Posts Tagged ‘money’

Short Golf Prediction Note on AT&T National

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Okay, I have to admit that I sorta get really into the golf tournaments, even if the winner has been decided.

For AT&T National, my final prediction was:

We will have to see but my final prediction is Tiger -14 and Anthony -13

Interestingly, I got the winner right, Tiger Woods and also by how many shots he won, which was by one stroke over Hunter Mahan who shot 12-under with a dazzling 62 in the final round while Tiger woods came up 1 shot short of my prediction at 13-under.

Not baaad for this week, I could have won some big money at the sports books in Tahoe or Vegas. :)

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…

via boingboing

Shortgame DIY – How to Hit the 3 Wood Chip Shot!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Well, one of the most useful shortgame shot is the 3 wood chip shot.  But first, you need to know when and where you hit the 3 wood chip shot.

I found it helpful on the following occasions to hit the 3 wood chip shot:

  • Your ball is laying in-between the green and the fringe, sorta half-way and cannot get the putter fully on the ball.
  • Your ball is in the fringe but the green is super-fast or downhill, you don’t want to chip.  The 3-wood can do a great job here since you will be guaranteed that the ball rolls, to avoid flubbing.
  • Your ball is in the fairway but you are playing a links-style course, the 3-wood chip can come in handy and let you roll the golf ball all the way home

Now, those aren’t situations you come to often but 3-wood can make you score better, especially if you are playing for money or a tournament is at stake.

To play the 3-wood chip, simply grip down on the 3-wood near the metal or graphite.  Then simply chip it like your chipping shot or you can even experiment with a putting grip and putting swing.

You will notice that the golf ball comes off the 3-wood very hot with a small jump at the start.  Don’t worry too much about how much the ball jumps, the main thing you need to practice is to control the speed with the 3-wood.

Every once in awhile, you will use the 3-wood and start getting better and better with it.

Of course, don’t be too disappointed if you hit the ball too far or short, you need to practice this shot to get the “feel” for it.

Once you have the “feel” for it though, you are on your way to adding another great shortgame technique.  And you can tell your friends you learned it online for free at ProGolferDigest.com.

Enjoy~

How to Putt Like a Pro!

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Today, I will explain couple basics about how to putt like a pro.  Trust me, I have read more books about putting than most people will ever in their life and I have spent $2000 on a lesson with Stan Utley, one of the best putters on Tour.

So here’s how to putt like a pro:

1. You need to learn to sink a lot of short putts within 3-10 feet range.  To do this, think of the short putts as the “short game” of putting.  That’s right, these short putts are the most important and count as much as a 350 yard drive.  If you can’t sink ‘em, go home.  If you can, you might become a pro.

2. Soft hands, hands like noodles, gentle grip, or whatever you want to call it but make sure you are holding the putter very very lightly while you putt.

3. Learn to lag putt real good from 20, 50, 100 feet.  Lag putts are great for absorbing the speed of the greens.  The more you can lag, the better putter you will be overall.

4. Putt for money.  Next time you are with a buddy, play an 18-hole putting match, one dollar per hole.  Without putting pressure on your putting, you never know how it’s going to be in a real tournament situation.

Heck, most of the time I play with my buddies, we are betting like $20 per putt or hole.  Pressure games make you better.

5. Develop a consistent putting stroke that rolls the ball true.  Whether you are putting a 20 footer or a 100 footer, your ball should roll very true from the start to finish.  If your ball bumps up in the beginning or at the end, you might want to work on your putting stroke so you putts roll true.

When your putts roll true, you will notice that your putts roll a lot smoother and also get less effected by any breaks in the putt.  Probably the biggest difference between an average golfer and the pro golfer is how true the pro golfer “rolls” the golf ball while the average golfer doesn’t even understand that putting can be so complicated.

Well, that’s it for today, I might need to go hit some balls.  :)

As Ben Hogan said, “Everyday you don’t practice is another day longer it will take you to become a good golfer”.

Practice, practice, and practice while playing pressure games in your head.  That’s right, you should be putting for the U.S. Open win on every practice putt.  (Damn, I let anther worst kept secret out…)

Swing Analysis of Sergio Garcia!

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Here’s a front-view of Sergio Garcia’s Swing in slow-motion:

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Sergio probably has one of the biggest “lags” out all the top players today.

Now, he probably comes as close to Ben Hogan’s “lag”.

Is lag a good thing?

Well, “lag”, I think is overrated. It’s the egg, not the chicken. In other words, you shouldn’t have to try to create “lag”. These players such as Sergio Garcia and Ben Hogan, didn’t try to do that.

They ended up doing that naturally while trying to hit the ball square in the middle of the clubface.

Even if you look at Tiger’s swing, he does have some lag, but too much “lag” can actually hinder your golf performance and you need fine hand control to be able to play consistently with “lag”.

“Lag”, however, is great for really squeezing every bit of your wrist power efficiency. Now, this is for the top golfers or scratch golfers. If you still can’t break par, you should really stick to simpler ideas.

Sergio Garcia Iron practice at the range:

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What you need is really to practice lots and lots of short pitch shots as Sergio Garcia is doing here.  Most good pro tour players will actually hit over 75% of their practice shots for shots within 100 yards.

Why?

Well, this is the worst-kept secret on the Tour that no average Joe will ever listen to.  When you hit the smaller shots, you swing in tempo and in control.

Now, once you are swinging in good tempo and control, you can carry that to your longer clubs such as the driver.  (It’s never the other way around, even John Daly will tell you so…)

Don’t believe me?

Lol, well if you are ever in San Francisco, we can play for some money and I can show you how to take someone’s money.

My Last Swing Thoughts…

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

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…

GimmeGolf

Friday, September 14th, 2007

GimmeGolf

Is this a gimme? Of course I’d say…unless it was for any money… THEN you have to hole it out no matter how short it is…

Well…this one’s definitely NOT a gimme if we are playing for more than a dollar…

what do u think?

via joe-ks