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Golf Strategy School Podcast

by Marty Griffin

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Golf Strategy School is a place where you can get great actionable tips, strategies, and information from the best and brightest golf instructors from around the world. We feature guests like: Tom Stickney - Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor, Golf Digest Top 20 Under 40 alumni Tim Kremer - Feature speaker at the 2013 PGA & LPGA teaching and coaching summits Geoff Greig - PGA instructor and Amazon best selling author Tyrus York - 2014 Kentucky section PGA teacher of the year. This podcast is influenced by Fred Greene & Golf Smarter, The Golf Psychology Podcast, Golf Better Podcast, 18 Strong, Golficity, Golf For Beginners, For Serious Golfers Only, and many others. So make sure you subscribe, rate, and review so these pros can help you keep it in the short grass!

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How to stay mentally focused for 18 holes

Wed, Mar 15, 2017

This week's question comes from Ben about how he can work on staying mentally focused for an entire round of golf.  He says he's been experiencing a lot of hot and cold streaks within the same round and he just can't quite seem to shake them.


We talk about how you can get focused on the micro (each swing) rather than the macro (the score you want to shoot) and how one of our Golf Strategy Academy students was able to make this same leap with some fantastic results.

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Fixing The Over The Top Slice - McDivot

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Today's episode is a listener question from McDivot on twitter.  He says :


struggling with impact position.caster, weight even or back. just got Swingtalk. Any new drills to use with? Thanks

What You'll Learn In Today's Episode

  • ?How different types of feedback can help influence your swing and lock in those changes quickly
  • How Bob Duncan uses the terrain around him? to fix an over the top move
  • How the Step Change drill from Super Speed Golf can fix a reverse pivot
  • Golf Strategy Academy

Videos Referenced

Step change drill is at 3:02


Drill setup is at 2:00 

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Here's your Transcript!

Hey McDivot, thanks for reaching out with the question. So from the sounds of it this is the classic over the top move. Meaning as you come into impact the face of the golf club is open and you are cutting across the golf ball. Depending on how severe your motion is this could be a pull fade that lands you generally where you want to be or a giant slice that sends you three fairways over. No matter how severe the shape my favorite solution stays the same and it comes from Bob Duncan.

Now, I don’t think we actually covered this exact issue in our episode but the fundamentals of Bob’s process are certainly laid out for you to understand. Matter of fact, now that I think about this, I’m fairly certain I saw Bob respond to this question elsewhere online. Either way, it’s a simple solution.

For all of you listeners who don’t quite know my teaching style, I like to teach using as many different forms of feedback as possible. Physical, visual, heck, even auditory. And it should be in a form that is more extreme than your standard everyday fairway shot. That way when you’re no longer focusing on fixing the problem and your mind and body regress a little bit, they fall exactly where they should’ve been all along. Alright, enough delay, here’s what you do McDivot.

Go find a hill and hit off of the incline. So the ball should be positioned a few inches above your feet. This way if you do come over the top and cast a little bit you are going to get the physical feedback of slamming that club right into the side of the hill! Trust me, after that happens a few times your brain will start to fix the problem all on it’s own.

Now the other part of your question will probably be a little harder to fix, simply because it’s a much more noticeable feeling. If your weight is even or drifting back a little at impact I’m tempted to think that you’ve got a little bit of a reverse pivot going on. That, if you’re not aware, is when your upper body drifts towards the target on the backswing so when you follow through you’ve got no choice but to uncoil and finish with your weight middle or back in your stance. As you can imagine, this can be pretty costly in the distance department.

One drill that can help this, as well as add some extra yards, is one of the swing exercises from Super Speed Golf. It’s their step change of direction drill. Basically think Happy Gilmore without the running up to the ball. Here’s a clip from their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Iq8ro0dGt6o?t=182

Doing this will help get that weight going forward through impact (which also helps fix the casting problem) and will leave you long and down the middle of the fairway. So I hope that helps you out McDivot. If you have a question feel free to reach out through Twitter, like McDivot, my handle is @golf_strategy

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Short Game Solutions for Chase

Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Bladed it, smiled it, chili dipper, chunk city, worm burner, gopher killer... if any of these describe your short game, then it's time to turn your ears on because this weeks' episode is here to help you get your short game under control!

What you'll learn in today's episode

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Hey there, Golf Strategy School, Marty back with you here again and this episode's question comes from Chase. Chase is asking, his question reads, " Hey Marty, I was really burning a lot of strokes around the greens. Seems like I don't have a consistent low point in my chipping. Some are fat, some are thin, but really perfect. Any thoughts?" Well Chase, situations like this where you have inconsistent, I guess I'll say low point, it usually results from... At least with chipping, the fact that you're getting overly handsy in the actual action.

So a lot of people especially beginners or newer folks, they'll get into this mindset that the fingertips and the hands have all the feel, so that should be what's controlling all of the force that goes into the shot as well as kind of cutting out those bigger muscles. I see all the time where people just take their wrist and I kind of see them just chop right at the ball, and those ones are even less consistent then kind of what you're describing. At least you're getting a couple that do end up going on target, maybe not just on target but actually correct distance wise.

So the way we can kinda get around this, it's a really easy setup. If you have some water bottles this is a really easy thing to do. If you're on the course or if you are at your practice facility, heck, honestly you can do this at home. So you take two water bottles if you're at home they could be empty, and they should be empty. If you're on course then depending on how much when do you have, if you feel your empty water bottles are going to blow away, maybe put some water in them. But what you're going to do is you're going to take-two water bottles and you're going to set them up so one water bottle is about a foot behind the ball, the other water bottle is about a foot in front of the ball. So the idea is that these water bottles are going in the same direction as your feet, so actually perpendicular to your target line, but the idea here is that if you're flipping your club into that impact zone, you're not going to be able to consistently make your shot and not hit either one of those water bottles.

Again with that kind of two foot window, I forget where I heard it from but someone referred to this as "chipping jail." I thought that was kind of cool, but that's essentially what you're putting yourself in, is your setting these defined parameters from where you can actually hit the ball, and you're going to get this very real physical feedback if you don't correctly accommodate those restraints. So again you're flipping into the ball which means that we got a quiet down those hands.

I actually highly encourage you to go back and listen to Brandon Stooksbury's episode, and in that episode he talks about his book dealing with short game solutions, and Brandon's kind of a short game expert, and the idea is we want to remove as many variables as possible just like we want to do with everything. The less variable easier the solution becomes. So with shipping specifically if you're really getting wristy with it, that means that not just your arms and shoulders are moving, your wrist, what Brandon call them, "another hinge" and you want to remove as many of these hinges as possible because that allows you to be more consistent, the solution, in your chip shots. So like I said you can do this at home with probably a whiffle ball, I don't know if you would want to test the strength of your drywall or anything like that. But you just set down parameters, like I said about a foot in front and a foot behind.

If you're really, really struggling keep in mind our kind of butter zone for a practice success rate is between 30% and 70%. So if you have that foot behind the ball and foot in front of the ball and you still can't do it at least 30% of the time then you might want to consider 18 inches in front and behind, or some variation of that to make it a little easier on yourself. Because you need to experience success in order to actually improve and not just get discouraged at yourself. So, again 30% - 70% is that optimal zone.

Maybe this is an easy thing for you to do, okay I'm flipping my hands too much, I just need to rock my shoulders more. Well, then two feet might be too much room and you're able to do it every single time, well in that circumstance maybe pin it in 3 inches on each side. So then you're only dealing with an 18 inch span. You don't want to get it too small though because and you're really kind of chopping down at the ball, and that's going to take you and a negative direction in terms of your progress. But again your inconsistency at the bottom of that chip shot, it's a really small motion, we don't need a lot of hinges and things to add power, you're only moving the ball maybe 20, you mention green side. So even if your 10-20 yards off at the most you can still get away with it. The idea is that you want to get the ball on the ground as soon as possible because that removes variables. The longer the ball flies the more of a variables you have in that shot. Again Brandon talks about this in detail in his episode.

Also, check out the coaching replays on the membership site one of them is with Brandon and it deals with exactly with this topic, so that's about an hour discussion there. Feel free to check that out in the Golf Strategy Academy member site. That will definitely, definitely help you out.

The other thing that I might think help you a little bit is kind of learning a little touch around the greens. A lot of people, they run into the situation where one bad shot especially, not like a chunk, chip but when you kind of stuff it into thick grass, if the ball's sitting down and it's really hard to get out. I guess we can call it a chunk. So if you are in that situation or you've maybe had that one chunk shot, and now you feel like everything has to have all the this extra power just to get through it, remind yourself that this is one fluid motion. I saw this as a demo by Hale Irwin and to me it was just profoundly awesome. What he did, and I'll see if I can find the actual video (linked above), what he did if he's talking about chipping touch, specifically green side chipping touch like you are Chase, and he said, " Just take a ball, you stand you take your address like you're going to hit a shot and instead of swinging your club take a ball throw it at the cup." Try to "hit that shot", but you do it by throwing that ball. The idea here is that your hands with the club should move at that same pace. So you know maybe it takes you two or three balls to figure out what a good touch is in terms of tossing the ball, but that's an awesome way to kind of give yourself this different type of physical feedback, to maybe get your brain to grasp onto it a little bit better. And again just take that address throw the ball the cup and pay attention to how your hands are moving because that's all the after that they need to move during the chip shot as well.

So I hope that helps you out Chase, absolutely let me know how it works in the membership Facebook group. Also if any of you are interested in joining the golf strategy Academy you can do so, you can hear more about it at golfstrategyschool.com/membership-info and there you can hear my little video in terms of what academy all entails, but we've got like 30 days, more than 30 days worth of practice routines up on the website. I've got a specific order for you to follow, that will actually improve your game. This isn't swing tips this is how to practice to actually get better. So I'm giving you custom, focused, practice routines to do this. And one of the things I'm tacking on for new members, if you join at the annual subscription not only do you get two months free but I'll also toss in a free coaching call. So, until next time everybody thank you so much for listening, don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review podcast. If you want more info on the membership you can check it out again at golfstrategyschool.com/membership-info otherwise I'll catch y'all in the short grass. Cheers.

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Warming Up Quick When Running Late

Tue, Feb 14, 2017

I know we've got a bunch of league golfers out there with their earbuds on and this episode is one that you'll want to save for sure!  Ian asks a pressing question that most people don't want to admit to, but they desperately need a solution to.  How do you warm up and get your head in the game if you're running late?

What You’ll Learn

· Marty’s preferred method of warming up (range, green, range)

· How a trick from Jeff Pelizarro can get you in rhythm quickly

· How Mike & Kyle of Super Speed Golf can get you hitting longer in the same day!

· Golf Strategy Academy


Don’t Have Time To Listen? Here’s The Transcript!

Ian’s question: I play in a couple of leagues and I always seem to be running short on time. I know my league is just for fun but I still want to play well, and I feel like this is starting to leak into my weekend rounds. How do I get my head in the game if I'm short on warm up time?

Hey Ian, glad to have your question for this week's episode. My first question would be what do you define as short on time? I know I like to have an hour or so at the course before each round for warm up and practice. So is short on time only 30 minutes, or is it I'm sprinting to the 1st tee to catch my group? Either way, I'll lay out my strategy for both.

If you've got 20-30 minutes to prep for your round of golf you've still got enough time to touch on most of your skills that you'll be using that day. I would break it down it 10 minute chunks.

  1. 1st 5-10 minutes would be physically warming up. Hit a few balls (10 tops) with a short iron or wedge. This will help you find a good rhythm with your scoring clubs and figure out what today's shot pattern looks like (draw, fade, etc).
  2. Head over to the green and set up the gate drill for a few putts (again, 10 tops). This will give you the confidence that you're square at impact and your putts are going where you want them to go. That should only take about 3 minutes. After that, set up the ladder drill. Take your time on this one because it's the most important of the bunch. See if you can work your way through it 5 times. If you go long on any drill, this is the one that deserves it.
  3. Step three would be to head back to the range and play a few sample holes in your head. Go through your whole routine and remember to play the ball flight that you determined in step 1 would be your shot for shape for the day.

This should get you in the right mindset for playing your game rather than trying to fix your swing on the course.

If you've got practically no time then I would skip straight to the ladder drill because that one club you'll have to use every time. When you get to the first tee, take a tip from Jeff Pelizzaro, and do some opposite direction swings. Often times swinging the wrong way can loosen you up a lot quicker and, at least for me, the awkward feeling of doing it backwards helps me get a nice fluid rhythm for swinging in the regular direction.

The other thing you can do, and I’m not sure if you purchased the Speed Sticks by Super Speed Golf before, is to work your way through all three sticks by swinging three times in both directions. This will really help because the different weights will get you loose really quickly and will help give your swing speed a little shot in the arm. So who knows, maybe you’ll impress everyone with a little extra UMPH off the first tee too!

Thanks again for the question Ian, I hope that helps. If you would like to learn more about the Golf Strategy Academy you can visit www.golfstrategyschool.com/membership-info. I’ve got a nice little video describing the membership and what you get as well as some examples of the science used to put together these custom, focused practice routines that will help make you a more confident and consistent golfer.

As always, I’ll catch you in the short grass.


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Conquering Inconsistency

Tue, Feb 07, 2017

If you're a Patriots fan, congratulations!  If you're a Falcons, my condolences.  If you're a fan of sport in general, WOW, did we get a game to watch!  The Super Bowl did not disappoint and neither did today's GSA Q&A question from Bob in San Francisco.  Bob wants to know why he's so inconsistent on his in between distances, and more importantly, how he can fix it.  This comes down to commitment to your golf swing and the plan you've set for that shot.

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How to Quiet Your Mind - Josh in Las Vegas

Tue, Jan 31, 2017


Today's podcast is the first in our series: GSA Q&A where we take questions from our Golf Strategy Academy members and answer them on the podcast.  Today's question is from Josh in Las Vegas about how he can change his habit of spending too much time over the ball.

What you'll Learn

  • Coping techniques for an over active mind
  • Geoff Greig's go to method to help golfers ditch extra swing thoughts and focus on rhythm.
  • Dave Heinen's technique to prevent those thoughts from ever sinking in in the first place!
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No time to listen?  Here's the transcript!

Hey Golf Strategy School Marty back with you here again and today we're featuring a question from a Golf Strategy Academy member Joshua out of Las Vegas sent an email wondering, and I love this question because Joshua saying he's struggling with too many swing thoughts. He's noticing that he's taking too long over the ball. He mentions that, let's see here. Been playing well recently but run into problems where I stall over the shot. It's gotten to the point where my League members actually give me crap about how long I take over the ball. Any thoughts on how I could help move beyond this mental block?


The reason I chuckle is because I've been there, and I've been there with many other students. And the solution is actually rather easy.


Like you said, you actually just get caught up, for whatever reason just hung up over a shot. For most people it's a thousand different swing thoughts going through their head. You know I've got to keep my right arm tucked in, and my left arm straight, and I've got to go 9 o'clock, and my hips got to turn, and all these different things going on in your head. And because you've got a thousand different swing thoughts happening you don't officially execute any of them.


There's some really cool brain science that's been going on, one of our past guests, he actually went through, he uses a software called Wujitech where it actually measures brain wave, brain activity a lot like some of the other software that are out there during your golf swing. And what we've actually learn from this, and his name is Geoff Greig. What we've learned from this is that in those moments where you have a bunch of different thoughts going on, your brain can't focus on any one of them, and so like I said you end up doing nothing correct. So the cool thing that's been kind of discovered is that this crux of the problem is actually providing you your own solution. So you're trying to do all these different swing thoughts, trying to make that perfect swing, well when in reality you need to get out of your own way. And so it's kind of odd but what we're going to do here is we're going to fight fire with fire. So if you got all these thoughts going through your head and you can't make a good swing what we need to do is occupy your brain. And Geoff Greig like I said he's done a lot of research using Wujitech to find different solutions to this, and one of my personal favorites is his solution and it is to hum while you swing.


So just make a humming noise and from there what your brain has to do is it has to focus on making that noise, and so it gets all those swing thoughts out of your head. Another reason why I like this humming method so much is because it also gives you a really good sense of what type of rhythm you have for that individual swing. So, if you're doing a a nice even-toned hum throughout the swing that means you've got a real smooth pace, that means that you are right on top of where you need to be, you're not over-exerting yourself. If you noticed there is a sharp pitch change in your hum, well that tells me and it should indicate to you that maybe you're trying to put a little too much behind this, trying to hit the ball a little too hard. It's an awesome drill you can take directly onto the course when you play. Maybe you don't want to hum that loud if you're, or your buddies are giving you grief about taking too long with the ball maybe you want to keep your humming down and bit, or maybe you'll get your shot in first before everyone catches up with you. That's one of the things that is, and I hesitate to say revolutionary, but it's a big eye opener for a lot of people.


The other thing that we tend to see a lot of times is for people who struggle with all those different swing thoughts, maybe it's not a swing thought maybe it's an over analysis. You know you get into deciding 6-iron maybe 7-iron, is the wind too much in my face, is it a club worth of elevation, all of these things. These are the things that you should have already decided on and that's a commitment issue which we will talk about in a different episode, but when we get into these situations where our brains kind of overactive again finding another way to occupy it is crucial.


One of the other things I've seen a lot of people do, and this is something that Dave Heinen mentioned in past episodes is to actually give yourself a countdown. If you know exactly what you're pre-shot routine is, like for myself I take a practice swing, then I stand behind the ball, I pick out my target, I then address the ball, put the club-face to that target just directly in front of the ball, one more last look down the target line, and away we go. So I have about five steps in my pre-shot routine. From making that decision in terms of what club I'm going to hit to actually executing the swing, so if that were something I were struggling with I would verbally count it down. 5-4-3-2-1 each time I'm completing a stage of that initial process. That way my brain doesn't have time to leak in all these directions. I got to stick to my routine, and I got to say it out loud. So it really removes any of that extraneous thought. For me 5 is the practice swing, 4 stand behind the ball at the target, 3 addressing the ball, 2 last look down the fairway, 1 is that breath out, and then I swing. So that's another way depending on what your pre-shot routine is. It can be more it can be less. Really want to keep it the shorter the better that way you don't have any of that time to actually drift off into different thought patterns. Again counting down, out loud counting down can be a big benefit to just removing all of that extraneous thought and getting your head clear so you can actually perform up to your capabilities. Because the fact of the matter is Joshua that you've done this before. You know we've talked before about your game. You've got a lot of really good swings and you, you've shot a lot of really good numbers. You already have the proof your body and your brain know how to do this, you just need to get all that extra crap out of the way. And to do this use one of these two techniques. I personally like the hum because it helps me feel a little bit more in tune with my rhythm, but if the hums not working for you right away go to the countdown. Whether it's from 5 whether it's from 3 whatever you want to do go to your countdown with your pre-shot routine say it out loud and that's going to be something that can really, really elevate you're in-the-moment execution.


That's what we have for you today Golf Strategy School. Thank you so much for listening. Again, we're moving more towards these individual, I guess it's not truly a Q&A necessarily, but these user-submitted questions from the golf strategy academy, and we're making sure we get these answers out there to everybody. You can see what kind of treatment all our members get inside the Golf Strategy Academy. That's something you're looking to do if you really want to take your game seriously, and really get up to snuff this year you can always get more information by going to golfstrategyschool.com/membership-info. You can learn all about the Golf Strategy Academy there I've got a nice short video for you otherwise I encourage you to get out there, get whatever kind of practice you can, but make sure it's focused, make sure it's randomized, and make sure you're actually getting better. So if any of you have any questions members always come first, but feel free to shoot an email my way marty@golfstrategyschool.com and I will catch everybody out there in the short grass. Cheers.

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Top 3 Podcasts

Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Happy new year everyone! Hopefully you've had a good holiday and are ready to kick off your season right.


Today I wanted to talk about the three most impactful episodes of the podcast and how you can use them to maximize your off-season.


When most people think about the off-season their mind immediately goes to fitness. Mike and Kyle from super speed golf shared some incredible information about how to physically train for a more powerful swing. (Full episode here)


I know a lot of people don't like going to the gym (frankly, neither do I!). The coolest thing about the workout technique Mike & Kyle have developed is that it A) draws on proven science used in other sports and B) doesn't require you to go to the gym and lift heavy things!


They use a process called over speed training to help golfers build their swing speed. It borrows from a technique in baseball where pitchers use balls that are different weights to not only build their muscles, but to train their brain and body to throw faster.


They have three weighted golf clubs, 2 lighter than a driver, 1 heavier, that you swing in order then finish with your actual driver. The brain science here is really cool. They've found that your brain will only let you swing the club as fast as you can safely STOP it. So by using the lighter clubs your brain learns that it actually swing fans stop faster. By swinging the heavier club your body gets used to moving a heavy more difficult object and when you switch back to your driver, the combination of the two lets you swing quicker. They've seen immediate gains of 5-7% swing speed just from the mental component.


This has been so successful for them that they have several PGA & LPGA pros using them. Here's a video from twitter of Billy Horschel getting his work in with super speed golf!  I even use super speed as part of my training. If you want to get your own you can get a 10% discount using our code: golfstrategy (all one word). As always I want to be totally transparent, I do receive an affiliate commission, but this is something that is a literal game changer, and it’s in my bag too!


The second most impactful podcast is that of Greg Liberto, the Head Coach. I use a lot of the things that Greg share in my mental game coaching. There are some truly foundational things that are extremely easy to do but for whatever reason, we neglect them. The biggest in my opinion is to have a POSTgame routine. (Full episode)


Greg’s big three questions are:


  1. Name 3 things that went well?
  2. Name 3 things that didn't go well?
  3. What's something you can do immediately to get better next time?


The first question gets you to think positively about your game. Too many people neglect to do positive reflection about their abilities. This can be a huge step to building confidence!


Question two gets into the self analysis part that people tend to either skip or not take seriously. This isn't something to get down on yourself about, rather use it to prepare for your next practice session.


Question three gets us right to the point of what’s next on the agenda.  Pick the low hanging fruit and get it fixed pronto!


If you make this part of your golf routine you start to manage your time better and you get to the things that need fixing quicker.  This will help you stack your success and become a better golfer.


Our third impactful podcast is the first interview with George Roy who not only shared some awesome practice routines but also taught us an all time great lesson in how to set goals. (Full episode)


George’s strategy is to not set a goal of a score, but rather a series of small achievements that will add up to that score.  If we wanted to shoot 79 we wouldn’t try to go 40-39 because if we get off to a bad start we could get discouraged and shoot 95!  On the flip side, if we were really setting the course on fire and went out in 35, it would be really easy to take our foot off the gas because we only need to shoot 44 on the back nine to meet our goal.  Be honest, would you be happy with a 79 is it was 35-44?  NO!  You probably would’ve wanted to stay at or below par.  So instead we would set our goal as a specific number of fairways, greens in regulation, and two putts.  When we follow George’s method of goal setting helps remove self these self limiting beliefs.


So if you’re new to the show or just feeling like taking golf more seriously this year those are the podcasts that I would review to really help get you going on the right foot.  Stay tuned for upcoming podcasts where I’ll be answering questions submitted by our Golf Strategy Academy members.  And hey, if you really want take your game seriously this year you can join me in the Golf Strategy Academy Membership

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Performing Under Pressure w/ Imagery & Visualization

Tue, Nov 01, 2016

This week's guest is Coach Rebecca Smith of Complete Performance Coaching.  Rebecca specializes in athletes that play individual sports like gymnasts, swimmers, tennis players, and you guessed it - GOLFERS!


In this interview Rebecca shares how her introduction to visualization & imagery laid the foundation to how she teaches her students how to perform under pressure.


Make sure you check out some of the strategies Rebecca lays out on her blog over at completeperformancecoaching.com/blog/

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Conquering Distance Control

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Today's podcast is all about a new practice routine that will help you really master your distance control.  It's become one of my favorites and will be headed straight into the Golf Strategy Academy.

The Approach Ladder

This is a game that is intended to be done on the course, but you can probably make it work on a driving range too.  Please remember to always do your FULL PRE SHOT ROUTINE with every shot.  This is one of the most commonly overlooked things in all of golf!

The main idea here is that we practice from different distance intervals for a couple reasons.  We want to randomize our practice and make sure we are training our brain that it has to perform at it's max level on the first attempt.  The other thing we are doing is teaching ourselves not to be afraid of any shot in this series.  By experiencing tiny failures we learn how to handle them, that way when we are on the course? it's not as intimidating and it's easier to let go of failures if they occur.

Starting at 30 yards simply drop a ball, play it as it lies and hit into the green.  If it stays on the green you move back 20 yards and do it again.  If you miss you move forward until you hit the green again.

  • If you stay on the green move back one spot (from 30 yards to 50 yards)
  • If you miss the green on any shot you move forward one spot (if you miss at 150 move up to 130)
Ian C.

I was skeptical that Marty was going to be able to help me without making any swing changes, but low and behold after working through a few of his structured practices I shot a new personal best!


Advanced Learners

If this practice turns out to be too easy for you you can mix it up a little bit with this extra rule.

  • If any shot stops within 20 feet move back two spots! (ex: 30 back to 70)
  • If any shot misses the green by more than 20 feet you move up two spots (ex: 150 to 110)

Adding this type of variable increases the pressure during the practice, which makes it even more effective when you take it out on to the course!

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Stopping Negative Reactions

Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Holy smokes, I'm BACK!

In this podcast we talk about an article that I really like, written by Alison Curdt.  She tells us why it's important not to make that negative knee jerk reaction, and exactly how we can combat it!

Also featured in this episode is the announcement of the new Golf Strategy Academy which is a monthly membership that grants you access to custom practices that have been proven (over 300 test subjects!) to lower your scores.  

These are the same practices from the 30 Day Challenge (which is now permanently closed) that helped over 300 golfers rapidly improve and shoot a BUNCH of personal bests.

Sign up at this address (http://www.golfstrategyschool.com/membership-info) using promo code podcast to get in at the introductory rate of $39/month.  The code is only valid until November 1st when the prices increase WILL increase.


Until then I will see you in the short grass!

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Over Speed Training w/ Mike & Kyle of Super Speed Golf

Thu, May 26, 2016

Have you ever heard of the concept of over speed training?  Neither had I!  It's training using different weighted clubs so you can let your body experience performing the golf swing at a faster speed.  By switching to slightly heaver clubs you can build up that swing speed for the times you're actually using your driver.  Mike & Kyle from Super Speed Golf take this concept to the next level.

EPISODE FEATURED GUEST: Michael Napoleon and Kyle Shay, creators of Super Speed Golf.




  • What is Super Speed Golf?

    • It’s an offshoot of Michael and Kyle’s other company Catalyst Golf Performance in Chicago.

    • It involves a concept called over speed training.

    • It increases swing speed (and therefore distance) by using a series of different weighted shafts.

  • Unique ways to get someone to their peak performance

    • In general, people don’t know how to practice; you need to have a plan.

    • When clients have a much more structured plan, it helps them improve at a faster rate, and also improves their confidence on the golf course.

    • Keep tabs of your statistics and progress. Always try to better your own personal scores. Be aware of how you’re doing.

    • Food journaling is also important-are there snacks in your bag? What are you eating before and after? What are you drinking on the course?

  • Benefits of overspeed training

    • Your body has a memory of how fast the muscular response is going to be when you run that motor pattern (throwing a ball, kicking, swinging a club etc) Your body is used to going at a certain speed.

    • Your body is actual capable of going much faster than that. Super Speed reprograms what your body thinks is normal speed so you can get a faster more efficient motor response.

    • They accomplish this by using lighter instruments compared to a golf club (three different clubs are used during training).

    • Flash memory is made when using these lighter clubs, and when you add the load of a heavier club, your body is used to going faster.

    • Once you get back to your normal club, there’s usually a 5-6% increase in your club speed.

    • It takes time for the permanency of this new speed to take hold, about 4-6 weeks afterwards.

  • Balancing out the body

    • A lot of people want to even out their body (using both the right and left sides)

    • It’s good to train the acceleration and deceleration of the swing.

    • You need to be able to stop your body faster in order to make it go faster.

      • If you’re body thinks it’s out of control it will automatically slow things down.

    • If you only play golf one way, a lot of imbalances will occur that can cause injury later on. This doesn’t mean you have to start playing opposite your dominant side, but it would be a good idea to start taking swings that way on a regular basis.

  • Levels of Super Speed

    • Everyone starts with the introduction protocol. It’s a good way to get the body acclimated.

    • After a couple of weeks, the level one program focuses on three different positions; kneeling, standing, and a step change in direction position where you take an extra step through the swing, really planting the lead foot when you swing.

    • Most clients are in level one for at least 4-6 weeks.

    • Around the three month mark is when the next level occurs. It’s basically increasing the intensity of the swings. They make everything a little bit faster with fewer reps.

  • Results

    • Clients are hitting the ball 30 yards farther than they were a year ago.

    • People are getting more efficient in their swings and are more stable.

    • Decrease in injuries occur because people learn how to move their bodies

    • As a personal testimonial, this interview was about a month ago. I’ve been doing over speed training since then and I’m starting to see some really impactful results. I’m a bigger hitter carrying around 250-60 averaging about 280 overall. Over the last two weeks my drives have been carrying, CARRYING, about 275 and I’m frequently getting out over 300 yards. Now I’ve been taking it pretty seriously and doing the drills about 4-5 times per week, but I can tell you that it’s really paying off.



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30 Day Challenge Parting Thoughts

Fri, May 06, 2016

This week's episode is brought to you by the Golf Ball Locator App www.golfballlocatorapp.com.


Well the 30 Day Challenge has come and gone.  Now that it's over, what have we learned and what should be taken away from the whole process?

There are two main takeaways here: Shifting to an external focus rather than internal technical ones and what it takes to track progress.



People often get wrapped up in the technical aspects of golf, quickly drowning in a sea of swing thoughts and position.  The unifying theme that all of these practice sessions had was an external focus.


What does that even mean?  Well, it means that we don't really care about the technique you use to complete the practice, but that you learn how to do it your way and develop confidence in your way.


There have been multiple scientific studies done that have proven higher success rates using external focus vs internal (technical) focus.



For many people tracking stats is a very familiar thing.  They keep fairways, puts, and maybe greens in regulation on the bottom of their card.  That's a great start, but not nearly enough to fully leverage your abilities.


If you want to experience success on the course you have to make your practice more difficult than when you actually play.  To make sure that you follow a well thought out plan you need to track how well you perform under these different practice circumstances.


I encourage you to keep a small notepad in your bag or use a blank scorecard to note exactly how well you do each time you practice.  That way when you do a routine a 2nd or 3rd time, you'll know where to start to maximize your learning.

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Game Day Strategy: GSS 30 Day Challenge

Sat, Apr 30, 2016

This is the last week of the challenge and we're going to be covering what we can do the day of our round to best prepare ourselves for success.  
Our first practice session has to do with determining what our shot pattern for the day will be.  This is important because we don't want to be working on our swing while we're playing.  You have to work with the shot pattern that you have that day.

Once arriving at the driving range we have to build our practice station.  Place an alignment rod along your intended foot line, parallel to your target line.  To make the station even more effective, place another rod, perpendicular to the first to form a T.  This rod will represent your ball position.  


You can do this with club if you like or you can use alignment rods.  These are the ones I have.  There are three rubber grommets on one of the rods - two for foot position one for ball position, so then you won't need the extra rod forming a T.

This station is important because it will ensure that you consistently align yourself in a similar position during every portion of the upcoming exercise.

Now that the practice station is in place, let’s get to work.

5 Ball Iron Test

Using your practice station as a guide take out your PW and hit 5 balls at the same target.


***I know I don't normally advocate for repeatedly using the same target, but what we're trying to do is find a pattern, and realistically most people won't continually reset their practice station every time.  So for that reason we will work in blocks of 5 shots per target.***


DO NOT hit these shots rapid fire, this is still a no rake and fire zone.  Stand behind the golf ball before every shot and complete your pre-shot routine.

Repeat this 5 ball exercise with your 6, 7, 8, and 9 iron only changing targets when you change clubs.  When you change targets please make the necessary adjustments to your practice station.

The Driver

Now it’s time to bring out everyone's favorite weapon, the driver.  First I need you to visualize a fairway out on the driving range.  Clearly choosing targets that represent the left and right most edges of the fairway.  Now hit 10 shots at this fairway.  Don’t forget to take your time and go through that pre-shot routine before every swing.

Keep track of your shot pattern while you're completing this exercise.  This will tell you what pattern to play throughout your round that day.  Just like Vegas, I want you to play the odds.  When push comes to shove I want you to play the shot shape that you had from this exercise and don't try to fix it today.

Practice #2:  How to shoot the score you want

One of the best pieces of advice ever to come through the podcast was from PGA instructor George Roy, and it dealt with how to stay in the moment and not get overwhelmed by your score, whether it's good or bad.

George's advice was to create smaller goals that keep you focused on the task at hand, rather than looking too far down the road ahead.

Here's what you do:

Set goals for the specific number fairways, greens you will hit from those fairways, and the number of up & downs you will make from the greens you missed.  Here's an example from George:

  • Hit 50% of your fairways = 7
  • Hit 60% of the greens (from the 50% of the fairways) = 4 (two putt pars)
  • Get up & down 70% of the time from the greens you've missed = 9

Add that all up and it equals 13 pars and 5 “others”. Assuming you can keep those “others” to bogeys you’ll be on a roll!  This does assume you two putt every hole (Yes, I realize how big of an assumption that is but this is for the sake of easy math we'll let it fly) you would shoot +5 over 18 holes.


You might wonder why shouldn't I pick a number?


There's two big reasons: pressure & limitations.

  1. Picking a specific number adds pressure as you progress through your round. Your subconscious golf mind will be aware of your position in relation to that score. If you get behind the pace needed to achieve that number, the pressure can mount quickly. Pressure leads to stress, stress often leads to tension, and everyone knows that tension leads to poor performance. (Insert your Star Wars dark side joke here) Even if you have successfully let go of all those issues you still are more likely to take overly aggressive risks that could lead to even more disastrous outcomes. (IE: going for sucker pins)
  2. Even if you’re doing great and you manage to stay ahead of the pace needed to achieve that goal, you’re more likely to rest on your laurels down the stretch. If my goal is to shoot par and I’m two under at the turn, it’s really easy for me to mentally take my foot off of the gas pedal and say “I can afford to shoot +2 on the back”. All of a sudden after the round is done I’m looking at missed opportunities that could’ve lead to a FANTASTIC round. My goal was even par or BETTER, not to just settle for even par and forgo anything surpassing that.
Practice #3: Following your A.V.E.nue to success.
There's three things that pros do drastically more often than the amateur golfer that leads to their mental success.  They Analyze, Visualize, and Execute every shot.  What do I mean?
  • Analyze
    • This is the step that most people do pretty well at.  Analyzing is taking in your surroundings and deciding what will affect the shot.  Wind on an approach shot, break on a green, cold temps that shorten ball flight, etc.
  • Visualize
    • Here is where people start to have difficulties.  Visualizing is a commonly skipped step that most people have trouble with or skip altogether.  If you don't know how to visualize your shot, verbally describe what your're trying to do.  Talk out exactly where you want the ball to land and how it would release.
  • Execute
    • This is where people REALLY struggle.  By execute, I mean staying committed to your shot.  This is exactly what we talked about with the Think Box/Play box drill.  Whatever decision you made in that Think Box you have to stay committed to it.  Staying committed to your shot is absolutely vital to consistently hitting the shots your want and therefore, executing your plan.
This is something that we're going to track too.  Every hole I want you to look at each shot and give yourself a point if you analyzed properly, give yourself a point if you visualized, and give yourself a point if you executed.  So if you had a 5 on a hole and you did all of your analysis correctly then you get 5 analysis points, f you properly visualized you would get 5 visualization points, and if you stayed committed to every shot then you would get 5 execution points.  Here's a spreadsheet a downloadable spreadsheet to help you track your progress.

That's all we have for this fourth and final week of our 30 day challenge.  Remember to share your results through the Facebook Group.  There will be a short survey coming out sometime soon just asking what you thought of the 30 Day Challenge.  This is the first iteration after all and I'd like to keep it rolling forward and improving.  As always, I'll see you in the short grass.

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Practicing Under Pressure - 30 Day Challenge

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Week three of the 30 day challenge, coming at you!
This week we are looking at different practice routines that teach us how to perform in pressure situations.  Let's get right to it!
Practice #1: The Seven Second Drill
This drill comes from PGA instructor David Heinen, former coach of Vijay SIngh, and head instructor at the Kaizen Golf Academy and it's a really good one!
One of the biggest ways people stumble under pressure is how long they take while standing over the ball, in that pressure packed moment.  Think back to Dustin Johnson's three putt at the 2015 US Open.  Even the commentators noticed that he took a lot of extra time over those putts, essentially psyching himself out.
Last week we talked about the Think Box/Play Box technique.  This almost like the big brother of that drill, here's how it works:
  • Stand behind the ball (in your Think Box) and decide the plan for that shot.
  • Once you leave your Think Box (with your decision made) start counting out loud down from seven.
  • You MUST hit your shot before you get to zero.  If you don't, it's time to start over start over.
That's really all there is to it!  When working on the driving range I want you to write down how many repetitions it takes before you are feeling consistent, comfortable, and confident executing your shots within seven seconds.  Some clubs might take more reps than others, and that's okay, just make sure you keep track of it.
***For bonus points see if you can trim it down to five seconds!***
Here's how this drill really benefits the golfer.  By limiting our time to execute the shot, we simply don't have enough time to second guess ourselves.  It forces us to go with the gut feeling, regardless of whether or not it's the right one.  This always makes me think of one of my favorite quotes from Bernhard Langer.
The second way we're going to learn how to better perform under pressure is to simulate it in our practice.  Go back to your last really pressure shot, what did it feel like?  Faster heart beat, tunnel vision, racing thoughts?  If we can simulate these feelings in our practice we will be much better prepared for those circumstances.  Here's how we do it:
Practice 2: Golf Suicides
In order to properly do this drill you have to elevate your heart rate.  You can do this through jumping jacks, burpees, or even running in place.
  • Pick 10 different targets
  • Hit to them going through your normal routine.  
  • Write down the number of times you hit your target.
  • Repeat the exercise with 10 new targets doing your exercise of choice for 10 reps (or at least 10 seconds) between each shot.
  • Record how many times you hit your target.
  • Continue to do this exercise until your success rate under pressure matches your normal success rate.
You should always try to make your practice harder than your actual play, so incorporating this style of practice can help several different parts of your game, putting included!
Practice 3: Handling Pressure In the Moment
If you haven't had a chance to work on the previous drills this one can help you on game day.  In an interview with Geoff Greig, PGA instructor and Amazon best selling author.  What Geoff has discovered is that if we hum while we swing we can interrupt the analytical side of our brain which is often responsible for over thinking.
By humming while you swing it lets your body just react rather than over processing the information while under then gun and succumbing to the pressure.
Here's what you do to get the maximum affect:
  • While swinging the club try to hum and keep a steady pitch.
  • The more steady the pitch during your swing, the smoother and more reactionary you've swung.
To measure our progress we're going to track the same things as the previous practice.
  • Pick 10 different targets
  • Hit to them going through your normal routine.  
  • Write down the number of times you hit your target.
  • Repeat the exercise with 10 new targets humming during each shot.
  • Record how many times you hit your target.
  • Continue to do this exercise until your success rate under pressure matches your normal success rate.
The great thing about this is that it is easily transfer to on course play!  It will help you get over the big moments on the course, by removing the analytical side of the brain, which is the one that amplifies the pressure.
That's all for this week, next up will be some game day mental strategies.

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GSS 30 Day Challenge: Tension

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Alright {!firstname_fix} are you ready to ditch the tension from your swing?
Week 2 of the challenge starts now!
This time around we're focusing on the ability to make tension free swings.  A tension free swing makes for better shot making, more consistent performance, and even more distance!  Here's your Work Book to track your progress for this week.
Practice #1: Think Box/ Play Box
Tension manifests itself in many different ways.  If we think about it chronologically, the first place it shows up in your journey as a golfer is with bad decisions, which a lot of times really the product of indecision.  For most people that's the indecision about which shot, club, or target should be picked.  This results in taking more time over the ball, and the longer we spend over the ball, the more the tension builds.
These situations tend to occur for people more while they're actually playing, so you may consider trying this during a practice but it can certainly be done on a driving range as well.
The Think Box/Play Box idea comes from Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, both multi time Golf Digest Top 50 teachers.  When practicing, and even more importantly while playing, this drill helps you commit to your shots - a major weakness of most amateurs.
Here's how it works.  While behind the ball picking your target you are in the Think Box.  Here you can analyze and visualize your shot, but once you've left the Think Box and transition into the Play Box (standing over the ball) you have to be 100% committed to the shot you've chosen.  No more changing your mind.
Think of it like occupying two actual physical boxes (hence the name!).  Check out this picture for a more clear representation.
Once you've left the Think Box no more changes can be made.

There's two ways to measure your progress here.  The first one is the more basic of the two.  Simply tracking whether or not you stayed committed to your shot.  
It's pretty straight forward if you're actually on the course.  Just think about the last shot and check to see if you stayed committed to your target and swing.  The easiest way to track this is just add that line on your scorecard, I like to call it EXECUTE.  Did I execute my Think Box plan?
If you're on the driving range I would track this 10 shots at a time.
  • Pre-select 10 different targets
  • On each shot add the Think Box & Play Box to your pre-shot routine
  • Track to see if you stayed committed and executed the plan with each shot
I think it's important to mention here that when I ask if you're staying committed, I'm not asking if you hit your target, or if the shot was even good.  I'm asking Did you stay committed to your Think Box plan?
  • Did you waffle on your club decision?
  • Did you change your target midway through your pre-shot routine?
If you answered yes to either of these questions (or anything similar) then you didn't execute the plan.  Work on going through your whole routine, making an achievable plan, and executing it!
Another way you can do some really solid self analysis is to weigh your expectation vs the outcome on these 10 shots.  If you are finding that your expectation never matches up with the outcome it's probably time to start picking more conservative targets more in line with your abilities.
Practice #2: The Tension Scale
A huge key to several different areas of golf is awareness.  Whether it's reading the breeze to see how much extra club you should take, or being aware that you are getting upset about a shot and not letting it bleed into later swings and potentially into later holes.
The specific spot we're talking about today is, you guessed it, TENSION!
Lot's of people don't realize that they may be gripping the club really hard, I mean white knuckling it.  One way to test this is the exercise from Iain Highfield, Director of Mental Training at Bishops Gate Golf Academy.
The Tension Scale is a 0-10 scale measuring the tension in your hands, arms, and body.  A 0 on the Tension Scale is super loose, barely able to stand up.  Almost like your body is made out of cooked spaghetti noodles.  A 10 on the Tension Scale looks, frankly, like the Hulk.  Super stiff body, white knuckles on the club, probably a clenched jaw too!  Here's how the drill  works:
  • While in your Think Box try to sense your current number on the Tension Scale.  Say it out loud.
  • Let go of your club bend slightly at the waist and shake all your tension out so you're at 0.
  • Now count up to 10 slowly increasing your tension along the way until you max out.
  • Hold that 10 on the Tension Scale for at least 5 seconds.
  • Then slowly count back from 10 relaxing and work your way back down to 0 shaking out any remaining tension.
  • Repeat that process once more.
  • Now pick up your club and notice what your tension level is (should be a 1 or 2)
  • Quickly move into your Play Box and execute your shot (should take 7 seconds or less).
Just like in Practice #1 I want you to pick out 10 targets and do this before each individual shot.  To measure your progress here I want you to note on which shot (out of 10) you feel like you are able to consistently start swinging at a 1 or a 2 on the Tension Scale.
Here's a video of Iain working with one of his students on the this very drill. 
So now you know how to practice swinging tension free, and how to approach your shots with a logical thought process to hopefully circumvent the tension in the first place, but what happens if you're stuck in the moment?
In past episodes Debbie O'Connell, former LPGA National Professional of the Year, has shared her strategies on how we can properly breathe to slow our heart rate and ditch some of that tension.
When you breathe in try to do it while you slowly count to 5 in your head.  Then when you exhale try to exhale while slowly counting to 6.  The idea is this slow paced breathing gets you calmed back down so you can perform in your normal conditions.

In my own research I came across a really great article from Dr. Robert Duff about managing anxiety.  Dr. Duff uses a really slick breathing exercise that goes a long with an animation.  It's really easy, as the shape grows breathe in, as it shrinks exhale!
The practice routine I want you to do is going to help you learn this breathing pattern, because it's something really easy to take with you on the course.
Practice #3: Breathing
Again like drill #1 we are going to pick 10 predetermined targets to hit to.
  • While standing in your Think Box breathe along with the animation once.
  • While in the Play Box breathe along with the animation once (again)
  • After the swing write down what your tension level was during your swing.
What i want you to notice is the calm after having gone through this breathing exercise twice before your shot.  This will help you eliminate any remaining tension left before your shots.  The other nice thing about this is that you can actually download this GIF on your phone and use it while walking between shots if you're ever feeling over stressed.
That's all we have for this week!  next week we will be working on confidence building practices for the full swing.  Don't forget to share your progress, and thoughts with the Facebook community atFacebook.com/GolfStrategySchool

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GSS 30 Day Challenge - Short Game

Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Glad to see that you're back for the practice routines for week 2!  Now please excuse the upcoming bold font, but this is a crucial part to any practice you're doing and it will be a theme that's applied through the rest of the 30 day challenge.
Your success rate MUST be between 30% - 70% to be experiencing improvement.
So keep that in mind when you are doing these practice routines.  If you are able to do them with better than a 70% success rate you need to make it harder and vice versa if that success rate is below 30%.
So on to the good stuff!
This week we are going to look at some short game practice routines. Let's start with the flat stick.
Practice #1 Putting
Here's the thing, just about every instructor is going to look at your alignment first so let's get that out of the way right now.
Step 1: Pick a putt that's straight, about 10 feet long.
Step 2: Set up
Check with your course to see if it's okay to put chalk on the practice green.  Then draw two lines, I like to use an actual builders chalk line.  Line #1 should be the intended starting line of your putt.  Line #2 should be a short line that runs perpendicular to that line and should be at the very beginning of line one forming an uppercase T.  (See the picture below)
Use line number #2 to align your putter face throughout this drill. Go through your entire preshot routine and hit a few warm up putts.  Monitor if your putts roll down line #1.  If they do, then you know your path is good!
The real test comes from The Gate Drill.
  • Place two tees slightly wider than a golf ball about three feet away from your starting point.
  • Try to hit the putts so they go between the tees.
    • After 10 putts see if you are in that 30%-70% range.  If so, then you are still learning.  Repeat the drill two more times.
      • If you are under 30% widen the tees making it a touch easier and repeat the drill two more times.
      • If you are over 70% move the tees a little closer to the hole, (away from you) and do the drill two more times.
Our second practice routine is called the Putting Ladder Drill.  This one builds the confidence to make those knee knockers and other pressure putts.  This is going to start sounding repetitive but always make sure you go through your complete preshot routine when hitting any shot, even these practice drills.  Anyway, here's how we do the Putting Ladder:
  • Find a fairly straight putt that's about 30 feet long and set a ball down every six feet (6', 12', 18', 24', 30') all on the same line.
  • Set an extra club (or towel, or flag, anything works) about three feet behind the hole. 
  • Hit each putt making sure the ball reaches the hole but DOES NOT hit extra club laid behind it.
    • This means you don't actually have to drain it, just make sure you stop it in that zone between the cup and the club.
  • If you leave the putt short of the hole or go too far and hit the stick, then you have to start over.
Again, we do this drill 10 times to see if we are in that 30%-70% success zone.  If you make it all the way through the five putts without starting over that's a win!  If you miss one and have to start over, that's a missed attempt (it counts toward your 10 reps).  
This is a pretty tough drill for most people starting out so don't be surprised if you have to tone down the difficulty.  If you are under 30% success and need to make it easier just shorten the distance between each ball to about 3 feet.  (Make sure you keep track of the new distance between each putt!)
If you need to make it harder (over 70% success) you can add another ball at 36' or even just increase the distance between the ones you have (7' instead of 6').
The real beauty of this drill is that it gets us familiar with experiencing failure.  That way when we are out there on the course standing over a really tough putt, we've already experienced that emotion and taught ourselves how to handle it.  Which helps to eliminate fear in the moment.
Here's a quick little video from LPGA professional Katie Detlefsen that gives you the general idea for set up and execution. - Please remember to go through your entire pre shot routing before every putt though!
  Ladder Drill - School of Golf | Golf Channel
Our second structured practice is for chipping.

Practice #2 Chipping
This practice routine is going to sound eerily familiar.  It's the big brother to the putting ladder, it's the chipping ladder!
The set up is similar pretty similar.
  • Pick a chip shot about 30 feet away
  • Draw a chalk circle (6' diameter) around the cup.
  • Set cones (or draw more chalk lines) every ten feet creating landing zones.
  • Take your golf balls just off of the fringe (no more than five feet).
From here we emulate the putting ladder.  
  • Starting with the zone closest to us we chip the ball trying to land it in that first landing zone
  • It must release and finish inside that six foot wide circle around the cup.
  • If you miss your landing zone or the circle you must start over.
If you hit your landing zone target and your stop the ball inside the circle then you get to move on to the next landing zone!

Remember your preshot routine each time, and don't be afraid to change clubs!
You can add or subtract landing zones as needed to maintain that 30%-70% success rate.
This drill helps eliminate fear, just like the putting ladder but it also adds some creativity to your game because you learn to alter you carry distance and ball flight around the greens.
Practice #3 Pitching
Here we are looking at the "fun" in between zones that a lot of people struggle with.  For this drill you will need to find a facility that has a designated pitching area or a random patch of grass where you can practice (about 80 yards).
  • Start at 20 yards away from your target and place five balls.  Continue every 10 ten yards until you are 80 yards out.
  • Hit each of the 5 balls to the target at each station tracking how many times you were withing 10 feet of the target (roughly).
  • Reset, this time with only three balls per station.
  • This time our goal is slightly different
    • 1st ball should land just beyond the target
    • 2nd ball should land just short of the target
    • 3rd ball should right on the target
  • Reset the stations again with only 3 balls and complete the exercise again (long/short/on target).
  • The fourth and final time we will reset the stations with our original 5 ball set up and try to hit the target exactly
    • Record your percentage within 10 feet again.  It should've gone up compared to the first time!
This drill is awesome because
A) It helps you practice distance control, which is crucial for scoring
B) It helps you separate the pin from your target because those two things are rarely the same!
Make sure to share you progress in the Golf Strategy School Facebook Group to get that added support!

I'll see you next Monday with the new set of practice routines.

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30 Day Challenge: Goals & Objectivity

Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Welcome to day #1 of the 30 Day Challenge!  We've got over 120 people participating so I want to see lots of conversation and community accountability.  

The three tasks I want you to complete are

  1. Answer these 4 questions
    1.  What are three things that worked really well last year?
    2.  What are three things that didn't work well last year?
    3.  What is one thing you learned from last year?
    4.  What is one thing you could do right away to improve?
  2. Write down your practice schedule or program it in your phone
  3. What is your goal and how will you measure it?

You can chat with the other participants at Facebook.com/GolfStrategySchool

Also you can still sign up and get most of the bonuses at: golfstrategyschool.com/30daychallenge


Hope to see you there!



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GSS: 30 Day Challenge

Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Join us for the LIVE 30 Day Game Improvement Challenge!  Sign up at www.golfstrategyschool.com/30daychallenge


How it works:

When you sign up for the challenge you will receive three specific focused practice routines designed to rapidly improve different aspects of your game.  Each week we focus on a new part of your game; going from short game all the way to full swing and even on course performance.


If you commit to these practice routines and follow them through to the end of the challenge you can take your game to a whole new level, and the best part is that it's 100% FREE!

So sign up at www.golfstrategyschool.com/30daychallenge



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GSS 52: Debbie O'Connell - Helping Golfers Gain Clarity In Their Shots

Fri, Mar 04, 2016

Debbie is back to share some details about an awesome event that she is teaching at in conjunction with Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within seminar, as well as an easy addition to your pre shot routine that will help you hit your target more consistently.

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GSS 51: The Importance of a Post Shot Routine

Sat, Feb 20, 2016

This episode is a home show where I talk about some of the reasons why we need to have a post shot routine.  The strategy we cover here is from one of our past guests, Golf Digest Top 50 instructor James Sieckmann.  In his book Your Short Game Solution he actually covers a great and incredibly important part of the mental game, the post shot routine.


The three main components are to a good post shot routine:

  1. Taking ownership of your good shots
  2. Objectifying your bad shots
  3. Letting go of all your shots

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GSS 50: Craig Jones – Golf Simplified for the 12+ Handicappers

Fri, Feb 05, 2016



Craig used to own five different golf tech learning centers. He has taught over 10,000 lessons, and he’s taken his expertise to the online world. Craig is now the creator of Face First Golf, which is a community that was born on Facebook, then brought even further onto the digital side of his own membership program. His programs focus on eliminating the common errors that plague 12+ handicap players.




  • The 12+ Handicapper and how to keep enjoying the game

    • Craig used to be the 12+ handicapper, so he knows what it feels like to be in that range and to want to be good so bad.

    • No need to make the bigger movements-Craig teaches how to keep a flatter left arm and wrist, and a little bit more about hip rotation

    • The Two T’s on the course are what you should be thinking about: target and tempo.

    • Remember the goal is to get your ball closer to the target, not to just hit the ball. Get the most out of imperfect swings. Changes aren’t instant.

    • Don’t worry about your ball flight when you’re trying to correct swing mechanics-focus on that target.

  • What to do when working on mechanics

    • Hit ten balls, then step away, and say you’re gonna go through your whole routine

    • Then hit the next three balls without any mechanical thoughts in your head.

    • Keep going back and forth between training and trusting mode-practice your trust mode in practice.

  • Common hurdles people have difficulty clearing

    • Too much random free golf advice available all over the internet

    • Commit to something and turn everything else off-follow one person’s advice, like Craig’s! Follow one course until success

  • Rapid Fire Round

    • Single best piece of advice ever given: don’t follow up a bad shot, with a dumb one. Get yourself back into position. Don’t hit the hero shot.

    • Favorite practice drill: The 9 o’clock drill

      • Players make a half-back swing so your left arm is parallel to the ground. Then from that stopped position, hit the shot. Players get immediately into a better impact position. They also swing more with the body, rather than their arms.

    • What’s the most fundamental component for higher handicappers to focus on?

      • Club face. The reason so many players swing over the top is because their club faces are open. If you don’t fix it, they’ll always swing over the top.

    • Book Recommendation:

    • How to prepare for a tournament in one day

  • Parting piece of guidance:

    • Pick something and stick with it and tune everything else out.




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GSS 49: iGrow Golf - Helping Juniors Get Hooked!

Fri, Jan 22, 2016


These two are part of a team in iGrow golf, and are also part of an amazing project called Operation 36. Both Ryan and Matt are PGA professionals and teach and coach in North Carolina. In 2009 they created a revolutionary junior golf coaching program. Operation 36 is a culmination of trial and error with golfers age 3-13, and its main goal is to get juniors to shoot 36 or better for nine holes.


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GSS 48: Practicing Emotional Management w/ 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year Alison Curdt

Fri, Jan 08, 2016



Alison is one of only 11 women who have reached the level of PGA Master Professional.  She is also the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and with her degree in psychology, Alison gives unique insight into the game of golf.




  • 8:00: Let go of those bad shot moments.
    • If people hold on to their worst shot, that is going to delay their career moving forward.
  • 9:30: What’s the difference between sport psychology and clinical psychology?
    • A sports psychologist may work with a student on mental performance and breathing and visualization and emotional management and goal setting.
    • If a client starts to talk about having depressive symptoms or clinical anxiety that pervades them from being their best, that’s where a therapist or psychologist would come into play.
  • 13: Alison’s personal approach to teaching the mental side of golf:
    • She gets a thorough history from the student about what they know about the mental game.
    • Once Alison knows where they’re coming from, then she can start to infiltrate with her education about what might be helpful in their performance.
  • 14:30: Important things to consider when trying to improve your mental game:
    • Management of emotions.
    • Self-schemas - how do we talk to ourselves? Be motivational
    • You can add in some visualization and some relaxation techniques.
  • 16: How do we practice emotional management:
    • First identify what’s going on-what does it feel like? What does it look like? What are we going to call it? (i.e. are you feeling frustration?)
    • Use breathing or relaxation to take the intensity from one level to another.
    • Be able to repair. Get back to that motivational mental state.
  • 18: A common way to help recognize negative emotion and repair it:
    • A good mentor can see it in their student, and be able to call that negative energy out in the moment.
    • Talk about the physical aspect to what the student is feeling.
    • Take a deep breath, and breathe all the anger and frustration out, then go through the shot again to see if it’s any better.
  • 21: Be aware of yourself even while you are practicing:
    • Manage your emotions in life, and you’ll be able to transfer it on to the golf course.
    • If you can’t handle it in life, how are you supposed to be able to on the course?
  • 23: A general hurdle that many people have trouble getting over:
    • An incongruent level of expectation versus outcome.
    • If you don’t put any practice into the game, don’t expect to shoot a good game.
    • Match your goals to reality.
  • 24:20: How do we bring ourselves into reality then?
    • It’s different for each individual.
    • Consider how much time you are actually putting into golf, and see where your goals are at.
  • 26: Rapid Fire Round:
    • Best piece of advice: make an adjustment. Think differently.
    • Go-to method to work out of a slump: do something completely different than anything you have have done before. Get out of your routine.
    • Favorite practice drill: slow, tai-chi type swings. It gets you thinking in a different way. Try swinging in slow motion.
    • What is the most fundamental part of the mental game: emotional management. The game can be much more enjoyable.
    • Book recommendation: “The Inner Game of Tennis” by Timothy Gallwey. Just replace all of the tennis words with golf words.
    • How to prepare for the best round ever: sleep and nutrition are the top two things. Touch on all pieces of your game in a two hour time span. Don’t do it in large pieces. Focus on everything you’re doing really well.
  • 33: Parting piece of guidance:
    • If it’s not working, think differently.



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GSS 47: Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor James Sieckmann: How to Approach Your Short Game

Fri, Dec 04, 2015

How to Approach Your Short Game



James has coached over 50 PGA & LPGA Tour players, Golf Digest top 50 instructor,Golf Magazine top 100 instructor. He operates the Shadow Ridge Golf Academy in Omaha, Nebraska.




  • Biggest flaw James sees (6:40): People get on the course and start thinking about their mechanics while they are trying to play.

    • Don’t tinker while you’re on the course. Just play.

  • Plateau Levels (8:00): Players should shoot for different plateau levels based on their skill. Using a 70 yard shot as an example:

    • If you’re a lower handicapped player, your plateau might be a 2 yard circle around the cup so you can make birdie.

    • If you’re a higher handicapper, your plateau might be within 10 yards so you can get down in two and avoid bogeys.

    • Realizing the standard that your short game needs to be at to achieve those plateaus is a BIG step in the improvement process.

  • Get down in 3 vs down in 5 and awareness (9:20): 

    • First step is to create an awareness technically to compress the ball and hit the ball first so you’re not hitting in the bunker, etc.

    • A second problem is that players don’t typically train or practice at all for that type of shot (a five par or short 4 par)-they skip right over it.

    • Set up cones and work on hitting to a specific distance to help with this shot.

  • If you’re a mid to high handicapper (11):

    • You need to train, get your driver in play off the tee, get your wedges around the green, your light putter, and your distance wedges proficient to the point where you’re not wasting strokes.

    • If you can do those simple things, drive is decently, light putt, chip reasonably close to the hole, hit your wedges on the green, you’ll be shocked at how easy it would be to break 90 for example.

  • Wedges around the green (12:30):

    • Biggest area of trouble that James’ students have.

    • Training techniques:

      • set up is critical: what’s optimal for 10 yards is horrible from 200 and vice versa.

      • You need to get a clear picture in your head of what you’re going to do, get in the right set up, and follow the correct sequence.

  • Chipping trajectories (16:30):

    • Once you’re hitting the ball consistently, there’s still skill involved.

    • You need to know what to hit what shot when, you need to pick the right trajectory, what club to play when, match your energy of the swing with the effect of loft-it all demands a certain demand of practice.

    • Training: take any club you would use around the green

      • Lob wedge: Hit your normal trajectory shot, a higher than normal shot, and a lower than normal.

      • Let’s take the same three trajectories with a 9-iron: normal, lower than normal, and higher than normal

      • You need to realize, in order to a hit a higher than normal shot, you lean the shaft less, you open the face more, the ball position would slide up, those elements create more effective loft and more effective bounce so when the club does hit the ground, it doesn’t stick.

  • Important putting skills (20:30)

    • Quiet your eye prior to your stroke-it has dramatic effect on your brain and your ability to focus and be calm.

    • Skills in putting:

      • How to assess yourself-see if you’re falling short in a certain area

      • Develop a plan of attack

  • Post Round Analysis (22)

    • Realize if you’re falling short in one area, find out what you’re going to do about it

    • Come back when you mess up to find out what you’re going to do about it; don’t just realize the mistake, do something about it, otherwise you’ll hit the same shot

  • Rapid Fire Round (23)

    • Favorite go-to drill

      • Right arm only finesse swings-take your lead arm off and swing with your trail arm only.

    • What’s the most fundamental part of the short-game?

      • Rhythm- the key issue as far as distance control. Keep everything together

    • What book would you recommend to a golfer?

    • If you had only 24 hours to help your student prepare for that big important tournament, what are you going to spend that time working on?

      • Get them to be well rested-always number one. Be well-hydrated and do some visualization -see themselves walk up to the tee calm and confident.




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GSS 46: The Importance of Goal Setting

Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Setting Goals the Right Way

Episode Highlights


Goal setting can be broken into two components - Long range goals and  short range or round specific goals


Long Range Goals:


These should be as specific as possible and shared with friends and family to help create some accountability on your part..


  • Build in a statistical component so you know you’re on track while you’re progressing.

Example: 50% of greens in regulation (be realistic though, pros on hit 70% of greens)


  • Define the process that will get you to that goal

Example: Scheduled practices on focused areas of your game

See Peter Malnati's fantastic example here   http://petermalnati.blogspot.com/p/2015-goals.html?m=0


Short Range Goals:


Going into each round you should avoid thinking about a specific number and instead be looking to set smaller easier to achieve goals that will add up to that number


Set percentages of fairways hit, GIR, and up & downs you want to accomplish throughout the round. Focusing on these smaller tasks takes your mind off of the bigger target and lets you achieve on a more consistent basis.


PRO TIP - Don’t be afraid to blackout par on your scorecard with a marker. This will help keep you focused on each shot rather the result of the hole.

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GSS 45: Why Rhythm is Important & How to Build It

Fri, Nov 20, 2015

How to Build Rhythm in Your Golf Swing

Episode Highlights

The reason I wanted to talk about building rhythm in your golf swing is the fact that rhythm should be the only thing in your head as you're getting ready to make your shot. There are some fairly obvious pros to having a good rhythm like:

  • A good rhythm will help eliminate tension

  • A good rhythm builds consistency

  • A good rhythm will help build confidence

How we can build good rhythm

Before we can eliminate tension we need to know exactly how much we have in our swing. For this reason we’re going to do the tension drill. Take your setup position (no ball) and slowly start flexing every muscle in your body. That’s a 10 on the tension scale.

Then go the other direction. Get so loose you can barely stand up. That’s a 0 on the tension scale.

Go back and forth two or three times then try to hit your shot from a 2 or 3 on that tensions scale. You will immediately start to feel more smooth throughout your golf swing.  Here's Iain himself with an example:


If you’re nice and loose through your big muscles but are still holding on too tightly to the club try taking (very) small swings with just the last three fingers of your left hand on the club (for righties). This will show you what it should feel like to effortlessly release the club through impact.

Learn to develop your own rhythm by humming while your swing. If you can keep the pitch of the hum consistent throughout (with a little spike at impact) you will find you rhythm in no time!

The last little tip I have is to keep your mouth open while you swing. People tend to bite down when they hit AT the ball rather than smoothly swinging through it. So by keeping your mouth slightly open you can give yourself that extra little edge.

Links mentioned in the show

Dr. Rob Bell's Episode

Geoff Greig's Episode

Geoff’s Webinar

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GSS 44: Will Robins: How to Practice With a Purpose

Sat, Nov 14, 2015

Last week we looked at the four fundamental principals to making your pre shot routine solid and reliable. This week Will Robins, a PGA instructor based in California shares some excellent ideas on how to actually improve your game by changing how you practice

Episode Highlights

It’s important not to focus on the bad parts of a round. If you doubled 16 and shot 73 your instinct would be to dwell on that one thing that held you back. Well flip the script - If you doubled the first hole but managed to shoot 73 you would be riding a wave of confidence about your comeback. So make sure your analysis is objective.

How to analyze (statistically): Did you give yourself 18 opportunities to score? After that did you give yourself 18 opportunities to get down in two?

Why GIR isn’t always helpful as you think: If the best player in the world can only hit a green in regulation 70% of the time from 180 yards (with a 7 iron and you’re using a hybrid) why are you tracking a stat that you can’t be great at. - You’ve got to track the stats that will help improve your score

How to analyze (mentally): Measure your tipping points. Did you stick to routine & process on a tough up and down? Did you get frustrated with a result and let it cloud your next shot too? This is how you remain objective with your mental analysis.

Who were you being when you made the error:

· Were you fully committed to it? – Well then you just hit a bad shot. Leave it behind and focus on the next one.

· No I wasn’t committed – Well, then why would you be mad? You weren’t committed to it!

Most people play golf with a lot of tension, fear, trying not to miss, and thinking a lot. If you do anything like that you’re not going to be overly successful, so why would golf be any different?

Practice makes what? Perfect PERMANENT. What you do more of you get better at. So if you go to the driving range and pound 50 balls and have 15 different swing thoughts, never doing the same thing twice – you’re getting better at thinking a lot. This makes it incredibly difficult to replicate swing with any consistency on the course because you have been training to think a lot, not be target focused.

What would happen to a marathon runner who had trained for four years to be in the Olympics then gets a last minute letter saying he’ in the 110 meter high hurdles? They would be a train wreck! That’s essentially what you’re asking your body to do with that type of driving range practice.

Write down on a piece of paper what you’d like to do on the golf course. What’s on your list?

· Commit to your shots?

· Trust your swing?

· Stick with decisions?

Alright, start doing that on the golf course. It’s all about what you practice. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day have all spent time practicing confidence and commitment. That’s why they don’t get tripped up over these things as much as most amateurs.

There are two types of practice – drills and performance.

· Drills are where you learn the skill and do the repetitive practice.

· Performance practice is testing yourself. Give yourself a target and see how many times out of 10 you can hit it. Write down the result. Tomorrow when you practice again go through your drills again and give yourself that performance test. You should see incremental gains each time.

This is how you build emotional muscle and become a reactional golfer!

The Nutter Game: Play your worst golf ever, but do it on purpose. This is probably one of the most counterintuitive things you’ve ever heard. Just give Will a chance and give it a try though. He explains it best and the explanation starts right at the 26 minute mark.

Links mentioned in the show:

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GSS 43: 4 Steps to a Solid Pre Shot Routine

Fri, Oct 30, 2015

4 steps to a solid pre shot routine

Last week we covered how you can get more confident when putting and part of that was the pre shot routine. Today we are going to take a deeper dive and look at 4 steps you can take to develop your own solid pre shot routine.


Physical Portion

This is the part that most people are familiar with. Actually getting comfortable over the ball. This is important and should be done the same way every time, because if you don’t have consistent preparation you can’t have consistent execution.


Mental Portion


Decision Making

The first and most important part is to make a plan and STICK TO IT! You’ve got to remember that if you waffle in your decision making you send mixed signals to your body. That creates inconsistency as to which signal should be followed.


Visualize Your Plan

It doesn’t have to be a truly visual process, you just have to know what you want it to do. An easy ways to teach yourself the process is to think about how you read breaking putts. This is exactly how you would visualize a regular shot too.


Staying Focused

Whatever your key thought is going into the swing it’s important to stay focused on that. Some common things I have focused on in the past are balance & rhythm.


Don’t Linger

if you stay over your shot too long you start adding risk & anxiety (or sometimes fear) to the mix. I always try look back to a time when I really performed this type of shot well. It keeps me positive & confident through the execution.

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GSS 42: How to Build Confidence Putting

Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Putting with Confidence

Do you have a hard time making the important putts or do you tend to psyche yourself out before you even address the ball?  Try some of these practice drills and exercises to help you make your flat stick one of the strongest parts of your game.


For this week's episode I'm sharing with you the best strategies I've learned to help increase your confidence and ability to perform under pressure.  This really comes from the fact that I've seen these few drills/exercises make HUGE strides for my students.  It's something that I do myself all the time so I can sometimes forget how big of an impact this has on my game, but seeing the success my students have had by adapting these tips has definitely reinforced it's importance.

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GSS 41: Rick Sessinghaus: Awareness & Commitment to Shots

Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Rick is a Member of the PGA, Doctor of Applied Sports Psychology, author of Golf, The Ultimate Mind Game, Instructional Editor of Golf Tips Magazine and he stops by to share some of his keys to think your way around the course in the most efficient way possible.

Episode Highlights?

Pressure means different things for different people.  So don't get psyched out when you see someone drain a put for a million bucks on TV when you still struggle to make consecutive pars.

Awareness is a key component to learning the mental game. If you’re aware of your thoughts and how you’re reacting in specific situations that’s half the battle.

Be fair to yourself. If you hit a great shot, let yourself celebrate! Even if it’s just internally, take a second to give yourself props. You know that you will beat yourself up over every bad shot so let’s make sure we’re as balanced as possible.

Focus on what’s in your control, then think about cause and effect. It’s not always the mental game, sometimes it’s a bad swing!

If you can free yourself and just react to a target you can get some fantastic results – Try looking at the hole while you’re putting (just like Jordan Spieth).

Links and resources discussed in the show?



Rick's Books - Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game?

Rick's book for a golf - Mindset by Carol Dweck?

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GSS #40: Penny Pulz: Focus Expert

Fri, Sep 25, 2015

Penny Pulz, LPGA Champion & Focus Expert

Penny shares her extensive knowledge as a two time LPGA winner and former LPGA top 10 golfer in the world. Now Penny uses her specific focusing techniques to help everyone from athletes to people in the business world


Highlights from the interview


Penny’s Roy McAvoy moment came at the age of 20 playing for her country during the Tasman Cup. Penny let fear drive her to a nasty case of the shanks around the greens.

Lesson learned: You have to stay present and not allow what just happened to influence what’s about to happen.


Elite players have systems in place to deal with every type of situation. This is what allows them to perform with consistency. You don’t have to “think” you just follow your mental system.


Penny has a free download outlining her 10 steps for smart decision making under the gun. You can get her free download here: http://pennypulz.com/ponderfocus/


For those of you who may be struggling with the visualization portion of your mental game Penny has this quick tip.

"Strategize the action you’re about to take and then walk yourself through it."
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Penny’s go to practice drill: Slow, medium, fast, super fast swings to find you most natural tempo.


Penny’s book recomendation: Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book


Links and resources mentioned in the show





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GSS 39: How to Make a Swing Change: Geoff Greig

Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Using brain monitoring to rapidly implement change in your swing.

There’s two important things to know about your golf game if you want to get better: what to improve and how to improve it.

While working with Wujitech Geoff has developed a proven system for consistent, successful adaptation of change. This system can be boiled down to three basic concepts: learn, train, then perform.

  • Learning is like studying - it’s about creating the right picture in your mind

  • Training is like taking quizzes - it’s about transferring that picture from your mind to a feeling in your body.

  • Performing is like taking a test - it’s about letting go of the focus on the feeling and just trusting the action.

The biggest hurdle people run into in the performance stage is that they learn by thinking of things so that’s how they assume they should perform. Thinking is great for learning but we want free, fluid, consistent results during our performance.

Thinking of positions in the swing is like looking at snapshots, you need to transition from focusing on pieces to focusing on a movement and then taking that movement to the target.

The opposite fix is a great way work your changes. EX: If you want to fix a slice, learn to hit a hook. Learning how to do the extreme opposite of your problem makes it much easier to find that middle ground and execute.

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GSS 38: Golf Tempo & Thought Patterns: Sammy Hanson

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Roy MacAvoy Moment: In his senior year of highschool Sammy was coming into 18 at -4. After sticking his approach to about 7 feet frustration and a loss of focus caused a 5 PUTT!


Lesson Learned: Acceptance - You’re not going to make every birdie putt you look at but if you’re not careful you could compound the problem.


Interview Highlights

  • It’s important to be aware of how you react to your shots. Some people are so negative that even when they hit a good shot they’re not happy about it.

  • Don’t dwell on what you’re doing wrong. If the list of what you’re doing right is longer, make sure you recognize that. (ex: Are you being too hard on yourself???)

  • The importance of thought patterns. It’s easy to beat yourself over every little thing you do wrong, how often are you celebrating and drawing confidence from the good things that happen? It’s probably not an equal proportion. Did you make a birdie? - Celebrate! Take your buddy for $10? - Take that moment and allow yourself to draw confidence from it. Journaling is a great way to figure this out.

  • Preparation is a big problem for amateurs. Ask yourself: Were you honestly prepared for the circumstances you just experienced?

  • Start by hitting the shots you want on the range. Then hit them on the course (NOT FOR SCORE). Then hit them for a score. Then hit them for a score that matters. Build up your confidence one layer at a time and you’ll have a sturdy foundation.

  • If cost or time is a problem, hit up the course during the twilight hours. You can get your specific on course practice in, and a lot of times for a cheaper cost than the driving range!

  • One look go drill: Set balls up in lines of 10 about 1 ball apart. You’re trying to keep your body reacting on the fly. Only give yourself a split second to reset and just let your body react.

  • Rhythm/tempo/creativity are the most fundamental parts of the game for Sammy.

  • Golf is not a game of perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella

  • In the last 24 hours Sammy is going to focus on his skill shots (stingers, flop shots, all the hard ones) and putting.

  • Set short, mid, and long range goals. Make sure you can knock some out now


Find more from Sammy here:

Sammy Hanson on Facebook


(281) 608-6366 (Cell)

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GSS 37: Golf Fitness, How to Start: Jeff Pelizzaro

Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Roy McAvoy Moment:

From 2 up with 2 to play in a Ryder Cup format Jeff let his thoughts drift towards the negative end of the spectrum and it cost him a draw in his match.

Lesson learned: Focus on hitting the good shot rather than avoiding the negative.


“Done is better than perfect”


Where should we start looking to make improvements in our physical abilities?

Start by looking for limitations within your swing.  Things like low flexibility in your back not allowing full rotation, or restriction in your hips that don’t let you get through the ball.  If you can eliminate these (or improve them as much as possible) then it frees you up mentally knowing that you can make a good swing.  (Then you don’t have to think and be so technical!)


How can we recover from our range time & workouts?

Swing backwards!  If you start working the body in the opposite direction it helps you develop the proper neural pathways and motor skills to then swing the correct direction.  Start with 20 swings focused on BASIC tempo & weight shifting.

Advanced:  Try it with an aiming stick and try to get that same whistle backwards as forwards.

Hydration/nutrition rules:

  • Take a pinch of sea salt to add to your water for better hydration and mineral replenitionment.

  • Last resort - dilute some Gatorade with water.

  • Proteins & fats - YES!!! (beef jerky, protein shake)

  • Carbs sugars - NO!!! (hotdogs & burgers at the turn)

  • If you’re starting to get hungry or thirsty you’ve waited too long.


A solid base and functional structure lead to the biggest gains:

Lots of times this is as easy as focusing on posture or learning how to do squats or lunges properly.  Also, don’t skip leg day!


Jeff’s favorite exercise: A deadlift - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nal7h31Cs-A

Sites and Resources Mentioned in the Show:


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Episode 36: Steven Yellin: The Fluid Motion Factor

Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Are you a golfer who struggles with consistency or getting/staying "in the zone"?  Steven Yellin has spent 30 years creating a systematic process to help all athletes achieve the flow state we desire.  Take a listen and maybe you can pick up some things that will help you get there quicker and stay there longer!

Consistency through brain science


Steven teaches at the David Leadbetter Academy at ChampionsGate in Orlando Florida and has a book called The Fluid Motion Factor. It really dives into the brain science and the motion behind that. It’s almost like the building blocks to the “in-the-zone performance.” Steven has dealt with 13 different sports including seven different professional teams.


  • Something happens in the mind that let’s the muscles be free and move the way how they know how to move.

  • What triggers this “experience” is that the mind starts to become very quiet.

  • Because every shot counts in golf, it creates a lot more drama and gets the hard-drive spinning in the brain because you know there’s not a second chance.

  • By asking a player to do something very specific, it instantly accesses this part of the mind that let’s something in the mind be free-this state is called the fluid motion factor.

  • The fluid motion factor is a neurological process in the mind.

  • What is setting one and how to create wholeness right before you pull the trigger.

  • Recognize if you feel the same way or not when you hit the ball without a target versus with a target.

  • Steven’s book recommendation: The 7 Secrets of World Class Athletes.

  • Once you develop muscle memory, it’s there; you don’t have to worry about it. You don’t have to reinvent everything when you play.

  • Just know that you’ve hit enough good shots in your career that the shots are there, you just have to start simplifying.


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Episode 35: Dr. Rob Bell: Building Mental Toughness

Thu, Aug 13, 2015


Dr. Rob Bell was the assistant professor of sports psychology at Ball State. He has caddied on the PGA tour, so he obviously provides some expert insight that we haven’t had yet on the podcast. He is also a mental game coach; a mental toughness guy who works with PGA tours and PGA tour winners. Dr. Rob Bell actually worked with the 2013 USTA National Champion, which is the United States Tennis Association. This tenner player was the first unranked player to actually win a national championship. Dr. Rob has also even worked with the University of Notre Dame. He has three books out on Amazon right now: The Hinge; Mental Toughness; and No Fear. He’s currently working on a book coming out this fall called Don’t Should on your Kid.


  • How and why you should respond and not react in all aspects of life.

  • Dr. Rob’s favorite quotes: Be an athlete-don’t get all caught up

    • Confidence is king, and focus is queen

  • How Dr. Rob puts his clients under pressure at the beginning to see what type of person they are and how they play and what kind of mental toughness they have.

    • Learn what your demon is.

  • One of his favorite drills is to have clients start with making 100 3-footers in a row.

  • The difference between those that are successful and amateurs isn’t that they don’t mess up; it’s that they don’t let it bother them. They believe they’ll get that shot back.

  • It’s not about the setback, it’s about the comeback.

  • Choke in practice so you can familiarize yourself with the feeling so you don’t do it in actual play.

  • Get comfortable with what makes you uncomfortable

  • Dr. Rob’s book recommendation: Putting out of your Mind.


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Episode 34: Shawn Stevenson: The Importance of Sleep & Nutrition For Optimal Brain Function (Part 2)

Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Part 2 with Shawn Stevenson

  • How to prepare nutritionally for a tournament so we have the ability to focus

    • Don’t just be ready, stay ready. If you wait until the last moment to get things right you can’t be ready at any time.

  • During a Physician's study, people were given a task, and then they were sleep deprived for just 24 hours. It took them 14x longer to complete that same task after being sleep deprived. You also just aren’t as smart.

  • Are there different foods to help brain performance? Foods to learn towards?

    • Carbs are energy, but are they efficient? They are very fast processing, so you’ll have to eat more often every day.  Therefore, not the best choice.

      Fat is a much denser source of energy and is more sustainable. (Winner Winner!)

    • All in all, lower your carb intake, increase your dietary fats. You won’t get fat from eating it.

  • The most important thing is to understand that you’re unique. Figure out what your goals are and find the right things that work for you.

  • About ? to ? of your plate should be non-starchy vegetables.

  • Health book recommendation: The Calorie Myth




The Calorie Myth: http://www.amazon.com/The-Calorie-Myth-Exercise-Weight/dp/00

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Episode 34: Shawn Stevenson: The Importance of Sleep & Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function (Part 1)

Sat, Aug 01, 2015

This week we are featuring Amazon best selling author, Ted talker, and all around awesome guy Shawn Stevenson.  He shares his story about how a severe health issue lead him to be one of the leaders in the nutrition/fitness/health industries and how we can prepare ourselves for optimal performance by eating and sleeping right.

You should try to sleep like you're getting paid for it



Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast in the world on iTunes. With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. To learn more about Shawn, visit TheShawnStevensonModel.com


  • Shawn put a plan together to help with healing and vitality to live a healthier life:

    • Right nutrition

    • Movement (your body requires movement to heal itself; don’t sit still).

    • HIgh quality sleep (most changes happen while you’re asleep). Shawn lost 30 pounds over six weeks by going to bed earlier and waking up earlier.

  • Don’t let the nocebo effect rule your life. Get out of your own way and your body can do a lot to heal itself.

  • Always be honest with yourself about your ability. - A point I’ve been covering quite a bit lately :-)



The Calorie Myth: http://www.amazon.com/The-Calorie-Myth-Exercise-Weight/dp/00

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Episode 33: Liam Warbuton: Think Well, Play Great

Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Do you need some straight talk about your mental game?  Well, Liam is here to bring the truth about how you can program your mind to eliminate mental interference.

      The language of the subconscious mind is images and feelings

          • Make sure you have no doubt in your mind when you take your shot.

          • Programming is when you’re trying to transfer something from you conscious mind, to the subconscious mind-get a clear image of the shot.

          • Liam’s favorite quote/statement: “Stick to the process, and let the results take care of themselves.”

          • Think Well, Play Great emphasizes the learning aspect-lots of lesson summaries.

          • Lessons that are covered in the program: to lessen mental interference; have a positive and constructive focus; what is an emotional state and how to help get into that state where you can execute better; then focus on developing your player image.

          • Don’t place limitations on yourself or have negative self-talk.

          • Analyze, program, allow: pre shot routine that Liam swears by.

          • In a slump? Maybe it’s just a simple fix. Don’t make any big swing changes.

          • Get technique correct before adding speed.

          • Liam’s book recommendation: “Zen Golf.”

          • Don’t get overwhelmed with new information and tips. Select the things that best apply to your game, and master those fundamentals.

          • SPECIAL OFFER!! - The first 20 people to use coupon code “Marty” will get 20% off!!!!

          Email: liam@completeplayergolf.com

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      Episode 32: 2002 LPGA National Professional of the Year Debbie O'Connell: A Mental Game Master Class

      Fri, Jul 17, 2015

      If you're looking to sharpen the edge on the mental aspect of your golf game Debbie O'Connell is here to share her secrets and strategies to help you get out of your own way.  This episode is PACKED with great information so you might want to take notes!

      Every shot must have a purpose



      Debbie is quite the accomplished woman. She is a two-time top 50 Best Female Teacher in America from Golf Digest, as well as a two-time top 50 best LPGA teacher. She was the inaugural recipient of the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award. Debbie was the LPGA National Professional of the Year in 2002. Not only that, but she has a fantastic website called golfpositive.com. On top of all those achievements, she is also a motivational speaker and helps with corporate outings.


      • You don’t always have to make that “hero” swing.

      • It’s not a failure if you learn something.

      • Debbie’s favorite quote/mantra: “The Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backwards after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.”

      • That Debbie’s specialty is to help people get out of their own way.

      • The importance of getting your body in the best possible position and have your muscles prepared to swing.

      • How to get the right tension level by squeezing all of your muscles when you breathe in, then blow out and let the muscles go and relax.

      • Always be yourself, all the time.

      • If you’re in a slump, go right out to the course and hit those shots you have trouble with in a non competitive environment.

      • Debbie’s book recommendation: “Every Shot Must Have a Purpose”

      • If you stand like a superhero, your testosterone hormone goes up-your confidence goes up-if you stand like that for two-minutes a day, it will make a difference.


      email: debbieoconnell@golfpositive.com

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      Episode 31: Nick Duffy: Teaching Elite Junior Golfers

      Fri, Jul 10, 2015

      If you're looking for some unique ways to prep for an important round (like a tournament!) you're in luck!  Nick Duffy is here to share how he helps his junior golfers prepare to become elite.

      We can all learn from the experience of junior golfers


      Nick is a teacher out of the Core Golf Academy at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Florida and he previously taught at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy as well. He’s a PGA Class A member, a TPI level 2 certified, and a participant in two US Junior Championships.


      • Nick’s favorite quote/mantra: Try to make the best shot you can, instead of trying to steer it away from the trouble and hoping for it to turns out good. If the trouble is really that bad, just play it safe.

      • To always try to do situational practice; practice for what course you’re going to be playing on.

        • If you’re preparing for a tight course play the rough at your regular course as if it were unplayable trouble. Force yourself to pitch out if you land there so you can simulate that tournament course you have on your list.

      • To transition to a more elite level you have to continue to challenge yourself, even if you’re the best in your group.

      • Lots of tips on how to coach and train junior golfers and how to get them to focus.

        • Don’t think where anything is or if you picked the right club-just swing

      • Commit to what you’re doing way before it happens.

        • Make sure all decisions regarding the club selection and type of shot you’ll play are finalized before you address the ball.

      • Instead of being afraid to miss a shot, just hit the shot as best you can. If you miss, miss it because you’re trying to hit it well rather than just trying to get it around the green.

      • Nick’s method of breaking a slump is to address the problem directly and iron it out on the range.

      • The go to drill for Nick is simple 9 to 3 swings, or “power punches” as he calls them.

      • Nick’s parting piece of guidance: Always have a plan. Whether it’s practice or playing, have a specific goal for each activity so you know you get the most out of your time.


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      Episode 30: Chuck Quinton: From a Broken Neck to Helping over 200,000 Golfers

      Fri, Jul 03, 2015

      If you're tired of sifting through YouTube clips and magazine suggestions that offer advice that just doesn't stick then Rotary Swing just might be for you!  After a life threatening injury Chuck Quinton created a simple way to build a golf swing from the ground up, and now has one of the largest online golf membership sites in the world.

      Golf swings built from the foundation up



      Chuck has helped over 227,000 golfers. His an iPhone app is the highest rated golf instruction app in the iTunes store. Chuck has sold thousands of copies of his books on Amazon. He’s helped people from all different skill ability sets, from PGA tour, Nationwide Tour, Euro Tour, just about every tour that you could probably think of. Chuck is also the founder of rotaryswing.com/.


      • Everybody makes mistakes and it’s really about managing those mistakes in the smartest way possible.

      • Chuck’s favorite quote is really the mantra of Rotary Swing: Big body turn; tiny little arm swing

      • Sometimes zoning out (over the ball) can be the best thing for you and your game

      • Chuck’s lessons teach you how to move your body instead of telling you where to put your club-very fundamentally focused

      • When Chuck starts to talk about physics, people start to listen

        • It’s all about pulling through with your left hand.

      • There are no quick fixes, only temporary ones

      • If you’re in a slump, whether it’s mental or physical, there’s often a simple logical answer to it

      • Focus on getting the body to move correctly first

      • Chuck’s book recommendation: “Zen in the Art of Archery”

      • Chuck’s parting piece of guidance-stop chasing random tips


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      Episode 29: Josh Boggs: Mastering the Lateral Hip Slide

      Fri, Jun 26, 2015

      If you struggle with initiating your downswing then today's episode is just what the doctor ordered.  Josh Boggs is back to talk in detail about the importance of starting your downswing with a lateral hip movement.

      to start your downswing



      Josh went to New Mexico State for their PGM program. He is the head golf professional at Westchester Golf Course. He’s US Kids Golf and Seemore Putter Institute certified.


      • Josh does a monthly Q & A session: http://boggspga.com/questionsforjosh/

      • How to achieve lateral hip slide-after you get to the top of your backswing, and you start to swing the club down, Josh is a big proponent of laterally moving your hip to your left (if right handed) and have weight forward on impact. Use an alignment stick.See episode 6 on his website for the full tutorial

      • After you’ve conquered the lateral hip motion, then you can start to add speed.

      • Be set up to the golf ball, bump your left hip out before taking a swing, then take a very small swing (a little less than a half swing)-the distance you hit it will surprise you!

      • It’s not just about the quick tip or a how to do a drill; it’s also about the “why”

      • When you shoot down-the-line vidoes, make sure it’s at the same height and angle every time

      • Consider getting the V1 app for some easy golf swing analysis



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      Episode 28: George Roy: Tournament Readiness & How to Play Your Game

      Fri, Jun 19, 2015

      George is here to share his mentality on how to play your own game as well as some of his favorite drills and practice routines that he uses to get himself tournament ready.


      If you’ve ever seen any of his YouTube videos, George will literally hit a ball through a door with every club in his bag. He’s a PGA certified instructor out of St. Augustine, Florida and he shares a ton of competition practice drills and a great philosophy about playing your game.


      • There always has to be a certain belief in yourself.

      • George’s favorite quote: “Just do it.”-Nike’s slogan.

      • Try to find the positive in every situation to keep yourself to your own game.

      • Why and how George’s speciality is the short game.

      • George’s 50/60/70 Drill: You hit 50% of your fairways minimum, from that 50%, you have to hit at least 60% on the greens. On the ones that you don’t hit the green, you have to hit 70% of your up and downs.

      • The Clock Drill: what does the back swing do? It stores energy. The further back you take the club, the more natural acceleration you’ll achieve. Once you get a feel for taking the proper length of a back swing, you’ll hit the ball closer to the target every time.

      • That watching highlights of certain players can be a great education.

      • That the level of touch is one of the hardest things for golfers to grasp

      • Don’t always try to fix things for yourself

      • Go-to practice drill: circle of victory: Make 3 and 4 footers around the hole. Then go out 6 feet out, then 9 feet, and so on. It will help you learn the various speeds and reads of the green.

      • George’s book recommendation: Really any goal-oriented books but specifically:

      • George’s parting piece of guidance




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      Episode 27: David Heinen: Playing with Tiger Woods, Coaching Vijay Singh, and Molding Champion Junior Golfers

      Fri, Jun 12, 2015

      I'm not sure I've ever seen a list of so many successful students.  A 9 year old shooting under par, a 12 year old shooting -5 (!!!), all the way up to students winning AJGA events and making the Junior World tournament.  Oh yeah, he's working with some pros on the asian tour and used to coach Vijay Singh too!  If you want to see proof check out hisfacebook page

      with a single minded focus




      David runs the Kaizen Golf Academy that has been around for about four years.  He has locations in Carson California as well as the Phillipines.  Did I mention he played with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson when he was growing up?


      • Different theories that David learned and embodied about swings

      • About Kaizen Golf Academy, and the specifics that David likes to teach there

      • Make sure to have your speeds down while putting

      • David’s favorite quote: 

        "Play enthusiastically" ~ David Heinen

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      • Why you are your own best caddy

      • Your swing is only 20% of what you’re going to shoot

      • David’s book recommendations: “Fearless Golf” & "Whole Brain Power"

      • David's 7 second drill that will eliminate your brain lock while over the ball.

      • David’s parting piece of guidance


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      Episode 26: Brandon Stooksbury: Building the Foundation to Your Short Game

      Fri, Jun 05, 2015

      Your short game is where 60% or more of your strokes come from on the golf course (and that's if you're really good).  So it goes without saying that this skill has to be in top form.  Brandon Stooksbury is back to teach us all how to build our short game in layers so we can take that aspect of our game and make it the strength it needs to be

      Building the foundation to your short game
      Building the foundation to your short game



      Brandon is back to talk about some research that he has done on the road to writing a brand new book that he’s got coming out called The Wedge Book: An Owner’s Manual for your Short Game. Brandon's always been good with his short game and he’s done a lot of research about it.  Now he’s put it all together in an organized process on how to build a very strong short game from the foundation up.



      • Why Brandon got into teaching about the short game
      • Practical steps in how to assess and execute shots of your short game
      • An exclusive sneak peek into Brandon’s book
      • What Brandon includes in every chapter of his new book and why
      • Brandon’s new favorite quotes:
        • “The ardent golfer would play Mt. Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top. Golf is not a fair game, so why should I build a fair golf course?” ~ Pete Dye
        • “The best way to predict the future is simply to invent it.”
        • “If we have to motivate pro football players to play football, we need to get new football players.”
        • “Vision without execution is just a hallucination”
      • Brandon’s parting piece of guidance



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      Episode 25: Jared Shears: AimPoint Director of Wisconsin

      Fri, May 29, 2015

      Are you struggling with the flat stick?  Jared Shears gives us an absolute putting tutorial from how to read greens all the way to which eye is dominant.  Take a listen and get your short game in order with Jared Shears.

      Reading greens with your feet
      Reading greens with your feet





      Jared is the AimPoint and Five Simple Keys director of instruction for Wisconsin.  He does AimPoint seminars around the country and  If you follow him on Facebook you’ll see that  he just went through US Open qualifying.



      • What AimPoint it is, how it works, and why Jared swears by it
      • How your body moves to keep nerves down
      • Jared’s favorite mantra: “It’s just golf; it’s just a game.”
      • How your feet can tell you where a putt is going
      • How AimPoint can give you more confidence in putting
      • Which of your eyes is more dominant, and why it’s important to know
      • What mistake 90% of players make when putting
      • Jared’s book recommendations: “See it and Sink it” and “The Laws of Golf Swing”
      • Jared’s parting piece of guidance



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      Episode 24: Rodd Slater: The Ideal Practice Session

      Sat, May 23, 2015

      Are you a beginner at golf who's struggling to put together good meaningful practice sessions under your belt?  Well you're in luck.  In this episode Rodd Slater shares his version of the perfect practice session along with foundation to which the perfect golf swing is built.

      For example - every shot in the past
      For example - every shot in the past

















      Rodd is the head pro at Two Rivers Golf Club. He’s been the head pro there for 18 years.  He was the 2009 President’s Council Member for Growing the Game of Golf, and a reformed banker who has made a career in golf (Heck yeah!).


      • Golf can teach you about adversity throughout all areas of your life
      • Rodd’s favorite quote: “There’s nothing wrong if you do it right.”-Ernest Jones
      • To always understand that you’re human
      • A great way to visualize and keep your mind on the hole
      • All about team golf and how to get involved (really, it's super cool!)
      • That your swing motion is one of the most important aspects of the game
      • Rodd’s book recommendation: “Swing the Clubhead” by Ernest Jones
      • Rodd wrote a follow-up piece about how to break out of a slump.  You can read it here: http://slatergolf.blogspot.com/2015/03/breaking-slump.html
      • Rodd’s parting piece of guidance


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      Notice - Scheduling Change!

      Fri, May 22, 2015

      It's golf season in Wisconsin and I help run a Thursday night league so new episodes will be published on Friday evening or Saturday mornings over the summer.  Don't worry, you'll get the same great content just on a new day and time.





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      Episode 23: Scott Seifferlein: Mastering Your Pre-Shot Routine

      Fri, May 15, 2015

      Do you struggle with what should be part of your pre-shot routine?  Well Scott Seifferlein is here to help you piece together the proper elements for your ideal pre-shot routine.

      Make sure your pre-shot routine fits your pace and personality.
      Make sure your pre-shot routine fits your pace and personality.




      Scott is a golf ambassador and the owner of grandrapidsgolflesson.com; it’s Michigan’s most trusted golf advisor site. He’s a featured contributor to Donald Trump’s book The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received. Scott is also a four time published author of golf instruction and business golf books. He’s a local media celebrity; he’s appeared on multiple television and radio outlets, as well as newspaper and magazine publications. Scott is known as a very very patient golf coach, and he actually custom designs all of his instruction for that specific golfer’s needs.



      • Scott’s favorite quote: "My goal is to translate response into results. Some teachers teach for others to learn. That's not me. Some teachers teach for others to accomplish. That is me." -- Jim Rohn
      • Where you can save the most strokes more consistently
      • How Scott’s helps amateurs play without embarrassment
      • Injuries could be a blessing in disguise
      • Scott’s 60/40 putting & chipping method
      • How to make your pre-shot routine fit your pace and personality
      • Scott’s book recommendation: “Quantum Golf”
      • Scott’s parting piece of advice


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      Episode 22: Dr. Jeremy Maxwell: Swinging Pain Free

      Fri, May 08, 2015

      Have you ever visited a chiropractor only to get stuck in the endless loop of biweekly adjustments with no real lasting results?  Dr. Jeremy Maxwell stops by to tell us exactly what to look for in a good chiropractor (hint: upper cervical skills) that will help you get your pain and range of motion taken care of in one adjustment!

      Part of the PSG Circuit
      Part of the PSG Circuit




      Dr. Maxwell works with Plane Simple Golf Circuit. As you just heard in the previous interview, Pete Buchanan is the director and Dr. Maxwell handles the physical portion. He's a T.P.I Level 3 certified medical professional and a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. He’s been a chiropractor for over 15 years and he's worked with pro golfers including Stan Utley and Chris Como!



      • Regardless of how stressed you are, golf can be one of the best activities to relax
      • Dr. Maxwell’s favorite quote: “We never know how far-reaching something we may think, say, or do will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”
      • What IT band problem is (you probably have it) and what to do if you DO have it
      • How Dr. Maxwell and Pete Buchanan developed their friendship and career
      • What to look for in a good chiropractor - (this is a game changer)
      • The exercises everyone should be doing
      • Dr. Maxwell’s book recommendation: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
      • The parting piece of advice from Dr. Maxwell



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      Episode 21: Pete Buchanan: Simplifying the Golf Swing

      Fri, May 01, 2015

      Is consistency your biggest issue?  Do you get lost in all the moving parts and thoughts that you come across in golf?  Well Pete Buchanan is the guy you need to hear from.  Pete's main focus is to make the swing as simple and repeatable as possible.  He's even invented a swing aid to help you do exactly that.  The Simple Swing Repeater!

      Keeping the golf swing simple
      Keeping the golf swing simple



      Pete has been teaching golf for over 30 years. He started his career with the John Jacobs’ Golf Schools and has spent the last 10 years putting together a new system for the golf swing where you reduce it down to its simplest form. It’s really helpful for the beginners and the intermediate players to really get you up and running as quick as possible.


      • Pete’s favorite quote: “Never lose sight of what the ball is telling you.” ~John Jacobs
      • How to avoid getting caught up in all of the technology
      • Why it’s important to keep things simple
      • Pete’s epiphany when he learned the details and relationship of club's path to the ball's flight
      • What Pete’s secret device and lesson to help clients with their swing is
      • To make sure you always set up correctly before starting
      • Pete’s book recommendation: “Practical Golf” by John Jacobs
      • Pete’s parting piece of guidance



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      Episode 20: Michael Wenzel: Fighting Decision Fatigue

      Fri, Apr 24, 2015

      Do you struggle to finish your rounds the way you started them?  When your behind the eight ball does your score tend to spiral out of control?  In this episode Michael and I talk about how decision fatigue can cause you to absolutely tank a round of golf.  Being aware of the mental troubles before they occur can save you some big strokes!



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      Episode 19: Henry Stetina: Don't Try Too Hard!

      Fri, Apr 17, 2015

      Have you ever reached your boiling point out on the course?  Did you ever get upset and try to CRUSH a shot only to screw it up even more?  In the episode Henry Stetina, PGA walks us through the importance of not trying too hard, and how to avoid it.



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      Episode 18: Scott Robbins: How to Stay in the Moment

      Fri, Apr 10, 2015

      Do you ever lose focus and have a one bad shot lead to another until before you know it you've got a snowman or worse going on the card?  In this episode Scott Robbins shares why it's important to stay in the moment.  Scott is a member of the PGA quarter-century club, which means he’s been in the PGA for 25 years. He’s an award winning instructor: North Texas PGA section metro-chapter junior golf leader, North Texas PGA section teacher of the year, and Golf Range Association top 50 teacher!

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      Episode 17: Jeremy Anderson: Learning How to Shoot Low

      Fri, Apr 03, 2015

      Has your golf game plateaued?  Are you struggling to bring your numbers down?  In this interview Jeremy Anderson, Head Pro at Twin Orchard C.C., lays out numerous strategies on how to break out of that stagnant game and start seeing some results again.

      Jeremy is a 2013 and 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year nominee and the head golf professional at Twin Orchard Country Club. He’s also a Calloway Elite Master Staffer and even a contributor for golfwrx and the Huffington Post! He clearly knows what he’s doing, and he's here to share it with you.  Enjoy!

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      Episode 16: Greg Liberto: Playing Under Pressure

      Fri, Mar 27, 2015

      Does your ball seem to find every hazard as if it were magnetically drawn to it?  Do you fold under pressure?  Today's guest, Greg Liberto, walks you through exactly how to overcome those hurdles in your game and help you play your best golf ever!  Greg's been coaching the mental aspect of the golf game for about five years now.  He works with clients from high school all the way to touring professionals.  He’s also an author and a speaker!

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      Episode 15: Bob Duncan: How to Manage Your Lie

      Fri, Mar 20, 2015

      Bob has just about done it all. He’s been teaching for 30 years. He’s a professional out at River Ridge Golf Course in Eugene, Oregon. He is the developer and creator of the Golf Positioning System, which is an accelerated player development program. He’s got over 9,000 hours of instruction under his belt. He’s even helped custom fit people for over 1.6 million dollars worth of clubs, and authored the Golf E-Coach Techniques, Habits, and Mindsets for High-Performance Golf book.

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      Episode 14: Mike & Frank from Golficity: The Truth About Learning Golf

      Fri, Mar 13, 2015

      Have you ever felt like you're the only person who's duffed a chip then three putted for a snowman?  Or maybe you just can't seem to reach that next tier of breaking 90. or 80?  Frank and Mike from Golficity.com share their stories of how they've learned the game, their trials and tribulations, and most importantly how an open and welcoming golf community has helped them pursue their passion.  All you have to do is listen :-)

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      Episode 13: John Walker: Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Golf Fitness Coach on Fighting Winter Rust

      Fri, Mar 06, 2015

      John is a licensed physical therapist, a TPI certified level 2 fitness instructor, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and corrective exercise specialist. John has done it all (He’s even the former team physical therapist for the Cincinnati Reds). John has some great stories to share including how he has helped a student shoot their age (or better) 174 times!

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      Episode 12: Rob McGill: Taking Your Game From the Range to the Course

      Fri, Feb 27, 2015

      Rob's energy and excitement for the game made this interview an instant classic!  Rob shares his method for helping his students perform equally well on course as compared to the range.  We also talk about one of his many star students that he worked with as a junior golfer all the way to his first win on a mini tour.

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      Episode 11: 2014 Maine PGA Teacher of the Year Tony Decker: Importance of a Pre-Shot Routine

      Fri, Feb 20, 2015

      Tony Decker is the 2014 Maine chapter PGA Teacher of the Year.  Aside from being named the Teacher of the Year in Maine, Tony has also received awards for his part in growning the game of golf.


      In this interview Tony reveals that his favorite practice drill is actually practicing his pre-shot routine.  This is one of my favorite answers to this question so far because it is one of the basic fundamentals that can help you take huge leaps in your on course performance.

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      Episode 10: Brant Kasbohm: Feel vs. Real

      Fri, Feb 13, 2015

      Today's guest is fellow Wisconsinite and Director of Instruction/Founder of www.FixYourGame.com, Brant Kasbohm.

      Brant graduated from the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University and has been teaching since 2000.  He works with students all over the world providing video instruction at an affordable price.

      My favorite part of the interview is our discussion regarding the importance of a solid pre-shot routine (seriously, it will be your biggest asset when you're under pressure).  Also, subscribe to our newsletter below (or follow the link) and you'll get the special two for the price of one introductory lesson offer that I've set up with Brant.    Come on, how are you going to beat two lessons for $20???

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      Episode 9: 2013 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year Jason Sutton: How to Fix the Big Miss

      Mon, Feb 09, 2015

      Jason Sutton was the 2013 Carolinas section Teacher of the Year and a five time nominee for the Golf Magazine top 100 list.  He shares how his experiences in the Dana Rader Golf School helped him develop into one of the elite coaches in the country.  Jason also reveals his "secret sauce" for fixing the classic over the top move (COUGH -why.you.slice-COUGH COUGH).

      My big takeaway from this interview actually didn't come from anything golf related, but rather how Jason was able to pinpoint his biggest weakness (public speaking) and turn it into a strength by repeatedly putting himself into those situation.  It's just further proof that any obstacle can be overcome.

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      Episode 8: 2014 Kentucky PGA Teacher of the Year Tyrus York: Proficient Practice

      Fri, Feb 06, 2015

      Tyrus York is the 2014 Kentucky section PGA Teacher of the Year and co-owner of High Performance Golf Academy in Lexington Kentucky.  Besides being the teacher of the year in Kentucky, Tyrus has a wealth of experience playing tournament golf first hand.  He shares with us some of  the most frequently overlooked parts of a solid golf game (nutrition and hydration to name a few!).


      My favorite thing from this interview is learning that someone else used to make the same mistakes as I did as a kid!!!  Oh, and I learned a new term too: milking the club... You'll have to listen to figure it out ;)

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      Episode 7: Todd Elliott: Swinging with confidence and debunking putter myths

      Mon, Feb 02, 2015

      Todd Elliott is the head golf pro at Hideaway Beach Club in Marco Island Florida and he shares his story about falling in love with golf when a friend dragged him out to the course one day.

      We also learn some really insightful information about how standard putters are rarely right for the average person and how placing an aiming stick down range might be the missing key to making your practice session top notch.

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      Episode 6: Josh Boggs: How to get over a bad shot and bridging the gap between lessons and coaching

      Fri, Jan 30, 2015

      Josh has been playing golf since he was 12 years old and at the age of 23 was able to become the Head Golf Professional at Westchester Golf Course in Canal Winchester, Ohio.  He has even helpeded two students break school scoring records in his first year as their coach!

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      Episode 5: Geoff Greig: Founder EvoSwing Golf, Amazon Best Selling Author

      Mon, Jan 26, 2015

      Geoff is an amazon best selling author who also happens to be an avid skier, a former professional soccer player, and a PGA teaching professional for the last 20 years.  Geoff is also the founder of EvoSwing Golf and is now starting research on the correlation between brain activity and "in the zone" performance thanks in part to Wuji Tech.


      Geoff offers great insight into what many people (teachers and players alike) don't notice.  That the more you are able to let go of the outcome and focus on the process of golf the happier you'll be and the quicker you will improve - BECAUSE YOU'RE HAVING FUN!

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      Episode 4: Brandon Stooksbury: Short game skills and winter practice drills

      Fri, Jan 23, 2015

      Fresh from Las Vegas, Brandon Stooksbury is the Director of Instruction at Idle Hour Club in Macon, GA and the Founder of Stooksbury Golf.  Brandond shares with us the why it's improtant for teachers to test their students abilities and how playing the red tees can be beneficial for breaking out of slumps.

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      Episode 3: Tom Stickney: Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor

      Mon, Jan 19, 2015

      There are 446,000,000,000,000,000 (QUADRILLION!) ways to swing a golf club and Tom Stickney lets us know how he helps people find the right way for them.  

      Tom is a Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor and a former Golf Digest Top 20 Under 40 instructor.  You can find out more about him at tomstickneygolf.com

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      Episode 2: Tim Kremer: Peak Performance Coach

      Mon, Jan 19, 2015

      Tim is the founder of My Spirit of Golf, which teaches students how to master the mental side of the game and manage their emotions during a round of golf.  My Spirit of Golf also certifies instructors on how to properly teach the mental aspects of golf to their students.  Tim was also a featured speaker at the 2013 PGA and LPGA teaching and coaching summits.

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      Episode 01: Know Your Host, Marty Griffin

      Mon, Jan 19, 2015

      Thank you for listening to this episode of Golf Strategy School.  Before we get into all the details of the upcoming interviews I wanted to give you all some information about me and my plans for the podcast.


      I want this to be a go to resource for golfers to learn about some of the things that take years of experience to come across.  I've been playing for 20 years and have found a lot of ways to play better golf, but it's taken thousands of rounds to learn these things.  I want to bring you great actionable information in the form of weekly interviews with some of the best golf instructors in the world.  Some of our upcoming guests include Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor Tom Stickney, peak performance coach Tim Kremer, and Kentucy PGA teacher of the year Tyrus York just to name a few.


      I will be publishing several interviews this week so you can get a feel for how they go and what to expect.  If you have any questions that you would like to hear asked, please feel free to leave a comment on that episodes page at golfstrategyschool.com


      If you enjoy the show please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes and Stitcher.


      Thanks again for listening,


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