Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 479 - Wed. November 8th, 2017
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Tom's Featured Tip: Tom's Top 3 Mental Game Tips
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Tom's Featured Tip: Tom's Top 3 Mental Game Tips

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

This is the time of year when my personal golf slows down or stops, which I hate because it's usually when I'm playing my best golf. It's also the time of year when I review and evaluate my instruction skills to see where I can improve as an instructor, as well as evaluate my own game to see where I need improvement.

I won't address what I'm doing to improve as an instructor, other than to say that it's an ongoing process of research, evaluation, and implementation. Part of that and evaluating my own game lead me to todays topic - my top 3 mental tips. That's definitely an area where I need to improve, and I'm sure that the vast majority - if not all - of my readers can improve there also.


Tom's Top 3 Mental Game Tips
  1. Worry - Part One

    There was a time span this year where I was having trouble holing putts in the 6' to 8' range, where I'm usually pretty good. As a result of that mental distraction, other parts of my game suffered. After identifying that I was being distracted overall by my temporary putting woes, here's what I did that solved the problem: I told myself that I should be worried about not sinking enough short makable putts (many for birdie), but I made a deal with my brain that I wouldn't worry until it was time to. In other words, I forgot about it until I was facing a 6' to 8' putt, then I allowed myself to worry.

    The result was pretty remarkable, everything got better. Oh by the way, I also included about an hour of technique practice on my home putting ramp for three consecutive nights, which refreshed my skill and my confidence on these length putts.

    So the bottom line is worry if you must, but compartmentalize it until it's actually time to worry. One more thing, if it boils down to a technique issue - work on that too :-).

  2. Worry - Part Two

    When my son Tim noticed that I was missing putts that are usually "money" for me, he mentioned that it didn't look like I was going through my normal putting routine. He was right, I was rushing the process - which is a pretty common mistake at any level when things start to go sideways.

    So the second part of healing your "worry woes" is to have and to stick to a pre-shot routine. That absolutely takes the nervousness out of shot execution. It fosters a feeling of preparedness, which in turn fosters confidence.

    I'm aware that I've got to improve to being 100% consistent at that aspect of my own game, it's a factor that is completely under my control. If this applies to you too take note.

  3. Play To Your Strengths - or said another way - Play Away From Your Weaknesses

    No golfer - at any level - is really perfect with every club in their bag, nor are they immune from least favorite shots. Everyone has a club that they don't have a lot of confidence in, and they also have lies or situations where they are not confident of executing a good shot. Average amateurs have more of each than professionals or more advanced amateurs.

    So the first part of the solution is assess your strengths and weakness honestly, then to work on all of your weaknesses. This is easier said than done for those that can't devote a lot of time to improving their golf game. Do what you can to improve, and recognize these potentially dangerous scenarios.

    • If you're not accurate off the tee and you face a tight driving hole, hit a different club off the tee even if it costs you a few yards. A ball in play is obviously better than a ball that's out of bounds or in serious trouble off the tee.

    • If you struggle with short finesse wedge shots, leave yourself a longer shot in with your third shot on par 5's, or with your club selection on very short (for you) par 4's. This could be tough for your ego to overcome, so you need to convince yourself that you'll make more birdies and pars doing it this way.

      I used to tell my college players all the time when I coached at that level "you need to learn to hate bogeys more than you love birdies". If you are really competitive, this is a tough pill to swallow, but your scores will definitely improve when you adopt this philosophy.

      I even made one of my players who consistently hit his approach shots well past the hole write those words on an index card. Then I had him get it laminated at Office Max, and had him carry it in his pocket at all times.

      And yes I checked, and yes he always had it with him when I checked, and yes his scoring improved.

    • If you tend to three putt too much (more than once per round), try to leave the ball below the hole on the fall line to avoid nasty downhill putts and severely breaking putts. This translates to less aggressive chips and pitches.
Pay attention to these simple concepts and I guarantee that your scores will improve.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
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