Category: Instruction

We Tried It: Shotstohole

We Tried It: Shotstohole

Last month, we introduced you to ShotsToHole.com, a web-based data collection tool that allows golfers and coaches to measure and analyse over 70 golf stats, set and track goals, monitor progress and more. ShotsToHole.com has been adopted by many Tour players, including PGA TOUR pro Patrick Reed—who, having worked on specific skill sets to improve [...]

April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Shawn Clement at Bonnie Doon GC

YouTube teaching guru visits Australia

World-renowned golf instructor Shawn Clement recently visited Australia for the first time and presented his unique perspective on the golf swing to keen golfers at Bonnie Doon Golf Club. Clement is no ordinary golf instructor. The 46-year-old Canadian has been involved with golf for over 36 years; 26 of those have been instructing golfers on [...]

April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
New Aussie technology revolutionising game measurement

New Aussie technology revolutionising game measurement

STATISTICS in golf are an increasingly prevalent part of the modern game. Fairways Hit, Greens in Regulation, Putts and Sand Saves are a few of the many metrics that golfers measure each round. Many apps and websites have been designed to collect and analyse these major golf statistics. After (or during) a round, a golfer [...]

March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment More
What makes you satisfied with your golf?

What makes you satisfied with your golf?

Every week on television and when I play in local competitions I notice golfers of all different standards being a little confused about what it means to be satisfied with golf. Knowing when and where to be satisfied has a big impact on our game’s performance and at a social level makes a massive difference [...]

September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Starting your putts consistently on line

Starting your putts consistently on line

Whenever I am giving a putting lesson, I always start by watching the player putt outside on the practice green. This allows me time to see firsthand their routine, the accuracy of their read of the slope, the types of questions or comments they make as well as seeing their technical fundamentals such as posture, [...]

August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Hitting 50-80m wedge shots

Hitting 50-80m wedge shots

I regularly see students and customers coming to the range with only a fairway or driver. They lace away with no warm up, hit 100 balls and maybe hit 10% ok. They walk away with no confidence, poor rhythm and timing and most likely a sore back.

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Keep your water bottle clean

Keep your water bottle clean

Reusing water bottles, plastic or otherwise is a popular way to be eco-friendly, but one of the big problems with water bottles is mould build-up. The word ‘bacteria’ can send many people reaching for the hand sanitiser, and while some bacteria are not harmful, it is probably better to be safe than sorry and keep your water bottle clean.

July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Golf snacks: what to eat and when

Golf snacks: what to eat and when

Playing consistent golf all the way through a round has a lot to do with being able to maintain concentration. Maintaining concentration has a lot do with keeping energy levels up. Keeping energy levels up is all about food.

July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
7 Nutritional tips to stay focused for your golf round

7 Nutritional tips to stay focused for your golf round

If you want to perform better at golf, your round should always be accompanied by a solid golf nutrition plan. In essence, what you eat determines how you play. So, which foods produce champions and which foods hinder play? Let me give you a few hints.

July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Short putts making you nervous?

Short putts making you nervous?

This article was specifically written with golfers in mind who are missing way too many short putts. Having the benefit of designing putters for Precision Putters. I am fortunate enough to be able to ask for extreme but specific specifications on some putters every now and then, and this has been the case recently with [...]

June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Creating a 'Par-3' scorecard will help you analyse which part of your game is affecting your scores the most.

The 100m Par-3 game to breaking 90

We always hear how the majority of our game is played within 100 metres from the green, but how many golfers actually know by how much it is affecting their overall scores? To play ‘bogey’ golf, i.e., 1-over per hole (which will see you shooting around 90) the following should occur on most holes: Par [...]

May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Establish a routine

Routine, Routine, Routine

Pick any professional sport and situation where the athlete has plenty of time to think, analyse, visualize, worry etc. Now think of someone from that sport that is very successful.  For example: basketball and Michael Jordan preparing for a free throw.  Picture your athlete performing under pressure and ask yourself whether you think they have [...]

April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More
When the chips are down

When the chips are down

I have often had people ask me to help them with their chipping. When we get to the short game area they proceed to get their 7-iron out and begin hitting bump and run shots all over the place. When I ask them what they are doing, they have a bemused look on their face. [...]

November 28, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Lag putting drill

Lag putting and eliminating the dreaded three-putt

This month we’ll discuss lag putting, a critical skill to improving around the greens (and lowering your scores).

October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Photo 1: an incorrect approach

Recovery Shots

This month I will help you out with your recovery shots out of the trees. I often see club golfers trying to pull off miracle shots when all they have to do is play the higher percentage shot. This will cut out the chance of having a those dreaded extra shots on their scorecard that [...]

October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Common golf swing faults

Common golf swing faults

This month, we’ll discuss the two most common swing faults by golfers. S Posture at setup: It is easy to spot this poor postured golfer. If you look at their lower back from down-the-line, it has an excessive swayback or curvature creating what we commonly refer to as the “S-posture” or lower crossed syndrome . [...]

February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Change the quality of your practise to change the quality of your game

Change the quality of your practise to change the quality of your game

As a teaching professional it often astounds me that so many amateurs spend their hard earned money on equipment and range balls without ever significantly improving their game.  Here are three stereotypes I see every day at the range… do any of them sound familiar to you? Good ol’ Rake n Belt This player turns [...]

January 7, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Relax and enjoy

Relax and enjoy

One element of the golf swing that is essential to playing great golf shots is the movement of the body and arms at the same pace. One thing that I frequently notice when coaching or watching people practice is how much tension they carry in their arms at address and then through the swing. This [...]

January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Practising properly — like K.J. Choi does under the watchful eye of Steve Bann — can help you perform better under pressure

Top 10 mistakes you make when practising

In 1988 as a club professional and part time playing professional I was leading the prestigious Australian Masters by two shots after sixty nine holes. The field for this event at the time included six of the world’s top ten players, headed by Norman, Langer and Faldo. Three pars would change my golfing future and [...]

December 21, 2011 | 2 Comments More
Getting the best value from your lesson

Getting the best value from your lesson

To get the best value from a golf lesson, there are a few prerequisites. Firstly you must be prepared to learn and possibly change some things. Most importantly you will need to practise your new skills and give them the opportunity to take effect. It is my experience, that one round a week and one [...]

November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Eat less junk, play fewer shots

Eat less junk, play fewer shots

If I took a survey of all the people I’ve worked with, the definition of “Junk Food” would be rather varied, and generally misunderstood. Unfortunately, Junk Food is not simply limited to every fast food outlet you can think of; it actually exists as most foods available to us today. In saying this, in my [...]

September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Practising and testing your skills will help ingrain the confidence into your mind.

The Confidence Cycle

What exactly is confidence? And why does it come and go seemingly for no apparent reason? Why is it that many golfers can hit the ball well or chip and putt well when they practise, but when they go out on the course it all falls apart and they don’t feel any confidence in their ability to play?

August 25, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Bunker Setup

Bunker woes cured

If you are one of the many golfers with an aversion to sand on the golf course, here are some simple technique tips to turn sand into your strength. Preparation: As you enter the bunker you need to gauge the depth of sand in the bunker. Wriggle your feet about to see how deep the [...]

August 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Straight back and straight through – rubbish!

Straight back and straight through – rubbish!

I would say that one in three clients at the Sydney Putting Studio ask me whether I believe the putting stroke should be straight back and straight through. Over the next two articles I will explain — and more importantly prove — that the putting stroke should NOT be straight back and straight through. Dave [...]

August 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Before every shot, you need to mentally prepare for the shot, and stick to a pre-determined game plan

Create a philosophy to success

You’ve most likely fallen into the golf trap of complicating the game by having myriad thoughts enter your mind during a round of golf. This is one of the biggest mental game mistakes that golfers make. One of the best ways to combat this is to create your own ‘philosophy for success’.

August 21, 2011 | 1 Comment More
Activity Specific Coordination

Activity Specific Coordination

How the body moves and sequences during an activity is key to performance and avoiding injury. Utilizing training for improved golf swing performance is best accomplished through improving activity specific coordination. The body moves in very specific patterns during the golf swing. These patterns can be referred to as activity specific coordination. The more efficient [...]

August 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Australia's No 1-ranked female poker player, Jackie Glazier

The ‘Poker Face’ mentality for golf

Over the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of being a mental game coach to some of the best up-and-coming golfers in Australia. Over the past 4 years, I have also been heavily involved the game of Poker, as I not only coach a large number of poker players, but I also happen [...]

July 27, 2011 | 1 Comment More
Club Dynamics

Club Dynamics

When I perform a biomechanics evaluation on a golfer’s swing, the most commonly asked first question is, “What is my club head speed?” Typically, the player is interested in miles per hour (MPH). Most golfers relate distance to linear speed, because until recently, this was the only measurement of power. However, with the advent and [...]

July 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Practice does NOT make perfect

Practice does not make perfect!

The way you practice has a bigger influence over how you perform under pressure than anything else. If you are like most golfers you get to the golf course half an hour or so before you play, putt a few balls across the practice green, and try and work out whether they are fast or [...]

June 15, 2011 | 1 Comment More
The Biomechanics of Club Release

The Biomechanics of Club Release

Club release or wrist uncocking refers to the angle made between the club shaft and the plane of the arms as they move around the axis of the spine. This is the last link in the kinetic link or the last step in generating optimum power in the golfswing.

June 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Ground forces and lower body mechanics

Ground forces and lower body mechanics

In last month’s issue we explained muscular loading. This month we are going to explain the most important foundation of the kinetic link which initiates muscular loading: Ground Forces. No single link in the process of creating clubhead speed is considered more important than any other; however, your swing is only as strong as your [...]

May 21, 2011 | 2 Comments More
The golf swing is very similar to the baseball swing

Golf and baseball

Last month we spoke about ground forces and how the body moves and creates power.  Next, we are going to compare golf to baseball and the similarities in how the body creates the power generation process (kinetic link). Believe it or not, golf and baseball swings are biomechanically comparable. Hitters in baseball and golfers use [...]

May 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Digital Instruction Guide 2011

Digital Instruction Guide 2011

The 2011 Inside Golf Digital Instruction Guide (sponsored by Titleist) features a full range of tips, drills and instruction covering every part of the game. From the first drive to the final putt, you’ll find something to help you get the most out of your game! (If you are having problems loading the guide, click [...]

May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Focus on where you WANT the ball to land.

Narrow your FOCUS for better tee shots

We all know that putting is one of the most important aspects of golf. But an equally important aspect is what are you actually putting for? Are you normally putting for par or bogey? Or do you generally hit the greens in regulation and end up putting for birdie? This will generally depend on whether [...]

March 28, 2011 | 1 Comment More
Unilateral exercises can help improve muscle imbalance in all areas of the body

Take a one-sided approach to fitness

Golf is a sport that requires a movement which is repeated on one side of the body often. If not addressed, the result will be one side of the body being stronger, more coordinated or agile than the same muscles on the other side of the body. While this dominance of a skill set on [...]

March 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
To check your posture, hold a club along your spine and tilt forward slightly, without the club coming away from your spine

Drills: Full swing technique

Drills are used to improve specific areas of your technique; they can be used for full swing technique, pitching, chipping, bunker play and putting. There are hundreds of drills you can use; you just have to use the drills that you can relate to, to give you the correct feeling and correct positions. Over the [...]

March 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
3)	Balancing on one foot with your other knee flexed in the air is a great drill to improve your your overall balance.

Tips for senior golfers

The most common problems that affect senior golfers are: Not warming up, Posture, Balance, Stability, Tempo and Equipment. Here are some tips on how you can improve these areas.

March 6, 2011 | 1 Comment More
The highs and lows of putting

The highs and lows of putting

We’ve all heard the saying “Pros miss on the high side of the hole, while amateurs miss on the low side of the hole”. What this is referring to is that better putters take into consideration the slope of the green more, while poor putters don’t use as much slope and aim more at the hole.

March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
The 5 shots around the green every golfer should know

The 5 shots around the green every golfer should know

The short game makes up the majority of shots in our overall score. Learning to play 5 different shots around the green will give you the ability to get up and down from just about any situation. Playing the most efficient shot when required should yield the most consistent results. The following shots can be [...]

March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Professionals like Steve Elkington make their swings look effortless by generating anti-clockwise acceleration of the hips (red) around the axis of the spine, thus creating dynamic loading of the muscles of the upper body (blue)

Muscular Loading

In last month’s issue we wrote about the physics and physiology behind generating optimal power and efficient movement in the golf swing. This month we’ll focus on physiology of the muscles and the laws of physics.

February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
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