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A Brief Message  Sep 20/05

  • Congratulations to Mark Calcavecchia for winning the Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf & CC in Vancouver.
  • My last newsletter took a look at misalignment, it's pitfalls and a couple of methods for good alignment. View the previous newsletter here.
  • This newsletter will wrap up my series on Golf Game Management. It highlights the latest Golf Digest article by Hank Haney, "Fix Your Game in a Weekend."
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Golf Game Management XI:  Fix Your Game in a Weekend?

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XI. A misleading title in the Oct/05 issue of Golf Digest.

    The topic of this this series is Golf Game Management. Can you shoot lower scores without physical improvement? The answer is a resounding, YES! Not that I'm advocating not improving your ball striking and short game skill level.

     When I pulled the latest Golf Digest issue out of my mailbox and read the front cover title, I quickly felt a surge of anger. "Fix Your Game in a Weekend.?" You've got to be kidding. One of the most complex games on the planet? The title makes it sound very inviting. Another quick, easy cure to your golfing woes. A title grabber to sell more copies.

     The feature article is written by Hank Haney, a well respected Teaching Professional. So, I had to sit down right away to find out if there was any truth to this madness! Haney claims that if you shoot in the low or mid-90s, one weekend can see an improvement of at least 5 shots. What he offers as advice does have some credence. In this newsletter, I'll comment on some of what he says.

Higher Handicap = More room for improvement

He touches on one principle of golf improvement. The higher your handicap, the easier it is to improve your score. Dropping your average score by 5 shots as a 25 handicap, although challenging, is achievable in a short time. That's one of the things I've been harping on in my past newsletters about golf improvement: focus on the short game; that's where more shots can be saved.

Haney's major point is that lower handicappers manage their games better; they don't necessarily have better golf swings. I agree.

Take more club than you think

One of Haney's tips is to simply hit more club on the weekend. He's dead right here. Most golfers underclub. They club themselves based on their "best" hits as opposed to their "average" hits. Plus, there is tendency to want to be able to say you hit a 7-iron instead of a 6-iron, especially when one of your partners hits an 8-iron.

One of the services I offer golfers is an analysis of their true, shot patterns with their clubs. One of the polls questions on my website asks golfers how often they come short. Of the over 600 golfers that have responded, over half of them say they come short on over 50% of their iron shots. Given that most trouble is short of the green, hitting an extra club would, on average, produce better results.

Golfers, especially these days, are too obsessed with distance and being able to "brag" how little club they hit. The only true measure of how good you are is your score, pure and simple. Your goal should be to manage your game to produce the lowest possible score on any given day. For most, hitting more club is an excellent start.

Check Your Ball Position

Haney emphasizes the quickest way to make solid contact with the short irons is to move the ball back a little bit -- to center or just back of center of your stance. My experience has been way too many golfers pllay the ball far too forward in their stance, making it very difficult to hit down on the ball. Playing the ball too far forward increases the tendency to hit fat iron shots. If you haven't done so already, take a look at a great ebook written by Clive Scarff, CPGA Professional, called "Hit Down Dammit!"


Check Your Alignment

This is one tip that Hank Haney does not include in his article, but I think is essential. A significant number of golfers misalign on most of their shots. If you don't aim at your target, how do you expect to hit it. This was the topic of my last newsletter. Take a look at that newsletter here.

Misalignment gives you totally wrong feedback about your golf shots. If you're not aligned correctly, and you miss your target (which is highly likely), then you blame your swing or execution.

Improving your alignment on all golf shots can significantly lower your score in the long run.

At the Canadian Open at Shaughnessy GC in Vancouver, I watched a number of pros hit shots. I even followed Mark Calcavecchia for 4 holes during his first round. On one tee shot, I thought he was aimed a little right of the fairway. He hit a very solid shot directly into the right rough. I don't know what he thought the cause was, but I know what it was. He may have thought he pushed the shot slightly. Even the pros make alignment errors.


So, "Fix Your Game in a Weekend?" No, that's misleading. You can, however, make improvements in a weekend that will lead to significantly lower scores, especially if you're a high handicapper.

It all comes down to managing your game. Please keep in mind, however, that longterm improvement to your game takes time and energy. There are no quick fixes, unlike what golf magazines would lead you to believe.


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The focus of my site is to utilize science and math to lower your score. New technology is one way to achieve this, but to be honest, the technology is one small piece of the puzzle.

To actually improve significantly, we all need to:

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