Updated: Mar 9, 2022
All golfers, beginners, intermediates, advanced and elite want:
Hit better golf shots.
Shoot the lower scores.
Have more fun!
state of affairs
Golfers have information overload. It does not help us improve, reduce our handicaps, or enjoy the game more. This information is often contradictory and confusing and debilitating to our natural movement patterns. Golfers think too much and don't see and feel enough. You learn to walk by falling left and right before standing up straight. Golf is the same.
The traditional teaching of trying to make everyone look like a professional golfer is flawed. Professional golfers, PGA champions and major winners all play the club differently. Golfers have different bodies with different levels of flexibility, mobility and stability. Body parts have different lengths, arms hang in different ways, and bodies move in different ways to create energy and momentum.
Simplify but quantify
The idea is not to abandon the technique and mechanics of the golf swing, but to simplify it. Understand and explore how to create strokes and understand what the golf ball does. Ability to increase and control distance and direction.
Using Flightscope and TPI assessments to guide us with objective and unbiased data. To help us swing the club more effectively and efficiently with our unique bodies and styles.
A more intuitive approach to movement patterns and skill acquisition.
However, there is much to be gained from reconnecting with the natural golfer within us. Explore and connect with how our bodies move through space and time. Take advantage of opportunities to create plans in the mind and trust the body to execute those intentions. The feel and sound of the club when it hits the ball. To ask questions and explore.
It's a different but complementary path to land better shots, shoot lower scores, and have more fun.
It is a scientifically proven route to help us learn better, more effectively and with more fun. It begins with vision and intention that uses external focuses of attention to help the body move instinctively and naturally.
We must be able to understand and use the mind-body connection. The science of learning, skill acquisition, training and performance. The ultimate ability is to transfer skills onto the golf course. The best formation simulates the variability and consequences of the game.
Finally, shooting lower scores depends on the golfer's ability to score. The score depends on the ability to select the right shot and execute it at the right time. Scoring includes the ability to assess all external variables while managing the mind and emotions. The mental processes involved and having an excellent short game. Finally, the score is probably 60% short game, so you must like the short game and it must be a big part of your explorations and training.
That's what we train at XCEL-GOLF.
The most important questions to ask before you start working with a coach.
Gratitude, why you play and if you can take responsibility for your game and how you handle variability and adversity are more important than if your clubhead is closed at the top of the backswing.
Knowing why you play, what makes you happy when playing golf is so important. Is it feel, sound, camaraderie, nature, exercise or competition? (If you're competitive, you have to accept that a little stress or discomfort is part of the deal.)
If your why is important, you will find the how. Why do you play golf?
You must be authentic and truthful if you are, it will take you through this wonderful journey. Play the game for your reasons. Fall
in love with the challenges, the ups and downs, the learning, the variability, the illusion, the plateaus, the good times shared, the feelings felt, the energy and the sound and feel of the club making contact with the ball and executing the shot you created and planned in your mind.
"Falling in love with the idea of mastering a game you'll never master." Fred Shoemaker.
The mere thought of the opportunity to be on the golf course, close to nature, in a wonderful environment, should be all the gratitude you need. Gratitude is an uplifting and liberating feeling that frees our mind from negativity and trauma.
Gratitude is not gratitude if it is not genuine, what are you grateful for today? The ability to play golf should suffice.
Free your mind! Emotional resilience, management, variability and adversity.
Blame, projection, denial, fear and entitlement may
prevalent in the media, but have no place in a person with a positive and growth mindset, with winners, with people who successful, resilient and happy. How others behave is out of your control. "Don't expect anything and take care of everything." The only thing in your circle of control is your mind, your thoughts, your feelings and feelings and your reactions and decisions.
If we allow our emotions and feelings to control us, our bodies are flooded with survival chemicals that send us into a downward sp
iral of fear and anger. Bad moves create emotional residue if we allow them to. However, if you take responsibility and are prepared to face whatever the golf ball does, you are free to create the shots you desire.
You have to dream it, see it, feel it and do it. Anything is possible if you believe in the process and are not limited by the results, judge them
lies and what other people think.
Free your mind the rest will follow. Kno
w why you are playing. Free your mind.
If we know why we play, we can create a
no vision or possibilities.
Once your vision is clear, your goals and intentions will also come into focus. They should always be focused on making better shots, high score, and having fun.
Avoid thinking about what's wrong with the momentum. This leads you down a perilous and debilitating path on the beach and on the course. The course requires creating the proper strokes, not making nice swings.
Instead, ask what's wrong with my shots. How can I hit it with a fade? How to put it on the green from the bunker? Technical perfection does not exist, do not go down this path, we humans are not programmed for consistency but for adaptability and survival. Even the best players are inconsistent. The important thing is to do the work.
One of the greatest compliments I've ever received f
rom a professional hockey player was George, that's not pretty, but you get the job done. I was my team's leading scorer thanks to my love of the game, my love of putting the puck in the net, my focus and my intention. Not because I was a fast or fluid skater, or shot the puck faster. I played to my strengths of creating time and space, making good passes, and watching games develop in slow motion because of my calm, confident mindset.
Bruce Koepka shot 78 5 times in 2018, his scoring average was 69.4. He believes his key to success is keeping things simple. “I make it a reaction sport instead of trying to think of everything. I think you can get caught up trying to put your swing here or there or whatever, but it will never be exactly the same. By the middle of 2019, he had won 4 major tournaments.
Better scores come from better skills, not better swings. Good technique provides a foundation, but as Jack Nicklaus once said, "I think hitting specific shots, playing the ball in a certain place in a certain way, is 50% mental imagery, 40% setup and 10% swing.