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Rory Looking Like the Tiger of Old in the Golf Majors Now

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Rory is looking more and more comfortable these days in the Majors as he looks to

win his 2nd major in a row this summer at the PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky.

He’s got that confident look with his swing and putter and when he’s got it

going he’s like Woods’ had it moving away from the field and closing strong on

Sunday.

We’ll know in a few more hours if this is the case as the PGA Championship

comes to a conclusion here.

Here’s to an exciting finish where the horses run strong!

 

best, Bob Cisco

Golf performance advisor

 

 

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Perfect Balance Golf Book

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Bob Cisco’s new book, Perfect Balance: Your Key to Consistency and Shot-making in Golf.

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Masters Golf First Major of the Year Ready to Go

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Golfers:

 1-2-3 here we go as we ramp up to golf’s 1st major of the year: The Masters.

Weather looks great so we should see some good scoring and going low at Augusta Nat’l.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson for the first time is the odds on favorite over Tiger Woods.  After his win at the Houston Open “Lefty” is confident and ready.

Six players have a chance at not only win but can become No. 1 in the world!

Large international field tees it up on Thurs after the traditional Par Three event on Wednes.

Many folks wondering if Tiger Woods  can break-out and win after being win-less in 2010.

Bob Cisco comments:  The great thing about the Masters is not only the course and its great tradition and players, but the golf fans who are so respectful of the game and players, they provide an atmosphere and backdrop for the players to perform  well.

These are the greatest fans all in golf and they love being in the same place that Bobby Jones made so famous.

The weather should be just right for the “right of Spring” for the tournament and its wonderful scenery and aesthetics.

Can’t wait to watch from here on TV and live feed!  The Masters is my favorite major.

Look for an exciting  play-off and come from behind victory this year!

Instructional Note:  Watch for the rhythm in the player’s swings and how he controls his pace this way.

This is one of the secrets to hitting the ball in the fairway. Along with using the right club and laying-up where you need to do this.

Also the touch and feel with the putter on the greens which are some of the fastest on Tour.

In the fairway,  Bob Cisco,

the Golf Performance Doctor.  www.swingmentor.com

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Golf Training: What You Can Learn from an Advanced Golfer or Pro

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
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Hi Guys:

You can learn a lot by watching an advanced player or pro at a golf tournament or your local golf course.

Have you ever wondered why golfers most all play better after a pro event is in their area and  they have been up close watching the pros?

It has a lot to do with the great timing and rhythm displayed by the pros that the amateur golfer picks up on. In doing so I call it the “residual effect” which carries over into their game and they play better sometimes for week on end. But then the “magic” leaves  and it’s  gone. Ever noticed this phenomena? 

Have you wondered why this occurs?

Like I said there are fine subtleties that advanced players have that separates their performance from other golfers and you can learn a lot from being around a better golfer.

As a matter of fact just mimicking some of their actions can pay dividends with your swing, your timing, your balance, your scoring game and your routines.

Usually the bad habits seep back in and the player tries to fix things with mechanics or new swing theories or techniques and goes into a confusion and apathy on how to fix that key part of his game. This pattern then repeats itself over and over.

A lot of golf fixes can come about simply by a return to true basics and practicing the key essentials like better rhythm and timing in your golf swing.

I recommend you do that first before chasing after a new swing technique or theory.

You can find a good review of the key basics of balance, pivot and drive in my latest golf book: Perfect Balance: Your Key to Consistency and Shot-making in Golf. There are some great drills there too. Go to www.lulu.com/perfectbalance for finding your ‘fix’. Or to the banner on the right of this article.

Be in balance,  Bob Cisco

the Golf Performance Doctor

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Donald Rolls Thru World Golf Championship and New #1 Kaymer

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Hi Guys:

Luke Donald plays spectacular golf to beat new No 1 in the world, Martin Kaymer in World Mach Play finals.

I first saw Donald up close at the Tiger Woods Chevron World Inviational five years ago and remarked on a radio show interview he was destined to be a rising super star in the world of golf. He went on to win that event then. And he’s about to rise higher in the world of golf here in 2011.

He and Kaymer are good friends and player together in the Ryder Cup and helped to defeat the US team in Sept 2010.

What I love about Luke Donald is his total or perfect balance in his golf swing and shots. You can see it in all aspects of his swing.  His long and short game to the putter. He’s got the rhythm and exquisite timing. Never forcing the shot.  Being in control throughout the swing.

Martin Kayner is another great example of precision, great balance and timing in the golf swing and has all the shots. Look for his talent to shine thru here in the majors this year.

Looks like a new era has emerged in golf  as some fine talent and personalities come forward to rise to the top.

Hopefully we can see their firepower at Augusta for the first major of the year along with a fallen star that’s risng, Tiger Woods, whose won here multiple times.

Sounds pretty exciting as we head towards The Masters here!

Down the middle,

Bob Cisco. the Golf Performance Doctor, www.allaboutgolf.us

P.S. Work on your balance and timing this week and you’ll find you’ll hit better more consisntent golf shots this week.

Golf: The Return of Aaron Baddeley

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Baddleley wins LA Open!

Aaron Baddleley breaks out of a long slump and plays great golf to best the field this week.

Isn’t it interesting when a player who hasn’t won or played great golf for sometime remarks in the media interviews that he’s gone back to his “old” swing and reunites with his high school golf coach or instructor. And then goes onto win the tournament that week with a stellar performance like what Aaron Baddeley did at Riviera CC here in the LA Open here.

I see this phenomena a lot with pros who achieve either quick success on the PGA tour like “Bads”did early on or have a later super success. It reminds me of Curtis Strange winning two back to back US Opens in the late eigthies and chooses to change his swing afterwards. What were the results?  Never got back to where he was.  Some players can do it like Nick Faldo did and perhaps Tiger Woods has done like-wise but why is Tiger still reworking his swing after being the best in the world for 1o years and yes he has had knee surgery and he does swing too hard still.

I also recall “the comeback” of Mark Brooks who went on to win the PGA Championship some years ago.  I would  imagime  Kevin Na, who finished third,  most likely doesn’t know of Brooks, but  much like Aaron here, he too  went back to his swing of old and his high school golf teacher and got back on track too. And they both WON! I am sure there are a number of other stories like this out there.

I don’t recall Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan working on making swing changes with different techniques. At a certain point the player gains his own mastery of technique and it’s a game of mental focus and visualization in hitting shots from there.

You see winning has its own formula to success and it has a lot to do with doing what you do best and not deviating from that. And that carries into the caution of not changing your golf swing to the newest swing methods and gurus suggesting it’s the best thing since ‘slice-bread’.  It can be a temptation and a curse when you change away from what you do best. Players have different abilities and styles that is for sure. 

I have always worked on making the player’s strengths better and in doing so the weaknesses seem less. And in Baddeley’s case changing away from a natural swing and style that flows wasn’t the right thing to do trying to adopt to the’ Stack and Tilt’ method.

It’s a bit tricky but you have to be able to recognize what to work on and not to head off chasing the wrong “rainbow”.  Sticking to what works is best with your swing when you focus on fundamentals but when you start changing some basics around you’re heading for trouble. You want to improve your scoring game and recovery shots for sure not changing your swing to something that feels unnatural. A player has his own unique style or signature. Then its all about learning to score, and of course  the mental game of being able to intend the shot to the target.

I specialize in getting players back on track and the ability to score so if you need help in this or are friends with an advanced player or pro, I have the ability to help him get it back working again with a little bit of magic thrown in as well and winning again at their game like ‘Bads’ here. Welcome back.

You can contact me about how I do this. Each person gets a specialized program I write personally to get this result. I even guarentee results.

 My number is 818-448-9694.

Bob Cisco – The Golf Performance Doctor

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Europe edges out US to win the Ryder Cup in Golf

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

 Hi Guys:

Quite a finish here to the Ryder Cup with Europe coming out on top!

Great comeback by the US team just falls just short as Ryder Cup is won by Europe in an exciting finish to the 2010 Ryder Cup.

It almost came down to Tiger Woods sealing the deal for the US team this time as I had hoped in my last post. Tiger played brilliant golf in his match after being quickly two down after the first two holes and then goes nine under in fifteen holes to win 4 and 3. Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson deliver the big stick as well!

Europe has won the last four Ryder Cups over-seas there and seems to find the magic formula as it finds victory on its shores this time in Wales.

From what I can tell it comes down more to nationalism and pride as the European teams find that extra strength and courage to get it done on their terms.

As I see it and have coached many players from this view, it’s a mental game characteristic called ‘courage’ and making it go right to win despite all odds. The Euros seem to like doing this as their MOTTO and operating basis and get up more this way in my estimation over the US teams of the past.

I think we need to seriously look at what this is and learn to do that from here on out. I think it has to do with improving our leadership role and coaching our players more as a group or team and cultivating that as opposed  to treating our guys as just professionals and individuals.

I think in years past when we won — we had that kind of spirit as a team and that reminds me of the 1990 years in which we had the great Payne Stewart with us. His role was a real inspiration for our team efforts then. 

I don’t think anyone today on our side is playing “Born in the US” by Springsteen anymore with a boom box down the hallways to rally our troops to do battle anymore. I’ve made this comment before if you are a reader of my blog.

Pavin is a real good tough griddy player but did he as a captain appeal to the group process and bonding process with our guys or to too much of our individaulism with our players? He seemed to think  it was more about enjoying  themselves as the chief rallying message in the Ryder Cup battle.

The European captains are more into the leadership and cheerleading inspiration mode as their operating basis and it seems to work as Monty followed the working model to its ultimate success. Seve was always the model to follow in team play and that model in my opinion wins Ryder Cups.

So onward to next year’s President’s Cup and whoever is the pick of the US for its Captain for the next Ryder Cup here, should take heed of this. And by the way, why do we have to change our captains every time either. Check with my Brirtish friend Tony Jacklin on this, and perhaps you’ll find the answer .

What’s your take on improving our US effort and team?

 All for now, Bob Cisco, www.allaboutgolf.us

 

 

 

 

Tiger ends PGA Tour Season without a Victory

Monday, September 20th, 2010
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Hi Guys:

This was the first season Tiger Woods has been winless on the PGA Tour and failed to make the Fed Ex playoffs. It feels a bit strange in a way.

A lot happened mostly in what seemed like a really long year. It felt more like three years combined from where I’m sitting.  A couple of guys really stepped up this year mainly Matt Kuchar but I do miss the “pumped-fist” exclaim and Tiger winning on Tour.

Tiger has the Ryder Cup here in a few weeks and that could really work to his advantage as a morale booster if he plays well and helps gives the US Team a boost and a win in Wales. Or it could be another  disappointment to a peculiar rather distressing season here.

He then moves onto the international scene with the HSBC  Open in Shanghai for a major event there in November. A change of environment might work just fine.

There’s talk of Tiger working on a new golf swing move and working with a new coach as well. Does he really need a new swing coach? Or does he really need a mentor and close friend type person to help shape his future where he’s going in golf and perhaps life.

My take on that is that he could swing a broom and perfect a swing move to make it work and work well. He is an extraordinary talented golfer. One in one hundred years of super skill level. 

Lee Trevino really never had a coach because he believed the coach needed to be better than he was as a player or have more knowledge of the motion of the swing, which he was a master of.  So does Tiger really need a swing coach for mechanics?  Who mentored Palmer, Player and Nicklaus in their prime? I don’t think so.

All great athletes can adopt to many situations with their bodies and equipment and Tiger is no exception. Butch Harmon and Hank Haney did improve his game skills but he has tremendous mental focus and heart. And  in my opinion that’s what needs to get fixed the most. Yes, he needs to change a few things in his life and hopefully he will and with new resolve and courage he will in time.  

But you can tell he is determined to get it right once again and he has played and shot some really good rounds this past summer. Just not consecutively.

His great mental game has taken a bit of a beating that’s for sure. Other players sense a vulnerability like never before. Tiger can and is getting beaten by his peers. He has weaknesses like the other players now. The invincible aura has been is gone. At least for now.

The ability to remain focused when your universe is shaken or in an upheaval plays more on the mind of a golfer than anything else, and when one is swinging at 125-127 mph in a split second and impact, one’s balance can be just off enough and you hit in the rough too often.

If there ever was a 15 th club in the bag it has to be confidence and that comes from the player’s outlook and view of his game and self.  The problems of life have a way of interjecting into the middle of it and when that becomes a bigger problem, then its hard to find your way back and play consistent great golf.

The great Jack Nickluas said in an article I will always remember and I tell to my advance players and pros, is that he wasn’t the greatest because he had better skills but he had his life in balance whereas many other players did not at the time in his era and were affected by relationships and in some cases did not  recover. Jack had real support and stability in his family and wife and he didn’t have these concerns or problems and he was able to do what he set out to do in golf and did for many years at end.

I look forward this Ryder Cup in Wales and Tiger contributing to the team and his own esprit de corps. It would be great to see the US team pull of a victory and Tiger sealing the deal and making the difference.

After that, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Maybe watch the Golf Channel and reruns of “The Big Three” (not The Big Break ) and head in that direction and I can find solace there with the rest of us who love golf. Some of those classics too and key matches with Hogan-Snead- Nelson, etc.

2011 could be a real interesting year with the Masters up first in the Spring.

Go US team in the Ryder Cup!

All for now, Bob Cisco, www.allaboutgolf.us

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Kaymer Wins PGA Golf Championship in Play-off

Monday, August 16th, 2010
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Wow!  What a finish at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits! A great three hole play-off decided on the last hole!

The battle of the titans off the tee as Dustin Johnson, Budda Watson and Martin Kaymer launch massive strikes down the fairway. Putts dropping nicely in the hole when needed. Even Steve Elkington at age 47 yrs. almost winning as well.

Unfortunate for Johnson, the confusion between all the spectators and  a fairway sand trap or waste bunker cost him a two stroke penalty and perhaps an American victory. After finishing on the last hole.  Captured on TV and the Internet for review.

Where was his caddie and the rules official to help him out with this?  There are close to 1,000 sand traps on this course and other Pete Dye courses have waste bunkers, where you can ground your club in them.

Martin Kaymer is Europe’s next super star! Great demeanor, super swing and cool mind set. Reminds me of Nick Faldo in many ways. He hung in there all the way and the great putt he made on the 18 th hole to force a playoff from about 12 feet or so was fantastic under all that pressure. You got to like his balance and footwork in his golf swing. Real effortless power in the golf swing. www.lulu.com/perfectbalance

Great iron shot on 17 and the birdie putt. One of golf’s greatest holes. Kudos to Pete Dye. Whistling Straits This is a real masterpiece of a great course for a major. A Pebble Beach on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.

You got to like Budda Watson and yes he did play some great golf! Did Budda have to go for the green on 18 in the play-off to win? Why not lay up like Kaymer did. Aren’t we suppose to play from our strengths when the heat of competition is on? I tell all my golf students that.

What you can learn from Kaymer is a lot of things. When in trouble, get out of trouble as he did on 18. Hang in there all the way and believe in yourself and give yourself a chance to win. Keep it in the fairway even if you need to lay up with a three wood or hybrid metal like he did on key holes at Whistling Straits.

I would say at this juncture that the US team is in trouble next month in their Ryder Cup showdown with the Europe in Wales. Regardless if  Tiger Woods makes the team or not.

Anyway, it was a great close to golf’s last major here in 2010 and it does mark the first season that Tiger has not won a major as I recall.

Looks like there’s a new ERA emerging in pro golf these days. More and more young strong super stars making it  and believing in themselves. Golf  has truly gone global and it’s a new day for golf!

Golf is king!

Bob Cisco –   www.allaboutgolf.uswww.swingmentor.com

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