Are you a panic golfer? When you miss a shot or two, do you start looking for ways to improve your swing? In years past, I was that exact golfer. I felt that when things started to veer off the rails, I needed to immediately change, adjust or tweak something in swing in order to get back on course. Naturally this was the wrong approach to improving my round and usually finished with a higher score than I expected. It was like rolling a snowball downhill, my challenges kept getting bigger and harder to manage.Continue reading
Do you ever need a break from golf – either watching, writing, playing or talking? I sometimes run into a brick wall and like to step away and focus on other things. In October, I find this month the most compelling to seek other things to do and shelve golf for a bit. And other times, life provides a natural break where other aspects of day to day living take priority. For me, the latter is about to happen.Continue reading
How is it possible to remember everything needed to play great golf? After we decipher what is important and what is white noise, how is possible recall the exact piece of information required to make the proper swing at the right time. This is very challenging for professional golfers, let alone amateurs who struggle with the mechanics of their swing as well. Continue reading
Generating more power in your golf swing usually equates to greater distance. And who wouldn’t want more distance off the tee and fairway. Would increasing your distance off the tee by 10-20 yards make that much difference in your game. Most golfers would yell a resounding YES! Unfortunately, most amateurs do not have the skill to just change their swing and generate that extra power needed to move to the next level.
After a quick search, answering the question – how to generate more power in your golf swing – may not be as easy as it seems. There are many reasons for not generating power in your golf swing and Professional golfer Micheal Campbell outlines six possible reasons:
- Reverse Pivot
- Sway or Sliding
- Early Turn
- Over Turn
- Collapsing at the Top
- Rolling Arms
If you are novice player, you are saying okay….but…..how do I tell if any of these reasons apply to me? These six points are very important and he provides solutions that make sense. I am sure there are other reasons, but to list everything that can possibly go wrong is not really helpful for the weekend looper.
So, where do we start? What exactly are we doing wrong? How do we know if it is helping? Where do I find the answers? These are all great questions.
The first step is to set a goal. Through the winter, I traditionally set three. The first for this year is to focus on generating more power to consistently gain 20 yards off the tee.
Second step is to do the research. Reading golf blogs like Hitting It Solid by Troy Vayanos or All About Golf by Brian Penn, provides an endless supply advice on a wide variety of topics. Personally, I find this very helpful. I enjoy reading and trying new tips, skills and ideas to improve my swing.
Last step is to use your newly learned skills on the range. In my case that will be next March! Unfortunately, an eight-month golfing season is the price you pay for living in an awesome country like Canada. Regardless, using the skills is a vital step to improving your game.
One last point, if you do not know where to turn, try taking lessons from a pro. It definitely provides a positive environment with a knowledgeable instructor that will improve your game. Going to PGA members like Rick Williams at mindbodygolf.com may be the best investment you make in a while!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links….in four months!