rolling away.

To understand whether you are taking the club back on a good path, all you have to do is watch where the ball has rolled.

On a good swing the ball will have been rolled away slightly behind you, reflecting a swing path that sweeps back on the inside. If however, the ball rolls either straight back or worse, away from you, you know you have taken the club back too straight or outside the line.

If you can do this on a few practice swings it gives a very strong feeling of what to do when you hit a shot. Sweep the ball away behind you for the best results.

It is impossible to cheat this exercise, so you can practice this drill confident it will only improve your back swing.

All too often golfers leave the range having worked hard to improve but have actually got worse. These two drills are guaranteed to make you swing better and improve your golf shots. Carry out these golf exercises to improve the path of your back swing and your body balance.

Practice Body Balance Drill:

Good balance in the golf swing is essential. If you sway, or your head moves back and forward you never play a good shot.

Follow this simple drill to guarantee stability and good balance.

Take up your stance over a ball, then instead of making a swing, put your feet together, and actually get them to touch. Now make a gentle half swing and try to hit your ball forward 50 yards .At first you may well over balance and miss the ball completely, but very shortly you will be able to make a full swing, hit the ball out of the middle of the club and keep your balance to the finish.

Another reason for losing distance is hitting behind the ball;

To stop hitting behind the ball a you must transfer weight onto the left foot by the time impact occurs. This weight shift moves the arc of the swing forward sufficiently to guarantee hitting down onto the ball.

The first thing a you should do when investigating why you are hitting shots fat is to ensure that your weight ends up on the left foot in the finish position.

Hit a series of shots and after each one see if it is possible to pick the right foot off the ground as you watch the ball fly to the target.

If you can lift the right foot off the ground, without falling over, it means your weight has been transferred correctly and you should be hitting down directly onto the ball.

If you are still hitting the ground behind the ball try setting up with the ball a little further back in your stance.

Short game:

We have all experienced hitting a fat shot to the green. Sometimes the ball just comes up short, but when hitting over water that is going to cost you shots

You then have to play the shot again and suddenly the mind starts to wonder if the hole will ever be completed.

Once you are standing over the shot with negative thoughts you are in trouble hitting either a fat shot or a thinned shot over the green.

If you are transferring weight on the left foot but still hitting the ball fat you must firm up your hand action through impact to stop flicking at the ball.

Start your set up with 70% of your weight on your left foot , trust the loft on the club hit down just a little before the ball, your divot should be under the ball.

The loft on your club will send the ball floating to the green.

We understand that most of the lessons are long and take time to read and from feed back, maybe to much to take on board in one lesson.

If you do need clarification then please do not hesitate to contact your coach.


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Featured in this news letter
• Bump and Run the low risk percentage shot.
• Playing the ball from above or below your feet.
• How to play solid shots
Bump & Run:
Bump and run is a low risk shot, but still need practice to develop touch and feel. Bump and Run, ever since Tiger Woods played a three wood like a putter from the edge of the green, in the US open; there has been a change in nearly every ones game.
Bump and run is a low risk shot, but still need practice to develop touch and feel.
The basic guide lines are simple. It is a putting stoke with an Iron.
Philosophy: Select a club with sufficient loft to carry the ball over the rough on to the green with momentum and roll to reach the hole taking into account all of the contours on the green in the same way you would for a long putt ,
The more rough grass there is: The higher the number on the club: Some examples:
If the Flag is 18 paces from the edge of the green and the rough is three paces, take your five iron, take it back like a long putting stroke —in line with target (e.g. the spot on the green where you intend to land the ball, which for this shot 6 paces onto the green, with the correct weighted shot the ball will roll the remaining 12 paces to the hole – and IN.
The other end of the scale: 18 paces from the flag to the edge of the green, and 12 paces of rough then use your eight iron ( More loft to clear the extra rough grass)
Take the club back in line with the target, eyes fixed on the ball, do not look up, hit through the ball in line with the target, which for this shot is 12 paces onto the green, the ball will land and roll up gently into the hole.
You need to practice using the same basic principles with each club 4 Iron to 9 Iron,
It is not magic; it does still take a lot of practice to perfect.
But the short game is the key to low handicap and good golf.
Important make up your mind on the shot required NO negative thoughts, take the correct stance, one last look at the target area, hard down and play the shot, positive thinking in the hole.
Ball above or below your feet:
When playing on a side slope with the ball above your feet. Take a wide stance good solid balance. Grip down the shaft; stand closer to the ball. Take one or two practice swings to check balance, timing, rhythm, keep your swing pattern consistent, 1-2 nice and easy. Maintain your balance throughout the swing.
Important that you check the line to your target, a ball above your feet will always turn left- (Imagine aircraft banking to the left) the flight of your ball will be the same. Aim to the right of the flag / target to compensate.
Do not rush the shot, take the club back smooth and low in line with the target, and make sure your shoulders turn square
DO NOT LEAN TO THE SIDE, keep your head still eyes on the ball left arm in control – pull down with the left turning the upper body, accelerate to the ball but with timing and rhythm, club face square at impact hit right through the ball, do not look up until the ball has gone.
When the ball is below your feet same set up, but the ball will always turn right, so aim left of your target.
Most high handicap players make the mistake of bending over to compensate for the ball being lower, DO NOT do that, you must maintain your normal posture back straight, just bend your knees more.
If you are on a practice round and not holding other players up, take two balls and play shots from difficult positions, then when you are in competition you will know the shot to play and have confidence.
Remember that difficult shots can be avoided by good course management always select your target and if you need to lay up then that is what you do. You avoid a bunker or water so why put you ball on a sloping bank.
Solid Shots:
Pre- shot routine is not just for on the tee it is for every shot.
Which must be practiced until it is becomes second nature.
Determine your optimum target area, and the correct distance
Check all hazards.
Check wind direction from behind, wind against, swirling.
Now select the correct club, you should know the distance you hit with
every club. Step back behind the ball check the target line. Maybe select an old divot a short distance ahead which is in line with your target, aim to hit the ball over this marker. Take a relaxed practice swing.
Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball. Take your stance the width of your shoulders. Feet aligned slightly left of the target, check your grip, do not grip the club too tight. Pressure =same as squeezing a tube of tooth paste, shake the arms to release any tension you are now ready to take the shot. Think positive NO negative thoughts. Now this may seem strange thing to say but do not become trance fixed looking at the ball, once you are set up try to spend 75 % of your time looking down the target line, visualize your target, deep breath relax no tension in the arms, just think rhythm and timing, Do NOT freeze over the ball waggle the club, now eyes on the ball, but does not mean your head and neck are like stone they should also be relaxed and little movement is ok, Push back low and smooth with the left arm your upper body starting to turn, DO not sway back, only the upper body turning (timing SET IT LOSE MOTHER GOOSE,)
That is your tempo. Pull down with the left arm in control keep your head down eye fix on the ball hit right through the ball the club staying low and in line with the target.
Key objective to teach your mind and body to synchronize
Maintain balance, smooth transfer of weight from right to left follow though, DO NOT LOOK UP UNTIL THE BALL HAS GONE
Once you have swing which smooth natural and you can repeat it
Every time then will be a single handicap golfer.

Golden rule your weight should always move in the same direction as your swing, as the club moves back the weight transfers to your back Foot, as you swing down the weight moves to the front foot (EASY) But most high handicappers do not transfer weight correctly. The fore-mentioned is mainly driver woods and long irons, some principles will change for chipping / pitching.
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Golf how to score

If you are going to play Golf then best you know how to mark your card, there are different games each game has its own way of marking your card.
To save all you low handicap players time, this newsletter is for the beginners. 83% of all the e-mails we receive are from beginners. They are puzzled when it comes to scoring. Handicaps prove a mystery to them. (We all had to learn)
Featureding:
Score Card, how to score, about handicaps, hole index, basics related to scoring.
OK the card tells all –
For example hole 1: Distance from the white tee to the flag is 440 yards. It is a Par 4. Stroke index 11 which means it has been deemed to be the eleventh hardest hole on this course. (When you see stroke index 1 that then tell you at it is rated the hardest hole on the course.)

The handicap system is designed to make all players equal; in fact a high handicap player has even more chance to win.

Introduction to Stableford: The golf game with rules that are often used in club competitions

How handicaps are used in Stableford Competitions. This can at first seem complicated, but once you learn how then it will become easy.

Scoring in golf is sometimes a mystery to non-golfers or those just starting, because golf unlike other sports the golfer with the lowest score wins, (In normal Stoke play) Completive golf is played over 18 holes, if you are a pro golfer you would take 72 shots or lower to complete all 18 holes. That is referred to as a par round.

Each hole you start at the tee box, and finish in the hole on the green. Every time you make a stroke, count it. At the end of each hole, add up your strokes for that hole and write it down. At the end of the round, add up the strokes for each hole and, there you have it, your golf score, your then deduct your handicap which gives you your net score

Score in relation to par is also very easy to understand and you know how well you are playing by the number of shots taken on each hole.

When things go wrong for example your ball lands out of bounds (you will have to take a penalty stroke.)

On your score card each hole is given a number representing “par” – the number of strokes it would normally take a pro golfer to finish that hole.

If the hole is a par is 4 and you take 5 shots, then your score in relation to par is 1-over. E.g. a bogey

If the par is 4 and you only take 3 shots, then your score in relation to par is 1-under. E.g. a birdie

If par for the course is 72 and you finished with a 95, then your score is 23-over = to a handicap of 23.

The handicap system:

With the handicap system, you can play any other golfer on any course and be competitive. For example if your average score is 95, (Handicap 23) and you play a golfer that has an average score of 76, (Handicap 4) in simple terms if you take 95 shots, and he takes 77 you win.

In order to play on the prestigious / international courses you will need an official handicap, when you become club member, you can hand in three score cards, the average of the three scores will be your handicap. Once you play with a handicap of 18 or below you will be permitted to play on any course, including international high prestigious clubs.

Reason the club insist on you showing your handicap cards : To ensure you can play a full round in 4 hours or under, also you will comply with golf etiquette, correct code of dress, will not endanger other players, and for the hard working grounds men take care of the course. You will replace divots, repair pitch mark on the greens.

Match Play and Stableford

Match play is one of the main forms of competition in golf. Players go head to head either as a team as in the competitions like the Ryder Cup or the player team who wins the most holes win the match.

Match play can be played by two individuals, one on one and that is known as singles match play. Or teams of two players can square off, with Foursomes and Four-balls the most common formats for team play.

To learn more about match play

Professional competitions’ ALL PGA tour player’s golf professionals are all ranked equal.

(They do not use handicaps)

Amateur players must have a PGA handicap cap to play in competitions, quite easy to obtain, your handicap is record at your club, based on three score cards, all you need to do when you play preferably with a fellow club member is mark your card showing the correct number of stokes you took on each hole and the total number of strokes for all 18 holes, have the fellow member sign your card to confirm it was your score on that round then hand the card in to the club pro, most club now have a comprised system that allows you to enter your score for each hole it then calculates your score and records it each time once you have submitted 3 cards you will be given you handicap.

For example: If your handicap is 28 and your competitors’ handicap is only 22 then you have a handicap allowance of 6 shots. There are various way of applying the handicap, we think the simple way is to play is for you to be given 1 shot on the 6 most difficult holes on the course: Holes index rated 1 to 6.

Then for example: If you score 5 and he or she scores 4 the hole is even. If he or she scores 5 and you score 5 then you win that hole.

Simple: Win a hole that is one for you; lose a hole that is one for your opponent. Even holes essentially do not count; they are only ticked as even on the score card.

The other main difference is that amateur normally elect to play all 18 holes regardless of who is winning or how many holes they are leading by.

The basics of match play:  Score-keeping terms use in professional match play.

The score of a match play match is rendered relationally. Here’s what we mean: Let’s say you’ve won 5 holes and your opponent has won 4. The score is not shown as 5 to 4; rather, it’s rendered as 1-up for you or 1-down for your opponent. If you have won 6 holes and your opponent 3, then you are leading 3-up, and your opponent is trailing 3-down.

Essentially, match play scoring tells golfers and spectators not how many holes each golfer has won, but how many more holes than his opponent the golfer in the lead has won. If the match is tied, it is said to be “all square.”

Match play matches do not have to go the full 18 holes. They often do, but just as frequently one player will achieve an insurmountable lead and the match will end early. Say you reach a score of 6-up with 5 holes to play – you’ve clinched the victory, and the match is over.

What the Final Scores mean someone unfamiliar with match play scoring might be confused to see a score of “1-up” or “4 and 3″ for a match. What does it mean? Here are the different types of scores you might see in match play:

You will note from watching TV sometimes the play does not always go to the 18 hole.

The reason being that at some stage of the game it becomes impossible for one or the other player to win. For instance: If one player has won 7 holes and his opponent has won 4 the score is shown as 3 up – if play had reach the 17 hole it would be impossible for the player two down to win.  So they stop and – it is shown as a win 3 and 1

1-up: As a final score, 1-up means that the match went the full 18 holes with the winner finishing with one more hole won than the runner-up. If the match goes 18 holes and you’ve won 6 holes while I’ve won 5 holes (the other holes being halved, or tied), then you’ve beaten me 1-up.

2 and 1: When you see a match play score that is rendered in this way – 2 and 1, 3 and 2, 4 and 3, and so on – it means that the winner clinched the victory before reaching the 18th hole and the match ended early.

The first number in such a score tells you the number of holes by which the winner is victorious, and the second number tells you the hole on which the match ended. So “2 and 1″ means that the winner was 2 holes ahead with 1 hole to play (the match ended after No. 17), “3 and 2″ means 3 holes ahead to with 2 holes to play (the match ended after No. 16), and so on.

2-up: OK, so “1-up” means the match went the full 18 holes, and a score such as “2 and 1″ means it ended early. So why do we sometimes see scores of “2-up” as a final score? If the leader was two holes up, why didn’t the match end on No. 17?

A score of 2-up means that the player in the lead took the match “dormie” on hole 17. “Dormie” means that the leader leads by the same number of holes that remain; for example, 2-up with 2 holes to play. If you are two holes up with two holes to play, you cannot lose the match in regulation (some match play tournaments have playoffs to settle ties, others – such as the Ryder Cup – don’t).

A score of “2-up” means that the match went dormie with one hole to play – the leader was 1-up with one hole to play – and then the leader won the 18th hole.

5 and 3: Here’s the same situation. If Player A was ahead by 5 holes, then why didn’t the match end with 4 holes to play instead of 3? Because the leader took the match dormie with 4 holes to play (4 up with 4 holes to go), then won the next hole for a final score of 5 and 3. Similar scores are 4 and 2 and 3 and 1.
The most common match play formats are singles, foursomes and four-balls.

Match play is second only to stroke play as the most popular form of competition in golf. In fact, match play and stroke play are the bedrock forms of competition. And there are many different ways to play match play, all built around its core principle: players (or teams) compete to win individual holes, with the side winning the most holes claiming the match.

The best-known match play formats are those used in the Ryder Cup. Here is an introduction to those match play formats:

Singles Match Play
Singles match play pits Player A against Player B, hole after hole. If Player A scores a 4 on the first hole while Player B records a 5, Player A wins the hole.

In the Ryder Cup, ties are called “halves” and are not played off (each side scores a half-point for their team). In Ryder Cup-style competitions, this is common. However, in singles match play tournaments – something such as the U.S. Amateur Championship, as an example – a match that is all square (or tied) after 18 holes continues until there is a winner.

Four-ball Match Play:
In Four-balls, each side consists of two players. Each player plays his or her own ball throughout the round. On each hole, the low ball of the two players serves as that side’s score. For example, on the first hole for Team A, Player 1 scores a 4 and Player 2 scores a 5, so the team score is 4. If Team A gets a 4 while Team B scores 5, then Team A wins the hole.

Foursomes Match Play:
Because it is included in the Ryder Cup, Foursomes match play is one of the best-known forms of match play. It’s not very common as a format used among friends during a casual round of golf, however.

Four-ball pits 2-person teams against each other, with each team playing one ball, alternate shot. Example: Player A and Player B are partners. On the first hole, A tees off; B plays the second shot; A plays the third shot; and so on until the ball is holed. The lower of the two teams’ scores win the hole.

We take this opportunity to remind:

On the first tee- you must tell your fellow players the type and number on the ball you are playing.  It is important that you can ALWAYS identify your ball BEFORE playing any shot on the course. If you do play the wrong ball it is two stoke penalty

On the tee the player who won the last hole has the honours: He or she plays first, if the next hole is even then he or she retains the honours.

When you have players on the fairway ahead of you ALWAYS make sure they are well clear BEFORE you play your shot, if you do hit / play a shot that is flying off course towards other golfers / people then you must immediately shout a loud warning –normally FORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s before you say OH************

When you ball land in an area which permits a free drop for example ground marked under repair, YES you are entitled to a free drop, however before you pick up or move your ball, you should draw it to the attention of your fellow players.

When a fellow competitor is about to play his or her ball, stand still do not move or get into their line of sight, and do not talk.

Keep a careful check on the number of stokes you take on each hole. To miscounting can often be taken for cheating?

When your ball has gone into the trees or heavy rough, decide quickly if it is out of bounds if it is unplayable, you only have  a maximum 5 minutes to find your ball, if it has clearly gone little or no chance of finding it then take a penalty drop and play on. Do not become a player (All clubs have them) no one wants to play with or play behind) If you are delaying the group behind then do the right thing and call them through.

Before starting in any competitions, you should determine respective handicaps. If a player  begins a match having declared a handicap that is higher than his officially recorded handicap and this effects the number of stokes he or she is given, and he or she is found out in this deception they are disqualified:

Introduction to Stable-ford

Stable-ford scoring systems are stroke-play formats in which the high total wins, not the low. That’s because in Stable-ford, your final score is not your stroke total, but rather the total points you have earned for your scores on each individual hole. For example, a par might be worth 1 point, a birdie 2. If you par the first hole and birdie the second, you’ve accrued 3 points.

Using Handicaps in Stable-ford Competitions

When those of us who are not pro-golfers are playing Stable-ford, we’ll need to use our handicaps in order to pile up the points. How many gross birdies will a 20-handicapper make per round? Close to zero. Pars will be pretty scarce, too. It would be difficult for a 20-handicapper to earn many points playing Stable-ford at scratch. Players in a Stable-ford competition should use full course handicaps, with strokes taken as they are allocated on the scorecard.

Your handicap comes into play on each hole; if your handicap is 18 then you are given one shot on each hole. So a Bogey = Par and Scores you one point, if you do an actual par that = a birdie and 2 points.

If you have a handicap of say 22 then you are given two shots on the four hardest holes e.g. Index 1-2-3-4 So if the Hole is a Par 5 index 1 and you score 7 (2) = 5 you score 1 point.

The strategy in Stable-ford formats can be summed up in three words: Attacking golf go for it.

Stableford competitions reward aggression and risk-taking on the golf course. In the traditional Stableford, for example, there are no negative points. If you are facing a difficult shot say a carry over water that you normally wouldn’t try, in Stableford you can take a shot at it because if you fail, at worst, you get 0 points. However if you make it? The potential rewards are greater than the potential disaster’s you can have bad holes yet still win. (With traditional stroke play one really bad hole and you have lost)

If you score more than 32 points you have had a good game, if you score 40 plus then you have a good chance of winning the competitions,

If you had an unusually high score of say 48, you handicap would be checked.

Golf is a game of honour do not cheat you will lose the respect of you fellow players.

You need to be competitive but if you are a high handicapper and drawn to play with a good player, do NOT try to match their game, the handicap system will make the playing field equal, play to your handicap and you have every chance of winning.

Do please refer to previous lessons related to being prepared and mind set.

If you found this difficult to understand, and have any questions please contact us by e-mail we will do our best to help. Contact us at:

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Be ready have fun

Be ready:
Quote “Practice is the best instruction of all” Time to refresh your memory: Sequence of actions and check list. You can mitigate problems by reviewing you game prior to competitive play.

Check all the fundamentals:
Start with grip and stance, you could go to our web page click on News-letter the Aug issue has tips and illustrations on how to check the basics. We recommend you carry out your visual check in front of a large mirror. Then time to work on your swing: Do NOT swing hard only 80% of your power. The main elements of your swing must be balance and tempo, rhythm. Most of us in our minds eye believe we have the text book swing and that all our basics are correct, you watch your swing on video you may be surprised. It is important to revisit and check your: Grip, Stance, Posture, Address, Take away, Top of back swing, Follow through, and balance. Top pro golfers have experienced coaches who in a very tact-full way tell them when something is not quite right. We need to check. This can be with specialist 3D swing analyzers that some of the large golf stores have, or with the local Pro at your club.

However the simple visual checks that we can ALL make; some are best done in front of a large mirror.

Posture knees bent, hold the club out in front of you and bend forward from the hips the point at which the club come to rest is the position the ball should at address, which of course is different for each club. Your back should be straight. The key element on developing a consistent game is attention to details, for example ball position at address. With the driver it should be in line with your left heel, general rule is: the higher the number on the club the further back in your stance the ball, example with your five iron the ball is in the center of your stance.

We are now just talking you through the key elements of your game, to get your mind set right.

First run through your pre -shot routine: On the tee, select your target on the fairway, which will determine your club selection and where you place your tee, having selected your club will determine the height of your tee (Ball needs to be level with the sweet spot on club) Place the ball on the tee, step back and line the logo on the ball up with the spot you are aiming for, then visualize the shot in your mind, take a nice easy practice swing which needs to be the precisely the way that you intend to play the actual shot, with that swing in mind both tempo and balance step up to address, ball in line with your left foot, stance the width of your shoulders, correct grip V pointing to your right shoulder, knees flexed weight on the balls of your feet, bend fore from the waist your club should come to rest directly behind the ball ( 32” from your toes) Take the club back with your left arm pushing low smooth and slow as it pasts your right foot you should have start your upper body turn, make a full turn, KEEP the left arm straight, when the at the top of your back swing the club must not drop it now should be pointing towards the target, start to turn back with your right hip moving upper body and arms turning, pull down with the straight left arm (Left arm in control DO not allow the strength the your right arm to take over) But club head speed is NOT the answer. Left arm in control with perfect tempo then you will develop the perfect swing natural and smooth, and give you distance, trust your swing, be positive.

Club returns on the same path as your take away, KEEP your head down eyes firmly fixed on the back of the ball until it disappears, hit through the ball keep your arms fully extended right through impact concentrate on a low follow through in line with the target. With timing tempo perfect balance your weight should have transferred from right to left, your upper body fully turned weight on the left foot, buckle on your belt facing to the target. After impact you can watch the ball fly straight to your target.

OK now we have the theory, in our mind and it is all clear?? Yes OK now:

We recommend a minim of two practice rounds, early morning when the course is really quiet, you can then take time, if you duff a shot can drop another ball and try again. Prepare beforehand. Clean your clubs, make sure all the dirt is cleaned out of the grooves on the face of your clubs, they are there for controlling spin. Clean the grips with warm soap and water to remove any grease, select the clubs you need you are only permitted 14 in your bag. Place them all in the bag in the correct order. Check the balls: We play with Pro-V1; you will have your preference. I like the number 3 on the ball. Then NEVER have any problem in identifying my ball. Make sure you have tee pegs selection of sizes. / Pitch repairer / ball marker/ pencil to mark your score card/ towel to clean your clubs and the ball/ if you use an electric golf cart ensure the batteries are charged. Correct code of dress is required important to look and feel the part, check your clothes are ready, shoes clean and the / most clubs will not permit steel spikes, so make sure you have rubber grips in good condition / comfortable soft wool socks/ Correct size glove / if there is a chance of rain take a wet weather glove and umbrella. / Golf cap and sun cream if the sun is shining. Drinks / fruit snack. Car has fuel / you have directions to the course, you have checked you tee time. Plan to arrive at the course in plenty of time. Double check your tee time. Purchase a course planner; note in your mind any special hazards; be aware of wind strength and direction.

Study the course score card so you know the degree of difficulty index for each hole. Plan you strategies.

Coffee and a bacon roll, sit back in the club house relax for 20 minutes, If you still have plenty of time go to the range play three balls with each club DO NOT SWING HARD timing balance. Start with your wedge through to driver, then putting long putts to feel the speed of the greens, place ten balls all-round the hole downhill up hill, finish with a few easy putts to see the ball dropping in the hole gives you confidence. You are now warmed up, muscles relaxed no tension. Golfers with a strong mental game realize that the present is all that they can control. (Forget your bad shot)

Learn to play in the present without dwelling on the bad shots. Realize the power of just being in the moment with the full intention and expectation to play a good shot, once a good player has gone through his pre-shot routine, they address the ball and concentrate for just 10 seconds, even then they never freeze over the ball, they waggle the club which is a signal to the brain, once they start their back swing the brain switched to natural let it happen mode, they depend on muscle memory to produce the natural swing, with the perfect timing balance and club head speed. They have developed every golfers dream a natural swing which they can repeat every time without even thinking.

Golf is a mind game:

Learning to play in the present on instinct requires time and effort.
Each time you stand over a shot you must be confident and positive.
Develop the natural swing, play in the zone, train your mind to play in the present, and learn NEVER to dwell on bad shots.
Play your game, your handicap is calculated to compensate for your limitations, you play to your handicap and you will win.
Your club is an extension of your arms, your grip should not be to tight, no tension in the arms, you will then get invaluable feedback from touch and feel, this WILL increase your awareness, your mind and muscle memory will learn the difference between good and bad shots, allowing you to make the necessary changes or adjustments to improve your consistency. If you do have physical limitations then accept that we cannot all turn like Tiger Woods. Concentrate on balance timing rhythm, and most of all your short game, more shots are dropped on the green than off the tee, you should never three putt.

Above all stay cool do not get angry with yourself or others, play with honor never cheat. HAVE FUN.

 

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Pro golf FREE report: My longevity.

Let me say right from the off – This is free – there will be NO sales pitch or trying to sell anything. I was asked by the academy to write some notes on how I manage to stay fit and healthy.
Like the note in the pro-golf message said I am PGA golf instructor 76 years old.

My golf handicap (Playing from the competition tees is 2)

I run in the London marathon, spend a lot of time hill walking

My quality of life is all I could wish for

I cannot make any promises all I can do is to write a few notes on the element in my life that I truly believe have played a major part in my longevity. If it worked for me then it will help you to stay young and youthful and extend your life by 15 or 20 yearsNo one likes the thought of get old. “Aging” Is not a simple slope, which we all slide down; at the same speed, it is a flight of irregular stairs down which some journey more quickly than others.Ok cut to the chase what was the main changing point in my life?

Key objectives:To eliminate the main causes of ageing and unhappiness’ It has worked for me; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain:Benefit from my experience over the last 35 years. I had the good luck and fortune to benefit from the experience of a senior medical consultant, who was kind enough to impart in writing his life time of wisdom and experience. IF you really want to have a LONG LIFE with wealth and happiness then take a few minutes to read, how he helped me make this amazing transition. Believe me at the age of forty, my life was a mess, in debt, stressed, heavy drinking, and pending divorce, lost my PGA tour card. Poor health, three stone over weight, high blood pressure.Hated looking at my wrinkled face in the mirror, it generated the fear of getting old, I had made no provision for retirement, living alone, depressed.

Just take a few minutes of your valuable time to read the next few pages. It will be I your interest and will not cost you a cent. For the guys be super fit, athletic, muscular, strong, healthy, and virile. For the ladies beautiful, sexy, full of life with the confidence to have fun enjoy life to the full.

Above ALL: Healthy and content with life.  All the fore-mentioned are perceived by most as attributes associated with being YOUNG?  Not necessarily, I am super fit at 76 years old never been happier. Based on the turnaround in my life: Believe me “normal aging” physical and mental decline are not inevitable: I am aged 76 and can compete with guys half my age. My golf handicap 2, swim 20 lengths of the pool most mornings. Enjoy Golf, motor cross, mountain walking, surfing, diving, fishing, dancing, reading, music, making love with my beautiful wife. I love speed, drive the new BMW M5. We have homes in the Caribbean, Thailand, and UK. Life could not be better.

We recap: To the start of my amazing life style changes.     I am not claiming any overnight magic formal, but I can tell you what worked for me. If you are not prepared to make some radical, essential, fundamental, far-reaching changes to your life then, we would both be wasting our time.If you are, prepare to give it your best shot, get your mind set right and go for it then: The report will change your perspective on life; quite possibility will make an unbelievable change in your future.  If the dreams of your life are worth living, then live those dreams rigorously and passionately.Move from a life of dreaming and thinking to a life of passion and action. Maybe I am that someone who has traveled the road you want to follow.The motivational coach or mentor who has already been there done it: knows the pitfalls and problems, related to health and happiness.Wisdom remains a very special commodity a great natural resource that is undervalued, and almost totally untapped in doing what it’s meant for: guiding the young. It carries knowledge about strategies to manage the peaks and valleys of life. The way to deal with the future rests in an understanding of the past.  We will deal with all aspects of everyday life, will include ideas and options, some basic common sense and logical, some radical.Clarify what you want to do with your life. Get a vibrant, exciting, energetic life.Live with passion. Learn to deal with everything life can throw at you. A brief insight of the last 35 years:Take this opportunity of a new life.  I will provide all the help I can together with the ways and means to do it.However: You do need the WILL to do it not just the WISH to do it. Strange when you consider at 40 years of age I was 3 stone over weight, stressed, poor health, family problems, in debt, miserable.  Understandably my first wife left me for a young guy with a happy disposition. I was depressed and saddened by the fear of growing old developed morbid perceptions of how it would be, ugliness, ill health decrepitude, would relate to those old timers you see on holiday in a dazzling summer wear, hollow eyes glaring out of garish caps, skulls plastered with cosmetics, lean shanks tanned rich brown, bony buttocks. This could be defined as a general distaste for the elderly.

Fact: Fear of aging speeds the very decline we dread most. And it ultimately robs our life of any meaning. To young people, death is an abstract concept. But any one over the age of 30 face-to face with aging parents and illnesses like cancer and strokes, themselves newly –graying stare into their own mortality. Fear of aging is the single most powerful agent creating exactly what we fear. Fact: The current collective view of aging is so relentlessly negative that neither our social institutions nor the aging themselves believe that they are aging any better than their parents did. By age of 42 my health had deteriorated, was fat, lonely, miserable, dreary guy, at an all-time low.  Each day work was becoming harder, stress;  which in turn developed into a  real health problem, I became too weak to work was taken to hospital.The diagnosis was pernicious anemia, deficiency of B12. This fortunately is not life threatening, treatment 14 days in hospital.  The ward was a hive of activity; the nurse said that the senior consultant would be on the ward soon.  Some minutes later the doors opened and the consultant and his entourage entered, this guy could have been one of the royal family he clearly commanded the respect of all the staff. He had a presence, charisma, was tall athletic build, he was clearly held in high esteem by his peers. He took time to explain pernicious anemia gave assurance that with monthly injections of B12 I would be fine, and then in a casual way suggested that I should consider changing my diet and fitness levels. Later that evening was talking with the staff nurse and mentioned the conversation with the consultant, “Some guy young everything going for him” She gave a wry smile “how old do you think he is” “about my age 42-43”  “well you will be surprised to know he is actually 74 years old, he is unbelievable loves his work, very sporty, wins all the hospital authority golf competitions, plays tennis, never takes the lift always walks up the stairs and we are on level ten and he is not even out of breath”.

“That is amazing,”  That night I lay awake, they say that old men have dreams young men have visions, my vision was to transform my life from the sorry mess I was in to try and emulate the consultant. Suddenly my pessimistic view of being old had become optimistic, maybe it not so bad. Next time the consultant was on the ward, I told him that I had given a great deal of thought to his suggestion that I change my way of life.  With a smile he asked “what has brought this change of heart”  “Well to be perfectly honest it is you, I hope I am not speaking out of turn, but you are un-believable.”  “You mean for my age”.“Well yes you only look in your forties”  “Before you are discharged I will give you a copy my recommendations for improving your health and general wellbeing, and a plan for your new way of life” The next day his personal assistant delivered a comprehensive all-embracing set of documents which I thought would just relate to health and in a way they do, some directly others which impact on your whole life. Index listed; they are all closely interlinked and all have a serious impact of your health.  Once you deal with your problems in the correct sequence you will counteract the knock on effect. For example: Deal with debt –will relieve stress, Lower your stress levels this immediately improves your wellbeing,  soon you are optimistic, life starts to get better the smile is back on your face,  now you are ready to tackle your problems head on. No more ducking and diving, no more putting things off, you now have a vision of a new life full of fun and happiness.

NOT by drinking or spending money you do not have. One of your key objectives Take one step at a time in the RIGHT direction. once you are firing on all cylinders, the nice house and fast cars will come.  Set goals and key objectives. (We will give you the support and help you need)

 

 

  • Dealing with stress
  • Finance, debt
  • Family problems, drinking, pending divorce, children.
  • Work related problems.
  • General Health, Overweight, Tired, Lethargic
  • The fear of getting old , no provision for retirement, living alone.

From the age of 25 to 42 all of the fore-mention featured big time in my life.

The questions you need to ask yourself: Is the routine of my day simply what I am forced to do to survive

Is there anything in my daily routine that I enjoy doing?

What would I really like to be doing with my life?

Do you arise with excitement and joy to face the new day?

Or do you dread facing what is ahead of you that day?

As I said earlier there is no magic formal.

Get your mind- set right and then you can go for it:

If you need personal support and help then send me a concise report on the problems which are impacting on your life causing you worry and stress.  I will do my best to advice on what actions you need to take in order to: 

Clarify what you want to do with your life.

Get a vibrant, exciting/ energetic life. Live with passion.

Learn to deal with everything life can throw at you. Strive to eliminated elements in your life that are causing stress and unhappiness, then you can achieved contentment, and above all good health

Think about the following: People who are happier in their daily lives have healthier levels of key body chemicals happier people may have healthier hearts and cardiovascular systems, possibly cutting their risk of diseases like diabetes. “Perhaps laughter is the best medicine”. Happiness is every bit as important as other emotions, like anger or depression.”

“If we are feeling down it is because we concentrate on things that are bad or wrong, rather than good or right.”

The moral to that being: First we need to identify the problems in your life. To do that you first need to make an honest assessment of your life.  * Most important we only advice on everyday problems, if you are already receiving treatment or need to see your doctor please ensure that you continue your treatment or visit your doctor.  Our advice is based on wisdom and experience; (Been there done it) we do NOT have a PhD.

1)    Money, Debt, Reasons.

2)    Family problems, marriage, relationships, children.

3)    Health, over- weight, depression, stress (Are directly related to any of the aforementioned)

4)    Employment, pressure of work, location, no future, no prospects.

Most of the problems listed are inter-linked, you need to prioritize, e.g. decide which problem you deal with first.

Develop the correct mind set e.g. With the WILL and Determination to make it happen.

Break each element down.

Debts list all the contributing factors.

  1. Credit Cards, over spending on luxuries
  2. Heavy Drinking
  3. Smoking
  4. Gambling
  5. Fast Cars
  6. Flash spending to impress family or friends.
  7. Outgoings much higher than earnings.
  8. Change in circumstance, out of work, mortgage interest to high.

Family Problems:

Reserve at least half an hour a night, and at least one day a month, when you and your partner have time to yourselves. For that time, shed all responsibilities of the bills and the kids and just enjoy each other’s company.

Stop sniping and start listening! It’s all too easy to anticipate what the other person is going to say, and start getting irritated before they’ve uttered a word. So sit down, and give each other five minutes to air their grievances WITHOUT butting in. Really think about what they’re saying and be honest… do they have a point?

 

  1. It may be easier to talk to friends about your problems, but eventually you have to talk to the person you think is causing them – your partner! Letting things build up can poison a relationship, and before you know it you could have twisted things out of all proportion. Money is the number one cause of couple conflict, so sit down and talk about it. It may even hit home that YOU are the one being unreasonable.  Sort out your sex life. You may not be able to sustain the passion of your honeymoon period, but if sex seriously starts going downhill, do something to sort it out. Try and figure out what’s making it so boring and have fun trying to put it right.
  1. First and fore-most you need to be honest with yourself.  It is often hard to admit that you are wrong or you really do need to change your way of life.  It takes courage to make changes. YOU NEED WILL POWER.

We only advice: You will know it your own mind all the changes that you need to make, most are common sense.

Yet when I was in trouble far from doing the right things, I got worst drinking more, fast cars to showing off, living on my credit cards, deep in debt, spiraled down soon had all the problems listed.

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Stay young

 

For many golfers in the UK, winter sadly means “off-season” from golf.  Courses are closed and many driving ranges shut down.

This is the perfect time to work on your game!  Kick start 2012 by working on your golf fitness. We would like to help you be a much better player in 2012.

Our members know that we provide a unique FREE service. This does cover every element of golf, from beginner to single handicap players. Check it out re-visit: Our web pages analyse your game, work on the elements of your game that are costing you shots.

Contact your on line coach, Free: Your coach will review all the data you send and come up with the training – coaching program that WILL improve your game.

If you have been playing for years and still score 90+ then is may be time to re-construct your game – go back to fundamentals.  (We already have two FREE golf books that you can down load, that are written with high handicappers in mind)

Most young guns now focus on training in the gym they have personal trainers, I have had a few personal trainers, I would like to share the workout routine that gave me tremendous gains.

These training sessions concentrated on the Posterior Chain which includes your back muscles and hamstrings.  Like most pro golfers most of the motion in my golf swing was through my knee joints versus my hip joint.

Most coaches encourage using the hip to drive your swing, when they say hip they me use your right hip (If you are a right handed player) “There is no power in the golf swing without stability and balance”

Your down swing should be initiated by your right hip this creates power, stability, this gives you power and club head speed. When you start your down swing with your hip, also try to keep your right heel pushed into the grass, if you lift your heel you lose the coil spring torque effect and leak power.

If you use all arms and lash at the ball you will lose your balance and control.

Once you perfect the initiation of your down swing with your hip, you WILL develop a natural powerful swing generate more club head speed and drive it longer than ever before.

Learn – practise a powerful hip drive on the downswing and maintain balance you will be well on the way to lower scores.

Training in the gym:

There are many drills to build strength.  One of the most important is a proper squat.  It is imperative that you have a fitness professional evaluate your squat to ensure proper technique.

Most people have their weight on their toes through the squat putting a great deal of stress on the quadriceps.  The key is to move through the hip and have your weight on your heels throughout the squat

Another common fault in a squat is collapsing at the waist versus having an upright torso. You need to keep your eyes focused just above the horizon line throughout the squat to help maintain this position.

Finally, you want to feel the hamstrings through the duration of the squat.  Focus on using them on the descent and lift.

Start with just a bar and add weights as your technique improves.

Another great power and stability training exercise is the reverse grip bent over row.  You start by placing feet shoulder width apart or slightly narrower.  Start with just the bar and add weight as the technique becomes more familiar.

Palms are facing out and the upper body is at a 45 degree angle.  Focus on getting the back set first.  This means having a curvature in your spine not a flat lower back.

Next you want to engage the shoulder blades by feeling they are being pulled back and down.  A common fault is a shrugging motion with the shoulders verses pinching the shoulder blades back and down.  The path of the bar on the lift is at a 90 degree angle to the torso.

These are just two ways to develop stability, strength and speed to benefit the golf swing.  “Golf specific” strength training with medium weights, plus flexibility and general fitness with aerobics will produce far greater gains for a golfer’s performance.

Hit it hard in 2012!

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Our senior PGA instructor is quite amazing, in many ways.     

His Handicap (Playing from the competition tees) = 2

He runs the London marathon in under 4 hours and hill walking on Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the British Isles in 8 hours 42 minutes , and Mount Snowdon by the – Llanberis pass. Up 2 hours 49 minutes.  Down in 2 hour and 6 minutes

So what?  (Well that is amazing considering Ken is 76)    His quality of life and longevity are the envy of all the academy members and all the pro-coaches.

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Ken will impart all the things in his life style that may have contributed to his longevity and staying young , all the things that most men his age can only dream about.

At an after dinner speech he was asked “What do you think about dying” Quote:  “I do not plan on going”

Up to the age of 40 Ken made John Daly look like a saint, then a major wakeup call, no not his heart. (You will read about it in his report because he is 100% certain that this is a major factor in his life even to this day)

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World Champion Lesson 11

 

 

 

Over the next two weeks we will send you the drills referred to, directly from the 5 Keys to Distance.
We say unconditional the Eric Jones: ( World Long Drive Champion) Five Keys to Distance is the best instruction course we have ever reviewed, we have carried out extensive tests with golf of all levels – we pro golfers have taken the course the results with amazing, of-course you got the ones looking for a magic overnight transformation? They were the only ones disappointed, every golfer including your truly who but the time and effort in to read and understand the principles of the 5 Keys to distance ALL had the satisfaction of seeing their ball go longer and straighter than ever before. Every age group show remarkable improvement.
It will work for you really – and combined with the lessons and coaching we provide it is the most comprehensive course on the internet.
If you really are keen to improve your game and learn to drive long and on target then take time to read and practise, all the instruction we sent and continue to send. If you have missed the first ten lessons they are posted on http://golfcoachblog.com
There is perhaps nothing more deadly to your game than “practicing while you play”. -Trying to play a relaxing round with a head full of “shot thoughts” rattling around -struggling to remember every single tip you’ve ever heard. -dripping with sweat while you drive your buddies crazy with your 5-minute-long pre-shot routine. -muttering to yourself and twitching while you try to incorporate every nuance you’ve been taught. Just torture. Because you have no confidence in your new techniques, tips, thoughts, etc.
Here’s my advice: Don’t try to incorporate any key or thought or technique until you’ve mastered it on the range. So, that begs the question…How do you know you’re ready to bring it to the course? On page 138 I’ve given you a handy checklist to help you know for sure when a key is “safe” to bring with you to the course. Here it is in a nutshell… -if you can do the drill well every time on your 5-ball sequence AND -you consider the shot quality you’re getting to be at least and “8 out of 10” consistently AND -you can perform the drill masterfully without conscious thought
Then you’re ready to take that shot to the course. OR…if you’re new shot now gives you more CONFIDENCE than your previous shot. Confidence is hugely important and trumps the other three considerations combined. Confidence is king. It’s what we’re striving for. Perhaps nothing will take you further down the fairway than confidence. And what’s the best way to get confidence in your swing?
You practise the “5 Keys” in sequence.
Then your confidence will be sky high and you will have positive thought over every shot
As you learn each of The 5 Keys to Distance, your goal is to progress through the three stages of learning as rapidly as possible, until effortless distance is automatic. It will take some time, however, as well as some practice. There is simply no getting around this fact. There is a process your brain and body have to follow in order to learn even simple skills like walking. Learning Is A Positive Experience Understanding the process as well as how you are progressing can inform one of the most important weapons in your bag—your positive mental attitude. As you are learning, you will be refining your swing for speed. Not every shot you hit will be perfect. Far from it. I would like to reinforce the notion that it is critical for your positive attitude that you resist the temptation to judge your shots when you are learning. Avoid using words like good or bad when you are practicing. There are no good or bad shots when you are practicing—only information. Instead, use descriptive words like left, right, high, low, open club face, outside-in swing, etc. These terms represent useful, practical data. Words like good and bad are subjective, they don’t carry much valuable data, and they have a distinct emotional overtone that can lead to frustration instead of learning. Keep your judgment neutral to keep your thought process positive. You will learn much faster and your learning experience will be much more enjoyable. With a non- judgmental approach, you will find it easier to build a repeatable swing that generates effortless distance. In the next section we’ll talk about the biological building blocks necessary for grooving your repeatable swing. The Myelin Express When you begin to repeat a motion, your body looks for ways to optimize the motion—to make it more efficient and effective. One of the ways it does this is to reinforce the neural pathways that create the motion. The more the movement is repeated, the more the neurons are optimized. To optimize electrical signal strength the body uses a substance called myelin, discovered in 1854 by Rudolf Virshow, a German doctor, anthropologist, pathologist and biologist. Myelin is a naturally-occurring substance composed primarily of fatty tissue. It is found wrapped around nerve cells throughout the body. Although technically white in colour, it is what we call “grey matter” when we see a picture of the brain. During the last few decades research scientists from England, Germany, Canada and the United States have learned a lot more about what happens in the brain and body when people develop, learn and age. In particular, scientists have used brain imaging and other scientific methodologies to show that when people learn a new skill, white matter in the brain increases. That increase in white matter is due to myelination. Myelin acts like an electrical insulator, increasing the strength of electrical signals. The more a physical movement gets repeated, the more myelin gets wrapped around the specific neurons used to create that motion. Specifically, the myelin layer serves to increase the speed at which impulses move along myelinated neurons. The stronger the electrical signal along the neural pathways, the more optimized the physical movement associated with those pathways becomes. And the easier it is to repeat the motion. When a certain set of neurons become super-insulated for a specific motion, that motion is more likely than any other to emerge when you swing a golf club, for example. But neurons don’t get myelinated by themselves. When you think about a particular motion and/or actually create the motion, you fire a specific set of neurons, which in turn activates them. When neurons are activated myelin begins to encircle them, little by little, layer by layer. It’s the little by little, layer by layer part that is important. You have to keep repeating the motion in order to keep firing the neurons. Firing the neurons leads to more myelination. More myelination improves signal strength, which in turn makes the motion easier and more automatic. You may have heard an old adage that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. It may be that the adage has its root in the biological process of myelination. Whatever the root of the adage, the fact remains: it is important to stick with your practice, even during times when it seems as if you are not making progress. This is also why smart practice is so important to making a swing refinement become automatic. When you focus, deliberately, on making the correct motion, your brain gets busy reinforcing the neural impulses that make the correct motion easier to repeat. Over time your brain will optimize the move by creating a superhighway of myelinated neurons. The end result is that the new or refined motion will become your normal, reliable golf swing. If you learn the 5 distance keys in order, using the drills associated with each key, you will literally “groove” the distance you want, automatically. Now that you have some basic understanding of how you will be grooving your new swing refinements, let’s tee it up! 5 DISTANCE KEY #1: BALANCE is one of the most important elements of a consistent and powerful golf swing I honestly don’t know why more teaching professionals aren’t spending more time on it with their students. Forget swing plane, x-factors, or holding lag. It doesn’t matter what I tell you to do mechanically. If you are out of balance in your swing you will not hit consistent golf shots, and you will not be making the best use of your athleticism to get additional distance. When you finish your shot and find yourself leaning back, falling forward, falling inward, or taking a step, you are out of balance. You have a major power leak. It is important to fix the balance issue first before making any additional mechanical refinements. Being out of balance nearly always has negative consequences for the swing, both in terms of inefficiently used energy as well as inconsistency. Just as important, many swing flaws can be traced back to balance. You may be fighting an over-the-top move, thinking it is the primary cause of your erratic ball flight pattern, when in fact it may be a symptom of poor balance. In this case, the over-the-top move is your compensation for lack of athletic balance. Balance Is A Root Fundamental When lack of balance causes a swing fault, we say balance is the root issue or underlying cause. Whenever you are making any swing improvements, focus on treating the root issue, not the symptom. Treating the symptom is a Band-Aid fix, and, unfortunately, it is exactly the type of quick fix that you’ll sometimes find in golf help magazines and TV shows. Band-Aid fixes do not last, which is why you may have experienced some frustration in the past when you tried a hot new tip, found that it worked for a little while, and then stopped working. The material in this book deals with root fundamentals. Once you learn them, they won’t fade away.

Once you learn how to generate more club head speed, you will permanently have more distance. So this is where we start. Learn balance first. You cannot attain your maximum swing speed if you are out of balance during your swing. You must be in an athletic position to deliver fast club head speed, and being in an athletic position means being in athletic balance. Athletic Balance Allow me to clarify what I mean when I refer to balance. When I use the term balance in the remainder of this book, I am not just referring to the ability to merely remain standing before, during, or after a golf shot. I am really referring to “athletic” balance. Let me be specific about what I mean by “athletic balance.” In almost any open-skill sport like football, baseball, basketball, or skiing there is a “ready” position that puts you in your most athletic posture to perform. From this position you are “ready” to react. You can move in any direction and respond instantly to the situation. Often you are not even aware of the balance adjustments your body is making when you move. Your body is moving automatically and efficiently to put you in the best position to execute whatever your mind is focused on achieving. So it is with golf. An athletic posture or ready position has you in a posture with your knees slightly flexed and your centre of mass positioned directly over the balls of your feet. In this position you are capable of moving in any direction. You are athletically “ready.” You have “centred balance.” Whether your club is on the ground or in the air, your balance is independent and remains unaffected by your club position. I hope that you have experienced this sense of balance, because it is critical to your success. It is a key foundational concept. You have to get this right in order to allow your body to make its most athletic move. You will not be able to generate your maximum core rotation, and do it consistently, if you don’t understand centred balance. Balance And Your “Centre Of Mass” Your centre of mass is generally thought of as a spot a couple of inches above your belly button and a couple of inches in front of your spine. Here is a way for you to experience centred balance. Imagine you are a basketball player and you are going to jump up to grab a rebound. You bend your knees to gather some force in your legs and then align your centre of mass with the direction you want to jump. If you are jumping straight up, you will automatically centre your weight directly over the balls of your feet. If you want to jump forward, you will position your centre of mass forward of the balls of your feet. To jump backwards, you will position your centre of mass in back of the balls of your feet. You can picture the relationship between the balls of your feet and your centre of mass as a straight vertical line or an axis. The most stable position for that axis is straight up and down. If you make a golf swing with your axis in a stable vertical orientation you will remain in good balance. If you tilt the axis forward at address or during the swing your body will try to make compensations during the swing to return the axis to a stable, vertical position. Most Golfers Are Out Of Balance Almost 90% of my students first come to me with their centre of mass too far forward—out over their toes. It’s not their fault they are out of balance. For the most part, nobody has ever explained the importance of balance. Some students even have to lean on their club at address to remain standing. If they were at the address position and I were to suddenly remove the club, they would fall forward toward the ball! When I ask them to get into their address position and then hop (without re-setting their weight) most of them hop forward. Try it for yourself. If you are in the correct, athletically centred balance position at address and you hop, you should hop straight up and come straight down. And you should still be in balance when you land. Put the book aside for a moment, grab a club and get in your address position. Then hop. If you hop forward, try it again. If you hopped straight up down you are in the correct athletically centred balance position. If you made a slight adjustment to your weight just before you jumped try it again and pay attention to any adjustments your body may be making before you hop. Balance Adjustments Do your hips rock back slightly? Do your shoulders move slightly back or slightly up? Do you straighten up your spine before you hop? Some students are already centred, but they are in the minority. Most students have to make at least one adjustment to their hips, shoulders, or spine before they get into an athletically centred position. About half of my students make all three adjustments when they hop. When I point out the adjustments they are making, students are usually not aware of them. They make the decision to hop and then let their body figure out how to make it happen. But when they focus their attention on it, without consciously manipulating their set-up position, they are often able to feel their body making adjustments right away. By focusing on their balance as they make more hops they can feel each part of their body lining up in the correct position. Once students understand the adjustments they are making automatically, it is a relatively simple next step to get them to make those same adjustments prior to hitting the ball, and then to stay in that position to make the golf swing. It is more natural for us to be in balance than to be out of balance, so the adjustments feel comfortable right away. Hip Adjustments The first adjustment is usually the hips. When students focus on their hips while they get set to jump from their address position, they can usually feel their hips rock back slightly to line up over the balls of their feet. It is an instinctive adjustment. They may move their hips as little as a half-inch to as much as several inches. It is the most common adjustment made by students and one that nearly all players need to make. The adjustment may also involve flattening out the belt angle, or the forward tilt of the pelvis. That is usually a great additional adjustment for people with back issues. Most of the time, the hip adjustment is sufficient to create an athletically centred stance. Students report almost unanimously that their swing immediately feels freer and more athletic when they are in this posture. Their turn feels better, as does their release. The ball almost always goes farther as well. It is a small but dramatic change. Students can almost always take it to the course and see immediate improvement in their shot making, without it interfering with their normal swing thoughts. Shoulder Adjustments The next type of adjustment I often see is a shoulder adjustment. It is a little more subtle, but it can be as dramatic as the hip adjustments in producing a freer swing and more distance. THE 5 KEYS T O DISTANCE www.TargetCenteredGolf.com 26When students assume their address position and focus on getting set to jump, they instinctively align their shoulders over their hips and move their shoulders back and down. This action centers their weight over the balls of their feet, and it is the only position that will allow them to hop straight up and down. Try it the wrong way once to get a feel for the difference. Get into your golf address position, hunch your shoulders forward (as though you are trying to touch your elbows together), and hop. You’ll hop forward. You’ll also notice that this hunched over posture is not very comfortable or athletic. Now try the same jump in the correct athletic balance with your shoulders open (like you are trying to pinch your shoulder blades together and stick out your chest). It is a much more natural and athletic feel. If you can feel the difference between the two positions, take your normal address position with a club in your hands and get ready to jump. Do you feel your shoulders move back and down just before you hop? If so, then consider getting yourself into that position at address. Your chest out. Shoulders back and down. Spine Adjustments The third adjustment I often see (and encourage) is when students straighten and lengthen their spine. Try getting into your address position again and get ready to jump. Pay particular attention this time to your spine. Many students can feel their spine straighten out just before a jump. Their back gets longer. It is a more natural, athletic position. It is a more stable, protected position for the spine that can help avoid back injuries from the long term wear and tear of golf swings. It is very common for me to see students take their address position by bending at the waist, rather than the hips. Bending from the waist nearly always results in a rounded spine. While this may be a comfortable position at address, the rounded spine often leads to multiple issues during the swing. It is not your most athletic posture. It is far more beneficial for the player to have a straight spine, since that is the axis around which your entire swing rotates. With a rounded spine you actually set yourself up with two different spine angles, and it is anybody’s guess which one you will use as your rotational axis— which means it is anyone’s guess as to where the ball will go. Instead, address the ball. Stand up straight and lock your knees so your legs are straight. This will help you to bend down to the ball from your hips, instead of from your waist, with a straight spine. When the club is grounded behind the ball flex the knees to get into your athletic posture. If you can tap your toes in this posture, you should be athletically centred. You’ll see more on the toe tap drill as you read on. You want to keep yourself in good athletic balance throughout the swing. This means keeping your centre of mass positioned over the balls of your feet throughout the swing. Balance Issues In The Swing One of the common issues that results from allowing your centre of balance to move too far forward—either at address or during the backswing—is that your hips will compensate by moving underneath your centre of mass on the downswing. That usually means your hips will move inward toward the ball on the downswing, changing your spine angle. If you were to see a video of your swing and pause it at impact you would see that your spine will curve, your arms will move in closer to your body, your hands will rise up compared to their start position, and your hips may stop rotating. All of these symptoms derive from the loss of athletic balance and will result in inconsistent ball striking and a loss of power at impact. Now, let’s talk about that toe tap drill. The Simple Balance Check—Happy Toes This is a very simple way to get into an athletically balanced posture prior to the swing and to see if you are truly in an athletically balanced position. It is also a great step to add into your pre-shot routine and one that I would encourage you to implement right away. Simply take your stance over the ball with club in hand. 28 your club just barely off the ground and tap your toes one at a time. If you can’t lift your toes at all when you are at address, your centre of mass is too far forward. If you can lift both toes off the ground at the same time, your weight is too far back. You need to find a balance in between these extremes where you can only tap one foot at a time. That should put your centre of mass directly over the balls of your feet. That is your action position. Once you find your athletically centred balance point, be careful to get the club head back to the ball without changing your posture. Keep your athletic balance once you have it. Either drop the club into position or extend your left arm to get the club back down to the ball. Do not bend forward. If you cannot do this easily, try the happy toes process again, but move closer to the ball before you begin to tap your toes. In any case, don’t change your upper body posture or your weight position once you have established your athletically balanced address position by tapping your toes. This simple happy toes exercise serves two purposes. It is not only the first step in helping you make a more athletically centred and balanced swing, it is also the first step in working on your self-awareness and feedback system. When you do this simple drill you will become more aware of how your body is positioned and more aware of the subtle adjustments you need to make in order to make more athletic swings. Pay attention to this learning process, not just to the act of getting into a more balanced posture. I’ll talk more about this later, but for now let me just say this: often highly productive drill practice means being able to consistently tell the difference between one swing and the next, even if the ball flight looks exactly the same on both shots. Select the “Balance” section on the main menu of the accompanying DVD to view the Happy Toes drill. Or you can find the drill online at: http://www.targetcenteredgolf.com/videos/happy_toes.htmlwww. Drill Format: What To Look For Let me take just a moment to explain what I will be sharing with you for each drill. Name With each drill you will get the Name of the drill. For instance, the name of the first drill you will see in the Balance section is what we call the “tight ankles” drill. Purpose Next, I will tell you the Purpose of the drill—what you are trying to learn from that specific drill. Please note that the purpose of any given drill is NOT to hit perfect golf shots. As you read on, you’ll get a clearer understanding of this. In the case of Tight Ankles, the Purpose is to learn to make a full weight shift while staying in balance. Short Description You will then see a short description of the drill—a condensed version that will have all the key elements you need to remember for the drill without the philosophy and detailed discussion of the intent of the drill. The short descriptions will be grouped again at the end of the book so you can copy the pages and bring them with you to the range or paste them in a notebook (recommended!). Swing Thought I will also give you a specific Swing Thought to use for focus on the drill. In the case of tight ankles, your Swing Thought will be “solid left side.” Keep this single swing thought running through your mind as you perform your drill. It will help you stay focused on what you are attempting to accomplish. Detailed Drill Description After the short summary you will then get a much longer description with detailed instructions of how the drill should work and what you should be attempting to accomplish. The long description will contain technique and theory, as well as right ways and wrong ways to perform the drill. You will also get some variations on the drill to help you work on other aspects of your swing. These variations should be used once you have mastered the basic drill. They allow you to extend your repertoire and to combine elements to help groove the particular B.L.A.S.T. key the drill is reinforcing. What the Drills Will—And Won’t—Give You I’ve already mentioned that the purpose of any given drill is NOT to hit perfect golf shots. Let me explain. By their nature, drills are designed to work on one particular aspect of the swing. They are to help you achieve a particular motion in the swing. They are also designed to help you increase your self-awareness and your feedback system. Generally, they are not designed to be an exact replication of the swing. They are also generally not designed to help you hit perfect golf shots. Rather, drills are an exaggeration of a component of the swing or of a movement. That exaggeration will make it easier for you to feel what you should be doing compared to what you are currently doing. Once again, if you are not aware of what you are doing versus what you should be doing, you won’t be able to make refinements. The drill is not the swing. And it is not the way you will be making your normal golf swing. The way the drill feels, however, is something you want to incorporate into your swing. Remember, your goal when you practice these drills is to improve your self-awareness and feedback system. Once you are aware of something, only then can you work to improve or refine a particular aspect of your swing.
OK if you have taken the time to read all off the aforementioned then you are keen.
Over the next two weeks we will send you the drills referred to, directly from the 5 Keys to Distance.
We say unconditional the Eric Jones: ( World Long Drive Champion) Five Keys to Distanceis the best instruction course we have ever review, we have carried out extensive tests with golf of all levels – we pro golfers have taken the course the results with amazing, of-course you got the ones looking for a magic overnight transformation? They were the only ones disappointed, every golfer including your truly who but the time and effort in to read and understand the principles of the 5 Keys to distance ALL had the satisfaction of seeing their ball go longer and straighter than ever before. Every age group show remarkable improvement.
It will work for you really – and combined with the lessons and coaching we provide it is the most comprehensive course on the internet.
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Distance Course by:  Eric Jones the World Long Drive Champion

Eric has put together a 5-part training course focused on distance. It’s based on the same key swing concepts found in The 5 Keys to Distance, the same swing drills and training that won Eric the World Long Drive Championship.

Try these drills FREE and you will hit the ball longer and more consistently  if you are a average golfer with the full video training course you will  drive up much longer and on target) When you add 50 yards + to your drives and more distance on all your long shots from the fairway, it will transform you complete game. You lower your handicap and start winning your club competitions and how good will it feel when you win the longest drive.  With a world long drive champion prepared to share his secrets with you it will be a distinct possibility not just a dream.  This course has videos that cover every element of your golf  game, clear visual instructions, combined with a comprehensive book. Tips, cure your slice,hook, improve your driver distance,become a long driver, drive long and straight on target.  Complete set of golf training drills that ensure you swing on plane, in balance, with timing, tempo and rhythm. You will learn the secrets of a World Long Drive Champion.

How to swing fast not hard, how to drive 300 yards + on target. You have watched in in amazement when these pro-golfers stand on the tee:  Go through their pre-shot routine then drive the ball long and on target, with average distance of 330 yards WOW – this is why they are on the green in regulation every time.  

Tiger Woods at his best :

Would you like to drive 300 yards plus and have extra distance on your second shots:?

All you need is the correct technique:  Let the World Long Drive Champion Eric Jones teach you how it’s done.  (Read on you will be amazed we were)

 

Further to the surveys we have carried out the over whelming demand was for more distance both from the tee and all long shots from the fairway. We researched:

 

 

Want to ADD 50 YARDS to Your Drives?
Who better to learn from  than a WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPION?
5 Keys to Distance

Eric sent pro-golf club the Five Keys to Distance.   The complete package:

We have carried out extensive tests, each member of the team were given three weeks to try and test the Five Keys to Distance program:

All the amazing Video Drills:

The results were dramatic, every member of the team reported that they had increased their yardage.

The non-pro-members had increased their distance off the tee by up to 50 yards, and it had improved every aspect of their long game, saving up to 10 shots every round.

We sponsored 20 high handicap players who had never before scored below 100 to take the course, under our supervision, so we could monitor the results. These players were all different in size and age- with average distance of the tee of 180-200 yards, there was a dramatic improvement after just a few practise sessions  their new average a staggering  264 yards.  All the coaches were surprised, for copy right reasons we are not permitted to reveal the the content of this course.

As you know all our tips coaching and instruction is FREE and it has never been our policy to promote sales.

This is the exception to that rule because we truly believe that this is the best course on Long Drives on the internet.

Eric has put together a 5-part training course focused on distance. It’s based on the same key swing concepts found in The 5 Keys to Distance, and uses a few of the same drills.

Try these drills FREE and you will hit the ball longer and more consistently  if you are a average golfer with the full video training course you will  drive up much longer and on target) When you add 50 yards + to your drives and more distance on all your long shots from the fairway, it will transform you complete game. You lower your handicap and start winning your club competitions and how good will it feel when you win the longest drive.  With a world long drive champion prepared to share his secrets with you it will be a distinct possibility not just a dream.

Start winning your club competitions and how good will it feel when you win the longest drive.  With a world long drive champion prepared to share his secrets with you it will be a distinct possibility not just a dream.

When you sign up to our pro-golf club you will we provide our unique FREE service, you become a full member and that entitles you to your FREE Hand Book of Golf, 26 Free on-line Lessons, 20 Top golf tips, and what make us truly unique we give you your own on-line coach who will teach you golf step by step, answer ALL your questions, monitor your progress and teach you how to play great golf.

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FREE Hand Book of Golf, and the second link that give you access to the FREE 5-part training course focused on distance. It’s based on the same key swing concepts found in The 5 Keys to Distance, and uses a few of the same drills.

Because we are joint venture with Eric Jones you will need to enter your e-mail and name to create their your membership account and password for the 5 Keys to distance (Videos)

The membership for the course is free and always will be. You will never be charged for the FREE Diver Distance Training Course.  (The complete course with all the additional bonus offers is an option you can consider if you really want to maximise your distance)

For players who would really like to be the envy of their colleagues, and drive the ball longer and further than you every thought possible, then we recommend you do take the FULL course 5 Keys to distance.

You would have immediate access to ALL the videos listed below.  Easy to follow and understand, will improve your game give you more distance, regardless of age size of strength, it is all about technique.

Quite simply the closest we have come to finding that magic formula  for driving long and straight.   ( Our member know that we do not normally make recommendations, this is the exception because our members are asking how to achieve more distance this is as good as it get, a World Champion giving you all his secrets.

“The Five Keys To Distance

BALANCE Tight Ankles, Baseball Rip Swing, Toe Tap, Happy Toes

LEVERAGE Slant Board, Right Knee Set, Toe Press and Tee Drop

WIDE ARC Low and Slow, Tee Back, Parallel Clubs

HIP SPEED : Sole Plant, Baseball Stride ,Heel Plant

TARGET EXTENSION Tee Forward, High Finish ,Tension Free Swings

Five Keys to Distance 2011 e-Book

Report from Sports Psych –Guru Dr Glen Albaugh

How to Judge the speed on the Greens (Personal Stimp Meter)

Range Discovery Planner pdf

Score Tracker.

This is course comes with the recommendation of

ALL the High to Low Coaches.  Quite simply the BEST.

Benefits:  Long Drives (On Target) Second shots that land on the green in regulation, lower scores and improved consistency, learning  how  improve all aspects of my long game with correct practise drills.

Nothing short of incredible, it has taken years to develop, the system that took Eric Jones to the Long Drive Champion of the World   Click on the book check it out for your self,   And you have a Worlds Long Drive Champion teach you ALL the tricks that made him a winner.

“The Five Keys To Distance

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Quick tip: Putting

11 Putting

Putting is the most important element of your game.

Just by never three putting you can save 10 shots. Always train your muscle memory, by measuring each shot in number of paces from the hole, this way you will learn to play perfect weight and length, you can visualize the shot and make adjustment in your mind, if the ball is 15 paces from the hole downhill in my mind I play the shot as if it was only 14 paces from the hole, if the putt is 15 paces from the hole uphill then I play it as a 16 pace shot.

There are many different ways to putt and you will have a putter you are confident with, but in the end it still comes down to feel and touch the putter is and extension of your mind, you must learn to visualize the ball rolling into the hole, transmit that vision, to ensure 100% coordination between mind, eyes and arms. Hours of practice, set yourself objectives. Learn to read the greens, speed the amount of turn to expect.

Stand feeling comfortable. Keep your lower body perfectly still NO leg movement.

Check the line and contours of the green.
To prevent misalignment study the green very carefully. Your brain now has many calculations to consider, is the putt uphill or downhill, will it turn from right or from the left this depends on the contours of the green at what point will it start to turn, if it turns from right to left — then just how far right must I aim to ensure the ball drops in the hole.

Also consider the distance, length -amount of weight played is often more important than the correct line- you never want to three putt. On a long putt imagine a big bowl is the hole and you are aiming to get it in the bowl that way you will either get it in the hole or very close, at worst leaving yourself a tap in putt short putts do not ground the putter head.

Ensure your clubface is square to the target, the target is not always the hole it is a point on the green where the ball will start to turn, or run away downhill.

PUTTING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT element in the game of golf – average of TWO on every green, if you are three putting then you will lose every game.

Head and eyes directly over the ball do keep your head and body perfectly still, NO movement in the legs.

Keep your back swing smooth. Rock the shoulders arms moving in a pendulum like motion.

Take the putter back only a short distance and then accelerate towards the ball keeping the putter blade going through smooth and square in line with the target.

DO NOT LIFT your head until the ball is well on its way, on short putts you should hear the ball drop in the hole, not see it. Practice your putting every chance you get, make your practice a challenging game, place six ball in a circle 2 yards away from the hole putt each one in turn you can not go on to the next stage until you putt every ball in succession.

Next place one ball two paces from the hole and another ball every two paces from the first ball, putt the first ball then the second till all six are in the hole, this will implant the correct weight needed related to the number of paces the ball is from the hole.

Long putts

On a long putt hold the putter gently. It helps to point the logo on the ball in line with the hole or direction of play.
On long putts you can break the wrists on the back swing, also on the follow through this should give more feel.
Ball position opposite left instep this will ensure you brush the ball with a rising blow then the ball spins and stays rolling which will keep it on line to the cup.

Practice for long putts:
To develop a feel for weight needed, to ensure the ball travels the correct distance; this takes a lot of practice. To train your mind you need to practice. With the ball a set distance from the hole.

To do this on a flat green place at row of balls starting with one pace from the hole – then a ball every pace back to 15 paces. Start with the first ball, then putt each ball in turn. Then when you play this will teach you to think in terms of how many paces the ball is from the hole. In your mind add one pace for uphill; – take one pace off for downhill.

Practice long putts with just your right hand this will give you the feeling of the rolling ball.

You could also try to putt with your eyes closed this will enhance your senses and help you develop the touch and feel required to judge just how hard you need to stroke the ball for varying distances to the hole.

Speed will take the turn out of the putt, you need to be confident of your line sure that you can place the ball dead centre of the hole then you can putt with pace, most players elected to play a slow ball and judge the amount of turn required. Practice both once you decide which method gives you the best average, and then always play that way.

Practice PUTTING as often as you can certainly in Preference to hitting ball after ball on the range.
Putting is the most important element in golf, if you have a good short game and can putt, combined with good course management, you can play in the mid eighties. Putting is the one element in golf that gives you the opportunity to develop your game to another level.

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