*Golf Tips from Brian Powers, PGA

The Mental Game

"Why does it seem nowadays we have more people quitting golf than taking it up?  The answer (in my opinion) is because either they or their golf pro have confused their minds with all too many swing thoughts leading them into a downward spiral of paralysis by analysis.  The question really is how technical or mechanical is too technical?  I've always taught my students never to focus on more than 3 swing thoughts at a time and if it ain't broke don't fix it.  Once I believe they've built those swing thoughts into muscle memory, its time to move on to new ones.  Lets not forget that performing the golf swing is an athletic move and whenever you're performing any athletic move in any sport you should try to keep it as simple as possible.  There are the basic fundamentals everyone should try to master and its good to stay on top of things to make sure you're not falling backwards into any old bad habits, but once your technique is sound, then it truly is what's inside that makes the champion.  That's where and when my 8 essential elements for any golfer to play their best really comes into play."

The Full Swing

"The golf swing is a thing of beauty when performed correctly.  Ideally, it should be effortless, rhythmic and in sync.  It is not a thing of perfection, but as I like to say, "the golf swing is a thing of imperfect perfection."  I teach by a motto that you should always be striving for excellence in your golf swing, never perfection because its just not necessary or realistic.  Take for example the average tour pro.  They miss approximately 1/3 of their greens during a round.  So, their swings are far from perfect, but surely excellent.  And they're the best players in the world too.  So, don't be too hard on yourself when learning how to swing or set your expectations too high.  Be patient with the learning process because it does take time and forgive yourself for your mistakes along the way because performing the proper golf swing can be difficult. "


"You've probably heard the old golf phrase that you drive for show and putt for dough.  Well, it couldn't be more true!  Short game and putting especially is where you score.  Good putters have a good eye and always have good feel.  They can see the undulation of different greens and factor in the speed correctly as well.  They usually also have a rhythmic and smooth stroke with a clear minded focus.  Putting (in my opinion) is much more of an art form than a science.  There is no formula for how far back to take the putter to hit the ball a certain distance for example.  Most of putting is performed by feel gained by experience.  You see this to be so true by just watching other people putt.  There are so many different ways people grip the club and so many different designs of putters to choose from.  You have to find the type of putter and the way to hold it that you ultimately feel comfortable with and that works best for you as its unique to the person."

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