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Learn to play "No Fear Golf" with David MacKenzie!

Learn to play “No Fear Golf” with David MacKenzie!

Learn to play “No Fear Golf” with David MacKenzie!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

David MacKenzie is one of the leading Sports Performance Mental Trainers in the world.  

He owns Golf State of Mind, and I have featured him several times in my posts because I believe he is extremely knowledgeable of his craft, and we can all learn from him.  Overcoming fear on the course is something that even great players struggle with.  Just take a look at the short putt Dustin Johnson missed during the US Open at Chambers Bay last summer.  Think the fear of failure caught up with him at the wrong time?  Let David help you play no fear golf by managing your fear and thus becoming a better player!

Learn to play "No Fear Golf" with David MacKenzie!

You’ve had butterflies before your first tee shot, you’ve felt it.

And you’ve had trouble sleeping before an important round, you’ve felt it.

If you’ve ever started panicking during your warm-up because you think you’ve lost your swing, you’ve felt it.

Have you’ve ever “choked”, and felt it.

What is it? I’m talking about FEAR. Something that affects nearly every golfer that plays the game.

But what exactly is FEAR and why does it exist?

This article is going to take a look into the origin of fear, what the effects are, and how you can harness it to play your best golf.

To read the entire article on how to overcome fear on the course, go here!

Source: Golf State of Mind   David MacKenzie

Pictures: Bart Everson

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2 Great Rotational Exercises for Strength and Power!

2 Great Rotational Exercises for Strength and Power!

2 Great Rotational Exercises for Strength and Power!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

What are your New Years’ resolutions?  Mine is to increase my flexibility and increase the power in my golf swing.  I joined a gym, hired a personal trainer, and am totally committed to gaining back some lost distance as I have aged.  At 68, I still feel I have plenty of good golf left in me, and although my club handicap has drifted up to a 3, I am determined to get back to scratch by the end of the year.  Set your own goals as to where you would like to be at the end of the year, and then put a plan in place of how you will get there.  

The five key components of setting goals are :

  1. Set a start date
  2. Set an end date.
  3. Ask yourself if the goal is realistic.  (you are much more likely to quit if the goal is too hard.)
  4. Set aside time for your exercise time every week.  Put it down on a calendar, so you don’t accidentally book a social event that clashes.
  5. Share your goals with a friend, relative or spouse. (You are much more likely to persevere if you know someone is checking on you to see if you are still on track.)

David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind has put together a package including The Power Golf Fitness System PLUS an additional Bonus from David.  To see this great deal, go here!

Right now, check out two essential videos that will certainly help your game in 2016.

TPI Golf Fitness Coach Level 3 Stephen Ladd demonstrates several band or cable golf rotational exercises for strength, power and distance.

 

Source: Stephen Ladd

The Power Plank for Golf is a specialized version of the traditional exercise.

Geared towards high intensity and short duration. Great way to build strength and power in the core for golf.

Source: Stephen Ladd     Golf State of Mind

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In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have posted several articles by David MacKenzie from Golf State of Mind over the last year, and I think he is very knowledgeable about his subject. But there is one statement he makes below that I have to disagree with.

“One of the biggest mistakes a golfer can make is to spend countless hours trying to groove a perfect “machine-like” swing in the hope that it will work automatically on the course.”

Sorry David, the biggest mistake a golfer can make is not to practice at all!  More than 60% of the students who come through my school admit that they NEVER practice!  Learning how to practice correctly does help, but folks, if any of this is ever going to help your game, you have to get off your duffs and on to the practice range.  Today!

Now read David’s article, and you will get some benefit!

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

Playing golf on driving range fairway grass

How do you spend your time practicing?

How do you know you are building the skills you need to shoot lower scores? Are you maximizing your practice time the way a Tour player does?

The biggest practice mistake

One of the biggest mistakes a golfer can make is to spend countless hours trying to groove a perfect “machine-like” swing in the hope that it will work automatically on the course.

If this is all you’re doing during your practice, then it’s not time well spent.

The reason is the range, and the course are very different places…

You’ve got lots of external factors you don’t have on the range on the course, such as the need for strategy, your score, other players, etc.

If you don’t practice for the course, you can’t expect to perform there.

This is why most Tour players use the “1/3 rule” when practicing.

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

A unique practice area to do random practice.

What this does is make sure your valuable practice time is divided optimally, as follows:

  • 1/3 Technique (block practice)
  • 1/3 Rhythm and Motion (random practice)
  • 1/3 Pressure conditions.

To read the rest of how the Tour players break up their practice time, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie  Golf State of Mind

Pictures: Camron Flanders  Jonathan Lyon

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What is Mental Toughness - and How Do You Achieve it?

What is Mental Toughness – and How Do You Achieve it?

What is Mental Toughness – and How Do You Achieve It?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

What is Mental Toughness - and How Do You Achieve it?

Tiger Woods has one of the toughest mental games on the PGA Tour.

Mental Toughness has been defined by Wikipedia as “A collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances (such as difficult training or difficult competitive situations in games) and emerge without losing confidence. In recent decades, coaches, sports psychologists, sports commentators, and business leaders.”

What is Mental Toughness - and How Do You Achieve it?

Reading mental Toughness books can help you understand exactly what you need to do!

Mental Toughness is evident when I see golfers play their very best, no matter what the circumstances or distractions.  People like Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd, Tiger Woods, and Jack Nicklaus come to mind.

The aim of mental coaching.

The aim of mental game coaching is to help players gain better access to the skills they’ve developed in practice, whatever the situation.

That’s what mental toughness is all about.

Getting over the ball and having a quiet, but focused, mind and a feeling of confidence in what is about to happen.

Trusting your swing mechanics so you don’t have to think about them.

It’s all subconscious.

Your swing becomes a reaction to what’s in front of you, not a series of technical thoughts.

That little coach inside your head is no longer needed and has disappeared.

As a mental game coach, if I can get my players into this state of mind over every shot, I’ve done a good job.

But how do you achieve this?

From my experience coaching the mental game of golf, there are 3 phases of improvement:

  • Learning skills Consciously
  • Learning to swing Subconsciously
  • Building a strong Self Image

Learning how to achieve a better mental game is about working on the last 2 areas.

What is Mental Toughness - and How Do You Achieve it?

Meditation is part and parcel of getting to the correct mental state!

Taking your game from the range to the course

We’ve all been there. You find something on the range and your swing just clicks.  Every ball, arrow straight or with a little draw.  You’ve cracked it.

Scratch golf awaits…  But on the course, that same swing is nowhere to be found.  Unfortunately, the golf course is not like the driving range.

There are consequences. There are other players. There’s pressure.  It’s not as easy to access that free flowing swing.

But this is where mental game training comes in.

How you access your best swings is through a good process, a blueprint if you will. Having a plan will give you more confidence right off the bat.

Your “Process” is like building layers, with each one you get closer to the state of mind you need to be in at the moment you take the club away from the ball.

You need the conscious thought in order to access the subconscious control.

But what do you think about it and when?

This is what’s in my blue-print for success, which you’re getting a taste of here. If you want to jump right into my program, click here.

There are 2 reasons that golfers are not able to access that “range game” on the course

  • The way they practice (more simulation is needed)
  • Not having a strong enough process during the round to access the Golf State of Mind

To read how to access your true “Mental Game Blueprint” go here!

Source :  David MacKenzie  of Golf State of Mind.

Pictures : xploitme   Keith Allison   Hartwig HKD

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3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind, is one of the top performance coaches in the industry whom I have featured several times in my posts.  His sound advice on improving your mental game has been invaluable to not only some of the top players in the game, but hundreds of amateurs in helping them take their game to another level.  Check out this daily mental workout routine that will improve your game!

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

Your 10 Minute Mental Game Work Out

Try to do this 10 minute mental game workout daily, before you practice or play.

Breathing: One of the most powerful tools in competitive golf (5 mins)

Firstly, I’d like you to spend 5 minutes focusing on nothing else but your breathing. This is great practice for the course. The best way to remain calm and maintain your focus when you’re nervous is using your breathing. This exercise will help you stay in the present and lower your heart rate, so your thinking is not affected when the pressure is on.

  1. Find a comfortable place where you won’t be bothered for 5 minutes.
  2. Either close your eyes or keep them open with soft focus.
  3. Start paying attention to your breathing. It’s not important how many seconds it takes to inhale vs exhale, it’s more important more how rhythmical your breathing is. So if it’s 5 seconds to inhale, hold for 3 and 7 seconds to exhale, repeat that pattern for 5 minutes (don’t worry, the time goes pretty quickly). It’s been proven that it’s the rhythm of the breathing that is most effective in controlling the stress response, not the ratio of inhale to exhale time.

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

What you’re doing here, is your training your mind to focus – like taking your mind to the gym.

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

If you find yourself distracted by other thoughts, don’t worry, just bring your focus back to your breathing (it will get easier to focus for longer the more you practice it). On the golf course, this breathing exercise is going to help you remain present and connected to the moment i.e. exactly what you need to do. It will help reduce tension and calm you down. The more you practice this, the easier it becomes to do when you’re on the course.

To check out the other three Mental Workout Routines to Improve your Golf, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie   Golf State of Mind

Pictures : Golf State of Mind   Derrick O’Toole

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What do you think is the best swing thought to play better golf?

What do you think is the best swing thought to play better golf?

What do you think is the best swing thought to play better golf?
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!
 
I’m sure you have already guessed that this is a trick question.  There is no “best swing thought” to play better golf.  To be devoid of any thought is the true answer to getting to play to your fullest potential.  How do you think of nothing?  
 
At the Mel Sole Golf School, we teach our students something we call the “Clear Key,” and as my former mentor on this part of the game, Dr. Cary Mumford once said,  “It is a key to clear the hacking in the head!”
 
David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind. It has provided some insights into this below, but if you click on the audio file, you will get a full version of this article!  Enjoy! If you want some personal instruction from David, go here.
 
 
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 Copy of Audio File from David Mackenzie.

I get asked this all the time, but I think you already have the answer. A lot of mental game development is about repeating the things that you were doing when you were playing well and eliminating the things you were doing when you weren’t playing well.

When you’re playing well, what are you thinking about during your swing? I’m willing to bet it’s nothing at all. You’re seeing the target and making an instinctive swing.

Conversely, when you’re playing badly, what are you thinking about during your swing? I’m sure it’s some technical instruction or you’re consciously working on preventing mistakes that might have occurred earlier in the round.

So there’s your answer. Too many swing thoughts are one of the biggest causes of inconsistency.

But let me explain why this is the case.

So much of what you require in golf is about trust.

Bobby Jones once said:

“The golf swing is too complex a movement to control it consciously”.

US Open winner Graeme McDowell said:

“You turn off your mind. You feel your golf swing without really thinking about it. It’s almost like you you don’t think at all. Maybe you have one little thought, and everything else becomes automatic.”

To see the rest of this article by David MacKenzie, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind.

Pictures:  David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind.

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Learn Jason Day's Mental Techniques to Improve!

Learn Jason Day’s Mental Techniques to Improve!

Learn Jason Day’s Mental Techniques to Improve!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind is one of the finest Sports Performance Coaches on the planet.

 His insight into Jason Day’s mental techniques that helped him to victory in the PGA Championship and what it took for this young man to breakthrough can help your game as well!  Read on and learn these tips for preparing yourself mentally for your best game ever!

Learn Jason Day's Mental Techniques to Improve!

“A lot of people would be saying that I couldn’t finish. You get to a breaking point in your golf game where it can go either way. You go, ‘OK, I’ve had enough, and I just need to sit down and chill out.’ Or you go, ‘no, stuff that, I’m going to push through it, and I’m not going to quit until I win.’” – Jason Day, 2015 PGA Champion

For anyone who’s been following professional golf for the past few years, Sunday’s major championship win for Jason Day feels like a huge relief. During most of the final round, I heard my inner voice saying, “Surely it’s not going to be another top 5 in a major without a win?!

Before sinking that final putt on the 18th green at Whistling Straits, Jason had the second-highest number of top-10s in a major without a win (9 to be exact).  

So after being in so many final pairings on a major championship Sunday, the question of whether he had the mental game to handle the pressure and get the job done was being asked. Jason was even beginning to doubt himself, and if he hadn’t sealed the win, he wasn’t sure he would have recovered:

“Not being able to finish, it would have been tough for me mentally to really kind of come back from that. Even though I feel like I’m a positive person, I think that in the back of my mind, something would have triggered, and I would have gone, `Maybe I can’t really finish it off.’”

But Jason Day is a fighter. He’s overcome many adversities throughout his life – from losing his dad at the age of 12 and being a poor, teenage tearaway, to more recently, suffering several injuries and illnesses.

Undeterred by these various setbacks, he said before the PGA at Whistling Straits: “Look, if I keep doing what I’m doing, I’m going to win one of these.”

And he was right.

Working on his mental game.

Since joining the PGA Tour in 2006, he’s developed one of the best all-round technical games out there, but, as anyone who’s played the game of golf knows, it’s only half the equation of success. Jason knew it was his mental game that needed just as much work to get him to major-winner status.

“The game of golf is so mental, and if you don’t have everything in the right order, it’s challenging to win golf tournaments.”

So how does Jason Day prepare and manage his mental game?

Visualization for golf

Learn Jason Day's Mental Techniques to Improve!

 

You probably saw Jason closing his eyes during his pre-shot routine. What he was doing there was visualizing himself hitting the perfect shot. It’s like seeing a color movie of what he desires, right before it actually happens for real. It only takes a couple of seconds, but it can have a big effect on how well you play a shot.

Not only does he visualize individual shots, but he also visualizes the future attainment of his goals. As a 14-year-old, he wrote his goals down on a sheet of paper and read them aloud before he went to bed every night. These included becoming the World No. 1 and winning major championships. Most of those who listened thought he was kidding himself.

More recently, after his PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance this year, he said:

“I visualized myself winning and holding the trophy before the week. I tried to visualize it over and over…That’s what I did in the match play, and that is what I did this week, so obviously, that tells me that I need to do that a lot more.”

 Goal setting and visualizing future success might not mean that you will achieve it, but it’s proven to increase your self-image. This is a big factor in whether you do or not. In fact, the great Jack Nicklaus said that he attributes 50% of his success in golf to imagining it happening before it actually did.

To check out the rest of this interesting article on Jason Day’s mental preparation, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie  Golf State of Mind

Pictures: Keith Allison

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Want to hit the ball longer and straighter – Right here!

Want to hit the ball longer and straighter – Right here!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

All golfers want to hit the ball longer!  They also want to hit it straight!  Tough thing to do.  

David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind is one of the top performance coaches on the planet. He has some fabulous ideas on how to accomplish those goals.  Follow closely as David walks you through the critical phases.

.While watching the PGA Tour players at the Quicken Loans National yesterday, I noted several things that help them hit more fairways with the driver, but here’s what I believe to be the most significant:

Probably the biggest difference with the driver between the Tour player and amateur is tempo.

The driver is the only club that you want to hit as far as possible, so the tendency is to swing it hard and fast, which actually kills accuracy and distance.

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Tiger Woods’ tempo is better on the range than on the course!

The key to a consistent swing is the coordination of your upper and lower body. If your tempo is too fast, it’s hard to get this right. Tempo is arguably the most overlooked fundamental (alignment is a close second).

Your tempo should be the same no matter what club you are hitting. For example, your wedge swing should be the same tempo as your driver swing. Everyone has their own tempo – some quicker, some slower, but the relative speed of the back-swing to down-swing remains consistent. When it’s not, distance and accuracy become inconsistent. A Tour player’s tempo has a back-swing to down-swing ratio of 3:1, meaning the back-swing takes 3 times as long as the down-swing.

Set the tempo with your take-away

One thing you’ll notice as you watch Tour players hit the driver is how smooth and slow they take the club back from the ball. This sets the tempo and rhythm for the rest of the swing.

Adam Scott says: “The slower I take it back, the better my rhythm gets, which automatically puts me where I need to be at every stage of my back-swing. Plus, a slow takeaway gives you time to correct errors by the time you reach the top—which you can’t do if you snatch the club back.”

When you take the club back slower, you will have less tension in your grip and forearms, which can also kill your swing. It will also help you stay more balanced and centered over the ball during your back-swing – further keys for more distance and accuracy with the driver.

Pay attention to your tempo under pressure.

 We all have tendencies under pressure, which we need to be aware of, but probably the most common one is a faster tempo (with all clubs). If you’re playing an important round, notice your tempo during your practice swings and have a beat in your head you would like to reproduce during your actual swing.

Is tempo Tiger’s problem?

Peter Kostis, coach and CBS commentator seems to think so. Kostis compared 2 videos of Tiger’s driving range swing and swing during the tournament and it appears that his tempo is a lot quicker on the course, which is causing those crazy slices.

To read the rest of this story, go here!

Source: Golf State of Mind   David MacKenzie

Pictures: Chase McAlpine   Craig ONeal

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What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

David MacKenzie is one of golf’s leading Performance Enhancement gurus.

His insight into what the winner must possess to finally overcome the obstacles he will encounter on the journey to victory are all laid out for us to see!  Use this great information to improve your game at whatever level you are!

This year’s US Open is no doubt going to be an entertaining one!

If the golf course lives up to all the hype, he who overcomes all the mental challenges will have a fighting chance of lifting the trophy on Sunday evening. Here are what I believe to be the 7 keys to beating Oakmont and having a successful US Open. Even though these are what’s going to be required to win a major this week, you can use them to advance your game during any round you play.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

1. Bounce-back.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

Jason Day has always had the knack of bouncing back from adversity!

This golf course is going to cause every player to make mistakes. Even good shots will occasionally get penalized, which will seem “unfair”. When playing such a dry bouncy course, this is inevitable. The champion will be the guy who can “bounce-back” quickly from the frustration and bad breaks and maintain composure and emotional balance. Every player is going to get bad bounces and bad lies, the key will be accepting this from the get go and just rolling with the punches and embracing the challenge.

2. Shot-making.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

Dustin Johnson’s strength is ball striking!

On a course where so many different options are available for each shot, the player who can not only choose and commit to the right shot but execute it, will be in the mix come Sunday.

Each shot will require a different set of challenges and demand a different type of shot. When the wind is up, controlling trajectory will be a key factor.

Being able to shape the ball either way will allow a player to hit the right slopes on the fairway to have the ball release further, and curving the ball into the slopes on the green to have it land softer.

Around the green a complete variety of shots will be required (low running shots, lobs and chip and runs) to get the ball close.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

3. Course Strategy and distance control.

What the Eventual Winner will have to do to Succeed at the US Open.

Course Strategy has always been Rory McIlroy’s Strength!

With such undulated greens, having the right angle in with approach shots will make a difference over 72 holes. This means that instead of just aiming down the fairway, careful thought will need to be given to the shape of the green and where the pin is placed, so the optimal spot on the fairway is aimed for, to open up the angle for the approach.

Knowing where to miss will also be key to winning. Everyone in the field will miss fairways and greens this week. Where they miss will contribute to where they end up on Sunday afternoon. Hitting the wrong areas could result in the ball rolling through fairways and missing the green by 40-50 yards and waste precious shots.

Elevation changes mean the distance control will be extremely important, so being able to judge how far the ball needs to carry when above or below the target, will equate to several shots gained or dropped per round.

4. Patience.

Henrik Stenson has always shown tremendous patience in his game!

As with many past US Opens, a score around even-par for the 4 rounds can put a player in the hunt, and it looks as if Oakmont is set up this way.

With this in mind, par will be a good score on every hole, so taking unnecessary risk and taking on corners and getting too aggressive with approaches, will inevitably result in big numbers. Playing smart golf and being patient will keep a player away from double and triple bogeys and taking birdie chances when they present themselves (drivable par 4s and par 5s), will be another key to success.

Dropping a few shots early will only cause more risk-taking to get those shots and back and likely cause further errors and mis-hit shots.

Pace of play will also factor in. With the length of the course and the elevation changes, there will possibly be 6 hours rounds, meaning some longer than normal waits on tee shots and approaches. Being able to stay calm and patient will be at a premium this week. As I’m writing this article I heard Bubba Watson yell (after missing an approach shot), “Waiting 30 minutes! This is pathetic professional golf!” Player’s with this temperament will struggle to stay with it this week.

To read the rest of what it will take to win the US Open, go here.

Source: Golf State of Mind

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7 Serious Confidence Boosting Tips For Your Golf!

7 Serious Confidence Boosting Tips For Your Golf!

7 Serious Confidence Boosting Tips For Your Golf!

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David MacKenzie is one of the top Sports Performance Coaches in the world.  

He has worked with both Professionals and amateurs alike and is certainly one of my favorites. His insight into the mental game will definitely help you improve your golf.  Check out these great tips!

7 Confidence Boosting Tips For Your Golf!

The real Secret of Outstanding Performance! See the shot before you play it!

1. Become your inner caddy.

If you get into the habit of beating yourself up after bad shots, you’ll start to subconsciously fear your own criticism and increase your anxiety levels over the ball. Have a mechanism that gets you back to neutral quickly after a poor shot. This could be a phrase, a deep breath, or a set number of steps after the shot. Imagine what a good caddie would say to a player to pick him or her up – something like “forget about it.” Whatever it is, the key is to re-frame quickly after, so you don’t let it set in and affect your mood ahead of the next shot.

2. Find your optimal level of arousal.

You’re much more likely to shoot your best score in the competition. The reason is that to play your best, you need to arouse yourself to a certain level, which increases your power of concentration and competitiveness. Remember this next time you feel nervous – they are actually positive. But you need to be able to get fired up without crossing the line to anger, frustration, or even choking. Sam Snead used to play his best golf when he was in a mental state he called “cool mad.”

3. Don’t Give Yourself Technical Feedback on the Golf Course.

Giving yourself technical feedback diminishes your confidence because you are essentially admitting to yourself that you doubt your golf swing. As Bob Rotella says, “If you are trying to tell your body how to swing, you are telling yourself you don’t know how to swing.” Thinking about technique means your focus is “internal,” not “external’ which is where it needs to be. The more internal your focus, the less fluid and smooth the action is. Think about throwing a basketball or a dart. Would your focus be on your body or the target? Even though you can’t see the golf target, you need to make it as similar as you can to other target sports. You can do this by holding onto the target’s image and the path the ball will take (even when you’re over the ball) and let your body react to that imagery.

4. Visualize success.

Visualization is a key factor in hitting good golf shots. Jack Nicklaus said: “I feel that hitting specific shots — playing the ball to a certain place in a certain way — is 50 percent mental picture, 40 percent setup, and 10 percent swing.”

The more you can build a vivid mental image of the shot you want to hit (trajectory, shape, and what it will do when it lands), the better the chance of your body moving in a way that will produce that desired result. Have you ever hit an amazing miracle shot out of the trees? It’s most likely because the situation forced you to have an apparent image of the shot.

Make sure this visualization is a key part of your routine for every shot.

To see the other 3 tips on boosting your confidence, plus a bonus tip, click here.

Source: Golf State of Mind   David MacKenzie

Pictures: Barbara  BK

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