Golf Lessons 101: Masters Week Mental Game

Most announcers this week will be talking about the mentality and the discipline that the professionals need to have this week to stay in contention. Well it’s not a far strMost announcers this week will be talking about the mentality and the discipline that the professionals need to have this week to stay in contention. Well it’s not a far stretch to practice some of the same mental discipline in your own game while playing with your friends. Through this blog segment this week we will discuss different techniques to keep your round going throughout the day.

  1.  Positive Affirmations are probably the most important things you can do during your round. Maintaining a good “vibe” during your round is paramount to maintaining good play.  -Repeat these sayings before every golf shot or just while you are driving down the fairway:

>”I am a good player and I hit good shots”

>”Putting is easy and I always hit my putts on my line”

>”I like hitting good golf shots”

>”I always hit it where I aim” These are a few quick things to say to yourself during the round.

Now some of you might be thinking “Well I don’t always hit it where I am” or ” I’m really not the best putter” and these are valid concerns, but it is important that to stay positive throughout the entire round and to keep those positive ideas in your mind. Maintaining positive “vibes” during your pre-shot routine and during your round will keep your confidence up even when you are not playing your best.

Stay tuned to this blog for more tips on mentality coming up later in the week. Remember that we are really interested in user videos so if you have a video of your swing or a friend’s swing please send it to one of our email addresses. Feel free to contact us with any suggestions or feedback on our blog.

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Golf Lessons 101: Balance Drill

Balance is probably the one fundamental that I would put above all others for developing a consistent golf swing. I firmly believe that most amateur golfers have terrible balance and are completely unaware that they have balance issues. There are a few things that you can check to determine if you have balance issues in your swing.

Ask Yourself These Questions:

  1. Can I hold my finish??
  2. Where is my weight in my golf swing??
  3. Can I stand on my left foot after I finish??
  4. How is my balance when I close my eyes??
  5. What am I doing after I finish my swing?? Fall, Lose Balance??
  6. If you lose your balance, which way do you fall??
  7. Does your finish look like Paula Creamer’s??
  8. Can you hold your finish for more than 5 seconds??
Answers You Should Have:
  1. It should be very easy to hold your finish.
  2. Your weight should be centered and slightly on your right side at address.
  3. When you finish, can you lift your right leg without falling over or losing your balance.
  4. You should feel at ease when your eyes are closed. This should be the same when you stand on either leg with your eyes closed.
  5. Finish with a stable balanced swing with your weight on your left side and holding your balance.
  6. If you fall at all you should be doing some sort of balance drill.
  7. Your finish should be balanced and poised with your weight completely transferred to your left side.
  8. If you can count to 5 while holding your finish, your balance is pretty good and you might want to work on something different than balance.

*These questions and answers are for right handed players- for lefties you should flop which foot you balance on in the golf swing.
Balance Drill
If your answers differed from the answers I have provided then this drill could be an answer to your problems. Hopefully, this video will be a great drill that will help you find your balance in your golf swing. This drill is called the Single Leg Balance Narrow Base Golf Posture. If you wish to see a video of this drill check it out at mytpi.com
  1. Start with one foot off the ground and get into your golf posture.
  2. Get your balance and hold this pose.
  3. After you have your balance, slowly lift your heel off the ground and balance on the balls of your feet.
  4. Feel your “proprioceptors” activate and strengthen your balance muscles.
  5. This drill should begin to slowly affect your balance- you will feel yourself trying to balance as soon as you start this drill.
These tips are designed to help the average golfer improve their game.  If you have any questions or wish to receive your own personalized golf lessons feel free to contact us.

Golf Lessons and Fitness Programs to Improve your Game

Golf lessons and fitness programs designed by PGA professionals are the easiest ways to improve your game. Golf instruction and proper exercise have become two of the most vital components to perfecting the golf swing. Most people strive to break 80, 90, or even 100 but lack the practice and fitness routines needed to help them achieve these goals.  These blogs will provide simple, yet effective methods to improving your game, health, and overall outlook on golf. Whether you are looking for golf lessons, a few quick tips, a video segment on new drills, or an exercise program that will maximize distance this blog will help get you started. In the upcoming months look for new, creative ways to keep golf lessons fun and effective in every aspect of the game.

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