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We have all probably received far more advice than we will ever need or want. Still there are those hidden gems that can be transformative.

 

Recently I received one of those. It has to do with flattening your left wrist (for a righty) on the back swing. This is something I’ve always struggled with and has led to me coming over the top more than I care to mention. The advice was to imagine you are ringing out a towel with you right hand turning it clock wise as you get to the 9 or 10 o’clock position. This has really helped me to strike the ball better.

 

What gem have you received that left a little twinkle in your eye?

 

 

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Best thing I learned recently is how there needs to be some left forearm rotation in the backswing. I was doing the opposite, but still achieved the right "look" at the top through wrist manipulation. But then I would come down from there super steep.

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Best tip I think I ever received was one when I was learning to play out of sand trap when I was 13 yrs old (many many moons ago). I went for a green and obviously came up short in the trap. The ball was sitting fine, but there was a medium high slope part to carry. Evidently I was taking a little too much time since I was nervous and did not know if I could execute the shot. The gentleman came down in the bunker and told me to watch him. He did the dollar bill trick where he buries part of the dollar, then places a ball on top and  next he says watch , I will hit before the dollar bill and make sure I swing through and finish with high hands. It worked. I got it the first time and the ball actually checked. After that I was not near as afraid when I got into the sand traps. Although it seems I still get mad when I do..... 

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This is a hard one, I have played for 38 years or so and I have heard a lot of advice over that time. Most of it I have smiled, nodded and then promptly forgot. The best thing I was told and it still rings true is if you get in deep trouble, chip out and minimise the damage. The only other thing is don't take it too seriously, we need to laugh at ourselves or it will beat you up inside and destroy your game 😁😎

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3 hours ago, SteddyGolf said:

 

We have all probably received far more advice than we will ever need or want. Still there are those hidden gems that can be transformative.

 

Recently I received one of those. It has to do with flattening your left wrist (for a righty) on the back swing. This is something I’ve always struggled with and has led to me coming over the top more than I care to mention. The advice was to imagine you are ringing out a towel with you right hand turning it clock wise as you get to the 9 or 10 o’clock position. This has really helped me to strike the ball better.

 

What gem have you received that left a little twinkle in your eye?

 

I have been working on that one myself lately.  I hadn't heard of "ringing out a towel", but I'll try give it a try.

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Best golf tip: the book and video "Golf My Way" by Jack Nicklaus

Worst golf tip: everything out of the mouth of Martin Hall on the golf channel

The best tip I can give anyone is to stick to one method, learn the why, and ignore everyone else. 

I found that many golf instructors on YouTube and at the courses give poor instruction because they don't help the student understand the why. Knowing why helps you get yourself out of a rut on the back 9. 

Sticking to one complete instruction manual for golf allows you to filter everything anyone says through that manual. If it doesn't line up then toss it. If it lines up then they are saying the same thing another way. 

I use this as the framework: 

 

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Take 2 weeks off, then quit.

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In no particular order, these tips have helped me over the years and none are technical.

1.  Smooth Tempo

2. Practice Course Management

3. You aren't good enough to get mad

4. Learn where to miss

5. You don't have to hit driver every hole.

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Take what the course gives you and enjoy the game. 

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Best advice for me was around the green chipping. My golf partner in the league I was in gave pointers from feet placement, form etc. has completely changed my green side game and has helped drastically changed my play.

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1 hour ago, TimoTe said:

I am supposed to think!?! That's it! I give u

Hahaha.  Golf will do that to you until you get that 1 shot per round or couple rounds that puts the strangle hold on and drags you back into thinking I can do this!

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Don’t try to kill the ball. Just relax and make a nice full swing. Your line and dispersion will be tighter and your length will probably be longer on average.

Play one shot at a time, every shot is an opportunity for a great one. A bad shot shouldn’t influence the next.

 

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I have been golfing for a number of years now, and I believe I am fairly decent at the game.  I have had many lessons over this time, but none have really resonated like this one.  This is worth the time to watch, as if you listen to this, you too will improve!

 

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I have two that I really remember well. The first my father beat into me when I first started playing, but I didn’t listen for another 10+ years: minimize the damage.

The 2nd one I’m not sure where I heard, but I have since passed it along to those that ask for advise about chipping. One of the worst things you can do is slow down on any shot, but I find even more so on a chip. To solve this I have a swing thought of : strike the match. You would never slow down with a match, why do it with your club? With this it really makes you commit to your shot and has made me a much more consistent short game player.


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"You're not good enough to get angry"

It finally sunk in that I'm going to hit my share of bad shots and it's better to shove those out of mind immediately instead of stewing over them. Does it always work? Nope. But it makes my rounds much more enjoyable when it does work.

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13 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

"You're not good enough to get angry"

It finally sunk in that I'm going to hit my share of bad shots and it's better to shove those out of mind immediately instead of stewing over them. Does it always work? Nope. But it makes my rounds much more enjoyable when it does work.

True. I think I've reduced the times I get mad by about 70%
I can play like s*** now and I'll just laugh it off, enjoy the fresh air, have a cigar...

Also, avoiding heroic shots is one thing I've started applying this season. From a disastrous quadruple to just a bogey. 1 out of 10 I'll still be tempted to carry water from 220, but the other 9 safe approaches have helped my score tremendously.

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