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Masters Golf First Major of the Year Ready to Go


 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.

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

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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 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

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,

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

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Golf: The Return of Aaron Baddeley

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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Mallets Winning More Golf Championships

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

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



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Kaymer Wins PGA Golf Championship in Play-off

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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.

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 –

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British Open Golf — Players facing the Elements

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Hi Guys: 

British Open one of my real favorites is up and running at St.Andrews with players facing the elements and unpredictable weather predicted most of the tournament.

Outcome will be decided with those players who can keep the ball down and in play especially off the tee. And who play smart on the key finishing  holes 17 and and 18. Two of the best finishing holes in championship golf I might add.

You got to like the Thurs-Fri pairing of Woods-Rose-Villegas going at it and a  big draw and crowd pleaser I would think with the fans there.

Putting will be the key for Tiger Woods.  Look for Villegas to make a run at it. Rose is the hottest player right now in the world of golf. Europe is hot right now with the majors.

Phil Mickelson needs to get off to a good start to contend for Sunday run.

I got a feeling there will be a playoff to this championship. Any predictions out there?

Best shooting,

Bob Cisco – The Golf Doctor,  (Bob Cisco golf books)

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

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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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Do You Have This Problem with Your Golf Shots..?

Hi Guys:
Do you have this problem with your golf shots?
Do you find in a round of golf or in practicing that you
hit some wild shots off line like pushes or hooks that get
you in trouble like in a bad lie in the rough, behind a
tree or in the water or hit off in the wrong direction?
Well I have a solution or two for this.
The key to being more consistent and hitting more solid
shots is first of all being in CONTROL of your swing motion
and not swinging out of balance and too hard.
When you swing easier and ‘within yourself” you can be
in more control and that makes a big difference with the
outcome of your shots. Having the ball in play is the key
to scoring.
There’s a principle at work here that when you swing smoother
around 80 % pace, you will find you are more able to make a
better hit of the ball. That’s what timing is all about.
So that’s the first key to this is to do that consistently with your
shots. Think being in control of your swing motion and better
timing of the shot.
The other thing to do is make sure you are not going out of
balance as you rotate the upper body over the lower especially
in the backswing move and in the downswing towards the ball
and target. When you swing too hard one can lose your balance
and  spine angle.
These two key basics are essential in hitting consistent solid
shots and if you can maintain an easier pace and and your
balance, you  will be able to hit shots and play better, plus
score better.
Let me know how this works for you and leave
a comment here if you would on the site.
Bob Cisco
The Golf Performance Doctor

Mickelson & Woods Head-up PGA Golf Field at Quail Hollow Event

Hi Everyone:

With an exciting Masters in the books, the PGA tour heads to the southeastern city of Charlotte, South Carolina next week with Hilton Head, a great venerable tour stop in between. Love that lighthouse there

Both Tiger Woods and Phil Michelson head up a stellar field of players at Quail Hollow in Charlotte  next week on a stunning venue that requires accuracy and distance.

With the US Open looming in less than two months now it looks Quail Hollow provides a major venue type course to work on key shots  in preparation for Pebble Beach in June at the US Open.

Could this be a preview of the showdown we’re looking for between Woods and Michelson going ‘possibly mano to mano’  for golf’s second major, the US Open?

Look for Phil to continue to use the three wood as a real driving weapon off the tee in his bag like he did at Augusta.  Then again he hit probably one of the best golf shots of all time in a major at The Masters out of the pine straw there on the back nine. Seems he just can’t always stay out of trouble and when he does he is a real magician on finding the green with his shot-making skills.

Can Phil overtake Tiger in the world rankings here this summer? Wow! That would be something else and a great summer for golf here. And then there’s the Ryder Cup in September as well. Exciting stuff!

Talk soon,

Bob Cisco, the Golf Doctor