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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Scoring Well in Golf is a Mind Game!

Do you ever notice that you can play a round of golf and everything goes your way? The drives are great, you hit more greens in regulation and the putts are sinking. On those special days, there is definitely a “force” at work in your brain or body that gives you improved coordination in your golf swing. Unfortunately this happens less often than you would like and it rarely happens for all 18 holes on the same day.

I have been trying to sort out what causes my good days and my bad days. Obviously Tiger lost his Mojo and is trying to get it back before he starts to lose his strength and flexibility as he ages. What happened?

Recently I was playing a round of golf and was shooting 3 over par after 14 holes. At that moment a flash of lightening streaked over our heads so we headed for the club house. After a brief shower and the skies cleared, we headed back out to the course. Unfortunately my game fell apart. I had tree trouble, bad lies in the rough, shanked hits and putts anywhere but in the cup. Was my game messed up by a change in barometric pressure? Not a chance. It had to be my mind and concentration that was messed up.

Major League Baseball and NFL Mind Games
Why is it that over the last 9 years about 54% of all Major League Baseball games played were won by the home team? What is more interesting is the fact that the leading team in each division is winning 67% of their games in their home park. This is consistently better than their away-game record. This means that the winning team is more inspired to play better when their audience is rooting louder for the home team. It also means that the skill of the home team actually improves when they are in a positive mental attitude.

In the NFL the numbers are even more in favour of the home team with 58% of all games played on a home field are won by the home team since 1990. Home audience and inspirational cheering must be a factor helping the winning team win OR causing the losing team to lose focus, panic and make more errors.

Baseball and Football games are definitely influenced by Positive Mental attitude and the teams will to win. Golf is not a team sport. It’s a sport that YOU play against the course. Only you can control the success or failure in your game. Don’t blame the barometric pressure, the wind or the heckling from your playing partners.  It’s a mind game that you play against yourself so use your positive mental attitude and lower your score.

GOLF is wonderful when you are playing in "THE ZONE".  You control your game and it's all in your mind to take control and lower your score.

GOLF is wonderful when you are playing in “THE ZONE”.  Only you control your game.  It’s up to you to control your mind to take control to lower your score.

Another way to look at this is that if you can par a hole or birdie a hole on any given day, then why can’t your par or birdie all 18 holes on the same day? What’s stopping you? Right, it’s that grey mass between your ears or as an Aussie friend of mine once called it: That steel plate between your ears.  Relax your mind, enjoy the game, focus on a controlled swing and a picture perfect finish.

Troy Merritt won $1.2 Million at Quicken Loans National with a 4 day total of -18. One week later he is dead last at WGC-Bridgestone at +14 after his second round. Is this the same person?  He has the same skill but a different frame of mind. This proves that your game success is all in your head and that you need to be relaxed and focused in the ZONE.

As Ben Hogan once said: “The most important shot in golf is your next one!”  Clear you mind and make every one of your next shots a perfect swing. Don’t think about the outcome. Focus on your rhythm, inside-to-outside swing and a perfectly balanced finish. Line up your putt and hit the ball exactly on the center of the putting face as you swing straight up your chosen line. Get your swing right and your ball will deliver. NO OTHER THOUGHT IS IMPORTANT WHEN YOU ARE IN THE ZONE.

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You Got’a Have Rhythm to Beat this Game

Confucius say: “Success depends upon previous preparation and without preparation there is sure to be failure.”   Applying this to the game of golf: If you try to swing with all muscle and no brain your result will be doomed. Your body needs to be in sync with your arms. This is easier said than done!

When hitting from the deep rough, into a strong headwind, on the first tee or whenever the pressure is on, we all get tense. Our bodies tighten-up and our minds focus only on swinging harder and faster. Nothing could be worse. Normally your hands and arms move faster than the rotation of your body and the result is a fat hit or a miss-hit.

 

Paul Dunne at The 2015 Open on a grey day July 20Paul Dunne, an amateur golfer, started the final day of the 2015 British Open tied for the lead. He’s only 5’8” and weighs 160 pounds. His power and skill comes from his swing rhythm and positive mental attitude. Unfortunately on the final day the pressure got to him. His body rotation got tight and his arms took over. It was game over for him.

Just recognizing that you are in a “panic mode” will help you solve this problem. You CAN take CORRECTIVE ACTION before you swing.

PLAN OF ACTION:
a.  Realize when your mind is taking over. Snap out of your negative mind-set and take control.
b.  When your body tightens-up, you tend to limit your back swing and rush your arms ahead of your body rotation. This causes fat hits because you are NOT letting your body rotate as your arms and hands are doing all the work.
c.   When your mind is only focused on slamming that ball as hard as you can, you will forget your follow-through to a picture-perfect finish. Your body will flails away at the ball and fall out of position. This will cause you to spray the ball away from your target line like Paul Dunne did.

STOP AND FOCUS your mind on finishing your swing (BEFORE you start your swing) so that you are not swing with “all arms”. If you FOCUS ON finishing with your belt buckle facing the target, your transition at the top of your swing will start your hips moving so that you can get your body rotating through the ball with more power.

MORE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR RHYTHM
1/ AJ Hathaway, a pro at the Augusta Golf Training Center in Augusta, GA suggested: You need something to stop yourself from rushing the transition so that your lagging wrists will relax and whip through impact. Think of it as keeping in rhythm when dancing to music. “Sing while you swing”.
2/ AJ also suggested: Hitting on a variety of uneven surfaces on the course requires attention to each setup and your attitude from your last shot demands a mood change for the right rhythm.
3/ Visualize Ernie Els. He never looks like he is rushing because his transition is so smooth as he presses his hips forward during his downswing.
4/ I know that I mess up shots out of the sand trap when I rushing my backswing. I shorten the back-swing and pull my hands ahead of my body shift. Bingo, miss-hit. Slow down by saying the some words in a swinging rhythm. I sing the words: “Sweep in and through”

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Swing Evolution to Get IT Right

Comments from a recent customer reminded me that GOLFSTR+ is a good starting point for a great swing. Keeping your leading arm straight in the backswing and down through impact is ONE important component of the swing. For some, it really is the missing ingredient in their swing. They have told us about their INSTANT success.

For others it takes a lot more instruction and practice to turn their straight arm swing into success. That’s exactly why we developed these Weekly Swing Tips. This week I want to share the important changes that I went through to create a better overall swing to lower my handicap. I hope that this will help you see some of your swing faults.

 

Overall Swing Performance:
In my quest to improve my game I quickly learned that I needed more consistent iron shots, longer drives and a higher percentage of putts sunk. I have taken my game down from rounds over 100 to the occasional round in the high 70’s. Fortunately various pros suggested 5 more uses for GOLFSTR+ to help me improve all of my swings in putting, chipping, pitching and driving.

I quickly learned that without continuous practice and rounds of golf I will have a hard time breaking 80. With my limited time for play and practice I have learned to be happy with my reasonably low scores and you should too. Don’t beat yourself up over the occasional errant or long or short hit. Golf is a game of touch and you can’t learn this perfection unless you live, eat and breathe this game. So strive for a reasonable score and enjoy this game based on the limited effort that you put into it.

Getting on the Right Track:
I recently received an email from a Reggie, a golf pro in Van Nys, California who has been instructing for 20 years. He thanked me for developing GOLFSTR+ and said: “I can’t wait to get it so I can fix that left arm bending on my students and for the other uses too. I thought about inventing something like your product years ago. Glad you’ve done it for me. Thanks again.”

Will Curry, Developer of GOLFSTR -  Check out the lesson that got me on the right track.

Will Curry, Developer of GOLFSTR – Check out the lesson that got me on the right track.

[If you want a good laugh, check out this page and select the Video: The Embarrassing Lesson that Changed it All     Yes that was my swing being compared to Trevor Immelman which inspired me to develop GOLFSTR+.]

Key Components of the Swing:
My major break though in hitting longer and straighter came when I learned that I was bending my leading arm because I was NOT rotating my hips 45 degrees and my shoulders 90 degrees. Straight leading arm is only effective if you combine it with the right grip and setup, full body rotation, a flat wrist lag, good transition tempo and releasing from the inside to a balance finish. So simple!

Michael Breed helped me understand how to make the right corrections. I saw his lesson on the Golf Channel describing Adam Scott’s swing. He starts his swing by keeping BOTH arms straight during the initial takeaway (until the club was horizontal to the ground BEFORE YOU START BENDING YOUR TRAILING ELBOW). It forces your hips to rotated 45 degrees and then your shoulders to rotate 90 degrees at the top of the backswing. Swinging from the inside and keeping your trailing elbow bent near your ribs will help you release your lagging wrists with a whipping action from the inside.

Summary:
I learned to swing correctly and got rid of my old driver with an offset head. Don’t use dumb corrective products or a crazy line-up to try to correct your hooks and slices. Get your game together with a conventional grip, setup and swing to improve your game. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Benjamin Franklin – And don’t forget to practice with GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Get Fat Shots Out of Your Game

Fat iron shots are one of the most frustrating shots in golf. They always occur when you tighten up for an easy but important shot. Your practice swing is perfect but when it really counts you chunk your club into the ground before the ball and the shot comes up well short of your planned location.  Eliminate this problem and save many strokes each round you play.

You know how to swing an iron and you should also know that your iron shots need to reach the low point of the swing arc about 2-4 inches AFTER the ball. This causes under-spin and makes your ball elevate.  You need to allow your hips to shift forward a few inches from your setup position during the swing. Why can’t you make this happen for every shot?

Problem:
When you want to make an important delicate shot, your mind and body tighten up. You limit your back swing and swing a little faster with your focus only being on your arms. You forget the rhythm of your body. Your arms move ahead of your body and chunk the ground behind the ball. Chunking the club into the ground about 3 to 6 inches before the ball means that your hands are bottoming out well before you reach your setup position. This proves that the early (or faster motion) of your arms and hands caused the problem.

Sam Snead swinging and grounding the club with the low point of his swing after the ball.

Sam Snead swinging and grounding the club with the low point of his swing after the ball location (marked in yellow).

Solution:
Knowing that the late motion of your body or the fast motion of your arms caused the problem will help your mind solve this problem.

Make sure that your practice swing is exactly the same swing that you want when you move up to the ball. Ensure that you see that you are grounding the club or skim the grass about 2-4 inches in front of the imaginary ball location and finish your swing. If you miss the ground then take another practice swing. Duplicating the rhythm is key. Use the same rhythm to execute the shot with ground connection after the ball as you follow through.

Summary:
In previous weeks we have talked about cadence, rhythm and tempo. I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t think about controlling your tempo you will swing faster, with less backswing, less hip rotation and less shoulder turn. [Blogs that I receive show that this is Tiger’s current problem.] Slow your tempo down by saying words in your mind to keep a consistent rhythm. You may want to use the words: “Sweep-in-and Finish”. Use the words “Sweep-in-and” to slow down your backswing and transition.  Say “Finish” in your down-swing and finish (in a balanced stance). Mental focus will improve your game.

Don’t waste strokes. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to learn your tempo. Straight arm backswing, wrist lag and release are so important to generate power WITHOUT FAT SHOTS. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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The British Open?? Facts and Stats

In honor of The Open Championship (or “The British Open” as it is called in North America), I have been offered access to interesting Facts and Stats about The Open. This year its being held July 16-19 on the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland.

FACT #1: By tradition, The Open is only held in St. Andrews once every 5 years.

I was offered the following information by the Tour Planner at  Links Golf Ireland [Click to check it out].   This  INFOGRAPHIC detailing the history of the tournament, some interesting facts and some important information for people attending the event in St. Andrews. I hope you will enjoy the change from our weekly Golf Swing Tips.  [I know that Scotland is not Ireland but both have amazing courses to choose from.  It’s another wonderful world over there.]

It would have been a great match up for Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had Rory not bummed up his ankle in a “little kick-about with his buddies”.  This really opened the door for the 21 year old American but this course is so challenging that all the best golfers in the world will have a chance to win.

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Open-Championship-InfographicWhen you have time during the commercials this weekend, make sure you check out GOFLSTR+ and hit ’em long and straight www.golfstr.com

 

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Where to Focus: Speed, Technique or Tempo?

What’s the most important component of the swing: speed, technique or tempo? You need to think about this in order to place your emphasis in the area where you will get the most benefit.

SPEED
Most recreational golfers work on SWING SPEED FOR DISTANCE. Hank Haney reminds us that we can gain 2.5 yards in distance for every mile per hour in swing speed. Unfortunately swing speed is the WORST CHOICE. Keeping the ball in the fairway and learning to consistently hit or putt the ball will save you more strokes than swing speed and a few more yards on your drive.

Swinging faster may give you 10 or 20 yards more but those yards are more likely to be deeper in the rough. I guarantee that your next shot out of the rough will hurt your chances of hitting the green in regulation a lot more than a longer drive will benefit you. Killer speed will kill your game.  It sure does kill my game when I go for the gusto.

TECHNIQUE
About a year ago I saw a series of blogs which promised great success if you blank out your mind, forget about technique and just swing to create success.  [NOTE: These ads stopped running long ago.]  I decided to improve on this opportunity by working with a specialist in relaxation and hypnotism. We agreed that I had a good understanding of the swing technique and it was time to let my subliminal mind take over.

I was expecting to lower my golf scores by swinging with a relaxed frame of mind. After a month of effort I realized that success in golf is the culmination of many components. A relaxed frame of mind will not help you cope with an uphill, downhill or sloped lie. It will not help with swing speed for the right distance adjustment. Golf is a game of concentration and focus. You also need to adjust for your weather environment, hitting & landing surface and your club selection to deal with every situation. Without focus your technique is useless.

TEMPO
Golf needs an intense swing to create distance but tempo and timing is the real key for success. Developing a straight arm backswing while practicing with GOLFSTR+ can be a real break-through for more consistent hits but your scores will really started to drop when you learned to control your tempo.

According to Hank Haney’s study, the time for your back swing to your forward swing should be about a 3 to 1 ratio. Unfortunately, if your transition starts with your arms casting over the top, your swing will result in limited power, many mishits and more slices.

Ernie Els is a great image to keep in your mind when you think about a smooth transition and acceleration through the ball.

Ernie Els is a great image to keep in your mind when you think about a smooth transition and acceleration through the ball.

Tempo is all about timing. Start your transition by pressing your hip forward and dropping your arms as you accelerate your wrists through impact (like snapping a whip). Release your hips, shoulders, arms and wrists in that order. Try to visualize the shifting of your body to transfer power through the ball. Using your driver you should be swinging up through the ball. Using your irons you should be focused on the forward press of your hips to ensure that you bottom out with the ground after you smash the ball.

 

Last week CBS Sports golf analyst Peter Kostis showed a slow motion comparison of Tiger on the practice tee and on the golf course.  He said that it was clear that “tension and tempo” were the culprits causing Tigers poor results on the golf course. A faster swing speed (back and forward) with a greater head drop were not helping Tiger’s results.

Too much speed will kill your control. Technique should be sorted out during your setup to cope with the conditions. Most important, you need a smooth tempo for amazing power and consistency. GOLFSTR+ will help your get there. Buy it today at www.golfstr.com

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Learn Draw and Fade to Control YOUR Game

That’s right, knowing how to setup for a DRAW or a FADE will help you understand why your intended straight shots are NOT straight. A slight error in your setup can throw your ball deep into the rough (on the right or left of the fairway) if you don’t plan for some right to left or left to right motion in your flight path. You NEED TO PLAN for a slight draw or fade to make sure that you are controlling your shot?

First you need to understand what is causing your ball to draw or fade. [I found this on a PGA Swing Tip by Joe Plecker, Director of Instruction at Baltimore Country Club.   To access his video of draw and fade you will need to copy and paste the following URL in your browser:   http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/instruction-feature/off-tee/how-draw-and-fade-video/?pga_cid=newsletter  .]

Draw Setup (when you tee up a drive):
-Place the ball slightly forward in your stance (lining up with your instep instead of your left heel when you are hitting your driver).
-For right handed golfers, shift the grip of your club back (pointing at your belly button) causing the toe of your club to point slightly left of your target line. [Make sure that you reset your hands to allow the club face to point slightly left.]
Tilt your shoulders to allow your trailing shoulder to drop lower than your leading shoulder.
NOTE: If you are swinging over the top with a consistent slice you may need to move your trailing foot back from the target line and learn to swing from the inside to out as you impact the ball.

Bubba Watson love to fade it.  He also hit a great draw to win the Masters.

Bubba Watson loves to fade it. We all remember the great draw shot that Bubba made to win the Masters.  He is the master of both draw & fade.

Fade Setup (when you tee up a drive):
-Place your ball slightly back in your stance (lining up behind the heel of your leading foot.
-Shift your club shaft forward and reset your grip on the club to allow the heel of your club face to move forward of the toe of your club face.
Weaken your grip by placing your trailing hand high on the club, with the V formed by your thumb and first finger, pointing at your belly button.

 

Practice both of these shots but make sure that you set up for a slight draw when you really want to hit it far down the fairway. An aggressive swing with the wrong setup will land your ball in the deep rough, OB or on the wrong fairway.

If you want to enjoy this game learn to control your swing and plan for a draw or fade.  Practice with GOLFSTR+ for every swing in your game:  www.golfstr.com

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Want to Sink More Putts?

Why not increase your odds of sinking more putts? Almost half of your strokes in a round of golf are putts. Fewer putts per green is the easiest way to lower your score. Stop your shaking hands & wrists, avoid mishits on the toe or heel and eliminate short putts (100% of them never go in).

The solution is simple: Fix your line-up, setup, swing motion on your target line, impact and putting distance to increase your odds for success. All of this is wasted if you don’t get a FEEL for the speed of the greens that you are playing on before each round of golf.

Reading the break and distance to hit the putt can only be learned by YOUR “FEEL” for the green speed. You need to learn this on the practice green before you play. Dry or wet conditions, height of the grass and roll of the grass will all have a major impact on your “feel” for the speed of putts on each day on each course.

Now let’s consider each area of putting that you CAN control.

Jordan Spieth using shoulder rock and straight leading wrist for putting excellence to win the US Open.

Jordan Spieth using shoulder rock and straight leading wrist for putting excellence to win the US Open.

Line-up: Stand BELOW the hole or your ball to determine if you are putting up, down or across a slope. Determine the intensity of the break by ranking the slope as “1”, “2” or “3” (minimal to major break). It’s easier to see the slope of the green LOOKING UP HILL. Choose a target point on the green to aim your putt (DEPENDING ON THE INTENSITY OF THE BREAK) and line your toes up parallel to that line for your practice swings. Make sure that you make a few practice swings to get the feel for the swing that you expect will get your ball 10 to 18 inches past the hole. That is aggressive putting. According to the US Open commentators, aggressive putting won it for Jordon Spieth.

Setup: Ensure that the ball is just in front of the center-line between your feet. Hit the ball on the upswing of the arc of your swing to ensure that is rolling and not bouncing at the point of Impact.

Swing Motion: Swing with your shoulders and spine to avoid any shaking motion in your small hand and wrist muscles. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to learn to lock your wrist flat with your forearm. Use the rocking motion of your shoulders and spine to create your swing. The large muscles in your back will give you a smooth takeaway and swing.

Follow-through: Your body acts like a pole so your spine and shoulder rotation will cause your putter to arc around the “pole” (possibly causing the ball to spay right or left depending on your point of contact in the arc). To hit the ball straight up your target line, finish your swing by swaying your hips and putter slightly up the target line. [Try finishing the swing by releasing the putter with your trailing hand and letting your leading hand swing up the target line or just end your swing by pointing up the target line.]

Impact: Focus your eyes on the grass before the ball to ensure that you hit it on the center-line of the putter head. Swing directly up the target line to avoid any side spin off the head of the putter

Distance: Hit past the hole by 10 to 18 inches to minimize the impact of the contour break or surface bumps as the ball slows down. If you rate the slope as a minimal break of “1”, you should account for minimal break when you plan to hit through the break at the hole. Dustin Johnson would have tied the US Open if he had hit his last short putt straight at the hole and through the break.

GOLFSTR+ is great for putting practice and 5 other swing solutions.  Buy it today on our website:  www.golfstr.com

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Golf Tips to Think About: PART 2

Try to figure out the right backswing speed and downswing speed for YOUR GAME. Recreational golfers try to match the swing and distance achieved by a professional golfer but that’s not realistic. The pros that we see on TV have a club swing speed of 120 MPH and hit consistent drives about 300 yards. Unfortunately you are not practicing golf and exercising 5 to 7 days a week. You need to set some realistic goals.

We all want to hit longer drives; with more consistent connection and more greens in regulation. Choose a tee which is reasonable for your level of play so that you are NOT trying to crush every drive and every approach shot.

Why not plan for a realistic goal and setup your swing to achieve it.  Hitting the ball consistently can cut strokes off every hole. Slow your swing down and enjoy the success of making better connection with your ball.

Swing Thoughts for the Pros:
Hank Haney recently pointed out that the ratio for the backswing to the forward swing for professionals is fairly consistent at a 3:1 ratio. This is interesting but it may not be a good swing thought for recreational golfers. Ryan Moore has an extremely slow backswing as he deliberately positions his club. Nick Price has a frantic back and downswing but it does not get him any further down the fairway than Rory McIlroy or Dustin Johnson. [According to Hank, every extra mile per hour of club head speed you generate gives you an extra 2.5 yards in distance.]

If you want to see a crazy sloooow backswing that creates a perfectly controlled ball flight, check out Inbee Park. She just won the Women’s PGA Championship for the third year in a row. Her drives are shorter than most of the ladies on tour (she averages 237 yards). Inbee keeps her leading arm straight in the backswing (possibly she is practicing with GOLFSTR+). Her limited body rotation in her backswing (similar to most aging golfers) gives her shorter drives BUT with more consistent results.

My point here is that recreational players should take as much time as we need to wind up for a smooth transition. Any rush in the transition will mess up your tempo. I know that when I try for extra distance, I cut my backswing short and lose my tempo and distance.

Don’t try for 5 or 10% more distance which may destroy your swing and may result in a topped ball or a fat hit. Get that out of your mind. Go for a smooth transition and a relaxed acceleration through the ball to a balanced finish. Keeping your ball on the flat of the fairway is worth giving up a few extra yards for a drive that could land OB, in the rough, in a trap or behind trees. [NOTE: Inbee my hit shorter shots but they are in the fairway.]

Game Plan:
After you play a round of golf, look at your score card to see where you could have dropped your score by a stroke or 2 on each hole. Was going for the green from a side hill lie worth the risk? Did a major hook or draw around a tree payoff? Could you have played a safer shot out of a bunker? Would a lag putt have been a better idea than putting off the green? Don’t forget to practice with your GOLFSTR+ and get that swing under control. Buy it today at www.golfstr.com .

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Golf Tips to Think About. PART 1

Rory McIlroy shot an 80 on his first round of the Irish Open. Considering that he shot a 61 a few weeks back at the Wells Fargo, you would think that he would be on his game. Royal County Down, where the Open was played, is just down the road from where he lived for many years and he must have played it over 200 times. His recent result was tragic. Or was it?

External Factors?
Is there something in our body clock or mental framework which we have no control over?   Why is it that Rory and so many and others like Ricky Fowler hit the winning formula on 4 days during one tournament and then they fail to perform on the next? Many have studied the effect of the phase of the moon on crime or barometric pressure causing headaches. Could there be a changing force like solar flares or magnetic fields in bracelets or special metals that purify our brains. All of this is crazy stuff or is it?

Rory shooting 80 on the first day of the Irish Open . . .  and he was the host.  Not Happy.

Rory shooting 80 on the first day of the Irish Open . . . and he was the host. Not Happy!

In short, our environment may affect each person differently but when you play the game of golf you need to be mentally focused. Pros that win get their minds in the zone every time they hit a ball. Visualizing the shot; committing to the swing; believing in their ability to make the shot and their ability to block out all external distractions. These seem to be the drives that we need for success. So get your mind TOTALLY on the game when you setup for every swing.

 

Be Game Ready:
Rory knows the course well and being Irish he wanted to do well, so why did his game let him down. We all ask ourselves this question of our own game more often than not. Where did the magic go? We may never know the real cause but we do know that if his mind and body are not willing, then his score will only go up.

Rory, being the host of the Irish Open, had a lot on him mind. Distractions both on and off the course are the last thing you need on your mind. The pressure to win must also be a major concern. Tiger Woods is another example of a professional golfer who has a lot of distraction and pressure to win (shot an 85, worst round in his life as a pro).  I really hope that it’s not their love life that’s messing up their games.  As a recreational player you may not have as much money on the line as the pros but you certainly have distractions to deal with.  Realizing that they may be destroying your game is a good starting point to clear them out of your head when you play.

Be mentally and physically ready to play: We can only suspect that Rory may have been exhausted or rushed during his warmup on his first day of the Irish Open. He did shoot a 71 on the second day but pressure to do really well can also create mistakes.

BOTTOM LINE: Arrive early to get game ready and be focused on YOUR game.
And of course you should practice with your GOLFSTR+. It’s a great solution to keep your mind and swing sharp. Buy it today on our website: www.golfstr.com

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