Golf Instruction Is The Vital Key To Lower Scores
A few weeks ago, as part of a press trip to see
European Ryder Cup star Colin Montgomerie in action, Monty gave
an impromptu golf instruction lesson to gathered journalists at
Northwick Park golf club. And even though it came from a man whose
skill levels are way beyond mere golf mortals, some of his tips
struck a real chord.
Holing pressure putts the Monty way
In a career that has seen him top the European Order of Merit eight
times, Monty has sunk his fair share of short putts in pressure-cooker
environments. And no matter how much golf instruction he s had in
his years at the top, stroking six footers into the back of the
hole still presents a stern test.
But Monty has an interesting way to stay calm on the green he talks
to himself. He told more than 20 of the UK s leading golf writers
that when standing over the putt, he repeatedly tells himself: You
ve done this thousands and thousands of times . And he revealed
that anyone watching him on TV can often see his lips move as he
utters the phrase.
His golf instruction demonstration also revealed how he makes sure
he eliminates all doubt from his mind before hitting the putt. I
agree the line of the putt with my caddie, and that means any element
of doubt is removed. All I then have to do is strike the putt at
the correct weight.
The Key To Being A Great Iron Player
To golfers on both sides of the Atlantic, Colin
Montgomerie is regarded as one of the world s best iron players.
And during his golf instruction masterclass the unassuming Scot
had an interesting explanation why he makes sure he hits the fairways
with his drives!
Here s how. Throughout his career, Monty s trademark swing has produced
a high left-to-right fade . So to ensure he has the best chance
of landing on the fairway, he aims down the left side of the fairway.
If he aimed straight down the middle, he d effectively only have
a 50% chance of hitting the short stuff. Simple, but effective.
Latest research from club manufacturers Taylor Made, shows that
61% of golfers suffer from a slice a vicious left to right shot.
Those sufferers, while trying to fix their swings, might also benefit
from Monty s golf instruction start the ball left. It s not the
total answer, but worth a try.
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