Those of you who have been participating in the GTA AM Tour this season probably already know that a little healthy competition can go a long way towards improving your game. After all, when you’re playing in a tournament environment you’re matched with players whose skill levels are close to your own. That means you’ll have to work harder if you want to win your flight – no coasting here!
Among our amazing sponsors on Tour is The Golf Lab, a unique facility built to give the amateur golfer the same game improvement and enhancement tools that touring professionals have at their disposal every week. Who better than Liam Mucklow, president of The Golf Lab, to offer suggestions on improving your game? Liam joined the Canadian PGA in 2001 and worked under world-class golf instructors such as Bruce McCarrol and Gary McCord, as well as shadowed instructors like Michael Bennet, Andy Plummer and Peter Kostis. I recently asked Liam his opinion on how competitive golf improves your game and this is what he had to say:
“Psychology - As we progress as golfers everybody goes through the trials and tribulations of trying to take skills from the range to the course and, for those of you on the GTA Am Tour, the transition between recreational and tournament play. The first step in becoming a better tournament player is to develop your own solid pre-shot routine. The pre-shot routine is the backbone of consistency for any tournament player. It is a process designed to clear your focus and become properly focused on the outcome you are setting out to achieve. A good pre-shot routine is one that the player repeats each and every time they strike a golf ball. Spend some time working on yours and you will find yourself handling pressure situations like the 1st tee and 18th fairway much more confidently.
Coaching- The first thing that we want every player to understand is the difference between a coach and an instructor. An instructor’s focus is on mechanical improvements and changes in ball flight. A coach’s focus is, simply put, improvements on the scorecard. Coaching is about getting the player to navigate the golf course with a better game plan and a higher level of confidence. Instruction is definitely a big part of coaching, but there are far more elements a coach must consider when evaluating their athlete’s performance. They include, but are not limited to, Technique, Physical Ability, Equipment Performance, Mental Strategy and Course Tactics. I would encourage every tour player out there to sit back and reflect upon their needs: Do they need a fundamental change in their ball flight? Or do they need a coach to help them improve their overall skill set?
GTA Am Tour- Finally, let me congratulate each and every one of you for playing by the rules! Golf is about the inner struggle to achieve our potential. Until you go through the struggle of a tournament round, I don’t believe that you have experienced all that golf has to offer. The GTA Am Tour is the perfect venue for passionate golfers to truly experience the rewards the game has to offer, regardless of the level at which you compete.”
Some great advice from someone who clearly knows what he’s talking about. I hope it helps you improve your game.
In good health,
The Golf Lab - The Game Improvement Specialists
Founded by Liam Mucklow, The Golf Lab takes the guesswork of out of improving your golf game. Their three-step approach allows them to address a player’s entire skill set to apply purposeful change that translate in better scores.
Posted on Sunday, June 10th 2012