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Golf: The Long Game

Golf has been my lifelong friend. I grew up around golf players; almost all of my relatives enjoyed the game. My aunt was obviously a scratch golfer, a member in the local golf club. Her husband was another scratch player; he could hit his strategy shots as effective as anyone I have seen. I would caddie for them on the weekends at the course, we may make the day of it as the golf club were built with a pool and tennis courts. The first nine holes was just being the caddie, when we might get the tenth hole, my uncle or aunt would ask me could ask me if I wanted to tee one up and give it a ride. Definitely I leaped at the opportunity to strike one; I usually employed the three woods, one thing about the weight, length, and look of this filled me with a nice sensation.

 

Awareness was very important because I merely acquired one shot with the idea per hole on the back eight. That is how I learned to strike long tee shots; I began each time I used to be the similar top like a 3 wood. We played out in this course until this started to be too overcrowded and active using too many latest members. The mother and uncle were people there for simply another number of decades.

 

The course is a great spot to perform yet about the shorter side, though just about all of the challenges of a new bigger and longer course since of the tight fairways, speedy greens, normal water, sand traps, and timber. The first hole is a handicap 3 together with O.B on the perfect. The fairway starts off toned then goes constant to a new crest related to 200 yards out there, then it starts to proceed alpine by using a fold to the proper, alpine towards the green. This golf course includes a nice variety of holes, number 2 can be as effective as it gets if you drive more than the corner of the dog-leg suitable, only 320 yards to the green over a excellent.

 

I get performed with the cheap golf clubs from golfleading.com this course so many times I can visualize each and every hole, however every time We play right here the course gives the diverse experience that can you get to deal along with.

 

I am not sure how many golfers enjoy golfing alone, I get always liked the occasion to do so myself. I have gone out and performed fantastic golf alone for the pure pleasures of total attention. I quite like watching the golf balls as golfleading.com soar off on line towards the middle of the green, and observe it as it throws out a few yards from the hole. You experience an unique experience in the lungs and heart, just what good delight golf is. Try to stay on the fairway, keep out of the rough so you don’t get behind, try to perform sensible and play smarter. The game has taught me discipline, endurance, how to arranged objectives and plan out methods. Golf shots and individualized goals are similar, ake dead aim with both.

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Golf Long Game

Every round of golf is based on playing a number of holes in a given order. A round typically consists of 18 holes that are played in the order determined by the course layout. On a nine-hole course, a standard round consists of two consecutive nine-hole rounds.

 

Playing a hole on a golf course is initiated by putting a ball into play by striking it with a club on the teeing area (also called the “tee box” or simply “the tee.”) When this initial stroke (or “shot”) is required to be a long one due to the length of the hole, it is usual (but not required) for a golfer to suspend (or “tee”) the ball on a tee prior to striking it. A “tee” in this last sense is a small peg which can be used to elevate the ball slightly above the ground up to a few centimeters high. This elevation is at the discretion of the golfer. Tee pegs are commonly made of wood but may be constructed of any material; the ball may even be “tee’d” on a mound of grass or dirt (at one time a small pile of sand placed by the golfer was routinely used and sand was provided at teeing areas for golfers’ use).

 

When the initial shot on a hole is a long-distance shot intended to move the ball a great distance down the fairway, this shot is commonly called a “drive.” Shorter holes generally are initiated with “shorter” clubs. Once the golf ball comes to rest, the golfer strikes it again as many times as necessary using shots that are variously known as a lay-up, an approach, a “pitch”, or a chip, until the ball reaches the green, where he or she then putts the ball into the hole (commonly called “sinking the putt”). The goal of getting the ball into the hole (“holing” the ball) in as few strokes as possible may be impeded by obstacles such as areas of long grass called rough (usually found alongside fairways) which both slows any ball that contacts it and makes it harder to advance a ball that has stopped on it, bunkers (“sand traps”), and water hazards. In most forms of golf play, each player plays his or her ball until it is holed.

 

Golf players can walk or drive in motorized carts over the course. Play can be done either singly or in groups and sometimes accompanied by caddies, who carry and manage the players’ equipment and who are allowed by the rules to give advice on the golf play of the course. A caddies’ advice can only be given to the player or players for whom the caddy is working, and not to competing players.

 

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Just found a very interesting golf swing test…

Just found an amazing golf swing discovery…

In my travels across the Internet I came across a website that has a unique golf swing test.

This golf swing test was created to see if us golfers have a single swing fault that is stopping us from hitting the ball further, straighter and more consistently.

Apparently if you have this one swing fault it could be costing us up to 50 yards in distance.

Ouch!

Anyway, I’ve taken the golf swing test and it was very enlightening. You can do the same by going here http://golfclearinghouse.com/swingtest

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2014 MOST WANTED – DRIVER (Overall Awards)

Before we reveal our Most Wanted Driver of 2014, I want to take a moment to thank all of the companies who participated in this year’s test. Each did so knowing how we test, and fully aware that their driver (or drivers) might not win, or might not even finish in the top 10. While other bowed out, these guys all had the stones to go head to head with the competition.

Seriously guys, a round of applause for everyone.

We work off averages. If you look at our numbers (and we definitely recommend you do), there is very little difference between top and bottom. As they almost always have, on a year to year basis, results chart along a predictable bell curve. The middle is thick, and performance is very similar. The numbers reflect that. There are occasional standouts, and we believe we’ve identified them accordingly.

We also believe there isn’t a bad driver in this bunch. Even at the bottom, below average performance more often not reflects either limited or unique fitting variables. It really is that simple.

As I said at the beginning of this thing, our goal is to do the best test we possibly can, learn from it, and continue to get better each and every season. The response to this year’s test and our results has not been universally positive, and we couldn’t be happier about that. Without constructive criticism there is absolutely no reason nor incentive to improve.

It is absolutely humbling to have a reached a place where our tests receive the level of scrutiny that they do. At the same time, we’re immensely proud of the position we’ve carved for ourselves within this industry. We could not have achieved anything without your support.

As a result of this test we have already received a tremendous amount of feedback (some of it more constructive than others) from our readers, and the golf companies who participated in this test. Based on discussions we’ve already have, and discussions I anticipate having down the road, I will reiterate my promise to all of you:

We will continue to get better.

And now, without any further delay, allow me to present MyGolfSpy’s 2014 Most Wanted Driver.

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You’ve already seen the numbers, so let’s keep it really simple here.

The TaylorMade SLDR is MyGolfSpy’s 2014 Most Wanted Driver.

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We rely on the data, and more specifically our total driving averages to determine MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted Driver of 2014, and based on the PING G25 finishes a very close 2nd.

For those who place a premium on accuracy, you can make a damn strong case for the PING G25. It finished #2 overall for distance, and #1 overall for accuracy in this year’s test. If you insist on buying off the rack, the G25 is a better place to start than most.

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With strong showings for both distance and accuracy, Nike’s VRS Covert 2.0 the biggest disappointment of 2013 is the most pleasant surprise of 2014. What a difference a year makes, right?

Since this is the last day of data, I’m going to make a tremendously bold prediction. Next year, I’m betting Nike wins this thing. That’s right. I said that.

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We’ve been hearing amazing things about ONOFF drivers for years. Given the suspect performance of other JDM designs we’ve had in for review, we were admittedly skeptical.

We suspect that prior to this test most of you had never heard of on ONOFF and their 1-2 punch of the Type-D and Type-S drivers. Given what we saw in our test, the ONOFF name is probably one you’re going to want to remember.
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Surprise, surprise, surprise (I’m not actually surprised), here’s the PowerBilt Air Force One rounds out our top 5. The numbers were excellent among our lower swing speed players, and we think we probably could have done better at the higher swing speeds too.

You won’t find many companies who offer a better selection of stock shafts, and you won’t find many heads that perform better either. Joke all you want about the Nitrogen, this one is legit.

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The Yonex I-EZONE TX sits in a tie for the #5 spot, Top 5 is pretty damn good. While it proved to be a solid all-round performer, realistically we think it’s better suited for guys who benefit from a little less spin.

Also worth mentioning, while some will love the smaller head and deep face, it probably won’t appeal to everyone.

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Not to get all sappy on you, but the presence of Cleveland Golf near the top of this list is almost heartwarming.

Despite my personal affection for the Classic Driver, their recent wood lines have fallen off the radar a bit. The 588 series should put them back on it. Higher swing speed players will appreciate the versatility (and accuracy) of the custom, while slower swing speed players should benefit from the lightweight, but controllable Altitude model.

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Tour Edge falls into the top 10 based largely on the strength of the Beta head. While gearheads will bemoan the “made for” shafts, the reality is that the Tour Edge variants play similarly enough to their aftermarket counterparts that most won’t notice the difference.

The standard model is good, but for high speed, high spin players we can’t say enough about the XCG7 Beta.  It’s an absolute must-try that probably won’t get the attention it deserves.

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In a test with more than a few surprises, the Mizuno JPX-EZ was arguably among the biggest.

Last season’s model was heavily skewed lower swing speed players and guys who don’t need any sort of help controlling spin. This year’s model is much more balanced, and should prove a much better fit for a larger population of golfers.

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Without question the source of 98% of the backlash directed at this test has centered on Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha. While some will point to its #10 finish as some sort of proof that everything we’ve done here is invalid, I would argue that no driver in this test more clearly validates our methodology.

With only 1 loft and 1.5° degrees of adjustability, the Big Bertha Alpha is the single most limited entry in our test, and despite those fitting limitations it still finished 10th overall, while producing some of the longest drives in our test. That’s actually exceeding expectations. Big Bertha Alpha almost unquestionably one of the top drivers of 2014, but c’mon, where would you realistically think it would finish given the limited options?

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We go by the data here, and the data says that Cobra’s BiO Cell+ is a solid, performer. If you look at the numbers, like most of the drivers anywhere in the mix, the BiO Cell+ wasn’t that far off. There’s no good reason not to give this one a try.

I’m personally a big fan of Cobra drivers (I played one most of last season), and properly fit (and that’s almost always the key) BiO Cell+ is a compelling offering for higher spin players..

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TaylorMade’s SLDR once again finishes on top, this time for our high swing speed guys.

There’s really not much left to say at this point, but we think it’s worth mentioning that despite cries of low MOI by some of its competitors, shot for shot, the SLDR was among the most consistent clubs our testers hit.

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As we’ve been saying from nearly the onset of this thing, the Tour Edge XCG7 Beta deserves a serious look from guys looking for a low-spinning beast of a driver.

If you fit that description and you’re looking for a serious alternative to the industry noise makers, there’s a good chance we may have found your next driver.

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Can anybody really be surprised to see the PING i25 near the top for higher swing speed players?

The i20 was one of the best drivers we’ve ever tested, and quite frankly, we think the i25 is better still. While it won’t offer the best fit for everyone (what will?), and some may prefer the added forgiveness of the G25, the i25 is certainly worth a look for those who want the look of what’s generally regarded as a better player’s driver, but would prefer not to sacrifice much in the way of playability.

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We’ve talked about the forgiveness of the G25, what’s perhaps more impressive is its versatility.

Despite being the highest spinning driver in the PING lineup, the company provides enough variety in loft and shaft options that some higher spin players will be able to take advantage of the forgiveness and won’t lose distance while doing it.

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Rounding out the top 5 is Sinister Golf’s Agent Orange.

The Agent Orange produced some of the longest drives in our test (and not just among higher swing speed players). Reports from our testers suggest it’s probably not among the most forgiving drivers on the market, but for guys who looking for more yards, without too much loss in accuracy, Orange may be your color (I’m not proud of that line).

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We’ve said everything that can possibly be said about the TaylorMade SLDR, so let’s just take a moment to reflect on the results.

Although it didn’t rank among the leaders for accuracy, it’s reasonable to say it finished within the margin of error for the average range. For both Distance and Total Driving (Most Wanted – Best Overall) the SLDR finished at the top overall, and for both higher and lower swing speeds. That’s a clean sweep for everything and anything involving distance.

I’d never suggest anyone buy any driver blindly, but do you need any more reason to find a qualified fitter and find out if SLDR is right for you?

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The ONOFF (Type D specifically) has consistently put itself near the top of our ranking for lower swing speed players.

It’s reasonable to assume that the $800 price tag is going to raise some eyebrows, but we know there’s a few of you willing to pay a little extra for something a bit outside of the every day.
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As we did with the SLDR, let’s just take a moment to reflect on where PING’s G25 finished in this year’s test.

#2 Distance overall. # 2 Distance – Low Swing Speed. #1 Accuracy Overall. #1 Accuracy – High Swing Speed. #2 Most Wanted Driver – Overall. #4 Most Wanted Driver – High Swing Speed. #3 Overall Most Wanted Driver – Low Swing Speed. Impressive, right?

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If you want to step outside golf’s mainstream and don’t want to dig deep in your wallet to do it, we don’t think there are many better options than PowerBilt’s Air Force One.

You may have to endure a few Nitrogen jokes along the way, but when you’re consistently hitting your second shot last, you’ll be the one doing the laughing.

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It won’t get the attention of Callaway’s Big Bertha, or TaylorMade’s SLDR or JetSpeed, but we can’t think of a good reason why slower swing speed players shouldn’t look at the Cleveland 588 Altitude.

While many of the other drivers in this test are designed for a wide audience (and some do an excellent job serving the masses), like Wilson’s D-100 the Altitude series is designed for guys looking for a speed boost for the club – and it works.

Be sure to come back next week as we go beyond the data to talk about why clubs performed the way they did, what were our tester’s favorite clubs, as well of other potentially interesting stories that can’t be told by the numbers themselves.

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Defeating First Tee Jitters

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Do you get first-tee jitters? So do Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. So you’re in pretty good company when it comes to the first tee. Anxiety about what might happen usually causes these jitters. Remember, we said might happen, not will happen.  Your anxiety causes you to speed up your swing. That in turn leads to bad shots.  So how do you combat first-tee jitters?

Here are golf tips from four pros that can help you defeat first-tee jitters:

Dial back on your swing (Sam Snead)Take practice swings with eyes closed (Annika Sörenstam)Hit your favorite club (Karen Jansen)Hit practice shots with thumbs and forefingers (Davis Love, Sr.)

The key to defeating first-tee jitters is to relax and slow your swing down. Here’s how four pros do it:

Sam Snead defeated first-tee jitters by dialing back his swing. He’d swing at only about 70 percent instead of his usual 85%. Here’s how he did it: First, he’d take a really slow practice swing. Then, he’d take a really fast practice swing. Then, he’d step up to the ball and swing somewhere in the middle.

Annika Sörenstam beats first-tee jitters by taking practice swings with her eyes closed. Make sure no one is near you when take them and that you’re far away from the ball. Taking practice swings like this tells you when and how you’re accelerating. You can then slow yourself down.

Lee Trevino conquers first-tee jitters by yawning. This relaxes the muscles in his face, which then helps relax the rest of him. Or, he tells a joke. (You can also pop a big piece of bubble gum in your mouth to help relax your face muscles.)

Davis Love, Sr., would grip the club with just his forefingers and thumbs. Next, he’d take some practice swings. Holding the club this way forces you to slow your swing down. Then, he’d grip the club normally and swing away.

Relaxing and slowing down are the keys to conquering first-tee jitters. Running through your pre-shot routine slowly also helps when it comes to hitting off the first tee.

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How To Beat The Short Side

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Most superintendents try to put holes in fair locations. But other superintendents like to really challenge you. So they put holes in tough locations—like behind two bunkers or in the middle of a valley. But by and large hole locations were generally away from the green’s edge.

But this has changed. Supers are moving the holes closer and closer to the green’s edge. They’re probably responding to the latest equipment advances—many of which make it easier to stop a ball quickly on the green. Whatever the reason, it’s made for some interesting golf.

Increases Short-sided Shots

Moving holes closer to the edge can cost you strokes big time.  It increases the chances you’ll short side the green with an approach shot. Short-sided shots are tough. They often require great touch to pull them off. If you miss them, they can cost you.

If you’re serious about cutting strokes from your golf handicap, you’ll master as many short-sided shots as you can. They can save your bacon—whether you’re playing stroke play or match play.

Below are golf tips on how to hit four of the games most common short-sided shots. Also, we’ve added a checklist that will help you decide whether to go for the hole or play it safe.

Approach Shot Checklist

Deciding whether to go for it with an approach shot is tough decision if the pin is close to the edge of the green. Many factors come into play when making this decision. Things like the lie, the distance to the green, and the type of wind can affect your decision. So how do you decide?

Nick Faldo suggests you ask yourself four questions before going for the flag on an approach shot:

Is your lie good?Would you hit the green 7 out of 10 times from that distance?Does the location match your natural shot shape?If you miss the green, are you likely to make no worse than a bogey?

If you answer every question with a yes, go for it. If not, play it safe.

Key Short-Sided Shots  

Even if everything is in your favor when you hit your approach shot, you still could miss it and find yourself hitting one of the shots below.

Many consider this shot among the hardest in golf—especially if the ball is sitting down. Commitment is the key. Make sure you accelerate through the ball. Use a 56-degree wedge and swing through until your hands reach hip high. Golf tips to remember: Don’t baby the shot, like some of the students in our golf lessons did recently. Be aggressive. You must make the green with this chip.

It depends on the lie. If you have a bad one, make sure you hit the ball hard enough to carry the obstacle. Don’t worry about where you end up. If you have a good lie, swing a little easier. Golf tips to remember: Open your stance a bit. Increase your knee flex. And keep the club head low to the ground through impact.

You want to carry the ball all the way to the pin. Hitting the shot past the pin is better than leaving it in the bunker. That won’t do much for your score. Golf tips to remember: Open the face and take a full swing. Contact the sand close to the ball. And try to slide the club under the ball.

This shot also depends on your lie. If your ball is on the down slope, hit your normal bunker shot. It comes out lower, but you’ll get it on the green. If you have a flat lie or are on the upslope, be more aggressive. Golf tips to remember: Open your stance and your clubface. Make a full swing. Contact the sand an inch or two behind the ball.

Run through Nick Faldo’s checklist on approach shots to tough greens. If you go for it and miss, you may find yourself hitting one of the four shots above. So work on them in practice. Ingraining the golf tips we provided above increases your chances of making them.

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Drop And Stop Chip

Drop And Stop Chip

Even good approach shots can trickle off the green. Sometimes the ball rolls off the green into the light rough. Other times it rolls off the green into the second cut of rough. When it does, you can have a tough shot if the grass is somewhat high, you’re short sided, and the lie isn’t the best. With little green to work with, you have almost no margin for error. What you need is a shot that stops the ball dead.

Below are the keys to this shot:

 Set up in a narrow stanceShift your weight forwardPosition the ball opposite your front heelClose the club slightlyMake a very short backswing

You have a few options here. You could chip with a lob wedge or hit a short flop shot.  Or, you could try hitting a drop and stop chip—a shot Jack Nicklaus was a master at making. Here’s how:

Set up with a slightly open but narrow stance. Leave about 6-8 inches between your feet. And position the ball opposite your front heel. Now shift your weight to your front foot, as you would for any chip.

Now make a very short backswing. Make sure you close the clubface slightly as you go back. Then come forward through impact.  As you do, you should feel like your sliding your bottom hand under your top. This adds loft to the clubface and produces short shots that fly high and stop quickly.

The ball should pop out of the rough soft and stop nearly dead when it hits the green, rolling forward just a bit. You should have an easy putt to make par.

Practice this shot a few times before trying it on the course. Use both a 60-degree wedge and a sand wedge. See which works best.

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Indoor Drill #4: Choke Up To Master Swing Path

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Looping is one of the more common swing faults among weekend golfers. It occurs when you swing the club back too far inside. Then you loop it to the outside to get it back on the right swing path. This swing fault hurts consistency.

The drill below helps correct looping:

Place a ball on the carpet. Now place an alignment stick or club behind the ball and inline with the target. Choke up on a long iron to about six inches from the clubhead and take your address.

 Make sure your clubface is square to the target. Then make a slow backswing and stop when the club is parallel to the ground. Check the club’s shaft. It should be parallel to the alignment stick. 

Continue your swing until you get to the top. Check your club again. The extended grip should be pointing at the ball. If it’s not, you’ll have to loop the club to get it back on path.

Looping causes inconsistency. This drill tells you if you’re committing this fault, so you can work on getting that club back on the right swing path.

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Here’s A Simple Drill To Reduce Golf Swing Tension (so you hit the ball further!)

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Does this sound like you?…

You feel a lot of tension in your golf swing and you try to tell yourself to relax but the harder you try to do this the more tense you become. If this does sounds like you the first piece of advice is to not “try.”

Why?

Because trying creates tension in your golf swing so cut that “trying” out first because it’s costing you distance and accuracy.

Next you should go out to your driving range and simply hit balls while humming quietly to yourself.

When you’re doing this focus on your humming and notice if it stops or changes pitch at any time during your golf swing. Just keep hitting balls focusing on your humming with the goal of swinging without the hum changing pitch or volume from the moment you start swinging to the end of your golf swing.

But please don’t “try” to achieve this. Simply keep swinging and focusing on your humming, and soon without you noticing the “whys” or “hows” your golf swing will become more rhythmical and less tense.

Once your golf swing is more in tune with your natural rhythm you want to keep it that way.

Do this by having a few golf swings each day while quietly humming to yourself. Doing this will help you to have a golf swing with less tension and consequently you’ll hit the ball further and more consistently.

For more great tips like this to help you hit the ball further along with a complete program designed specifically by a sports scientist to help you swing faster and hit the ball further go here now.

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Golf Tips To Master Your Mental Golf Game

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Bad days happen in life. They also happen in golf. You’ve probably had some bad days yourself. But if you’re like the players in our golf lessons, you don’t cave in. You try to salvage a bad day as best you can—even when it’s a real struggle.

But what do you do when you can’t seem to salvage things? Get angry? Throw clubs? Kick the golf cart?

Next time that happens try letting the struggle go. That’s right. Let it go. We’re not talking about quitting and going home. We’re talking about taking nice easy swings instead of trying to kill the ball.

Mental golf tips like this are priceless. They can transform a bad day into a good one. They can even help you salvage a bad score. Below are five additional golf tips that can help transform a bad golf day.

Imagine Your Favorite Tee Box

Ever stepped into a tee box that felt wrong? We all have. It’s upsetting. Next time this happens, try this: Imagine yourself standing in your favorite tee box where you always hit a good drive.

Now pick a target. Address the ball. And swing away. Once you’re set, don’t look at the fairway again. Instead, pick an intermediate target and look at it.

Swing Past The Impact Zone

Golfers often get trapped mentally in their mechanics. We see it constantly in golf instruction sessions. They’re concerned with correcting their mechanics and they forget the basic purpose of the shot—to hit a specific target.

Next time you get trapped in your mechanics, forget them. Forget about even hitting the ball. Instead, think about swinging through and past the impact zone. Do this and you’ll swing more fluidly and hit a better shot.

Tap Your Subconscious

Sometimes golfers try to control the shot with their minds. That usually spells trouble. Anytime you consciously try to do something, you usually fail.

Instead, say something like this to your body: “It’s all yours” or “Okay, take over.” Saying this signals your subconscious to take control. When you tap your subconscious, you tend to play better. It might feel like you’ve lost control, but you haven’t. You’ve just transferred it.

Putting To Nowhere

Next time you hit the practice green before a round, try this routine: Start by “putting to nowhere” for a little while. Because there’s no hole, you’ll probably take some nice natural strokes without pushing or pulling the putts.

Next, hit some long putts. Don’t worry about sinking them. You just want to get a feel for lag putting. Now hit some medium length putts to holes to sharpen your feel for pace and break. Finish with several three-footers. Keep your head steady. And listen to each putt fall.

Think Outside The Box

Golf challenges you. So learn to think outside the box. When we assume things are so, we limit our creatively. There’s no rule that says we must use a driver on every par 4 or every par 5. Or, that we must go for every green in regulation.

Change perspectives. It jump-starts your creativity. When Billy Caspar won the 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, he laid up on the par-3 third hole all four rounds. No one else did. It was a “different” strategy. But it was the right strategy for Billy. He made par every time, beating Bob Rosburg by a stroke.

Store these mental tips in your mind. Pull them out when you’re having a bad day. You’ll get through the round without losing control. Salvage enough bad days and you’ll shrink your golf handicap.

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