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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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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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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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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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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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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The Backswing Power Feeling

The Backswing Power Feeling

Hitting the ball further will always be a hot topic when it comes to looking at golf swings, but in this case I want to focus on one aspect that will help in getting our efforts to equal putting energy...

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Finding the rhythm to the putting stroke

Finding the rhythm to the putting stroke

 Rhythm is one of those skills in golf that is essential to underpinning any technique we use, whether it is a full swing, pitching and chipping or indeed a putting action. It is also one of the skills that...

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Good Balance – Good Tempo

Good Balance – Good Tempo

What is the most important thing in a golf swing? Well I’m not sure if there is an exact answer to this question and for sure our golfing techniques have to have a number of things working reasonably well to...

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Set up your Putting

Set up your Putting

You have a putt that is about 6 feet long, dead straight and on as good a putting surface as you can have. The requirement from your putting technique is only to be able to strike the ball with enough...

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Punch to go low

Punch to go low

  Golfers can spend a lot of time at the range hitting long shots trying to master their usual full swing, but it is important to remind ourselves that when playing golf we will be called upon to play a...

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Interaction of 3 Short Game Components

Interaction of 3 Short Game Components

Interaction of 3 Short Game Components     Sometimes thinking about the different areas of our game holistically and not getting into too much detail is going to a useful way of improving the way we play golf, however I...

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