Golf Up To Scratch? – Part 1

Is Your Golf Up To Scratch? – Part 1

Sports Articles | July 12, 2009

Planning is as important to playing great golf as it is to being successful in business.  Do you set goals for yourself in golf and how often does your golf live up to your expectations?

Once you get mid way through the golfing season it can be interesting to look back and see if your golf is meeting the expectations or hopes which you began your golf year with.

We all have our targets for the year, be it simply enjoying the game more, or playing more, or practicing as well as playing, or getting our handicaps as close to scratch as possible.  It’s a bit like making your New Year’s Resolutions, only in this case it’s your New Golf Season’s Resolutions.  And rather like New Year’s Resolutions, they can so easily fall by the way side after a couple of weeks, and for some of us, we don’t even get started, we don’t get past “go”.

Most people are really good at planning things at work, organizing work into bite sized chunks and planning when each chunk will be achieved by.  Most of us are more comfortable knowing what we need to do and then just getting on with it.  As you plan to achieve your goals, they become not only possible to achieve, but highly probable.  We don’t, however, tend to take this mindset and apply it to our hobbies.  A hobby is a game, isn’t it?  You shouldn’t have to work at it, should you?

How much do you want to make your golfing goal probable as opposed to possible?  The thing is that if you really want to achieve your golfing dream, you do have to plan for it.  Whatever you imagine you can create, and so it’s vital that you can see yourself achieving your golfing goal.  Can you see this happening for you; can you really see what you want to see?

Here’s a quick way of double checking that you can REALLY see yourself getting to that elusive goal.  This is very quick and easy, so you can do it now. 

Sit down somewhere comfortable, close your eyes and create a picture of yourself in your mind’s eye of yourself achieving your goal, really see what you want to see, create this picture in your mind’s eye and notice how you feel as well.  I’d like you to look at that picture and become aware of a few things.  Firstly, can you see what you want to see?  This is the first step; unless you can see what you want, it’s highly unlikely to happen. 

As you look at your picture, is this picture right in front of you or is it to one side?  If it’s to one side, move it across until it is right in front of you.  Make sure that your picture is right in front of you.  As you move the picture until it is directly in front of you, make sure that you are seeing what you want to see in every way.  As you see yourself in this picture, you should feel a sense of achievement, a feeling of satisfaction, fun and enjoyment.  Now, imagine that you are stepping right into the picture, see what you’ll see, feel what you’ll feel, hear what you’ll hear.  Really animate your picture and make it big and bright and clear in your mind’s eye.

For those of you who didn’t see what you wanted to see, I recommend the following quick mental exercise, which everyone can do, young or old, positive or negative in outlook.

Close your eyes again and create that picture in your mind’s eye.  If you find that you are seeing what you want to see, that’s great, savor it and enjoy it, make it really bright and clear, make sure it’s right in front of you and then step right into your picture and enjoy the feelings associated with it.  If, on the other hand, the picture has elements of what you don’t want, what I’d like you to do is to move this picture off to one side, left or right, send it as far to the side that it can go, and then drain the color out of it, and make it go fuzzy and shrink it, and imagine that you can crumple that picture up and literally put it in the bin.  Just bin the negatives and create a picture right in front of you of what you do want to experience and achieve in your golf game.

This technique, of “binning the negatives”, is really effective in all areas of your golf game, as well as in all areas of your life.  If a thought or picture in your mind’s eye is powerful and productive, keep it there.  If it is negative or unproductive, just send it to one side, drain the color out, shrink it, crumple it up and put it in the bin.  You will also find that hypnosis downloads can be used to make this exercise both easier and more compelling.

Sports Articles | July 12, 2009

Planning is as important to playing great golf as it is to being successful in business.  Do you set goals for yourself in golf and how often does your golf live up to your expectations?

Once you get mid way through the golfing season it can be interesting to look back and see if your golf is meeting the expectations or hopes which you began your golf year with.

We all have our targets for the year, be it simply enjoying the game more, or playing more, or practicing as well as playing, or getting our handicaps as close to scratch as possible.  It’s a bit like making your New Year’s Resolutions, only in this case it’s your New Golf Season’s Resolutions.  And rather like New Year’s Resolutions, they can so easily fall by the way side after a couple of weeks, and for some of us, we don’t even get started, we don’t get past “go”.

Most people are really good at planning things at work, organizing work into bite sized chunks and planning when each chunk will be achieved by.  Most of us are more comfortable knowing what we need to do and then just getting on with it.  As you plan to achieve your goals, they become not only possible to achieve, but highly probable.  We don’t, however, tend to take this mindset and apply it to our hobbies.  A hobby is a game, isn’t it?  You shouldn’t have to work at it, should you?

How much do you want to make your golfing goal probable as opposed to possible?  The thing is that if you really want to achieve your golfing dream, you do have to plan for it.  Whatever you imagine you can create, and so it’s vital that you can see yourself achieving your golfing goal.  Can you see this happening for you; can you really see what you want to see?

Here’s a quick way of double checking that you can REALLY see yourself getting to that elusive goal.  This is very quick and easy, so you can do it now. 

Sit down somewhere comfortable, close your eyes and create a picture of yourself in your mind’s eye of yourself achieving your goal, really see what you want to see, create this picture in your mind’s eye and notice how you feel as well.  I’d like you to look at that picture and become aware of a few things.  Firstly, can you see what you want to see?  This is the first step; unless you can see what you want, it’s highly unlikely to happen. 

As you look at your picture, is this picture right in front of you or is it to one side?  If it’s to one side, move it across until it is right in front of you.  Make sure that your picture is right in front of you.  As you move the picture until it is directly in front of you, make sure that you are seeing what you want to see in every way.  As you see yourself in this picture, you should feel a sense of achievement, a feeling of satisfaction, fun and enjoyment.  Now, imagine that you are stepping right into the picture, see what you’ll see, feel what you’ll feel, hear what you’ll hear.  Really animate your picture and make it big and bright and clear in your mind’s eye.

For those of you who didn’t see what you wanted to see, I recommend the following quick mental exercise, which everyone can do, young or old, positive or negative in outlook.

Close your eyes again and create that picture in your mind’s eye.  If you find that you are seeing what you want to see, that’s great, savor it and enjoy it, make it really bright and clear, make sure it’s right in front of you and then step right into your picture and enjoy the feelings associated with it.  If, on the other hand, the picture has elements of what you don’t want, what I’d like you to do is to move this picture off to one side, left or right, send it as far to the side that it can go, and then drain the color out of it, and make it go fuzzy and shrink it, and imagine that you can crumple that picture up and literally put it in the bin.  Just bin the negatives and create a picture right in front of you of what you do want to experience and achieve in your golf game.

This technique, of “binning the negatives”, is really effective in all areas of your golf game, as well as in all areas of your life.  If a thought or picture in your mind’s eye is powerful and productive, keep it there.  If it is negative or unproductive, just send it to one side, drain the color out, shrink it, crumple it up and put it in the bin.  You will also find that hypnosis downloads can be used to make this exercise both easier and more compelling.

Golf Is A Funny Game

Golf Is A Funny Game

Sports Articles | February 20, 2010

Golf is an exceptional game which helps you to grow as a person.  Mental skills for golf can be learned easily with golf hypnosis.  Every golfer knows that golf mind training is essential to success in this game.

I was chatting with Fred Greene of Golf Smarter the other day and was aware of how often we broke into laughter during the course of our conversation. There are many things which made us laugh, and I am only too aware that my jaw got a great work out!

Both of us are passionate about golf, and both of us have found our way to forming a marriage between our passion and our employment. Golf makes me smile a lot and I can tell that it does the same for Fred.

There are many aspects of golf which I dearly love. It is a friendly game and a wonderful way in which to meet new people. My home is in the Isle of Man; although I’m lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time in California (even though it’s quite a commute!). It was a gentleman (an avid golfer) who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, who put me in touch with Fred who also lives in California. There are very few games which put people together from all over the world in such an easy and comfortable manner.

Part of what leads to that ease of getting to know someone is the shared passion for the game whilst another part is the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf together with the gentle pace of the game. A further aspect is the fact that you can be almost any age or fitness level and still be able to play golf. And then of course your level of accomplishment doesn’t affect the play of the other people who you are playing with. Golf is pretty much unique in this combination of facts.

Cricket is another game which affords plenty of time to get to know a fellow spectator, as a gentleman pointed out the other day. It provides a great “networking opportunity” as you bond over your shared passion. But you can’t play cricket on your own and your level of ability will affect the overall game. Tennis requires too much energy to leave much time for pleasantries and you again cannot play alone. Can you think of any sport which provides the same opportunities to “connect” that golf does?

Aside from the friends you can make through golf, there are many other things which make it a very special game. I have already mentioned that you can play it alone or with others and level of ability doesn’t cause issues. A far greater thing however is what golf teaches you as a person.

I played yesterday with a friend who passed comment on how much her temperament had altered since she had started to play golf, both on and off the course. She is now a more placid and person; she was always determined. Golf teaches you the mental skills which are necessary in life in general because it provides you with immediate and dramatic feedback upon your thoughts and actions. As you learn to control your emotions and direct your focus more appropriately, these skills can then be put to good use in every other area of your life.

Cause and effect are seen very clearly in golf, as your thoughts control your arms and then the club and ultimately the ball. The impact of your thoughts are therefore illuminated; you can see very clearly what needs a little work or practice. As your control of the golf ball increases, you inevitably grow as a person.

Worst Golf Tip Ever?

Is this the Worst Golf Tip Ever?

Sports Articles | October 22, 2005

Some golfers just cannot help passing on golf tips when they see you struggling, but are they doing you a favor? Some golf tips can have a disasterous effect on your game. This article shows how to save yourself from the bad golf tip and create a golf swing that will stop anyone from offering you any advice ever again.

How many times, when you were struggling out there on the golf course, have you been offered a golf tip?

It seems that there are a whole bunch of golfers who just cannot help themselves from passing on their own personal favorite golf tips when they see a fellow golfer struggling.

For one friend of mine this got so bad that he actually refused to play with a particular golfer who always passed on golf tips whenever they played together.

The problem with the golf tip is that it only affects one small part of your swing. And the golf swing is a very complex series of movements that have to be carried out precisely, in a correct sequence and at a given speed. If the golf tip you are given upsets that sequence or throws another part of your swing out of its normal place it can have a disasterous effect on your shot.

The reason why I like Mind-Movies is that they string together, in the correct sequence, all the different positions and moves of a good swing. A good golf Mind-Movie is in effect a whole series of golf tips correctly strung togther.

What I am saying here is that any single golf tip can damage your swing no matter how good that tip may be. Any golf tip you are given may be a perfectly correct part of a good golf swing but if that golf tip does not fit in with the rest of your swing it can spell disaster.

Smart golfers learn to visualize all the different bodily positions in their golf swing. They then groove those pictures into their mind in the form of Mind-Movies. These Mind-Movies show them exactly what they have to do in order to swing the club in a way which consistently produces long and accurate shots. Then, when they’re ready to play, all they do is run their Mind-Movie and let the movie send precise what-to-do instructions to the different parts of their body.

The trick with Mind-Movies is to build them correctly and then groove them into your mind so that you can see them whenever you need them. Then, if someone offers you a golf tip you can check it out against the pictures in your mind before deciding whether it will be likely to improve your swing.

It took me a lot of time and a lot of trial-and-error to learn to do program my Mind-Movies correctly. But once I’d mastered the art it had a magical effect on my game. In my e-book The Golf Mind Movies Power Pack I describe in detail how to install a golf Mind-Movie which will quickly get you playing more consistent golf.

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If a golfer you know is suddenly hitting the ball further and straighter it is probably not because of some simple golf tip or because they have purchased the latest big, big, great big enromous driver or a new set of irons; it is far more likely that they have pieced together a whole set of golf tips into an effective golf Mind-Movie that works for them.

Buying A Golf Bag Online

Information On Buying A Golf Bag Online

Hobbies Articles | January 8, 2010

Do you need to find a good golf bag? Golf bag on the internet give all kinds of specifications. Golf bags are available in a variety of colors and styles. If you are a woman golfer, there are bags designed for you. You can try Wilson, Tailor-made or Mizuno brand. Read this article and discover what golf bag you should buy.

Golf bags today do not only house the golf clubs; they also provide compartments for refreshments, clothes and accessories like the mobile phones. Some manufacturers recognize the need for women to do re-touch on their make-up, so they added a pocket for that.

Bags come in different colors, styles, sizes, and materials. The pencil bag is ideal for the 9-hole match. It is designed from lightweight materials to hold only few golf clubs. The stand bag, another style of golf bag, provides storage and protection for the complete set of golf clubs.

The lightweight nylon-based materials and dual padded straps evenly distribute the weight across your back and shoulders. The latest stand bags come with retractable legs that are spring-loaded. The legs extend automatically when the bag is placed down. This feature enables you to access your golf clubs from a comfortable angle.

Golf bags can also be similar to a trolley. Designed to carry a complete set of golf clubs, trolley bags have 14 ‘graphite-friendly’ dividers to provide excellent club protection in transit. It is the favorite bag among golfers, professionals, and hobbyists, because it can be pushed, pulled, or used as an electric golf trolley.

Trolleys also feature several pockets that can be accessed without removing the bag from the trolley. Like all types of bags, the trolley can also be customized with a logo, text, and color. To buy a trolley, you can browse through the auction sites and stores on the internet.

There are cheap golf bags that have excellent features and are in good condition. Even the designer bags such as Wilson, Tailor-made and Mizuno are sold at lower prices compared to similar bags sold in the brick-and-mortar world.

The only drawback of buying golf bags online is not having the chance to inspect the bags like you could when you shop at a local store. However, there is another way to ensure that your golf bag is exactly what you want it to be.

Go to the websites that offer specifications on golf accessories and equipment. Some e-stores inform customers of the available color and sizes of each item on display.

Assess your golf needs and expectations of your golf bags. To make your search organized, you can list down the features and basic specifications that you want. Make sure each bag you find has all or some of the particulars on your list.

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Never forget to include the travel cover for your golf bags. This protects the contents in your bag, particularly the golf clubs. Moreover, choose the bag that has an insulated cooler pocket for your hot and cold refreshments.

Tips to Make Golf Enjoyable

Tips to Make Golf Enjoyable to All – Guide to Politeness on the Golf Course

Sports Articles | January 16, 2008

Golf is a great game but is easily spoilt when players do not follow simple, common sense politeness on the golf course. Here are some key points of golf etiquette.

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Out on the course the other day, we were playing behind a really rude, lousily, foursome and it was truly awful. I am sure they knew better, but just did not care. That said, I thought I would quickly go through a few steps of golf etiquette and what you need to know in order to avoid being labeled as selfish out on the golf course. Golf is a game of honor. It is easy to cheat at golf, so every player is on his honor. Those who don’t play honorably are usually unpopular and will find it hard to get opponents as word soon gets round the club. Golf has its own code of etiquette that everyone should follow and obey. Here are just a few that I try to practice. When it is your turn to play, be ready. When walking to your ball, make your decision about the club to use, whether you will hit straight or with draw or fade, the line you will take and so on. That way, when you arrive at the ball, you are ready to hit. You don’t have to hurry, just be ready and make your play. The norm is that first shot on any hole goes to the player with the lowest score on the previous hole. If that hole was tied, then the tee goes to the player with the lowest score on the previous hole. If everyone is clear about this, there will be no wasting time deciding who takes the next shot at the next tee. Play it different if you want. Just make sure everyone in your group knows and agrees. Make sure those in front of you have cleared out of range before you hit. Make sure everyone in your foursome is behind you when you hit. Common courtesy as well as sensible health and safety. Pay attention to the group behind you. If you are holding them up, let them play through. Some of us play faster than others. Groups that are unaware of others create annoyance and eventually anger at their selfishness. Take care of the course. Repair your divots. Repair any ball marks. Replace any loose grass or turf in the center of the hole or anywhere there is loose grass. It is the responsibility of every golfer to look after the course. Remember to rake the sand smooth after you have used the bunkers. Leaving them in a mess for the next group is bad form and selfish. Park your cart away from the greens, tees, and bunkers. Park on the left side of the green, nearest the next tee. One thing I see a lot is the people in front of me, are crowding around the hole filling in their score cards, after they have finished the hole. After you have finished a hole, move out the way to mark your score card. Mark your card on the way to the next tee. How hard is that? These are a few things that will make the game better for all of us.

cheaper to shop online for your golf needs?

Why is it cheaper to shop online for your golf needs?

Sports Articles | February 11, 2011

Golf is a sport that requires very specific equipment. If you are going to take up the game of golf you will need golf clubs, bags, shoes, gloves, balls and even golf tees. These items can end up being quite expensive if you buy them from your local golf store.

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Golf is a sport that requires very specific equipment. If you are going to take up the game of golf you will need golf clubs, bags, shoes, gloves, balls and even golf tees. These items can end up being quite expensive if you buy them from your local golf store. There is a way you can save money. By buying your golf supplies online you can save a great deal of money. There are so many online golf stores that offer deals local golf shops just can’t match. Sometimes they even offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount of money.

By shopping online you might find one golf shop with a deal on golf clubs while another golf shop may have a deal on the golf shoes that you need. Since there are so many golf stores online it pays to take your time and shop around for deals. Prices can vary greatly online. What one store is offering cheap may be relatively expensive in another store. 

Don’t forget to factor in shipping. What may look like a deal at one golf store may not be a deal when shipping is factored in. Shipping can end up adding a great deal to the price of something you buy online. Thankfully there are companies that offer free shipping. Shipping can take days or weeks.

Shopping online for golf needs is also made cheaper by individual sellers selling golf supplies online. There are auction sites and classifieds that are filled with golf supplies. Everything from golf clubs to golf shoes are being sold. Some of the stuff if barely used. In some cases it could have been a gift somebody didn’t want and now they are selling it. Looking for deals in classifieds is something people often forget to do, but it sure can save you a lot of money and you can find some great deals.

With all the options that are available to you online, it is simply much cheaper to buy what you need for golf online. You can easily save 50 percent buy shopping online. When you see how expensive golf supplies can be, you will know it’s a wise choice to look for anything you need on the internet. Shop around and have fun. There are so many deals out there to be found and new ones come around every single day.

How To Select A Men’s Golf Shoe?

Do You Know How To Select A Men’s Golf Shoe?

Sports Articles | May 28, 2010

Do you know the history of golf? Regardless of how golf got started, if you golf you need men’s golf shoe. They are not cheap, for the good shoes. The shoes you wear will determine your golf score. If you wear bad shoes to golf, you can forget top performance. Read this article to get some golf history and golf shoes hints.

Men love golf….that’s why, men’s golf shoe exist. How do you choose the best golf shoes for a male? If you are just starting to play golf, then this is the kind of question that you must be asking your friends, colleagues or golfer fellows.

Golf is a very old game. Although no historical data could clearly state the date when this game first started, historians believe that the history of golf dates back on the medieval time. Some recordings even show a game played somewhere in Netherlands, during the late 13th century, that uses almost the same equipments and mechanics as golf. Until now, the debate on the game’s origin continues to live on. Some claims that the game had started in Asia and not in Europe.

While historians keep on debating on its origin, people, especially men, get more and more hooked with this sport. Played by using a club to place a ball in a ground hole had attracted thousands and thousands of players all over the world. In fact, players do not even mind long travels and far distances just to meet up and play together.

Now, it is no longer just a game. People enjoy golf for different reasons. Some say that it is because they like to socialize with their friends; some would also say that they love the discipline of the game. Another reason why people play golf is because of its prestige. Yes, people consider golf as a prestigious game.

But, for whatever reason people play the game or no matter how much historians argue on its history, golf would never be as interesting as it is without using the most appropriate equipment, accessories and outfits. Indeed, all of the things that golfers use are important in the game; from the golf clubs to the golf shoes that they wear.

Golfers are meticulous with what they use and wear for the game. When it comes to golf footwear, they always go for the best. Men are the number one fanatics of the game that is why it is natural for men’s shoe to exist.

There are different brands of men’s golf shoe. At present, all popular sports and casual brands offer golf footwear for men such as callaway shoes, golf adidas and Dunlop golf. As an addition to the existing golf shoes makers, Ecco had also launched their ecco golf selection early this year.

There are different considerations when it comes to buying golf shoes and looking at these factors would help you choose the kind of men’s shoe that you wear. Comfort, as always, is the first thing that you should check. Durability is also another factor and price comes last.

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Searching for golf shoes is never easier than now. Because of technology, people can now easily browse the net and check for the golf shoes that they like. Different websites sell this kind of product. Interestingly, some of them may even offer different types and brands of men’s golf shoe.