Five Steps to Improving Your Golf Game This Year

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For many in the northern hemisphere, winter is upon us. We can’t do many golf-related things aside from taking some practice swings indoors or maybe waiting for the occasional day between snowfalls where the temperatures rise enough to make a round of golf bearable. Those of us in that predicament are left to feed our passion for golf through books, magazines, television, or the internet. In times like these, we tend to try and learn some new technique or magic tip so we can hit the ground running when spring gets here. It’s like the ever-renewed New Year’s Resolution. We study up and vow to shave strokes off our games, come spring. Unfortunately, this doesn’t usually happen, for a variety of reasons. It is partly because we overload ourselves with information in an attempt to figure out what’s going wrong, and just blindly go out and try a few things. Nothing really works and within a short time, we just slip back into last season’s form. By the time you finish this post, you’re probably

Keeping a Practice Journal

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What was going wrong with your game six months ago?  What was going right? How about three months ago? How have you spent most of your practice time over the last 12 months?  How many lessons have you taken?  What did you learn at each one?  How did your play and practice following each lesson improve?  Or did it degrade first? Hopefully you see where I’m going with this. Looking at the poll currently in my sidebar, a vast majority of respondents want to make significant improvement in their golf games this season.  That’s a pretty lofty goal, but it’s certainly achievable for just about everyone.  What each of us considers to be significant improvement is certainly a subjective measure, but how do we know when we’ve been meeting our goals? What if the goal was weight loss? Or, what if it is to learn oil painting? Or, what if the goal is to visit all 50 states in the U.S.? Fortunately, it’s usually fairly easy to recognize when a goal has been met.  If

Your Golf Improvement Strategy

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I love the poll questions because they really give me a chance to learn from all of you.  Sure, it’s not exactly scientific, but I’ve learned something interesting from every one I’ve ever posted. The latest poll asked about the ways you improve your golf game.  If you haven’t voted yet, please feel free.  The question is, “Which of the following have you done in the past 12 months to improve your golf game?“  I presented you with a bunch of answers and asked you to pick all that apply (my apologies – for a brief period early on, you were only able to select one answer, but that has since been fixed). This is how the responses broke down as of this writing (out of 167): Practice at a driving range or practice green (81%, 136 Votes) Read or watch instructional materials (63%, 105 Votes) Take a range lesson from a golf pro (34%, 57 Votes) Get a club fitting (22%, 36 Votes) Conduct a video analysis of your swing, (by yourself or with

An Interesting Golf Improvement System

I’ve recently been in touch with Doug Kercher, an Australian PGA golf professional. He’s been teaching the game for over 17 years and has been playing on the Australian Senior Tour since the 2006 season. Doug has developed an interesting game improvement system, that I think might help me get more forward motion in my quest this coming season. It’s called Golf – Your Perfect Plan for Practice and Play You can read a little about it here. If you’d like more information, just enter your name and e-mail address at the bottom of that page, and you’ll be taken to another page with much more information. I’ve read all the information, and have read and studied the system itself. I’m very intrigued. Enough that I’m going to give it a try this year. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let me lay some things out there, so there are no misunderstandings. This is NOT some magic pill for golf improvement. There are no hidden secrets revealed here. This is NOT a manual teaching you