Your First Step to Achieving Your Golf Goals for 2010 is to Set Achievable Goals!

Goals are a crucial part of improving your game.  Obviously, without a clear idea of what you actually want to achieve,  it is very unlikely that you will ever achieve it. The more detailed your target is, the more real it becomes and the more your brain will focus its efforts to achieve it. In order for your goals to be effective, they must fulfill the following criteria:


The more specific a goal the better. In this case it is simple. For example: “My goal is to get down to a 9.5 handicap within 6 months of committing to my game-improvement plan.” Or “My goal is to break 100 within 3 months.”


All goals must be measurable. Your scores in both social and competitive rounds of golf will enable you to chart your level of performance and progress on a regular basis.


This may be the most difficult part of the goal-setting process. A goal that is too easy to achieve is worthless. Likewise, setting a goal of trying to get down to a single-digit handicap in two months if you are currently a 30-handicapper is unrealistic. Set a target that will stretch your capabilities but which is still achievable.


For any goal to be achievable it must also be realistic. For a beginner to become a single-digit handicap in just two months is asking a lot, but a mid to high-handicap golfer should be capable of lowering his or her score by 5 to 6 shots within this same time period.


For a goal to be effective, it must have a time limit. Once again, this is simple to monitor. I recommend you choose 3 month increments to try to achieve your specific goals.


Studies show that people that write down their goals have a better chance of achieving their goals, than those who don’t.  Take some time and write down a few goals for your to start achieving in 2010.  Review them often.  Once you have a goal in mind, you can then start to plan how you will go about achieving that goal.



Swing a Weighted Club this Winter to Activate Your Golf Muscles

Swinging a weighted club a few minutes every other day will help activate your golf muscles and help smooth out your swing.  It is hard to swing a weighted club fast, so having a little weight will help not only smooth out your swing, but help your tempo.  Swinging a weighted club will also help you develop strength. Watch this video to see how you should swing a weighted golf club…



Cardiogolf Can Help Your Golf Game

What is Cardiogolf?

Cardiogolf is a 60-minute golf-specific workout that is taught by certified instructors using an area in a gym or at a practice range. Using the specially designed Cardio Club participants learn exercises to promote better swing mechanics, flexibility, strength and balance throughout the golf swing. The exercises are set to music which makes this program ideal for a group exercise class. It accommodates every golfer regardless of gender, age and skill level or fitness level.

Who developed Cardiogolf?

The Cardiogolf Fitness Program was created by Karen Palacios-Jansen.  Karen, an AFAA certified personal trainer and LPGA teaching professional and is managing editor of Golf Fitness Magazine.  Over the years she has instructed hundreds of professional and amateur golfers using this unique and effective program and has been featured in several top golf publications illustrating this success.

Why Cardiogolf?

Karen used to have a dilemma: spend her free time working out or working on her golf swing.  Golf may be good mental exercise, but as far as a physical exertion it can’t compete with aerobics.  So she got to thinking, maybe she could do both at the same time.

Learning to play golf requires a lot of time, effort and money.  To play consistently, you must spend countless hours at a golf course. To achieve power, you must train your body, spending time in the gym lifting weights and stretching most days of the week.

Through analysis and research Karen developed a program that revolutionizes how people learn and practice the game of golf.  Cardiogolf is a way for golfers to improve their swing mechanics and fitness levels at the same time.

To view a clip of Cardiogolf visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjpzBkbKIWY

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Hit the Ball Straighter Not Harder for More Distance

To get more distance , try hitting the ball straighter instead of harder.  Concentrate on hitting the ball in the sweetspot of the clubface. If you have ever hit the sweetspot, you know that these shots fly farther than the shots you hit off-center in the heel or the toe.  For every quarter inch you hit the ball outside the sweetspot, you lose up to 10 yards of distance. So for maximum power, improve your swing technique to consistently hit the ball in the center of the clubface.

Watch this video to help you understand how to the ball more solid, in the center of the clubface.

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KPJ Answers Your Questions

Question: I started playing golf about a year now and my handicap is around +25 and under. My average driving distances around 245 yards consistently. My problem is my short game irons, especially with my 3,4,5 irons. I find it harder to hit good with these irons than my woods or the driver. I need help! Thanks, Tim

Answer: Technically the 3,4 and 5 irons are called long irons not short irons. They are the longest irons in the bag and the most difficult to hit. The have a very small club face and very little loft, so you have to strike the ball perfect at impact to hit them well.

Here are a few tips to help you with your “long irons”;
To consistently hit the sweetspot for maximum distance, you should strive to swing with a square clubface at all times. Unless, of course, you are trying to hit an intentional curve ball.
If your grip is correct, then it will be easy to return the clubface square impact. If you have a faulty grip, then the clubface cannot be squared at impact or you will have to make compensations. To determine your clubface position at address and impact, hold the club out in front of you with your left hand (if you are a right-handed golfer) so that the shaft is parallel to the ground. The leading edge should be straight up and down. Then stretch your arm out as far as possible and check the clubface. Ideally, the leading edge should stay square. If the clubface twists open or closed, then this is how the clubface will hit the ball at impact. If you continually hit shots to the right, then your clubface is open at impact. When the clubface is closed at impact your shots will shoot off to the left. Adjust your grip and setup until you achieve a square clubface.

I teach Golf and Pilates. I am a LPGA Master Professional and Certified Personal and Pilates Trainer