Improve Putting Distance Control

 

Distance Control

Distance Control, long, short and in the cup drill

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.

Pace of Play “Get going and Move faster!”

Pace of play | Golf Lessons Cork

Pace-of-Play

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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John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

Since the passing of the famous English golf coach, Mr John Jacobs. I have reread a couple of his books that I have on my bookshelf. Notably, I started reading “50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century”. In this book, from the dawn of golf to the modern day golfers, Mr Jacobs talks about 50 of the greatest golfers in the world during that period. From such great golfers as; James Braid, Henry Cotton, to Ben Hogan, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Seve! Consequently, with my golf coaches hat on, I have picked three golfers out of the fifty that struck a chord with me.

Seve Ballesteros Imagination

The 1st was about Seve Ballesteros and “Imagination is the Key to creativity.” John makes a comparison between how Seve learnt to play the game with his 3 iron on the beach and how John learnt to play chips shots with a hickory club on their invented par 3 course behind the back of the caddie shed at Lindrick Golf Club. Both played for hours and used their imaginations to play different shots.

Certainly, Mr Jacobs points out that golfers should practice all types of lies, good, bad and indifferent. Similarly, challenge yourself and practice playing crazy and fun shots. Learn to visualise those shots in your mind and in time you will develop the golfer’s “touch and feel”. Or as he says “feel it, see it, play it, then the shot becomes reality”.

Gary Player The Master of Bunker!

Gary Player is known for how much he practised golf, he has won multiple golf events all over the world and his physical fitness. The amount of time he has spent hours practising golf shot out of bunkers is well documented.

Jacobs points out that golfers should practice from good bunker lies to terrible lies. Practice, hitting the ball taking a lot of sand and very little sand. Golfers should learn to adjust setup and swing path. So golfers can deal with plugged sand lies to the ball stuck on a slope with their feet outside the bunker. Golfers should use their mind to dream up all the worst places you can be in a bunker and practice!

Sam Sneed Clearing the hips!

Uniquely, Sam was possibly one of best rhythm golf swingers of all time.

“Sam’s swing is described as a strong turning motion of his upper torso build up enormous centrifugal force in the downswing which transferred out through the arms, hand and ultimately the club head.” (50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century).

Finally, John Jacobs mentions a key movement within Sam’s swing. “You have to learn to clear your left side in the downswing”. Notably, what John is talking about here is the hip movement during the downswing.

By the same token, when golfers have not played golf in a while, the golfer’s body movements can be out of sorts. In summary, the golfer’s swing sequence is a bit muddled up. Therefore, I would certainly recommend working on hip turning exercises and the pause/hold and swing drill.

On a final note, I would recommend reading this book to find which of his golf swing tips takes your fancy. May I add, please only take note of the tips that make sense to you and your golf swing. Please take note, that his ball flight philosophies are out-dated. There has been a lot of scientific evidence since that book was printed that proves other factors are responsible for initial ball direction. However, this book is still a great read and if you have any questions about those tips. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Dooley john@johndooleypga.ie | John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers | Contact us CLICK HERE |

American Golf Cork Ireland

American Golf Cork Ireland

Trade in your golf clubs at American Golf Cork

 

Golf clubs trade-in with American Golf Cork

American Golf Cork Ireland has a trade in offer for golfers that is certainly worth investigating. I say!”Out with the old and in with the new!”

Take a number of golf clubs at a trade-in value of a €100. Remarkably, American Golf Cork will offer you double the trade-in value of €200 towards another set of clubs.

This is a bloody good offer! Notably, if you have the time to call into the shop and see if you can do a deal. Apparently, American Golf Cork are using the PGA of America’s golf club valuation book to establish the golf club trade-in value. However, the value book is in US dollars and American golf is using an exchange rate of 1.30 USD to the Euro. Therefore, if your clubs are worth $130.00 that amount will transfer into €100.00. I think this is value system is a bit off as 1 US Dollar is valued circa 0.95 cents, which is around €1.05. But, golf clubs at double the trade-in value, this offer might be a good move for you?

By all means, let’s take this example; you have 2 sets of clubs. 1st set is gathering dust and the 2nd set you have is a few years old. Furthermore, let’s assume that American Golf is offering you values at €150.00 and €350.00, leaving you with €1000.00 to work with. Also, if you have a number of old wedges and putters, I would suggest take what you have in your garage and see what you can get for all that stuff!

What we can do for you!

At John Dooley PGA; we would not be able to match a trade in value offer compared to American Golf Cork. However, contact us if you require a golf club fitting expert to identify what type of shaft suits your golf swing and or golf club lie angle.

Contact John Dooley PGA at,  CLICK HERE

 

Simple Practice Golf Method

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Practising Golf

Three 15-minutes practise sessions keeping practising fresh!

Practice session 1: Pre-shot routine 15 minutes

1 Pick the shot to play with the club
2 Use your “minds eye” to see a clear imagine of the flight of the golf shot you’re about to play
3 Internally feel and believe that you are in a very happy place
4 Make that practise swing that includes both the mental feeling and an excellent practice swing
5 Set up and  hit the shot to the target
6 Repart the process

Practice session 2: Aiming the club 15 minutes

1 Identify ball to target line and use poles or golf shafts as guides
2 Identify the leading edge of the club and align the leading edge perpendicular to that ball to target line
3 stand directly behind the ball and find a point/leaf/odd looking grass or etc, a foot or two in front of the ball to target line. Use that mark as you aiming guide
4 make a good practice swing, then set up and aim the club correctly
5 Hit the shot and repeat the process

Practice session 3: Rotation exercises

1 5 x Hip-turn exercises
2 5 x Full body-turn exercises
3 5 x Pause & hold for 3 seconds then turn and swing thought drill
4 5 x Speed stick swings right & left handed with the 3 weighted sticks
5 5 x Opposite handed practice swings
6 5 x Opposite handed golf shots

Practice session 4: Opposite Hand Hitting

Practice hitting the ball with an opposite hand club. So if you are right hand, may I suggest find a left handed 6 or 7 iron. Furthermore, start practising hitting opposite hand for al least one hour a week. To help with the opposite hand swing. Practise the turning exercises in the opposite movement and swing, swing and swing away.

 

Notably, if you have any questions about how to practice golf? Without delay please contact me on 0879277997 or the following email address john@johndooleypga.ie

To work on how you practice golf, please contact me by clicking here John Dooley PGA  or by the following details. Web: www.johndooleypga.ie

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Push ups for more Driving Distance!

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Learn to play better golf

Golf Distance Study – “Push Ups for Driving Distance”

Notably, most golfers that I coach are looking for extra distance off the tee and they ask similar questions such as, “how can I hit a longer tee shot? How can I improve my driving distance? Can you help me carry the ball further? I just want to hit further golf shots, can you help?”

Drive Golf is looking for volunteers again to take part in another distance study. The opposite side study worked very well this year so we are going to another study.

This year’s study will be ‘Push Ups for Distance’. Another nice, simple and fun study and this will be a 2-month study. Our study; will entail golfers doing 20 push ups 3 times a week for the 2 months.

The study will commence during the second week/third in December and finish in February.

We will measure swing speed and ball speed with driver and 6 iron at the start of the study, after 4 weeks and at the end of the study. The push-ups should take less than 5 minutes and can be done at home. If you can’t do a full push up yet, a modified push up will be prescribed.

If you’d would like to work on gaining extra yards and if you can spare 5 minutes 3 days a week? You would be most welcome to join this study. This study is open to all handicaps levels, both males and females also. Please join by sending an email contacting Pádraig Dooley as soon as possible at padraig@drivegolfperformance.com.

If you’ve any questions drop us an email too. For anyone taking part in the study, we will be offering free Mizuno balls.

John Dooley

Email: john@johndooleypga.ie 

Overcoming Nerves

overcoming-nerves

Overcoming Nerves

Rather than fighting nerves (sometimes the nerves can return with overpowering emotions resulting in poor performance) overcoming nerves are not easy to do.

One strategy suggested by Robin Sieger is to accept the nerves and not focus on them, remove that any value from them and let the nerves flow over us, in a detached manner, observing them but not enduring them. This method can be applied when adapted into your pre-shot routine.

During your pre-shot routine or when you are playing a shot of importance.

The goal is to remain calm, positive and confident. These emotions can be practiced as part of your pre-shot. Let’s take the stage on the practice ground, in your mind recreate a shot when you felt most nervous and the outcome was poor.

If you do not have a pre-shot routine, for the most part, I would suggest to creating one. Consequently, if you cannot feel calm, positive and or confident as you are working on your pre-shot routine. In this case, practice acting and feeling those emotions from your previous life experiences. Then, you can start practicing feeling calm, positive and confident for your pre-shot routine.

During the actual on-course golf shot just simply go through your pre-shot routine. With this in mind, set up to play the shot, be aware of the nervous feelings, remember how you practiced controlling those emotional.

If you are struggling with finding or creating your own personal pre-shot routine? Notably feel free to call or text on 0879277997 and or email john@johndooleypga.ie  to discuss what I can work with on.

Referencing from *Golf’s Moment of Truth

Sequencing A Golf Swing

Sequencing a Golf Swing…

Golf swing

A miss hit can be the result of a quicker than normal golf swing or a golfer’s swing is out of sequence (one part moving too fast or too slow for the other parts to coordinate). This action can also be described by golfers by saying, that “you are swinging too fast”, “your backswing is faster than your downswing” “you need to control your swing speed” “your backswing to downswing is too quick” and etc.

I have from time to time talked about rhythm and golf club timing by simplifying the term or movement by saying “you need to pause at the top of your golf swing”. This comment can come and I note with its own set of problems. My point here is that words and different types of golf swing descriptions affect each golfer’s internal body movements differently.  In other words tomayto – toomato this is same fruit just said and spelt differently.

During the golfer’s backswing, there is a point when the club will stop moving in one direction and start in another direction. That does not mean that the body has stopped moving too. In fact, you may notice with really good players that their body is moving ever so slightly (starting the downswing) before the club reaches that point at the top of the backswing.

There is evidence to support that at the top of the backswing if you stop moving all the parts of the swing altogether. You can be reducing your body speed and the tension that produces distance. However, this type of swing and pause drill may be necessary for some golfers to practise. This type of swing feeling might work for you to feel your type of swing sequence.

The following note is a golf swing drill that can improve a golfer’s golf swing movement from the top of the backswing to starting his/hers downswing.

The Drill

So if you imagine standing on a sheet of ice. Without using a ball, set up as normal with a 6 iron. Now make a slow back swing, and as you become aware that your upper body is getting close to the top of the backswing or at the end of your turn away from the ball. Now feel that your movement is slowing down, and at the same time push with your right (back foot) foot as though you’re trying to spin it away from the target. It’s not likely that your foot will move with spikes on, but, the pressure that you are creating may start your hips to translate and turn in the opposite direction or toward the target. Or another way to say this is, as you reach the top of the backswing, start turning your hips to the target.

This is a bit of a mouth full, but, it’s a pretty good activity whilst watching your swing from a mirror.

What effectively is happening, is that the lower half of the body is now moving before the upper half of the body has reached the top of the backswing. This can encourage the arms, hands, and club to slot into a good striking position. But, this type of drill will take some time to master.

You could start by making this type of movement slowly, then try to quicken up the speed of this drill. I tend to coach this type of drill as an add-on to the practice session that would help improve timing. This type of drill can become over complicated quickly. So please keep the thoughts simple and too the point.

If this works for you great, if this tip is too confusing, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

John@johndooleypga.ie or 0879277997

 

Golf Vacations to Ireland, Scotland and Portugal

Concierge Golf Ireland

Old Head Golf Links

Golf Coaching in Ireland with John Dooley PGA and Concierge Golf Ireland

Concierge Golf Ireland is operated by John Dooley PGA. Concierge Golf is a golf tour company that offers to arrange and manage custom build golf vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England and Portugal.

A golf vacation can be enjoyed playing golf in Portugal with your family or locally in Ireland with the lads or lassies. I would like to suggest that you could arrange your very own golf coaching golf vacation to a special golfing destination with concierge golf Ireland.

We can arrange your tee times and the type of accommodation you require. Part of our service is to ensure that a luxury driven chauffeured car service is supplied. We can book the various restaurants for you to enjoy and we can arrange the necessary tourist sights to see!

Customers may contact Concierge Golf Ireland and request the platinum golf booking services. This service option will book your golf coaching vacation to your selected destination. Then Concierge Golf will arrange an itinerary suited to your needs and requirements. This in not an economical service and this service extends to golfers that would like to travel in style. Enjoying a 5* plus experiences, great hotels, enjoying great restaurants and work on your game golf game daily with a Concierge Golf PGA Golf Pro.

There is a premium demand for a service that includes booking all the aspects of the vacation. Then chauffeuring from each hotel to the golf course and back again. Plus enjoying time spent playing golf with the PGA Pro and thus working on your golf game. As a result, you can play golf to a higher standard and understand more about how the game of golf.

 

 

Cork Coaching Golf

Golf Coaching Cork

Golf Coaching Cork

My approach to Coaching Golf

I typically start each of my golf lessons by observing the golfer’s ball flight. I ask a series of questions to identify his or her’s golf skill levels and the amount of golf that they are playing. The golfer would typically start warming up their swing by hitting a series of wedge shots. Then onto their 7 iron, 5 irons and woods until I am satisfied that I have identified the golfer’s swing faults. Or in other words, I am watching the golfer hitting golf balls so I can identify clearly what are the parts of their golf swing and or body movements that are affecting the club face at the point of impact. It is important for golfers and to talk as much as possible so I can gain a greater understanding of their approach and thoughts towards playing golf.

 

Ball flight:

I like to keep the ball flight information simple without talking about how all the ball flight factors that can affect your ball flight direction. So let’s keep the ball flight or explaining how to hit a straight shot down to two factors;

  1. The direction that the golfer’s swing the club (swing-path)
  2. Where the club face is pointing when the club face hits the ball. Ideally, we would like to have our swing path and club face pointing towards our intended target when striking the ball.

Depending on the club number and loft of the club; should you position the ball left of centre and gradually move the ball further left as you hit balls with the same club. You may notice that you are hitting the ball higher and the opposite happens should you move the ball position right of centre. What is important here is that each golfer should identify their suited ball position for each golf club to maximise their potentially best ball fight with any one of their clubs.

 

Body movement:

To practice how the body turns during your golf swing. I recommend practising three types of exercises. (Right-hand golfers) (Practice the opposite for left handed golfers)

  1. Hip turn exercise. ¼ turn to your right and fully turn onto your left side (to avoid your right leg straightening, remember to keep your right knee flexed as you make the ¼ turn to the right
  2. Full body turning exercise. Place a club across your shoulders then turn your shoulders approx. 90 degrees to the right “your back is facing the target” and follow by turning your body to the left (another 180 degrees) until your chest & hips are facing the target with your right toe pointed into the ground
  3. Practise swing drill.
    1. This practice swing drill is that you can make a ¾ length back swing or for right handed golfers; swing your left arm back to an 11 o’clock position.
    2. Hold at the top of your backswing for 3 seconds, then turn your hips first and swing the club just slightly after you move your hips. Both swing parts move into the follow-through position where your hips are fully turned with your right toe pointed into the group. Then the club is behind your neck and your weight is balanced on your left foot.

Swing path:

I like working with a straight back and straight through swing path. I like the half swing drill to help work on creating a better take away and improving the club head swing throught the shot. Using a couple of poles or tees as props can help you with working on your swing path.

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Swing path

Practising golf:

Schedule your practise golf times and add a structure to how you practice. I like the approach of plenty of skill based exercises to promote good body movement habits rather than hitting ball after balls. Try practising with a basket of range balls.

Make 5 x hips turns exercises, 5 x shoulder turns exercises & 5 x practice swings.

  • Start your pre-shot routine
  • Make two or three really good practice swings and feel what your good ‘swing movement’ is.
  • Build your set up again
  • Imagine and picture the images of that particular good swing hitting the ball to the target
  • Set up again then and hit the shot
  • Repeat the same method as above taking that routine to the golf courses.

Most of all keep working on your game. Identify your poor performing areas of your game by analysing a time period such as monthly rather than after every game. Please avoid putting yourself under too much pressure to perform. You will get better at playing golf, just keep going and keep playing.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Dooley PGA.

Golf Coaching in Cork

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