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!

Golf Down Swing Sergio Garcia Style

Golf Down Swing Sergio Garcia Style

Now please pay attention because those of you that have been taking lessons with me in the past have heard me hammer this concept again and again. What have I been saying?

Here’ how some of the BEST players in the world describe their down swing.

  1. Tiger Woods, “I feel like my arms are dropping out of the sky in front of my chest.”
  2. Al Geiberger, “I feel like I’m ringing a bell.”
  3. Davis Love III, “My Dad taught me to pound a stake in the ground.”
  4. Ben Hogan, “I feel like I’m pulling and arrow out of the quiver.”
  5. Jack Nicklaus, “I feel like I have to get the club to the ball before the buttons of my shirt get there.”
  6. Now here’s Sergio Garcia saying, “My Father told me to feel like pulling a chain down with both hands.”

sergio-garcia-golf-down-swing-lagSo many golfers buy in to the drive with the legs, transfer your weight to your front foot etc. etc.  All causing nothing but frustration because of the added motion of the body sending the golf club off path, not to mention killing your lag or as the engineers put it, “angular acceleration”.

Here’s a picture of Sergio from the article in Golf Digest February 2016.  The complete article is on page 16.  He also adds that “it’s important to NOT be in a hurry to get down to the ball.”  Another thing you will notice form the article is that Sergio is actually flat footed at impact.  It reminds of the drill Butch was doing with Tiger years ago back when Tiger was dominating.  Hmmmmmm?

Butch had Tiger hit four iron punch shots while maintaining his right foot on the instep at the finish. Why?  To slow the hips down!  Butch probably knew Tiger’s left knee was not going to stand up to such abuse emanating from the hips.

Alright I get it now, what do I do????

Step 1: You’ve got to get tilted properly at the top of the back swing.  You need these two drills.  The elbow drill    The handle bar drill

If you don’t get to the proper tilt at the top of the back swing you can pull down all you want and it won’t work!  You’ll be screaming obscenities at the Cuban when it ain’t my fault.  You need to practice this in front of a mirror and now that there’s snow outside there’s no better time to drill this move into submission.  Slowly and deliberately in front of a full length mirror.

Step 2: Work on getting the arms started first on the downswing.  I suggest not pulling so hard or in a hurry.  Feel your arms move slowly with your body staying perfectly still.  Sure when you hit a golf ball your body will move but for the purpose of the drill, just move only your arms and get your arms to move independent of your body.  (Oh yea, forget that connected baloney you read about in magazines or seen on TV)

Do the 2 o’clock drill and Swoosh drill

If you’re a Quick Fix Golf member take advantage of your UNLIMITED video analysis feature and video yourself doing the drills and send it in an email to quickservice@quickfixgolf.com

If you’re NOT a member yet, you can still send us a video of your swing FREE so you can try before you join at no risk to you.  For details go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

Below is an old analysis I did of Sergio.  Maybe that will help you too?

Improving Your Golf Game Over the Winter

Improving Your Golf Game Over the Winter

I love the golf off-season!  Maybe because I love to practice golf.  Why?  Because practicing properly makes golf more enjoyable.  Playing golf poorly is NO fun!  If you play golf five or six times a year that’s OK.  It’s a day out for you. Enjoy the day, your friends and don’t get aggravated because you are most likely NOT going to play a decent round of golf. 

For the true golfer, (those that have been bitten seriously by the bug) a crummy day on the golf course is agony and frustrating for the golfer and for those around them.  Golf can be so frustrating!  You must accept that as part of the beauty of the game and keep your frustration to yourself and be determined to make a well planned effort to improve.

That’s why I love the golf off-season.  This opens an opportunity to target specific areas of your golf game for improvement without the pressure of having to perform on the golf course. Only play when you’re ready to put your new skills to the test.  I like to tell students, “you’re putting the car in the garage to do a valve job so you can’t drive it for now, (stay off the golf course).  Maybe I should add that you can still play golf on those nice days that surprise us during the winter that’s OK.  But, do not expect miracles or a finished product from your off-season work.  Expect the car to sputter a little until the value job is done.

What do you need to do and what do you need in tools to improve?

  1. You need a full length mirror – Just like a ballet dancer you need to see yourself doing your dance step, (golf swing drill).  You need to perform the drills slowly with vigilance in the mirror to make sure you are performing the drill properly.  I’d rather do three (3) drills properly than twenty (20) wrong.  Junk in junk out!  In our Lesson Action Manual, (sorry only available to members) there is an entire section dedicated to practicing a drill properly.  Mucho Importante! For members go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com and look for the Members tab upper right.  Login and then go to the Golf Action Manual tab and click on that to get to the manual.  See pages 22 through 25.
  2. This will sound basis but you need someone you can trust to evaluate where you are golf-lesson-on-cell-phonein the process and critique how you’re practicing. With today’s technology you can take a “selfie” of yourself dong the drill, email it out to me for immediate feedback BEFORE you head to far down the wrong road potentially causing more bad habits than the ones you have now.  I use the V1 system which you can download on your computer for FREE at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/golf-lessons-retrieval/ (bottom of the page) or down load for about $2.99 the cell phone version which is quite convenient.
  3. You either need a few decent days to test your drills on the range or a range that is covered and sometimes heated in your area.  Most towns have one.  Video your drill work at the range as well.  You can view the video later at home, compare it to older videos and email it off to your coach if they offer such a service, (we allow unlimited videos analyzed with our yearly membership).
  4. I try to stay away from teaching tools or gimmicks.  They generally end up in the vijay-signh-golf-progarage collecting dust.  Quite frankly touring pros generally don’t use them either.  Too cumbersome to carry around with you from town to town on the road.  I get annoyed at pros that suggest you should purchase a swing plane tool for $299 when they themselves use an old broken shaft and a water bottle! Notice this picture of Vijay Signh doing just that.
  5. Keep a golf club handy by the sofa – You’re watching TV?  No reason why you can’t pick up the golf club and work on your grip during a commercial.  I get up and do a short drill taking care not to pop someone on the head.  Not necessarily a full length or full swing drill.  I take the opportunity to “NAG” the movement I am trying to re-program into submission.  It’s the number of PROPER reps you log that will make the difference.  You most likely will NOT get to the range often enough so you have to take advantage of practice at home.  Setting up a net and mat at home in the garage is great if you can do it.  If you don’t have a net you can get some very soft foam golf balls at Walmart. 

Ready to get going!  The spring will be here before you know it so get going.  Please send me your video if you’re a member and if you’re not your first video analysis is FREE.  Just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

I can be reached at 804-378-7456.

Bubba Watson’s Golf Swing Analysis

Bubba Watson’s Golf Swing Analysis

Yes from one Wild Man to another, I like Bubba’s swing and I can prove it’s better than you think.  So many golf instructors try to sell you on their theory or method for hitting a golf ball.  They claim that once you learn how to hit the ball “their way” you’ll be a star!

Then a joker like Bubba or Furyk come along and blow that theory out of the water!  Hello!

You need to know what you’re looking at and what you’re looking for in a competitive golf swing.  I like to call it elements of risk.  I look at a golf swing like an insurance underwriter not the salesman.  The insurance salesman is probably apt to sell you an insurance policy even if you have a heart monitor on your belt!  I’m the underwriter looking for risk.  Could this clown hit the ball in somebody’s yard and break their window and I end up paying for it?

Yes Bubba has some risk factors to consider.  Very strong grip, raises his front leg excessively, long back swing BUT he swings the golf club perfectly on plane so the ball is not going to complain about the other short comings mentioned IF he can keep them under control.

Yes some of the risk factors mentioned could make him a bit more inconsistent during the year and cause him to miss the cut at times when he probably shouldn’t have but the risk factors he has also contribute to the tremendous distance he gets off the tee.  Hitting over 300 yards on average but he’s 150th on tour in driving accuracy.  That tells us that some of the short comings we mentioned are hurting him in that regard.

Please take a moment and look at this video analysis of Bubba’s golf swing.  Take a selfie of your golf swing and send it to me at bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com
 
 

Golf Face Impact Tape

Golf Face Impact Tape

There are several ways to determine if you’re hitting the center of gravity on your golf club face but I like using face impact tape the best. Long Shot Golf is ending their “over runs” sale on the December 31st.  It’s about 75% off more or less so jump on it! 

golf-club-face-impact-tapeYou can use baby power and other gimmicks to show where you’re hitting on the golf club face but the impact tape allows you to save your work and compare it to your next practice session.  In fact, stay tuned because I am going to prepare for you a sheet where you can post your face tape after a practice session and compare your improvement or lack thereof.

You may have seen face impact tape in your favorite golf store.  If you’re lucky, you get about eight sheets of impact labels for $8.99.  With Long Shot Golf you get five (5) roles of about 200 labels per roll for only $19.95!!!!  Are you kidding me!

Now, I get not one centavo for this referral!  Long shot golf does not have a referral bonus through their website nor am I a distributor.  This is a tip to all my members and golfers everywhere that want to improve.  You really should NOT practice without golf face impact tape!

You can use the direct link at http://longshotgolf.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=3391  Where they offer over runs!  That’s what I buy all the time.  I don’t care if it says Wilson or Taylormade or whatever.  The savings are so significant and who cares what’s on the label anyway.  It’s not like your golf club is going to get a rash from a Callaway sticker if you play with Titleist.

Here’s another good tip!  Just get one configuration.  All I use is the ones that are configured for irons.  I put them on drivers, putters, you name it.  You’ll save a ton of money that way.

How Does It Feel To Make a Hole In One?

How Does It Feel To Make a Hole In One?

I can tell you because I’ve had three and two of them were exactly ten years apart to the day.  April 21st 1963 and April 21st 1973.  However, I do not equate skill with holes in one attained.  Why?  The old PGA pro that first taught me how to play, Vince Allen, had played golf since he was a boy, died at the age of 57 and never had a hole-in-one.

hole-in-one-Dennie-Pritchard,He used to take me out to play golf several times a week at 2 PM for nine holes.  One day he hit a shot on a par three at what was then Le Jeune Golf Course in those days (now called Mel Reece after the City Manager) and the ball lipped the cup from about 150 yards away and I saw a very special twinkle in Vince Allen’s eye that made me wish I could have run up there and put the ball in the hole for him.

It was that magical twinkle that only a few are blessed to experience in someone.  I saw it again when playing in a simple Captain’s choice tournament at the Crossings in Richmond, VA.  I was playing with my friend Ray Easterling former safety for the Atlanta Falcons.  He looked at us as a team and said LETS WIN with a certain twinkle in his eyes and a smile that is seared in my memory until my death.  I felt like I was almost in the huddle with him in an NFL game.   Ray was one of those seasoned athletes that give all they have for the sport they love and risk physical damage as Ray did.

This week one of my friends made a hole in one, Dennie Pritchard.  It couldn’t happen to a more deserving individual.  A true gentleman that has worked hard on improving his golf game.  He reminds me of what it felt like to make a hole in one.  I haven’t had one in many many years.

My first one was pure luck and fortunate that two gentleman on the green waved me up because I was playing by myself after school and I am sure no one would have believed me.  They started dancing on the green and I asked what happened.  They said you had a hole in one!  The flag stick was behind a bunker so I didn’t see it go in. 

Then 10 years later at Puerto Llerro Madird in the Madrid Open the first hole was a par three about 190 yards long and in the practice round and threw a ball on the ground, didn’t even tee it up, and bang right in the hole.  It was actually bad luck because the next day in the tournament there was a prize of a new convertible for a hole in one!

Well what does it feel like?  For me it just felt lucky.  Lucky that I even play this game.  Considering where I came from, my economic base and family back ground no one would expect a kid like me to play golf. 

Anyone who is living in this country should feel just as lucky.  In may other countries you just do not play golf unless you’re rich.  Plus, you ain’t getting rich if you’re not from the right family.  Only in America can you get lucky almost everyday.  Let’s not loose this wonderful opportunity.

Congratulations Dennie, well done!  AND may you have many many more!

Creating Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

Create More Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

I receive tons of comments on creating lag or angular acceleration in the golf swing.  Golfers perceive that they can create additional club head speed in their golf swing and they might be right, but not always.  Either way, I am writing this entry to explain how to create more club head speed in your golf swing and create additional lag in your down swing.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I produced a video below that explains everything as well as provide two drills that will help you create more club head speed in your golf swing.  The secret, if there is one, is the shoulders or shoulder tilt at impact which is created by giving the arms a head start on the down swing.  I like the way Nicklaus describes it. Not an exact quote but close. Nicklaus said, I feel like I need to get the golf club to the ball before the buttons in my shirt get there.

The left shoulder, if you’re right handed, has to lift up and back on the down swing.  The critical error most golfers make is they shift their weight forward.  Some claim they’ve read that you must transfer your weight before impact or you must start your down swing with your hips.  I’m not saying that some golfers might not benefit from those suggestions however the video will prove that in reality the left shoulder is moving upward while the lower should is moving towards the ground and that only after the impact position does the golf club’s centrifugal force pull you to your front foot.

There are exceptions such as trap shots, knock downs etc.

Take a look at the video and then feel free to email me a video of yourself absolutely FREE without obligation or badgering of you doing the drills and/or your golf swing after trying out the drills.  Just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for directions on how to send your video free.  The drills to help you with your swing are below the video.

For the drills just click on the links below.

1) The 2 o’clock drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85726349/db79b882a5
2) The turn and tilt drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85658164/5b79ed393a3) Turn and tilt with a swing trainer https://youtu.be/DJIKysvM4Qk
4) Another tilt drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVrfxZBX__U

Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship

Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship

For the first time in more than twenty years I visited a ladies golf tournament on the LPGA tour and I was NOT disappointed.  The level of play among the lady tour players has really improved and it was obvious the conditioning has added to their longer tee shots.   (Not that I was looking at what good shape they were in. I’m sorry LUCY!)

In fact, the first golf tournament I ever witnessed as an eleven year old was a ladies golf tournament.  Kathy Witworth, Marlene Hagge, Micky Wright and a slew of other pioneers of the ladies golf world.

The one thing I noticed about the lady golfers is that they are more willing to get behind the golf ball at the top of their back swings.  Everyday I deal with golfers attempting to keep their heads locked on top of the golf ball.  If the intention is to get your front arm and golf club shaft in a straight line at impact, how in the heck can you do that unless your head is behind the golf ball?  You either have to have your head behind the golf ball in the first place or back up on the downswing.  Both methods have proven successful on the PGA tour.

Berhard Langer backs up on his down swing while Ben Crenshaw gets way behind the golf ball and lets the momentum of the golf swing PULL him to his front foot.

I’ve done a complete analysis for you below of both Carrie Web and this week’s winner Minjee Lee hoping it will help you make the transition from playing on TOP of the golf ball to BEHIND the golf ball. 

One other comment before we look at the videos.  Shame on you Central Virginia!  There were not nearly enough spectators at the Kings Mill event.  I live in Richmond and can tell you it seems impossible to keep any sports team or activity for lack of support.  Organize a wine festival and the place is packed!  Bring a great minor league baseball team to town or arena football or hockey and they starve trying to make expenses.  We used to have a senior tour stop years ago at Hermitage.  What happened to that?  We hold the State Open golf tournament and no spectators?  I don’t get it.

Enough with the rant here’s the two videos I prepared for you.  First Carrie Web and then this weeks winner Minjee Lee.

You Find the Golf Swing Flaw

You Find the Golf Swing Flaw

Here’s a new golf game we can play.  You find the golf swing flaw!  Watch the video of Lydia Ko below and then try and find the golf swing flaw she has.  Once you find it, what would you do about it?  Is it worth making the change?  If so, what would be the benefits?  What would be the time period to make the change and how much is that going to cost in lost winnings?

If you decide to live with the golf swing flaw, what would you do as a safe guard to keep the golf swing flaw in check?  Especially in situations where there is a very high risk factor?

What you should be looking for here is, how does the golf swing flaw effect impact?  That’s all the matters!  Of course there is one other thing.  Once you bring the golf swing flaw to the attention of the player and they recognize it, there are the psychological effects.  The high risk situation presents itself and the player starts thinking about the golf swing flaw in stead of the shot at hand.

Good luck!

Here’s the analysis I did.  Don’t peak until you do your own.  Then you can match up and see if you were close.  You can get an analysis of your swing FREE.  Get all the details at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/