IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!

Until now, we’ve mostly been a golf site. But recently, I’ve taken off 55 pounds with a new diet, and am having no problem keeping my weight down.

I have discovered a natural indicator in my body that helps me eat properly. I have written a new book, titled ‘The System’, subtitle: AN EASY, NATURAL, CHEAP WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT AND NOT GAIN IT BACK. Seriously, I found this diet method, and, using it, have been able to lose my excess pounds. But the real news is that, since losing the extra weight, I’ve been able to stay slim. The reason I am not putting the pounds back on is that I’m still, happily using the diet. It allows me to eat any food I want, and never have to count calories or carbs. I don’t have to spend money on pills or special diet foods. I ate all my usual sweets and treats, and the weight came off and is staying off. The System is natural, easy, and cheap, so it is a way of life anyone can live with for the rest of your life. After using this system a short time, it gets easier and makes maintaining healthy weight an easy habit.

If you are interested, go to Amazon and look up the book, The System, by Fred Fields. The book costs $5.99 and is less than 25 pages. The Kindle (ebook) os only $3.99. If you are an Amazon member, you can borrow the Kindle for no charge…FREE. Seriously, you overweight people, this book can change your life. Finding the system has changed mine.

WE’RE BACK…AND BETTER THAN EVER!

Since last October I’ve been out-of-pocket and not updating this site. Part of the reason for inactivity was the completion of my most recent book, DON’T PLAY GOLF LIKE TIGER WOODS, which is now available on Amazon. Please do NOT mis-interpret the title! Starting with the first sentence and all through the book, I endorse Tiger as the best golfer ever. What the book title means is that, if you can’t hit the ball as Tiger Woods does, and few can, even including the PGA touring pros, you’d be wiser to adopt a strategy more compatible with your ability on the golf course.

Almost every golfer I’ve ever met, thinks that the basic strategy on the golf course is “go for the pin”. That is wrong. Golf is a thinking man’s game, ask any all-time great golfer. Here are a few quotes:

Ben Hogan: “Golf is 20% talent and 80% management”

Bobby Jones: “Tournament golf is played on a 6 inch course, the space between the golfer’s ears.”

Billy Casper, winner of 51 PGA tournaments, when asked how he won so many: “I knew the strategy for winning.”

Ben Hogan, discussing amateur Jack Nicklaus after playing a round with him in the 1960 US Open: “He plays a game with which I am unfamiliar, and when he learns how to play US Opens, he’s going to win several.”

Jack Nicklaus: “Everyone can hit a ball. The secret is knowing how to win. I won as many tournaments hitting the ball badly as I did hitting it well.”

These are among the greatest golfers of all time. For us weekend golfers, we must realize that there are two routes to improving our scores…the most obvious is to learn to hit the ball better. But secondly, even if you can’t improve your swing, you can cut 20 strokes off your scores by learning smart golf strategy.

Watching how the pros play on TV is not going to improve your game unless you understand that they are hitting the ball great, and their strategy is for great ball strikers. If you are not a great ball striker, you need a different strategy. With their ability, they can attack the golf course on every shot with an offensive strategy. But an offensive strategy will hurt your score if you can’t hit the ball long and straight at will, as they do. We of lesser ability should use a defensive strategy, one that will keep us from adding unnecessary strokes to our scores. They play for birdies and eagles. Par, for them, is a marginally acceptable score. We are trying to break 100 or 90, or 80, depending on our ability. There is a big difference between playing to score in the 60s and playing to break 90. Recognize that difference, and use that knowledge to reduce your scores.

REMEMBER YOUR CLUB FACE

If you were playing tennis, and you wanted your hit to go left, you’d aim your racket face to the left. Same to the right. The same laws of physics apply to your golf ball. Where your club face is aimed will influence the direction your ball flys.

When your pro taught you to grip the club, he talked about aiming “Vs” or counting knuckles, but probably nothing about the relationship between your grip and the club face. That relationship is very important.

I suggest that the proper grip has the palms of your hands on the same plane, so that they can work together automatically. And that the plane be the same plane as your club face, so that whichever way your palms are facing, that’s the way your club is facing. So if your hands are square at impact, the club face is also square.

Perfect timing has your clubface square at impact, and you can assure that with a square grip.

Too many golfers, trying to power their golf swing, try the delayed hand action just prior to hitting the ball that many magazine articles suggest. Most golfers fail to get good shots using this method. The delay causes the club face to be out of square, and to influence your hit to start right of your target line, and slice from there. Squaring up your club face can go a long way toward solving that problem.

An important aspect of your practice swing should impart the proper timing into your wrists and hands to square up your club face. If you have to slow down your swing to achieve better timing, I’d recommend it. You won’t lose a lot of distance, and you’ll be more likely to hit the fairway.

For more good ideas to improve your golf game, read HOW SHORT HITTING, BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. Available on Amazon, book or ebook, or even a free loan from the Amazon library if you’re a member.

 

 

ARNOLD PALMER, A GREAT MAN

You’ve heard a lot about Arnold Palmer in the last 24 hours since his death, so I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of useless information about the great man. Most of you are too young to remember what Palmer meant to golf back in the middle of the 20th century, so I’ll try to explain briefly,

It was the 1960 Masters Tournament. Mr. Palmer was one stroke behind Ken Venturi, the leader in the clubhouse, with 2 holes to play. He needed a birdie on 17 or 18 to tie Venturi and go into a playoff the next day.

Palmer birdied #17 for the tie, then he birdied #18 for the win. His win was so dramatic and the whole world suddenly saw on TV how exciting golf could be. It’s one of those moments where you had to be there. All of a sudden, everyone was intrigued with the sport. MIllions of people took it up. Millions of people joined “Arnie’s Army” the tens of thousands of fans who followed only their beloved Arnie every round in every tournament he played. All this before Jack Nicklaus turned pro or Tiger Woods was even born.

Often, Palmer would repeat the drama by willing the ball into the hole and pulling out dramatic wins. His swing was crude. He muscled the ball great distances. He was often in trouble and just as often he would dramatically save himself with an impossible shot. Arnold Palmer as a young man was the epitome of the inspired athlete. He was muscular, and as much a jock as any football player or boxer.

Golf boomed. Suddenly, hundreds of courses were being built. Golf, which had been a rich man’s sport became the activity of choice for men, women, youngsters, rich, poor, no matter. And it all started with Arnold Palmer’s win at the Masters and continued with his maintaining his winning ways,

To make this an even better story, Palmer was such a gentleman, such a good person, so successful in all walks of life outside golf.

Arnold Palmer was a truly great man, and, unlike many professional athletes, a great role model for our children. As long as golf is played, all of us golfers will owe its accessibility to Arnold Palmer.

QUICK FIXES FOR GOLFERS

If you need help hitting the ball—

  • Slow your backswing and keep your head in the same place.
  • Shorten your backswing.
  • Smooth your transition to downswing and accelerate into the ball. Don’t move your head ESPECIALLY NOT FORWARD!
  • Turn, don’t sway.
  • Hit down onto the ball and hit the ground after hitting the ball.
  • To cure a slice, hit inside-out. To make this easier, when you address the ball, align your shoulders on an inside-out plane. (Sample your address, and check the line of your shoulders. If you slice, your shoulders probably aim left of your target…outside-in.)
  • Be conscious of your club face and time it to be facing your target at the moment of impact

If you need help lowering your scores—

  • See above list for ball striking help
  • Practice chipping and pitching the ball. This will help with your ball striking, and reduce your scores by putting you closer to the hole on short shots
  • Practice putting. “Drive for show and putt for dough” is more than a slogan…it’s the truth.
  • Before addressing the ball, stand behind it and choose the line you want to hit it. Then, as you address it, look, and confirm that you are actually aimed at your target.
  • Power golf is overrated. Leave your ego in your locker. Only hit easy shots that you KNOW you can succeed with. Forget Tiger Woods…he can hit any shot he wants. If you can too, join the PGA Tour.
  • 18 bogies score 90. Replace 9 bogies with double bogies and you still break 100. Forget birdies. Accept lucky pars. Play for bogey. It makes the game a lot easier.
  • Play within yourself. short straight ball striking no longer than 150 yard shots can score in the mid-80s

Read HOW SHORT HITTING BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. Available on Amazon.

YOUTUBE HELPS

One of my favorite websites is Youtube. I can listen to music, watch someone show me how to repair a broken something, or learn more about golf swings.

I grew up in the 1950s. In those days, just about the greatest golfers who ever lived were Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. Many people said they were #1 and #2 all-time, take your pick, either way. Snead was supposed to have the most perfect swing of all time, and Hogan was supposed to be the best ball striker and student of the game.

They’re right up there with Nicklaus and Tiger in PGA wins. And in those days, the “Majors” were not “Majors”. That came later, with Jack Nicklaus. Although, a win of the US Open or PGA gave the winner a lifetime exemption to any PGA-sanctioned tournament. Both had multiple lifetime exemptions, and Snead used his into his 70s, and I believe he is still the oldest golfer to win a PGA tournament on the regular tour.

Why do I mention Hogan and Snead and Youtube? I recently looked at these two Hall of Fame golfers’ swings on Youtube, and was interested to find that both agreed with me about one controversial item in my “Natural Swing,” If you’ve read either of my books, you know about my easy natural swing, as opposed to the complicated difficult swing most pros teach.

I refer to the back upper arm (right arm for right handers). In my natural swing, I recommend keeping it attached to the upper body from address until impact with the ball. My reason is that this keeps your body and arms coordinated throughout the swing. It also encourages a swing where your body turns, instead of swaying, which is important.

On Youtube, you can watch slow motion swings by both of these greats, and I encourage you to do this. You’ll see that both of them keep their back upper arm close to if not attached to their body all the way back and through the swing until impact.

And by the way, this move does not reduce your distance. Snead was called “Slammin’ Sammy” because he was just about the longest hitter on the tour. And nobody cared about Hogan’s distance. His ball striking was so precise that he was rumored to land his drives on Tournament Days 2,3, & 4 in his divots from Day 1.

THE SECRET TO LOWER SCORES

I played yesterday with a stranger who shot about 90. He plays well enough to be scoring in the 70s. He hits the ball a long way, and mostly in the fairway. He needs a little practice on his approaches to the green, because he has difficulty judging distance. He’s either short or over the green. But even with this problem, he could still be scoring in the 70s and low 80s if he’d learn to pitch, chip, and putt.

I’ll never stop repeating…the shots that save strokes are pitches, chips, and putts.

The three rules for lowering your scores: (1) Keep the ball in play, and (2) & (3) Chip and Putt like a genius.

Watch the pros on TV. notice how many times they miss the green in regulation. Then notice how they save pars and even get birdies with superb chipping and putting.

Hitting the ball is important. Avoiding penalty strokes…out of bounds, in the woods or water, etc., is important. Distance, if you can get it is icing on the cake, not nearly so important. Short hitters who keep the ball in play beat “long and in the pond” all day. Just keep the ball in the fairway, even if only 150 yards off the tee. But practice pitching, chipping, and putting at home in the back yard and in your living room on a cut pile rug or carpet while you watch TV. These are the strokes that lower your score.

When you get to the course, practice those strokes at the putting green or in the areas set aside for that kind of practice. There is a reason why the best golfers in the club are on the practice tee before teeing off. Learn from them.

Get my book, HOW SHORT HITTING, BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. It will give you more sound suggestions for lowering your scores, and tips on how to practice effectively. and other tips that will help you stay between the trees. Available on Amazon.com in book or Kindle form.

 

FURYK SCORES 58 FOR NEW RECORD

Jim Furyk, the most famous short hitter on the current PGA Tour gives me another opportunity to point out that distance is not as important as control and intelligent strategy on the golf course…AGAIN!

If you read my blogs of the past few weeks, you’ll remember that I’m trying to get away from pointing out the fallacy of Power Golf. Long drives are nice. But short hitters can be winners, too, and who better to prove my point than “Mr. 58″, Jim Furyk?

Winner of 17 PGA tournaments, including the US Open and the FedEx Cup, Furyk’s distance off the tee is about 275-279 yards. Granted, that isn’t short (like my measly 225) but it’s short for The Tour, where many average over 300 yards. For example, Furyk gives up 35 yards or more off the tee, on average, when playing against Dustin Johnson, whose drives average about 314-315 yards.

But, as I advocate, he learned to play HIS game, use HIS strategy, take advantage of HIS strengths, and develop HIS assets, so that he can compete with and even beat the big bombers among the best golfers in the world.

I usually autograph my books with a bit of wisdom included. One of my favorite bits of wisdom is, “Take your brain to the golf course. Don’t leave it in the trunk of your car with your street shoes.”

I was a moderately talented athlete, especially moderate when it came to golf. But over the years, I dropped my scores from the 120s to the 70s by learning to think on the golf course, and avoiding the “go for the pin” philosophy that gets so many unthinking golfers into trouble and raises their scores.

If you want learn an inexpensive way to improve your scores, spend $3.00 and buy my book, HOW SHORT HITTING, BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. That’s the price for the Kindle on Amazon.

HOW TO MAKE GOLF EASY

For most players, golf is a tough game. I’ve said it before, most golfers have no idea of proper golf strategy, which will make the game easier.

Bobby Jones said, “Golf is played on a 5 1/2 inch course, the space between your ears.

Ben Hogan said, “Golf is 20% physical and 80% mental”.

Billy Casper said, “Every player on the PGA Tour hits the ball well enough to win tournaments. I won more than almost anyone because I knew how to win tournaments, not just how to hit the ball.”

These three great golfers agree with me. I was a short-hitting, low-ball-hitting duffer who carried a 6 handicap. My drives went about 225 yards. My scores, on a 7200 yard golf course were usually between 78 and 82. Do you know why? Because I thought my way around the golf course.

Every shot was hit for a reason, and you can bet that very few had “go for the pin” as the reason. When I was playing 440 yard par 4s, and my longest shot was a teed up 225 yard drive, I had to figure how to get that par 4 some way other than on in two and two putts.

If you are not scoring in the low 80s, here is your first step to simplifying your game. Play for bogey. Make 90 your par instead of 72. Learn to score 5 on the par 4 holes, and 6 on the par 5s and 4 on the par 3s. 72 plus 18 is 90 strokes, and that should be your par. You’ll find that this new par system will make the game easier, and you’ll score better. And an occasional real par will take care of your occasional double bogey. Pretty soon, your scores will drop from the 100s to the 90s to the low 90s to a now-and-then 80-something.

And you’ll start learning how to use your brain on the golf course. You’ll see where you’re losing strokes and what you should be improving.

For more good advice, read HOW SHORT HITTING, BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. Available on Amazon for as little as $2.99…or FREE  for Amazon members to borrow.

PLAY YOUR GOLF YOUR WAY

Upon rereading last week’s post, I seem to be advocating short hitting. I’m not. Please believe me, I’d love to have been a big boomer. But my natural body rhythm and my musculature denied me the chance. My saving grace was that I learned that there’s more than one way to play golf, and I adapted my game to my abilities and my skills, and I advise you to do the same.

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus hit their drives and other shots about as far as the strongest of their contemporaries, and that was good for them. On the other hand, not everyone had Tiger’s and Jack’s abilities. Tiger and Jack won a lot of tournaments. But they didn’t win every one they entered. Every now and then, Short hitters like Lee Trevino or Jim Furyk snuck in there with a lower score.

What I’m saying is that, whatever your goals in golf, you can meet them by playing your game to your abilities, regardless of all the Golf Digest cover stories trying to influence you to be a blaster. You’ll be happier with your results if you learn to improve your scores by doing it your way. This week I have two top pros whose stories advocate this thought.

Story #1…I read that last week, Henrik Stensen, winner of The Open Championship used his 3 wood off the tee more than his driver. He gave up distance purposely, in order to gain control. And look at the results!

Story #2…This week, Tiger Woods announced that he could not play in any PGA tournaments for the whole year. His bad back was in no shape to play. This at 38 years of age, while smooth swinging Sam Snead played tour events into his 70s and fun golf into his 90s. Snead was called Slammin’ Sammy, and was known for his long hitting. But his body rhythms and musculature allowed him to hit the ball hard and far gracefully. Tiger, on the other hand, for some reason had to hit the ball viciously  to achieve his results. Go to Youtube and look at how hard he swung at the ball. His swing finally wore his body out. His chose to overcome his natural rhythms so that he could get his long hitting results. Imagine his pain. Is golf so important to you (as it was to Tiger) that you give up everything else for it? For a weekend golfer, 225 to 240 yard drives can achieve a low handicap, and you can learn to do it easily.

Compare. Would you like to be able to play golf into your 90s, or are you willing to give it up in your 30s? Read my book, HOW SHORT HITTING, BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. Available on Amazon.