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: 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!)

For more wisdom on improving your golf game, read the golf book Buddha Plays 18.