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My philosophy has always been "grip it and rip it". I have changed it this year to "Always 80", as in swinging at 80% on full shots; I find bad things happen when I swing at more than that. So far it has worked in the few rounds that I have played, hopefully this mentality change pays off this year, in what I think could be my best year ever.

 

Everyone has a philosophy, what's yours?

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I'm still relatively new to the game, entering my third year actually playing. So getting the fundamentals correct and learning to make shots I need is my goal.

 

That said, I'm hoping this will be the year when I can start focusing more on my score. I'm starting to like my swing more and have been practicing putting chipping every day since winter started. The courses around here have even re-opened already, so I may go out soon and see if my practice has paid off.

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My biggest focus is trying to commit to every shot and play it without any technical thoughts. Having spent a year and a half (give or take) trying to improve my swing, I'm working to transition out of that mode and get back to just hitting golf shots.


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"Hit it Good, not hard." I know it is not proper English but I played the other day with an 77 year old man, from the back tees, we get to the wide open par 5, wind behind us, a 280 carry will catch the down slope and leave you with 160 to the center, and he tees it up and says, "Hit it good, not hard." And smoked it out to the 150 marker.

 

Since then I have had that as my philosophy. And I have the mental image of this old guy taking a nice slow back swing and controlled swipe at the ball and bombing it down the fairway.

 

Also, I am trying to not worry about the score and hit each shot "good". And the score will take care of itself.


 

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My biggest focus is trying to commit to every shot and play it without any technical thoughts.

Thats what I have also been working on. I've scrapped all the changes that I've made over the years and just went back to swinging comfortably. As I mentioned in the 'scented grips' thread, I've been working on creating a line behind the ball to separate a "think zone" and "execution zone". When I'm in my "think zone", I take practice swings for what I think will be the perfect shot/shape/trajectory, when I cross that "line", I don't think about anything, I just hit the shot. I did this, because I was over-thinking everything, while I was at address. My cousin gave me that tip and I thought I'd give it a try, since he's a scratch golfer.

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"Try not to suck too much on the front 9. Then try to suck even less on the back" :lol: :blink:


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I don't think I have the skills to plan a shot. So my philosophy is very simple:

 

1. Avoid slicing the ball OB (especially with the driver)

2. Avoid topping the ball

 

Those are my biggest problems... so if I can pull off a round without slicing the driver and without topping the ball... I could break 85! :lol:


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"Solid contact" is my in game philosophy.

 

With long irons I only think "slow". I should combine the two for "slow, solid contact"!

 

There's nothing like a jerky over quick back swing to mess up a golf swing. If I start slow I can sequence so much better which leads to better contact and often times more club head speed and better shots.

 

At the range I have too many, and that's a problem.


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At the range I have too many, and that's a problem.

I also struggle with that. I've decided to play more than practice, except for my short game, I still practice it for hours on end.

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I try to always pick a target and keep focused on that target. Quite often just being focused on a target makes the ball go there. Ever wonder why the ball goes in the lake when you think, "Don't hit it in the lake?" It's because that is where the mind was focused. If my mind starts thinking about a hazard, I immediately start focusing on a good target away from the hazard.

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I'm trying to teach myself to commit to each shot.

 

I like Matt's position of not trying to have technical thoughts all the time, I'm constantly seeing an error and then spend the next 9 holes trying to adjust that 1 thing!!

 

When at The Kingdom with Tony, I saw that one of the head guys with TaylorMade kept encouraging an 80% shot - saying that on a REALLY GOOD day, 100% might be great, but every day besides a solid day that 80% is what you should aim for.

 

When I swing for the fences, I lose golf balls, when I keep it sane I tend to score better and not get as frustrated, but being 100% male, I fight not unleashing everything every time.

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I am going to start a new philosophy of playing every hole like it is the last. Taking a little bit more time, I am a very fast player, so I am talking about maybe 10 more seconds, and start the round like it is the last hole. I usually birdie one of the last three holes on the front, and two or three out of the last 5 holes. But I usually start off with 4 bogeys or some double bogeys. My attitude is there is a lot of golf left, so don't worry about it. Which is true, but these holes I birdie are not because they are that much easier. It is because, I have gotten myself down in the match and I have to fight harder to win. When I do start off well, I typically screw up in the middle.

 

I often rush through the shot and forget my fundamentals. When I went to my first professional tournament 20 years ago, I was shocked at how long they took before the made the next shot. Of course, they are not playing for a dollar a hole, more like $100,000 a stroke. Most of that time was assessing the shot and options. There is no need for me to do that, chose the wrong option and pay a dollar and move on. But when they got over the ball they took time to check the fundamental.

 

Earlier this week I was out practicing, and got to a hole, and was too close to the ball. When I turned my shoulders back, I lost site of the ball. What did I do? Did I stop and reset? No, I rerouted the club during the down swing and nearly took off my left leg just below the knee.

 

So, Play every hole like it is the last, Focus on the fundamentals during set up, and Hit it good, not hard.

 

Played great today though.


 

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I've never been one to have to swing slower to hit it straighter, and as a technical personal, wiping out swing thoughts has never been my goal either. I generally have a thought or two in mind each time I step up to the ball, and when I execute those, I generally get good results. I'm probably going to try to play in some amateur events this year, and I've had problems with "choking" in the past (not so much choking as just never playing as well as I should), so I've been reading some on the mental side of the game.

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I have mixed feelings about the whole idea of swinging at 80% or whatever it is that is not 100% for a full swing. Finding 80% of your swing one day will feel different the next day. Swinging at 100% is easier to find each day. Also the best feeling in golf is when you find the right sequencing and the faster you swing (swinging at 100%) the straighter the ball goes. Partial speed full swings are harder IMO.


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I can understand feeling possibly more consistent at 100%, but then again, I'd argue that 100% will vary day to day as well. True 100% swings might not be sustainable by a normal golfer throughout an entire round?

 

I'm thinking from this thread, we can see that everyone has a different game plan, which is probably wise as everyone's game is different.

 

Good thing is, this is all making me think, bad thing is, I struggle with too much thinking when swinging....

 

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I have mixed feelings about the whole idea of swinging at 80% or whatever it is that is not 100% for a full swing. Finding 80% of your swing one day will feel different the next day. Swinging at 100% is easier to find each day. Also the best feeling in golf is when you find the right sequencing and the faster you swing (swinging at 100%) the straighter the ball goes. Partial speed full swings are harder IMO.

It's more of a mentality than it is a physical change. I'm still getting to parallel and I'm still hitting everything the same distance, it's just a lot more consistent, because I'm flushing everything. I'm a lot smoother and in tempo when I'm telling myself 80%.

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I don't really think my golf philosophy is really helping my game too much...

 

Basically, just have fun...

 

I try not to let bad shots bother me. As a starting golfer that works great, but I'm at the point where I need to start getting better, and I think this attitude is holding me back...


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I guess when I say 100% it's 100% of whatever energy you do have. Going less than 100% in my mind means the body has to make feel adjustments and calculate. My own problems with going less than 100% for a full swing is my hips may move at 80% but my arms still went at 100% - snap hook. Or i slow down my arms, but my hips fired at a sloghtly faster percent amd I slice it or pull it.

 

It's definitely not a professional opinion - just food for thought, but just something I read somewhere that made sense to me. I think Hogan said it somewhere. There are time when my swing is off and going at the ball with 100% is a little scary.


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Last year the few occasions I did play I tried to work on leaving myself the 95/100 yard approach shot as much as possible knowing that a smooth 54* wedge would be bang on the money, and it really helped with course management and resulted in more solid rounds of golf. I also spent less time focusing on the safe part of the green and tried to fire it in close from every approach shot given me a greater opportunity for birdies.

 

I know that all seems pretty basic but it is easy to lose sight of something when chasing a good score or playing matchplay

 

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I used to be the "grip it and rip it" type on all my clubs, but as age and maturity came along I lost the ego and care to hit it longer, I wanted to be more accurate and consistent "Steady Eddie" so to speak. More "strategic" then I used to be when playing.

 

Course management has become a huge roll in my decision making. I look at the firmness of the green first, that will change my approach shot strategy for the hole. The approach shot strategy then will determine the right position and club selection from the tee box to get the distance / accuracy combination that I need on the hole.

 

I play the tips so from back there the course designer likes to make you think and work the ball a lot more. Here is how I think about a course before I ever play it or have a tournament on that course.

--> on pictures of each hole (a yardage book works great using light pencil marks) place the flag in different spots on the green. Then determine the best angle form the fairway into that pin location.

--> from this line you then draw a line from it to the tee box to determine a distance off the tee that gives you a good angle into the hole location and the club selection to give a good yardage into the green (mostly par 5s and layups i like to layup to 80-100 yards)

--> after you get the distance and position in the fairway that gives you the best angle into the hole location the tee shot strategy is taken care of and now you have a very fine tuned aim point.

 

Most PGA Pros play to 1/2 or even 1/4 of the fairway for this reason, to get the best angle they can into the green and the hole location. If the feel that layup is best option on a Par 5 then they will do it to 70-100 yards whatever is a good wedge for them.

 

Honestly what separates good players from great ones is normally course management, short game (


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