Pre -Shot Routines

Pre -Shot Routines

I’m sure most of you who play golf have come across the term “pre-shot routine” a number of times. It is common place to read about it in magazines or to hear it mentioned by commentators on the TV. Some...

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One Handed Chipping Drills

One Handed Chipping Drills

Getting the right feel or action in our golf technique can be difficult at times. Sometimes the best way to achieve this is find a drill can highlight or exaggerate a certain part of the swing we want to improve....

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Go Back to Your Basic Fundamentals

Go Back to Your Basic Fundamentals

Let’s start with a definition: Fundamental (adjective) - forming a necessary base or core; of central importance. At its simplest the most basic of fundamental ideas in any golf swing is the set-up position, almost every movement pattern we make...

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A Picture of Impact

A Picture of Impact

As inventions that have had a major impact on our lives the mobile smart phone will certainly rank at the top end of the list. Technology is now used in golf in many ways from equipment research and design to...

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Do you Chip like This?

Do you Chip like This?

Recently in a small group coaching session I asked the question “what did they think was important in chipping?” The first thing that I noticed about their response was none of them considered the lie of the ball or the...

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How good is your “B Game”

How good is your “B Game”

Many years ago I remember hearing the wonderful coach John Jacobs say “golf is not about how good your good shots are but how good your bad shots are!” In some ways this is perhaps the reflection of consistent performances...

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Maximize your Athletic Potential

Maximize your Athletic Potential

The purpose to our golf swings in its simplest explanation is the ability to create energy and pass it into the golf ball ideally using the design characteristics of our clubs. Contrary to what some non-golfers may think, some of...

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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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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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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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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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What Controls Direction

What Controls Direction

How far we hit the ball and in what direction are very simply and obviously what this game is all about. However behind this simplicity can be a whole lot of complicated physiological & psychological reasoning to any individual’s golf...

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What Controls Direction

What Controls Direction

How far we hit the ball and in what direction are very simply and obviously what this game is all about. However behind this simplicity can be a whole lot of complicated physiological & psychological reasoning to any individual’s golf...

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Transition Step

Transition Step

The change over from backswing to downswing is referred to as the transition and in my experience is one of the more difficult areas of the swing to understand. In this case the understanding is not just a cognitive understanding...

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Do we have to get worse before we get better?

Do we have to get worse before we get better?

The simplest answer to give to the above question is “no”, however in this this article I wanted to think about a more realistic answer and how this can impact on our mind-set to making improvements. An idea that is...

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