Author: Sam James

PGA CLINIC – HOW THE PROS ARE SO GOOD

PGA CLINIC – HOW THE PROS ARE SO GOOD
I am a better golfer today than I was last week before I met Dr. Ryan Caserta and PGA Professional Matt Bencriscutto. How can I say that with any conviction? There are two things that I can point to specifically to make that claim, and over time I may be singing their praises even more loudly. First, I am a better putter. I know it and I have proven it to myself. I’ve often said that you don’t know, what you don’t know. Well, looking back at my old self from a week ago I feel like I was a green belt at putting and now I have a chance to actually become a black belt on the greens. ...
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FLAT CAT PUTTER GRIP REVIEW

FLAT CAT PUTTER GRIP REVIEW
Product Name FLAT CAT Putter Grip Introduction The FLAT CAT Putter Grip is a new putter grip available from Flatcatgolf.com. The design of the grip features 2 flat sides of the grip that when installed properly will match the putter face. That allows you to "feel" the face of the putter by having your hands on the grip mirror the putter face. Here is a video from the company that helps better explain it. They are available in Slim, Standard, Fat, Big Boy sizes. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehz8sozUBHA[/embedyt] Installation I do know how to install a putter grip, howe...
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Beware Of Magazine Tips

Beware Of Magazine Tips
By the time I began My Swing Evolution I had become very depressed about my game. I was embarrassed when I stood on the first tee, and all I hoped for was to get a ball in play somewhere, anywhere. The game can be so complicated if your mechanics are incorrect, and I was willing to try anything to get better. I watched golf on TV looking for tips. And, my house was filled with magazines. I can say that I did learn a lot watching Michael Breed on television. He’s a great instructor in my humble opinion. I like Martin Hall as a personality, but I don’t like all of the wacky gadgets and tools ...
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My Driving Evolution

My Driving Evolution
What I learned from My Driving Evolution was profound, shocking really.  I picked up dozens of extra yards off the tee and I’m hitting the ball straighter!  I learned a lot about my swing, too.  I gained a total of 16 mph of club head speed in one month of training, in only one session a week.  That’s a potential distance gain of 43.2 yards, estimating 1 mph = 2.7 yards.  This is a path I’d gone down before but once I did, it was kind of “been there, done that.”  This time around it was with a much more mature swing, and I attained a greater mastery over the golf ball with sound mechanics bac...
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Secrets Of Long Driving

Secrets Of Long Driving
The main reason I began My Swing Evolution was because I couldn’t hit the ball far and I couldn’t hit the ball straight. I just knew there was a lot more gas in the tank. There was that once in a blue moon swing where I came out of my shoes and really got it out there, but it was watching the pros play down at Torrey Pines that I really came away with the understanding that power doesn’t come from grunting or lucky swipes at the ball. The pros exhibit an uncanny sense of calmness as they motor the club at speeds very often over 120 miles per hour! The ball just takes off like a rocket. I be...
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The Current State Of Golf Instruction

The Current State Of Golf Instruction
How could it be that we have known the fundamentals of how to hit a baseball for over 100 years and the current state of golf instruction is mired in so many disparate swing theories? When I finally made the commitment to change my swing a few years back I didn’t know where to turn. I read a lot about the Modern Swing, Stack & Tilt, and many others. Swing fads have come and they have gone. But, the foundations of the Classic Swing as they existed before video and computer analysis became prevalent in recent decades are still the ultimate rules of the swing that players of all levels...
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How I Learned To Break 80

How I Learned To Break 80
[su_quote cite="Ben Hogan"]The big muscles in the back and muscles in the shoulders, arms, and hands are properly delayed so that they can produce their maximum performance at the right time and place.[/su_quote] In the year 2010, I had gone over 20 years without breaking 80. I had only done it twice before and the last time I did it was after 4 years of playing on the high school golf team back in 1988. When I made a conscious decision to start My Swing Evolution, I knew I would not be able to just take lessons from any old pro. I had taken many lessons from golf pros of the years and i...
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How To Begin Transforming Your Game

How To Begin Transforming Your Game
[su_quote cite="Ben Hogan"]I see no reason, truly, why the average golfer, if he goes about it intelligently, shouldn’t play in the 70’s- and I mean by playing the types of shots a fine player plays.[/su_quote] When it comes to the subject of transforming your game there are two topics that immediately come to my mind.  The first is a player’s ability to strike the golf ball and the second is the ability to score.  In many ways they are connected.  In some ways they are not. I began My Swing Evolution with the hopes of improving my ball striking.  I figured an improved score would be the byp...
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Instinct vs Process

Instinct vs Process
[su_quote cite="Ben Hogan"]Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing. [/su_quote] Ben Hogan famously said that you should basically do the opposite of what you want to do in the golf swing.  That’s a heck of a thought to start out with!  So many golfers try to follow Arnold Palmer’s advice to “swing your swing.”  That’s great coming from a man nicknamed “The King” whose father was a head professional at a golf club.  But, the majority of golfers do not come from such pedigree and do n...
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Hitting The Ball Farther

Hitting The Ball Farther
There is a general misconception when it comes to hitting the golf ball farther that many people don’t realize. Many folks believe that in order to make the ball go farther, they must exert a greater amount of muscular effort. They try to swing with pure power. Therefore, you see golfers grunting, and flexing on the range as they try to hit the ball over the fence. Sweat drips off of their foreheads, random curses are muttered under their lips but they are no better off today than they were yesterday. The big problem that they face is they don’t realize speed is what they are really after, and ...
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