Do Not Avoid The Hazards

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4 Responses to “Do Not Avoid The Hazards”

  1. August 5, 2013


    Dave, thanks for today’s tip. I had heard previously that the mind thinks in images, not words, such that if one thinks “Don’t go in the water” the image is water and the rest of the words are lost, so we often hit to the image and lose our ball. As to your second point, I have also heard that good designers try to trick a bit by the placement of their bunkers and hazards and that the best way to learn how to play a hole is to look at it backwards from the green and from that, the best places to hit the ball become more obvious (and often are different from places determined solely from looking at the hole from the tee).

    Your tips are always appreciated. Thanks.

  2. August 6, 2013


    David Jones Bushfoot??

  3. August 6, 2013


    Hi David,
    How does one deal with one’s comfort zone? One of my golf goals
    Is to have a round with no score higher than a five. Two weeks ago
    I still had a chance while playing the 14th hole, the last par 5. I three
    putted, leaving a 40 footer woefully short. After that six, I followed it
    with two triples and turned a very good round into a so-so 85. Then
    last week, I started poorly, relaxed, had 7 consecutive pars late in the
    round but finished triple bogey, bogey for an 83. How do I get past this
    apparent “fear of success?”


    • Hi Len,

      That’s an involved question…challenging to answer on an email.
      It’s not “apparent”–it’s real. We all have a comfort zone that—when challenged–we will automatically find subtle ways to slip into.
      It’s nothing more than a habit…it’s on your “tape” and when you get close to it…the “play” button is hit and you will sabotage yourself. Many do this.

      The short email answer?

      You must be aware enough to recognize the tape exists—then in any situation (i.e. you playing your best golf) you must recognize that this tape WILL PLAY!. Your recognition of this at the right time can put you in position to choose wisely—right now you’re choosing poorly (even though it’s unconscious).

      Try this awareness and recognition and see what you see!

      It’s actually much easier than you think to move past this but that would involve teaching the “7 Laws” which cannot be done in a forum such as this…

      Hope this helps…

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