A Golf Tip For Everyone

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Universal golf tips are difficult to find. Depending on the skill level of the player, a golf tip could be too difficult or too simple. Focusing on more than one movement during a golf swing is often overwhelming for amateur golfers. Therefore, it is very difficult to find that one universal tip that fits the needs of every golfer. Well, for two years I have searched for the elusive tip and I think I have found it!

This drill is so simple, I think everyone can do it! It helps meets the criteria of focusing on one aspect of a golf swing and can be performed by any golfer. It takes only 5 minutes a day and can be practiced anywhere! It is called active visualization. I know we have discussed visualization at length (Visualization for Success, A Growth Mindset, and Visualizing a Shot) and I have finally figured out what was missing.

What was missing was the active part! Normally, when visualizing my golf swing, I think my way through the shot. I try to picture my swing in my mind’s eye through my pre-shot to post-shot routine. I try to keep my concentration on the moment and have achieved relative success. However, I found that I am sometimes easily distracted by other thoughts creeping in, noises, or falling asleep! Ok, now that you have stopped laughing…..

Active visualization is nothing new. My idea actually comes from the movie “Seven Days in Utopia“. The seasoned golf coach in Utopia was helping a struggling golf professional. The first step to improvement was to write out his golf swing. It made the player concentrate on how and why he swung a golf club in a particular way. After some reflection, I think this approach is brilliant.

Active visualization does start with writing out your golf swing. If you are having difficulty, there are many sites that will help. However, it is important to focus on your swing. As you go through the step by step process of writing out your swing, you are in fact analysing your mechanics. This is an important step towards understanding your golf game and is critical to improving your overall game. Once you are done writing, read it out loud to yourself several times.

After reading your Pulitzer prize article aloud, you will remember it step by step. Now, close your eyes and recite your swing to yourself. You will be surprised to see images form within your mind’s eye! You will also see your swing in all its glory!

The cool thing about this process is the ability to make changes. After you have written your swing out in detail, it is easy to identify that part of your swing that is causing you the most difficulty. Once identified, change that part until you are satisfied – watching videos of professional golfers may help if you are experiencing challenges. An important aspect of active visualization is being engaged in the entire process. For 5 minutes (once you have written out your script) anyone can visualize their golf swing and as a result build confidence in their game. Visualization does help lower your golf score, active visualization will provide the foundation to a great golf game.

In future articles, I will share what I have written for my active visualization. But, before I do, what do you think? Do you think this will work? Or am I just crazy?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Does Golf Motivate You?

Does Golf Motivate You?

Does Golf Motivate You?

Does golf motivate you? Are you inspired to work on your game? Does golf fuel your desire to exercise more or differently? Does golf inspire you to learn more about the fundamentals, tips, and drills? These are all great questions. If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then consider yourself motivated by golf!

One reason for these questions is rooted in a fellow blogger’s golfing adventure. Josh, from Golf is Mental is hitting the road for 3 months. He has plans to seek and conquer all of the golf courses that he can in his allotted time. With his trusty sidekick (wife), they are going to experience what most of us dream to do. They are motivated golfers for sure.

The Silicon Valley Golfer talks about his adventures to improve his golf game. He talks about how he modifies drills to meet his training needs. He explains how he is a student of golf and hopes to continue to lower his score. He is motivated to become a better golfer!

Tiger Golf Traveller is another great blogger. He talks about many courses, and I especially like his course reviews. They are very detailed and help me imagine what it would be like to play the courses he plays. He is motivated to share his experience with those of us who are golf-less for about 5 months of the year.

All About Golf is a fun blog to follow. Brian is always up for a discussion about golf. His views are insightful and he is not afraid to call it as he sees it! Our conversations motivate me to keep learning and talking about the sport we love.

Personally, I am a pretty motivated golfer. Golf is rewarding, frustrating, exhilarating, and puzzling all at the same time. I enjoy competing against others, but mostly I enjoy competing against myself! I find golf very relaxing and it gives me time to think about life.

The best thing about golf is all the like-minded friends I continue to meet. Golf is but a vehicle to enjoy life, meet people, and share fun experiences. That is motivation enough for me!

Does golf motivate you?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2015 Preview: Luke Donald

The Grateful Golfer:

I have always liked Luke Donald. He has had a tough time over the past few years. I hope he does return to form and climb back up on the world rankings. A quick win will do wonders for his confidence in 2015. Thanks to Adam Sarson for the overview of Luke Donald.

Originally posted on AdamSarson.com:

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Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Luke Donald.

The History

It’s hard to believe that 2015 will be the fourteenth year that Luke Donald has been a professional. Donald moved from England as a teenager to attend Northwestern University in Chicago, where he quickly became a player destined for life on the PGA Tour. He won the NCAA D1 men’s title in 1999, breaking the scoring record held by Tiger Woods and grabbed the Haskins Award that year as well, given out annually to the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the country. It was at Northwestern where he joined up with coach Pat Goss, who Donald stayed with after leaving Northwestern to turn pro in 2001.

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