"Act Without Expectation"
Hey guys Josh McCumber here and wanted to talk about something that is really important getting yourself in the great frame of mind and nice and relaxed to hit the first tee shot. I've got the first hole here behind me how do we do that it's focusing on our breathing I'm gonna teach you a technique today that is gonna help you get ready to go play golf while you're waiting to hit your first tee shot or maybe before you go over to the first hole. It's called the four seven eight breath I learned it from Dr. Andrew Weil and then heard it again when I was doing the excellence in speaking Institute about getting your mind in your body relaxed to go slow and to feel confident. So I want you to stand nice and tall we're gonna do a couple rounds and you're gonna breathe in through your belly a nice belly breath to a count of four hold for seven out for eight well do one more in for four hold for seven out for eight. You know do a minimum of four of those maximum of eight and you'll be ready to go. You'll feel more relaxed you'll be clearer in the head it's gonna help make that first tee shot a little bit easier anytime you feel some frustration on the golf course or your game doesn't feel quite right implement the four seven eight breath and I promise it's gonna help you play better golf but more importantly you're gonna enjoy it you're gonna have more fun and that always translates to lower scores thanks and see you next time.
Josh McCumber here you're gonna talk a little bit about warming up is a key a lot of people I think want to know how they can warm up better to play great golf especially in this post COVID era or COVID era a lot of people aren't allowed to warm up or if they are it's a very limited amount of time I know what junior tournaments you're not allowed to maybe have 25 30 minutes so what do you do what do you spend your time so what I'm going to tell you about is you're gonna warm up with a pitching wedge it has less bounce in a 60 degree wedge lots of ranges are sandy it's easy to hit ball stat and you just want to make some swings feeling the club head feeling your body feeling connected so I'm gonna hit a pitching wedge just to show you what I'm talking about you want to get in here 30 or 40 yards to star really really small little swings to feel a connection with the club you can even hit something to the end of the tee and you want to hit that build that up a little bit and then move on over to a 6-iron and picture golf shots you're gonna hit use the time wisely some low shots and high shots curving them think about some shots on the golf course that you might have and then move on to a driver hit a few just to get loosened up and then if the first hole calls for a three wood or a non-driver make sure that's one of the last clubs that you hit before you go so I hope you enjoyed this video you want to keep it simple it's a great idea to do when you don't have a whole lot of time is to just get yourself feeling the swing feeling comfortable so you can go out have fun be confident and enjoy the day see you next time
So as your eyes are looking at the target I want you to come in and you're going set up with your feet together or your right foot in there you're going aim the club face and then after I've aimed my club face while I'm looking up at the target I'm going set my feet, take my waggles and I'm going pull the trigger and go. I promise if you can get into habit of looking at the target when you walk in to your shot and looking at the target when you set your feet and your body, it's going help you get set up and more consistently and it's going get you thinking about the shot, seeing the shot and feeling the shot some of the most important keys in playing the game of golf. I hope you enjoyed this little extra tidbit, this little special video to take it to the next level bye
Hey guys Josh McCumber here and I want to come to you and talk about walking into the golf ball one of the most important things in the golf pre-shot routine that does not get discussed very much so next time you're out playing on the golf course I want you to think about how you walk into the golf ball. Do you just walk in from the side take a couple practice swings and whack it or do you come stand behind the ball, look at your target picture your shot and try to figure out what you're going to do with your golf shot. Are you just thinking about your golf swing and what your teacher told you or what you maybe read in a magazine? So next time you go out to the golf course, I want you to really think about the golf ball, where you're standing behind the ball and your target. We want to be target and conscious and target focus so it starts from behind the golf ball. I want you to stand behind the golf ball it can be three paces four paces think about that when you do that what feels most comfortable to you and replicate that every time. It's gonna take a little practice but I want you to stand directly behind the golf ball and the target. I learned this from my uncle Mark McCumber and he learned it from the late, great Bert Yancey who is the master at the golf pre shot routine. Stand directly behind the ball, see the ball, see your target, picture your shot. Then you're going to walk into the golf shot with your eyes up looking at the target. That's very very important, to walk into the shot with your eyes up looking at the target, then set your feet looking at the target with your eyes up, if you can do that I promise that's going to help you lower scores and you're going to get out of your golf swing and you're gonna think about playing golf. I hope you enjoyed this video, let me know if you have any questions remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel and we'll see you next time.
A great golf grip is necessary to playing an excellent game of golf. If you are grasping the club improperly or too firm, you will wind up with shots that go locations you do not desire them to go. There is no precise science to the golf grip, however there are 3 fundamental golf grips that golf enthusiasts utilize today:
* The overlapping grip is the most typical golf grip utilized. It is utilized mainly by male golf players and those with strong wrists and lower arms. The little finger of the right-hand man pushes top of or overlaps the forefinger on the left hand.
* The baseball grip is most frequently utilized by more youthful golf players, women, elders, and those with weaker wrists and arms. The forefinger of the left hand and the little finger of the right-hand man fulfill however do not overlap or interlock.
* An interlocking grip will be utilized by golf players with much shorter hands and fingers, those with thicker or chunkier palms, and golf enthusiasts who have problem with the overlapping grip. The forefinger of the left hand and the little finger of the right-hand has to overlap each other and interlock.
Here is the standard method to grip a golf club no matter which grip you utilize. Start by holding the club straight in front of you with your right-hand with the club head pointing far from you at about a 45 degree angle.
Next grip the club with your left hand. Relative to the golf club, the thumb will be in the twelve o'clock position.
Now, with your right-hand, grip the golf club simply above your left hand with the fingers, not the palm, of your right-hand. The thumb will be placed a little off to the left. Relative to the golf club, the thumb will remain in an eleven o'clock position.
If you have actually grasped the golf club properly, just the very first 2 knuckles of your left hand will show up. Your left thumb needs to be totally concealed under your ideal hand. The forefinger position of your right-hand will look like a weapon trigger finger.
A proper golf grip will make you feel as if you are holding the club mainly in the palm and last 3 fingers of your left hand. A proper golf grip does not ensure an effective golf swing; nevertheless, a faulty golf grip will nearly constantly result in a flawed and horrible golf swing.
What does golf teach you? Approach the game asking this question. Is the game attempting to speak to you from a bigger perspective? We know that golf is a game, but it is also a chance to do some self reflection. The ball sits there until we hit it. We may have fun with our friends out on the course drinking beer and enjoying the social aspects. But if we sit quietly for a moment and think about the times we have played our best, what is happening? The best players in the world understand that and become masters at using the game as their teacher and their method for self development.
For me personally, I find the constant need to slow down, to stop and smell the roses. Golf gives me that outlet, if I let it. Start to pay attention to what the 4 - 5 hours is wanting to teach you or the solitude in hitting a bucket of balls. If we learn to ask different questions, we might like the answers and the game can become more than hitting a little white ball into a hole. It can be a chance to improve ourselves a little and grow in the process.
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