Read the Fine Print
Recently I read about an offer for a golf fitness program. Particularly, The offer was €200 and now €99 for a six-week training program. Indeed, this offer was fine, however, from the above picture what stands out clearly is the fine print statement. The initial line states “results not guaranteed!” My opinion from reading between the lines is that this service lacks confidence and a number of questions spring to mind. Consequently, is the company delivering the service is panicking for business? Surprisingly, there may not be a market for his or hers service? Maybe the service is not wide-ranging to deal with all sorts of golfer’s training issues? Why are results not guaranteed? What results should you expect? Can the service meet and exceed my expectations? Why would I or anyone else buy a service where results of some description are not guaranteed?
Ultimately, perhaps the company delivering this service is desperate for business? Maybe there is not a market for the company’s service? Maybe the service is not wide-ranging to deal with golfer’s training issues? Notably, the main question is, why are results not guaranteed? What results should be expected? Moreover, can this service meet and exceed golfer’s expectations? Why, why and why buy a service where results are not guaranteed?
Nonetheless, a coaching service that is confident about the service that is offered, the first line should read in bold “results are guaranteed or your money back”.
Conversely, this statement in bold is the very same for golfers golf coaching needs. Regardless, avoid buying into golf coaching services unless the service is backed expert golf coaches and good communicators. My promise to golfers that I coach is that you will become a better golfer during and after working with me. Understandably, there are obstacles and challenges that may limit the time golfers can spend practicing and playing golf. Clearly, golfers should set realistic goals that can be measured by recording activities such as scores & etc. Finally, play as much golf as possible!
My promise to each golfer that I coach is that I will make you a better golfer or your money back…
Testing Ping Drivers
A recent ping driver performance test performance by two expert golfers has produced the following data recorded by Trackman.
Testing Ping G9 v Ping G400
|CLUB SPEED||BALL SPEED||CARRY||TOTAL||SIDE||LAUNCH ANG.||SPIN RATE||HEIGHT|
|All club lofs fixed at 9.0 degrees||mph||mph||yds||yds||deg||rpm||ft|
|Player A, Ping G9||103.2||152.6||240.9||265||11.9||21′ 6″R||2526||87|
|Play A, Ping G400||103.6||154.6||243||264.8||11.7||3′ 5″R||2627||92|
|Player B, Ping G400||102.8||152.4||239||260.1||11.6||19′ 3″L||2843||92|
|Player B, Ping G9||102.8||151.8||237||260.4||11.6||10′ 9″L||2559||87|
Notably, two golfers used a ping G9 9-degree and a ping G400 9-degree driver heads with an ACCRA premium shaft. The 3D radar Trackman was used to record the club head and golf ball data. The two testing golfers can be considered expert golfers.
Furthermore, we are testing the difference between the performance of the Ping G9 versus the Ping G400.
Finally, from our information gathered. Comparatively, we found that the G9 does not carry as far as the G400. However, the data points out that the G9 runs out more than the G400. Conversely, Player A liked the ball flight from the G400 than the G9. Also, the Ping G400 is a smaller driver head.
Golf Course Management Lowering Scores
What you need to do!
Start by committing to lowering golf scores. This is not by stopping practising or starting a major overhaul of a golf swing. We can only play with the swing we have and not the swing we would like to play golf with.
Notably, this is not an easy task. As I find that each golfer is always looking for that one magic swing tip or changing swings movements during a round expecting better performances. Well, that plan mentioned is simply rubbish and won’t work. Your question to you is, how course management will work for my game?
What do you do well?
We all have heard all this stuff before, “play to your strengths and identify your weaknesses”. But we do need to do this! Take time out, sit down and create a template that will collect the information about how you score from your next four competitive rounds. The trending information from that data will help you clearly identify your strengths.
This is a sample template that I use with golfers that I coach to collect and analyse scoring information. You can use Excel or similar to create a similar file for collecting data.
|Golf Course:||Cork Golf Club|
|Hole||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||Out||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||In||Gross scores||Nett of total||% Difference|
|Score||4||5||4||4||5||4||3||4||3||36||4||5||4||3||4||4||4||4||4||36||72||4||100%||% Handicap strokes to par|
|Fairways||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||100.00%||% Fairways missed in regulation play|
|Greens||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||100.00%||% Green missed in regulation play|
|Putts||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||33||100.00%||% Putts per round – we shall use 33 as the par number of putt per 18 holes|
|Up & Down||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Mark 1 for less than 2 shots taken from off the green with 10 yards of the green, including putts taken|
Additionally, identify your strengths ranking from 1 to 5 based on that information.
(you can add more categories depending on specific your analysis is)
Keep a Log Book
Also, it’s recommended keeping a golfing logbook. The log book is simply detailing the golf shots played during a competition round. However, do take the time noting the reasons for the shots played. This information is crucial for developing an on course management plan.
Imagine this scenario; the only way to hit a green in regulation is to play a high draw over and around the trees, then over a water hazard. Also, let’s say there is a lay up area about 100 yards from the green that is an easier shot to play. A golfer should know his/her game well enough to understand that the regulation shot is not likely to come off, but the golfer tries the shot and disaster. Each week the golfer plays the same hole, in the same way, and expects a better result. However, for all the wrong decisions made he/she still ends up with a blank or a double bogey.
Golf is fun and try hitting the hard shots whilst out playing a casual round. But, do avoid playing high-risk shots during a competitive round as this affects scoring. Remember, there is always time to work on the range improving your golf skills. The time to push the limits of your skills is not when you’re on the course and trying to post a score.
What to do with the information collected?
From the data collected, you can identify what you do well and what you don’t. Such as fairways hit, greens in regulation, the number of putts and etc. If you miss a green how often do you get up and down? How many shots are lots from 3 putting and missing short putts? From the log book entries; we are identifying the reasons behind the golf shots that were played well and not so well. Additionally, with your informaiotn at hand, arrange a meeting with the local PGA Pro to discuss how to play the problem shots and problem holes better.
B.Y.O.GC.P (Build your own golf course plan)
From the tee box; if you are comfortable hitting the ball with a cut or a draw then paly that type of shot. Conversely, if your long iron shots are not in any hit with any consistency, then perhaps investigate at getting hybrid clubs to do the task. If your bunker play is terrible, then get help!
From your strengths play the shots that reflect how you well you can play and avoid the shots you can’t play well. Therefore if you really like playing a 100-yard shot and you don’t like hitting 45 or 50 yards shots to the target. Where possible, hit the ball to the 100-yard marker.
Finally, using your golfing strengths and start mapping out how you can play the golf hole starting at the green and plotting back to the tee. There is a lot of work in creating your own Golf Course Management plan to post lower scores. But this is worth it and certainly, why not start the process.
If you would like to start building your own on course golf plan, I would suggest Contact me today CLICK HERE
Golf Course Management Lowering Scores | John Dooley PGA | Golf Lessons Cork
Accurate Golf Practice
Firstly, ask yourself how accurate do you practise? Also, do you plan how and what you’re going to practice? Also, do you fit into any one of the following categories?
Are you a “Boom the driver”:
This is the type of practice where the golfer hits the range. Notably, after the golfer has hit a few wedge shots and perhaps hitting a few 6 iron shots. The golfer notices the sound of other golfers whacking the ball down the range! That sound sends the golfer straight for the driver and starts booming the ball down the range! The golfer is now hitting ball after ball without any practice swing or plan, except hitting the ball as hard as they can.
Do you have “a good idea of what to do”:
This golfer has taken a few golf lessons and he/she is practising their new swing movements. Also, this golfer is almost following the practice plan agreed with the golf coach. However, they are just practising lightly and their concentration is broken by looking around at everyone else at the range and wondering how they are hitting the ball.
You have your very own “Specific Practice Plan & Log Book”:
Post each competitive golf round. This golfer is taking detailed notes from their on-course decisions and the variety of shots played. This data is gathered and plotted to track performance and scoring trends. Certainly, this activity can identify where this golfer is not scoring. This golfer is specifically working on the particulars of his or her game whilst noting the contents of their practice session. After their practice session, this information is compared to the overall practice goal and purpose of that practice session. Then noted and logged.
Remember you are in control of what you are doing today. You can control how you practice and only you can make the difference to how you play. I would suggest logging notes of how you do what you do. Ultimately, be specific and be accurate. The following are examples of golfing scenarios.
Such scenarios can be avoided by practising as well as you can for the time that you have.
- The on-course golfer may take casual aim at the target and after a well-struck shot; the golfer misses the target by some distance or the ball overshoots the target by some distance. Alternatively, the practised golfer is practising aiming the club as accurately as possible for each practice range shot. The shot distance is noted for the range of shots hit.
- The on-course the golfer makes a practice swing for the sake of doing something before hitting a shot. The golfer takes one look at the target and hits the shot. Then complains continually about why his or her shots are not going towards the target. Alternatively, the practised golfer makes the best possible practice, uses their mind to see, feel and picture the shot they are about to play. Furthermore, the practised golfer plays the shot and if the shot was good or bad. Consequently, the golf knows that he/she did the best they could do at that time to play a good shot. The outcome is noted and the golfer plays the next shot without a fuss.
Golf is fun and we can all enjoy how we play and how we choose to play. If you need to work on how you practice golf? Contact me today!
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One Hour Tune Up
Regularly, as a golf coach, I reflect on did I achieve goals and or customer satisfaction after each golf lesson. After, one of my recent golf lesson reviews, I was reflecting on an hour’s golf lesson. The golfer asked me to look and work on four aspects of his game.
His plan was to work on a timing of 15-minute segments and move on to the next. Such as hitting/full swing, pitching, chipping and putting. Notably, his main concerned was how much information that might be too much to take in during that hour. Moreover, the golfer suggested that he will learn a lot more from little bits of information that would complement the amount of golf that he plays.
Notably, I found this approach a really nice way to work on a golfer’s golf game using simple and easy add-ons. We worked on small technical items that were easy for the golfer to apply. Also, please note that there are golf swing elements that “us golfers” need to practice to improve a habit. On occasion, I find it’s critical to point out that changing a golfer’s swing habits may take a golfer more time than anticipated.
In summary, I have identified another type of golf coaching service to offer golfers. The 1hr Tune up. The tune up is spending 15 minutes working on each golf segment previously mentioned (golf swing, pitching, chipping and putting). The goal is to find small golf swing adjustments that are easy to add and that will make a difference to the golfer’s overall game. Then perhaps suggest adding one or two swing’s drills to work on in the future. Fundamentally, after each golf lesson, an audio file that contains a summary of all the skills worked on will be emailed to that golfer. I certainly find that golfers agree that the audio recordings are of significant benefit to them. Certainly, listening to the audio is an easy way to remind of all the skills worked on.
The One Hour Tune Up service will cost €100.00 per golfer per hour.
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There is nothing worse that a shank or a hosel rocket! Playing a shank is possibly one of the most destructive shots in golf. Curing shanks is never easy in golf, but what you can do is start working on a new habit. The following two golf swing tips can certainly help golfers cure their shanks.
Chip shot drill:
Place two balls down and set up as normal. Our intention is to hit the outer ball and also hit the inner ball.
This drill will train you to swing the club closer to your body during the downswing. Should the club move too far away from your body that’s likely to become a shank or a hosel rocket! Also, place a pole pointing parallel the target and use that pole as a reference for swing direction. Notably, the pole can help you feel your club swinging along a straighter swing path that is straighter back and straighter through. Play Better Golf with www.johndooleypga.ie
For full golf shots:
Place a golf driver headcover or similar very close to the toe of the golf club head at address. The method is; simply do not hit the head cover when you’re hitting the golf ball. Also, this is a drill for a more accurate swing path to the ball.
What I recommend to golfers that hit the headcover as they hit the ball is as follows: Setup, where the toe of the clubhead is close to the head cover. Make really good practice swings without hitting the headcover. Then apply the same type of swing just practised to hitting the ball. Keep on repeating this action until you crack that habit.
Should you suffer from this affliction? Please do not delay and contact me today and let’s get working on fixing that problem.
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Improve Putting Distance Control
Improve putting distance control and stop three putting. The following drills are for you to work on to improve your putting distance judgment.
|A.||Place three tees on the green and each tee is approx. 10 foot apart from each other. Ideally, you are also 10 foot away from the 1st tee also. Now take three balls and start by stroking the 1st putt to the 1st tee, 2nd putt to the 2nd tee and the 3rd putt to the 3rd.|
|Our goal is for the ball to finish approx. a foot past each tee.|
|B.||Take two approx. distances of 20ft & 30ft and use 4 balls for this drill. Go through your setup process (pick the line, aim the ball to the line, make practice strokes to feel the distance to hit the putt), aim the putter behind the ball along the line you are intending to hit.|
|Then turn/twist your head and fix your eyes at the hole/target.|
|Notably, Don’t move your eyes or head to look back to the ball. With your eyes fixed on the target, make the stroke and hit the ball to the target. Jordan Spieth performs a similar task for his short putts from time to time. Repeat the same method for the 30-foot putt.|
|In particular, our goal is for each ball to finished at the intended distance targets.|
|C.||Finally, take a 20-foot putt and use 3 balls for this activity. Go through your normal set up routine.|
|1. Making a good stroke hit the 1st putt past the hole|
|2. Making a good stroke again hit the 2nd putt short of the hole|
|3. Finally, the intention is to hit the last putt into the hole.|
|Regardless of the outcome of each putt. The goal is to keep with the plan of hitting each putt long, short and at the cup/tee/target.|
Also, keep going and keep practising. Contact John Dooley PGA to play better golf CLICK HERE for Contact information. Improve Putting Distance Control.
Trackman Gapping Session
One of the frequent uses of TrackMan is a distance gapping session. This is a trackman gapping session where golfers hit each golf club in their bag and trackman measures that distance. This is vital information for scoring better at golf and making more accurate golf club selection decisions. As golfers, we need to know approximately how far we hit each golf club. Whereas, the process is simply hitting four to five shots per club. Albeit, there are all sorts of information gathered by trackman. However, we would be mainly focusing on distance carried per club. Furthermore, that specific information will be collected and a report will be sent later that evening.
Notably, a trackman gapping session will take approximately 1hr to complete. Also, there will be golf swing coaching as we progress through the gapping session. The cost for this service is €110.00.
Also, for golfers that are buying a new set of golf clubs from John Dooley PGA. Additionally, a trackman distance gapping session is now included with every new set of irons bought. Certainly, if you’d like more information please contact us today.
Pace-of-place and playing faster golf is one of the big challenges facing the game of golf today. Imagine, the player-assistant or course ranger shouting at you from his fog horn! “Get going and move faster on the course, you are holding up the whole course!”. This situation would be very embarrassing and should be avoided at all costs. However, golfers can avoid the course ranger situation by ensuring that they play the game quickly. Also, by being aware of what to do before and after each shot played.
Player Behaviour & time wasting
A lot of time is spent by new golfers hitting the ball to the green and putting is a quicker than a lower handicap golf. The lower handicap will possibly play less shots to the green. But he or she takes more time on the green to complete the hole. So the solution is to be aware of the players that you are with and make up time where possible. In other words, all you can do is be responsible for your own pace of play. Also, encourage others to play faster within your group. The following examples are simple things golfers can do to keep play moving.
|On Course Situations||Solutions|
|Golfers moving slowly between shots?||walk faster, it’s healthier!|
|leaving the bag in the wrong position around the green?||park your golf bag where you will exit the green and walk to the next tee.|
|Players not ready to play?||walk to the ball first and be ready to play when it’s your turn to play|
|Golfers walking to the other player’s ball and watching the shot played.||Each golfer should walk to their ball and be ready to play when it’s their turn to play.|
Simple tips to help pace-of-play is important for every golf to understand and apply. Enjoy playing faster golf!
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