Fearless Golf!

Play with a better mind and shoot lower scores

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SCARY TEE SHOTS:
Don't Forget To Turn
Fear can be a great detriment not only to the mind, but also to how the body performs. Often, when we get fearful, the bigger muscles in the body shut down and the smaller muscles try to take over. In the case of a tee shot like this, that's exactly what you don't want. The key when getting fearful and nervous is to always remember that better shots are achieved when the body rotates down and through. If you get fearful and stop turning, the hands will take over and flip through the shot. Now, you may get away with that sometimes, but it's not a good way to maintain any sense of consistency. Remember to always turn and hit down into the golf ball. And don't be afraid to make a divot!

RICK'S TAKE
DON'T BE SCARED!

Hey, most course architects are on your side, right? As diabolical as some may be, often there's a bail-out area somewhere on a difficult hole. In the case of the above par-3 at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, Calif., Tom Fazio left some room to the left for players who just don't have the gusto to clear the water to a difficult green. Now, here's the rub. Not every shot needs to be a hero shot. If you're uncomfortable for whatever reason, don't force a shot that just doesn't feel right. Bail out and get up and down. It's a lot easier to play it safe than forcing a shot you're not comfortable with.

TOO MUCH TENSION:
Rehearse to relax



It's not how fast you swing, it's how you swing fast! When you get tense over a tee shot, whether it's the first or last, it becomes easy to decelerate and try and steer the ball down the fairway, which as you'd guess, hardly
ever works. To relax and remember to accelerate, practice making some driver swings with the club slowly falling from the top of the swing and swinging fastest past the ball. I like to actually tee up a ball so I can get a visual for where the ball is and accelerate alongside it. The fastest part of my rehearsal swing should occur in front of the ball, not behind it.





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