There are times on the golf course when I am faced with a tough decision and tougher golf shot. I find myself with a tough lie, in between clubs, obstacle … Continue Reading New for 2019: Call Your Golf Shot
2018 is over so it is time to look back and see how I did. Next step is to see what I can do in 2019 to get better.
Charity golf tournaments are a great way to raise money and awareness for your organization or cause. I have chaired the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association’s golf tournament for the past nine years. We raise money for the organization and the Aero Club of Washington Foundation and the Corporate Angel Network. In the years, I have seen different approaches from sponsors sitting at the holes to interact with golfers. I wanted to share some tips to make the most of this opportunity.
Looking at these techniques, how can we apply them to a bad hole in golf? I don’t mean to take your vengeance physically on the hole. If we treat the bad hole as the attacker on our enjoyment of the round and positive mental state, how can we combat that attack?
Today, I would like to dive into the dark side of golf. Golf is a sport which means there is competition and sometimes money rides on that competition. As we learn by paying attention to modern professional sports, every advantage should be used to win. Sometimes, you don’t need a physical advantage but play a few golf mind games to get the best of your opponent.
The USGA rule book is one of the most quoted and feared books in the game of golf. We all want to play by the rules but we don’t always want to know if we are breaking any rules that result in stroke and distance. (Damn you OB and white stakes). There are however unwritten rules of golf that are not written down but rather passed down. These are the unwritten rules of golf my dad taught me.
There are merits to each but here is why the correct answer is SHORT GAME. Let’s first define short game as anything within 50 yards of the green and this includes green side bunkers. You work your hardest to cover 300+ yards in was few strokes as possible an then hope for the best? Short game takes touch, finesse, strategy, and foresight.
Recently, I played at Heron Glen Golf Club with my dad. It was the first round that we had played together this summer. I enjoy playing with my dad now that I can hit consistently and don’t lose a dozen balls on the Front 9 or my temper on a regular basis. This round was special to me for another reason, I played probably my best golf score despite imploding on the last 3 holes of the day. And I didn’t lose my sh!t.
Ready Golf is defined by the small steps taken by all players to not waste time. Some traditional protocols are ignored but not completely forgotten. It is not a free for all but rather an organized group effort. Golf courses like it because they cannot more foursomes through the course in a day. I want to review what makes for good ready golf.
Now that we understand the math (Don’t worry no quiz today), what does a slope of 69.0 mean for the white tees at your local golf course? It means that a scratch golfer should shoot a 69.0 at your golf course playing from the white tees. So what? So buttons. The lower the golf course rating compared to 72 to “easier” the golf course is.
On a recent round of golf, a player in my foursome and I ended up in a conversation admiring pro golfers for their shot making abilities but more for their … Continue Reading My Top 5 Mental Golf Errors
The key to moving from being a hacker to a golfer who can hold your own is the lot art of scramble golf. Scrambling is part special swings that of almost trick shots and mental fortitude to play your game. If your drives end under tree more often than in the short grass of the fairway, a good scramble golf game can keep your scores from entering triple digits.
After reading Mastering Golf’s Mental Game, I was eager to try out the Mental Scorecard to see how consistently my mental game is during a round. I usually debrief myself after a round by talking to myself in the car running through each hole. I usually focus on the holes that ate my lunch and costed my penalty strokes. Using Dr. Lardon’s process, I wanted to see where my mental game falls short of maintaining a constant mental approach the game. It was a learning experience.
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.
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?)
The mental aspects of golf fascinate me at my age compared to my youth. When I was young, it was all about “grip it and rip it and go find … Continue Reading Golf is Not a Game of Perfect Book Review