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The Trail Arm

The Trail Arm

For a right handed golfer the “trail arm” is the right arm and the “lead arm” is the left, however this definition like other terminology in golf can be a little misleading. It can easily be interpreted that the lead...

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Make your Golf Stable and Mobile

Make your Golf Stable and Mobile

We all have strengths and weaknesses in our game and there is definitely a logic in playing to our strengths when we are out on the course. But if we think of our golf swings as “body movements creating energy...

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3 chips – 3 finishes

3 chips – 3 finishes

  In very general terms controlling the loft that is on the club at impact as well as the vertical angle we approach our chips, will give us the chance to control the height we hit the ball (other factors...

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Make Putting a Real Strength

Make Putting a Real Strength

When “club” golfers are asked about their games and what are the strengths and weaknesses, a large majority will refer to their putting as strength and of course in most cases this will be true relatively speaking. In other words...

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Cover up your Irons

Cover up your Irons

  Swing path control Clubface direction control Clubhead speed Distance control Trajectory control Strike quality   If I ask the question “what’s the most important thing in hitting good Iron shots from the above list”? It certainly wouldn’t be unreasonable...

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The Real Value of a Practice Swing

The Real Value of a Practice Swing

In earlier articles I have written about the benefit of having a routine with our golf shots and how each phase can be beneficial in leading us to the point where our execution of the shot is in auto –...

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Driver & Irons – The swing difference

Driver & Irons – The swing difference

Do we have a different swing with the driver and the irons? To be honest it’s hard enough to find time to practice and develop one swing let alone two different swings. The difference in the effect of the swings...

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Making a Swing Change

Making a Swing Change

Efficient technique is only one of a number of components that will produce a desirable golf shot, but for a great number of us who play the game this technique will provide the limitation of our shot shape and patterns....

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Routines

Routines

It has long been accepted that in games like golf (closed skill environment) that using a routine is going to enhance performance. Even in other game types there a situations where a routine is used – perhaps a good example...

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What you can learn from “divots”

What you can learn from “divots”

The first golf Instruction I had was in a group lesson. I remember there was quite a lot of us and we all stood in a line hitting balls and the professional came along and gave each of us a...

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The “Governor”

The “Governor”

I was asked a question recently in relation to the distance some players hit the ball off the tee and their strength as people. The query pointed out that most of the top players in the game today appear to...

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Slowly does it – A way to change

Slowly does it – A way to change

Imagine yourself holding a pebble and another pebble is placed in your hand you will notice an increase in weight. But if you start off holding a very heavy rock you probably won’t detect an increase in weight when the...

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Launch of the book ‘Powerscourt Golf Club – Celebrating 20 Years’

Launch of the book ‘Powerscourt Golf Club – Celebrating 20 Years’

The members and friends of Powerscourt Golf Club recently gathered to mark the publication of a book celebrating the club’s 20 years of success and to toast its next 20 years. MC on the day was television & radio presenter...

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Another Way to Improve

Another Way to Improve

These articles are trying to offer a few ideas that may stimulate some thought on how we could improve areas of our golf games. Some of these concepts will apply to a certain type of golfer more than others, however...

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“Why does my ball do that?”

“Why does my ball do that?”

“Why does my ball do that?” Ultimately the efficiency of our swing movements and effectiveness of our skills will be shown up in those 400 micro seconds of the club making contact with the ball at impact. During the time...

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Your Game – Your Strategy

Your Game – Your Strategy

  A lot of these articles are fueled by actual situations or incidents that have happened out on the golf course or training grounds. Of course this doesn’t mean that everybody has the same difficulties in golf and so solutions...

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Controlling your Low Point

Controlling your Low Point

Although golfers will have undoubtedly suffered from a lack of form at some point in their golf games this article is not about the mental highs and lows we experience. It is about putting our attention on the lowest point...

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How to hit low shots

How to hit low shots

I was watching some of the preparations for “The Open” on TV the other day and Pádraig Harrington was being interviewed on the range and the question of “how he hits it low” was asked of him. His reply was...

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Practise Aids and Crutches

Practise Aids and Crutches

  There are many practise and training aids designed to help golfers improve what they are doing. Some may claim to be the great thing that is missing in handicap golfers, others are just very simple ideas that can assist...

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Consistency and Variability

Consistency and Variability

  “I would like to play consistent golf” is a phrase many of us may have used, it is definitely something we hear quite a lot when someone comes for a golf lesson. If I feel it is appropriate I...

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