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.

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.

For more tips to improve your golf game, see the Buddha Plays 18 Golf book.

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.