Jon's 5 Key Essentials

When I instruct or teach I talk a lot about what I call my 5 KEY ESSENTIALS to playing golf.  These 5 KEY ESSENTIALS are what I thought about and practiced every day to shoot a lower score when I was preparing to compete.  They are:

1.  FEEL AND TOUCH

2.  STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY

3.  THE FUNDAMENTALS

4.  MENTAL TOUGHNESS

5.  YOUR EQUIPMENT

Let me tell you just a little about each of my 5 KEY ESSENTIALS and what my focus will be to help you play golf and shoot a lower score.

Key 1.  FEEL AND TOUCH

Feel and touch is what really makes the game of golf so fascinating.  You often hear on TV the announcer saying he or she has a great pair of hands.  You hold on to all your golf clubs with your hands and so much of feel and touch is through your hands!  Plus, so much of golf is trying to figure out the feel and touch for the correct distance of every golf shot you play!

Rule 2.  STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY

Golf is a sport and like most sports strength is a huge asset, but you also need to be flexible. Your strength and flexibility will greatly determine how far you can potentially hit each club.

Rule 3.  THE FUNDAMENTALS

The perfection of timing and precision of striking required to hit a perfect golf shot allow as little leeway as anything in sport (Bobby Jones On Golf).  Knowing the fundamentals will give you a better understanding of the how and why of your golf shots.

Rule 4.  MENTAL TOUGHNESS

Once you start playing golf for score (competing) you will immediately know what mental toughness is and how you will preform when you want to play your very best golf.  The great thing about competitive golf, I have found, and many of my students tell me is that they have shot some of their lowest scores and hit some of their best shots under these competitive competitions.

Rule 5.  YOUR EQUIPMENT

You are allowed to play with 14 clubs.  All 14 are important and you need them to fit you.  Today, with all the technology available to get a proper fit has made getting a set fit to your swing much easier.  However, I am still seeing clubs that are to upright, shafts that are to stiff, and grips that are to big!

So being aware of and focusing on my 5 key essentials is how I can help you play better golf!