Posts Tagged ‘tiger’

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.

Refining My Golf Swing!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

So, today’s practice lead to more great stuff, I am hitting the golf ball beautifully, great low-to-high trajectory with lots of spin, and control over my golf ball. And yes, my driver is definitely going over 320 yards, not that it’s important.

Continuing from yesterday’s practice, here’s my swing thoughts:

Really feel like you aren’t releasing the golf club at impact. I found that your golf club HAS to release at impact, you don’t have to make a conscious effort. What I do is try to hit the ball with a 90-degree angle formed by my hands and arms. What this does is help me keep the clubhead square as long as possible with natural release of my hands, which inevitably happens anyways.

If you take your golf club and take it near impact with your golf club at 90 degrees with your arms, then try to swing without releasing the club. The only way you will do that is by rotating your shoulders and forearms. That is exactly how you get a crisp strike through the ball. This results in natural release of your hands and the clubhead, squaring the clubface.

Enjoy~

Weekend Warriors – How to Hit the Ball More Consistently!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Most of us don’t have the time that it takes to perfect a golf swing nor maintain it.  For those weekend warriors, here’s couple swing tips that have actually worked for me:

  • Don’t fight your swing, whether you hit a draw or fade on that day, just play that shot.
  • Keep your swing smooth but make sure your followthrough is longer than your backswing.  This makes sure you accelerate through the golf ball without over-swinging.  This is probably the best tip for keeping your ball flight consistent even if you hardly practice.
  • Keeping your ball flight consistent, whether that’s a slice or hook,  comes first.  If you can hit the ball with a consistent ball flight, you don’t have to hit the ball straight and still score good.  I’ve seen hundreds of scratch golfers who have bad swings but they have consistent ball flights.
  • Don’t ever try to “correct” your swing, just go with the flow and work with your flawed swing.  Again, consistency rules over straight shots.  Even pro golfers don’t try to hit the ball straight.  Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couple hit fades all through major championships, you should pick a side too.
  • Practice more short game and putting, that’s where your advantage is or even Tiger’s for that matter, not in the 300+ yard driver.  Although it’d be good to hit it 300+ yards off the tee, that’s the last thing that’s gonna help you score near par.

I’ve been playing golf for over 20+ years now and more I realize that perfecting your golf swing has more to do with scoring bad  than trying to work with what you already have.

Even me, I have less time to practice than before since I have to run my online publishing business.   I score better when I try to find ways to keep my swing more consistent by doing less.

Less is more, especially in golf.  No matter how many personal golf lessons you get, it’s probably worthless if you change your swing everytime you go out on the golf course.  Stop tinkering and start playing golf.

Here’s a simple exercise if you tend to end up in vicious cycle of trying to fix your swing.

1. Don’t practice on the range anymore.

2. Don’t try to fix your swing on the golf course.

3. Keep playing more golf and try to work on your golf strategy to fit your ball flight.

4. keep doing 1 to 3 until your ball flight is consistent and you have find a working golf course strategy.

5. If you must, fix your swing once every 3 months.

Happy golfing!

Independence Day AT&T National Predictions!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

As of now, Michael Allen, Cameron Beckman, Anthony Kim, and Tiger Woods are tied for the lead at 9 under total.

Based on golf history and performance, I would have to say Anthony Kim (who is the defending champion) and Tiger Woods both have great chances of winning.

There’s so many great names at the top of the leaderboard this Independence Day weekend, I hope all those guys get to see the fireworks at night.  (which I am sure they will)

As for me, I will be taking a break and start a barbeque, cook up some nice tri-tip steaks, teriyaki chicken, and more goodies.

Okay, my final prediction – Tiger Woods or Anthony Kim, although I think Tiger might have an edge this weekend.  We will have to see and find out if those two end up in the final group tomorrow.  If that’s the case, Anthony Kim will have to psych out Tiger Woods for the trophy or the other way around.

Either way, I am glad two of my favorite players are at the top.

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. :)

AT&T National Winner – Tiger Woods!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Last year, Anthony Kim showed on exceptional performance at the AT&T National, winning with ease.

This year, Anthony Kim comes really close, playing with Tiger Woods in the final group of the final round.

Notables include Hunter Mahan, who shot an incredible 62 today to finish before the final groups at 12 under.

As I did predicted during the 3rd round of the AT&T National, this tournament really came down to Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim.  And I did say Tiger probably will have an edge over the last finishing holes, where he did make birdies to gain lead in the tournament.

My prediction for AT&T National earlier today also became true, as Tiger had an edge over the last couple holes of “pressure” golf.  I think Anthony Kim has come a long ways, especially during the 9-month period that Tiger was going through his knee surgery but I think he still has a long ways to go before beating Tiger head-to-head.

Of course, don’t forget Hunter Mahan, he’s been shooting awfully low scores at many tournaments.  I think every time I turn on my TV, Hunter Mahan is shooting a 62 or 63.  I am sure he will win many tournaments.

One thing is for sure, Tiger Woods is certainly back after winning 3 tournaments already this year.  It will be harder to beat him as Tiger plays more tournaments and I think he’s still not 100%, something seriously to worry about for other PGA Tour players.

I am sure Anthony Kim will beat Tiger Woods in stroke play one day though.  When that day comes, Tiger will have a good challenger to compete with.

Overall, I think everyone did a great job here, there’s a lot of veterans who are at the AT&T National this week, something I haven’t seen before.  Interesting to note that people were applauding for a war hero who was on his wheelchair as the final group walked up the 18th hole.

Congrats to Tiger Woods on his comeback 2009 and winning the 2009 AT&T National!

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AT&T National Winner Sunday!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Wow, what a fun Sunday this is as Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim are TIED for the lead at 10 under par each for the tournament as of 12:36PM PST right now.  AND Hunter Mahan just birdies to get to 10 under, making three people tied for the lead.

It’s interesting my 2 predictions from yesterday came out to be true with Tiger and Anthony in the final group.

Who will be the winner today?

It’s hard to tell as Anthony Kim is the defending champion, except he won last year when Tiger was going through knee surgery.

If Anthony Kim wins this year, he can prove that it was not fluke last year, that he can win even if Tiger is playing.

This is a crucial moment for Anthony Kim as if he can out-duel Tiger today, he will be able to keep doing it again in the future.

Of course, I think Anthony Kim can actually play  good under pressure as he can, the young 24 year old has won numerous tournaments and I have been a fan ever since he’s win last year.  It was exciting to watch a young pro golfer get better and better, winning tournaments and entertaining people like me while Tiger was gone.

My final prediction?

Well, it’s hard to make a final prediction but I think Tiger might have an edge possibly over the last couple holes when the pressure is the hardest.

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

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.

LIVE – Go Tiger at Masters 2009!

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

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As an avid fan of golf, I am glad that Masters is one of the top trends on Twitter this weekend.  I think this guy Tiger had something to do with that as I don’t think golf was as popular before we had Tiger.

Anyways, I wish Tiger and the rest of the players best of luck and let the best win today although I am biased towards Tiger.

This will be Tiger’s first major since his last major 2008 U.S. Open, which he won with a BROKEN KNEE!

Now, I will be expecting much more today from a Tiger with new knee.

Regardless of who you are rooting for, join me on twitter @progolferdigest as I “live” twittercast the whole Masters starting in about 3 minutes, 11AM PST.