photo credit: sidewalk flying Think about it; more strokes are taken with your putter than any other club in your bag. Why does the putter contribute to so much frustration? The reason is because it is much simpler to hit a 30 foot putt than to knock a 170 yd. approach shot to within 10 feet.
Golfers take putting for granted, a minimal amount of total practice time is spent on the practice green using a club that contributes to more strokes than any other, go figure?
Have you ever noticed that players seem to get more careless after they missed their second putt? Many, with no time taken, will just casually walk up and stroke their third attempt to hole out. There is something to be learned from this; every putt counts !
Every great player has a “can do attitude”, Tiger Woods is a great example. He tries as hard to make a bogey putt as he does an eagle attempt. To play well, you must have a mental toughness no matter what the situation.
Anger, resulting from a feeling that you “deserve” to make a good shot, can be a major roadblock. Any bad shot is history, so put it out of your mind as soon as possible and don't dwell on it. Think of how to execute your next shot to the best of your ability. Utilize bad shots simply as good learning experiences.
photo credit: Bruno MAZZONI Slow play will ruin your game of golf. A slow group will slow down everyone behind them, just like a slow car on a two lane highway. Speed your play with the following steps:
(1) Plan your shot strategy while going to your ball. (2) Line up your shot while others are playing theirs. (3) Limit your practice swings to one. (4) During green play, take several clubs with you (putter/wedge etc.) to eliminate going back to the cart. (5) Whoever is closest to the pin should attend the pin. (6) Don't mark your ball, putt out. (7) Once everyone putts out, leave the green immediately. (8) Keep talking amongst your group at a minimum, you are there to play golf, not have a gab session. (9) Be polite when asking to “play through.”
photo credit: greg.robson Everything that moves needs a brake, the golf swing is no exception. During the backswing, most of the weight is shifted to the right side (right leg). When the weight shift occurs there can be a tendency to “sway,” when this happens a reverse pivot occurs.
In the address position, try tilting your right knee (right handers) to the left, slightly in the direction of the left knee. This small adjustment will improve your backswing coiling action, therefor, generating greater torque which results in more distance. This is a minor change that will make a major difference in your game.
Footnote: Notice how many PGA Tour Pros do not use this technique. If you check out the address position photo's of any major champion, you will notice this method is present.
photo credit: VidbynÃ¤s Golf Club I think it's time that golf course management change the rules. Have you ever scheduled a round with a golfing partner only to be paired up with a couple of schmucks. It's happened to me too often and it's time to speak out about it.
Golf Courses charge a lot for an 18 hole round of golf, some charge triple figures Why should the starter decide who you should play with. If you are a 5 handicap and you are placed with a couple of green-horn's (everyone is a greenhorn at one time) isn't that going to ruin your day, it sure would ruin mine? We should all have the right to play with whomever we choose to, period. If the course won't allow that, go somewhere that will. Enough is enough already !
If you love the game, the desire to play better is a top priority. The thrill of exceeding your own capabilities makes all your efforts and work, worthwhile. For days the feeling of accomplishment stays with you. The great game you had is the main topic of conversation at home, at work and yes, even in bed.
Play rotten and you rethink whether this is the right game for you or not. You feel like you lost your best friend. For hours, maybe even days, you go over the horrible way you played. You punish yourself by thinking about the five, 3 putt greens you had, you are in a state of depression. Fear not, we all go through this. Ah, isn't golf grand?
photo credit: Homayon Zeary The new Nike SQ Dymo driver is an innovative design that gives the user a means to adjust the club to suit their own individual style or preferences. The club incorporates the new Str8-Fit adjustable fitting system which features a new shaft adaptor and housel system. The shaft adaptor and housel tilt 2 degrees off axis, which leads to eight possible clubface and lie angles. Testing shows that the eight settings produce up to 45 yards of directional difference.
You can find your best ball flight by altering the face angle (2 degrees closed to 2 degrees open), lie angle (58 degrees to 62 degrees) and effective loft (8.5 degrees to 12.5 degrees).
The system is user friendly since it provides visual and audio feedback when the shaft and clubhead are in place. Retail $449 at www.Nikegolf.com.
photo credit: Keith Allison It has been 9 months since Tiger Woods has played tournament golf. Suffering torn ligaments and a hairline fracture in his left leg, Woods has been in rehabilitation in hopes of making a strong comeback in the 2009 Masters. The question is whether Tiger will be the same player that left the tour for surgery after the 2008 U.S. Open.
Woods had a good showing in the WGCA Championship at Doral in March, coming in with a final score of 11 under par. He was forced to make a swing change to take some of the pressure off his left knee, how this will affect his all around play is anyone's guess. Most likely, however, Tiger will come back with a “roar” and dominate the game as he has done for so many years now. Maybe.
photo credit: fernand0 The cost of a Masters tournament badge, one of the toughest tickets to obtain of all sports, will cost slighlty more in 2009. The price of the Masters badge will be raised from $175 to $200. The $200 covers admission to all four days of play. The last increase occured in 2004, when the price went from $125 to $175.
The Masters, compared to golf's other major tournaments, is still considered a real bargain. The British Open (The Open) is $266, The U.S. Open costs $400 and the PGA Championship charges $300. These prices include all practice and tournament rounds.
A waiting list for the Masters series badges was established in 1972 and closed in 1978 when demand far exceeded supply.
photo credit: danperry.com Phil Mickelson's win at the WGCA Championship elevated him to the No. 2 position in world standings. With a 19 under par, Mickelson beat Nick Watney by one shot in a thrilling finish. Watney missed a 20 ft. putt to force a play-off.
Tiger Woods finished with a respectable 11 under par on Doral's “Blue Monster” in Miami, FL. After a nine month rehab from knee surgery, Woods had trouble on the putting green.
Mickelson, in his late 30s, now has a total of 36 tour victories. With four more wins, Mickelson will break Tom Watsons career total of 39 PGA victories.
If Tiger regains his form, this year's Masters Tournament could turn out to be a classic battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world. Stay tuned !