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How Hard Should I Hit The Golf Ball on my Driver and Irons?

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A lot of amateur golfers hit the ball with 100% (or more) of their effort and this is main reason they can not hit the golf ball with control.

One of the secrets of scratch and pro golfers is that they never swing out of control.

So, how do you swing in control?

As a rule of thumb, you should never swing more than 75-80% of your maximum effort.

The only time you would swing with 100% effort is when you are hitting driver off a par 5 hole where there’s no trouble on the left or right. But for most shots, you can get better control of your shots simply by throttling down how hard you hit the ball, and 75% is a good number.

Even I forget to do this sometimes as golf makes you want to just hit the ball darn hard but remember, whether you hit the golf ball with 75% effort perfectly square in the sweetspot of the club or you hit it 100% effort but miss the sweetspot, the results are going to be similar except the 75% effort swing will most likely go straighter at your target.

This can surely take several strokes off your strokes next time you play.

So, next time you play, don’t go over 75-80% of your maximum effort on all your driver/iron full shots. I bet your golf scores will go down.

This also helps you control adrenalin because you are not trying so hard at golf. Good golf is supposed to be easy, you shouldn’t try that hard.

Next time you get a chance, watch carefully how effortless a PGA pro swings the golf club.

Here’s Fred Couples hitting the driver:

Even though he probably bombed it, can you see that he’s swinging in full control, not all out 100% but maybe 75%?

Golf Book Reviews!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Over the last 20+ years of my golfing life, I’ve read almost every golf book (I have about 200+ of them), here’s my golf book reviews on the best of the best:

  • Ben Hogan’s Five Fundamentals of Golf – This is the very first golf book I read at the age of 10 or so, didn’t understand it then but I do now.
  • Advanced Golf Book by Greg Norman – This book has a lot of great, in-depth photos on how to hit various different shots, a must read.
  • Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect – This is probably the best golf psychology book I’ve read, even though Dr. Bob Rotella is not a professional golfer, the golf psychology lessons in this book are one of the best and he’s probably one of the first people who wrote a good book on golf psychology.

Watching Tiger Live at Masters!

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Well, what a weekend, I have been waiting to watch the Masters for like a year!

Tiger is of course playing this year, after winning Arnold Palmer Invitational 2 weeks ago.  Through 10 holes, Tiger is even par for the first day of the Masters, not too bad considering the fact that the very first time Tiger won Masters, he shot 4 over 40.

On the other side of the course, Chad Campbell is 9 under par with just few holes to go.  He’s certainly playing out of his shoes today.

It’s too early to tell who’s going to win Masters this year including Tiger, but there’s sure lotta great players at the top of the leaderboard including Jim Furyk, Arron Baddeley, Sean O’Hair, and Greg Norman.

Follow me as I tweet the Master live @progolferdigest.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Live Update From 18th Hole!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Tiger Woods now hitting his 2nd shot on the 18th hole.

Taking a lot of time to prepare…. Tiger hits his 2nd shot pretty darn good, 15 feet from the pin, nice uphill putt left for a birdie and a sure win.

Meanwhile, Sean O’Hair has hit his 2nd shot about 35 feet left and past the pin, a lot harder birdie putt left for him.

Zach Johnson also in the last group, hits his 2nd shot pretty good, 15 feet from the pin but out of luck for winning the tournament as he’s 2 back of Tiger and Sean.

Now, just 3 putts left from the 3 players at the Arnold Palmer Invitational…  updates coming soon so keep refreshing your browser.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Live Update From 16th Hole!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Wow, Tiger just sinks a birdie putt to tie Sean O’Hair at 5 under par on the 15th hole.  Now, there’s 3 more tough holes to go and either Tiger or Sean will win it.

It’s going to be a test of who can stand the heat under competition.

Now, a little bit about Sean O’Hair from Wikipedia:

Professional career

O’Hair entered PGA Tour Qualifying School regularly from 1999, but was unsuccessful at his first five attempts. He played on various developmental tours: the PGA Tour’s official second-level developmental Nationwide Tour, the third-level Gateway Tour and the Cleveland Golf Pro Tour. He had limited success, making the cut in only four out of eighteen starts at Nationwide Tour level.

In 2004 O’Hair made it through all three stages of PGA Tour Qualifying. His 2005 season was a dramatic success. He won the John Deere Classic and finished second at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. His season earnings came to $2,461,482 and he won PGA Rookie of the Year honors. In March 2006 he was the youngest man in the top fifty of the Official World Golf Rankings. After he established himself as the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year distinction with his strong finish at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and victory at the John Deere Classic, his estranged relationship with his father, already highlighted on a 2002 episode of 60 Minutes,[2] became well-publicized. It was also profiled by Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly.

O’Hair’s 2006 season was less successful. He dropped out of the top fifty—finishing no higher than fourth at the Buick Open in Michigan—but returned to the list with a 3rd place at the Canadian Open. He continued to play well in major events, finishing in the top fifteen at the British Open and the PGA Championship. He finished at +13, tied for 26th, at the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Sean O’Hair is a very interesting young PGA pro, who’s actually dropped out of high school to pursue his golfing career.  It’s amazing that he even made it this far, he took a big chance.  It took Sean about 5 times of Q-school before he even started playing on PGA Tour.

Back to golf, Tiger’s errant tee shot on the 16th made him lay up, now his 3rd shot finishes about 3 feet from the hole, guaranteed par while O’Hair dumps his 2nd shot into the water.

Oh huh, looks like Tiger will definitely win this one unless Sean O’Hair can birdie out the last 2 holes on 17th and 18th.

Live Update From 13th Hole at Arnold Palmer Invitational!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

The tournament is still lead by Sean O’Hair.  Looks like a lot of PGA Tour pros are struggling including Zach Johnson, Pat Perez, and Padraig Harrington.

It’s very interesting that barely anyone is breaking par this weekend, the conditions are very tough as there’s a LOT of water while the heavy wind conditions make it hard to control the ball.

Only 6 more holes to go, follow the action on my Twitter!

Arnold Palmer Invitational Jason Gore at the Top 5 Under!

Friday, March 27th, 2009


Jason Gore is leading at the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational at 5 under par while Tiger struggled to a 2 under par with a double-bogey in the round.

It’s too early to tell if Jason Gore can hold on to the lead this weekend, nevermind even Friday but one thing for sure, I think Tiger has a chance at winning this tournament.

Other notables include Tim Herron, who finished at 4 under while Nick Watney finished at 3 under.

Of course, there’s many other notable players near the top so it will be very interesting to see who is playing their best golf this weekend.

My Predictions?

Well, Stuart Appleby is looking pretty good too but my bet will have to be either Nick Watney or Tiger Woods.  I have a pretty good predicament on this game of golf so let’s see if I can turn out right this weekend.

Arnold Palmer Invitational This Weekend!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Well, it looks like it’s going to be an exciting weekend again, Tiger will be playing at Arnold Palmer Invitational.

I’ve been really busy with a bad flu this week but heck, I will be enjoying golf for sure.

Phil Mickelson will be missing out of action this weekend by the way, while the young Nick Watney will be contending.

My favorites are probably Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, and Paul Azinger.  Those are my “favorites” and might be lucky if any of them win, although I think Tiger might have a good chance since he’s “warmed” up through couple practice rounds.