Recently I read an article about the best tips some top PGA pros ever received. It was interesting how many of them talked about advice other than swing tips. My favorite was what Jack Nicklaus’ tennis coach shared with double heart transplant survivor, Erik Compton, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.” It’s a great reminder that the past does not predict the future in life and in golf.
I’ve often heard from golf pros that their business thrives because of all the advice their students receive on TV, in golf magazines and online. Having been the victim of many silly swing suggestions, I can believe it.
But to be fair, I’ve also received some amazing tips that have resurrected my game and occasionally taken it (and my life) to the next level. Here are my top three…
3. Chin Music
A few years ago, I read one of the Private Lesson tips in Golf Magazine called ‘Chin Music for your Swing”. It recommended that you should pull your left shoulder (for right-handed golfers) up and away from your chin on the downswing. It helps you drop your hands into the slot, which is the key to power. Haven’t seen that tip anywhere else, but I’ve never forgotten it. It solved my “over the top” move and cured my slice.
2. Two Heads are Better than One
This advice actually came from my swing doctor and made a huge difference in my ability to drive the ball further. In golf there are two heads – one is the club head and the other, that thing sitting on your shoulders. At impact both heads must be behind the ball and stay behind the ball.
Jack Nicklaus always turned his head (chin) to the right at the beginning of his back swing which kept his head behind the ball and helped initiate transfer to his right side.
You can also think of it this way – Start Right and Stay Right as shown in this very popular video on how to hit a 300 yard drive.
1. Get your Gal into Golf
This tip is targeted to those of you who think golf is an escape from domestic bliss and your honey-do list. It’s not that you don’t love your wife, but your weekly buddy round is sacred and you’re afraid that if you get your gal into golf, she’ll want to infiltrate your tribe and try to play along with the guys.
Let me tell you from experience that the opposite is true if you introduce the game to your better half in an intelligent way.
First and foremost…NEVER EVER try and teach your life partner how to play the game. It’s one sure way of turning her off golf forever.
There are lots of great golf programs specifically designed for women. A little Googling will help you find some close to home.
Socialize with golf buddies whose wives/GFs already play. Friends’ golfgals can be a great source of encouragement for a woman who feels intimidated by this male-dominated sport.
If you are smart about introducing the game to her, you may find that she’ll become more addicted to the sport than you are (worked that way in my house). And now instead of those boring family holidays of museum hopping, or worse yet – mall shopping, you’ll be planning golf getaways to courses you never dreamed of playing.
Golf has often been blamed for unhappy marriages, but the truth is that couples who play together, stay together.
Here’s another interesting factoid. Did you know that the quality of a golfer’s game depends on how happy his home life is? It’s true…Dr. Tim Rees of the University of Exeter did a study in 2006 that showed that one of the keys to success on a golf course could lie in a happy marriage.
Well, those are my top 3 golf tips. What are some of yours?
The Striker Swing Doctor
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