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By Gary Wiren, PhD,
Sr. Director of Instruction for all Trump Golf Properties
& Chairman of Golf Around the World

Dr. Gary Wiren, PGA Master Professional

       Gary Wirens’
Personal Golf Objectives;

People occasionally ask me if there are any "absolutes" in golf. I answer, ABSOLUTELY!...for sure there is one, and here it is. "When people shoot a lower score they tend to have more fun." Even those who talk about golf as being just for exercise, or being out in nature, or enjoying an activity with friends....yes, that is all fine and true...BUT your inner soul seems to get a special reward when you come in with "your best round in months." You know what else? It makes you want to come back.

On the other hand a bad day in the score department, followed by another and another gets a person wondering about whether it is worth the effort. This is the pain vs. pleasure syndrome in which people gravitate toward things they enjoy and resist those they don't. So how is one going to find more of the "good score days" to go along with the other elements that you can celebrate? Let me suggest a few habits to develop that will result in better golf scores and more fun on the course.


1. You can't get better without practice...period. But it needs to be correct practice, that is where a good teacher can help. Set a reasonable schedule of practice and training that you can meet, and then stick to it. There will be emergencies and situations that cause an occasional miss; but be as regular as possible.

2. Be positive about yourself, your game, and what you are doing.

3. Practice with an objective in mind. Since your time is short, make your practice time of the highest quality. Make each shot as though on the course except when warming up. Fewer balls; more perfect shots.

4. When playing even in a casual round, take enough time to execute properly. As long as you are taking the time to play, even for fun, do it right. Make it a habit.

5. Winners are not always those who have finished first. A winner is someone who gives the most in preparation to reach his/her potential and makes every effort to perform at their highest level. There will be times when that is accomplished and you still aren't victorious; but you are a winner.

6. You may not have the best talent in a match. But tough competitors often overcome superior talent. Patience and perseverance will pay off in golf.

7. Self-control is a trait that you should strive to achieve. Loss of self-control is harmful to performance as well as to individual growth as a person. It reveals itself in club throwing, displays of temper, offensive language, verbal abuse of fellow players...COMPSURE HELPS PERFORMANCE.

8. Keep your body in good physical shape by observing the following suggestions:

a. Eat three balanced meals daily starting with a good breakfast and ending with a light dinner. Avoid as much as possible fried foods, rich desserts, too much protein, fat and salt. Eat more fruits, vegetables, cereals and grains.

b. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

c. Limit or abstain from the use of chemicals including excess alcohol. Moderation is a good guide. Don't train faithfully and then waste yourself in one night. Drugs are stupid!

d. Include a mixture of flexibility, cardiovascular and strength work in your physical training program.

9. Be committed but put competing in perspective. There are more important things in life. Putting it in perspective will help you as a competitor to realize you don't have to win, only to do your best.

10. Enjoy what you are doing. If it isn't rewarding or enjoyable, then reevaluate your program and make it so. Golf is a game that is meant to be enjoyed.

Gary Wiren, PhD
PGA Hall of Fame
World Golf Teacher's Hall of Fame

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