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Stay Agressive in Golf

by Jordan on March 14, 2014

Back in 2010 PGA Tour member Robert Garrigus held a 3 shot lead standing on the 72nd hole of the ST Jude Classic.

He only needed a double bogey to win. So he had plenty of wiggle room to win his first event on Tour. But pressure is a crazy thing and it sometimes makes you think not so clearly.

Remember Jean Van De Velde at the Open Championship in 1999? He thought he could hit a ball out of the burn. Crazy!

The same can be said of Garrigus. His golf strategy on the hole was awful and I will talk about his club selection as well as the way his mind took over.

Playing It Safe

When a player has a lead on the final hole of a tournament and and can make a bogey or worse, they think playing safe is the way to go. I’d not a huge fan of this.

Here’s why.

Staying aggressive and playing the hole as if you needed to make par to win will yield better results. Playing passive will really compound errors on bad swings if they occur. And bad swings under pressure will occur,

Club Selection

For Robert he decided to hit a hybrid off the tee. Although hybrids are really easy to hit, his best chance for error with a club is still a driver because of it’s bigger head. And especially on a hole with water along the left side.

If he hit a driver to the right, he’d be find. If he hits the ball left and it enters the hazard, it does much further down and he is able to drop in a position where he can hit a shot close to the green. With his hybrid shot into the hazard, he had to drop much further back and in a spot where the trees left of the hazard were in play.

Take a look at the image below to see what I mean.

18th Hole @ TPC Southwind

Here is an angle from ground level.

Ground level view

Ground level view

This is if he makes a bad swing with his driver and hits it left into the winter. Missing left in the water on this hole is the worst case scenario. And a worst case scenario with a driver in the water yields a far better drop spot. From there he could have easily hit the green with his third shot.

I asked a few students at a Tampa Bay Golf School after what club they’d hit. Many said hybrid or 3 iron. If you can put three good swings on a middle iron under pressure and make a bogey, then by all means do so.

But the odds are much better of making a bogey by hitting a driver off the tee and staying aggressive. If you hit one in the water, you can still make a bogey by hitting your 3rd shot on the green. If you happen to hit a poor 6 iron and end up in the water, you’ll be in the same position as Robert above faced with a tough 3rd shot that will not get you to the green because your drop is so far back.

It boils down to which club you have the most confidence with. Drivers are bigger and have the largest sweet spot. This makes the errors from bad swings much greater than the smaller heads of hybrids and irons.

Mind Games

When under pressure, the mind takes over. Instead of thinking positive and making good swings while trying to make a par for the hole, you’ll be thinking about all the worst possible outcomes for each shot . All your trying to do is make a bogey or whatever the highest possible score you can make on the hole is. These negative thoughts will hurt you once you put a bad swing on a shot and a bad outcome occurs. From there your mind and heart rate will speed up and what Johnny Miller refers to as “choking” will happen.

A way to overcome “choking” is to breath deep, drink water and stay positive. It also helps to put this it retrospect to relieve pressure from yourself.

“Will my family still love me after this hole regardless of what happens?”

“Will I wake up tomorrow the same way I always have if something bad occurs?”

In the grand scheme of things, playing great and winning a event shouldn’t be so important. This game is full of regrets but it’s learning how to forget about them that makes you truly great. Phil Mickelson is a great example of this. If he dwelled upon all his close calls in the Majors, he may not have won his 4th green jacket in 2010.

So stay agreesive instead of passive and take your mind off choking by using the mental game tips ahead.

If you are in Tampa Bay and need help with your mental game, check out Get Golf Schools.


How To Not Choke Away A Career Round

by Jordan on February 9, 2014

How to Not Choke in Golf

Back in my junior golfing days I would always have a career round going. But I would always choke it away!

I don’t have this problem anymore because I will never best my career round of 64. I’m too busy running my SEO Vancouver business. But I still want to help you shoot your lowest score ever.

Choking away that career round got very frustrating. I’m sure you know what it feels like. You start to think about how good the beer will taste after the round. What the scorecard will look like posted on your wall.

It’s a terrible feeling to see that round slip away. Sure, you still end up with a very good score. But it’s that “one that got away” feeling. And the beer? It doesn’t nearly taste as good after the round. Kind of bitter right?!

Do you want get rid of that feeling and replace it with the one of where you do shoot that career round? Of course you do!

Read on.

Take Some Advice from Rory

A couple of years back Rory shot 62 in the final round at the Quail Hollow Championship. To this day it’s still one of the best rounds I’ve seen. What really impressed me was how he took COMPLETE CONTROL of the tournament after he had just tied for the lead.

He made sure to keep his great round rolling and to extend his lead. He did that and wrapped the tournament up on the 16th hole with a great fairway bunker shot that resulted in a birdie. Not bad for a kid who was all of 21!  He beat a great field but also a tough golf course.

But how did he not choke away such a great round?

In his interview with Peter Kostis, Rory said he didn’t have any idea of how many under par he was.

Say what?

That’s right. He didn’t think about his score.

Do you think of your score constantly? I bet you do. Try not to next time because keeping score in golf is overrated anyways.

Anyways, back to Rory.

All he was trying to do was keep hitting it close and making the lowest score possible. What I like is that he had some idea as to how well he was playing but wasn’t sure of his score.

What Can you do next time you have a career round going?

Next time you have a really good round going, be sure to keep the positive vibes going and don’t think about your score. It will be tough I know. You will think about it at some point. But try and minimize how much. Fill those thoughts with something totally not golf related. Think about how beautiful the golf course is. Or take an interest in your playing partners.

It’s not like in baseball when a pitcher has a no hitter going and everyone stays away from him and doesn’t talk to him. This just brings too much tension to the situation.

From my own PERSONAL experience and from watching others in this situation, I can honestly say that once a golfer starts thinking about what they have to shot over the last 4 or 5 holes, they’re DOOMED! The reason is because they put too much energy into thinking about what they have to achieve rather then just continuing to do what they’re doing.

One of the mantras at Peerless Golf is “your past is not your future”. Well, your future is not your present. So stay present and don’t think about future outcomes.

Simply focus on hitting good shots and staying positive and confident. This will result in a solid finish over the last few holes and your career round!

Enjoy that beer after your next round because it’s going to be after a career round!


Play From The Proper Tee Boxes

by Jordan on December 17, 2013

I was down at Bandon Dunes last month. It’s a fablous golf resort with some of the best courses you will ever play.

I can’t imagine a better golf experience then Bandon out there. Ok maybe Scotland and Ireland. But not at a single resort.

Anyways I went down there with a good friend of mine who plays on the PGA Tour of Canada Mike Mezei.

We played a match for all 4 rounds. Let me tell you, I got my butt kicked. I don’t play much anymore but Mike still gave me 4 shots a round. I was thinking that would help.

Not a chance!

Even though I already said that I had a great time, I would have had more fun had I played the proper tee boxes.

Since Mike still plays professional golf he dragged me to the very back tee boxes. I can handle my own but having to play from tee boxes requires you to be on all aspects of your game.

I’m no longer capable to do this.

My friend and realtor Victoria Todd Mahovlich always told me to stay within my comfort zone and play the proper tee boxes. I should have listened to him on my recent trip. Heck, I should listened to my own advice.

The next time I will.

So this is just a short blog post. Always try and play from the proper tee boxes. You scores will improve and you’ll have far more fun.



The Short Chip in Golf, and How to Find The Hole

by Scott McCormick on November 6, 2013


There’s nothing more frustrating than getting up around the green in golf and not being able to close the deal. It hurts. It stings. You hit a great drive and an even better approach shot, before then throwing it all away with an errant chip and questionable three putt. Not fun!

The comforting news is that it happens to the best of us. There are also specific ways to develop your golf performance, especially when focus is put on the short chip shot. The short chip is unique because it demands a level of finesse that not many other shots do. This inherently makes it a difficult shot, but the reality is that it’s imperative to get it right if you want to find any consistent success on the links.

Golf is mental and physical. Thus, the chip shot requires adequate technique and steady mindset. Whether you’re touring the Lone Star State for some Dallas golf, or simply visiting the local 9-hole course in your area, conquering this near-the-green shot can make or break many holes.

Some tips are listed below that will help you hit that pin of greatness.


Take your time

                With any shot in golf, it’s wise to take your time. With a short chip shot, patience is crucial. When you’ve managed to get the ball next to the green, the first goal is to chip it in. If you don’t succeed with that one, you want to achieve the second goal of one-putting it in. You need to put it close. This isn’t a walk in the park for most golfers, but it can be if you take your time and put the stroke in perspective.

Basic: Everything is harder when you’re rushed. Golf is no exception to the rule. Particularly when you’re hitting a short chip, where the goal is to get up and down quickly, patience is vital. Oftentimes people will get excited and hit the ball too hard, sending it over the green. Others won’t put enough on it and fail to give themselves a chance. Find that happy medium in-between the two. You need to take your time to find it, though.


Keep your backswing low and short

                You want to do your best to avoid “chopping” at the ball in the short chip scenario. You don’t need a full backswing, but you do need to follow through in order to give your ball the proper trajectory. Do your best to understand that you don’t need to lift the ball up, but rather strike it more like a putt. Even with this type of swing, the design of your club face will give the ball the loft it needs to get up and down quickly. Depending on pin location, the precision and immediacy of your “up and down” will be adjusted. If it’s further away, you have more margin for error.

Basic: Regardless of where the pin is, don’t go with a full backswing. When you make contact with the ball, follow through. In a short chip situation, many golfers feel that chopping at the ball will help them avoid overshooting the target. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Be short. Be simple. Follow through.


Own that pin

                Golf requires such exactness that players often hesitate on shots. The short chip is a classic one because it’s easy to lay up and not go for the pin. The fact is that the ball isn’t going in the hole if you don’t give it a chance to do so. Executing this mindset means owning the pin and giving yourself a chance. Aside from the obvious exceptions, the short chip shot should have enough power to reach pin distance. If you go a bit far, or a bit to the left or right, it’s better than being short.

Basic: It’s advantageous to give yourself a chance on the short chip. The act of only trying to get it close enough to make the next putt isn’t sufficient if you really want to see progress in your game. Own that pin and you’ll start to own your golf game.


Each and every shot in golf requires perseverance, routine practice and a little bit of luck. The short chip is definitely one of them.


How will you approach it next time?



What Does Short Sided In Golf Mean?

by Jordan on October 23, 2013

My last post talked about the importance of where you tee the ball up. So I wanted to continue on with golf course strategy and onto the approach shot.

A former golf professional turned Victoria Real Estate Agent Todd Mahovlich once told me golf is game is misses.

It’s a game of many different things but this  statement is true and very overlooked. Most of this post will talk about course management and opening your eyes to what really is a good shot. And what is a bad one. When referring to bad a one, i’m not talking how close it is the flag.

If you watch golf on TV, you’ll hear a commentator talk about a player being “short sided”. This refers to a player missing the green where there is very little green to work with. So even though you may have hit the best shot of your life, you might actually be left with a chip that has little green to work with. Where as you could have hit an average shot to the proper side of the green and easily two putted.

The easiest way to avoid getting into situations where you are often short sided is to aim away from tucked flag sticks on greens. Many golfers think they always have to aim at the flag. Are you one of them?

Below is another picture of a hole at Chambers Bay with tucked flag on the back left of the green and a bunker on the left as well.

Golf strategy where to miss

Even though the flag stick and cup are the end goal, it’s best to aim away from this flag stick in this situation since it’s a high risk shot.

Chambers Bay is hosting the 2015 US Open and if the pin was in this position, my guess would be that 5% of the field would actually aim at the pin. Pro golfers rarely play at “sucker pins” like this.

So the play is to try and hit your ball as best you can to the right side of the green. This gives you the best angle to hit your second shot close and get up and down for a par 3.

If you were to aim at the suckers pin and go into the bunker left of the hole, a 4 would be a really good score. Unless your a good bunker player, a par 3 would be rare.

Once again you must create your own targets based on your playability and comfort ability. A target is not always a pin or the center of a fairway.

If you were a really good bunker play and felt comfortable hitting a shot in the flag with a desired  right to left ball flight, go at the pin and see if you can make a birdie. But if your not comfortable with that ball flight or bunker shots, aim at the wide open area of grass to the right of the hole, it’s a much easier shot!

One thing to note is that the yardage to the pin might be 145 yards but for the target that you are hitting at (the big round blue circle) it will be only 110-135 yards so the shot will play shorter making it easier all around.

So there you have it!  Stay away from sucker pins and come up with your own target.


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Putting Improvements: Don’t be Scared to try Something New

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How To Play Better Golf In The Rain

September 25, 2013

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The Best Warm Up Stretches for Golfers

September 4, 2013

Most athletes know that warming up your muscles before competing in a sport is critical, both for performance and to prevent injury. While many people may believe that you do not need to warm up for golf, this is simply not true. Not only does warming up prepare the body for peak performance, but it […]

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A Really Simple Golf Tip from Jack Nicklaus

August 31, 2013

If you follow this blog, you know I like to keep things simple. Deep down I really feel the world of golf instruction is over complicated. There is always contradictory bits of information. One week you’ll read a golf magazine saying one thing, then the next you hear a top golf instructor say you should […]

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