If you have
been listening to economic soothsayers you will have heard for
sometime that with a 19 trillion dollar deficit the value of
our currency, the dollar, will soon drop like a rock. A common
recommendation is to funnel your assets into precious metals,
like GOLD. So I thought we'd add some value to our list of three
tips to improve your game and refer to them as "GOLDEN NUGGETS."
#1 TO MAKE YOUR MOST POWERFUL
EFFICIENT SWING YOU NEED A BODY THAT IS WELL CONDITIONED.
recently turned 80 yrs of age as you will note in another article
in this issue of Florida Golf Magazine. On my birthday I
drove a golf ball that was measured by both Trackman and Flight
Scope (electronic sensor devices) to have traveled 320.1 yards.
That is not an accident. As one homespun philosopher once put
it: When You Do What You Do You'll Get What You Got. So what
do I do? I build physical exercise routinely into my daily life
First thing in the morning
is the foam roller (look it up) that gives me a massage and a
chiropractic treatment. I then go out to the patio and use six
swinging devices that build strength, speed, and technique. I
have hand grips in the TV room, in my car, at my desk, I have
a workout routine every morning, even in the bathroom, doing
exercises for strength and flexibility. While I shave I do (ab
isometrics), brush my teeth (100 squats), apply sun screen (leg
up on the vanity for hamstring stretches) etc. Make up your own
and build them into everyday things you also do. On my way into
my office is a door with a "Gym in a Bag" exercise
tool that grabs my attention before going through. In addition
I do some light jogging around the block, go to the gym three
days a week, plus eat in moderation and drink lots of water.
Try it and by doing what you do you will "Get What You Got."
#2 MENTAL STRENGTH IS A DEFINITE
ALLY TO PERFORMANCE AND SELF-CONFIDENCE IS ITS STRONGEST PARTNER
"If you think you can,
or you think you can't.....you are right!" (Henry Ford)
There is no place for the negative in golf. THE NEGATIVE THOUGHT
CREATES TENSION... AND TENSION DESTROYS THE SWING. That's it!!!
If you are self-confident your muscles do not get tense, but
are rather put into FLOW mode. In other words, you make swinging
hits, not hitting swings. RELAX, put your golf into perspective,
this is just a game. When the fear goes out the swing comes in.
That's what produces consistency.
#3 LEARNING CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED
BY PRACTICE, AND IMPROVEMENT ONLY BY CORRECT PRACTICE.
How could one possibly expect
to learn to play the piano if they didn't practice? Or how about
becoming an excellent chef, an accomplished hair dresser, or
juggler, or race car driver, or debater, or home builder, or,
or, or, whatever.
MUST PRACTICE!!!....BUT...YOU ALSO MUST PRACTICE CORRECTLY.
That is where the teacher can come in, to make sure that your
mechanics are the ones that will produce the best results from
your investment in practice. Because you are not playing golf
for a livelihood, you may not have a lot of time to practice
your game. If so, know that short but regular practice stints
will probably bring you the best results. For example, my brief
sessions every morning of just five to seven minutes during my
swing workout on the patio does wonders for how I want my swing
to feel while also building it physically. Put all together it
adds up to correct practice, regular practice, and practice in
regular short segments. Do it to get better. And there you are,
THREE GOLDEN NUGGETS to shoot better scores and enjoy the game
Ironman Gary Wiren: At 80 hes still got game and drives
a golfball 300 yards.
For more enjoyable golf experiences,
Gary Wiren, PhD
PGA Hall of Fame
World Golf Teacher's Hall of Fame