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What Golfer do you want to be?


Who is the golfer you most want to be? Tom Watson, with a quick rhythm, fearless putter in his younger years, respectful. Fred Couples, laconic, easygoing, long swing, care free. Seve, swashbuckling, creative, flair, passionate.

As a young player I remember watching Jerry Pate on TV with my dad in the International Pro Celebrity Challenge with Lee Trevino. I loved Pate’s swing and how he handled himself on the course. I wanted to be Jerry Pate. I had his swing in mind when I won my first comp at my home club and I followed it quickly with 2 other wins in the space of a week.

Since that time I have realized that I play my best golf when I visualize a swing that I want to replicate. It works even better if a certain feeling went with that, Pate’s was of a particular rhythm. ┬áMy Curtis Strange phase was a forward press, slight sway going back and upright finish facing the target. Nowadays, as time passes and the body feels different Fred Couples rhythm is a good one for me to remember.

What player do you have in mind when you play your best?


How do You practice golf?


How do You practice golf? If you have a regular job, with a family your time would be limited. Play on the weekend, practice after work one night a week in winter if you are lucky.

Do you go to the range and hit a bucket or 3? Is that helping you improve? Most likely not. Tee it up, hit it, tee it up again, hit it.

Ask yourself honestly what would improve your golf game?

I know for me at the moment my putting needs to improve to shoot lower scores. I need to make more putts in the 6 to 12 foot range. Tour pros make around 65% of putts from 6 feet and 30% from 10 to 15 feet. I make around 20% from 6 feet and less than 10% outside of that.

So my plan is 3 fold to improve my putting

  1. check in with my coach to see that my technique is sound.
  2. work on my mindset – yes even a psychologist can improve on this.
  3. work on some practice drills on the putting green to help in this range – the Spieth/McCormack gateway drill is a good one i have seen recently.

What is your plan for improvement? Contact me to book in for a Performance session.