Every golfer is looking for that one perfect tip that helps him play a better game. Over the past years, I have had the fortune to be acquainted with some great players and teachers. Using research and knowledge gained from these top instructors and players, I have come across some timeless pieces of advice that I think would benefit any golfer.
The following is a sample of some of these words of wisdom, including many of my own tips, and interpretation to further the cause of finding “that one perfect tip.” Each tip is based on sound teaching principles. Certainly, one will find merit in the following advice, which can be useful to further your success in golf.
Before You Tee Off
How to Prepare Before the Round: Try to make the time before your tee time stress-free. Feel as if you do everything in slow motion without rushing or stress before an important round of golf. The great American PGA Tour player Cary Middlecoff was known for a long, slow swing. His play was deliberate, and he rarely cracked under pressure. He had a set routine like all great players and would never rush or vary his routine before a round. His routine included driving extra slow to the golf course and listening to relaxing music.
Have a Set Warm Up Routine: Fitness research has shown that a proper warm-up technique will enhance performance. The correct technique is to warm up slowly, followed by stretching. This could include a slow jog, but more realistically for the golfer would be simply striking a few short shots with an easy swing. The best way is to make short 20-30 yard pitch shots, then slowly working into three-quarter pitch shots. After a few minutes, begin stretching out the muscles, focusing on the major muscle groups for golf. Remember, never “bounce” when stretching, but hold the position for a few seconds and return to the relaxed position.
Prepare for Your Opening Tee Shot: After going through your warm-up routine, mentally prepare for your opening tee shot. The last shot on the practice range when warming up should be the same shot as your opening tee shot. For example, if you plan on hitting a driver on the first hole, hit a good solid drive for your last practice shot. This way, there is a positive image in your mind.
Practice Short Putts Before You Tee Off: Before you tee off, practice putts of one yard or less. Be prepared to hole out over 15 short putts during the round! Holing shorts putts can make or break your day.
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