Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bubba Breakthrough Golf Tours & News:

Bubba Breakthrough Golf Tours & News:

Bubba Breakthrough

After coming back from a six-shot deficit, Bubba Watson survived a three-way playoff for his first PGA Tour title

The Grateful Dead-Touch of Gray-Shoreline Amphitheatre

Jack Nicklaus has said that when he won golf tournaments he used to get a song in his head and sing that song in his head or whistle that song throughout the whole round.  This way when he made a birdie he'd just whistle that song, and try not to get ahead of himself so he could "stay in the present".  Having one song stuck in his head basically on repaly helped him to stay in a consistent mood and not let the pressure of tournament golf throw his game out of whack.  Likewise when he made mistakes and bogeys or worse he'd keep that song in his head and while he whistled it, it would help him to "stay in the present" and not be upset about the mistake he had just made.  After all, what he needed to do was concentrate on each shot and stay in the present, not be mad about the mistake on the last hole or get too happy about a birdie and lose focus.  Jack just wanted to be successfully pleasant.  So, with regards to this good mental approach to tournament golf I thought I'd give you a very pleasant song to help you "get by" and work through the pressures of your next tournament round.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Graeme McDowell

2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell earlier this year at the Masters.  I love this swing because it is authentic, smooth, and it obviously works.  Sure there is a reroute of the club (and it might not be without critique from Leadbetter or Haney, what swing is ...) but with the a smooth weight shift and balanced body rotation it's a Champions Swing for sure.  Congrats to Graeme for his great victory at Pebble Beach.  He sure showed accurate full swings that move the ball on in the desired direction all day but he also chipped and putted like an Irish Rock Star.   Again, way to go Graeme!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hank Haney Golf Tip - Putting Yips

If you have the yips, change your grip drastically, trying to make a better stroke without changing something goes back to Einstein's definition of insanity which is ...   

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Seriously, changing putters might help a tiny bit but mostly you have to change your stance a little, continue to keep your head still for every putt for the rest of your life, and change your grip for sure.

So for enjoyable putting where you might not make everything but most of them atleast have a chance and the short ones stop scaring you ... do the following:

  1. Watch this video
  2. Change your stance a little.  This will help you to get a fresh feel and also hopefully make you more     balanced keep the tiny little unwanted leg motions from happening that can actually adversely affect how you stroke the ball to the hole.
  3. Change your grip a lot ... most likely the claw is the way to go unless you want to actually try left handed, or long putter, which are even more radical than one of the versions of the claw but with some folks necessary.
  4. Don't be afraid to miss, who cares if it goes in?  I guarantee no one does as much as you do and if you stop beating yourself up about the putt you are about to hit, a lot more of them will be able to be rolled on line with a more confident relaxed stroke.
Good Luck and Have Fun!


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Release and Recoil for Longer Drives | Videos |

Release and Recoil for Longer Drives Videos

You know how some people come out of their swing coming into the ball and they hit it "not so good". Well I know some folks like that.

This video from Mike Malaska is pretty darn good because he says two things ...

1.  Release the club ... Don't just swing the club head back, swing it through too.
2.  Transfer your weight into the ball and towards the target (into your left leg for a right handed golfer).  You can check if you are driving your right side into your left leg by seeing if you can have a balanced recoil (see the video). 

So , bottom line, by pivoting your hips, straightening your left leg, and pushing off your right leg, coming into the ball you will get a balanced weight shift which will help for top power and proper contact.  Additionally by releasing the club through the ball you will harness all of the clubhead speed you need to play great and hit it past your friends.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What's YOUR Major? - Instruction -

What's YOUR Major? - Instruction -

Ok Everyone, This is some really good stuff. Dave Pelz is running a contest, the winners will be selected from a 250 word essay about "What your most important tournament you'll play is this year and why it is important to you".   The winner of this contest will get Dave to come to their course to work with them on site where they play their tournament rounds. 

I attended a two-day PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in 2005 presented by Dave Pelz.  Not only is Dave super smart and a lot (not all) of what he teaches I believe to be absolutely true, but also he is a regular guy that is very easy to talk to and is truly a quality gentleman.  I believe that every golf could learn a lot from him and I certainly have.  

Click on the link for all the info from Golf Magazines Website and or read below.

Over the last 30 years I've walked many major championship courses with dozens of PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, coaching and trying to help them prepare for their majors. I'm very fortunate to have been successful with nine of these golfers, who between them have claimed a total of 17 major titles. Each of these victories has its own story, both in the way each player prepared for the event and, more important, in what I learned from those incredible experiences.
My goal now is to take that knowledge and apply it to some of my most important students: Golf Magazine's readers.
While you may never get the chance to vie for a Green Jacket or tee it up at Pebble Beach during U.S. Open week like the pros will be doing this June, you certainly have at least one event circled on your calendar that you're dying to win. This is your personal major, and over the next four months, and through a special contest offered by Golf Magazine, I'd like to help you win it using the type of advice I lend my more famous students.
My question to you is: What's your major? What's the most important tournament you'll play in this year, and why is it so important to you? Answer these questions in 250 words or less and e-mail your entry to You may win a free three-day session at a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, and another prize you can't refuse: I'll come and personally meet with you at your major course to help you prepare for and play your best in your most important tournament of the year. (Contest rules and prizes are detailed below.)
That's right — this fall (or next spring or summer), I'll fly in and meet you a week or so before your major at the course you're going to play and help you get ready to play your best in it! That's my promise to you if you win the "What's YOUR Major?" contest. You tell Golf Magazine why the tournament is so important to you, and if you win, I'll be there to help you prepare for it!
Over the next four months I'll give you an overview of how you can prepare for your major tournament:
At four months before your major:
You'll analyze the course to learn how it's going to attack your game, as well as its three primary weaknesses.
At three months before your major:
I'll show you how to practice the shots you'll need most for the tournament.
At two months before your major:
I'll help you improve your ability to get up and down, groove a better putting touch, and eliminate your three weakest shots.
At one month before your major:
You'll learn how to split your practice time equally into four key areas. If you want to play your best this year, let's do the preparation together.
Grand Prize Winner
• A preparation session with Dave Pelz on the course where winner's major will be played
• One three-day enrollment in a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School
• Tickets to one of the four majors in 2011
• A set of four Pelz Wedges (custom fit at school)
• One PELZ O-Ball Putter (custom fit at school) plus one dozen O-Balls
Runners-up (4)
• 10-year subscription to Golf Magazine
• One enrollment for one-day Dave Pelz Scoring Game Clinic

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