Golf Strategy & Troubleshooting
Every player knows golf strategy plays a big role in lowering scores. Our swing troubleshooting tips are designed to help you make the most of every swing.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
BackSpin: Common Mental Mistakes
Quick tips to cure the mindThere's a lot of downtime in golf, which allows our minds to wander.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Don’t Get In Your Own Way
Snap a rubber band to snap out of it!My stock answer is to say that golf is 100% mental when your physical is 100%.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Apply my Five Cs for competitive golf and bring some mental power to your gameIf you don't think professional golfers play under considerable pressure, then you may not have seen this year’s major championships.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Don't Let Some Bad Breaks Ruin Your RoundGolf is a lot like life. Some days everything comes easily; other days nothing seems to go your way.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Make clean contact no matter how difficult your lieThe key to this shot is to choke down on the club far enough—all the way to the shaft—if necessary
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Why You Can’t...
(and how you can)One of the great things about the game of golf is that, on occasion, all of us, even the highest handicapper, will hit a shot like a pro. It might be a well-struck drive, hitting a par-5 in two or holing out a bunker shot.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Ain’t Bad, Just Is
Catch a bad break? Don’t let it get you down. Escape!I can’t go at this shot right-handed because the cactus impedes my stance. But I can get the ball back in play by playing a left-handed shot.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Manage Your Game
Think Better, Score BetterA common saying in golf is that the game is 90% mental.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Spotlight: Charles Howell III
Find out what Charles Howell III thinks about iron play and his new Bridgestone ironsArguably one of the best American-born players in his 20s on the PGA Tour, Augusta native Charles Howell III had a great year in 2007. His second win came at the famed Riviera CC—a victory that kick-started his best year as far as PGA Tour earnings are concerned, having amassed more than $2.8 million on the golf course. For ’08, Howell’s game looks even better, thanks to a newfound confidence in his swing, putting and, most of all, in his new golf clubs.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Four shots that will save you eight strokesI call it The New Math, but you can think of it as a simple way to cut strokes from your scorecard quickly and easily. As an instructor, I like to teach my students the basic premise that by adding to their technical repertoire and eliminating incorrect moves, they can effectively lower their handicaps. In other words, I believe that a good instructor subtracts as much, if not more, than they add. By eliminating inefficient and wasted motion and streamlining your technique, you’ll be making a giant first step toward improving your swing and your scores.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
4 Ways To Score With A Hybrid
By now, you’ve probably realized that hybrid clubs are a lot easier to hit than traditionally shaped long irons. The ball flies higher and lands softer with a hybrid, making them ideal for shots deep in the fairway that require a soft landing on the green. But what you may not know is hybrid clubs are also designed to perform well from a variety of other locations on the golf course. From the rough, the fringe, even the bunker—the hybrid can be an effective tool for saving your score.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Back To Basics
Step 1: Observe. As you approach your shot, take in the entire environment, including your lie, yardage, wind, hazards and your intended target. There’s a lot of info to process, but with a little practice, it’s easy to do.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Use Your Head
Learn to improve your scores without changing your swing
What’s your goal in the game of golf? If it’s primarily to enjoy the outdoors or spend time with friends and family on the links, then you probably don’t need a lot of instruction. For most of us who love the game, however, the challenge of playing well and competing is a major part of why we’re hooked.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Many popular swing tips and equipment theories are just plain wrongIf you practice your backswing at a gas pump while talking on your cell phone, the station will explode. Its myths like this—though hardly as ludicrous—that can send golfers who need the right answers into a tailspin. The trouble with myths is that most sound reasonable, and usually are passed from one golfer to the next with only good intentions. Nevertheless, the common tip shared across grill room tables and on tee boxes nationwide tends to do more harm than good if only because the true reasoning behind the suggestion is misunderstood. Lets clear the air, shall we?
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Five Strategies For Lower Scores
Change your game without changing your swingThere’s little doubt that proper swing fundamentals and short-game techniques are important parts of a consistent golf game. Good golf, however, isn’t purely about perfect mechanics; it’s also largely about strategy. Fortunately, there are several key strategies anyone can easily utilize to produce lower scores. Better yet, using your smarts is a lot easier than trying to create a fundamentally perfect backswing or impact position. In this regard, the title of this story holds true—you can score better without changing your swing.
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Pull The Trigger
Great swings begin with great starts
Many of my new students ask me about how to correctly initiate the golf swing. They want to know what trigger will allow them to start their motions smoothly and on the correct path. This common question comes from those who suffer from a condition that plagues everyone, from novices to touring professionals. I like to call it “paralysis by analysis.”
Sunday, February 1, 2004
50 Best Playing Tips
Easy keys for making the most of every swing during every round
Are you one of those golfers who absolutely pures it on the practice range with every club in the bag, but eventually goes into the tank during the course of play? It’s an unfortunate scenario experienced by a vast majority of golfers, most often caused by too little time dedicated to practice or too long a time period between rounds. For most golfers, the onset of trouble starts on the very first tee, where high anxiety invariably sends the tee shot deep into the woods.
Sunday, June 1, 2003
Golf Cart RhythmSummer is rapidly closing in, meaning you probably have a golf vacation or two lined up. While the unfamiliarity of a new course may be your primary concern, you should consider the ill effects of another resort golf experience: the mandatory use of carts.
Friday, November 1, 2002
Rethink Your Game
How do you really lower your scores? A change of approach can lead to a favorable change in scoreMany of you scour the pages of this magazine looking for the magic answer to this question. If that’s your motivation, then this article is for you. On the following pages, I’ll show you how to drop strokes from your game by simply changing your approach on the tee box and on the putting green. After all, if you can get down the fairway regularly and hole the putts you’re supposed to make—and some of the ones you shouldn’t—you’ll be well on your way to playing your best rounds ever.