Golf course design and other lessons

I have always enjoyed playing golf with Mike Clayton (and here) – we are members of the same club and have played many times over the years. He’s a good golfer (obviously) but his passion these days is directed to course design. A game with Mike takes you on a journey of classic architecture, botany, history…

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Golf coaching breakthrough

I receive email updates from a young chap – he’s working his way to becoming a good golfer and along the way learning all about coaching and performance. If nothing else, I reckon this young man will become an excellent golf coach. Here’s this week’s update: I’m in this program called the First Tee, and…

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Ball Position Blues

From Shane: What are you views on ball position? I have read a lot of your stuff but can’t find anything definitive… What is the correct way – move ball backwards and forwards or move feet and adjust width? My response: Shane, you’re going about this the wrong way. There’s almost no way I can…

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A golfing “blackout”

David said, “Anyhow, I’m sort of in a bit of a “blackout” period in the sense that there is nothing much to say or think about…” He has come a long way and is not analysing or thinking too hard about his game. He goes on, “… Just keep on hitting balls at the range,…

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Why most golf instruction has things the wrong way around

Received the below email from Max. Hello Mr Strachan. I’m Max from Florida. I’m 16 years old and play high school and junior golf (tournaments.) I feel that I have a decent golf swing and I have been able to shoot in the mid 70′s at times with my swing.(that’s good for me!) However, I…

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Simple coaching is the best

The boy was playing footy with his Dad. It’s a scene that repeats itself all over the world and I was interested to see how the little play session turned out. The boy kicked the ball. It was a clumsy attempt, the little boy obviously new to kicking objects. Dad: Not like that. You need…

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Strange golfer shows me a better way …

His swing was short, really short and had this funny loop to it. When I first saw it my initial reaction was to laugh. It was a golf team practise night and I thought Gary was a ring-in. How on earth could this guy, with this strange (some would say horrible) swing, be good enough…

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You wouldn’t believe it…

The 40th birthday bash went well on Saturday night. A lot of fun and quite a few sore heads on the golf course Sunday. Back to Thursday night: We had some Melbourne friends over to visit and check out the Golf Farm. The Robersons are super keen golfers and quickly arranged a competition from my…

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