“I don’t think this is the right club (doubt, obstacle #4), but I’m going to HIT IT ANYWAY (negligence,obstacle #5).“This is the fourth of an eight part series on the ‘Golf Obstacles’ inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtra. Negligence/Carelessness (Sanskrit: pramāda): For golf, this obstacle often shows up as the undisciplined mindset of the ‘hit it anyway’ attitude. Maybe our alignment […]
Doubt kills more golf shots then swing mechanics ever will.This is the third of an eight-part series on the ‘Golf Obstacles’ inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtra. Doubt and Indecision (Sanskrit: samshaya)Different from Self-study (svadhaya), doubt is a persistent feeling of uncertainty. Maybe we are between clubs, or we fluctuate between swing thoughts. Perhaps we don’t trust our […]
Bird Dogs are a prominent golf-specific exercise for developing core strength and balance. Begin in cat/table position. Extend the right arm and the left leg. Make sure the core is engaged. Hold for 3-5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side. To make the posture more dynamic, bring the right elbow and left knee towards […]
Practicing different lengths of backswings to improve distance control with shorter approach shots is valuable. Shots from 100 yards and in require solid contact in order to develop consist carry yardages. Each time the ball is struck solidly, it will create an accurate feedback system for controlling distances. From there, changing the length of the backswing will dial in […]
Revolved Golf Warrior is a classic golf stretch, balance and strengthening posture for improving power in the golf swing. To make it more challenging, slowly add trunk rotation while holding the lower body steady. Revolved Golf Posture Stretch is a great addition to pre-round warm-ups. It can also serve as a technical drill to maintain correct posture […]
(Warning: Not “G” Rated): Apologies for the foul language, but this has great applications for golf: Appearing lazy and indifferent, some talented golfers hide behind the mask of fear. Their ‘false’ laziness is just as much a hindrance as actual laziness. Mark Manson equates a solution for this ‘false lazy’ mindset in The Subtle Art Of Not […]
This is the second of an eight-part series on the ‘Golf Obstacles’ inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtra. It’s not a matter of if the obstacles will show up, but when. The timeless wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra tells us the obstacles are the path. We learn to hit out of the metaphorical divots, hazards and bunkers along the way. […]
Try these simple but effective golf fitness exercises to improve your health and golf game: MOBILITY/FLEXIBILITY CORE STRENGTH BALANCE (*Modify or avoid if there is an injury) Dodie Mazzuca is the founder of Golf PROformance and teaches golf and Mindfulness for Golf programs in Santa Cruz, CA.