Posts Tagged ‘golf course’

How to Swing Better by Not Being Perfect!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Sometimes, perfection can be the root of all evil things in a golf swing.  A lot of times when I was playing competitively on a daily basis, I would try to perfect my golf swing by banging 10 buckets of balls.  I would have probably done better if I just relaxed more and focused more on my short game and putting.

Golf is a game that requires great mental focus, it’s a not a game where the best golf swing mechanics win tournaments.  Rather, golfers with ability to turn the golf course into their friend wins as evidenced by Y.E. Yang’s win over Tiger last weekend.

That said, I hit balls for the first time in about 3 months yesterday and boy, I hit the ball really, really good.

Here’s something I tried to do yesterday:

  • I tried to not be perfect, simply relax my hands and let my body do the work.
  • My swing though consisted of “keep it smooth” like Fred Couples.
  • Worked on specific shots that would help me on the golf course like fading the ball (which is my strength) and odd shots that could get me out of trouble.

In all, yesterday’s practice at the driving range might have helped me whole lot more than me simply banging a lot of balls mindlessly one after another.

The key to great golf is keeping your golf swing consistent.   The only way an average golfer who rarely practices to keep their golf swing consistent is to keep their swing thoughts simple.

Golf has so many parts to master but unless you are a professional golfer with all the time in the world, you are not going to master it.

Forget “fixing” your swing and try simply “scoring” with your current golf swing.  Whatever your bad shots are, a nasty hook or banana slice, you can still “score” well by adjusting to your weaknesses and using them as strengths.

I’ve seen it a gazillion times where a golfer with a really weird swing will win over a golfer who has a perfect swing.  Most of the time, the golfer with a really weird swing has an incredible short game and a knack for putting since he/she is hitting the ball all over the place.  The golfer with perfect swing usually never performs under pressure because he/she simply does not know how to deal with trouble under pressure.

Anyways, I will be heading over to the course more often before this summer ends and looks like they got the tent set up at Harding Park for the President’s Cup 2009 this year. (I have an incredible view of the 12th hole at Harding Park from my 12th floor apartment!)

Golf Tip – How To Eat Right While Playing Golf!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

This is sorta important what, “what you eat, what you become.”

It’s true.  In golf, you need to eat right while playing golf because it’s going to seriously affect how well you play, especially when under the gun such as tournament pressure or even skins game.

First of all, do NOT eat a full meal right before you tee off.   That will most likely cause you to be a little bloated and will certainly take couple holes before your stomach digests all the food.  By then, you probably have lost couple strokes you could have saved by not eating so much.

On the bright side, you can eat a lot of healthy snacks while playing golf such as banana or any type of “fruits” that contain natural sugar.  Try to stay away from coffee or anything with too much sugar as you can get “high” off the caffeine and sugar.

Watch the best pro golfers play on TV, rarely do you see them eating a snickers bar but they will be eating a lot of bananas.

I’ve probably read 10 golf books already on tournament golf nutrition and they all pretty much say the same things, eat lots of fruit that will keep your mental state level.

Now these are advices for people who want to score better on the golf course, if you do not care about playing your best,  you can ignore my advice.

What about the meal the night before a big tournament?

I have gone through many of these myself, I try to stick with high-carb meals as they can help you the next day.

My favorite meal is actually spaghetti, eating a lot of spaghetti the night before can surely help you the next day to keep going longer.

Lastly, don’t forget to drink LOTS of water while playing golf, especially if it’s a sunny day.

I have personally experienced “cramps” during a the high school state tournament before, that was simply due to not drinking enough water and eating bananas.  Bananas can help prevent cramps on a hot day because they contain potassium.  Take my advice and make sure to pack your golf bag with enough water and bananas for your next important golf tournament.

PING Hoofer Golf Bag Review!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Even after I turned pro, my favorite golf bag is still the PING Hoofer bag.  it’s been part of my golfing career ever since PING came out with it 10+ years ago.

I am not a really fan of ugly, oversized PING golf clubs, but I am an avid fan of their golf bags since like 1992.

I got my Hoofer bag back in around 1998 I think and it still looks new and definitely recommended over all other stand-up bags out on the market today.

The simplicity of PING bag stands never break and will stand well on any slopes on the golf course whereas other stand-up bags I’ve had either fell or broke within couple months of use.

Another feature of PING hoofer bags is that they are super-light, lighter than most other stand-up bags out there.

Hoofer bag’s double strap is also great for your shoulders and very, very comfortable.

If you are thinking about buying a new golf bag, I highly recommend this PING Hoofer bag, no exceptions!

Price: $189.95 on Amazon

Jack Nicklaus Working on a new Eco-Friendly Golf Course!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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Jack Nicklaus is apparently working on a new eco-friendly golf course that will sustain the environment, go Jack!

Like the uninhabited island of Isla Viveros just off the coast of Panama, the entire island is to be turned into the next the big destination for the golfing tourist. The course has been designed by Jack Nicklaus and is expected to cash something in the region of $300 million, although only four holes are expected to complete the middle of 2009.

via eco friendly blog

Golfer’s Short Putt Yips Terror Video!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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Here’s a funny video of how golfers can terrorize themselves while doing such things as 2-foot putts.  This is certainly true if you have a lot of money riding on the putt.

Now, just don’t get the yips.  To fix the yips, just take a break from golf for a week then try practicing putts with a fresh mind.

Marvelously deranged manga artist Shintaro Kago has set up a YouTube channel and started uploading bizarre animated shorts. Among them are his “Terror of golf course,” which shows a golfer’s unfortunate encounter with a peculiar hole on the putting green…

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Tiger Woods Coming Back Next Week for Accenture Match Play Championship 2009 in Tucson!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Tiger Woods is coming back to play competitive golf this weekend at the 2009 Accenture Match Play Championship.

Here’s what he had said in an interview:

“One of the great things coming back,” he said last week, announcing the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson would mark his 2009 debut, “is my bones aren’t moving anymore.

Cool stuff, I can’t wait to see him back on TV. (or the golf course is it?)

Funny, I haven’t posted many blog posts ever since Tiger left town, I guess I will have to make a comeback too! :)

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Here’s a video of interview:

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Golf Predictions for Northern Trust Open!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Well, it looks like Phil Mickelson is tearing up the golf course apart with a 62 today all the while Fred Couples is making a come-back.

We will have to see tomorrow but I am rooting for Fred Couples, you just can’t not love his smooth, silky swing.

Of course, Phil might win too but my bet is going to Fred Couples.

How to Practice with Less Balls at the Driving Range!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Today, let me give you a couple tips that will save you money at the driving range, all the while getting a better practice session every time you go out there.

Here’s a couple rules I used to “live” by when I used to play mini-tour events:

1. For every practice shot, make sure you do 2-3 practice swings.  That’s right, practice makes perfect, not simply banging balls.

2. For every practice shot, before the shot, imagine and visualize how the golf ball will react after you hit the ball.

3. For every practice shot, before the shot, imagine and visualize how you will swing.  Visualize yourself swinging that ball perfectly in rhythm and balance.

Believe me, mind does some awesome stuff for golf.

4. For every practice shot, line-up your shot before hitting the ball from behind the ball like a real shot.

Why would you practice as if it “wasn’t” real?  Every shot I practice is the same as the shot I hit under pressure.

This type of mentality helps your conscious to stay the “same” even when playing for real money.  On the other hand, banging a lot of balls perfect does the opposite to you when you play because you are simply not that perfect, not even Tiger.

5. For every practice shot, imagine a real green, bunkers, and fairways.  You should always have a target on your practice shot and it’s even better if you can imagine hitting a certain shot for EVERY practice shot.

6. For every practice shot, hit a different club.  You don’t hit the same club over and over again on the golf course, why would you make it that easy for yourself on the driving range?

Basically, all these tips make you spend most of your time getting ready for your golf shot, just like a real golf shot on the golf course.

Now, if you can’t even hit your pitching wedge past 50 yards, this might not be a good advice for you.  But if you have broken 80 or 90 already and you want to get better mentally, this is how you gotta practice.

Maybe not all the time but most of time, you will reap the benefits of hitting every practice shot after you are mentally and physically ready for it.

Using this method, I usually do 500 practice swing with just 100 practice balls and my practice’s quality goes UP, way high.  And this shows on the golf course if I shoot couple under.

Justin Timberlake Opens a Golf Course!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Justin Timberlake recently opened a new golf course.

But here’s the fun part, a swing analysis on Justin Timerlake’s followthrough:

1. His left arm is straight.

2. Right right arm is almost straight too.

3. Looks almost like Tiger here.

I am not too surprised Justin can play to a 4 handicap, congrats.

The singer Justin Timberlake likes to play a round of golf when he has the time, but soon he can play on his own eco friendly golf course, to be known as Miramichi Lakes.

The golf course is not brand new; in fact, the golf course was in some trouble before Justin stepped in and saved it. Once completed it is expected to be granted Platinum LEED certified green course standard, the first of its kind in the USA.

via green blog

Golf Tips – Play Better Golf by Playing Different Courses!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Here’s the most simplest yet great tip for any aspiring pro golfer:

Play several different courses with different features on a daily basis.

What do I mean?

You want to go out there and play many different courses in order to learn to score.

I know, you belong to a country club and you get to play the same course over and over for free but if you play there all the time, your golf game will never improve.

Why?

It’s simple.  You get used to the surrounding, you know every yardage from every tree, you get too comfortable.  When you get too comfortable, you will score good but as soon as you walk onto an unfamiliar golf course, this might shoot right back at you attacking your psychological and physical states.

To become really good “scratch” golfer, not just a scratch golfer, you need to rotate 3-5 different courses every time you head out to create the “randomness”.  Once you get in the mindset that you can play good regardless of the course, you will play much better under pressure.

Anaylsis

Face it, golf IS like playing different race tracks on your Playstation.  You need to learn to cope with new and random tracks so you learn the ability to adjust and play any course you encounter, not just your home course.

Besides that, you will also benefit from playing different courses and never get bored.