If you’ve been following this site for any period of time you know that I don’t advise people to “rake & fire” on the driving range. This just isn’t an effective way to practice because you rarely hit the same club 25 times in a row from a perfect lie on the golf course.
Goal setting can be broken into two components - Long range goals and round specific goals. There are different strategies for each type of goal so let's take a look at how we can get the most out of both!
There's a lot of things that go through your head after a round. Most people think about the basics - What's my score? Do I owe my partners any money? Should I pick up the first drink at the bar? What did I forget in my pockets? And the most frequent, what should I have shot?
Now there's nothing inherently wrong with reviewing your round but you want to cover more than just the "low-lights" and most importantly you have to do it objectively (without emotion).Continue Reading
There’s a lot of people who believe that when setting goals related to golf you don’t want to walk on to the course saying “I want to shoot ‘X’ number today”. This article will not only tell you why you shouldn’t do that, but it will also show you how to pick specific smaller goals that will help you reach a numeric milestone.Continue Reading
I don’t get to play golf as much as I wish I could anymore. I used to play five days a week, and now due to family obligations (like teaching my daughters the game!) I’m limited to two times a week if I’m lucky. That being said I have to make sure that my mental game is stronger than ever and one of the most important ways I do that is a two step process I call finding your hot zone.
What is your hot zone?
Well what I’m talking about is making sure I’m playing to my strengths as frequently as possible. This is figured out by playing the hole in reverse. [Read more…]
As I’ve said before several interviews and messages I really enjoy statistics and scientific analysis. I was poking around the Internet looking for some stats to break down (exciting, I know) when I stumbled upon a study that was done by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health about the “yips”.
In this study they surveyed 1,000 golfers with handicaps lower than 12 and came up with some interesting yet not altogether surprising information.Continue Reading
I’m a person who loves statistics and the seemingly useless attachment of numbers to results. For example: Did you know every single baseball player who played for the Atlanta Braves and was nicknamed “Crime Dog” hit 493 homeruns? Or that 0% of the characters from Napoleon Dynamite are French Emperors or made of trinitrotoluene? Well, while feeding my numerical urges I stumbled across some pretty useFUL numbers that relate to what some golfers view as The Holy Grail, shooting a 79.
This information comes from Peter Sanders, the creator of the complete game analysis website www.shotbyshot.com. There have been over 200,000 rounds entered through Peter’s site and he used data from 18,000 different rounds in which male amateurs were able to break the ethereal plane of 80 to card the elusive 79. So let’s take a look at the data.