Ed’s Favorite Golf Tips
Often called, “the best loved Golf teacher in America”, Harvey Penick has mentored and taught literally thousands of amateur and professional golfers. The author of several best selling books on golf, Harvey is known for his sense of humor and passion for the game.
There are a lot of opinions in Golf but I still believe we all can improve by following a sound set of best practices. Harvey Penick was a great advocate of ENJOYING golf, not just playing the game. Harvey Penick has some of the best tips out there and here are a few of my favorites, enjoy. – Ed Bowe
* Warm up by practicing without a ball. Use a middle iron to aim at a blade of grass or a twig. Do not begin hitting a ball until you can hit the object you are aiming at consistently. This will help your concentration and ease tension.
* Believe in your “gut” instincts. When selecting a club, the 1st club that comes to mind is generally the club you should select. Trying to “outsmart” yourself will only hurt your confidence.
* While talking during a round, make sure you use positive words and expressions. For example, do not say,”I have to use my sand wedge”, you want to say, “I GET to use my sand wedge.”
* Do not be influenced by what your opponents say. Concentrate on the success of your next shot. Get your golf tips from professionals.
* If you hit an unsuccessful shot, do not immediately try and change things. Only when you are consistently hitting the same variety of bad shots should you make adjustments. Quite often it is your grip that is at fault.
* Many problems get worse when golfers start rushing. Do not address the ball until you are ready. Very often, taking a deep breath will help calm your nerves.
* Your eyes are a critical part of the success of your game. Be sure to see the whole ball, not just a part of it. Make sure that your vision is checked regularly.
* Do not overswing. Many golfers worry about hitting the ball a great distance. Create a belief system that the ball will go a long way if you do not worry about it. Just be concerned with making solid contact.
* Without fail, your left arm should be straight when striking the ball.
* When in doubt, check your grip and stance