Saturday, February 25, 2006

A "Holographic" Tip

On my "Review" page today, I've recommended two books by Larry Miller, Holograpic Golf and Beyond Golf. Both are terrific, and both deal more with the mental than with the physical side of golf.

Here's a prime example:

Imagine that your ball and your club's face are magnetized —that when you address the ball, one sticks tight to the other. You'll have to carry that head/ball combo back and up carefully to avoid dislodging it, accelerate smoothly into the downswing, and then fling the head/ball through in order to launch the ball forward. It's almost identical to Fred Shoemaker's idea in Extraordinary Golf, where he shows (with pictures) that people intuitively make the correct swing motion when they're asked to actually throw their club toward the target.

So, there are really two tips, all for the price of one! (But then, all of this is free, anyway, isn't it? Such a deal!)

Monday, February 20, 2006

A Putting Tip

I've been ignoring this page (as I've been working hard on the Essays and the Podcasts).

Here's the first in a series of putting tips, drawing heavily on Dr. Joe Parent's Zen Golf, and on The Mental Art of Putting (Cohn and Winters, Taylor Trade Publishing).

I spent years telling myself and others that I couldn't putt. I'm still working/recovering from that, but here's a key thought, for putts of 15 feet and beyond, that put me on the road to wellness.

  • I know I'm not going to make all of these.
  • But, somewhere in this round, I know I'll make at least one.
  • And, this might be it!

That simple thought made all the diffence for me. It took me from expecting the next disaster to the possibility of a success: from dreading to anticipating. Such a little thought... such a big change!