Categories

Sign up for our Free E-Newsletter and receive Product Information, Local Outing Information, Local Tournament Results, Upcoming Events and best of all information about FREE GOLF where you live. Register Now

Search
Subscriptions/ Free Golf Program
Business/Career Opportunity
About Us
Magazine Departments
Company Profiles
Product of the Week
Instruction
Player Profiles
Featured Resorts
Regional Editorials
Upper Mid-West
New Jersey, PA
Central Mid-West
Northeast
Long Island, Metro NY
Rocky Mountains
Southeast
Carolinas
Southwest
West Coast
Equipment
Gear & Accessories
Play Testing
New on the Tee
Player’s Choice Awards
Instruction
Golf Schools
Top Instructors
Training Aids
Tour/Major’s  News
Subscriptions

Advertising Info & Media Kit
< <
Orange Whip
GolfSTR
Latest Edition


Article Options
 
 
 
Popular Articles
  1. Golf in Maui
  2. Scott Van Pelt: A Decade as ESPN’s Golf Reporter
  3. New Golf Products - By Tom Landers
  4. Hybrids Continue To Be Widely Accepted and Deliver on their Promise – Easy to Use and Fun To Play.
  5. Hank Haney’s PlaneFinder Can Change Your Game
No popular articles found.
Popular Authors
  1. Web Master
  2. Matt Adams
  3. Derek Hooper
  4. Golfing Magazine Staff
  5. Mike Stinton
  6. Tom Landers
  7. John Torsiello
  8. Katharine Dyson
  9. Sean Fitzsimmons
  10. Tom Landers
No popular authors found.
 »  Home  »  Magazine Departments  »  Instruction  »  Changing Your Game By Jay Morelli
Changing Your Game By Jay Morelli
By Web Master | Published  10/13/2008 | Instruction | Unrated
Instruction - Fall - 2008

Changing Your Game By Jay Morelli

The winter is coming. While most of us will miss our golf, winter is an excellent time to make significant swing changes.
Changing behavior is difficult, no matter what that behavior happens to be. Changing behavior is what we are trying to do when we attempt to change our swing. If you play several times a week or even several times a month you’ll most likely fall into the same old patterns you’ve established overtime.
You can use the winter layoff period as a time to establish new patterns. The long break of several months gives you the opportunity to forget the old patterns and establish new ones.
Enlist the help of a trained golf professional to assess what aspect of your swing you should improve. As an example let’s assume that you tend to stay on your back foot when you hit the ball, and therefore have trouble following through. To improve your swing the professional might suggest swinging a weighted club in the garage for 15 minutes a day, with a goal of finishing with your weight on the front foot. Fifteen minutes a day for four months should create a new behavior. Finishing properly will start to feel comfortable. A new pattern will be established.
Another note about changing behavior as it relates your golf swing-change everything. Change your pre-shot routine. If you have been standing over the ball for 6 seconds before you hit, change that amount of time. Make it 2 seconds or 10 seconds, but not 6 seconds. Old habits die hard and if your pre shot routine is the same as it has always been, then your old pattern will most likely return. If you want to carry it a step further take a different route to the course and have something different for lunch!
You can see the best golf instructor on the planet, and he/she may give you the best possible advice to change your game. Those few sage words will give you the correct path but changing behavior takes more than understanding. So use the winter layoff to make you a better player as soon as the course opens in the spring.

Jay Morelli
Director, The Original Golf School at Mount Snow, VT
800-632-6262, ext.7,
www.thegolfschool.com
www.jaymorelligolf.com
www.plantataioninn.com