Improving your golf

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Don’t get frustrated with golf , after all it is supposed to be “only a game”.

Golf is a walk in the fresh air, a time to reflect on life , yet to get away from the grind of the office.

However golf is a game that for 4-5 hours you don’t want to play badly and have a bad day. The saying a “bad day at golf is better than a good day at the office ” is one that I would beg to differ….. Nothing is more frustrating than being out there for 4-5 hours with no escape , so you need a back up plan to improving your golf…..

A golf swing that you can call on when all else fails.

I always recommend to my students reverting back to a half swing with limited movement to gain consistency and control, going back to a “favourite club” and basically playing target golf for the entire golf round to improving their golf .

Picture a fine game of chess or snooker, you build up your attack , conserve when things are not going to plan. Improving your golf game  is no different .

The golf swing needs to be nurtured at times and finding that short cut grass on the fairways is essential , rather than playing golf from the trees.

Improving your golf comes from experience from previous demises , yet as you learn “how to get the ball around the course” even when things aren’t going well is the sign of a true champion.

My best advice is to find the fairway under all circumstances, if you have to tee off with a 7 iron to do so …then that is what you do !.

If you are leaving bunker shots in , then go out sideways or backwards just to get out then that is what you do!

Golf is a game of survival , a game that we love yet a game that demands respect.

Happy golfing

 

Jonathan Porter

 

To Practice your golf or not to Practice

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For any golfer the question is ” Should I practice to improve my golf ?”

The answer is not a simple as just “Yes” . This is due to the fact that sometimes golfers practice their mistakes , thereby ingraining their faults further.

I am a firm believer that once you have had a golf lesson on video, you must practice with some form of video analysis ……use your mobile device, video camera or the like.

Once you know what your faults are it is important that you keep monitoring them , not every shot yet lets say 1 in 20 balls to begin to ensure that you are on the right track. Too many golfers practice by hitting 100 balls with no gap in between . By analysing your golf swing it gives you the opportunity of 1) viewing your golf swing, 2) having a breather to regroup.

Ben Hogan used to practice with only 20 balls at a time back in the day whereby balls used to be picked up by hand. So Ben would pick his balls up and be fresh to hit the next 20. Keeping in mind that there are many videos of Ben Hogan in his prime and photos of Ben Hogan in the correct positions.

Practicing your golf  is important so that you are educating not your muscles but your mind to get you into the position that your golf pro has stipulated.

Practicing your golf  is also important so that you are able to feel your golf swing and take that feeling to the course . You simply don’t want to have thoughts in your mind that are technical .

“Perfect Practice makes Permanent”