MUST READ BREAKING 70 ARTICLES
MUST READ BREAKING 70 ARTICLES
The reality of playing golf on tour is that you are always searching for a competitive edge over the golf course you're playing and ultimately your opponents. This doesn't really make it that different from any other stick and ball sport, where a score is involved, except for one important qualification; On the pro golf tour you have to shoot consistently low golf scores just to make cuts in tournaments before you can make any money.
In other words you don’t get a dime for playing less than your best for four days. So every moment that you are not competing at a golf tour event somewhere, you’re on the practice fairway and practice green finding ways to sharpen, refine and develop your golfing skills in an effort to make more cuts, more money and the opportunity to play in the big league on a major golf tour.
In essence you’re practicing your golf skills exclusively to perform better on the golf course"
Design Your Golf Practice
You practice so you can become so skilled at playing golf, that you make a lot more cuts than you miss - which translates into a lot more money in the bank account and the possibility of winning golf tournaments. So I‘d like to share with you a key distinction I learned about how top tour golfers practice effectively;
You must practice in such a way that there is a high probability that you will perform better on the golf course."
Perfect Match Practice
When you practice your golf skills you are attempting to modify or adjust an aspect of your physical behaviour by conditioning a new set of behaviours that you can rely on when it really counts, through a large quantity of highly focused repetition.
I’m sure that you can see that this shouldn’t be taken lightly? You need to be absolutely sure that the information you’re using is the perfect match for your particular problem. Also you cannot improve your skill set if you’re dividing your attention between trying to perfect a particular movement and also trying to hit your shot to a target on the golf range.
The Golf Practice Multi-tasking Myth
In the workplace this would be called multi-tasking, and a raft of recent research shows that splitting your attention between tasks significantly reduces your effectiveness to perform optimally in the different tasks you’re focusing on.
“It is a myth to think you can work on improving some aspect of your golf swing whilst at the same time you’re trying to hit your golf ball to a target.”
But this is precisely what the vast majority of amateur golfers do.
Relevance then Repetition
When I played golf on tour I discovered that golf practice was really about continually finding ways to improve my bottom line results. You are always zeroing in on the ideal practice method or drill because you’re travelling continually, and you need to make sure that the time you invest in your improvement is highly specific and manageable.
So it’s not unusual to see a professional golfer working on one particular drill for a year or more. Since any physical change requires literally thousands of repetitions in order to build up sufficient memory, changing a weak skill requires a pro tour player to practice the drill whenever he/she gets the opportunity – which is often.
They will practice with a ball and without a ball, and they will practice in front of mirrors in their hotel room or windows at the airport; literally anywhere they can perform the practice task that leads them to a new and desired behaviour.
When they practice, they practice with a level of intensity that closely matches or simulates a real competitive situation.
Practice Like it Matters
“Perfect practice makes perfect” is a common cliché in sports, business and life but doesn’t really describe at all what perfect practice is, which just makes it easier for most golfers to perform “practice” without the “perfect” part.
I believe that the ‘perfect’ component is to perform your golf practice with a level of intensity that closely matches or simulates a real competitive situation."
This means that you make sure that the entire practice routine is exactly the same routine you use when you play on the golf course. Instead of mindlessly blasting away at golf ball after golf ball you thoughtfully and carefully practice each stroke like nothing else in the world matters as much. I have observed this first hand with some of the greatest golfers in the world.
Where I observed other professionals chatting away with their friends on the range, Jack Nicklaus seemed to me to be the one serious figure, who although very pleasant when someone acknowledged him, was there for a very specific purpose, he was there to prepare to perform to the best of his ability.
Golf Practice is Not a Social Experience
He was not there for a social engagement he was there to work at his craft so he could take it to the course and perform. Golf practice is not a social experience, its work and you’re there solely to improve your performances on the golf course, so you never have enough time to waste on idle chit-chat.
This is where I learned an important lesson about practicing like it matters. Never waste my time, never waste a golf shot and make sure that the shot is executed to the best of my ability with my full attention on it.
The next time you decide to go to the range to work on your game, consider that you have a marvellous opportunity to start practicing with real purpose.
You can design your golf practice so that it’s highly specific, highly engaging and highly repeatable and you’ll discover that this shift in the way you go about performing your practice will build a strong and reliable bridge between practicing on the range and performing on the golf course when it really counts.
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Have You Ever Had Someone Say to You That You Should Make a Change to Your Golf Swing Technique?
Have you been playing poorly for an extended period of time? Are you at your wits end with your sub-standard performances on the golf course?
Logically you may be thinking that if you change the way you swing the golf club it will improve your performances leading to lower golf scores and a happy and fulfilled golfing life.
In this article I'm going to shed some light on why changing your golf swing might be a very bad idea, leading you to more frustration and helplessness than you could imagine.
You might think that this is an exaggeration but unfortunately many a struggling golfing soul has lost his way on the path to golf swing immortality, because he or she didn't understand the consequences of changing some aspect of their golf swing technique.
Professional tour golfers are continually striving to improve their performances on the golf course because playing standards on the PGA and LPGA tours are continually rising with a greater percentage of golfers at the top of the golf tree.
When they make swing changes they have the time and money to do it. These tour golfers can spend many hours working on their changes with the complete supervision of a competent and experienced golf instructor.
So here's three suggestions for how to go about making the change with a minimal amount of discomfort.
Please remember this advice...do not become the guinea pig for some overly confident golf instructor who wants to dramatically change your golf swing to make it look like a tour stars.
"Only make the change if you truly believe that you will play a lot better than you currently do, and make a change to your technique to play better rather than trying to imitate someone playing well at the moment".
Making swing changes is a lot more difficult to achieve than you might think, so really think about your decision carefully as the majority of big changes made to golf swings don't make the golfer play better.
In other words the failure rate is high, so if you're considering making a big change to your golf swing ask yourself this simple but important question;
Am I willing to pay the price?
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As Asian Tour Qualifying School 2018 Approaches, We Look At The Stark Reality Of What You Need To Shoot To Get a Tour Card.
Think about this; at the 2017 Asian Qualifying School over 550 players entered, with just 36 getting a card. Thats only 7%!
Almost 400 elite amateur and professional golfers from thirty countries around the globe entered the first stage of Asian Tour School in 2017 to try and earn playing rights for this season.
Of the nearly 400 entries for first stage, just 85 golfers from 2 qualifying courses in Thailand made it through to the final stage and a chance to play for pay on the Asian Tour.
144 golfers were exempt from the first stage of qualifying and went straight to the final stage where they were joined by the 85 who were good enough to get through the grueling first stage qualification process. Of the 223 players in the field for the final stage just 36 (16%) earned a card and the privilege of playing on the Asian Tour.
Think about this for a moment; nearly 550 golfers went to Asian Tour School in 2017 and just 36 (7%) earned a card. That's the harsh reality of qualifying right there!
Week 1 - Section A Group
56 players competed at Windsor Park, where 12 out of the 56 qualified on a score of -5 or better (283). This meant that you needed to score 70.75 on average at this golf course to move through to the final stage. 101 players competed at Suvarnabhumi, where the leading 22 qualified and moved through to the final stage with a score of -8 or better (280). This meant you needed to score 70 on average to qualify for the final stage.
Week 2 - Section B Group
116 players competed at Windsor Park, where 25 out of the 116 qualified on a score of -8 or better (280). This meant that you needed to score 70 on average to move through to the final stage. 121 players competed at Suvarnabhumi, where the leading 26 qualified and moved through to the final stage with a score of -13 or better (275). This meant you needed to score 68.75 on average to qualify for the final stage. Thats an average of -3 per round.
The Final Stage
In the final stage 223 golfers teed it up at Suvarnabhumi Golf Club in Bangkok, Thailand. The cut after two rounds was -3, which quickly sliced the field of 223 golfers back to 121 for the final two rounds. Just 121 golfers left out of over 550.
What You Can Learn from this...
In the final analysis you can see that if you look at the qualifying scores in the final stage, the highest score you could shoot over 72 holes was 3.5 under par on average per round. That means breaking 70 on a consistent basis.
This is important to consider if you are preparing for any tour school in the future. You can see from our simple analysis that over eight rounds (144 holes) you need, at a minimum, to be capable of scoring under par consistently to have the slightest chance of securing a tour card.
We look at the numbers produced at tour schools around the world every year and one thing is certain; you must be able to produce sub par scores and scores in the sixties over many rounds to have any chance at all of earning income playing professional tournament golf.
Ask yourself honestly how many rounds out of the last 100 were par or better in tournaments (amateur or professional). To qualify for a tour school, make a lot more money than you spend and make a lot more cuts than you miss, you should be at least 25 under par for your last 100 competitive rounds of golf.
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If You Are In The 95% of Serious Golfers Who Don't Break Par Consistently...Do You Want To Be In The 5% Who Can?
First Camp For 2018.
Our aim at Pro Tour Golf College is to train our students to become what we call the ‘70 percent golfer.’ The 70 Percent Golfer is a golfer who can accomplish or even exceed a 70 percent score average in four key performance categories in training and then transfer them into lower golf scores in tournaments.
Learning how to break 70 in competition is easier to achieve when you have clearly defined your training objectives.
Fairways and Greens Hit in Regulation (Ball Striking Category)
Up and Downs From Less Than 30 Yards
Total of 73+55+46+37+29 = 240 divided by 5 = 48
Wedge Approach Shots Less than 100 Yards
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
- Howard C Clark
First You Need the Par Breaking Mind-Set
The one thing all self-made millionaires have in common is that they want to be rich, they want to earn lots of money because they are motivated by the things that lot’s of money can give you; personal security, freedom from bills, bright shiny objects, lots of vacations etc.
And the key to their success is that they think about being rich all the time; they think about growing their wealth; and they go to work on it every single day learning the specific skills, knowledge and strategies that makes it possible.
What's Your Birdie to Bogey Ratio?
On the PGA Tour the bogey average (2017 season) for the player ranked 1 was 2.05 bogeys on average per round, (just over 2 bogies) and for the player ranked 190 it was 3.75.
The birdie average (2017 season) for the player ranked 1 was 4.49 birdies on average per round and for the player ranked 190 it was 2.38 birdies per round on average.
Can you see a correlation between the amount of bogeys they make against birdies? If a golfer has 3.75 bogeys or worse per round and 2.38 birdies or better he will play over par.
"To be honest, more than ninety percent of golfers we have witnessed, are wasting their time on the driving range because of the way they go about their work."
The Score Versus Swing Paradox
At PTGC we believe that the score or outcome is more important than the golf swing or process. We believe that you can’t have an effective process without a clearly defined outcome. We know that a lot of golf instructors would challenge us on this, but we know that this is the key to high performance golf.
A golf swing focus significantly limits your improvement potential and can actually place more pressure on you to perform, because you are reducing your performance down to maybe one or two possibilities, such as swing plane, flat left wrist etc.
Every year young male and female golfers enter the tour qualifying schools around the world with the dream of playing full-time for big money on a major tour. Most of them never realise their dream.
"Think about this question for a moment… If you don’t learn how to train under pressure on the practice range, what would make you think you will be able to compete competently under pressure on the golf course?"
"These training routines are designed with varying degrees of difficulty from moderate to extremely difficult to complete, and are designed to intentionally break our students down emotionally, so we can observe the way they deal with this adversity."
"In simple terms, the practice environment must challenge golfers in ways similar to what they would experience on the golf course when competing, otherwise it is not a supportive and well-designed practice environment."
"An excellent golf swing and shot-making ability doesn’t get close to solving the problems and challenges you face playing golf. Sure, it helps, but so does good putting. Let’s face it, no golfer however great he or she might be, hits most of their golf shots flawlessly, or swings the golf club with an extraordinary level of technical exactness."
"We find that this is a helpful starting point in building a relationship with them. The fact that their beliefs might be very different to ours is not nearly as important as our ability to see their point of view first. From this position, it is easier to get them to understand how we can help them with their perceived emotional problems on the golf course."
"We see this a lot with junior golfers who have parents who call all the shots, and never allow their child to learn in their own best way. This is where you see the roots of bad behavior, which often becomes a long-term emotional maturity problem."
"So, how do they deal with it? Many in our experience take more golf technique lessons. Or they fire their teacher, and find another teacher and take more golf swing lessons..."
"So, your emotional competence just shows how much of that potential you have realized, by learning and mastering skills that translate your E.I. into effective golf course performance capability."
"Think carefully about this statement for a moment. How you judge yourself (verbally or physically) based on your performances on the golf course, and off, says a lot about how you judge your self-worth."