From the Worldwide Director of instruction for Nicklaus Academies and the 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year.
WHAT'S HURTING YOU?
There's no one tip or fundamental that lets you play great golf. Actually, there are ten of them. I Feel Your Pain introduces the ten modern fundamentals of golf, covering everything from Mental Game to Full Swing.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Mike teaches you as if he's standing by your side, with 500 beautiful pictures, simple captions and 288 pages of down-to-earth explanations. Just page through the book, and find the section that's hurting you. Then master it, and move on. If you take a look at the free sample lessons on the site, you can start right now.
REVIEWS AND COMMENTARY
Jack Nicklaus saw the book, and agreed to write the foreward. GolfWeek saw the book, and called it one of the best instruction books ever. At the book launch, Mike heard great reviews 100 times over. Players and teachers are raving about Mike's book. But the real question is, what will you think?
THE MENTAL GAMELink Look here for help with blow ups, broken clubs, melt downs, bad rounds gone worse, wrecked scorecards, and how to enjoy even the days that aren't fun.
PRACTICELink Mike has help if you have experienced the two biggest – and most painful -- practice issues. How to find motivation to practice. And how to make your practice show up on the course.
SCORINGLink Dropping shots when you're close is painful for everyone. If you're great from 75 yards and in, chances are, you're great at golf. Look to the scoring section if you're pained by technique, understanding -- or motivation.
ADJACENCYLink Access your sporting skills and take a short cut to greatness. Especially if you've already played baseball, hockey, tennis, basketball, ping-pong… When you know how, turning sports skills into golf skills is pain-free. Guaranteed.
FITNESSLink The truth is we all tend to avoid fitness. The trick is to start slowly, and build up a routine.
Athletic PersonalityLink Instead of learning to swing by copying the latest move or the hottest pro, Mike introduces you to a radical idea -- learning how to swing like yourself.
PRE-SWINGLink Many golfers feel pain even before they hit the ball. The pros are diligent on set-up. The first step to playing on their level is to find your grip, your posture, your ball position, and of course, your aim.
IMPACTLink If you don't understand why the ball is sliced, topped, hooked or shanked, I really feel your pain. Understanding of why the ball goes where it goes – so you can hit draws, fades, high shots, low shots – and of course, shots that go straight down the middle.
SWING SKILLSLink Fixes are temporary. Skills are permanent. Mastering the skills for lag, path, rotation, de-lofting and downswing means your improvement will be permanent too.
FULL SWINGLink The grail of golf. The full swing. Start by gaining a feel for it. Then follow the path, and you'll own it.
How I teach golf. And how golf teaches me.
When I first started the game, I had played other sports such as baseball, and to me golf was easy enough because the ball didn't move.
The best formula for distance
The best formula for distance – release the club. Can you hit the ball far without great physical strength? Yes, if you know how.
How to teach golf to your children
My daughter turned professional, and just won her first check. Certainly, it's a proud day for any coach, and for any parent. But even as a PGA Teacher of the Year, I'll freely admit it is uniquely challenging to coach your own child.
Most common reason for the golf slice
Today, we're talking about the slice. The first 'fix' is understanding. A slice is caused by an open face at impact – meaning the face is aimed to the right. This puts sidespin on the ball, and makes it curve to the right.
What we can learn from watching the pros, and what we can't learn
The most common approach to learning is to copy the professional. What can you learn when you look at a pro swing. What angle should the clip be from. What should you notice. How you should film yourself. What types of shots should you analyze.