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  1. Are you a mid- to high-handicapper? If you are, do you have those rounds where you can’t get a decent score even on one hole? Yeah, I know… low handicappers have days like that too, but low handicappers need not continue reading. This is not for you. Now, have you gone to the course to play a casual round, maybe with some friends, and didn’t think about the score? Did you play better than usual? What were you doing differently? I bet you were more relaxed; tension in your grip and swing is probably less, and you were considering each shot opportunity relative to a target; the fairway… the green… the hole, and NOT what par is for the hole. However, we all want to get better at this game and keeping score is a measure of how well we are doing to reach whatever goal we have; breaking 100, 90, or 80. Golfers have varying degrees of skill level and for many, making a par on a hole is a significant but maybe infrequent achievement. For others, pars are a little easier, but then there are those dreaded blowup holes! So, how can we achieve that relaxed feeling while keeping score? The Challenge Disclaimer: I have absolutely no idea if this will improve your game. There is no guarantee. I am proposing a challenge to mid- to high-handicappers to change your mindset so that you play holes with an entirely different perspective. Change what PAR is for each hole. Get a scorecard from a golf course you play all the time. On one of the spaces where you would put your name, write “New Par” Change the par for each hole to a Triple Bogey; i.e., a Par 3 is now a Par 6, a Par 4 is now a Par 7, and a Par 5 is now a Par 8 Go play On the first hole the real Par is 4, but the New Par is 7. If you score a 6, you are now 1 under par. Play at least 3 rounds this way. Now, change the “New Par” for each hole to Double Bogey (mid-handicap players may want to start here) Play at least 3 rounds this way. Now, change the “New Par” for each hole to Bogey. Play at least 3 rounds this way Compare all of your New Par scorecards. How did you do?? Playing to a different Par gives your mind a different perspective on how a hole can be played. Finally, go play using the real Par for each hole. Does that round feel different than previous rounds before this exercise? What are the results? If anyone takes up this challenge, I would be curious to hear what your thoughts are about how your mind worked during the rounds and if your play was significantly altered.
  2. Is this a photo of Ben actually swinging? Or is he demonstrating/practicing a drill? The position he is in, in this photo, appears different from many of the other shots of him at this stage in his swing. Also, he appears to have a club on the ground behind his right foot with 2 balls lined up along the shaft. Did he just drop it there or is he using it as a reference point of some kind?
  3. Hi all, Writing from Golf121 - a new iPhone app that provides you with a personalised PGA professional video lesson (screenshots below). The core function of the Golf121 app allows you to send videos of your swings to a PGA professional, who will then deliver a comprehensive and personalised video lesson back to your phone. This lesson includes voice over analysis, graphical cues, written reminders and personalised practice drills to help you improve your game. Whether you're in the office, at home, or out on the course, the app will serve as a constant reminder of how to improve your game, anywhere. You can find out more and download the app here: http://golf-121.com/ We've got 5 codes for a free lesson with Golf121 to give away, which are worth $13.99 each. Simply leave a reply to this post on why you would like to review Golf121 and we'll select the 5 best responses. And we'd love to hear your feedback on the app - good and bad. We're looking to improve the app for golfers everywhere, so your comments are welcome. Thanks for your interest!
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