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By Stuart Cartwright, Head Performance Coach, MY Golf Academy
I have been fortunate to work with some of the very best golfers on the European Tour and seen first hand some of the simple things they routinely do to achieve consistency in their scores.
I would like to share some of these secrets with you – covering them in greater detail over the months ahead and giving you the best opportunity to get the most out of your game in the coming year.
So often I see amateur golfers racing to the first tee, straight out the car without a moment to take stock of the game ahead, let alone the first tee shot! Stretching, practice swings, mental warm up, strategically preparing for the course that lies before you, are all important factors that give you the very possible chance to get off to a positive start!
It was always thought, “drive show, putt for dough”. With much research, the balance of power is shifting; hitting the golf ball further with less attention to accuracy has proven beneficial for the worlds best. If you want to find out more about the facts, “Every Shot Counts” by Mark Broadie is a very inspirational read. Finding an extra ten yards this year will dramatically improve your chance to reduce scores!
Keep Your Finger on the Pulse
Golf companies have reached the limits of distance, with clubfaces getting thinner and thinner, the days of enhanced distance are surely be behind us! More consistency of distance with tighter dispersions is the focus now of many manufacturers. Taking time to evaluate the latest equipment with Trackman will give you the proof that there might just be a way to stop missing fairways and greens by simply updating any poorly suited golf clubs!
Statistically Get to Bottom of Your Game
In an age of technology, golfers have never been more spoilt. Playing a round of golf and finding exactly the weak links to any specific round is easily delivered. Fairway accuracy, where you miss the greens and your scrambling percentages are all fool proof ways of heading to the range with a goal in mind; improve your weakest link!! Endless apps and hardware are available to those ambitious golfers.
Beating Anxiety – Practice Under Pressure
First tee nerves, always hitting it out of bounds on a particular hole are all products of uncertainty. Measuring your golfing improvement has and always will be the fast track to ‘on course’ confidence. Doing the simple things well, regularly, gives you a horizon of hope. Dealing with on course nerves is a mindset; practice under pressure is essential to get the most out of your game, all of the time.
Over the coming months, the MY Golf Academy coaches will share the details of these 5 steps to improve your handicap and slash your scores in 2016; we look forward to hearing about your progress.