Active Awareness adds consistency and power

How does Active Awareness improve my golf swing?

As I’ve said many times, I don’t teach the golf swing, but what I do teach helps you to create your best golf swing.

Many golfers ask me, “How is that possible?”

The key all goes to just how you create your golf swing when you are on the golf course. Don’t you have some kind of swing thought or key you use to make sure you are on the right track?

Actually, it’s next to impossible not to use some kind of swing key or thought. It’s just how our minds are wired. Of course the issues and major frustration with the game of golf rear their ugly heads when the swing thought you are relying on to keep your golf swing on track stops working.

What do you do when your swing keys stop working?

Let’s face it, we’ve all been on the golf course when things stopped working with only one unanswered thought, “What now?”

When your golf swing keys stop working you are left with nothing but frustration.

The solution is Active Awareness.

So, what IS Active Awareness?

It’s kinda like the difference between driving a car blindfolded with someone telling you what to do vs. driving while paying attention (no cell phones)

Your current swing keys are the guy telling you what to do driving blindfolded. So when your swing keys stop working its like he bailed out just before the crash.

Active Awareness places you in control by keeping you in touch with all of your internal “gauges” so you know what is actually happening when you make your golf swing and you can make the minor adjustments you need to keep it working.

Because you are getting true feedback Active Awareness creates a consistent golf swing. You’ll be able to stay in your power zone as well for your best driving distance.

The best part of Active Awareness is that it helps mold your golf swing to perfectly fit your body structure. This is important because the biggest reason for golf swing failures when using someone’s golf swing system is that the system golf swing was not meant for that particular golfer’s body structure.

I spent over 20 years learning the ins and outs of Active Awareness and I have to say, it works and once I was able to make it work for me, I never worried about my golf swing again.

Just think about it… Never having to say, “Now what?” on the golf course again…

Stay tuned for more.

Golf Tips I Got on the Golf Course…

Sometimes when I go out to play, I like to ask the starter to throw me in with any group that needs a 4th. Often I meet some really nice people that way. I don’t tell anyone I teach golf because they always ask me for golf tips, and I just want to play. I just don’t enjoy playing golf alone.

A few weeks ago I wasn’t so lucky. I got paired up with three other golfers, one of which was probably a 20 hcp., maybe more without the mulligans. I try not to get involved with golfers’ swings on the golf course because it’s just bad etiquette, and once you’re out there you need to focus and enjoy the round.

I was playing along ok but I was starting to get annoyed by the one golfer who kept debriefing the rest of the foursome about the terrible shot he just hit… For every shot.

I got a little quick on a drive and pushed it right and suddenly Mr. 20 hcp became a golf instructor…
“You know what you did there?”

“Actually, yes I do!’

No matter, he proceeded to tell me what he thought I was doing wrong, while I watched the other two golfers roll their eyes.

At that point, I was in a bit of a conundrum… Do I unload on this guy or try to ignore him? I wanted to be nice but also make him understand somehow that nobody wanted to hear his “golf tips.” The good news was, I wasn’t riding with him, Or I would have started walking right there.

My solution was actually simple.

“I tell you what… It’s bad etiquette to give golf tips on the golf course, but since you want to be the golf instructor here so bad, why don’t we play the rest of the round for it?”
He looked a little bewildered,”What do you mean?”

“Well, we’ve heard about every bad shot you made since we started on the first hole, and honestly, I don’t think anyone cares about the shots you hit. So let’s do this instead. From now on, if you beat me on any hole, you can talk and give out your free golf tips as much as you want until you lose another hole, but until then, you don’t tell us about the shots we all just witnessed and you don’t give out your free golf tips to anyone else in this foursome… Fair enough?”
The smiles on the other golfers faces told the whole story.

“Well…Ok.”

This was just what I needed to step up my focus. And we went on to enjoy a peaceful round.

When we got done, I told him to get his phone out and look up a website that would help him. Should have seen his face when he saw my smiling face on the website…

The Golf Lessons Merry-Go-Round

As I finished my round of golf I noticed one of the local instructors was giving a golf lesson…

I shook my head and smiled.

It appeared to me that this lesson was the start of a series of golf lessons rooted in frustration.  I smiled because the poor golfer had no idea of what he was doomed to experience in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, nothing I could say would ever change the course of his golf instruction.

It’s the nature of golf and golf lessons that I wish I could change somehow. I already know that until a golfer starts to question why he or she is not improving despite lessons I don’t have a chance of getting through to them. Even then, the odds are low.

The new golfer was climbing aboard the golf lessons merry-go-round most golfers have unwittingly experienced…

Take golf lessons.. Practice… Play… Get frustrated… Practice… Play… Get more frustrated… Go back for more golf lessons…

Rinse and repeat.

This process has no end… there is no graduating… no finsh line…

Does that make sense?

I was watching a beginning golfer on the lesson tee so the learning gap doesn’t even apply yet. As a beginning golfer, they just need some solid basics to get started.

One glance told me the golfer was doomed. The golf instructor was moving the club for him so he could get an idea of how it is supposed to move, but the golfer’s posture was so bad, there was no way to make that movement using the proper muscles. It’s basic golf biomechanics and unfortunately most golf instructors don’t address this all important part of the golf swing during their first golf lessons with a student.

That said, my experience has taught me that even the basics if taught in the wrong order or with parts missing will easily cause a golfer to become frustrated while learning to play golf.

Have you ever felt like the deck was stacked against you with this game?

It’s one of the core reasons I write this blog.

I spent some time giving golf lessons in Myrtle Beach. I specialized in helping golfers who weren’t making progress with there current golf lessons. When word got out I was quickly inundated with requests for help. I ended up teaching clinics where I could cover a group of golfers instead of one at a time. Most of the lack of progress was because the basics were not properly taught. I had to start from the setup.

It was during this time I perfected my setup routine. I had such a variety of students attending each clinic, I had to create one routine any golfer could follow that would get them in a perfect setup position no matter what shape or height they were. If you’ve seen the free Golf Swing Control videos, this is the very same setup routine I perfected back then.

But those first golf lessons didn’t work until I spent time with the students explaining WHY each part of the routine had to be made as it was taught. Once students understand why each part of the setup routine is so important, they don’t forget it and they don’t skip steps.

About 6 years later I gave a seminar in Portland to 20 Golf Swing Control subscribers. During the seminar, we taped each golf swing and I gave them some coaching. Later when I reviewed each golf swing in detail, I found that every swing flaw I was correcting started because of a step the golfer skipped during the setup routine.

Now think about the golf lessons you’ve had… How much time was spent on getting a proper setup?

Professional golfers on the PGA Tour will tell you that a proper setup will eliminate 90% of mistakes in your golf swing.

So again… How much time during your golf lessons was spent on your setup routine?