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how much of the game of golf is mental?

I know of some guys who say golf is 80% mental and 20% physical when you get to a high level, and others who say the opposite.

If you can, please state how many years you have been playing or your handicap.

Aliens guide to better golf!

 

An AMAZING opportunity arises, a visitor who has never heard of Golf volunteers to  help  me & all the golfers on  planet Earth!

How could I resist, this was our conversation! 

I have explained to the Alien the basic principles of golf, so it understands the rudiments of the game.

Now I can tell the alien what I need, and using its superior understanding of the universe, will be able to help all golfers get better!

Aliens asks .       What is the prime objective in playing, 18 holes of golf?

Me                          To go round the 18 holes in as few shots as possible, to hit the ball as far as possible, be consistent  & hit it as straight as possible.To hole putts, to have a great short game, to control my mind, to be calm under pressure, to stay focused, be in the zone, ignore my opponents!

Alien                      Ok Ok, calm down, I only have a limited time here on Planet Earth!

                                 You are telling me golfers on Earth are still learning this stuff?  

Me                           Well we have only been playing for a few hundred years!

Alien                       Not long then?

                                  So to achieve this you would have to have as much control as possible        over yourself,  the golf ball, its direction, its power and its flight. I understand.

You would need to maximise and harness all your tools, make the machine the best you can.

Me                          What do you mean the machine?

Alien                      You, your mind and body, that is everything.

Me                          Yes, the machine must be as consistent and powerfull as possible.  

Me                          Can anything destroy the machines results?

Alien                       Yes of course, your mind/brain could interfere, get confused, wrong advice!

Me                           Ok so to achieve this outcome what do I need to do ?

Alien                       You on Earth have heard of Back Engineering, so lets start at the end.What do you need to get the results you want. How much power do you require to hit a small ball over 300 hundred yards, work it out. How can a mere human achieve this, what muscles can you use to power this, what are the laws you are using, the physics required, its all simple stuff!   

Alien                       Use the laws of Physics as you know them, and anatomy to build the best machine you can. Make it  as simple, strong and efficient as you humans can, so it can repeat, and be more efficient.

Me                           Golf really is a power game, and I need to hit the ball 300 yards, with as much control as possible.

Alien                       To do this you need to work the machine in the most powerful way you can, which is using what you call rotation, and the old  centrifugal force, making sure you move the machine in the best sequence to generate and retain power. This is done by moving the part of the machine nearest the ground first, using the ground to push against and then the next stage works transferring energy into the next segment, then the club will have more energy to impart into the golf ball as you unwind in sequence.

So you can multiply your power.

Its so obvious really! Its like the old rocket technology, fire the energy into the ground which will push the object away with greater force.

Me                           There are a lot of opinions & myths in my golfing world, thank you for your help. 

                                 How can I contact you again?

Alien                        I will contact you!  Oh & when you have mastered this old stuff I will return and really show you the future!

With the Masters in mind here comes Tiger!

Tiger, Foley & FaldoTiger getting ready to play

Tiger wins his first PGA tour event since 2009, and what a great performance it  was.

 He wins Bayhill by five strokes and it was his seventh win at  the Bayhill tournament and 72nd tour victory, one behind Nicklaus, and is know up to sixth in the world rankings.

He is ten wins behind all time PGA tour winner Sam Snead.

All time PGA tour winners. Snead 82  Nicklaus 73  Woods 72  Hogan 64

 It has been well chronicled all the problems he has  gone through and I am not going to go over these again, but it was very entertaining watching Tiger, McDowell, Els, Poulter, all in with a chance of winning on the sunday at Bayhill.

Tigers performance was very impressive, his driving is so much better, he is now in position more often to attack the pins, and crucially he has so much more confidence in his ability to hit fairways,he is also hitting the ball further than he was a few years ago, mainly due to feeling healthy and able to practice more often and for longer.

I was amazed how many so called golfing  experts were so quick to dismiss Tiger Woods as a winner of tournaments and majors. Only a few weeks ago at Pebble Beach when he played the last round with Phil Mickleson, who played incredibly well and won, experts were saying he has lost his putting, his wedges were poor, he had no control of his distances, mentally he was scarred, he should get his money back from Sean Foley!

WOW!

How well is Phil Mickleson playing over the last few events!

At Pebble Beach Phil played great, Tiger played poorly, end of story, its not a determining factor about their future career is it ?

Sean Foley has had Hunter Mahan win, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods win in the last few weeks, he must be due some credit.

How many people were so quick off the mark to dismiss possibly the greatest golfer ever, yes that is debatable I know, Nicklaus has won 18 majors Tiger 14, but Tiger is way ahead of every other player apart from Jack Nicklaus in the hunt for Majors, ahead of Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Watson, Player, Palmer, etc.

Its like well now we know what Tiger is really like, and when he plays poorly  its slag him off time, which I believe is wrong.

We should respect the golfing achievements of Tiger Woods, which are amazing, 72 tour wins now,14 Major wins, how many more majors who knows, I don’t, and neither does Tiger Woods. 

You do not get to this level of performance by being a regular guy, you have supreme talent of course, you have a burning desire to push yourself, to win, you love the competition, you play better under the pressure, you want to be the best ever, you believe you are, you must believe that, you will do whatever it takes to achieve that level of performance you desire, you push yourself in the gym, of course you do , but you have just spent your whole life pushing yourself, striving to get to that place you hold in your mind, your dream, your goal.

And then everyone wants you to be a regular guy, who is perfect in every situation, in front of the camera, in the press, Mr Perfect in every way.

Dream on!   We did believe didn’t we, that here was a perfect person on and off the golf course, the PR dream, then everything changed.

But when all is said and done, for me golf is a better place with having a legend which isTiger Woods playing great golf, with all the up and coming young lions chasing him hard, and with the US Masters coming soon we should be in for one hell of a tournament.Golf tournaments are always better when the Tiger is playing his best, and you know what, I am sure the players want to test themselves against the very very best .

Enjoy the 2012 US Masters, the first major of the year, it could be very special!

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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Latest News Jan 2011

My exciting news for February is that my continued research into the golf swing will take me to California and two of the best golf instructors on the planet

I will be on my travels in February to California, to do more golf research for BOWNGOLF, I will be spending time with Gregg McHatton a PGA of America professional who has the highest qualification in the GOLFING MACHINE  and is a pioneer in educating golfers how to swing the club more efficiently by using the laws of force and motion. You can use the laws of physics or fight them! 

I also will be visiting Carl Welty a PGA of America golf professional who works at the number one golf school in America, the Jim McLean golf school at La Quinta California.

Carl Welty is a expert in video and  has filmed all the greatest golfers since the 1960s to the present, and has worked with many world class PGA tour players.

I will keep you informed  of my travels and experiences and give you the latest info discovered on the trip !

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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Youtube channel Bowngolf

Why Tiger is more consistent than Rory?

Do what Tigers doing -Plan to Get Better in 2011

Tiger is still planning to get  even better than before, better than when he was winning those Majors, that is what drives him onwards, to seek to become the best he can be , and to continue to improve his swing, his fitness, his mind.

He was asked how are his swing changes going, and his reply was  that he needs to be patient, keep doing the correct drills and  enough repetitions so he can master his new movement.

So that information is nothing new to me , but for you that might be a surprise, a surprise that even Tiger needs to work consistently on his swing changes, the need to be patient, or you will become become frustrated if those changes are not on auto after a few buckets of balls, the need to have a PLAN , so you know exactly what you want, and how to get there.

To become better at anything you need to work out what is wrong, why is my ball curving away from the target, why are my divots on the wrong line, why am I topping it, why do I hit some shots really well, then hit it all over the golf course, etc etc.

Get rid of FRUSTRATION  and DOUBT  and plan to make some changes to your game in 2011, follow TIGER,  if its not working CHANGE IT !  Hire yourself a PGA Professional .

So how to make yourself better in 2011. What you need to do for improvement.

1. Go to a Golf Professional.

2. Get your swing filmed on Hi- speed video .

3. Practice what you need to work on Regularly, start slowly, remember my R.M.P.G. Recognise it, Monitor it, Practice it, Groove it.

4. Start  working on your Mobility, develop a stretching routine , get that stiffness out and swing more freely. 

4. Work on your Putting  stroke indoors with a putting plane board.

If you do this and the KEY is Keep doing the Correct practice, you will get better and enjoy your golf even more in 2011 !!

David Bown  PGA AA Professional  Authorized Golfing Machine Instructor

 

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Practicing what I preach !

Nick Faldo golf legend

I first saw Nick Faldo at the World Matchplay at Wentworth in the mid eighties and if you ever stood next to him he was much bigger than you thought,he was 6ft 3 in & 14 st, a very fit player. 

He was a very focused golfer who was always trying to get everything out of his game that he could,  he set about improving his technique with David Leadbetter, so he could be more consistent & win majors & he did achieve that goal, winning three US Masters, 1996 & two back to back  1989 ,1990 & three Open titles 1987,1990,1992. He came second in the PGA 1992 & US.OPEN 1988. He had 40 professional wins & was in eleven Ryder Cup teams & is the current highest points scorer in Ryder Cup history with 25 pts, & is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Nick Faldo was knighted by the Queen in 2009

He was known for his accurate iron play, particularly his long irons, and he was an excellent putter.

I have a good face on view of Nick playing an iron while preparing for the World Matchplay tournament held at Wenrworth, I hope you enjoy it.

http://bit.ly/xQfQ3b

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

contact david@bowngolf.com

07973746872

To view my website. www.bowngolf.com

Youtube channel Bowngolf

 

 

Simon Khan Hi -speed video 3 metal What can you learn?

 

Here is Simon Khan playing a 3 metal at Walton Heath in the U.S. Open qualifier.

His shot went straight onto the green at a short par four of 275 yds, he two putted for a birdie.

Key points for you to see are how he starts the centre of his body moving, his core and chest, his arms go along for the ride , everything has moved in unison, his right side, his hip and chest all turn away very smoothly.

This is a great angle to see his transition from upswing into his start down.

You can clearly see like all top players his lower half starts moving back towards the target first, transferring his weight onto his left leg, this gives him a great platform and stability, so he can swing down in the correct sequence to create his maximum power.

His wrists respond to this move, the club is being pulled or dragged downwards on plane into impact . He has not used his wrists from the top , he has retained their energy and used the correct sequence of motion in his downswing, which is feet pushing into the ground, to give stability for his hips and thighs to do their work, which in turn starts to unwind the core and the chest , which pulls the arms downwards, so the arms and wrists can transfer their energy into the club at the right time.    

His swing is  smooth and unhurried, no wasted motion and very efficient and deceptively powerful, everything is working in the correct sequence, that is why it looks so smooth.

What can you learn.

  1. Start your move of trunk arms and club away from the ball in unison.
  2. Let your right hip and shoulder turn, keeping your right leg in its flex.
  3. Unwind in the correct sequence into the downswing, learn to use your powerhouse , your body, not your arms and wrists. 

Rory and Tiger in Desert storm !

My time at the HSBC tournament in Abu Dhabi was superb, the course was tough, and in great condition, the greens were perfect and very fast, the weather was warm, sunny, and with a light breeze.

The organisation by HSBC was brilliant, there was something for everyone in the village and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

Everything was set for the two main contenders to show their talents, Rory and Tiger, but alas it was not to be .

Rory had the worst kept secret in golf , the Nike deal announced, he had new everything, driver, irons,wedges, putter,ball, shoes and clothing, he missed the cut!

This is why sport is so fascinating, nothing can be taken for granted, no matter who you are, every week its a new challenge, different players coming into form, others losing form.

Rory said the clubs were great, he was just rusty, I believe him, he was a bit rusty and he is a streaky player, when he is on his game he is amazing, when he is slightly off he finds it hard to keep a score going, although last season he really improved in that area of the game.

Rory did not hole anything on the greens, even when he went back to his trusty Scotty the ball would not drop.

He will be back very soon, its a long season, and he needs a bit more time to get his game on song.

This brings me to Tiger, he missed the cut too, had a two stroke penalty to miss the cut by one, he hung in there , but missed a lot of fairways.

It just shows that in the next tournament he plays in, his first on the US PGA tour, he wins by four !!

Ah sport you just never know, and that is what makes it so exciting.

This is why Tigers record over his career is truly amazing, all the variables of sport, yet Tiger just kept on beating everyone every season, we took it for granted, he didnt, he knew how much work it took , the dedication it took, and there are so many players on tour with that desire and dedication, who give it everything each week.

The difference is the special ingredient called, having unbelievable talent !!

2013 should be another great golfing season.

Happy golfing.

 

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

contact david@bowngolf.com

07973746872

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