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More Freedom in Your Golf Swing

Believe it or not, the simple act of a deep breath – when done properly – instantly releases tension from your body and allows you to achieve the fluid and effortless golf swing of the top tour players.

Most golfers know that there is a calming benefit to breathing deeply, and many attempt to do so during stressful situations on the course.

The problem is that almost nobody knows how to take a deep breath.

Most people have learned to breathe in a shallow and ineffective way, and can gain significant benefits from practicing what is called “diaphragmatic breathing”.

First, a quick test to find out your current situation:

While standing, place your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your stomach.

Next take a deep breath and notice which direction each of your hands move.

It is most common to find that your right hand (the one on your chest) moves upwards, while your left hand (on your stomach) moves inwards towards your spine,

If this happened to you, it means that you are actually taking a shallow “chest breath”, and only using one-third of your potential breathing capacity. This can actually increase tension and stress in your body, especially in the small muscles of the neck and shoulders.

The solution – diaphragmatic breathing.

It’s actually quite easy.

Once again, place your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your stomach.

Now this time as you inhale, keep your right (chest) hand still, and allow the air to fill up and expand in your stomach (left hand moving away from the spine).

It is sometimes helpful to imagine your stomach as a balloon, and as you inhale the air inflates the balloon.

Only after the “abdomen balloon” is filled do you allow the chest to expand and fill with air.

Hint: Watch small children, as they have not yet “unlearned” this natural breathing process and can be excellent role models for you.

As you exhale simply allow all tension to release from your body and mind.

Although it may take a small bit of conscious effort in the beginning to re-learn this breathing pattern, it is well worth it to have this simple tool at your disposal to instantly alleviate stress and create more freedom in your golf swing.

Stephen Ladd is a Golf Performance Coach pioneering breakthrough energy psychology techniques, and the creator of Renegade Mindset Techniques for Golf ?. Visit RenegadeMentalGolf.com for free reports, videos, newsletters and an 8 part email mini-tutorial!

The Renegade Golf Psychology System is a valuable resource for any golfer that believes that he/she can improve upon their mental training in order to drop their handicap and/or just enjoy the game a bit more. Although some of the psychological challenges can differ from the rank beginner to the tour pro, I’m sure these techniques can be adapted and used by all of us to finally start “training our brains”.

At the time of this writing the price is $57 US. Which seems to be quite a bargain, as that just one session around here with a sports hypnotist (who may know nothing specific to golfers) is a whopping $125. Another nice feature is that these guys offer free email coaching for sixty days, as well as a solid money-back guarantee.

To test the system out for yourself CLICK HERE

Mental Golf Game Tips to Improve Your Performance

This brief article reveals three mental golf game tips utilizing a cutting-edge technique known as “tapping”.This brief article reveals three mental golf game tips utilizing a cutting-edge technique known as “tapping”.

What is Tapping?
“Tapping” is a do-it-yourself form of acupuncture, except you don’t use needles. Instead you simply “tap” on a few “clearing points” while focusing on and saying (to yourself, if appropriate) the negative feeling or emotion.
For the sake of simplicity, the following tips will only use a single point, referred to as the “collar bone point”.

However, it is not the exact collar bone, but rather the two bony notches at the base of your neck. It is about the spot where you would knot a necktie.

Just “tap” this point with an open hand approximately 10 times as instructed in the tips below. It’s that simple…

Tip # 1 – “Tapping” in your Pre-shot Routine

  • Tap while focusing on any negative feeling or emotion you might have about the upcoming shot. If you don’t have anything in particular, just use the term “tension”.
  • Take a deep breath and say to yourself “Let it be easy”.
  • Step up and swing the club.

Tip # 2 – “Tapping” in your Post-shot Routine

What…you don’t have a post-shot routine? That’s the subject for another article. For now we’ll keep it simple and divide your shot results into either positive or negative.

1. If the shot ended up where you intended (Positive) –
Simply tap and say “Exactly”, “Spot on”, “Nice”, or any other positive phrase indicating to yourself that you manifested the intended result.

2. If the shot did NOT play out as planned (Negative) –

  • Tap and say “Anger”, “Frustration”, or whatever emotion the less-than-perfect shot brings up.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Say to yourself “This is more what I had in mind”….
  • And then take another easy practice stroke and visualize the ball going exactly where you intended.
  • This is very important because it will plant in your subconscious mind this more positive result.

Tip # 3 – “Tapping” for Anger Management

  • Is there any activity on earth that people love to hate more than golf?
  • Any time that you feel anger on the course, just tap and say “anger”, “pissed off” or whatever best describes your feelings (and is somewhat appropriate given your environment).
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Don’t be fooled into believing that something so simple can’t be effective. Try it out for yourself and then make your own decision.

Stephen Ladd is a Golf Performance Coach pioneering breakthrough energy psychology techniques, and the creator of Renegade Mindset Techniques for Golf ™. Visit RenegadeMentalGolf.com for free reports, videos, newsletters and an 8 part email mini-tutorial!

The Renegade Golf Psychology System is a valuable resource for any golfer that believes that he/she can improve upon their mental training in order to drop their handicap and/or just enjoy the game a bit more. Although some of the psychological challenges can differ from the rank beginner to the tour pro, I’m sure these techniques can be adapted and used by all of us to finally start “training our brains”.

At the time of this writing the price is $57 US. Which seems to be quite a bargain, as that just one session around here with a sports hypnotist (who may know nothing specific to golfers) is a whopping $125. Another nice feature is that these guys offer free email coaching for sixty days, as well as a solid money-back guarantee.

To test the system out for yourself CLICK HERE

Breathe Like Tiger Woods – The Secret To A Fluid Golf Swing

Tiger Woods and other top pro golfers use a specific breathing method to relax their bodies for a fluid golf swing.Tiger Woods and other top pro golfers use a specific breathing method to relax their bodies for a fluid golf swing.

You can easily do the same thing. But first, let’s do a quick test to see where you currently stand.
In just a moment, I want you to take a big, deep breath.

And I want you to pay attention to what happens to your chest and to your stomach as you do it.

OK…do that now.

If you’re like 95% of all golfers, then your chest probably expanded outward right away, while your stomach went inward toward your spine.

If that’s the case, then you actually took a very shallow breath, not a deep one.
You would be classified as a “chest breather”!

Try not to panic. I am trained to alleviate you from this chronic condition.
Okay, but why should you care?

  • Less than optimal breathing (chest breathing) can cause:
  • An increased rate of breathing
  • Increased tension in your neck muscles
  • Headaches
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Increased stress
  • Increased sensation of pain
  • Fatigued, stiff muscles
  • Restricted and stiff joints
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Poor circulation
  • Poor posture
  • Inefficient movement patterns

Experiencing any of the above side effects means your golf game will suck! Or at least it will not be up to its full potential.

  • On the other hand, proper breathing:
  • Elicits a relaxation response
  • Provides an optimal amount of oxygen to your body
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps maintain a healthy musculature (including your back)

Let me be very clear about this –
The manner in which you breathe will literally determine the physiology of your body – for better or for worse.
Do you still think this breathing thing is a no-brainer?

The good news is that with a little practice and awareness, you can reprogram your breathing techniques and reap the corresponding benefits.

Optimal Breathing Exercise

Phase 1:
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

2. Place one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest.

3. Slowly inhale through your nose. Try to imagine the air going all the way down into your lower lungs (abdominal area). It may help to imagine your abdomen as a balloon, and as you inhale, the balloon inflates. Do not try to force your abdomen outward; rather simply allow the air from your inhalation to expand it.

4. Stop the inhalation before the hand on your chest begins to move.

5. Hold your breath for 5 seconds.

6. Exhale slowly through your nose or mouth. Use your hand to feel your “abdominal balloon” slowly deflate, as your navel moves towards your spine.

Perform 10 or more repetitions. I recommend starting with this “abdomen only” phase, and sticking with it until it feels relatively natural and easy.

Phase 2:
In actuality, the Phase 1 exercise was only a 2/3rds breath. This is an improvement over the chest breathing, but still not quite optimal. Now we will integrate the upper 1/3rd of your breath capacity – the upper chest area.
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

2. Place one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest.

3. Slowly inhale through your nose. Try to imagine the air going all the way down into your lower lungs (abdominal area). It may help to imagine your abdomen as a balloon, and as you inhale, the balloon inflates. Do not try to force your abdomen outward; rather simply allow the air from your inhalation to expand it.

4. Instead of stopping the “inflation” at the upper abdomen area, allow the breath to continue into the upper lungs and cause the chest to rise.

5. Hold your breath for 5 seconds.

6. Exhale slowly through your nose or mouth. The order of “deflation” should be the opposite of the “inflation” pattern. I.e. your chest hand should fall first, and then your abdomen hand.

Now that is a full, optimal breath.
This may take a bit of practice, but it is well worth the time and effort.
I would suggest spending five minutes in the morning, and again in the evening just prior to bed, mastering this technique. Once this technique feels quite natural lying on the ground, integrate it into your standing posture, for use on the course.

Now go get em, Tiger!

Stephen Ladd is a Golf Performance Coach pioneering breakthrough energy psychology techniques, and the creator of Renegade Mindset Techniques for Golf ?. Visit RenegadeMentalGolf.com for free reports, videos, newsletters and an 8 part email mini-tutorial!

The Renegade Golf Psychology System is a valuable resource for any golfer that believes that he/she can improve upon their mental training in order to drop their handicap and/or just enjoy the game a bit more. Although some of the psychological challenges can differ from the rank beginner to the tour pro, I’m sure these techniques can be adapted and used by all of us to finally start “training our brains”.

At the time of this writing the price is $57 US. Which seems to be quite a bargain, as that just one session around here with a sports hypnotist (who may know nothing specific to golfers) is a whopping $125. Another nice feature is that these guys offer free email coaching for sixty days, as well as a solid money-back guarantee.

To test the system out for yourself CLICK HERE

The Renegade Golf Psychology

As a golfer that is always looking to improve my game, I can become overwhelmed with the volume of information that is available from the Internet, books, magazines, etc. I’m sure you feel the same way; there is no shortage of swing coaches out there.

There isn’t as much variety out there for the mental training for golfers. Sure there are the standards like Bob Rotellla, Joe Parent and Gio Valiante; they absolutely have some useful materials that I have used for years. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long time since I’ve heard anything that was different.

The Renegade Golf Psychology System was created by a team of alternative psychology coaches and elite golfers, to specifically address the most common challenges that we face out on the course (or more correctly, in our heads!), such as:

  • First Tee Jitters
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Losing Focus – making bad decisions
  • Getting Tight and Over-Swinging
  • “Monkey-Mind”
  • Negative Thought Patterns

The Renegade Golf Psychology System differs from all of the other sports psychology products out there in three ways:

1. It’s specific to golfers. There is no doubt that the creators of this system went to great lengths to cover as many aspects of golf as possible. They drew upon their own experiences, but also consulted with elite coaches and their golfers for insights and feedback.

2. It utilizes alternative sports psychology. The three main tools are hypnosis, NLP, and Energy Mechanics (a form of acupuncture).

3.These guys and this system are results-oriented. They admit up-front that they are intentionally short on theory, and only care about results. All of their techniques are outside of mainstream, but as you will see from the testimonials on the website, so are the results.

One of the great things about this system is that it gives you several different techniques to test out for any of the areas you need to improve. My personal favorites are the hypnosis sessions. I was a little skeptical at first, because all I could think about was my brother doing funny things up on stage at a comedy show when he was hypnotized.

But these audio sessions are nothing like that! It just feels like 20 minutes of relaxation, with the coach taking you through different segments of your game like ball striking or putting, or building confidence and playing in the zone. I felt great after each session, and within a couple of weeks started noticing improvements in several aspects of my game (and scorecard)… without any conscious effort on my part.

The NLP and Energy Mechanics techniques are very interesting and have become a staple of my pre-shot and pre-round routines. Both of these are performed in-the-moment and have proved to work well for any negative feelings that crop up, especially when I have to face a shot over water (what used to be my nemesis!). They are also very subtle, so you never have to feel self-conscious about using them.

The one drawback I had in learning these last two techniques is that I’m a visual learner. Although the descriptions are quite detailed and there are photos, I really would have done better with some video tutorials. Maybe they will add this feature to the product in the future.

The Renegade Golf Psychology System is a valuable resource for any golfer that believes that he/she can improve upon their mental training in order to drop their handicap and/or just enjoy the game a bit more. Although some of the psychological challenges can differ from the rank beginner to the tour pro, I’m sure these techniques can be adapted and used by all of us to finally start “training our brains”.

At the time of this writing the price is $57 US. Which seems to be quite a bargain, as that just one session around here with a sports hypnotist (who may know nothing specific to golfers) is a whopping $125. Another nice feature is that these guys offer free email coaching for sixty days, as well as a solid money-back guarantee. Visit RenegadeMentalGolf.com

To test the system out for yourself CLICK HERE

Holiday Gift Guide for Your Golf Crazy Hubby

Golf. Golf. Golf.

If that’s all you hear around your house. It can be a little crazy sometimes, but the good news is it can make your gift shopping a lot easier.

Clubs are impossible to give as gifts because it is such a personal fit, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Check out these great gift ideas for your golf crazy hubby or friend.

Happy Holidays!

1. TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder – Laser Range Finder with Pinsensor – Laser Binoculars – Free Battery

This cool laser range finder will make both the golf lover and gadget lover happy.



2. TruGroove 6 head Golf Club Groove Sharpener – Improved Backspin and Ball Control – Wedges and Irons – with 12 Free Premium Bamboo Tees 

  • Don’t replace irons and wedges, re-groove them and extend their life
  • 3 Heads for U-Grooves, 3 Heads for V-Grooves, all irons, wedges and utility clubs

3. NFL Embroidered Golf Towel


  • Checkered scrubber design with bottom embroidery
  • Swivel clip for easy attachment and removal from golf bag

4. Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses With 5 Interchangeable Lenes for Men Women Cycling Running Driving Fishing Golf Baseball Glasses TR002

5. Monbix GF-70706 BBQ Grill Accessories, 6 Piece, Golf-Club Style, Stainless Steel Utensils with TPR Grips, Heavy Duty Grill Set with Golf-Club Bag

  •  BBQ grill set includes 1 spatula, 1 tong, 1 fork, 2 pepper bottles, these are all golf-club style.

6. JP Lann Golf Multi-Pocket Tote Hand Bag and Valuables Pouch


  • 3-Zippered Pockets
  • Attaches easily to your golf bag

7. Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green (9-feet x 3-feet)

  • Kidney-shaped practice putting green
  • High-quality putting surface stays smooth

8. Giggle Golf Bling Putt Now, Wine Later Golf Ball Marker With A Standard Hat Clip

9. PrideSports Golf Ball Pick-Up

  • Recover ball without bending over
  • Fits most putter grips

10. Winnet Golf Net 10 x 7 ft, Golf Training Aids, Hitting Practice Driving net, Yellow / Black Polyester Knotless Nets

  • STURDY FRAME: the base is assembled from 3 thick steel pipe into an corner-shaped structure add rigidity and weight for greater stability when hitting the net, great buffer ability & fast recovery with high toughness fiberglass rods
  • AUTOMATICALLY RETURNS BALL: unique tilt angle design, automatically returns the ball to the user, save the trouble of picking up the ball

11.  TecTecTec VPRO500 Golf Rangefinder – Laser Range Finder with Pinsensor – Laser Binoculars – Free Battery

12.  Callaway Chrome Soft 2017 Golf Balls (One Dozen)

  • Longer carry from Hex aerodynamics
  • Superior distance off the long clubs and control off the short clubs

13. CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 Golf Bag Travel Cover

14.  Softspikes Cleatkaddy Golf Wrench

Black

15.  Samsonite Golf Trunk Organizer

16.  Athletico Golf Shoe Bag – Zippered Shoe Carrier Bags With Ventilation & Outside Pocket for Socks, Tees, etc.

17.  ProActive Sports Rain Tek 3-Wheel Cart Bag Cover

Chipping Can Be Hard! This Tip Makes It Easy.

 

Chipping is simple.

OR…

At least it should be!

The amount of golfers that struggle with chipping is staggering. In my opinion, the main reason has nothing to do with technique per se, but tempo.

Most golfers that are poor chippers have poor tempo. They have stabby strokes.

So if your chipping could do with some help, here is what I suggest you do.

Get out your pitching wedge and practice swinging with good tempo. Click here to find out more.

To do this simply say “1” on your backswing, and “2” on your downswing and as you hit your ball.

But do this first without hitting a ball. Just get used to swinging back and forth with a “1”, “2” tempo.

Then when you’ve done that, put a ball in the way of your swing.

Make sure that you don’t change your tempo when a ball is in play. Just focus on your good tempo and let the ball get in the way.

If you do this, you’ll notice your chip shots will be better and more consistent.

That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game to make it so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s step-by-step Short Game Improvement program that will help you to have a short game as good as a pro.

The Short Game Improvement Program

1 Tip to Improve Your Chipping Confidence…

Today I have for you some great short game advice from Jeff Richmond who is the Director of Instruction at ConsistentGolf.com.

Below you’ll find a common question Jeff gets about chipping along with his simply advice.

Question:
“I greatly lack confidence when chipping and I either fat or thin my chip shots. The contact is not good at all. Can you give me something to help with this problem?”

Answer
The biggest reason I see golfers struggling with chipping is because they have way too many moving parts.

The action of chipping is very closely related to the action of putting. Click here to find out more.

So to help you improve your contact when chipping, I suggest you treat your chip shots as long putts. So setup to your chip shots largely the same as you would a putt. Use your putting grip when chipping and assume a very similar stance.

Then when playing the chip shot, simply take the club back and through similar to how you would if you were to putt.

By doing this you’ll cut out a lot of extra movements, and this will make chipping much easier.

Now as far as club selection when doing this, I strongly suggest that you start practicing with a hybrid.

Why?

Because this will force you to do something different and learn to sweep the ball away. It’s very hard to fat a hybrid when chipping with it, and this will eliminate one bad shot and give you increased confidence.

So play chip shots like a long putt and watch your results and confidence soar.

That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game to make it so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step-by-step Short Game Improvement program.

The Short Game Improvement Program

How To Improve Your Pitch Shot Feel

Today I have for you some great short game advice from Jeff Richmond who is the Director of Instruction at ConsistentGolf.com. By improving your pitching, chipping and bunker shots you can easily take a lot of shots off your scores.

Below you’ll find a really simple tip from Jeff Richmond to help you improve your chipping confidence and pitching feel, plus increase your confidence.

Many, many golfers have problems with chipping and pitching, and a lot of it comes down to confidence.

So without any further ado, here’s some tips and advice from Jeff to help you get the ball closer with your short game shots…

Pitch shots in the 20 – 50 yard range are tricky.

You need to have a good feel for the distance required before you hit the shot, otherwise you’ll have a lack of confidence over these shots. And a lack of confidence over a golf shot is a killer.

So here’s a way to improve your feel and confidence on these pitch shots.   Click here to know more.

Go out to a practice green, or even in your backyard, and spend five minutes or so tossing balls underhand onto the practice green, or to a set target at home.

Doing this will help your rhythm and tempo when you go to pitch a ball, because the tempo and rhythm used to toss a ball should be similar to the tempo and rhythm required to hit good pitch shots.

When you are underhand tossing the balls you should be aware of how your hand adjusts to produce different trajectories and distances.

So, experiment and toss the ball at different trajectories and from different distances away from your target. Feel and notice the difference in your actions. After underhand tossing balls for at least 5 minutes, then hit some pitch shots from the distances you’ve been at.

That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game to make it so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step-by-step Short Game Improvement program.

The Short Game Improvement Program

Simple Tip To Improve Your Pitching Contact

Today I have for you some great short game advice from Jeff Richmond who is the Director of Instruction at ConsistentGolf.com.  The advice he shares below may seem contrary to the short game advice you’ve been given in the past but listen to what he says and then give it a try.

Everyone knows how important the short game is, but here’s some stats that may surprise you…

From 30 yards pros get up and down about 46% of the time. Whereas a 10 handicap golfer only gets up and down around 11% of the time, and a 30 handicapper only gets up and down about 3% of the time.

Ouch!

So the moral of the story boys and girls, is… improve your short game and your scores will drop!

But one of the biggest factors that prevents this has to do with contact on the short shots.

Because if you fat or thin your short game shots, then the ball is going to either go too far or too short, leaving you a long putt or, heaven forbid… another chip!

So today I want to give you one simple tip that will help you improve the percentage of contact on your short shots.

What I’m about to share with you is completely contrary to what you’ve heard about the short game.

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You see, the common advice with the short game is to put most of the weight on your left side (for right handers) at address and hit down on the ball.

Think about it… that’s ok for a professional or the golfer who practices a lot, because by doing this your contact has to be very precise. If you’re making a short stroke and hitting sharply down on the ball and your contact point is slightly off, then you’ll stub the club in the ground causing a fat shot, or you’ll hit the ball above the middle causing a thin shot.

So for most golfers I’m teaching, I suggest that when they setup to a chip or short pitch, they keep the weight fairly even at address and the ball in the middle of the stance.

Once setup like this, then I get them to make a much shallower backswing and follow-through. So it’s much more of a sweeping motion than an up and down motion.

Imagine a shallow U rather than a sharp V action.

This is a lot different than what is commonly taught, but for most golfers who I teach this, it gives better consistency and a much higher margin for error. Because the club is moving much lower to the ground, you can miss hit the ball and it’s still possible to get a good result.

You’ll hit less fats and thins with this approach.

So if your short game is a problem area for you, try this and let me know how you get on.

Hope it helps you.

That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game to make it so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step-by-step Short Game Improvement program.

The Short Game Improvement Program

Why You Should Practice 9 Yard Pitch Shots

Today I have for you some more great short game advice from Jeff Richmond who is the Director of Instruction at Consistent Golf. So let’s get started…

A while ago I was reading an article online, which had research that shows the average distance golfers miss the green is 6 to 8 yards from the edge of the green.

Now for most pitch shots you want the ball to land a couple of yards from the edge of the green, and then let the ball run the rest of the way to the hole.

So knowing this can help you tremendously to lower your score… and here’s how:

Find a grassed area where you can practice pitch shots up to 30 yards in distance.

Then get about 50 balls ready to hit. Then place an object 9 yards away from you that you’re going to try to land your ball on.

Now I want you to get out the following clubs:

– 7 iron
– 9 iron
– Pitching Wedge
– Sand Wedge
– 60 Degree Wedge (if you have one)

Then I want you to play each shot with a different club, trying to land the ball on the 9 yard marker.

When you get proficient at doing this, then go to a practice green and find spots about 7 yards from the edge of the green.

Play shots with the appropriate club to land the ball a couple of yards on the green and let it run to the hole.

If you get really good at this ONE length of pitch shot, you’ll save yourself a lot of shots around the greens, AND…

You’ll be using your practice time wisely!

This can only help to lower your scores because when you can hit your chip, pitch and bunker shots close to the hole consistently you’ll save so many shots it’s not funny.

That tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game to make it so it’s like a professional, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step-by-step Short Game Improvement program.

The Short Game Improvement Program