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After interviewing well over 1000 PGA and LPGA golf coaches and asking them what they felt was the #1 cause to the majority of full swing problems for the students they instructed, the overwhelming response was "a poor address posture". In fact, most of the golf pros reported that up to 100% of the full swing flaws that they most commonly diagnosed in their student's swings were a direct result of an improper golf posture at address.

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That's why, as a physical therapist working with golfers, I've always started off every custom golf fitness training program with my clients with a strong emphasis on their address posture... before they ever take their first swing!

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Do you ever feel a bit jittery on the first tee? If we're honest with ourselves, most of us feel nervous on that first shot - especially if we are playing with golfers we don't know well, or golfers we do know who are very good players. Then, there's no doubt about it - the first few holes of a round can be stressful!

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Experienced golfers know that the best way to eliminate the negative thoughts that bring the fearful emotions during the first few holes of a round is to replace them with positive ones.

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I get daily inquiries about what the 'best' stretches to do to properly and effectively 'warm up' before golf to reduce injury... but also to improve swing speed and overall performance potential during practice and play.

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Pre-golf warm-up stretch

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Every golfer I work with in a custom golf performance enhancement training program sets the goal for shooting lower scores. They want to improve their scoring and lower their handicap. And, to accomplish this goal, most golfers I train also want to hit longer, straighter drives with an improved fairways in regulation stat. Nothing wrong with that! However, as important as driving accuracy is to improved scoring, the #1 stat that actually improves overall scoring and total golf performance is GREENS in REGULATION!

That's right, for most amateur golfers, hitting more greens... combined with solid putting... is relatively more important and will bring your scores down quicker than longer, more accurate drives.

Just think about it, have your...

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One of the biggest lessons any of us can learn is summarized in the final '5 words' of this Walt Disney quote:

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"3...Callaway gets the ball...

2... he turns to shoot...

1... he takes the jumper...

he makes the jumper to win the game!''.

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That's what I'd say out loud and practice as a kid shooting hoops in my back yard, over, and over, and over again... mentally pretending and physically preparing for that one chance to take the last-second shot to win the basketball game. It was just a fun thing to do at the time but little did I know how I was most effectively practicing to prepare for a moment, years later, when that exact opportunity would actually present itself, for real, in a game... the college championship game when our team was down by one point with 'three' seconds remaining on the clock.

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Being in the golf fitness and total performance industry for over 30 years, the biggest hurdle I need to help my clients cross is their inability to remain focused on what they 'say' they want to achieve. At first, everyone is motivated and excited about the possibilities of becoming more fit, looking better, feeling better and playing better golf. But, within a short time, most people fall off their prescribed regimen when left on their own. They become distracted by life's daily pressures and responsibilities, and what they 'say' they wanted to achieve from their golf fitness training, total wellness and performance enhancement program falls to the wayside. So, the only way that I can succeed with my program results is to help my clien...

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On a daily basis, I will occasionally glance out my office window that overlooks the driving range here at the Cantigny Golf Academy and watch the golfers hitting balls. Inevitably, here's what I see... golfers warming up for their round, or in a practice session, standing over their ball at address, making a swing, hitting their shot, watching the result... then immediately rolling another ball from their 'rock pile' in front of them and repeating the process... over and over and over again.

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So what's wrong with this picture? Let me answer the question by first asking another question...

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It's common knowledge...the best ball strikers in the world copy certain aspects of other great ball strikers' swings. This has been going on since the game was first invented. Ben Hogan did it. Jack Nicklaus did it. Even Tiger Woods has done it. Every great ball striker looks at what others do successfully, and attempts to copy what seems to work well for those other top golfers in order to help improve their own swing. That's called 'modeling' success.

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Even though you're probably well into your competitive golf season, I thought I'd share with you some sage advice I've picked up over the years from my mentors in total performance training regarding what 'winning' golfers have in common to help you stay focused as you prepare for your upcoming competitive play and ensure your best possible results.

As a competitive golfer striving to perform at your very best, you will always want to focus on the aspects of total performance that 'you' can completely control. And, one of the few things that you as a golfer can completely control with regard to your game... is your attitude.

Wind, rain, poor lies, playing partners who play slowly or talk too much can be frustrating and are outside of you...

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