Want to Grow Golf: Support Your Pro Shop!

If you are a frugal consumer like me, you are always looking for deal. As a golfer, I am even more concerning when purchasing the plethora of stuff to meet my golfing needs. There are many ‘golf stores’ willing to sell us anything we ask for, but not always at the cheapest price. This is why it is important to shop around to find the best deal. However, with all the deals possible possible our local Pro Shop is often overlooked!

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Benjamin Franklin and Golf

Benjamin Franklin is one of the famous people in history. His resume is long and his inventions still provide the foundations of today’s society. But one quote in particular sums up all successful golfers. It is not profound if someone tells it to you, but when you see it in print, it really hits home. Continue reading

Videotaping My Golf Swing

Over the years, I have video taped my golf swing. Surprisingly, I never watched it to analyse my technique. I have looked close, but I think it is a beautiful thing and does not need fixing…..haha. I have come to realize that I do cast a bit around chest area and as a result I loose some distance. Kevin, an avid reader of The Grateful Golfer, has pointed this out on several occasions. I appreciate his feedback and will use his advice as a starting point next spring. However, I was wondering if you have ever videotaped your swing. Continue reading

If You Don’t Want The Answer…..

Teaching golf is challenging!

I know you can finish the start of this question. I have lived by the following thought for most of my life. I can honestly admit, that I have done this and some responses have really caused me to think:

Never ask a question if you are not prepared for an honest answer!

I believe we learn from asking questions; it helps expand our knowledge and understanding of a specific topic and it also can guide us on making changes in the future. There are many aspect to asking questions, but regardless, we must be prepared to hear something unexpected.
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Finding Weaknesses In Your Game

Golf is a simply complicated sport.  Everytime a player hits the links, they have the opportunity to score really low or really high relative to their skill level.  Most think that is the best time to pinpoint what is going right or wrong.  Or is it?

Finding Weaknesses

Keep head Down; Left Arm Straight; Slow Tempo; What did the Grateful Golfer Say…..Oh never mind, just Grip It and Rip It!

If a player consistently shoots in the low 100, 90, 80 or 70, identifying positive and challenging aspects of their game is important.  This process, if the player really wants to improve, is continuous and unrelenting.  However, identifying areas to improvement is specific to each player and it is impossible to use generalities to guarantee a better golf swing. Therefore, which is the best method?  Who can help?  Are there methods?

The short answer is yes, there are methods.  Which is the best…..depends on the player. Who can help….basically it is up to the person to seek and conquer the challenges of improving their golf game.  Having said that, the following are my suggestions on how to improve your game:

BroNet. Sometimes referred to as the buddy system.  While out on the course your friend will notice something in your swing that they believe you should correct.  Generally, it varies on a shot by shot basis.  It has a tendency to cause more confusion that success, but sometimes it is helpful.  The quality of the advice depends on the skill level of the player giving it.

Self-Taught.  This is where a player will research various skills, look for tips, watch others and try to duplicate.  This method can be very good, especially if you use websites like Hit It Solid, Slice of Golf, Gorilla Golf, All About Golf or Mind Body Golf.  And of course The Grateful Golfer site!  (Sorry for the shameless plug….just could not help myself) They offer tips on golf, the challenging aspects of the mental game of golf, course reviews and will allow for interaction via comments/questions to help improve your game.  This method is generally how most players start.

PGA.  Having your local professional, like Dan Garagan at Pinewood Park Golf Course, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, analyse your swing and provide helpful tips on how to improve is definitely a winner.  They have the skill and expertise to help.  The only draw back on this method is that you must be willing to learn from their sage advice.  It is difficult and sometimes causes a player to initially score higher, but in the long run it is probably the best way to learn golf.

Wing It!  The last method is the most fun!  Basically, you have no plan nor want one. Each day is an adventure and you real goal is enjoy the experience.  The million dollar shot you can brag about is what you seek.  There is nothing wrong with this method, however your game will develop slowly if at all.  This is not a problem because you play for the fun of the game.

Finding weaknesses in your game is relatively easy.  Fixing them is usually the problem. For me, the best method to use in order of effectiveness is local professional, self-taught, Bronet, and finally, Wing It!  Ultimately, chose the method that best fits your goals and desires.  I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!