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Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Golfers

Posted by Mike in General

nullDid you like my “play on words”? I hope it caught your attention. I’ve been giving it quite a bit of thought, and decided to come up with “my list” of what I think the top 7 habits are of highly successful golfers. This is just “my opinion”, they are not in any particular order, and I invite you to add your opinion freely. If anything, disagree with me and spunk up the comments on this post.

Playing better golf is a grind. Trying to improve your score while minimizing the “bleeding” is very hard. In fact, statistics show…for every golfer that picks up the game, there is one who is quitting. Isn’t that an eye-opener? I thought it was an interesting statistic.

1. Focus on golf fundamentals. Effective and successful golfers have solid fundamentals. Grip, stance, posture. These are critical before you even start your golf swing. If these are not solid, your chances of conistently hitting a good shot are far less.

2. Smart Practice. Successful golfers don’t go to the range without an agenda. They have a specific purpose for each practice session. It might be working on a consistent take-away for the entire practice. It could be spending a large amount of time doing a drill for their swing fault. It could be broken down to set time periods with each range of clubs.

3. Physical preparation. If you’ve been reading this blog at all, or maybe you have my golf fitness products already, you know how strong I feel about this. If I had my druthers, it would be at the top of the list :roll: ! But we can’t be partial can we :wink: . The best golfers focus on their physical weaknesses and make them strengths. Most amateurs don’t! They also work on their bodies specific to golf consistently.

4. Mental training. Most of the touring pros have their very own mental golf coach. They know how critical it is to maintain focus and composure for 4 straight days. Just a few slip ups and they miss a cut and make no money. Do you work on your mental game? What do you do currently to keep your focus on the course and for every shot?

5. Nutrition for prolonged energy. This one could be in the physcial preparation one, but I think it warrant its very own one. You get out of your body what you put in it. If you put low octane fuel in it, you’ll get the results of an AMC Pacer (remember those clunkers?). If you put the fuel of a ferrari, you’ll get stealth results, meaning personal best scores and even trophies from your local club tournaments.

6. Goal setting. Like in any endeavor, if you don’t set goals you have nothing to shoot for. You need to have a goal that really makes you reach! Not just lower your handicap by 2 strokes, but how about by 5 within one golf season? You can set goals for one round of golf, a tournament and for the entire season. Write them down and plot a plan to achieve them. The successful golfers sets goals for every round, tournament and season he/she plays in, and evaluates progress conistently.

7. Golf swing analysis. I added this one as I truly feel if you get your golf swing on video early on when you pick up the game, you’re givin yourself a true starting point and a phenomenal diagnositc evaluation on what you should really focus on to improve from the very beginning. Seeing yourself on video is such an eye-opener. Most of the pros use video for every practice session with their teachers.

Okay…there’s my 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Golfers. No add to it, tear it apart and tell me how you really feel :cool: !

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40 comments, sweet!

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September 26th, 2007 at 8:29 am

Mike,

I think your play on words was very fitting. You have a solid set of principles there for golfers to follow. All I can think of is the only one left unsaid is something that anyone who is serious about the game tends to forget from time to time and that is to remember to have fun. Golf is a game just like everything else and although its important to become a better player its just as important to make sure you and your buddies are having fun on the course. That is what its all about. Thanks again Mike.

-Bob

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September 26th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

Yes…that’s a good reminder! We don’t play it like the pros, or for the money they do, so why not have fun :lol:

 
 
Comment by Mr Business Golf
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September 26th, 2007 at 10:35 am

I’ll have to agree with Bob, fun is sometimes forgotten as the reason most people start to play golf. Business people who have not learned how to use golf as a business tool usually will take all of the fun out of golf by making it a six hour sales pitch. I can’t remember when a ten minute sales pitch was any fun much less enduring an all day tongue lashing. Lets make golf fun again.

 
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September 26th, 2007 at 11:57 am

Hi, Mike

I like your choices, although I think you could add one, “coarse strategy”, “coarse management” or “pre coarse properness”, I just think before you go out you should have a groove you get into before you play that would take in weather, what coarse your playing and how to play it etc. I have found I play so much better when I prepare myself just before I go out and play.

Just a thought! Pat

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September 26th, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Hello…don’t know why I forgot that one :roll: ! That is an excellent add to the list!

 
 
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September 26th, 2007 at 11:58 am

Yes it sounds like a very good to plan to me. One i already live by, well bar number 7. I really don’t need a video to tell me what i do right and wrong that’s where some people go wrong in the game they over analyze, Its ok for the pros who have the time to study everything but not a working golfer like me.
regards thomas

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September 26th, 2007 at 2:17 pm

I also agree. You can overanalyze the golf swing and get “paralysis by analysis”. Good point! Make sure to send all your golfing buddies on over here to keep building this golf community…please!!!!

 
 
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September 26th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

There are a relatively large number of us out here who have played single-digit handicap golf for a lot of years who find that we aren’t as competitive as we used to be primarily because we are losing club-head speed as we get older. Although I had a 9 handicap and shot my age or better 15 times in the first six months of this year, I quit playing competitive golf in July and set out on the task of increasing my club-head speed. I was not getting to the longer par fours in two or some of the longer par fives in three. I went to four wedges and worked on getting up and down in two to make par.

Through the concentrated effort of making my first move from the top of the swing the lateral move to the left I have been able to increase my clubhead speed and I have now gone back to playing competitive golf again. I’m sure that my problem is not unusual and I wouid like to see more people in the instruction area address it to help those of us who are getting older and losing our game as we do so. Everyone out here is not a novice in the game.

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September 26th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

Bob, I’m surprised you’re not mentioning the physical component that is truly affecting you as you get older. That’s my whole philosophy and belief. Do you not see the need for improved golf specific strength and flexibility :shock: ?

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September 27th, 2007 at 6:59 am

Mike, I work out in my swimming pool by walking laps in the water around the perimeter of the pool. Since the first of May of 2006 when I started to keep track of how far I walked, I have walked 20,730 laps — that is 306 miles. That is an average of 18 miles a month for the seventeen months. I know very well that I would not be able to play golf anywhere near as well as I do if I did not do that pool exercise.

I walked 110 laps yesterday, which is a little over 1.5 miles.

RAZ

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September 27th, 2007 at 7:40 am

That is outstanding! I’m very impressed. Keep on keepin on :smile:

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Comment by Sean
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September 26th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Great stuff as always Mike

Smart Practice…so key!

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September 26th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Thanks Sean! I really like your Deep Rough blog too :grin:

 
 
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September 26th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

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Comment by Dennis
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September 26th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Hi Mike,

Good blog. :wink:

Personally, I agree with your 7 habits. If I would add to that, I think the 8th would be “Forget the 1-7 habits when you’re on the course. Have fun.” I know you would agree with me that too much on one’s head will cause more damage than good.

I experienced this middle of this year when I shot a 74. Never in my life I thought of shooting such a low score. Even par on the front 9, 2 over on the back. No birdies.

Then, I suddenly struggled the next time I went on the tee. I haven’t had the slightest idea what happened. What I wanted to do was to beat my lowest score.

My swing left me.

Then all of the basics came pouring in my head. I got confused. Tried experimenting. Caused more trouble. I stopped playing for 6 months. Didn’t think about golf. Then I went back. Teed it up with no expectations and lo and behold, my swing was there. My mind was clear of anything. I just focused on hitting the ball.

I can’t explain that. Maybe you can. All I know is, trying too hard doesn’t work for me.
What do you think?

Yours in golf,

Dennis

Comment by Mike
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September 27th, 2007 at 9:15 am

Dennis, I agree with you! The minute we press ourselves tension creeps in and our swing goes to crap :twisted: ! Taking each shot in and relaxing may be one of the keys to golfing success! Tension never helps your golf swing! Thanks for visiting my blog and don’t be a stranger :smile: .

 
 
Comment by Dave Cushion
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September 26th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

I agree with Dennis. If you’re trying to play golf for a score, you’ll do much better just playing golf and not trying to remember all the swing keys, etc.

We’ve all done it or have seen it happen to others.

That is the time to “play golf”, not “play golf swing”. Save that for the range when you can really concentrate on making changes and improvements.

Dave

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September 26th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Thanks for the comment Dave :smile: . That’s what I like about this blog so far. Lots of great feedback and opionions. Keep’em coming!

 
 
Comment by Jim J
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September 26th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Keep it up with these great topics Mike!
If I were to add anything, it would be to find and strictly follow a repeatable pre- shot routine and to maintain even tempo on all shots. Really focusing on these things as well as getting in better physical shape,(wow that flexability thing does matter!)has helped me go from a 16.4hcp to a 10.2hcp.

thanks again

Jim J

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September 26th, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Jim! It’s amazing how my list of 7 can get blown up to 10 or more real quick. Pre-shot routine is another great point. Don’t be shy and come visit as much as you like!

 
 
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September 26th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

That may be the best golf blog post I’ve ever read !

You’re doing a heck of a job and doing it the right way. Keep it up.

Comment by Mike
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September 27th, 2007 at 5:38 am

Thanks Mike! Coming from someone with your experience I really appreciate it! :smile:

 
 
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September 27th, 2007 at 2:03 am

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Comment by john owen
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September 27th, 2007 at 10:30 am

what about putting,that should enter the equation somewhere

 
Comment by Mike
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September 27th, 2007 at 10:42 am

John, that would be part of “smart practice”.

 
Comment by jp
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September 27th, 2007 at 11:30 am

hi Mike as always you are bang on. as for myself and learning through the years of golfing and getting older, that a person has to be in the best shape he or she can be. I always wanted to find out just what excercises to do for golf,and found out about your program of excercices. have tried them and found them very helpful. my idea for golfers at my age is stay in the best shape you can. swing within your self and keep a cool head . just be clad you can still swing a club. ( were not pros)

Comment by Mike
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September 27th, 2007 at 11:36 am

JP, I’m so glad you have seen results from your golf fitness efforts and that more older golfers take a look. Don’t take offense to the term “older golfers”, as I’m getting to be one too :lol: As always, I appreciate you and anyones advice in this blog. Make sure to check out today’s post and give me your “2 cents” worth.

 
 
Comment by TourGolf
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September 29th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

I really agree with your comments on the practice sessions. Most of us don’t have time everyday to practice, but if you practice with a purpose, you can get much more out of less practice time. I’m a 7 cap, and I know the only way to get there is to put in the time at the practice range and especially on the course.

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Comment by Deron Sizemore
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September 30th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Nice article Mike. For me, smart practice and fundamentals are the biggies. Ever since I started practicing smarter my game has improved. I no longer go to the range and beat balls like a machine gun but I actually work on specific things as if I were on the course.

Comment by Mike
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September 30th, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Deron that’s great! But no fitness :roll: ?? Thanks for your input!!

 
 
Comment by Deron Sizemore
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September 30th, 2007 at 7:45 pm

:mrgreen: Yes, I work out twice a week right now. I work out more during the winter months as I don’t get to golf. I actually incorporate all 7, but for my golf game, the two that I mentioned are the most important as far as me lowering my scores.

Comment by Mike
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September 30th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Okay…I feel better now :lol: !!

 
 
Comment by Edy
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October 1st, 2007 at 10:06 am

Hi,
What a good tips on golfing. I can learn to play better.
Thank you for your tips

 
Comment by Golfboy
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October 3rd, 2007 at 9:50 pm

If you want to Play Golf Easy, it’s important to know all you can, to make yourself effective. These are just pure point golf tips that you can consider before you go out to play.And it will helps to achieve your best golf scores ever. By preparing properly, thinking about your game and getting to know what’s out there coming at you, you will have every chance of making the most of your game.

 
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October 4th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Awsome post Mike.

One that really hit home for me is #7. I’ve been playing golf for over 15 years and my handicap has been going the wrong direction for the past two years. And on top of that i’ve been loosing distance. Nothing I tried seemed to help.

Then, almost as a joke, I asked a friend to come out to the course with me and video my swing. WOW! What an eye-opener. I knew my swing had problems, but actually seeing it was scary. I felt like I must be watching someone else. I don’t really swing like that! Do I???

Long story short (er), I watched that recording about a hundred times and I picked one thing out that was especially horrible. And I decided to improve that one thing. And two months later I’m hitting the ball 10-20 yards further and my fairways hit are up by about 70% and my GIR is up by 75%. Oh, btw…my handicap has come down three strokes in two months (10 rounds).

So, needles to say the pain and agony of watching my horrible swing on video has paid off.

Now, back to my stretching and resistance training.

Fairways & greens,
Jim

Comment by Mike
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October 5th, 2007 at 6:02 am

Yeah Jim! Video doesn’t lie does it :shock: !! The first time I saw my swing on video I about fell out of my shoes, but it was one of the most valuable things I’ve done to improve my swing. I went from a 16 handicap several years ago to a 6.2 :smile: . I have no time to practice and don’t play much, but am very happy with that handicap, and I think getting that video years ago was the kicker!

 
 
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November 1st, 2007 at 5:47 am

Mike,
I can see that you have some very good points and I tend to work on most if not all of those area’s of the game. To me I focus on tempo in my swing because it is critical to my game. I know that if my tempo is on I can be 5 or 6 strokes better than when it is not. I am sure I do not have the perfect swing but I get the best results possible with the swing I have through tempo. My handicap usually swings between 7-12 and if my short game is on it can go lower.
Randy

 
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