The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!

The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!

Yes you probably don’t believe it but I am going to prove it to you on the video below of Gene Littler and Byron Nelson playing a match on The Shells Wonderful World of Golf show in 1962.  Heck I was 12 years old then.  I remember the golf balls we had then and the golf clubs.  Sure golf clubs were heavier and shorter.  The golf balls were soft and curved a lot more.

We never heard of blades because the typical blade golf club was all we had!  Every kid I knew started out with a set of Sam Snead Blue Ridge.  I started out with a set of wooden shafted irons and one ladies three wood, Louise Suggs.

Heck when I played in the 70’s we used to carry a ring which hung from our golf bags that you could use to push the golf ball through the ring to make sure it was still round.  We would use a golf ball for only three holes on tour then.  Yup, three holes and into the shag bag it went!  What’s a shag bag?  Well we hand to carry our own practice balls back then and our caddies would stand out on the range and catch the golf balls and put them back in the bag.

I looked all over Google and could not find a picture of a driving range full of caddies.  Maybe you can find one and email it to me.  It was amazing they didn’t get killed out there.

First take a look at the video below, (only 10 minutes long) and notice that the drives from Byron Nelson and Gene Littler were going 230 to 240 yards at the longest.  One par three was 225 yards and they hit their drivers!  They were using 5 irons from 160 yards!  Boy how the game of golf has changed.

Another bonus is you’ll get a peak at Pine Valley Golf Club.

 

The show was held at the very secretive Pine Valley golf club.  You can read a nice article which was forwarded to us by one of our valued lesson members Howard Casway.

See the complete article on Pine Valley and it’s very interesting history at http://articles.philly.com/2016-02-08/sports/70424528_1_pine-valley-crump-cup-clementon

What is the Proper Hip Turn in the Golf Swing?

What is the Proper Hip Turn in the Golf Swing?

I hear from so many students that they heard or read “you need to start your down swing with the hips.”  Well Sergio says he starts his by pulling down on a chain!  Bottom line is it depends on the golfer and what he or she feels.  You need to get the golf club back to square at impact and have to “balance” your motion so that all the parts of your swing, (body-arms-hands) get to the right place at impact at the right time.  Make sense?

Yes there is a slight surge with the lower body at the beginning of the down swing but don’t over emphasize it!!!!  Why?  Because the center of gravity of your golf swing is the base of the spine and your golf swing in the purest sense should rotate around it.

I believe one of the best ways to see if your body is sliding rather than turning the hips is to take a video of the back of your golf swing.  Here’s a perfect example below.  Below that video is a video analysis of a really good golfer sliding their hips which caused inconsistency.  We include in the video what we need to do to fix it – Quick!

For a complete FREE analysis of your swing online just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for instructions.  You’ll get a complete analysis as well as a drill for your specific swing need.

Golf is 90% in Your Head?

Golf is 90% in Your Head?

90%-golf-in-headI’ve heard that comment all my life.  If 90% of golf is in your head why do we hit so many balls at practice?  I do know one thing.  You can certainly loose it with your mind or any negative thoughts on the golf course.  Gary Player once said, “the difference between a good golfer and a great golfer is they way they think.”

Now that I have more than 50 years of golf behind me I find that what you’re thinking can not only affect your golf score but also those around you and you’re overall well being.  What I would like to share with you today is how what you think will not only affect your golf score but it will change your outlook on the game of golf all together, and yes maybe even your outlook on life.  Golf could be 90% in your head maybe?  You be the judge.

I will also teach you what I know about what to think the night before, on the way to the golf course, during practice and of course on the golf course.  This is good information so please read on.

First, you need to think about your golf game the night before.  Plan out what your course strategy is and stick to it.  Don’t second guess yourself.  You can watch videos of how one would prepare a strategy for playing a golf course on our Golf Webinar Archive page.  About two thirds down the page called How To Play Smart Golf at Pendleton.

When preparing your strategy make sure you are realistic on the shots you expect to play.  As Nicklaus would say, “play within yourself.”  Do NOT dream of that 300 yard drive on the par 5 fifth for example, unless you can con90%-of-golf-in-your-headsistently, notice I said consistently drive the ball 300 or better.

Then there is what you think on the way to the golf course.  Forget the loud rock and roll music on the way and stay away from coffee.  Keep your eyes on the road ahead but take advantage of the drive to slow yourself down.  Leave early so you can drive under the speed limit.  Take deep breaths and think positive thoughts. 

Once you get to the golf course feel positive and think positive.  Start to build your bubble by not looking at any of the other players.  That was a BIG tip I got from Roberto DeVincenzo.  I said to him on the range while preparing to play in a Tournament what beautiful swings some of the players had.  He said don’t look at them!  He won over 230 tournaments in his career he should know.  Some of the players with picture perfect swings don’t always make it.  Look at Jim Furyk, Lee Trevino and others.

Another thing Roberto told me was, “to make it on tour you either have to have a great swing or great faith and great faith beats a great swing every time!”  So maybe he’s thinking that 90% of golf IS in your head?

You can check out my Blog post on How to Prepare to Play Golf  It’s a step by step plan for getting ready to play golf.  In building my positive attitude to play golf, I start talking to myself.  I close my eyes and feel the breeze on my face, then hit some soft shots in slow motion and try to slow myself down. This self hypnosis is critical to building the positive attitude you’re going to need in your round of golf.

golf-90%-in-headI’m also building the bubble.  What is the bubble?  It’s the “onliness” of golf that Hale Irwin talks about.  You’re the only person out there and you have to communicate with yourself, know yourself in competition and have total control of your emotions.  One thing is being a little nervous which is good, another is having control of your emotions.  You have probably seen that deep stare you see on most tour payers during a tournament.  That’s the bubble.

How should you think on the golf course?  FOLLOW YOUR GAME PLAN!!!!   If you decided to hit three wood off the 12th hole the night before, stick to that decision.  It doesn;t matter whether you’re way behind or ahead of your goals for the day.  Nicklaus was a fanatic about it and look at how well he did.  Having confidence in your game plan is key to having your thoughts continue to be positive throughout the round.

Lets say your round isn’t going as hoped.  Do NOT panic!  It’s only golf!  Controlling your emotions means you will be better prepared to look at your performance after the round and determine what changes need to be made.  A shaky start builds character in ones golf game.  A great player can double bogey the first hole and still shoot under par.  The same is true at your level of golf no matter what your level is.  If your average golf score is 90 and you start off with three double bogeys and still shoot your average, now you’re playing golf!  Starting off like a house on fire is not a guarantee of a good round for you that day.

Whenever either your swing goes negative on you or you get some bad breaks, slow down and take deep breaths.  Nicklaus also said, “golf is NOT a game of perfect.”  When a pilot gets in turbulence the pilot slows down the air speed.  You should do the same with your golf game.  Things start to go bad be patient, think calmly, slow down.  Slowdown your swing speed and take a little more club.  Talk to yourself and calm yourself down.  Panic or loss of temper will NOT help your cause one bit.

One last thing.  The gang you play golf with!  You have one very big disadvantage in that you’re riding in a golf cart with someone.  I suggest whenever you can, let your playing partner have the golf cart and walk some.  Feel the breeze on your face and make an effort to get in the bubble.  Worthless chatter during golf is a problem when it comes to scoring your best.  Make sure to stay away from any negative chatter!  Any comments like the course is too long, too wet, the greens are bumpy are all poison to your attitude and personal bubble.  Avoid golfers who talk negative on the golf course like the plague.

The exception to this is corporate or client golf.  You’re there to entertain your prospect and get the sale, not play your best golf.  Don’t confuse the two.

Golf is 90% in your head, maybe.  For the other 10% get out your cell phone and take a video of your golf swing and email to me for a complete analysis absolutely FREE!  For instructions on how to get the free lesson online go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

Golf is the Game of Business

Golf is the Game of Business

We’re starting something brand new at Quick Fix Golf.  I would like to feature at least once a month, or hopefully twice a month, one of our lesson members. The purpose is NOT to talk about how great Quick Fix is or how they’re finally scoring under the low thousands!

The purpose is to promote what they do for a living or what community project they’re in.  For instance, I am proud to say that I’m a Rotary member.  Rotary does everything it can to help the community as well as their excellent work with Polio victims.

lisa-wright-neriumWe’re featuring this week Lisa Wright.  Lisa has served our community as a Police Officer, (currently holding the rank of Captain).  Soon to retire after 27 years of service she has started a new venture which fits her abilities perfectly.  Here’s the important part.  So does GOLF!

I tell my students all the time, keep business cards in your golf bag!  You just don’t know who you are going to run into at the golf course.   When I’m giving lessons I always ask what the student does for a living, what’s their hobbies and try to remember who else in our group would benefit from their abilities.  If you’re in any kind of sales position your crazy if you don’t make the effort to let everyone know what you do.

I also suggest you be suave about it.  Don’t jump down anyone’s throat!  Just let them know first what you do, enjoy the golf game and try and build a relationship.  I’m writing a full Special Report on this topic and will email it out shortly.

NeriumIn Lisa’s case, she has jumped on broad with an Inc. 500 company called Nerium International.  Al though you may have heard of other companies  that offer a miracle cream, Lisa has convinced me that this is NOT the case with Nerium. You can read all bout the secret of the product here http://www.nerium.com/product-landing/product-story.  With the baby boom generation panicking over what they now see in the mirror, Lisa’s timing is perfect.  There are also some positive effects to the entire body in increased energy and more.

All products are clinically researched, medically backed (Princeton University after 20 years of testing), patented and all natural/botanical so EVERYONE can take/use them. 

You can get to Lisa’s website by going to http://www.lrwright.nerium.com  Lisa has a complete group of products and they’re not just for the ladies!  Yes guys, the ladies will like you better if you took a little better care of your face.  Some extra energy wouldn’t hurt either!

If you’re a member of Quick Fix Golf, I will be sending you an email asking you if you and your business would like to be featured on our Blog.  No charge and you don’t owe me any commissions!

Oh yea I forgot about our junior golfers!  I always tell them about how golf will help them in any career they choose.  They don’t have to become golf pros.  Playing a respectable golf game will help any newcomer to the work place.  It could make the difference between getting hired or not. Nothing like a few hours on the golf course with the boss having a cold one, (once you’re old enough).

Stay tuned for the next member we feature.  They might have a business that could help you!