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Better Golf Through Fitness

To hit a golf ball to a target takes only 2 things- enough clubhead speed, and control of that clubhead. If your new driver or set of irons haven't given you that speed and control, where do you get it? Lessons with a PGA pro is an excellent place to start, but don't stop there. Without a fit body, you cannot make a fluid, repeating swing.

Th ...

by Ronald Lev, Physical Therapist.

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Bunker Play

OVERVIEW
Interestingly, the bunker shot is not a difficult shot for professionals. Statistics show they get it up and down with about the same regularity they would a green-side pitch. On the other hand, most amateurs are fearful of the shot and are usually happy to get the ball anywhere on the green. Wha ...
by Mark Wickenden.

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Dr. Sport: Become a Putting Engineer

Did you know that the single biggest difference between people who are creative and people who are not creative is that the people who are creative believe that they are creative, while the noncreative people think that they are not creative. Remember the Henry Ford quote, "If you think you can or if you think you can not, you are probably right."

A putting engineer is a golfer who has studi ...

by Bob Phillips, Ph.D..

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Dr. Sport: Focus for putting

Focus has to do with paying attention to not only what is important, but also paying attention in the correct order. Focus itself has three primary dimensions. The first is broad verses narrow. The broad in this meaning has to do with scope or how much is taken in or paid attention to. The more broad, then the more you take in. The more narrow, the less you pay attention to or take in. A narrow fo ...
by Bob Phillips, Ph.D..

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Dr. Sport: Taking a Mental Break

Many of the golfers I work with complain about running out of steam after ten or eleven holes, especially on the third day of a long tournament. The advice I give them has been helpful to many. I suggest that they plan to take a mental break after the ninth hole and then again after the fourteenth hole. Of course they can use this technique at any time, but if they plan it, they are more likely to ...
by Bob Phillips, Ph.D..

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Dr. Sport: The Thinking Must Stop Before the Hitting Begins

One of the important reasons for having a strong pre-shot routine is to have a specific point in time where you switch form planning and thinking to hitting or putting. I have worked with hundreds of golfers in both Charlotte, North Carolina and now in the Atlanta area, and one of the most useful changes a golfer can make is to put a breathing step into his or her pre-shot routine.

You can u ...

by Bob Phillips, Ph.D..

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Dr. Sport: Understanding

There is a lot of talk about focus in golf. You hear a golfer say, "What a lousy day, I really lost my focus." You will hear a coach yell "Focus on what you’re doing". So what is focus?

Just like when you are looking through a microscope and it is in focus, you are looking at or paying attention to the one thing or the one group of things that you are supposed to be looking at or thinking a ...

by Bob Phillips, Ph.D..

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GOLF AND LOW BACK PAIN

So many golfers are experiencing pain associated with golf; low backs, necks and shoulders being the most common areas of complaint. The distressing thing is that in the absence of major injury or disease, so many of these pains respond well to some simple solutions.

As a rule, if you have low back pain when you golf, you likely have poor spine angles at address and dur ...

by Ronald Lev, Physical Therapist.

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Hitting Your Driver

Ted Fort is a Teaching Professional with the Louis Brown Golf Academy at Legacy Golf Links and was chosen as the 1996 "Assistant of the Year" for the Georgia Section PGA. Ted has worked with participants on the Senior PGA Tour, LPGA tour, Nike Tour, and with the Champions of two State Opens.

There are two things that I find in almost all golfers that haven't taken lessons: < ...

by Ted Fort.

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How To Stay Focused

"I just can't ever seem to keep a good round going." "I never play good on the back nine." "I can't handle slow play." "I play good in practice rounds, but never in tournaments." If any of these common complaints sound like you, you have a problem maintaining poise and focus on the golf course.

As an instructor, I meet peop ...

by Kenny Jacobs, PGA Professional.

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It's In The Bag ...One Size Fits All?

Some valuable information before you purchase your next set of clubs.
As seen in Georgia Golf News
July Edition, 1997

By Kip Gregory
Certified Golf Teaching Professional

Often a new student will come to me with a borrowed set of clubs and ask for my advice about replac ...

by Kip Gregory-Golden.

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Mental Rule: Wear the red shirt

"I have always thought that the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts"
                John Locke

We all have seen Tiger wear his red shirt on Sunday, but why did he adopt that behavior? Is it simply a ritual or does it serve some greater purpose? Actually, it does serve a greater purpose for Tiger's game. Tiger feels more ag ...

by Dr. Gregg Steinberg.

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Mental Skill Training for Golf - An Introduction

Many golfers are becoming aware of the importance of the mental aspects of the game. Don’t be left behind! The mental side of golf is what separates winners from losers, the good from the great. Golfers tend to spend endless hours practicing the mechanics of the game while neglecting the psychological aspects of the game. Just as we are not born with the physical skills to h ...

by Joe Gandolfo, M.A., LPC, CPT, C.Hy..

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Mental Skill Training for Golf - Deep Breathing for Better G

As simplistic as it may sound, the development and use of deep breathing techniques on the golf course can benefit any player's game - lowering their score. The very act of breathing deeply can aid a golfer in many ways. Reducing tension throughout the body, allowing one better focus and concentration, helping to calm emotions, both po ...

by Joe Gandolfo, M.A., LPC, CPT, C.Hy..

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Play Better Golf…Use Your Natural Swing

Now, the first thing you’re going to say is, “What are you talking about…I always use my normal swing when I play golf!” Notice, you said your “normal” swing NOT your “natural” swing!

Let me illustrate the difference with a brief golf story.

You’re playing a round of golf with your regular group of friends and you come to a par 4 hole with a nice, big lake situated between the tee and ...

by Joel Segal.

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So Let It Be Written

The explosion of the golfing population in recent years has been both a blessing and a curse on the golf community. The added interest, money, and technological enhancements brought on by the "new blood" have served to spark new courses, new equipment, and many other great advancements. But there has been a downside, one that few have addressed until now. There is so much more to ...
by John Kim, Executive Director/AG.com.

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Staying Loose and Relaxed on the Golf Course
Mental Skil

The more and more I watch the PGA professionals during the various weekend tournaments, the more and more these men and women amaze me. Whether they are on the teebox or green, the fairway, ruff, woods or bunkers, I am intrigued by their ability to stay calm, focused and relaxed. One example of how this is evident is by their ability to produce a fluid and rhythmic swing - which most always prod ...
by Joe Gandolfo, M.A., LPC, CPT, C.Hy..

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Tension and Testosterone

The Masters and Augusta National! As a player, who wouldn't be nervous and a bit tense?? However, tension is described by many teaching professionals as the nemesis of the golf swing. A secondary source of tension is the desire to "kill the ball", often brought on by hormonal surge upon focusing on that little white orb. Whether you're a tour player, or a novice, tension is usually a result of ...
by Cathy Buell.

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TIP #1: The Proper Grip (or How to Hold the Golf Club)

Objective: Learn the "proper" hand position, grip pressure, thumb placement, and how the shaft lies in your fingers.

Hold your hands in front of your chin, palms facing each other, elbows relaxed, the back of the left hand and the right palm facing the target. This relationship of your hands should never change. Move your left hand away from you ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #2: Proper Balance:

Objective: Prevents swaying side to side, and back and forth. Brings the club back to the ball squarely.

Golf is a game of "feel". Just as you want to "feel" the grip in your fingertips, you also want to "feel", for "proper balance" - the souls of your feet holding the ground. Stand comfortably erect, with your feet shoulder width apart. ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #3: Proper Posture:

Objective: Prevents dipping or raising up,and,hitting thin or fat shots.

The golf swing is a coil, pivot, turn or rotation around your spine angle. To coil properly you need to have the "proper" posture.

Start by standing comfortably erect, hands hanging at your side. Doing this in front of a mirror will be a great advantage. Please notic ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #5: Proper Alignment

Alignment is the positioning or aiming of your clubface and body in the same direction (feet, knees, hips, and shoulders). If your clubface is aimed in one direction and your body in another, the ball will not go straight.

Stand behind your ball facing the target. Pick an item (leaf, pebble, cigarette butt) about six inches in front of your ball directl ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #5: Proper Ball Position:

Improper ball position will cause erratic ball flight and it all depends upon the position of the club face at impact. Each golf club is made to do a specific job and is constructed accordingly.

With the ball set one inch to the right of your left heel, starting with the pitching wedge, the ball should appear just left of center of your stance. With each progressive ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #7: The Take-Away:

One of the biggest problems on the takeaway is that most players roll their wrists immediately upon taking the club back. The PROBLEM is that the club face stays open and, therefore, will not come back to the ball squarely.

The takeaway is a one piece motion: Your shoulders and hips coil around your spine angle, away from the target, all at the same tim ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #8: Timing:

The proper rhythm will keep you from swinging back too slow or too fast and will allow the golf club to do its job.

Your golf clubs are actually made to work for you. All you have to do is hold the club and swing it properly. Proper Timing, simply put, is taking the golf club back, slowly, in a rhythmical fashion. Swinging the club back too quickly ...

by Dr. Golf.

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TIP #9: Proper Golf Etiquette

This week, as a golf tip, my offering is about golf etiquette. I chose to d othis because not only should it be part of the learning process, but als obecause it becomes more and more apparent that too many golfers are not aware or just ignore that part of the game that is pure golf coursecourtesy and should be practiced during every round.

Next t ...

by Dr. Golf.

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Walk Smartly

A round of golf takes a golfer anywhere between three and a half and four and half hours to play. From hole number one to hole number eighteen, no matter how many shots one must take (and we all know the fewer the better), how we manage ourselves on the golf course is so crucial to our performance.

Over the course of this three and a half to four and half-hours we are act ...

by Joe Gandolfo, M.A., LPC, CPT, C.Hy..

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