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: 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.