In the game of golf there are several different types of grip that must be mastered by an amateur golfer or who have become professionals, but there is one type of grip is very popular and is the best grip is a favorite, but less appropriate for those who have the size of your palm relatively small. Grip type is known as the overlapping grip or some are calling the Vardon grip, practice holding the grip is good and right is highly recommended for club and ball mastery. (more…)
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US golf star Tiger Woods has been beaten by South Korean golfer Yang Yong-Eun at Hazeltine.
In claiming victory against Woods, Yang, who has been number 110 in the world golf rankings, became the first Asian male winner of a major golf championship when he claimed the USPGA title.
37-year-old Yang’s achievement also brought to an end Woods’s run of success at having won all 14 of his major titles when he has been in the lead as the game went into the final round.
Woods had been hoping to claim a 15th major title as well as a USPGA title but he was unable to hold his own against his Korean opponent.
Yang had also been a winner at the Honda Classic at Riviera earlier this year.
English golf star Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shared third position.
Confidence is one the most important elements in golf. This is true for golfers of all ages, but it is especially true for younger golfers. Confidence can be divided up into two general areas.
The first is confidence in yourself as a person. This separates you from golf, or any other single endeavor. Do you like yourself? What is your value to you? If you start to question yourself because you play golf poorly you are not putting a very high value on you as a person.
The second type of confidence is performance confidence. This is about how well you expect to perform. Some people have little confidence in their ability to play well even if all the evidence strongly suggests that they will perform well. These people usually have low self-esteem and therefore have little of the first type of confidence mentioned above. Without good confidence in yourself as a person, it is not likely that a golfer will have high performance confidence.
Others have great amounts of confidence in their ability to perform well, even though they have not put in the necessary time and training to build up their level of play. These people begin each tournament or round with the greatest expectation and often feel very disappointed after a few holes of average or poor play. These golfers have not learned how to develop true confidence and instead rely on wishful thinking.
The first step in building up true confidence is to give the youth the understanding that golf is not life and that it is something that develops and improves over time. They do not need to play well to enjoy the game. Talk to them about how uneven and unpredictable the game actually is. Help them be ready for anything so that they can enjoy the experience without tying it to their own value as a person. If you think you are motivating someone by belittling them, think again. You are simply modeling being a bully and if they buy into your thinking they will not develop true confidence because they will strive to satisfy others and not set their own goals and limits.
One way to help a young player is to have them break down their game into five or six categories or components. Make sure that menta preparation is one of the categories. (Didn’t think of that one did you?) The other categories could include such things as short putts, long putts, distance, accuracy, sand shots, and other elements that are easily kept track of. Ask the young golfer to make a list and, in a practice round, keep track of what actually went well and what areas were problems. It is hard to mess up in everything.
After the round go over the results and look for the good and the bad. Talk up the strengths and show him or her how to improve. Then go over the problem areas and talk about what is needed to improve. Always have the belief that they are exactly where they should be as to level of play. If you get upset, you teach them that they are wrong or off base or not trying – and you make it hard for them to emotionally be available to put energy into practice. By breaking golf down into these components you help them enjoy the positive and tackle the negative.
Remember the old saying, “A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at the office”. Help the young golfer understand why this is true.
And remember to build up the person, break down the problems, stress the positive and model having fun doing it all.
The chip and run should be the workhorse of your short game. It is the most reliable shot around the green when you can’t putt.
I would estimate that at least 95% of my short game shots (from within 20 yards of the edge of the green) are played with a chip and run technique, and the other 5% is made up of putts from off the green, pitches, and bunker shots.
Getting the ball on the ground and rolling as soon as possible greatly increases the chances of the ball’s behavior being predictable. That is not to say that a chip and run is always very low to the ground; just as low as possible. A chip and run style shot can be played with the most lofted wedge in your bag, in which case some people might refer to the shot as a “pitch and run.”
In many cases where the average golfer tries to pitch the ball up in the air, the “risk vs. reward” and the uncontrollable nature of a pitch (especially from a marginal lie) make it a poor choice.
.Wanna be a good putter? Here are some basic fundamentals you should be practicing.
There are many more (seemingly endless) details about putting, of course, but if you turn these fundamental concepts into habits it will take you a long way toward being a consistently good putter