In Chapter 8 of his book Mistake Free Golf, Dr. Bob Winters talks about “Mind Clutter and/or Helmet Fire”. In other words, when our brain gets so wrapped up in swing thoughts; locked into mechanical thoughts; we lose our ability to merely swing the golf club at our desired target. We lose our “Present minded focus” and end up directing or forcing the club head at the ball. We “HIT AT” rather than “SWING THROUGH” the golf ball.Read More
WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION? WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE AND PASSION?
2017 was a remarkable year. While I’ve been a professional golf instructor for 18 years, 2017 was my first year of full time instruction; resting solely on my own business to pay my bills. When people ask how I’m doing; I tell them “I still have my head above water and feet above ground”. While I may not be making millions, going to work every day and doing what I love is priceless. I feel I have one of the best office spaces in the world at Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club in Tampa, FL. It is an honor and privilege to do what I do, to meet who I meet, and spread the game that I hold so close to my heart.Read More
For many of you, the season is drawing to a close due to wintery weather. My niece in Wisconsin sent me pics today of snow covered ground and cars. I never liked winter. I guess that’s why I now live where I live!!! I tried to never leave a golf club out of my hands too long when I lived in Packer/Badger land. I hit the simulators and indoor facilities; used my swing fan; practiced putting and chipping during the winter months. YOU CAN TOO! Hopefully, this month’s blog gives you something to think about and work on in your off months or in your continued practice.Read More
This summer in Tampa proved to be extremely busy. I Lost my writing flow. Then came September rains; a move to a new home; and prep for Irma. So finally getting back to sharing some thoughts; some golf; some observations…. On golf.Read More
I hope this summer has you out playing, practicing, enjoying the beautiful green grass of the golf course!
This month I wanted to talk about tempo; rhythm; fluidity and all the other synonyms for swinging gracefully and easily. TEMPO ALLOWS OUR BODY TO SWING IN SEQUENCE… it allows the physical parts you work on to fire together in one smooth swinging motion.Read More
I remember my springs in Wisconsin…. The snow melts; the days get longer; the fresh spring air and I knew it was golf season! So I’m happy that all of you are now in golf mode!
If I had a quarter for how many times I’ve heard (or something similar):
- Paul, I love my practice swing.
Paul, Why can’t I apply my practice swing to my real swing?
Paul, I hit the ball so great on the range, but then it doesn’t transfer to the course.
Paul, you get me on track in our lessons, but then it goes away on the course
And so on….Read More
This past weekend at the ANA Championship on the LPGA we saw a very interesting and in my opinion, dumbfounding, course of events involving Lexi Thompson and rule 20-7 ( that a ball is marked and then replaced in its original position prior to your next stroke).Read More
In the spring of 2016 I became an instructor and moderator to a tiny little Facebook page called ProSwingTips. I was the 14th member. In less than a year, we have grown to almost 2700 members. 178 of those are golf instructors. PST, as we call it, is a page that offers a forum for its members on a variety of golf topics. It is primarily designed to offer free swing advice, tips, drills, coaching, and instruction. This month we plan to launch our ProSwingTips Mobile Golf Instruction App. We have given thousands of useful tips and hours of helpful instruction to hundreds of our members… and many keep coming back for more on PST.Read More
I rarely talk about positions in the golf swing. I don’t believe we move the club from Point A to Point B. I feel we swing the club back and forth through connection, pivot, and momentum/centrifugal force. I focus on sensations and feelings in my instruction that will allow that to happen more naturally, easily, and fluidly. If we focus on positions, the swinging action is reduced, it becomes forced, it becomes directed. The club is meant to be swung, not directed.Read More
In 2016 I decided to give up a 24 year professional education career and pursue my lifelong dream of golf instruction full time. While I knew it would be a great challenge to build a business from scratch in Florida… it was time to follow my heart and my gut and put what my brain said in the background. Like standing over a golf shot and thinking “See, Feel, Do” that is how I wanted to approach life at 50 years old.Read More
As I write this I’m readying for Tiger Woods’ return to the competitive tee box. Today is the day. It’s been 466 days and three surgeries since he last hit a drive, shot, putt, or chip in a professional event. He didn’t wait long to create the hype we’ve always loved from him by making two eagles in yesterday’s pro-am. Not bad for a man who thought he may never play golf, and certainly not to a professional level he once attained. To see that “Tiger Smile” again on the golf course does my golf soul good!Read More
What are your keys to success in business, life, and all that you do? In launching “The Complete Golfer Golf Academy” at Heritage Isles CC in Tampa, FL this summer I have been able to focus all my professional attention on golf. I’ve worked with players of all ages and abilities. I spent a week with Neil Johnson back in WI getting him ready for stage one of Web. Com Q school, in which he was a successful qualifier for stage 2. I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in Neil’s golf life for the past 20 years or so. Neil embodies the four D’s as he pursues his dream of PGA golf.Read More
While there are very few magical “Quick Fixes” in golf, there are a number of things that you can do in the short term to improve your game. Now, notice I said “improve”! As a golf instructor, I believe that the most solid way to fix your game is to invest the time and resources into lessons including work on the range, short game, and on the course to improve strategy and course management.Read More
Hello Golf Friends:
Go From "Over-The-Top" to Submarine!
In this video I demonstrate how to use a practice station and drill/sensation to fix the dreaded "over the top" move.
The cause of the over the top comes from starting the downswing with the upper body and right arm/shoulder which "throws" the club away from your body and the right shoulder is too high at impact. The arms have to FOLLOW the body. They should not lead in the downswing!
Practice this drill, build your practice station, develop that in-to-out path with clubface and body rotation and you will see an improved ball flight!
The Complete Golfer Golf Academy
The Age old (well since 1990's) question is... What type of ball should I play? We all want and desire the optimal combination of control plus distance. We analyze launch angles, angle of Attack, spin rates. We're looking for the "magic egg" in the basket. Over the past 10 years I've played over 20 different kinds of balls.Read More
My question to you this month is “Why do we love golf?” I, being a certified golf junkie, get asked this question a lot. Many of us have a love/hate relationship with this game…. Kind of like my 3 wood!Read More
Spring seems to be hitting all areas of the country now and I’m sure my northern climate golf friends are enjoying time back on the course!
“People get nervous about trying new things, yet the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. –Albert EinsteinRead More
Mindset and Achievement are two major ingredients in the recipe for success. There are many contributing factors in becoming successful including character, effort, vision, goals, determination, and even luck. In this month’s blog I want to talk about what I think is the perfect addition to mindset and achievement: DREAMS!Read More