Welcome to YOUR Swing Support Center, a blog with tips to help you transition to your new straight leading arm back-swing. This blog allows us to share information which we find in articles by golf professionals or success stories submitted by GOLFSTR users. These tips have helped me and I hope they help you too.

Bill Curry, inventor of GOLFSTR

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Are you Pulling Your Putts?

If you want to shoot low scores you’ve got to be a good putter. Pros sink 95% of their 3 foot putts, 75% of their 5 foot putts and 50% of their 8 foot putts. Reading the green, choosing the right direction and swing weight will help your minimize your 3-putt holes.  But you will never be a great putter if you can’t hit straight putts, exactly where you are aiming. You have to swing straight up your target line. Now let’s improve YOUR success rate for those 3, 5 and 8 foot putts.

One of the biggest mistakes many golfers make is pulling putts to the left (for right handed golfers). In your next round of golf, focus on putting with enough speed to pass the hole by 12 inches (the short ones never go in). Keep a record of the number of putts inside of 8 feet that you hit to the left or right of your target line. Most right handed recreational golfers will pull their putts to the left of their target line. Why?

1/ Putt with a flat wrist by rocking your shoulders. Practice with GOLFSTR+.

Pulling a putt is often caused by looking up and turning your body toward the hole as you swing through the ball. This causes your shoulders to open up and forces your putter on an outside-to-in path, causing the ball to miss on the left side of your target line.

Keeping your head (and hips) still and focusing your leading eye (left eye for right handed golfers) on the ball is a common fix for golfers who struggle with this problem.

2/ Lock your wrist through impact. [Shown here practicing with GOLFSTR+.]

 You should be putting with a rocking motion of your shoulders. [Don’t get handsy or wristy.] Unfortunately many of us get our hips moving the same way they move when we make a full golf swing. Putting is a different swing.

Drill to Stop your Hips and Legs Moving when You Putt

3/ Follow through and up your target line only by rocking your shoulders.

On a practice green, lean a wedge at a 45 degree angle against the side of your trailing leg so that the end of the grip rests on the side of your leg. Practice 5 to 8 foot putts to determine if you can putt, by only rocking your shoulders. If your hips move, during the putting stroke, the wedge will fall off the side of your leg.

Swing Up Your Target Line
Always gripping your putter lightly with both hands and let your shoulders do all the work. To ensure that you are putting up your target line, swing your putter by rocking your shoulders and try releasing the grip with your trailing hand at the point of impact. Continue to swing your putter up your target line, only holding it with your leading hand.  This really takes practice but it sure does stop your from slicing your putts.

To help you putt by rocking your shoulders, practice putting with a locked leading wrist using your GOLFSTR+. If your putting swing is totally controlled by your shoulders, your will stop pulling putts to the left and you will sink more putts. You may never do as well as the average pro but that would be a nice goal. Sink more putts! Buy your GOLFSTR+ today at www.golfstr.com

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Refocus After a Mishit: Grip, Eye Ball & Posture

It’s the fine details of golf that create consistency. You may not know it but your mind and body change throughout each round of golf. That’s why a positive start for every round is so important. Just arriving at the golf course with a rested mind and limber body can make all the difference. A bad hole can spoil the rest of a round. Your success in golf is based on keeping your minds refocusing on the little details that create perfect shots. This Swing Tip gives you 3 checks to refocus your mind.

Recently I saw a friend arrive for a round of golf in a very quiet mood. He commented about his last round, shooting 79.  Unfortunately in perfect weather conditions, he shot a round of well over 101.  After his first bad shot he seemed to hit every shot long, short or wide of the target. He could not get back on track. He was uptight and out of focus.

GET BACK ON TRACK
When you are frustrated with a poor shot, you need to get your mind refocused. You need a mini check list to help you refocus. If you have not developed your own list of refocusing thoughts, why not start with this list: Grip, Eye Ball & Posture,

Make Love to Your GRIP:  With Greg Norman holding the 54-hole lead in a Memorial Golf Tournament, Jack Nicklaus interrupted Norman’s dinner to give him a swing tip. “I was squeezing,” said Norman, recalling the advice. “I was holding on too long, wasn’t releasing the golf club.” Nicklaus suggested that Norman relax his grip pressure. Norman took the tip to heart and won that tournament.

Norman said, “I started a little saying within myself to make love with my hands, And if you make love with your hands, you’re actually caressing your club.” [Don’t strangle it.]

Glue Your Leading EYE BALL: If you start to top your ball, you may be lifting your head too early as you peak up to watch your ball dribble down the fairway. Try Jack Nicklaus’ favorite trick. Glue your leading eye ball on the Ball. Well, not exactly glue it, but you should slightly turn your head back during your setup so that your leading eye (left eyeball for right handed golfers) can focus on the ball. It also helps you rotate your shoulders and to transfer your weight to your leading foot during your downswing.

I love Jack’s trick but to add extra focus with your leading eye, you could close your trailing eye during your backswing (but this suggestion is not easy to do without practice). Your left and right eye have a different point of view as you can see when you see with one eye and then the other eye. Your trailing eye will see the bridge of your nose or sun glasses during the backswing. If you close your trailing eye, that visual distraction will disappear. Your mind will just focus on the ball. [This has been an amazing breakthrough in my game and I hope it will do the same for you.]

This is my favorite video of Rory McIlroy’s swing in slow motion.  The center line of his chest just rotates without swaying back in the backswing.  You should do the same.

Line-up your POSTURE:  Don’t sway back. Mike Bender noticed that many golfers sway back in their backswing for more power. Unfortunately they never get the axis of their chest back to line-up with the ball for a clean impact. [Swaying back during your back swing normally gets worse late in a round when you get tired and are searching for more power.] Keep your chest rotating and centered over your hips throughout your backswing and downswing. Use your hips to rotate your body through the ball to a balanced finish.

When your game starts going down the drain, snap out of it. Go through your mini-checklist to get back on track. Practice all 3 of these tips while your work with your GOLFSTR+ at the range. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Cure for Jerky Chipping Yips

I recently read a Consistent Golf blog that gave an easy solution to eliminate chipping and pitching yips. You may not have the yips but we all need to smooth out the transition to avoid jerking our club in the transition. Practice with this technique to build confidence for success during your round of golf. I’ve tried it and it really works.

You know how to swing a club to make the perfect chip or pitch (with your feet close together and 60% of your weight on your leading foot), but when you are on the course with a must make shot, your brain may backfire, lurch or pass gas. You hit it fat or thin. You need to build confidence to get your body moving with fluid motion during the swing. You need a way to trick your mind to find the motion of the perfect chip or pitch and then execute the shot.

Note: Practice your chipping separate from your pitching. Chipping is more like a putting swing with a flat leading wrist where the ball flies a shorter distance than it runs out on the green (depending on the loft of the club that you use). Pitching is typically a longer shot where the club cuts under the ball to create a reverse spin to limit the roll-out on the green. Decide on the roll-out that you need, then choose the right club for the chip or pitch that you need to get close to the hole.

David Leadbetter illustrates the right way to chip with your feet close together and 60% of your weight on your leading foot.

Solution: Build muscle memory and rhythm of a great chip. All you need is to get your mind and body in a mental and physical state where you can make a confident swing. Practicing this tip will give you the confidence and using the 3 ball preparation will relax your body to execute on the course.

YIPS cause JERKY SWINGS.   Power and distance comes from the height of your backswing so make sure that you practice for each height. Eliminate any jerky action in the transition from backswing to downswing. Use the weight of your club (not the force of your arms) to allow for a smooth transition and impact through the ball.
1/ With about 25 golf balls, hit one ball after another, as quickly as possible, without any concern for the distance or location. Your mind will automatically know if each hit was good or bad. You can feel a clean shot off the center-line of your club when you impact your ball before skimming the ground. This will help you smooth out your swing with a free effortless feeling.
2/ Now line of 10 ball in a row and repeat the free swing exercise.
3/ Now repeat this with 3 balls in a row.
4/ On the course, imagine that you are hitting 3 balls with 3 swings as you move closer in continuous motion and finally hitting your ball on your third “fluid” swing.

Have you ever noticed that you can mishit a ball and then drop another ball and hit it perfectly. It has to do with being locked up on your first attempt. Free your body, swing with fluid motion and create success. Practice with GOLFSTR+ for all 6 swing fixes. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Amazing Brain Tricks That Work

Golf is a mental game. We don’t really understand why a streak of low scoring holes will happen but it has to do with our minds. An aura of confidence takes over our bodies so that a streak of pars and birdies just start happening. We should all be watching for the changes that we make or the actions we take to change our mental outlook. It has to be caused by something more than GOOD LUCK.

Here are 3 tricks that that you should try. There is really NO reasonable explanation why they work as our brains must be reacting and giving us confidence to execute a series of swings that help us par or birdie holes.

LOCK YOUR BRAIN ON A POINT: Jack Nicklaus always talks about focusing on a very specific target. Of course he is referring to his drives and iron shots.

I found that this works for PUTTING too. After I read the green, choose my target point and rehearse my practice swing for distance, I step up to the ball and STARE at my target point for at least 2 to 3 seconds, then STARE back at the ball for 2 seconds and swing by rocking my shoulders (with locked wrists). You must duplicate your exact practice swing and don’t follow your ball with your eyes. Initially staring at my target seems to burn an image like a laser target in my brain for both the distance and the line of the putt. I have no explanation for this. Very weird but I sink more short and long putts as long as I choose the right target point.

My wife Mary has always told me that her success in putting comes from a deep inhale and then exhale before she putts. June 3rd, 2017 she shot her first hole-in-one and skipped the putting.

EXHALE AND PUTT: Jason Dufner won the Memorial Golf Tournament using his newly found trick. He has always had problems with short putts. He recently adopted the trick used by military snipers. Inhale, exhale and shoot. In Dufner’s case he exhales before he makes his putting stroke. This is a very minor change in his routing but breathing is one less motion that must have been disturbing his putting motion. We should all try this. It can hurt.

KNOW YOUR CLUB DISTANCE AND THEN UP-CLUB: Mike Bender is a pro who played a lot of Pro-Am’s before tournaments. He saw that recreational players don’t handle pressure shots too well. We choose the club that we think our “perfect swing” will reach the green. Invariably our perfect swing rarely happens under pressure. When we need to make the perfect approach shot, there is a high percentage chance that we will hit our ball fat and short or blade it long and across the green. He recommends using 1 more club and swinging in control to hit the perfect distance. Works for me!

Get your GOLFSTR+ and start practicing with locked wrists for putting. Practice your straight leading arm swing at 80% of your power for more consistent hits. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Tricks for the Recreational Golfers

We all read golf tips from the pros in golf magazines and watch for them on TV or the internet. You never know when you will find that perfect swing trick that will turn YOUR game around. Every golfer has different mental blocks and body strengths (and weaknesses). All you have to find is the mental and physical tricks that work for YOU. Recreational golfers are NOT in the same shape as pros and we don’t practice anywhere as often. That’s why tips from the pros point-of-view may not be working for you!

This week I just wanted to share a number of tips and tricks from Recreational Golfers who are having the greatest impact on my game. By the way, GOLFSTR+ is a good way to get your mind zoned-in when you are practicing for all 6 of its Swing Fixes.

Feel your heavy club in your back swing to help you hold your lag and then “throw” your club through impact and up the line.

Last week I told you that confidence breeds success. Unfortunately success goes to our heads. We get cocky and think that our last great drive will be even better if we just put a little more oomph into the next drive. WRONG!  I don’t know if its adrenaline or just a mental stupidity but consistent grip, stance and tempo seem to be the most important “tricks” that work for pros and recreational golfers.

Approach every shot using consistent tempo. Start your setup for every shot with the SAME constant demeanor. Get your heart rate down. Get in your comfort zone with your mind totally focused on YOUR shot. If you find yourself thinking about a squawking bird or an irritating person behind your swing path, just step out of your shot, remove the irritation and refocus your mind on your target, relaxation & and a smooth, accelerating swing.

Commitment: Focus on hitting shots to a specific spot. Hit it and builds confidence for my next shot.
1/ Light grip and relaxed shoulders for more power and distance.
2/ Swing with a straight arm take-away, flat wrist at the top and trailing elbow grazing your ribs on the way down to control your draw.
3/ By feeling a “heavy club” your transition allows you to hold your lag and then throw (or whip) your club head from the inside through impact for power and distance.
4/ On the fairway, use 1 more club and swing with more directional control with LESS force.
5/ Plan for less break in your putts when you put with a little more speed if you pass the hole by a foot. [Hint: the worst break happens as you ball slows down.]

If you expect a poor result, it will happen. Recognize the weakness in your game and then practice with GOLFSTR+ to eliminate the FEAR. Build confidence in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

Have you noticed that your hot streaks come and go? When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, YOU’RE NOT. The pros need 4 days of hot streaks to win a tournament. One bad hole seems to be the start of more bad holes so we all must have mental lapses. Recreational golfers have shorter hot streaks and longer cold streaks. Why is this happening?

Golf is a game of perfection. One bad hit can put you in the rough followed by a topped ball and then a brilliant blast over the green into a sand trap can leave you devastated. The wonderful thing about our handicap system is that we can just take a MAXIMUM score on a hole and move on to the next hole. Unfortunately tournaments put a lot more pressure on you as your total score counts.

“Better than Most”.  These words just about sums up Tiger’s streak. Shattered confidence ruined his streak.

For great golfers, the hot streaks seem to just keep-on-comin’. Why do they end?
Tiger Woods’ 142 streak of making the cut ended on a FRIDAY the 13th. Was it his unlucky day or were marriage problems on his mind.
Luke Donald was the first player to win more money than any other golfer on both the PGA and European Tours in the same year. He hasn’t won a tournament since.  Where did his confidence go?
Vijay Singh at 42 in 2005 was the youngest player elected to the Golf Hall of Fame. That was the end of his winning streak.

Recreational players have streaks of success during a single round of golf. Have you noticed that you par a number of holes in sequence or that one nine will be much better than the other nine. Your mental commitment is your turning point. CONFIDENCE and FOCUS must be the key factors in our success.

Tricks to create CONFIDENCE and FOCUS
Minor changes in your setup can destroy your distance and direction control. Determine your swing cues before every round.  Correct YOUR IDEAL grip, stance and relaxed body during your practice and lock them into your memory bank. The pros do it and you should too.

-Putting: Practice your swing for distance, then move up to the ball and focus for 2 or 3 seconds to lock your brain into your target. Refocus on your ball for 2 seconds and swing with your shoulders.
-Driver: Relax your shoulders and grip. Take a controlled backswing to create lag at the top. Feel like your club is HEAVY so that it accelerates as you “throw” it from the inside whooshing through the ball.
-Irons and Hybrids: If you can’t shift your weight to your leading foot during your transition then start your swing with 60% of your weight on your leading foot.

Learn your swing cues when you practice with GOLFSTR+. Straight leading arm, flat leading wrist and 90 degree lag in your transition are great swing queues. Buy one today: www.golfstr.com

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Are you Playing Army Golf? Left, Right, Left . . .

Last week we give you the formula for consistent hits by slowing down your backswing to control your transition and accelerating at 80% in your downswing. So why are your hits still going left or right of your target? The proper grip is important but are you paying attention to the slope of the ground from your feet to your ball?

You should be excited about your wonderful consistent hits on FLAT practice tees before you play a round of golf. Unfortunately, not only are golf course tees often sloped or crowned but you rarely stand on flat ground on the fairways or in the rough.

 

Fairways are rarely level. Using your foot wedge is not legal so you really need to adjust for the height difference from your feet to your ball

Golf Course ratings are measure by the SLOPE of the course. A high degree of the slope rating comes from the uneven terrain where you are addressing your ball. A 5 degree slope from your feet to your ball can throw your golf ball off course by 10 to 20 degrees. When your ball is 2 inches above or below the level of your feet, on a 100 yard hit your ball will end up at least 5 yards left or right from your target. A ball above your feet will tend to hook and that can double or triple your miss by 15 yards to the left (for right handed golfers). A ball below your feet will tend to slice and that can double or triple your miss to the right

Solutions:

1/ Always look for the flattest surface on the tee within 2 club lengths behind the line between the tee blocks.
2/ Raised Tees tend to slope down to the sides causing a crown along the center. If you don’t believe me, stand near the back of the tee when your partners tee off. Decide if the ground is sloping left or right when they tee-up. If a person has a proper swing, they will invariably hit left of their toe line if the ground is sloping left and they will hit to the right if their toe line if pointing right.
3/ The fairway, rough and sand traps will give you another challenge. Not only is the surface from your feet to the ball often sloped left or right but you may also be faced with an uphill or downhill shot on your forward target line. Expect to lose distance. Choose a longer club for uphill shots and more loft for a downhill shot. Setup with your shoulder line parallel to the ground and use a wider stance for balance. Gravity will keep you off balance so just do your best to step out of your stance as you follow-through to avoid falling.
4/ If your ball is slightly above the level of your feet you can choke up on your grip to compensate for the 1 or 2 inch difference in height. Remember to club up for the lost distance when you choke up on the club.

When hitting from any sloped ground, imagine the direction that your club face will launch your ball. Choose the right club and setup in the right direction to compensate or just hit into a level area for your next shot.

5/ If your ball is significantly higher than your feet, you need to judge whether the toe of your club will impact the hill and twist your club in your hand. The blade (leading edge) should be parallel to the ground when you impact the ball. If you are changing to a flatter swing plane to hit a ball above your feet, then you (right handers) need to aim to the right of your target as your ball will be pulled to the left.
6/ If your ball is significantly below the level of your feet, you can only bend your knees or waist to compensate for the extra depth. Plan to swing at a slower speed and lose distance as you try to maintain your balance during the swing. Expect the ball to slice away from your body. BEWARE that an early impact with your hosel on the ground can pull a right hander’s club face and ball to the left. Ideally, you need to aim for a flat landing site to avoid further damage.

Who said golf was easy?  Ian Poulter’s second shot out of the rough on the 18th hole at the Players Championship  reminded me that a bad lie is also a recipe for disaster. When in doubt, head for some level ground and enjoy your next shot. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to learn to control all of your shots. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Swing Speed Creates Inconsistent Hits

The primary difference between a recreational player and the professional golfers is the consistency of their hits. The difference in weight and length of each of your clubs as well as the slope of the ground from your feet to your ball are the problems that every golfer needs to overcome. The pros practice for hours each day to perfect their swing for both of these concerns. Recreational players need a trick solution to compensate for their lack of practice. [Swing Tip Next Week: Compensating for Sloped Ground.]

Swing Speed Crisis
Everyone wants to hit their drives as long as the pros. Unfortunately we not only fall short of 300 yard drives but the faster we swing the worse the result. Our faster swings create inconsistent results. Hank Haney tells us to swing faster to generate more club head speed to add 2.5 yards for every additional Mile/Hour in club head speed. He is telling the truth but he wants you to buy his magic swing speed device to help you learn to generate more club head speed. Unfortunately his personal focus is on earning commissions for sales on the product that he’s endorsing.  It’s not helping your consistency.

Ernie Els has this wonderful slow, smooth takeaway and transition which is totally opposite to the bing bang swings of Nick Price or Brent Snedeker.   As a recreational player, you will improve your game much faster with a slower backswing.

The Truth About Swing Speed for Recreational Golfers: The harder you try to rip your club through the ball the more inconsistently you will hit the ball.

A. Solution for your Driver:   Your driver is your longest club and it allows you to generate the most club head speed. It really is the club that you want to hit the furthest to land in a good position to reach the green on a par 4 or get close to the green on a par 5. Unfortunately the faster you swing your driver the easier it is to be INCONSISTENT. Mike Bender confirmed that controlled acceleration in your downswing is important for distance but you should consider a slower back swing to control your transition and allow time for your shoulders (instead of casting your arms) to start your downswing.

Yes, you heard me say a slower backswing. Rushing can kill your timing at the transition from your backswing to downswing. Many LPGA pros and some of the PGA pros create wonderful results with a slow backswing (or even a slight pause at the top). Recreational golfers should benefit from a slower backwing. Give yourself time to transfer your weight to your leading foot during your transition.

Ideally we all want to impact with the ball on the midpoint of the golf club face as our club is moving up our target line. A slight, in to out swing path, creating a draw, is preferred but avoiding a hit on the toe or heal of the club face is critical. A slower backswing and transition will improve your consistency.

B. Solution for your Woods, Hybrids and Irons: Swing all of these clubs at 80% for a more consistent impact point on your club face. [HINT: If you can’t hold your finish in balance then you are probably swinging too hard.]  Slowing down your backswing will give you more control of your club, your transition and acceleration at 80% in your downswing but it will give you less distance. Compensate by clubbing up to add distance and enjoy hitting more greens in regulation.

Mike Bender reminds us that most recreational golfers hit short of the green on their approach shot. Forget the idea of swinging with all of your strength to reach the green. Get that trash talk out of your head. Enjoy the compliments when you swing slower with consistent hits and land on the green using a longer club.

Reach more greens in regulation by playing from the right forward tees for your game. Swinging with a slower backswing and transition to improve your consistency. Practice with GOLFSTR+ for every swing in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

[Swing Tip Next Week: Compensating for Sloped Ground to control direction of your hit.]

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Golf is a Game of FEEL

Millions of words have been written about the right way to lower your score.  Sure you can read about it and practice until you are blue in the face but hundreds of thoughts in your head will only mess up the moment of truth.  I’m talking about the second or 2 that it takes to hit each golf shot.  If you don’t crystallize your swing for each shot into a single FEELING, you will never create consistent results.

Of course you need to take time to prepare for every shot.  Driving, fairway shots, pitches, chips and putts all require a different set of preparation thoughts.  From that point forward you need to use the feeling that you want for each shot.  Tempo is part of the feeling as you need to create a calm and relaxed straight arm backswing.  You don’t have time to look at your club position in the backswing.  You may want to use a rehearsal backswing like Ricky Fowler or Lydia Ko.  They create a rhythm with their rehearsal and then with that feeling they let it go.

Each club needs a different “feeling” so I like to say my feeling as a reminder of the motion of that

You can feel the power as this golfer launches his drive.

particular club.

LAUNCH is the feeling (word) that I use for my driver.  You are actually impacting the ball on your upswing (after the bottom of your swing arc) to launch the ball for distance.  I can feel my club face open in my backswing.  I can feel my wrist lag, then release from inside and up the line as I LAUNCH my ball as it disappears in the distance.  Don’t think it, just feel LAUNCH.

POWER is the feeling (word) that I use for my fairway woods and hybrids.  These clubs need to impact the ball at the bottom of your arc as you POWER through the ball and up your target line.  I can feel my club face open and wrist lag in my backswing.   I can feel the delay as my weight shifts to my leading foot at the top of my swing and the club POWERS through the ball with a woooosh from the inside and up the line to a balance finish.  Don’t think it, just feel POWER.

CONTROL is the feeling (word) that I use for my irons and wedges to ensure that I control the direction of the face of my club at impact.  These clubs are lighter so you need to avoid the ease of swinging too fast.  I can feel my club face open, weight shift, whipping release with a squared up face through the ball as I bottom out in the turf after the ball and up the target line.  Don’t think it, just feel directional CONTROL.

PUTTING is a totally different feeling because you have more time to make your swing.  You need to focus on locking your legs, hips and wrists while you only swinging with your shoulder rotation.

  1. First you have time to line up your exact target line by picking a spot.
  2. Then you have time to make the perfect practice swing to rehearse the FEELING that you need to pass the hole by 12 to 18 inches (to avoid a dramatic break or indentation on your path to the hole).

Focus on your shoulder rotation to control the swing weight up your target line.   To imprint the FEELING OF YOUR PUTT CADENCE on your mind: say the word “ONE” for your backswing and “TWO” for your forward swing for an  IDENTICAL practice swing to your putt.

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Get your FEELING and use these mental words before you swing and then again as you swing for LAUNCH, POWER and CONTROL.  Change gears for PUTTING to feel distance with your practice swing. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to train for F E E L I N G.  Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Can Your Stats Lower Your Scores?

The movie “Moneyball” helped us understand that knowing the right player stats in baseball can help baseball teams make the better player selection decisions. Getting a walk is almost as important as getting a single.  After all, getting on base is the only way you can score runs. The same applies in golf. Driving to the fairway, Greens in Regulation (GRI), chipping for 1 putt are the most critical factors in lowering your score. You just need an easy way to record your progress to lower your scores.

Of course your score for 18 holes is one way to measure your success but it doesn’t tell you where to focus your practice for your next round. The pros are hiring “stats guys” to advise them. Mark Solda is the chief executive and president of Every Ball Counts. His evaluation of one player revealed that the tour average of making 3 foot or shorter putts was 99.42%. Solda showed the player that if he improved from 98 percent to 99 percent from that distance, he would increase his earnings by $412,000. Amazing fact!

You are not a pro. The pros have amazing stats recorded for every tournament round that they play. Hank Haney talked about the best stats are “strokes gains” for the pros which take into account the weather and competition. Those stats will never be available for your game. Hank suggests that you focus on a step-by-step improvement plan.

Diagnose your weaknesses by analyzing your stats in three key areas:

Plan where your ball will land before you hit it. She looks committed to this shot.

1. Long game: Land in the fairway in a good position to hit the Greens In Regulation.
2. Short Game: Avoid 2 chips, 2 pitchers and 2 sand trap shots. Get on the green.
3. Putting: Avoid 3 putts by landing closer to the hole and learning to read greens.

HOW do you easily keep track of all of this data?

SOLUTION: Code your score card with a letter as you enter your score after each hole.
M– Mishit: Not hit in the center of the club face and lost distance.
R– Rough: Hit the ball into the rough or behind trees or in an avoidable location.
S– Sand: A good approach shot, pitch or chip should miss the sand.
P– Penalty: Water, Lost Ball or Out of Bounds are the dumbest penalties to take.
# of Putts: Almost 50% of your strokes are putts so you need track your 3+ putts and total your putts.

At the end of your round, total up your mistakes and pay attention to your problem areas. For example if you are mishitting your driver or fairway clubs: set a plan to minimize the problem.

1. Your primary focus is to consistently hit every shot in the center of your club face.
2. Increase your length of drives with proper body rotation and wrist lag.
3. Swing in control so that you finish your swing in perfect balance for 3 seconds.
4. Control the direction of your hit for draw or fad to land in the fairway.
5. Plan to avoid hazards by hitting short of them to allow for your perfect chip to within 6 feet of the hole. Eliminate the blow-up holes and possibly save a par.

GOLFSTR+ is a training aid to help you correct the position of your arm or wrist for 6 swing problems. Sort out your big miss and then fix it with the correct swing. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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