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Get Rid of Inconsistent Golf Once and For All

When I am on the range or on the course teaching, there seems to be a huge number of golfers that come to me and they are what I call OUTSIDERS.

I will explain what I mean.

The OUTSIDERS are a type of golfer, its a way they swing the club, they can be young or old, they can be fit or weak, flexible or strong, male or female, they can be experienced golfers, they are struggling golfers, golfers who do not improve, never play to their potential, golfers who resign themselves and think  they are uncordinated and will never play good golf, so its a very large percentage of people out there.

What is the opposite of an OUTSIDER? Its an INSIDER!

An INSIDER refers to the way a golf club is swung.

Let me explain an OUTSIDER to you first, its what I see so often on the driving range and teaching bays throughout the world.

Is this you?

You want to hit the ball as far as possible, you put a huge amount of physical effort into hitting the ball, you see the distances on the range and you feel obligated to get the ball out there as far as you can, you try and hit a seven iron 150 yds but only hit it 125 yds maybe, you never hit the same shot three times running, it goes left , then it goes right, you hit one straight but it flies just above the ground, or you hit the ground before the ball, if you hit one solid it goes very high?

You are an OUTSIDER!

You let the those thoughts and moves control you!

You try so hard to get the clubhead to hit the ball.  

You try to get clubhead speed and get the clubhead to the ball as quickly as possible.

Would you like to be an INSIDER?

Do you want to be more consistent?

Do you want to hit the ball much further with less strain and effort?

Do you want a reliable shot shape?

Do you want to strike the ball with more authority?

So this is how you become an INSIDER.

You focus on what  you do.

You are aware of your thoughts, and you control your racing mind and haphazard thoughts and quieten your mind down through focusing on what you want your MIND and BODY to do and its not trying to hit the ball!

First Step.

Your MIND must be in play and working for you not against you.

Your MIND/BRAIN sends signals to you muscles which move your bones, which moves the golf club, which moves the ball.You need to know how to move your body.

So you must learn to move  your inside, your core, hips, trunk so that they are the power source, so the club starts following your movement during the swing, the club is a follower not the leader.

Most golfers THROW or PUSH the club with their arms to generate power and when that does not work, they THROW or PUSH it even harder!

Your arms are NOT your power source !

They arms transmit the energy developed by your body from your pivot and a sequence of events occur so you unleash your full potential through the ball, its like a boxer throwing a punch, they use their body, feet, hips, trunk in the correct order and it releases out through the arm, they dont stand flat footed and stick an arm out as hard as they can.

Same as throwing a baseball pitch or a cricket ball, a javelin, the shot, the hammer, the INSIDER, the body, moves first before the OUTSIDE speeds up.

So learn to control your mind and  body and work on getting your INSIDE to move your OUTSIDE.   

The OUTSIDERS are your Arms, your Wrists, and  the Clubhead !

So you have a choice the INSIDERS use THE LAWS of MOTION and the OUTSIDERS  FIGHT THE LAWS of MOTION!   

Which one are you?

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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My Top Ten Suggestions for improving your Golf

 

I thought it would be really helpful to write down my top ten suggestions for improving your golf.

If you are not doing anything to improve your golf at the moment, these suggestions are a must!

If you are wondering why your golf is not improving ask yourself how many of these are you doing!

TOP TEN SUGGESTIONS

1.  Ask yourself what do you want to achieve with your golf?

2.  Consult a PGA golf professional.

3.  Form a plan of action with your chosen PGA professional and set some goals.

4. Have your swing filmed by your PGA professional at the beginning to provide a reference point, so you know where you are right now. No guesswork involved, as feel can be very misleading.

5  Stick to the plan that your professional and you have implemented, and be patient.

6  Spend  some time practicing in front of a mirror, to develop your feel and rehearse your swing in slow motion.

7 Work on your putting and short game.

8 Make sure you understand how important  the mind game is to your improvement, and start working on it.

9 Start working on your mobility and fitness

10 Enjoy the journey you are about to begin.

If you implement these top ten suggestions you will really start developing your game to a higher level.

 

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

Lynn Blake Certified Instructor

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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.

Wow what a performance! Darren Clarke Open Champion 2011

After all those years of trying to win the Open, Darren Clarke finally achieved his golfing dream!
To become the champion golfer for 2011 and go down in history as the Open champion.

He had control of his swing and his mind during those four rounds of golf played in atrocious and testing weather conditions.
What a deserving champion, we all know the hard times Darren has had to go through, and to come through all of that, come out the other side, and win now, must be even more special to him .

He was asked at the beginning of the week all about Rory, how is he playing etc, all the younger players were in the limelight, it was the new age of the young guns, so we were told, McIlroy, Fowler, Mannessaro, Ishikowa, Donald is world number one, Westwood was there, Poulter, Rose, Casey.
The Americans were out of it we were told. Well they were all over the leaderboard this year!

Good old Darren!

Golf is a funny old game, and just because we witness a sensational performance by Rory Mcilroy to become US Open champion, GMac wins the year before, Donald is world number one, Westwood is always around, Harrington won back to back Opens, the media tell us that the Americans are finished, rubbish!

A class act is a class act whatever their nationality. They have players coming through and they want to turn the momentum around.

European golf is outstanding, we are very strong, Ryder cup success, success breeds success. A fellow European tour player wins a major, the next guy says I can beat him, I play every week against him, and I have beaten him on the regular tour, I can do it again.

I think Rory Mcilroy has learned a lot from Darren Clarke, but Darren has learned a lot from a young gun called Rory, mainly, CONFIDENCE and FOCUS and BELIEF, he always had the skills, the ball striking ability, he won WGC event against Tiger several years ago.

Interestingly the swing I show you was taken last year when Darren had to qualify at Sunningdale to play in the 2010 Open!


What a difference a year makes!

Keep believing, no matter what happens.

Darren did!

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

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Lee is now ranked number 3 in the world, and he has got to that ranking by performing at a very high level consistently.

I was watching him practice at the BMW championship at Wentworth, and you can see the  hi -speed video I took.

Here is a player who has got a lot of confidence in his ability at the moment,  his all round game is very high, his driving is his strength, his putting has really improved and so has his short game.

What can you learn from Lee?


He is very precise with his set up and alignment,  has great rythm and balance and has worked very hard on his weaknesses which were his pitching, chipping and sand shots. Now these areas of his game are much improved, his consistency in his scoring has greatly improved as well, so when he hits the errant shot he can get up and down and  keep his score together, which breeds more confidence. 

Watching all these top players at Wentworth , it is such a small margin that divides the winners, the losers, the players that make the cut, and the ones that don’t, they all strike the ball so well on the range, it is how they play the game on the course that makes the difference . How do they cope with a bad swing, a bad bounce, wrong club selection, bad luck, the conditions of the course,  can they continue to play their game under pressure, how is their confidence, do they believe they can win, believe they can make that crucial putt, can they take the chance when it comes, have they got the inner strength to keep going. do they really believe in themselves?

My key points to improve  are.

  1. Find a good Instructor
  2. Video your swing and know your swing.
  3. Know your weaknesses.
  4. Have a plan to work on them.
  5. Work on your mind game.

Tiger Woods Mystery !

Tiger’s in the news but, not for his golf ! We very rarely hear anything about Tiger’s personal life , everything about his life is so well controlled, just like his golf, everything ordered, planned out and executed. Until now !

What is going on ? All his fans want to know .  I am sure we will find out soon.

Well this just shows that Tiger is human , not a machine. He can control many things out on the course, but not everything in his life. 

We can all learn from Tiger, his planning, his dedication, his mental toughness in the heat of the battle out on the golf course, but sometimes things don’t go as we like.  On the the golf course, we sometimes feel out of control and go into the downward spiral of doubt and lose our confidence .

How can you recover and regain your composure?  

Take a few deep breaths, refocus on what you want to achieve, slow down your breathing, filter out any unneccesary thoughts and focus on one thing at a time. Try it next time. It works !

Tiger Woods

Tigers Missing Link is it Lindsey?

Has Tigers improved form, two wins this season so far on the PGA tour had anything to do with his private life being more settled?

Tiger just announced yesterday he has a new woman in his life, Lindsey Vonn, a blonde twenty eight year old, pin up girl of the skiing world, she is a downhill skier, she skied for the USA in the Olympics and competes in the World championships and World Cup downhills and has a great record.

She recently had a very bad skiing accident damaging her knee & Tiger sent his private jet to pick her up after the accident, this was the first news of them together.

Tiger has certainly played much better, his short game and putting have been back to his old standard, he still has lapses with the driver, but he is putting together rounds more consistently, and as a build up to the Masters, he must be happy with his current form.

Also he must be really happy with the form of Lindsey Vonn!

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It is probably a good idea to make it all public now and end speculation before the first major comes round.

It will be another interesting story to follow as the season unfolds.

Tiger has the world no 1 in his sights due to Rory Mcilroys poor start to the season and he could be back at the no 1 ranking in the next week or two, especially if he wins his eighth title at Bay Hill this week, an incredible performance.

We will see how much his personal life has influenced his golf and if it helps him get back on course to win more majors, so far 14, and get closer to Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.

 

Happy Golfing,

 

David

 

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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Louis Oosthuizen wins Big!

Louis Oosthuizens win at the Open was a superb achievement, beating all the greatest players in the world at the home of golf, St Andrews.

He looked so calm and relaxed throughout the championship smiling, and then focusing on the shot at hand when needed.

He has a very good swing, relaxed with great rhythm and balance, so I wondered why he has not put on more performances like this  .

I believe he had a calmness, he was clear in his thoughts, he knew what he had to do and still maintained control of himself and his emotions throughout the tournament, and that is special, this does not happen every week or he would be winning more and having more top tens during the season. We shall see if winning the Open gives him more belief in his great talent over the coming months.

He was able to keep delivering the shots over the seventy two holes, no real mistakes, hitting fairways and driving very long, even at the road hole he did not change his approach, he took out driver and played a great tee shot, he did the same on Saturday, when his competitors were making mistakes, I watched them all hit great shots then later a few shots went off line , in bunkers, or wrong club selection, Oosterhuizen did not, he was so consistent.

I know he got a break with the weather on the second day, maybe that helped  a few strokes but not seven!

I shall watch his progress, and we shall see if he goes on to even more titles.

What can you learn?

If your mind is calm , focused and you keep to your gameplan, and then you can play to your best and not get in your own way. If your mind game is good and your scores are not, you must work on creating an efficient and technically sound swing that will deliver results when you really need it.

If you look at my Hi-speed videos of the tour players you can see how efficiently they move their bodies throughout their swing and how their sequence of movement is so good.