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Managing Your Focus for Learning or Performance

psychology technique Jun 30, 2021
 

Attentional Focus

I see this concept play out in just about every golf lesson I give. It is amazing how quickly golfers recover their strike when I give them an external focus cue. Here are some of the benefits of external focus that have been supported by over 1000 scientific studies:

External Focus

  • Closer links to the task
  • Less cognitive activity
  • More efficient movement (less muscular...
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My All Time Favourite Drill

swing Jun 04, 2021
 

Working on any drill that can bring this game back to a feeling of 'bat and ball' is generally a good use of your time.

'If you only do a few drills from this website, please make sure that this is one of them. It has to be experienced to feel how easy the game can be'.

This is a drill that can be used as an immediate intervention for directional issues but used at its best it is practised on a...

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How to Rotate Your Upper Body in the Backswing

swing Mar 27, 2021
 

This is a really important topic for the reasons highlighted in the video: An 'adapted' rotation of the ribcage makes moving well in the downswing very difficult and often leads to injury.

Excessive spine extension

This is where the spine lengthens and starts to arch back towards the target (4:26). Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) cite this move as the #1 contributor to back pain in the...

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Over the Top 101

swing Jan 27, 2021
 

Swinging Over the Top is a pattern that most golfers find themselves doing at some point in their golf career. Helping golfers work around the issue certainly makes up a large portion of my working week in the coaching studio.

The 'over the top' pattern can be extremely difficult to change because there are often some fundamental golf swing concepts that are making the pattern too 'stable'.

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The Simplicity of Hand Path

biomechanics swing Dec 12, 2020
 

If you can get this concept down then a lot of other good things will happen as a result. It is mechanically very simple and can be a powerful swing thought.

It is my experience that golfers don't get the hands following this path because they are too eager to get the clubhead square at the ball. It is only at the bottom of the swing when the clubhead flings out and squares up so we need to...

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Green Reading with the 'Zero Line'

putting short game Nov 27, 2020
 

This concept of green-reading is only 100% accurate on a planar slope; meaning a slope that is one continuous gradient and does not have localised humps and borrows. That said, it is still a priceless concept to work with. 

This is a massive tool to use when reading the greens out on the course. You start by finding the zero line: just stand where you think you have a straight uphill...

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Downslope, Downwind & Over Water

course management Nov 14, 2020
 

As David says, some shots are more straight forward than others but this one takes some thought.

Key Features of the Shot

  • 148 & 140 yard shots
  • Downslope lie on a tightly cut fairway: Hard to strike crisply and will fly lower with less spin than normal.
  • Downwind: Less spin and if you don't strike the ball well enough can know the ball down so it carries 'less' than normal.
  • Water...
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How Backspin is REALLY Created

chipping short game Apr 15, 2020
 

I recently watched this quick video with Rory Mcllroy demonstrating the 'One Hop and Stop' chip shot. While the technique is reassuringly simple, judging by the comments left by viewers, they are not fooled and there is more to playing a low spinning chip shot it than just technique. 

 Rory's 'Hop and Stop' Chip Shot

 

Creating spin involves a lot of friction and...

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The Psychology of Solid Pitch Shots

pitch short game Mar 11, 2020
 

Probably the most important part of pitching is the intention to drive the ball forward. This clear intention will lead us to the right movements to make a solid ball then turf contact.

Professionals launch their pitch shots much lower than club golfers hitting from the same distances. They do this with around 15 degrees of shaft lean (handle leaning ahead of the clubhead and towards the...

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Learn to Play Lob Shots the Seve Way

chipping short game Mar 05, 2020
 

'Constraints Led Learning' is hugely in vogue at the moment and there are some professionals that only coach with the use of task constraints and avoid explicit instructions at all costs. IMO this is quite extreme but task constraints do play a huge role in Motor Learning and pretty much every session I deliver will have some form of this learning.

The Benefits of Learning to Chip this Way...

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