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Mastering Golf’s Mental Game Makes You Think

The physical aspect of golf is relatively simple and takes 1.2 seconds.  The rest of the 4.5 hour round is waiting for your turn to swing.  During this time, each golfer must work to maintain their concentration and re-engage before stepping up to their next shot.  Dr. Michael Lardon wrote Mastering Golf’s Mental Game to help each of us build a stronger mental golf game.

The Sacred Golf Swing Routine Explored

My first draft of this article I described this state of golf as the Pre Golf Swing.  While researching it, I paged through Zen Golf and Dr. Parent called it the Swing Routine.  I liked that name because it has an element of repetition by using the word routine.  Routines are done almost at the subconscious level.   I understand that Routine Ritual are redundant but I am trying to hammer home a point.

If you can grip it and rip it and land in the fairway 95% of the time, by all means have at it.  I salute you.  For the rest of us, the ritual helps to focus us and ensure a quality swing.

Front 9/Back 9: Tale of Myself as 2 Golfers

This past week, I played White Clay Creek and experienced the greatest up and down of my golf game in a long time.  Unfortunately, the down was a big down on the back 9.  I shot a 101 which was the worst round in a long time and what made it more painful was my front 9 was a 44 including coming back from an 8 on the par 4 first hole. So what happened to cause a massive self destruction on the back 9 and why did I need heed my own advice I posted on this blog? (besides being an idiot?)

Using Hybrid Clubs with Wedge Style Golf Swing

I started playing with this style some time last year.  I found myself not hitting my irons very well and getting frustrated.  I was chopping my irons into the ground or hitting behind the ball when I was trying to hit too hard.  At that time, I had a 4 TaylorMade Rocketballz hybrid and just picked up a 5 of the same brand to replace my 4 and 5 irons.  I started to use the 5 hybrid to hit a 150 yard shot instead of my 7 iron.  And it worked!

The Downhill Lie is an Uplifting Tale

Carl Hiaasen is a writer with 14 novels to his credit and writes for the Miami Herald.  With support from his publisher, family and friends, he decided to pick golf up again after not playing since his teenage years.  The journey is tracked in the book between chapters and diary entries dated by days since he started playing golf again.  The goal of the book and Carl’s golf game is the member guest tournament at Carl’s local course.

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