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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
HAVRE DE GRACE, MD - JUNE 06: Lorena Ochoa (ME...

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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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Mallets Winning More Golf Championships

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Have you noticed more players on the various  golf tours especially the PGA using mallet putters this past year?

Don’t have the full stats yet but more players have been winning this year it seems with mallet putters in their hands. Even Tiger Woods although he didn’t win in 2010, switched to one at the Chevron Challenge which he really should have won. He also used one at the Brirtish Open in one or two of his rounds this past summer.

Although mallets and blades have periods were they trend one over the other and certain Tour players push their popularity, I think this trend is here to stay. There are certain advantages as I see it with better feel and control.

Taylor Made  promoting a new prototype mallet putter that Tiger and several others on the TM staff, which includes Paul Casey and Stewart Cink. They are using it from a new design developed by their R & D dept and advisory staff players including TW himself.

Then there’s of course 2010 Mr Warrior under pressure himself , Graeme Mc Dowell who is the best under putter in the game of golf right now — also using a mallet. As you recall he made all the key short three to five footers to win the US Open at Pebble Beach  in June.  Just ask Tiger what he saw up close with Graemme canning two great putts in a row to take him out at the Chevron recently.

We saw Annika Sorensam winning golf turnaments with an Oddssey two ball putter for a number of years and now we are seeing what I believe is an new resurgence in putter technology with inserts and weight distribution in the putter face. This time mallets are the beneficary.

The “new” mallet putters have better roll characteristics and allow the ball to come off the putter face with less resistance and drag, allowing the ball to get on line better and roll to the hole truer.

Mallets tend to be heavier in weight and help create better feel with the hands and swinging the putter back and thru.

You can’t beat a blade putter when its the right feel for you so I am big on getting the right putter in your hands that feels right. It’s a matter of FEEL and you might try both. And I think you should try both a ‘blade’ and a ‘mallet” for sure. Decide from there.

A heavier weight is what most golfers like in the FEEL department and usually that’s the case with the mallet vs. the blade putter. A heavier weight more in the 360-380 grams vs. the blade putter itself, which tips the scales in around 330 grams at the most.

I’ve worked with lots of players including pros on tour on their putting and I think it is a solid choice in choosing what’s going to get the ball in the hole. My vote is for the mallet in 2011!

Look for more players to be using the mallet putter than ever before on all the PGA tours in 2011.

Need help not only with selecting the right putter but with getting more confidence in your putting stroke? Check out my latest book on putting your best at www.lulu.com/ultimateputting.

You can also call me at 818-448-9694 to discuss your putting and short game needs and how to get to the next level of performance in the short game area.

I am here to help you putt like a pro!

Best, Bob Cisco,  The Golf doctor

 

 

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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Secret to Getting Out of the Sand Every Time

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Hey Guys:

Well in most rounds of golf you will

have a shot out of a sand trap around

the green and you will face a get

up and down situation. It might be a

pressure situation late in the round

or even while playing a match scenario. 

 

So you’ll have to have the confidence

to hit this shot and get the shot close

enough to make the putt and save par,

make birdie or even a bogey.

 

So in other words you need to make this

shot work and perform for you when it

counts.

 

Here’s how you hit this shot and an

“inside secret” to getting it close and

at the very least on the green with a

chance to make the putt.

 

The key to the sand shot is learning to

hit consistency behind the ball at least

two inches and accelerate thru at impact

with the hands swinging thru.

 

This shot is like a flop shot where you

hinge it up steeply and let it drop down

but you need to develop the skill at the

bottom of the arc where you enter the

sand to stay with the shot and hit behind

the ball two inches or more.

 

In doing so you get the bottom of the club

face, where all the weight is, to splash thru

the sand and in explode the ball out.

 

The key is learning how to move thru the

shot with the knees and thighs braced and

the hands unhinging back behind the ball

and swinging the club up and thru to stay

down and thru and complete the shot.

 

Leave a comment on how you like this drill

and if it pays dividends for you next time

your in the trap and have to get it up and

down without sweating it.

 

Bob Cisco — The Golf Performance Doctor

Short Game Specialistwww.allaboutgolf.us

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Three Keys to Scoring in Golf…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Hi Guys:
The key to real scoring lies in being able to hit three shots
well and being able to score from 100-130 yards and in.
These three shots or skills are a must and I am going to
discuss with you how to improve your mastery of  theses
shots and skills.
You need to be able to get a wedge shot close from 100 yards
and in. On the average, your wedge shot needs to get you on the
green and putting for par or birdie from at least 15-20 feet or
closer every time. You’ll stick one close too but on the average,
you need to be putting with a chance of making your putt or at
least a two putt.
To hit this shot you need to take enough club, swing smooth
around an 80% pace for control and move your arms and
body thru the shot towards  the hole. That’s one of the secrets
to hitting this shot.
This is more of an arm swing and is not rushed. You hit down
and thru and stay with the shot turning your body thru the shot
and hole. Make crisp contact and swing out towards the target.
You do not need to try to hit this shot hard but want to focus on
control and technique and completing your swing. Play the
ball a  bit more towards the middle of your stance.
Secondly, you got to be able to chip or pitch the ball close.
Move in closer to the ball, play it back, hands forward,  and hit
the chip or pitch much like you’re “putting with loft”.  Knowing
how to hit this shot correctly, you should  be able to get the
ball rolling towards the hole and no more than 3-5 feet away.
Most of  these putts you can make from here.
Try keeping the ball under the hole in your approach shots
with the wedge and long pitch shots as well.
Thirdly, you need to be able to roll your long putts close
within 2-3 feet of  the cup and you need to be able to not move
over the putt just stroking  the ball, not moving your head and
knees and peeking or looking up.
Watch all great putters and you will see that they do not move
their head or lower body especially on the short putts.
When you practice more of your 100 yard game and can get the
ball within 15-20 feet of the hole easily on the average, and you
can get a good chip or pitch and run to the hole.  And you can
make an accelerating  stroke from long distance and are steady
with the short putts, you are looking at a swing of 4-8 strokes
off your game each time you play a round of golf.
So it is worth it to you work on this SCORING area of your game
just as  much or more than your long game.
You’ll find its worth the effort to learn these skills as lower scores
are what’s waiting for you.
Knock it in the hole!
Let me know how this works for you. Leave a comment as well.
Bob Cisco — the golf performance doctor
www.allaboutgolf.us

Your golf game will be chipper with this…

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
At the Links
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Hi Guys:
A great utility club to use around the green
is a chipper. It’s a specially designed club
for chipping and running the ball along the
ground like a putter with some loft.

There are a few golf mfg. cos that make good
ones now. Cleveland Golf has a one with a
weighted back that I tested out a few months
back and liked.

The other day and what got me to think of
writing this story was that I was in a thrift
shop around the corner from where I live.
I found an old Mac Gregor chipper that caught
my eye. I like collecting old clubs. You can
find them sometimes at such stores.

I liked the feel and weight in the back. I
reckoned it most be 35-50 yrs old and so I
forked over the $2.99 and took it home. The
Cleveland one costs around $80.00 to $90.00.
I think.

I have a golf studio at home so I was able to
try it out quickly and found it works really
good.

A good chipper can save you strokes around the
green and get you out of some awkward situations
on the course where you just need to hit it back
into play a short distance or from under a tree
or something.

A hybrid can work too but they are longer in
length and I find the chipper being shorter can be
the real winner especially when you get it close to
the hole or you hole the chip shot. I can use my
regular putting stance with it.

I’ll let you know when I hole my first one with
this new find..!

Let me know your thoughts on this as well.

Need any help with your short game? You can contact
me for a one on one lesson or series to sharpen your
short game.

Hope you’re doing well on the links.

Keep cool, Bob Cisco
The Golf Doctor
www.allaboutgolf.us

 

Stricker Hot as a Pistol at John Deere. Guns for Summer Final Golf Majors Run

Monday, July 12th, 2010
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Hi Guys:

Steve Stricker is hot as a pistol with his golf as he goes real deep at the John Deere Classic to win his second back to back PGA event there with  a record performance.

This is Steve’s fifth win in 15 months on the PGA tour and vaults him back to the No. 2 spot in the world rankings behind No. 1, Tiger Woods. By the end of the summer we might see a new number one on the world of golf, either Phil Mickelson or Steve Stricker, depending on the final majors. It happened in tennis this summer. Will it happen in golf?

What I like about Stricker and you can learn from is that he’s got a great scoring game from 125 yards and in. He’s great with the wedge shots and has a smooth silky putting stroke and this is where birdies and pars are saved along with making the super eagles he makes.

He drives the ball well off the tee. Not a long hitter by tour standards yet he knows how to position his tee shots in place to make the difference and he’ s smart when it comes to his course management and strategy skills.

Look for Steve to seriously contend in the summer final majors here especially back in his home state of Wisconsin, where the PGA Championship is next month in August at Kohler.

I especially like his great balance in his swing and has very good timing in hitting his golf shots.  Steve swings within himself and is an excellent model to emmulate, never forcing the shot with a consistent tempo. 

The British Open looks like a great third major getting underway on Thursday here from St. Andrews in Scotland.

All for now, Bob Cisco,  The Golf Doctor

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Its Great to See A Pro Golfer Reach for the Stars…

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Hi Everyone:

Graeme Mc Dowell’s win at this weekend’s US Open was nothing short of a stellar feat for the N. Ireland native.  He definitely made it happen despite all odds.

He played some really good golf in what turned out to be more of a bit of an all European final with the  tough  fast greens that turned lightning fast.  A  Frenchmen named Gregory Havret, also played fantastic golf,  to almost force a playoff as well.

Grame defeated golf’s big three who all had chances to win by far, but they could not mount  steady charges and do their thing, including that of Tiger Woods, who looked like he was back once again.

Not since Tony Jacklin won in 1970 have we seen someone from the British Isles win the US Open here on American soil.

Hats off to Greame Mc Dowell and his great play at historic Pebble Beach on Dad’s Day with his father present at the 18 th green to acknowlege his great triumph.  It doesn’t get much better than that now does it!

What was Greame’s secret to success and his play?

It was his driving in the fairway, his putting and self confidence in himself in a game introduced to him by his Dad, who believed in his son’s ability to play the game and be a great  golfer.

Not the longest driver of the ball by far but steady and long enough to be in the fairway most of the time mixed with mastery of the greens with his putter, he prevailed.  These key statistics along with his good iron play made the difference enough to win by one shot at the famed Pebble Beach layout.

It sure was good theatre and a great day to be with your Dad and win golf’s greatest tournament, our U.S. Open.

What I liked especially about this Irishmen was his resolve and determination to hang in there and make things happen.  He made up his mind and hit the golf shot in a decisive manner. Excellent  short game as well around the greens.

Golfers can learn from his routine and get into hitting shots with determination. Take dead aim and fire!

All for now and onto the Bristish Open at St. Andrews in Scotland for golf’s next and third major of the season.

Best,  Bob Cisco, The Golf Doctor

Michelle Wie is Big Winner for LPGA Golf…

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Hi Guys:

Michelle Wie holds off a strong field of talented players to win her first LPGA golf event beating Paula Creamer. She go up and down out of the trap on the 18 th almost  holing the shot to tap in for her first victory as a pro player.

This is not only a super win for Michelle getting that first victory out of the way but a big PR step for the LPGA  to now promote her star power and the ladies pro ranks.

I had mentioned in a previous post in Sept after her fine Solheim Cup performance that due to her play she was destined to win this Fall in my crystal ball. I guess the crystal ball doesn’t lie from my view.

Anyway this is very good for golf as we have Tiger and Phil playing great golf finishing up their seasons with the expectation of going mano-to-mano in 2010 here and perhaps we now have Wie ready to fight it out with the likes of Creamer and  Ochoa in next year.

You got to love their great balance, timing and ability to not only hit long and straight but in the feel and finesse games

It’s all good for golf as I see it! Come great golf coming our way.

Talk soon,  Bob Cisco