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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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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Golf’s Mental Challenge

Golf’s Mental Challenge

Watching Shane Lowry win the Open in Portrush was one of the great moments in golf. Having known Shane since his late teens and seen him progress into a major winner now has of course put perhaps an obvious question...

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Be Positive about NOT 3 Putting

Be Positive about NOT 3 Putting

I’m sure you are aware of the idea that parts of our thoughts won’t distinguish the difference between negative and positive. If you say to someone “don’t think of an orange – it is likely they will think of an...

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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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Legs & Feet In Chipping

Legs & Feet In Chipping

Let’s start with the simple message of this article - the legs and feet should remain passive and quiet during our chipping technique, they act mainly in a stabilising role and should only have minimal movement. Legs and feet play...

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9 Ball Flight Windows

9 Ball Flight Windows

1I hope it’s fair to say in broad general terms that if you went and asked those golfers hitting balls on the range “what are you working on?” A common reply would be along the lines of “trying to hit...

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Some Check Points for Distance

Some Check Points for Distance

Watching any golfer competing at the best levels should show you that mastery of the short game is still one of the most important elements that need to be in place to be successful in the game. However Stats are...

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Self Confidence

Self Confidence

If you look at all the different components as to what makes us play well, one of the major elements that will be included by most sports persons is Self Confidence. Confident beliefs influence how you feel, think, motivate yourself...

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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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Build good chipping around this skill

Build good chipping around this skill

Are certain things more important than others when trying to improve our game? Using a simple example – is long driving distance more important than accuracy? Obviously this is going to depend on a good number of factors for any...

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A Grip on your Golf

A Grip on your Golf

During this article I will reference the grip from a right handed golfer’s perspective, so the top hand will be left and the bottom or trail hand will be the right. When I first took up golf I seem to...

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The Skill and Talent of Putting

The Skill and Talent of Putting

It is so easy in golf to be hard on ourselves, we use comments like “I’m so bad at putting” or “my golf is just rubbish”. Sentiments I’m sure we can all relate too at some time. But it is...

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Where to Position the Trail Foot at Address

Where to Position the Trail Foot at Address

For the purpose of this article I shall use the reference of a golfer playing right handed so their trail foot will be the right foot position. So let’s start with the question - how should the right foot be...

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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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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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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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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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