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Question Time With Muskoka Golf Pros

Golf Tips From Muskoka Golf Professionals

Muskoka offers many fantastic experiences and the golf courses are just one of the main features of this wonderful region. There are dozens of excellent golf courses for you to enjoy, but how do you know which one to play?

Well, we went around several of the golf clubs and resorts in Muskoka and asked the professionals a few questions to show you a little more on the golf course, and also their best golf tips to help you improve your game.

The questions were:

1) Why someone should come and visit your Muskoka golf course?
2) What is the biggest mistake you see that golfers make?
3) What is the very best, simple golf tip you would give?
4) What is your favorite hole and how to play it from tee to green?

It was interesting seeing the golf professionals in action and sharing their insights of their golf course and sharing some great golf tips to help you play better!

So which Muskoka Golf Courses did we go and see?

  • Rocky Crest Golf Resort
  • South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club
  • Taboo Muskoka Resort
  • The Rock Golf Club
  • North Granite Ridge Golf Club
  • Windermere Golf & Country Club
  • Diamond in The Ruff Golf Club

Below are the golf tips and course review videos of the Muskoka Golf Professionals we put together below.

 

Rocky Crest Golf Resort With Chris Near

Learn more about Rocky Crest Golf Resort here.

 

South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club With Bruce Rogerson

Learn more about South Muskoka Golf Club here.

 

 

Taboo Muskoka Resort With Director of Golf Greg Downer 

Learn more about Taboo Muskoka Resort here.

 

The Rock Golf Club With Director of Instruction, Spencer Morland

Learn more about The Rock Golf Club here.

 

North Granite Ridge Golf Club With Head Professional John Wellar

Learn more about North Granite Ridge Golf Club here.

 

Windermere Golf & Country Club With Director of Golf Mark DeActis

Learn more about Windermere Golf & Country Club here.


The Diamond in The Ruff Golf Club With Head Professional, William Pugilese

Learn more about The Diamond in The Ruff Golf Club here.

 

Well there you have it… some great golf tips! Plus, we hope you learned a bit more about each club so that you are enticed to go and visit one of these fantastic venues for your next round of golf or getaway.

We do have some exclusive offers for many of the above courses and they can be found on either the Facebook page or for you to be registered in our Insiders club (it’s free)…

We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your experience!

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How To Hit A Draw And Stop Your Golf Slice

Today we wanted to bring you a great lesson and golf tip from CPGA Professional Spencer Morland from The Rock Golf Club in Muskoka that shows you an extremely simple way you can improve your golf swing path so you can prevent hitting a slice and learn how to hit a draw.

Yes curing the slice is important but there is more that can be accomplished with the same fixes than just stopping your drives and iron slice off into trouble.

To cure a slice means to improve your swing path and connection too.

Both of which improve your swing speed and distances but also give you the opportunity to have more control over the golf ball. You see, a golfer should be able to move the golf ball with relative ease one way or the other no matter their level to shoot consistent golf scores and avoid those terrible bad holes with silly mistakes such as hitting into the water or out of bounds.

Let me ask you something…

Are you not tired of always trying to hit perfect straight golf shots and failing?

Don’t worry you are not alone. This error by most golfers in their pursuit of attempting to hit perfect straight golf shots is going to leave anyone beating their head against the wall. However if you understand that the golf ball is not meant to fly straight on any shot you will be taking a lot f pressure of yourself and scoring a lot better too!

OK, so maybe it’s a bit much to expect you to start going out and trying to play and swing like Bubba Watson, but the advantages of being able to curve the ball and at least an understanding how to shape the ball a little bit are vast.

The benefit of having ball shaping and control in your golf weaponry is crucial to lower consistent scores, even Jack Nicklaus stated that straight golf shots are bad. You see the ability to manoeuvre the golf ball will be very helpful to navigate the architecture of certain golf holes especially in Muskoka, steer away from trouble and play great golf no matter your level.

  • If you can hit a draw to can fix your golf slice.
  • You can avoid trouble around the greens.
  • Be in better positions off the tee.
  • Curve away from water, trees and bunkers to reduce risk.
  • You will have the ability to predict where your ball will go more consistently.

These are just a basic look of course at the benefits, as was mentioned above, we are not expecting you to play like Bubba, but even if your handicap is in the 20’s, when you can feel your golf swing and feel how to hit a draw and shape your golf ball your scores will drop and your confidence in your golf swing will soar.

But it’s not as complicated as too many golfers think. Some tweaks in the set up, and the the all important swing path direction will deliver you the desired results.

So as promised here below is the video to help you stop your golf slice and to show you a simple way how to hit a draw;

It’s easy to fix a slice when you know why it happens, and when you have a few tips and practice drills to follow and when you have cured your golf slice once and for all, you can begin to hit a draw and really play better effortless golf.

If you want to see more great tips and drills from Spencer to fix your slice, improve your distances and accuracy with irons and the driver then you should see these free videos here;

 

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Fix Your Slice With This Great Drill From Hank Haney

Far too many golfers needlessly struggle with the oh so frustrating slice, so today we wanted to share with you a video from world famous golf coach Hank Haney.

You may not be able to get out on the golf course right now but there is still a lot of work you can be doing indoors during these cold days. Simulators, golf domes, practice nets or even at home just feeling the correct swing movements all offer many opportunities to improve your golf game.

Now is the time to start working on those swing mistakes that hurt your golf game and this drill from Hank Haney will help eliminate them.  This is also a useful drill to use whilst on the golf course to dial in your swing to hit it straighter if you find that your slice is rearing it’s ugly head.

Hank shares a very simple explanation to why most golfers slice and how to easily feel a better golf swing sequence to fix your slice and hit longer straighter drives.

Fixing your golf slice is often over complicated by too many instructors when in reality, a simple understanding of why hitting the slice into the trees occurs and with the correct golf tips to cure your slice once and for all, you will be much more confident and consistent of the tee.

As promised below is the video to fix your golf slice from Hank Haney.

Listen to his advice. We urge you to get a club out and perform the drill allowing the club the swing around you and get your back to the target. This will start to give you correct swing sequence and feeling to attack the ball from the right angle eliminating one side of the golf course.

This 3-part drill from Hank will re-route your swing and get you perhaps even hitting draws. It’s as easy as starting with a simple clockwise circle.

Hank Haney: The 5-Minute Slice Fix Video

Enjoy and use this practice drill in preparation for the spring weather (mind the furniture though).

We have 3 more simple cures to fix your slice that you can use in addition to the above drill from Haney and will really help you start to improve your golf swing and stop slicing the ball and you can see the first video below.

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How To Fix Your Slice Golf Swing Habits To Play Better Golf

 

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If you are anything like 95% of the golfers who play this game you will be suffering from shots that leak out because all of the dreaded and catastrophic slice.

It’s a plague that seems to frustrate and attack far too many golfers of all levels and ages that causes bogeys (or more) lost balls and ruined scores.

You see, golf courses know how to punish players who suffer from weak slices. They do this by placing bunkers, rough and tress in the exact spots to make life difficult for you off the tee and around the greens. Now as we are Canadians, many of you will be left handed, but the trouble still lies awaiting for you too so don’t think you get away with it.

Also a point to mention is that the golf swing action that creates a slice such as out to in swing path into the ball, a poor takeway, inconsistent alignment and poor swing mechanics often results in many other bad shots such as; fat shots, pulls and miss hits .. (I think we all want less of those correct?)

Because a slice, no matter which way it curves, is a weak shot, it robs you of distance for one thing, but big issue with golfers having the slice as their main bad shot is the compensations they make in trying to fix it or allowing for it on the golf course…

Let me ask you this..

Ever had to play golf with your slice and found yourself aiming further and further away from the fairway or green to allow for the slice?

Do you just accept having a golf swing that produces a slice?

Why does it seem to get progressively worse too when you allow for it on the course?

You see the more you allow for it, the more it slices and your golf swing becomes choppy, nervous and weak resulting in an incorrect angle swing path and just bad inconsistent golf shots.

None of the above are a recipe for enjoyable golf on one of on Muskoka’s fine golf courses are they?

So, what we are going to do to ensure you fix your golf swing slice habits with some really effective golf practice tips you can even start working on at home to prepare for the sprong and upcoming golf season…

We have 3 simple but really effective drills and tips you can start working on right away to finally start improving your consistency and having your best golf scores yet in Muskoka.

Because the slice is such an annoying shot and too many of you suffer needlessly with it, we asked CPGA Coach, Spencer Morland from The Rock Golf Club to provide some great tips to help you fix your slice golf swing habits just for Golf Muskoka..

So all you need to do is follow this link below and you can begin to watch the first tip on why alignment is a principle you must master to have straighter golf shots and how you begin improving easily.

See the fix your slice videos here;

http://golfmuskoka.com/fix-your-slice-lm

From Spencer and all of us here at Golf Muskoka…hit ’em straight and longer too!

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Golf Visualization Tips – Mistakes Golfers Make

Byron Nelson used to say that the best practice he ever did was at 4 o’clock in the morning, in bed, before a tournament.

This is fantastic advice I would advise all golfers to follow.

However, most golfers are not very effective with their “mental practice” as it’s commonly called.  They give it a short attempt at the advice of some pro on TV or in a magazine and then they give it up because they don’t see instant results. I’m going to tell you why.

By the way,   Notice I didn’t call it “visualization.”  I mentioned in another video that you don’t have to “see” anything in order to do powerful visualization.  Thinking that you HAVE to is the first biggest mistake golfers make.

Another mistake is in failing to bring up the desired state or emotion you want to have when doing imagination practice.  Some golfers just close their eyes and imagine themselves putting coolly and calmly just like they do on a practice green.  That’s all fine and dandy but that’s not going to help you when you come down to a crucial putt that you MUST have and your nerves get going.

What you want to do in mental practice is to imagine that situation where you are under pressure…and the nerves come up….and you have a keyword or thought that you PRACTICE in your mind taking your nerves down.

In other words, you are mentally practicing getting control of your bodily state.  If you were to do this a hundred times before the next real pressure putt, I would bet anything that you would actually be able to do this in reality and then truly, calmly go up there and putt like you know how without the tension.

Another big mistake golfers make doing mental practice is they try to do too much. They  work themselves all around a golf course in many situations and swings and shots etc.

To be 3 times more effective, what you want to do is to do mental practice on SPECIFIC, small parts of your game. The more specific, the better.

For example. You could imagine yourself chipping beautifully out of the bunker for a tap-in putt….over and over again. This is fine but if you want more results for your mental practice, then what you want to do is to go over and over the one thing ABOUT your sand wedge play that ensures good contact. Like keeping a steady base. Or hitting the sand an inch behind the ball.  Better to focus on those details over and over and over, one at a time than to mentally practice hitting balls out of the sand with an unfocused mind.

It’s hard to remain motivated to continue mental practice when you can’t make the connection that it’s paying off in results. And it’s hard to discern that unless you are working on one specific item at a time.

Results come with consistent work and sometimes it takes awhile just like regular practice.  Sometimes, you get results overnight and that is exciting!

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Hole More Putts – Putting Drill at Home to Improve Your Stroke

Winter is certainly with us in Ontario and golfers everywhere are getting itchy that they cannot improve their game and enjoy the good weather on our great Muskoka golf courses. However, there are many things you can still do over the next couple of months to improve your golf game at home and keep excited for the new golf season and not wood too much about spending the first few weeks blowing off the cobwebs “finding your golf swing” and getting your “feel back” on and around the greens and ultimately be able to hole more putts.

So over the next couple of months we will provide some great golf tips to improve your game this winter from the putting stroke, right through to improving your swing for distance from the comfort of your nice warm home

First up is improving your putting stroke. This is often ignored when golfers think of being rusty, but 50% of your scores are made on the green so why not improve your short game and putting over the next couple of months?

When the greens are covered in snow there is actually a lot you can do to work on your putting stroke and really being able to hole mole putts there are lots of drills you can do at home on your carpet or in the office but today we going to show you we going to explain one very simple one that wouldn’t have you stressing about you stroke or holding those eight footers for pars

A good putting stroke is one that is accurate and more importantly consistent

A very important factor that’s often ignored in putting is having consistently to strike the ball out of the sweet spot golf is often tend to forget the importance of this when it comes to the stroke on the greens even though they know it’s very important with the drivers and the iron.

Your putter is no different.

If you strike your putts out of the toe this will cause a gear effect and open up the face at impact and missing the putts to the right.Putting1

Likewise if you strike your putts out of the heel it’s going to more often than not pull the putt to the left and if you’re doing this regularly you’re going to have to make many compensations to try to adjust through the stroke so you don’t pull it or push it

So how do we get consistent with the flat stick and strike your putts more often out of the sweet spot in your putting stroke?

Well all you need to do is place two can of beans, tuna, vegetables, or some cups. Anything really you can find.

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Place a ball in between the two objects as see in the picture, (depending on how good or confident you are you can make the space between each end the heel and toe of putter wider for more forgiveness.

You can aim for a specific object or just putt towards a wall to practice distance control but the idea is that you want to try to hit the putt out of the sweet spot without touching either side of those cans.

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When you try and make a nice smooth stroke without trying to guide it through you will be on your way to having a nice accelerating consistent stroke that will give you feedback to know when you’re either coming across or into the ball at the wrong angle

So all you need to do is practice this drill to improve your putting stroke, hit more out of the sweet spot so you get a better roll on the greens and ultimately hole more putts and by the time the Muskoka golf courses open you will be a vastly better putter than you were last season.

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Golf Practice Tips – The Best Practice You Can Do

Byron Nelson used to say that the best golf practice he ever did was at 4 o’clock in the morning, in bed, before a tournament. This is fantastic for all golfers to follow and something you should start working on before spring rolls around and begin to play the golf courses in Muskoka.

However, most golfers are not very effective with their “mental practice” as it’s commonly called. They give it a short attempt at the advice of some pro on TV or in a magazine and then they give it up because they don’t see instant results.

What you want to do instead for your mental practice is to imagine that situation where you are under pressure…and the nerves come up….and you have a keyword or thought that you PRACTICE in your mind taking your nerves down.

In other words, you are mentally practicing getting control of your bodily state. If you were to do this a hundred times before the next real pressure putt, I would bet anything that you would actually be able to do this in reality and then truly, calmly go up there and putt like you know how without the tension.

Don’t Worry About Your Weaknesses

Forget that old school teaching that says you have to “identify your weaknesses.” You know darn well what holds you back in your game. Start focusing this round, for every shot on what you do well. ON WHAT WENT RIGHT! Build a storage of good things you are capable of to come back to time and time again.

When you do something bad, quickly analyze it for what can be learned AND THEN FORGET IT! FOREVER!

So start practicing this winter and preparing yourself for some fabulous rounds of golf and beating your personal best on some of Muskoka’s golf courses.