Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lets get some spin

There are thousands of people out there that watch the pro’s and think to themselves how do they get that backspin on their ball. It is so handy for green that have a lot of slope.

The spin comes from getting the clubface to make contact with the ball on its downward projectile. This can be done quite simply, but does require practise.

The first thing we should do is set up our stance so that the ball is just behind the centre of our body. This will help in making earlier contact on the ball.
What we like to see is your divot should be well after the ball position as the club makes contact with the ball then goes through and contacts the ball.

Ok .Lets look at a practice drill to help us get this shot logged into our body mechanics. The first thing is to line up a row of balls about 10-15 cm apart. What we are going to do is have a practise swing, then have a real shot at the ball. Using a ½ to ¾ swing we do a practise swing and produce a divot in front of our ball. If that is done correctly we proceed to do the same however this time we hit the ball.

Each successful shot we start again with the next ball starting again with our practice swing leaving a divot where we want it.

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Happy spinning

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Let’s Do a Bit of Range Practise

Is it not great when we have a bit of time and think we will head off to the driving range to hone our skills? But is this what we are doing or are we actually doing more harm than good. It all comes down to two factors.

Firstly are we going there with the correct mindset to improve, or are we going there to make us think we are improving because we are putting in time practising. We must do all of our drills as if we were at the golf course playing for real. Start with our stretches ,then loosen up with some short irons with half swings ,then we may get down to business.

The difference here is that if we go down to hit shot after shot and all our technique is wrong, and then we are actually doing more damage than just going to the club and having a quite beer. We must go to the range with a purpose. Let’s say we want to concentrate on hitting a draw shot for today. Remember what we said about getting the right swing into our body mechanics.
So, we need to concentrate on every ball we hit and hit it perfectly for our daily task e.g. the draw shot. Take a practise swing before we hit every ball.

Factor no2 has been touched on above and that is to have your target or goal. If the shots are not working as we wish, then take a break think about our motions and go back to the basics of the swing and body movement.

The most benefit about range shots is that it gives you a chance to experiment and it doesn’t matter. Try a few little tweaks here and there. Assess and retry. Everyone has little differences in there swing due to the different body structures and build. There is always a way for everyone to get it right .and improve your golf swing,have fun and keep your head down.

Happy Golfing

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Do You Do "Basil Fawlty" Impressions On The Golf Course? - Part 2

Believe it or not, everyone can learn to control their own internal response to things that previously triggered anger; to learn to control their body rather than letting it control them. To learn to slow their body down rather than letting it speed up. The purpose of anger management is to learn how to change the way you react to your "anger triggers". You can't change external events, but you can change your emotional and physiological reactions to them.

You can use hypnotic suggestion, NLP techniques and positive visualization to assist in controlling your anger. Firstly, it is important to learn to relax. This is easy if you know how, but difficult if you don't. You can be taught simple relaxation which you can practice regularly, thereby "bringing you down" a level or two, and so less likely to respond to anger triggers. You can learn to relax quickly and easily whilst on the golf course; you have the ability to relax just as quickly as you have the ability to get yourself wound up.

Secondly, it is necessary to explore the way in which you think and learn how to change that. Angry people tend to speak in raised voices, swear, move jerkily, etc. They see big pictures in their minds eye (usually in dramatic Technicolor) of what they don't want to happen ("I know it's going into those trees") and respond to this self-created image. Angry people tend to talk to themselves with nasty, aggressive voices and chunter away to themselves about the unfairness of things ("why is it my ball that's always lost?"), or how life is against them, or how unlucky they are. You can learn techniques that will enable you to turn the volume down on these internal voices, speak in a nicer tone and to see nicer pictures in your mind's eye; i.e. to change your instinctive response to these triggers.

It's also worth exploring whether your overall belief system in flawed. For example if you believe that you "always" have bad luck or that such and such "never" comes your way, you will not notice when things are going well, on or off the golf course; You've programmed yourself to only see the bad. And when bad things happen, you've visualized your own angry response, etc. Thus, it is important to explore and alter wider belief structures about yourself and your world.
Anger is often induced by very real problems and frustrations. If you have a belief structure that says you can handle anything no matter how bad it is, you will respond positively to the situation, and get on with the task of taking your next shot, without becoming angry. You will therefore stop the tendency to jump to negative and inaccurate conclusions. If, on the other hand, the belief structure of "nothing ever works for me" comes into play, angry feelings are triggered and the result is negative in every way - you feel angry, stopping yourself from thinking straight, and then make poor strategy choices and then who knows where the golf ball will end up? The problem simply becomes compounded.

One's expectations must be examined. Are they realistic? Many angry people simply expect too much or want something "right now" and then get angry when the impossible doesn't materialize. It is important to restructure such expectations and give them a "reality check". Do you expect every shot to be perfect? The pros don't expect that. Do you expect to play golf on a Saturday morning, after a few beers on Friday night, no practice in the week and hit every ball perfectly? If so, it's time to run that reality check for yourself!

A feeling of inadequacy or insecurity is frequently the heart of the problem. (A fear that you're not good enough, for example). This feeling is then redirected (either consciously or subconsciously) into the emotion of anger, as this angry feeling prevents you from feeling hurt. Thus it is important to change this belief structure as well; to feel that you are good enough in every way. Anger may also really be directed at oneself, but projected outwards onto another person or object.

Balance is of course the goal state to be achieved. Positive strategies towards real problems need to be learned, as do positive beliefs about yourself. The good news is that you are not born angry. This is a learnt response and so it can be unlearned and replaced with a different strategy which works for you, instead of against you.

It's up to you to decide. Do you want to stop "Basiling", to learn to stop being angry on the golf course and to enjoy your golf from now on?
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in golf hypnosis cds and hypnosis mp3 downloads.

Do You Do "Basil Fawlty" Impressions On The Golf Course? - Part 1

Golf is a game and should be fun. Fun is what it’s all about; playing a great game with a few pals. No matter how good a golfer you are and no matter how important your golf may have become to you, it’s still a game and should be enjoyed in the spirit of the game. It’s a recreational activity, which you should find relaxing.

Do you find it relaxing? Or do you find your emotions being affected in a rather different way as you play this great game? Do you find yourself hacking your golf clubs into the ground, or slinging them across the fairway? Do you find yourself muttering four letter words under your breath (or out loud)?

We all have caricatures in our minds of the true "Mr. Angry". Are you a "Mr. Angry golfer?" If so, would it be handy to be able to change?
Anger is a normal and usually healthy human emotion. When anger is controlled, or managed, it will not cause you, or anyone around you, any harm. But when it is out of control it will become destructive. Uncontrolled anger is a major cause of conflict in both personal and professional relationships, on an off the golf course.

Anger is an emotional state which may vary in intensity and which is accompanied by physiological and biological changes - your heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, adrenaline is secreted at a greater level. Not very helpful when you're trying to play a game that requires a state of relaxed concentration in order to be able to put your best swing on the golf ball.

Anger is caused by your own perception of events, whether that event is happening now, or in the past, or you are anticipating a future event. It is important that you understand this fact. You create your own anger. Your golf ball may have found its way into the trees, or a plugged lie; there may be a lack of baskets at the range or the tee box may not be level…but "it" did not make you angry...You did.

You will no doubt have wondered how some golfers remain calm, or even laugh, no matter what happens to their ball whilst others "blow" or "flip" at the slightest thing. The difference is that some people have learnt to manage their anger, whilst others have given in to it.

You have probably watched "Fawlty Towers" and laughed at Basil's antics. But isn't the entire series based on taking off mismanaged anger and frustration? And the exaggerated body language demonstrates beautifully the actual effect of anger - raised voice, jerky movements, clenched fists, and...a direction for the anger - usually Manuel or Mrs. Fawlty...and the disastrous results that are achieved reflect the destructive effect of uncontrolled anger.
And the equivalent of Basil in golf can be equally amusing some of the time...or perhaps embarrassing, depending on how you see it. The direction for the anger is usually the ball, the clubs, the nearest gorse bush, and so on. In extreme cases the entire trolley and clubs have been known to be launched into water and never retrieved!

The question is how have those non-angry people learnt to manage their anger? How can "Basil" learn to manage his anger? And, more importantly, do you want to control your anger? Because if you don't want to, you won't even try. Everyone can change so long as they want to. You're not born angry, you just haven't learnt how to manage your anger.
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in golf hypnosis cds and hypnosis downloads.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Your Inside Out Swing Game

How many times when you are down at your local club chatting away about how to improve your golf swing, and friends say to you” you must swing from the inside out”, or “you need to swing more down the line”. Yea I know you say. But do you? So here is a common drill to help learn

Let’s place your ball down as you normally would. We shall then take a second ball or tee and place it about 15-18 inches in front of our ball .We then move this second ball or tee 6 inches to the right of this position. We now have everything set.

We now grab one of our irons and start to swing with half swings. We must make our normal backswing however on our forward swing we strike our ball from an inside path sufficiently enough so that our club head passes over our second ball or tee on the follow through.

You must do this drill time and time again till your body and feelings get very comfortable with this swing path. It is sometime referred to as body mechanics.

If your clubface is square to this path your ball will travel to the right of your target line. However if your clubface is closed to this path the ball will start in the right hand direction ,however because of the spin upon the ball it will produce a draw or a hook depending on how closed the face is of your club. This is actually very handy for golfers like me when you need to get around a tree or large obstacle.

Once we are comfortable with our half swing we then increase our swing to ¾ then up to a full swing. From here we can increase our club size till we get to the woods and driver.

When you are totally comfortable with this inside swing path modify the drill and move the front ball or tee directly in front of your ball and about 15-18 inches out in front. Do the same drill swinging over the second ball or tee. You will find that you still swing with that inside path, however not as sharply. This is what they call down the line.

If you practise these two drills it will lock in the body mechanics of the two swings.
The swing drill will help you with accuracy and with a nice draw or hook on your ball will gain a lot of distance, which you will adjust for by club choice.
Get out there, practise hard and above all, Have Fun

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Keep Your Swing Simple

"Failure in life is not about falling down; it's when you don't get back up."
That profound statement reminds me of what all sports are about. We all are smiles and the world is wonderful when we are playing well. However, once the wheels start falling off, it becomes a bleak scenario that throws us into a dark arena of loathing and self-destruction.

Even the best golfers in the world have hit this proverbial wall of despair from time to time. For them, or any golfer, this is a time when good, sound fundamentals are essential to getting back on the road to recovery quickly. If your golf swing is made up of a bunch of quick fixes and band-aid solutions, then your chances of playing consistently good are minimal at best.

Golf is a billion-dollar industry of misinformation. Manufacturers of equipment want you to spend lots of money on a club that will help you hit it further or use golf balls with more backspin for better control. There is a laundry list of examples whereby golf companies try to make it seem as though you can't play your best unless you are using their equipment.

We have this incredible technology as it applies to golf, however the masses playing the games are not getting any better than they were years ago. The most important thing is learning how to use this equipment properly to get the most out of what it is being offered. People believe they can go out and buy a golf game if they drop a couple thousand on clubs, balls and all the other golf related knick-knacks.

Let me save you the trouble and hopefully money: Approaching golf in this manner will only lead you down a path of frustration, one that will not allow you to achieve goals as they relate to the game.

Golf is not "rocket science," and therefore it is not difficult to learn to play the game well. The following is an example of how I get my students to "never have limits, because limited people build barriers that inhibit them from succeeding in life:"
I will have my players practice with all types of drills involving balance. If your game gets off track, first check that your balance is in tune. I have players hit balls with their feet together, crossing right over left and vice versa, hitting with only one leg and then reversing it and repeating the process with the other leg. Try hitting with one arm only - left first and then right. I also make my students hit balls while blind-folded to get a sense of how their golf swing feels and what it's like to lose focus of the ball that all too often can hypnotize you into hitting it.

This also builds trust in your swing; if you line up correctly and measure yourself to the ball, all you have to do is swing and project to your target - in most cases, the fairway or the green, but not the golf ball itself. If done correctly the ball will be in the way and get hit automatically.
Another fun shot all the juniors like to do is hitting off your knees. This forces you to stay centered and helps you maintain good balance. If you simply allow your arms to swing around a restricted, fixed foundation, you will discover how centrifugal force will come into play instead of brute strength.
My average drive from my knees is about 280 yards, and I have even shot a round of par-72 golf years ago in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where I used to live while giving a playing lesson to a friend of mine. I played the whole round on my knees except when I was putting because I didn't want to damage the greens, I think he got the point that I was trying to drive home to him that day.
These examples and plenty more that I incorporate into my teachings make learning the game fun and prove that anyone who has a disability can play the game at a high level simply by maintaining balance.
So when things in your golf swing start to go awry, check your balance first because without having a sturdy foundation, your house of cards is sure to tumble.
This article is written by Tom Ward