Saturday, September 18, 2010

Understanding and Controlling the Mental Side of Golf

Here Dr. David Yukelson P.H.D. from Penn State shows us a straightforward and helpul guide to Mental Preparation for Great Golf.

I hope you enjoy this and it helps you to see a path that helps lead you to better golf and lower scores.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Believing in yourself and your game!

Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are usually right."    I think that Mr. Ford was right.

The Spirit of Golf  reminds us of all the things we know down deep.  I really like some of the thoughts being produced and shared by The Spirit of Golf because it relates to life almost as easily as you could put it into practice with golf.  It also feels like they draw their good examples from a Higher Level.  Use these Ten Principles for some great and peaceful golf the next time you get the chance.


Principle #10: There must be belief and a self-convincing before our golf shots end up where we want them to go.
Principle #9: We can have, do or be anything we want and desire, provided we adhere to the self-convincing part of Principle # 10.
Principle #8: All of our power is in the present moment; the here and Now.
Principle #7: Negative emotion and suffering invariably arise whenever we have a disagreement with Principle # 8 (and argue with what already is).
Principle #6: There cannot be an unhappy ending to a happy journey. And there cannot be a happy ending to an unhappy one.
Principle #5: Everything we see around us in physical form is created and imagined in thought form first.  How it appears is how we imagine it - consciously or unconsciously - to be.
Principle #4: There is not enough action in the Universe to compensate for unhappy or misguided thinking. This is because of Principle # 5.
Principle #3: We cannot undo the powerful momentum or force of a thought - the only way to negate it is to begin thinking something else.
Principle #2: Things are thoughts and thoughts are things.
Principle #1: In time, with enough intensity and repetition, we manifest and attract into our lives whatever we focus upon. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Video: Analyzing Matt Kuchar's

Video: Analyzing Matt Kuchar's

Besides getting to take a look at Matt Kuchar's Ryder Cup Worthy Simple and compact Swing, here is some great advice from Kevin Hinton on managing your game to improvement and not too worry too much about disappointments and failure's along the way. Be patient with your swing, be good to yourself, get solid advice and help from a knowledgable PGA Professional, and focus on the positive.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!


Below is the article on Matt Kuchar's swing from Kevin Hinton and Golf Digest, click on the link above to see a video of Matt Kuchar's Swing.

In 1998 he was the low amateur in both the Masters and the U.S. Open, finishing T-21 and T-14, respectively. At the time, Matt had a much more upright backswing and has since lowered his arm swing considerably. He may now have the flattest backswing on tour, with his left arm well below his shoulder plane. So the question bares asking: Why did Kuchar make such a dramatic change, and what can the average player learn from his decision to do so?The simple answer to the first part of that question is that Kuchar obviously thought he could become a more consistent ball-striker, otherwise he wouldn't have done it. Many instructors and tour players feel that one benefit of a more rounded backswing is that the arms and club are no longer required to drop as dramatically in the downswing. This can lead to better consistency, as well as avoiding an excessive inside-to-out swing path that results in pushes and hooks.
Kuchar's first-round 67 at Whistling Straits is a testament to the work he has done. You don't shoot five under at a major without being comfortable with your golf swing.The decision to make dramatic backswing changes is particularly interesting to me. There are about 150 players on the PGA Tour, with 150 different backswings. We do not hit the ball in our backswing. The only thing the golf ball knows is impact. It is the downswing where the best players look the most similar. My advice for the average player is to pay the most attention to your downswing and how the ball is flying. Start here first, resisting the urge to make significant backswing changes. The majority of your focus should be on producing a better impact position. Once you have accomplished that, the ball will react accordingly When embarking down the road to improvement, you should manage your game like you would a long-term portfolio. Ignore the dips and valleys in the short term, as long as the general trend is upward. Be sure to remember, just like the stock market, progress in your golf swing will never be a straight line up, so be patient.-- Kevin HintonRead More