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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.

Winner of British Open Tom Watson!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The title of this blog post says, “Winner of British Open Tom Watson” when Stewart Cink won the Open yesterday.

Why?

Well, I just have to give out my best wishes to one of the best golfers ever lived, Tom Watson.

When I first started golf, I read Tom Watson’s Getting Up and Down.  Tom Watson has always been one of my golfing heroes and to be leading the British Open at 59 years old until the 72nd hole was just plain awesome.

Of course, I know Stewart Cink probably deserves his share of applause but to me, the real winner of 2009 British Open is Tom Watson, simply because he’s too old and he tried so hard.

I see all these sports writer about how “Tom Watson” came up short when in reality, Tom Watson accomplished something unreal over the weekend at the age of 59.

Heck, if Tom Watson finished anywhere near Top-20, that’s a miracle.  The point is that this 59-year golfing super-star finished 2nd at the British Open.  Plus, he did tie Stewart Cink for the total number of strokes.

When you compare this to Rocco at the 2008 U.S. Open and Greg Norman at 2008 British Open, you know it’s 10 times more incredible because Tom Watson was the “oldest” to finish 2nd at a major championship.

My last thoughts, keep ‘em coming Tom, I think you can still win another major in the next couple years.

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Letter From a Reader on Masters 2009!

Monday, April 13th, 2009
Well, I guess my last blog post on the “mental” analysis of the top players at the 2009 Masters encouraged one of my readers to respond back.
Anyways, my analysis was from my professional golfing experience, true and nothing but the truth with facts I can backup.
Of course, they wouldn’t say this on TV because the big media doesn’t want to start a controversy.  What I say may start one but this blog post is to clarify that and I hold nothing back as I am an independent media, I don’t write to make people happy, not that I try to make people feel bad either.
Letter from Reader:
Dear Friend:
Your attitude on your web page amazes me. I never in all my years in golf ever known a person who actually roots against another golfer. You are the first and I hope the last. You seem bent on proving that someone choked in the Masters.  We  did not hear anyone else claim such a  fact and I did not see any indication of that although it is obvious that all would be nervous to some extent. Tired perhaps but no yips that I could see so I don’t know where you are getting your evidence. It is silly to think someone could be leading or within a few strokes of the lead and would just melt down as you suggested.  Making a bogey is not a melt down. I believe Tiger and Phil doubled a few during the round and he did not melt down did they? The real reason that the Argentinian won  was due to the fact that his short game was a little better and he could lob his wedges rather than depending on spin to control those shots around the green. Why don’t you give credit rather than just be a front runner and root for Tiger who has been very very fortunate to make some of those putts in the past.  He may never win a major again so who knows. Tiger has been a  great player but he is in for a miserable life if his only satisfaction comes when he is winning because the winning will stop for everyone. His cursing is repulsive and he acts like a spoiled child who needed his parent’s disciplining. If Tiger is your hero you are deceived as he is and I hope that is not the case. The real pros are the Kenny Perrys and others who have decent things to say about their competitors who give it their best shot and go home knowing that they did the best they could wishing for a better outcome next time.
My response:
Hi Nick,

Thanks for your comments but my thoughts are from professional golfing experiences, this may be hard to understand but competitive golf can be analyzed mentally and that’s what I did.

Usually, people will analyze people’s swings, I analyze the thought processes of the players because I know how.

I did not root against another golfer, I simply predicted what would happen, Kenny and Chad both never had dealt with pressure of majors, that is a fact, not hatorade.

My predictions could have easily gone the other way, Perry could have easily won but even he said afterwards that he could not stand the pressure of majors, referenced here:

So you know, I have a lot of memories. It just seems like when I get down to one of these deals I can’t seem to execute. Great players make it happen, and your average players don’t. And so that’s the way it is.

Kenny Perry admits himself that he could not “execute” and he doesn’t consider himself a “great player”.  But he is a great player, he just can’t win majors until he can think that he can.  Golf is a self-fulfilling prophecy more often than not, the player must not defeat himself in his mind before he can win anything.

As a pro player who have melted down numerous times, I know exactly what those players are going through and that’s my analysis, my blog title reads, “Pro Golfer Digest” not “Golf Digest”.

My opinions will come from a very competitive background so they might come off a little harsh but I can back up my facts.

Anyways, no hard feelings, like I said on the blog post in case you missed it, golf is NOT about winning but what you do afterwards.

Kenny did a great job btw of handling his defeat but I don’t have to get into that, there are plenty of articles from other media and whatnot to cover that.  If I wrote the same things they wrote, no one would read my blog and you probably wouldn’t be e-mailing this to me.  Besides, most people who write stuff like that aren’t even scratch golfers.

Anyways, I’d like to put this on the blog if you don’t mind, everyone “could” have won including Kenny, Chad, Tiger, and Phil.  But golf has only 1 winner, that’s a sad fact of golf. If golf was fair to EVERYONE, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now, I would be on the PGA Tour long time ago.

Please also note that I praised Angel Cabrera because he won, if I were only Tiger fan, I would have stopped watching after Tiger fell short.

Camilo Villegas gets Down and Under at BMW Championships!

Monday, September 8th, 2008
Camilo Villegas gets Down and Under at BMW Championships!

Camilo Villegas gets Down and Under at BMW Championships!

Carmilo Villegas gets it down and under at BMW Championships and finishes at 15-under par, beating all of the top PGA Tour players by 2 strokes.

We think that most of Camilo Villegas’ skill this week came from his getting “down and under” to read putts as he did also finish #1 in putting.

Now in order for someone to achieve similar putting results, we suggest you go work out your arms and make sure to do some leg streching.  (Without that, you might now be able to get “down and under”.

I was very surprised that Carmilo Villegas came through on the last day and made some solid putts and shots.

Congratulations on your first win Camilo Villegas, I think we have another young PGA star now.

How to Hit a 15 Yard Pitch Shot with a 60 Degree Wedge!

Friday, June 6th, 2008

How to Hit a 15 Yard Pitch Shot with a 60 Degree Wedge!

Here’s a 15 yard pitch shot that you will get to use very often to save strokes around the green. For this shot, you will want to use a 60 degree lob wedge with no bounce. (Yes, try to get a lob wedge with no bounce)

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Course Psychology – How to maintain your inner rhythm!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

One of the most important aspects of playing scratch or pro golf is to maintain your inner rhythm during a round of golf.

Now, to do this, you need to really control your emotions.

Whether you are happy or sad, you need to really keep that under your feet, meaning you should never get too excited nor feel angry. Of course, you can celebrate that eagle putt you just made, but do try to keep things under control as your heart will beat faster and your swing will be affected on your next tee shot.

Another really great way to maintain your inner rhythm during the round is to walk at the same pace during the whole round. Don’t ever run, walk too fast, or walk too lazy, simply walk at your natural pace. Now this might sound too simple but it works.

This will help you maintain your inner rhythm and that will carry onto your perfectly balanced rhythmic swing.

I share this knowledge with you as I experienced this while shooting a 10 under par, 62. Although my swing was way off that day, I had a really relaxed feeling and my rhythm was great throughout the whole day.

If this tip helped you save couple strokes next time you go out on the course, make sure to come back and subscribe as I will show you more ways to scrape off additional strokes off your golf game, all with great thinking without changing your swing.