Category: Golf Tips

Putting – Microcosm of Everything Else

Most of What Happens on Tee and Fairway Can Happen Putting After watching an afternoon of the 3M Tournament, which included a few putting woes, I am reminded that in several ways putting is not a separate game from the rest of it. When greens are difficult, or when a collective sense of “puttaphobia” overtakes …

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Beat Big Hitter? Stay Within Yourself

How Can We Compete With a ‘Big Hitter’ Who Hits It Sooooo Far? I once undertook a project known to be very difficult at work. When it was over, my friend said “Congratulations. You did it much less badly than anyone else.” I was grateful for the comment. That’s the game of golf. It’s bigger …

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Chipping – Our First Lag Putt

Chipping

Chipping – The Other Half of Stroke Saving Last week, I waded through all the information I could find on successful putting. There’s too much of it to handle all at once, but I finally got it that most of our shots are from 120 yards in, and that most of the strokes to be …

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Putting and Anxiety

Putting and Anxiety

Putting Requires Adaptive Athlete, Not Locked In Engineer Most of us are probably familiar with the Bobby Jones quote, “a game played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” It’s an axiom that resists argument, especially for putting. The brain is such a powerhouse, and yet so fickle and fragile. When I …

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Bobby Jones – Going Old School

Bobby Jones

Golf Lessons from Bobby Jones in the Distant Past One of the difficulties in taking lessons, whether up close or online, from modern day greats is that they have gone far past the basics in their own swings.That means we can’t see the basics so easily. A pro can bring extra relish, ferocity, adaptation and …

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Fowler and the Wicked, Woeful Wedge

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler Gives A Wedge Lesson for Golf Digest I don’t know how many people are as afraid of their pitching wedge as I am, but I’ll bet that for many, it is, or is one of the most scary clubs in the bag. The wedge requires a range of distances, and different styles of …

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Meditation? For Golf?

Meditation? For Golf?

Is There a Place in the Golf Process for Meditation? My impressions of the golf world as it has appeared to me over the past half century are just that – impressions. I don’t know anything, but here goes anyway. Among these impressions is the sight of some golfers who flail away at multiple buckets …

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Flamingos and Balance Drills

Flamingos

Two Commentaries on Distance Off the Tee and Putting In my long golfing life, better known as the Tale of Two Brothers, I got a first-hand account of the right mix of mechanics and experiential play, and in what order. My brother was more of a mechanics guy, and his low scores demonstrated it. By …

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Questions – Hitting All the Shots

All Those Lessons, and I Still Have Questions I Forgot to Ask Here in the Pacific Northwest, it is Christmas Eve Day, and all the Christmas Eves of the past along with all their questions come rushing back when I sit and think about it. Golf was always present at Christmas Eve. What’s that behind …

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Molinari Tweaks for 20 Extra Yards

Francesco Molinari Broke the Rules and Abandoned his Straight Line Drives Francesco Molinari, 35 years of age and relatively short, was banging away at just over a distance of 300 yards from the tee. He had what some called a ‘classic swing,’ but eventually, it wasn’t enough for the Italian. He wanted more and got …

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