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Monday, January 7, 2013
3Jack's 2013 Golf Resolutions
reduce the amount of toe-hits
I generally hit shots on the sweetspot
or a dimple or two off the sweetspot very straight and at the target. In fact,
once I switched to a 44-3/8” driver, that has increased as well. However, all
bets are off with the toe shots. Usually it causes an over-draw. But sometimes
it causes a bad miss left and occasionally it causes a bad miss right. It’s not
like it’s a constant problem, but it’s just enough to make the ball flight and
miss less predictable. Particularly if I’m hitting fades that
Putt every putt out, regardless of how casual the round of
I think it’s important to do this from the get-go instead of
waiting a few weeks before a tournament. I feel becoming mentally tougher in all
facets of the game is a top priority.
One of my favorite documentaries in sports in the past 10 years
is called ‘The Street Stops Here.’ The story of Bob Hurley, Sr. who coaches one
of the very best high school basketball programs, St. Anthony’s in Jersey
You can watch the entire movie here.
of the main things that Hurley preaches on the court is that his players keep a
‘poker face’ at all times. He does not want them to complain and pout when
things are not going their way. Even if they screw up.
One scene Hurley
talks about him suspending two starters in a game for slacking off in school as
they go to play against Kobe Bryant’s high school. Trailing by 1 before the
half, one of the backups replacing the suspended starters, steals the ball from
Bryant and St. Anthony’s scores before the halftime buzzer. As Hurley puts it,
Bryant has his head down while St. Anthony’s storms off the court. Then St.
Anthony’s goes on to win by 15 points.
The point being is that body
language and facial expression can sabotage performance. I got much better at
those in 2012, but I still have a long ways to go.
rounds of golf
I think it’s too easy to get caught up into practice.
I think there is an important place for practice and an important place for
playing golf. Part of my goal is to find a way to optimize the amount of
practice and play I get. But, I think the best tournament players tend to play a
lot more golf than just practicing.
Eliminate checking my swing
This is something I’ve given a bit of thought
towards in the past year. If you watch the great ballstrikers of all time like
Nicklaus, Snead, Hogan, etc., they never checked their swing mechanics in their
practice swing. They simply got a feel for the club, loosened up a little, found
the target and hit the shot. They didn’t check their takeaway or their position
at the top of the swing, etc.
I think one of the problems with that and
what is often called ‘playing the golf swing instead of playing golf’ is that
your eyes are diverted by the mechanics when you are checking the mechanics.
Then, when you take the swing you have created a habit of diverting your eyes to
the mechanics mid-swing instead focusing the eyes on the ball and sensing the
Practice more short game shots with a long
I think this is what made Seve so great at the Short
you can hit bunker blasts and flops close with a 3-iron, you’ll be unstoppable
with a wedge.
Better structured and focused practice
I’ve been reading ‘Mental Toughness Training for Golf’ by
Dr. Rob Bell and I really like it. I plan to finish reading the book and
implementing it into my practice sessions. I think combining that with my
practice drills that my instructor, George Hunt (www.moradgolfgeorgehunt.com),
has given me…will not only improve my swing mechanics more rapidly, but be able
to execute them under pressure better.
Discover new mathematical
truths about the game
I discovered more mathematical truths and was
able to identify strategies that work. These are discussed in 2012 Pro Golf
think they helped me understand the game more. Going into the year I thought
that the biggest key to the game for somebody like myself was Danger Zone play.
However, I was only half right. From studying players of all skill
levels and looking at some Tour players that fell off dramatically like Mike
Weir, I started to understand how the importance of driving fluctuates depending
on skill level. I started to understand that for my game, driving is extremely
important whereas the typical Tour player drives it better on their worse days
than I drive it on a decent day (if I am driving it well, I can very well hit it
better off the tee than a Tour player on their bad days).
I started to
understand some things about putting and 'going low' (I will have a column on
GolfWRX about 'going low' soon). I also understood some general concepts about a
'Moneyball' style of approaching the game and I think it not only made me a
better player, but made my objectives more clear so I have an easier path to
getting better. If I can continue to learn more things about the game from a
numbers standpoint, the better it will be for my game.
fun out on the course
I think 2012 was a fun time as I got to play a
lot of good golf courses. Florida courses, particularly in Orlando, tend to have
a unique trait about them in that they are more fun to play the 2nd or 3rd time
around than the 1st time playing them. You can get fooled by some of the designs
just enough that it takes away from the enjoyment the first time playing them.
This year I was able to play a ton of different courses and pretty much every
major course in the Orlando area. Thus, I can better choose what courses I want
to play for 2013. On the list are:
El Campeon @ Mission Inn
Resort Redtail Club Juliette Falls Grande Pines Southern Dunes GC Harmony Golf
Preserve Legends @ Orange Lake Resort Sugarloaf Mountain Victoria
Hills La Cita CC
Next year I plan on playing more courses towards
the Daytona Beach area like LPGA International.