No matter how long you’ve been golfing, you have probably gone through dozens of iterations of your swing. You’ve gotten in a funk. You’ve completely lost your swing. Then, of course, you’ve had days when you were just hot and hit the ball so well you remembered why you come back every time.
Through any type of golf lesson, learning how to play golf and improving your game requires the understanding that a swing and golf game is constantly evolving. Things change. Each day is different. You must be willing to fine tune your body. That’s also why you must be careful when taking the Tathata 60-Day Training, or any other golf lesson for that matter, to the course.
The beauty of golf is that it requires a lot of concentration, patience and dedication. It’s pretty easy to give the game those few things, especially if you have the bug. You know, the bug. (Read my favorite story of Jordan Speith catching the bug, here.) The thing that keeps you addicted and obsessed with the game. But, what takes the ultimate patience, is sticking with it even on your bad days.
Here are a few tips for taking your lessons out to the golf course and not throwing your club in the water when you hit a bad shot.
Golfing twice in one weekend seemed pretty gutsy at the start of this very hot Arizona summer, so my husband and I booked a round at Mountain Shadows, a short par-3, 18-hole course in the middle of Paradise Valley (Scottsdale), Arizona.
This newly renovated golf course definitely has it's pros and cons. For one, if you're an out-of-towner looking to get in a quick and fun round, this is for you. For a local, this can be a fast round for you to do some tuning up or just a fun pre-work outing. You can finish a round at Mountain Shadows in about 2.5 hours and be on your way to something else entirely.
Driving up to Mountain Shadows, you'll feel like you're in the epicenter of luxury. Situated just north of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, this resort course is definitely in a beautiful location. With its renovations, they've done a great job bringing it up to speed with its surrounding area. The views are incredible and the course itself has been designed very nicely. It's clear that it's new and shiny.
I'd say there is a great deal of challenge that you could get out of playing this course. If you need work on studying green complexes, as I really do, then a round here will help you with that. The Biarritz (hole 4) at Mountain Shadows will definitely send you for a whirl. The dip in the center of the green is about 4 feet deep and can really be a mental challenge if your putting game isn't strong.
As for the atmosphere and the environment, which are two things I always like to rate when I go to a course, be prepared for "modern luxury" with a Scottsdale-vibe. When I say luxury, don't be mistaken. You won't feel the same type of luxury you get from a top course that treats you like a king upon driving up. This is probably the equivalent to the type of "luxury" W hotels offer. Yes, it's modern. Yes, I feel like I'm in a spaceship. No, I wouldn't call that luxurious, but ok.
Hands down, if you're in town for a bachelor party or just want a fun short round to play with the guys, then this is definitely the course for you. I would say all it's missing is some electronic dance music blasting from the clubhouse speakers and a few bartenders in bikinis to send this place into bro-heaven. Hope you like fist-bumping...
All in all, it's great for a short few hours of fun. You can warm up on their practice green, but this small course doesn't offer a range, so don't get there too early or you'll be downing Bloody Mary's just to waste some time. Fun fact: There is a nice little par-2 betting hole between 17 and 18 where you can decide who buys drinks after or who pays for the next round. Definitely a nice touch to a modern golf course.
The next time you head to Mountain Shadows, let me know what you think!
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I have to admit that when I received my Nexbelt in the mail, I was super excited to take it out for a test drive. As someone who likes to think my golf fashion game is pretty up there, I've never worn a belt for a round. Usually, you can catch me wearing some sort of golf skirt, but I love my Nike golf shorts and always want to add some style to them. Especially on a nice course, a belt can really make all the difference. That's where Nexbelt comes in.
For men, I hear countless stories in the GolfWrx forums about what type of belt is cool and why you MUST wear a belt. It's actually quite amusing if you ever get around to checking those forums out. Wearing a belt to golf is apparently the thing to do. And, if you don't, you may just be called a rookie. You can leave comment on my blog and let me know what you think...
Anyway, when it came to making my decision on the style, I chose a classic white with crystals because I thought it would match with what I wear most often. It's also very girly with the crystals, which I always like to add a bit of to my golf style. With so many options to choose from, it could range anywhere from casual sleek and toned down to something a little more fancy. Plus, some of the options even offered a buckle that opened up to reveal a ball marker! More on this later...
Men, behold, you have a lot more options to choose from! You can show off your American spirit with the Heritage series, try a pop of color with a variety of bright hues or even go pro with the PGA Pro series. In fact, three big names in golf you may recognize, Kevin Na, Jim Furyk and Jason Bohn all enjoy the stylings of Nexbelt on and off the course.
"The belt looks and feels great. The PreciseFitTM gives me maximum comfort and playability" - Kevin Na
Watch more of what Jim Furyk has to say here.
So, what is it that makes the Nexbelt so amazing? Well, hold onto your belt buckles (sorry), it's the no-holes system that they've created!
When I received my belt, the first thing I did was measure it around my waist. I simply unclipped the leather piece from the buckle then cut directly on the easy guide lines it provided to adjust the size. Then, I clipped it back in, slid the belt through the adjustable piece that has increments to perfectly adjust to your exact size and snapped it right into place. Simple as that.
It may seem like a trivial concept, but the quality of the leather and the comfort it provides by locking into place is really hard to beat. Just watch this video that shows you how to setup your Nexbelt and how to wear it.
What is the most influential part of your golf game? The deciding factor for how well you'll play on any given day? Some would say it's a mix of things - the course conditions, how often you've practiced in the lead up to your round, how much sleep you got the night before, how drunk you currently are (lol) and so on. But, what I have been focused on most recently and what I believe to be an absolute truth is that a solid Pre-Shot Routine (PSR) is THE deciding factor of how well you will play.
I did a lot of research for this blog post because I decided that finally I would develop my own PSR as journey through writing. I know - crazy that I've broken 100, even 90 once without one, since it is so crucial to performing well. I've only been playing for a few years, so without one, it's a wonder how I've kept my cool. But alas, the time has come because I intend on breaking 85 consistently after July. Plus, the next time I compete in a tournament, I want to do even better (more on that another time).
So, I started by venturing out onto the web to search for other people talking about their PSR, how they developed it and what exactly it consists of. I wanted to find not only what PGA pros do, but why they do it. I also sought the advice of other real golfers out there who have had an experience with developing their PSR over many years. Along the way, I've found some interesting stuff.
Obviously, I found a lot of laughable comments. Things like sacrificing a lamb to Odin and making sure shoes are tied before swinging out of them are a couple of examples of some clearly great goofballs online. My favorite had something to do with inserting ear plugs due to breaking the sound barrier. I also found a lot of awesome, practical advice for developing a PSR.
A few tips I learned included keeping the routine short and simple. As Monte explains in this video, a popular coach on Golfwrx.com and someone I've had a lesson with in the past, having too many thoughts can be more of a hindrance on your game.
Another top Golfwrx.com-er says, "it's simple, concise and easily ingrained with focus, drive and practice." All it takes is getting the routine down, implementing it and consistently doing it each time you approach a shot. I'm starting to really understand the importance of making this part of a sound mental game when it comes to golf. Even the best in the PGA keep this consistent across tournaments and even through their bag. It can be the difference between playing your best and having a very frustrating round.
Just the other day I got into a debate with my husband over the importance of the mental part of golf. Ok, it wasn't so much as a debate as a revelation from me and ten minutes of probably way too much talking on my part, but it was an interesting conversation nonetheless. In essence, my argument was that going into a round of golf with the mind completely focused and clear to examine everything is really essential to being a great golfer. As a creative, I struggle with the technical side of golf - lie, distance, etc. But, if I were to focus more and challenge myself to give it more thought when practicing and when out golfing, then who knows how much I could improve.
Ok, so in hindsight, maybe there wasn't a debate. But, it definitely encouraged me to pursue developing my PSR. So, here it is. The moment you've been waiting for...
Stand behind the ball, point club head at target and visualize ball to target
Move to position with club face aimed at target, keeping my eyes on the target as I move
Move back a few steps to take a practice swing and visualize my swing
Practice full swing with my rhythm
Step back up to align club face with ball and take one last look at target
Adjust shoulders because I tend to open them too much
Find my balance and think rhythm as I swing
PS. Apparently there does come a point when reading about other peoples' PSR just becomes as dull as reading a 100-page thesis on the development of mathematics. After getting a feel for what other people do, you just have to jump into what works for you and do it for EVERY shot.
Good luck! Please let me know what your PSR includes. Leave a comment for shoot me an email at email@example.com.
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