Monday, August 28, 2006

Podcast: Tiger Woods' tips on mental toughness and what happens if you hit the wrong golf ball?

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Even though Tiger Woods played his C+ game this weekend at the Bridgestone, he persevered.

Yawn. Another week, another victory…that makes four in a row, doesn't it?

Despite a playoff with rival Stewart Cink (2004 winner) Woods' strong mental game allowed him to stay focused with his "eye on the prize". We are simply amazed by Tiger Woods' ability and discuss his golf tips on "how to master the mind" straight from his book, "Tiger Woods: How I Play Golf".

In my opinion, Bobby Jones comes in a close second. Remember, Jones still remains the only person ever to win the Grand Slam, although many claim that Jack Nicklaus deserves the honor of "greatest golfer of the present day".

In the "Rules of Golf made easy" we discuss the ramifications of hitting the wrong golf ball.

Also, a question for our listeners. How was it decided to make a round of golf eighteen holes? Listen to our podcast to find out!

Finally, congratulations to Lorena Ochoa who celebrates her third win of the season at the Wendy's Championship for Children. At least Morgan Pressel and Cristie Kerr came out of this event with a pair of top-tens!

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Podcast: How to measure a golf course...one hole at a time, the rangefinder and Annika Sorenstam's tips on tempo

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While watching Tiger Woods attack the pins during this week's PGA Championship, I noticed his constant tempo throughout his round. His swing is a combination of fluidity and compactness. Although Tiger generates terrific clubhead speed, he rarely gets ahead of himself or swings out of his boots. His tempo is rhythmic; he's like a machine.

Although there are some golfers that are quicker in their tempo, such as Nick Price or Lee Trevino, and others who are slow and methodical, such as Ben Hogan, one thing is certain…their swing speeds remain even, as Annika Sorenstam helps us discover in this week's golf tip.

We also take a look at the rangefinder, a device which is now allowed as the "15th club" in your golf bag. For Phil Mickelson and other tour pros, the scope remains "off-limits" during professional rounds, but for the rest of us, it's a useful tool.

Our section on the "Rules of Golf made easy" relates the protocol surrounding the teebox.

Finally a realistic approach to golf from one of the founding members of the LPGA, Patty Berg.

For those of you golf fanatics who are suffering from "golf withdrawal" this evening, check out The Golf Channel's final round coverage of the Safeway Classic from 10p.m. to midnight (EST). Morgan Pressel is a mere three strokes away from winning her first tournament…can she persevere? Women's golf is truly alive and well!

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Podcast: Golf tips to go: greenside and fairway bunker shots

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Ipod-ready quick golf tips to help improve your game. No ipod? Consider downloading them to your cell phone!

Take this week's greenside and fairway bunker tips with you to the practice range or give a listen before your round.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Podcast: Mental game tips to avoid frustration, fade that golf ball and our new weekly section on the Rules of Golf

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During our recent round, Barry noticed that I get frustrated easily and hold on to anxiety much longer than I should. He believes this subliminal mindset is stopping me from realizing my potential. We discuss ways that I could "get out of my own way" and start having more fun.

A listener discusses one of our previous podcasts and asks for further clarification on how to fade the ball.

Barry and I have noticed that, for the beginner (and for most golfers), the rules of golf can be very wordy. We attempt to simplify them in our new section entitled, "The Rules of Golf made easy".

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Golf Podcast: Ben Hogan's "secret", Butch Harmon's tips around the green and spice up those leftovers! Blend equal parts LPGA with Champions Tour!

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Ben Hogan has been acknowledged as the greatest ball-striker ever by Jack Nicklaus but didn't know anything about Hogan's secret which he revealed to Life Magazine in 1955. Barry and I compare his complicated yet instructional knowledge to the simplicity of John Jacobs' more easily comprehensible lessons for beginners.

Where else to get the best golf tips than from the top instructor on the planet? Golf Digest (and Golf for Beginners) taps Butch Harmon's knowledge about chipping techniques around the green.

Finally, we react to a recent blog by John Hawkins, senior writer of Golf World, who claims that the future of the Champions Tour is bleaker than that of the LPGA. Barry and I ask what harm it would cause to combine both of these tours and create a tour that just might interest the masses.

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We would also like to acknowledge that this is our 100th post! Gee, it almost feels like a birthday...but we're not that old!

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