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Own the Moment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott Conventional wisdom holds that “golf is 90% mental and 10% physical.” But based on work done by researchers in the world of sports in general and golf in particular, a more apt phrase describing the game we love may very well be “golf is 100% mental,” an enlightened concept opening a path toward higher performance levels on the golf course. While golfers have known for years how important the mental side is to the game, most think the phrase specifically relates to mental control during the course of a round of golf. But I maintain the ... Read More »

Tee it Forward

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As we move into reciprocal season for private club members in Southwest Florida, many golfers in the area will enjoy neighboring courses for a minimal fee. This is a great program, and I am proud to say one of my mentors, John Carroll, helped start the program years ago. At that time it was an agreement with a few local clubs. The agreement was so members at these clubs would have a place to play when their course was shut down for summer agriculture practices. I bring up the topic of reciprocal season because this ... Read More »

Golf Nutrition

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Here is a story we have all heard a million times. A golfer is going along nicely in his round, hitting good shots, having a good time, and then all of the sudden in the middle of the back nine the shots start going awry. It keeps getting worse and worse until he comes into the 19th hole after his round, depressed about his finish, and mentally drained from the experience. The usual statement is “I got tired out there.” Even though physical conditioning might be a problem, it usually is not the biggest reason ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

Patriot Golf Day winning team, from left: Jane Demler, Sally Crow, (Todd Elliott, golf pro), John Demler and Chuck Crow.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

Transfer the Energy

Photo 2: The Orange Whip Trainer, a great tool to develop proper energy loading on the backswing, and transfer of energy to the club head on the downswing.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Athletic ability sets the ceiling for a golfer’s potential. That ceiling can be changed through physical training. However, to get to that ceiling, or potential, a golfer must increase the skills required to play. There is nothing natural about being a good player. Good players work on their athletic ability, and their skills, and “talent,” is all earned. Beyond physical training, golfers need to work on skills, such as, how to hit the ground with the club head (and not any specific physical motion). As players develop skills through practice and playing golf, they become ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what they believe to be the solution, such as, keeping their head down, keeping their eye on the ball, etc. The golfer felt their head raise up, so they think that reversing the feel will solve their problem. Self-corrections need to ... Read More »

Spine Tilt at Address

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is a difference between a full shot address position that requires power, and a short shot address position that requires finesse. Knowing how to set up to the ball depending on the required shot is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Set up changes, although simple to accomplish physically, can make a big feel change for the player. If done properly, set up changes can bring elements together correctly without too much thinking during the player’s motion. When hitting a driver off of a tee, it is advantageous for most golfers to ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Keep the Flip

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many different techniques that produce success in golf. When hitting a chip or pitch shot the sequence of body movements should be different compared to a shot that needs power. The chip or pitch shot is considered a finesse shot. In contrast, the power sequence is from the ground up: feet, hips, torso, arms, and then the club head. The power sequence starts with the feet shifting pressure into the earth, and pushing off the earth to generate maximum club head speed. The finesse shot does not need this explosive sequence. A golfer ... Read More »

MI Center for the Arts Adds Autographed Pin Flag to Golf Tournament Auction

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the addition of a 2014 U.S. Open autographed pin flag to its auction list for the upcoming golf tournament at Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club. The pin flag is autographed by Nancy Lopez, Johnny Miller, Mark O’ Meara, Annika Sorenstam, Peter Jacobsen, Natalie Gulbis, and one of the hottest golfers on the 2015 PGA Tour, Jason Day. Jason Day is currently ranked number one in the world, with recent victories at both the PGA and the Barclays tournaments. Aris Petropoulos, chair of the golf committee, stated, “The flag is ... Read More »

Get Custom Fit for All Clubs

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I get many questions when someone is buying a golf club, or a whole set of clubs; “What company should I purchase golf clubs from?” “What are the right clubs for me?” “How many golf clubs do I need?” “What should my set make up consist of?” The most common question is, simply, “Do I need a new set of clubs?” There is no one great answer to this question, and everyone’s situation is different. I have seen players get fit for a new driver on a launch monitor, and the new driver cannot outperform ... Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

Producing Different Trajectories

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are so many variables in a golf swing. If I were to go back to college, I would take physics, kinesiology and biomechanics classes to become a better golf instructor. I study all the aforementioned now, but it takes me a couple reads or views to let the information soak in. A couple years ago I started studying how the golfer’s wrists movement heavily affect all the variables in the golf swing. The golfer’s wrists are most influential at impact. They affect loft, club face direction, and many other parameters that affects how the ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I am going to break away from the topic of golf instruction for one publication, and talk about a very important charitable foundation. On Saturday, March 14th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 1st Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, ... Read More »

Golf Swing Myths

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I am on the lesson tee with students we converse about their latest round, what their swing thoughts are at the moment, bad shots, good shots, etc. One thing that sticks out to me in these conversations is the amount of bad information that is communicated between playing companions, whether it is husband/wife, friends, opponents, or someone they just met. Many common sayings by amateur golfers need to be put to bed. The fact of the matter is people give free advice, and usually the person who listens gets what they paid for. Many ... Read More »