Golf Tip: On the Practice Tee

Practice Your Golf SwingBuddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Physical:
For this tip, you won’t even need a golf ball! On a clear morning or late afternoon, look for a practice tee that puts the sun directly behind you. Now practice your golf swing with different clubs, and study your shadow as it falls in front of you. Especially, keep a careful eye on your head. Try to watch your shadow without inordinately moving your chin up. What do you see? Are you head-bobbing or swaying? (Important: Make sure you are swinging in your usual manner, as if a ball were really there. Warning: That is easier said than done.)

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Mental:
As the Buddha, I love the sun. It is a symbol of warmth, love, serenity and peace. So, use the sun in your calming visualizations; this leads to a warming “enlightenment” within your mind. If you can go back to sun visualizations often within your golf round, you will find new relaxation, calmer thinking, better focus and a smoother swing. Your golf scores will drop.

Golf Tip: Swing Tempo and Swing Speed

golf swing speed and tempoBuddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Physical:
Buy and use a swing tempo meter. Be sure to get the type that measures both your swing tempo and swing speed. Use it for each club in your bag and take notes: How consistent is your swing tempo, measured in hundredths of a second? By how much does your swing speed (in mph) increase with each longer club? How consistent is your swing speed with the same club? (By the way, do not just use the swing tempo meter with only your driver!)

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Mental:
And speaking of swing tempo and swing speed, at the first tee while you loosen up, close your eyes and swing your driver, pretending it is an 8-iron. Roll your hands over as you listen to the smooth “swoosh” of your club through the air. Swing slow, easy and smooth and finish very high. Visualize (or “see”) your ball actually sailing down the center of the fairway. Now put that same 8-iron warm-up swing on your opening drive (but this time with your eyes open!). Remember, on the 1st tee especially, fight back your nerves—stay down, slow and through your opening drive. Yeah, I say you’re off to a fine round!

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Golf Tip: Slow Take-Away and Golf Swing

Buddha Plays 18Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Physical:

I’m betting that your take-away is too fast—and, pardon my saying so, but probably your entire golf swing is way too fast as well! I’ve got your solution: Use the Medicus (an unpaid endorsement!) or a similar “jointed iron” club and see if you can start your take-away without the shaft “breaking” at its knee-joint. Keep practicing until you have learned a slow, “one-piece” take-away. After you have perfected that, start working in the same way on your downswing, trying to keep the club shaft from “breaking.”

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Mental:

Do emotions play a role in a golfer’s score? Take a look at Dustin Johnson’s blow-up at the 4th round of the U.S. Open in 2010 at Pebble Beach. How about Rory McElroy at the 2011 Masters? Or Jason Dufner’s loss after having a five shot lead on the back nine of the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club? (I could go on for hours with this sad list.) If stress drastically affects the top players in the world, just imagine how it affects our game! Buddha’s advice: Find the mental keys and visualizations that help you control your stress during your round and watch your scores drop like magic.

Golf Tip: Hybrids and Long Irons

Buddha Plays 18Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Physical:

Hybrids or long irons? A trade-off: Hybrid golf clubs are better for you “sweepers” of the golf ball; more confidence-building; generally easier to hit. But long iron golf clubs fly higher and stick better with improved directional control (but only if you don’t over-swing!). Practice both hybrids and long irons at the practice range over time and track your results; then play to your best percentages.

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Mental:

As Buddha, I must again draw parallels between life and golf: Both are full of ups and downs. When in trouble, don’t try to be a hero; take your medicine. (Unless your club championship is at stake, in which case, go for it!)

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Golf Tip: Approach Shots

golf tips from BuddhaBuddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Physical:

On your next scorecard keep track of your approach shots. How many greens did you hit and hold? How many greens were you over? Short? Buddha’s betting that you had many more approaches left short than long. Use a bit more club and swing easier to hit those greens!

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Mental:

Always take one more club than you need into every green, except if there is obvious trouble behind a green (you will notice that most trouble is generally in front of most greens). In just doing this one change, I’m betting your score for that round will drop. Go ahead, prove me wrong.

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Golf Tip: Improve Your Golf Swing

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Physical:

Buddha Plays 18 says: At the practice range, don’t customarily just dump the bucket of balls onto the mat feeder tray. Instead, keep all the golf balls in the bucket and pick out one ball at a time for each shot. If you bend carefully (from the knees, not the waist!), this effort will also help stretch out your legs and low back between shots and, most importantly, it will slow you down while hitting golf balls during your session. Before you go for the next ball in the bucket, carefully evaluate your last shot; what went right, what went wrong and what did you do, physically and mentally, to get those results?

Buddha’s Golf Tip of the Day – Mental:

Golf tipsBuddha Plays 18 says: On the sole plate of your driver and 3-wood, take a Sharpie and boldly write the letters, “EDS.” Every time you pull out either of those clubs, you’ll see “EDS.” This is your acronym and mantra for Easy Down Swing. Among other things, an easy downswing keeps your right shoulder from spinning out, forward. The proper right shoulder move is down, not out on the downswing. “EDS” is a swing thought that can really keep you from trying to murder that little 1.620 ounce golf ball. Now, watch your shots fly straighter.