Spring Is Almost Here: Indoor Practice Drills To Get Ready

I continue to chip and putt every day in preparation for spring. We are just a few weeks away, but I am always willing to try new things before the ranges open. Kevin, a constant supporter of The Grateful Golfer, pointed out a video about setting the club first before aligning our body when making a golf shot. I admit that I have done this in the past, but seem to have gotten away from the habit. It might be time to revisit this approach. Additionally, the video offered some other excellent tips that I thought are worth sharing. Take a look!

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Playing Golf Through Injuries

Any golfer will tell you that their worst nightmare is injuring ourselves playing golf. Over the years, I have had my share. It is sometimes was unavoidable and others by pure accident. Regardless of how I was injured, each it had a negative affect on my golf game. Trying to avoid injury during my off season is always a must, but sometimes my ego gets ahead of itself. Continue reading

Training for A Great Golf Swing

Over the years, fitness was discussed multiple times at The Grateful Golfer. It is an extremely important part of being a successful golfer, not to mention a healthy lifestyle. Normally, I am an active person, but when the snow starts to fly, it becomes difficult to maintain an active lifestyle.

I am not an expert, nor do have the knowledge to guide anyone who wants to train for a great golf swing. I only know what works for me and what I need to do to be successful on and off the golf course. Do you know what fitness components are important to your golf swing? Continue reading

Decide – The Only Off Season Golf Strategy You Need


This is the ultimate off-season golf strategy for any golfer. You have heard me mention it before, but now it is time to get the details!

This one little word changes in-action into action!

It empowers all players to get active and do something; anything to help improve their golf game.

Recently, I asked players what they did in the off-season to prepare for the time they hit the links. 50% of the players said that they putt. That was about it. Well, I applaud the fact they do something, I would suggest that it may not be enough to help lower their scores early in the 2016 golf season.


This is the most difficult step in using your off-season to your advantage is to make the decision to do something! Deciding to get of the couch and work on your game will be the best decision you ever make to lower your golf scores. Here is what I think:

  • Decide build A Growth Mindset About Golf
  • Decide to become a student of the game
  • Decide to get fit
  • Decide to practice
  • Decide to read about more than mainstream golfing news
  • Decide to decide to improve your game

Well this is it, my fool-proof off-season plan for anyone to improve their golf game! Anyone can do it, anyone, if they decide, can change what they are currently doing to lower their golf scores in 2016!

I have made the decision to do something and I am currently formulating a plan. I hope to share it with you over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, it is your turn to:


A Growth Mindset About Golf

If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and this is a challenge to you, you will always look  forward to waking up to see what the new day brings – Susan Polis Schultz

A Growth Mindset About Golf

The desire to play, practice, report, discuss, read or dream about one specific thing can have an awesome effect on ones life.  It is important to have a goal that makes you happy and stokes the desire to achieve greatness.  For some it is building furniture, others helping the less fortunate, or for some being an expert in a particular field of study.  There really are no limitations.  Only the person can decide.

Over the years, many goals have come and gone.  Some were accomplished, some not. Regardless, having a goal has always helped me focus on whatever I wanted to achieve. Through it all, there have been two lifetime goals that I have always kept close.

First is my family.  To be the best husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend I can be. This is an ongoing goal and one that will last my lifetime.

Pheonix RebornThe second goal is to be a scratch golfer.  To be a scratch golfer takes discipline, willingness to be a student, openness to try new things and a mental focus that is sharper than most. Through the years, this goal has faded in and out because of life, but has periodically rose from the ashes of neglect like a fiery Phoenix.

This year, I find that desire rising again. So after some introspection, I decided to go for it and have come up with a four step plan.  Here it is:

  1. get fit – focus on exercises designed to improve my golf game;
  2. research – the drills and techniques required to improve my game;
  3. practice – dedicate time to practice to improve my game; and
  4. compete – either formally or informally compete every time I hit the links.

This may seem like a simple plan, but I assure you it is not.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing what I find, my progress, and how I refine each step to achieve my goal.

My first step starts today – I must develop a growth mindset!  I have to change my thoughts from “I think” to “I can” – I believe I have no limitations and I will achieve my goal.  I am ready for the challenge.  The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach is a great video that explains the attitude shift required to achieve my goal of being a scratch golfer.

This is going to be a fantastic year.  I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!