I remember seeing Adam Scott for the first time. This is as exact replica of Tiger’s swing as you can get.
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I haven’t been golfing that much lately other than hitting some balls. (actually just once this year)
My last outing went pretty well though so here are my key thoughts:
1. Swing in rhythm
2. Really feel like standing up.
3. Swing like butter, like Freddy Couples.
4. During practice, hit each ball with thought and quality. Don’t just bang 100 balls and tell yourself you’ve practiced. Even though I don’t practice much or even play ever, I can pretty much take money from everyone because I practice “quality” practicing. This is definitely psychological effect that “quality” practice can give you, by letting you only see your best efforts. If you simply bang balls and not give it your 200% on every practice shot, exact same thing will happen during a round of golf and you’ve just wasted an hour of hitting balls.
Phew, that’s about it. Now, I really gotta take some videos again…
Today, I hit the ball like crazy. I mean, I hit the ball so good, it was like cheese melting in my mouth. I hit the ball so good maybe it was even better than sex.
Anyways, here’s my swing thoughts for the day:
On the backswing, really feel the large muscles of your shoulders turn automatically since your hand pressure is so light.
On the downswing, try to really get your shoulders and belly to turn in sync and swing slightly inside out while trying to hold your body straight.
Try this for beginners:
1. Grip the club very light.
2. Feel your large muscles turning on the backswing.
3. Feel like you are holding a basketball and doing a two handed pass on the downswing.
4. Move your lower body and belly at the same speed as your shoulders.
5. Use your lower body and shoulders to hit the ball, not arms or hands.
P.S. One more thang…rhythm…rhythm…rhythm…
Check out Phil Mickelson’s swing in slow motion. Great swing!
John Daly is probably one of my favorite golfers of all time. His swing is somethin’ If you read his book, “Grip It and Rip It”, you will find that he does a lot of things that you don’t expect him to.
For example, John Daly does have one of the longest swings ever BUT he does has one of the best rhythms in golf. You don’t realize how great his rhythm is because all you are focusing on is his long swing and his distance. But look at his swing carefully and you will see a little Freddy Couples in him.
Even, Tiger’s previous Coach Butch Harmon, quotes John Daly in his book, Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf (By the way, THIS book, is way too cool…).
I used to try to copy his swing during one of my golf years and was pretty successful at it. I remember when I would read his book over and over again until couple pages decided to take lives of its own and take off somewhere in my bedroom…
Anyways, check it out. You should also read his book from couple years ago where he writes about his life but we will get to that so…
John Daly’s Swing on Youtube;
P.S. The weirdest thing is that I live in San Francisco right next to John Daly Blvd., right next to Daly City! It must be a coincidence that he’s among my favorites. I mean, of all the places you can live in, I am living next to John Daly Blvd and Daly City?!? John should really move here.
Get the book here:
Grip It and Rip It: John Daly’s Guide to Hi…
by John Daly
No, this isn’t 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Although I read that book and honestly I think it’s bunch of crap but don’t shoot me for my opinions. We can settle it on the golf course. Well I take it a back, I own both Stephen Covey’s book and tapes so I am at the same time a fan. (But it has not helped my life, at least not yet)
The only book that has really helped my life (my swing) are… well… let me get into that next time, the list is like more than 100 books so…
Anyways, Mike Pedersen, has a new blog! (Or I think he just added one to his site)
Congrats for making a blog, I am sure you will starting gettin’ Google keywords like crazy. If you want to show up first on Google, you know where to go.
Here’s the highly waited 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Mike Pederson:
1. Focus on golf fundamentals. Effective and successful golfers have solid fundamentals. Grip, stance, posture. These are critical before you even start your golf swing. If these are not solid, your chances of conistently hitting a good shot are far less.
2. Smart Practice. Successful golfers don’t go to the range without an agenda. They have a specific purpose for each practice session. It might be working on a consistent take-away for the entire practice. It could be spending a large amount of time doing a drill for their swing fault. It could be broken down to set time periods with each range of clubs.
3. Physical preparation. If you’ve been reading this blog at all, or maybe you have my golf fitness products already, you know how strong I feel about this. If I had my druthers, it would be at the top of the list ! But we can’t be partial can we . The best golfers focus on their physical weaknesses and make them strengths. Most amateurs don’t! They also work on their bodies specific to golf consistently.
4. Mental training. Most of the touring pros have their very own mental golf coach. They know how critical it is to maintain focus and composure for 4 straight days. Just a few slip ups and they miss a cut and make no money. Do you work on your mental game? What do you do currently to keep your focus on the course and for every shot?
5. Nutrition for prolonged energy. This one could be in the physcial preparation one, but I think it warrant its very own one. You get out of your body what you put in it. If you put low octane fuel in it, you’ll get the results of an AMC Pacer (remember those clunkers?). If you put the fuel of a ferrari, you’ll get stealth results, meaning personal best scores and even trophies from your local club tournaments.
6. Goal setting. Like in any endeavor, if you don’t set goals you have nothing to shoot for. You need to have a goal that really makes you reach! Not just lower your handicap by 2 strokes, but how about by 5 within one golf season? You can set goals for one round of golf, a tournament and for the entire season. Write them down and plot a plan to achieve them. The successful golfers sets goals for every round, tournament and season he/she plays in, and evaluates progress conistently.
7. Golf swing analysis. I added this one as I truly feel if you get your golf swing on video early on when you pick up the game, you’re givin yourself a true starting point and a phenomenal diagnositc evaluation on what you should really focus on to improve from the very beginning. Seeing yourself on video is such an eye-opener. Most of the pros use video for every practice session with their teachers.
Check out Ben Crenshaw on Putting.
Everytime I watch his video, The Art of Putting, my putting has gotten better. This is actually an advice a lot of PGA Tour pros and teachers recommend.
I wish I can find a video of Ben putting on Youtube or whereever… we will have to wait until I do…
I love Fred Couple’s swing. He probably has the most relaxed swing with such a fluid swing rhythm you can describe simple only as, “butter”.
He’s rhythm is the thing to copy. If you can watch his swing everyday and copy his rhythm, it will definitely help you.
Apart from the Men’s Golf, Annika Sorenstam probably has the best swing in golf. The above animated gif is a favorite among mine that’s floating on the internet.
Click below for the full swing analysis of Annika Sorenstam and a HOWTO drill for copying her “stand-up-head-up” downswing.