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Boxing Out the Next Shot - Practice Your Focus By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

A major problem with even professional golfers is that it is so easy to let ourminds take a wide sweeping view of what the next shot means:

Building Confidence in Junior Golfers By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

Confidence is one the most important elements in golf. This is true for golfersof all ages, but it is especially true for younger golfers. Confidence can be dividedup into two general areas.

Carrion on the Golf Course By Alan B. Nichols

The turkey buzzards overhead moved in for a closer look, their beaks watering as they eyed this lonely cadaver slouching down the fairway, his 48th of the day. He didn't have long to live and the birds knew it. Still, for them the wait was difficult.…

Close Enounters of a Cobra Kind By Tom Ward

With all the rain we have been hit with in the last 10 days, I recently saw a snake perched on my front door step trying to stay dry.

Develop A Post-Shot Routine By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

While most golfers use a pre-shot routine, many neglect to use a routine after theyhave hit a bad shot. This leaves them open to several problems that can damage theiroverall play.

Develop a Pre-Shot Routine By Larry O. Krupp

The first tee can be an intimidating and nervous experience. Welcome to the human race. That is why you must have a pre-shot routine. This helps you prepare your mind and body for what you are about to do. The better focused you are, the less other t…

Developing the Ability to Focus On Your Golf Game By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

Do you grind out each round? Do you try to keep your head deeply focused on golfthroughout the entire round? Or have you developed a way of snapping back into focusfor each shot?

Don't Over-Analyze Your Swing By Tom Ward

While all golfers continue to look for that elusive secret that will perfect their swing, it's wishful thinking that they will find it. The reason is because their is no secret to swinging the golf club. People attending last weeks Byron Nelson event…

Enough is Enough - Don't get Bogged Down in Swing Mechanics By Joe Sullivan

I was down at The Faldo Institute recently. This is a huge practice facility here in Orlando, Florida, obviously named after Nick Faldo.

Four Ways to Develop Confidence on the Course By Tom Ward

"Golf is played mainly on a six-inch course; the space between your ears." -Bobby Jones

Golf is A Game of Controlled Emotions By Bob Wyatt

How many times during the course of your golfing experiences have you been tempted to throw a club? I'm sure there are not too many of you that answered, "Never". I'm not a doctor of psychology, but I do feel after 25 years teaching golf together wit…

Is That an Ocean I See? - Visualize a Large Target By Joe Sullivan

I have read various golf books in my life. Some have been good, some not so good. One in particular that I have enjoyed more than the rest was Bob Rotella's "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect". It is not your quote-unquote golf instruction book with pict…

Keep Your Inner Dialogue Positive By Tom Ward

Many students of mine tend to be to hard on themselves on the golf course. Constantly berating yourself is a recipe for disaster.

Learn to Relax and then Refocus By Lisa Brown

One reason why golf is mentally challengingis because you have so little contact with the ball.

Leave Your Frustration Behind You By Tom Ward

For the next two weeks the PGA TOUR is in town so golfers will have the opportunity to observe top ranked players in action. Outside of watching them play and trying to emulate their swings use this time wisely to see how they handle adversity which …

Play a Mental Game of Golf By Tom Ward

After a mild winter many golfers are ready to hit the links with renewed vigor. Unfortunately, high hopes will be dashed quickly if you can't keep your emotions in check. Here's an example of how we like to have 'Pity" parties for ourselves when we a…

Practice the Pressure By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

Tiger Woods' Dad, in a book he wrote on teaching Tiger golf, describes using irritatingand distracting situations to teach Tiger to block out everything except what isimportant for making the shot. This article talks about this process and how you,to…

Practice Thoughtful Swings By Thomas Tetrault, PGA Pro

Most people practice more when they're playing badly as opposed to when they're striking the ball well. When you're playing badly, it's time to take a lesson - not practice a bad swing. When you're playing good and striking the ball well is when you …

Pre-Shot Routine By Joe Sullivan

Huh? I know. I don't want to talk about it, either. Still, I feel obligated to share my thoughts. Some people feel that they need to do a certain kind of routine to hit the ball better. Some people feel that they can find in a book or magazine what m…

Relaxation During the Swing By Sharon Miller, LPGA Member

Do your scores range from the North to South Pole on a day-to-day or hole-to-hole basis? Do you want to score consistently lower than you have been? If so, read on. One or more of the following suggestions may work for you and your game.

Remaining Focused is Key to Staying on Target By Tom Ward

One of the biggest mistakes most golfers make is not swinging to their intended target. Most golfers will tell you they are swinging to hit the ball when in reality your target is the fairway or the green. This is why when people make practice siwngs…

Removing Tension From Your Swing By Tom Ward

A common cause of tension lies in the grip. An improper grip, or one that is too tight, creates tension that continues up the arms, through the shoulders, down the body and to the legs is sure to wreck your swing.

Slump Busting - Recover Your Golf Game By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

A real challenge for every serious golfer is the problem of being in a slump. Slumpsare periods of time when both your physical and mental skills are at a level considerablylower than your average performance.

Staying Focused on The Game By Lisa Brown

There is a theory that explains why golfis so mentally challenging.

Step-Breathe Your Mind Into Focus By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

One of the most effective changes that a golfer can bring into his or her game iswhat I call step-breathing. The benefits of using step-breathing are many. You giveyourself a solid, focused mental and physical place from which to hit your shotsor mak…

The Short Course in Mental Training for Young Golfers By Dr. Bob Phillips, Golf Psychologist

Usually I talk about one element of mental training in each article. This time Iwant to talk about the three most important elements for young golfers. Golferswho are beginning to find that they really do have what it takes to play competitivegolf. T…