Jeffrey S. O’Malley

Playing in the wind

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by JEFFREY S. O’MALLEY Director of Golf Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club What a beautiful but windy spring we have had in West Michigan this year! Playing golf on windy days can be very difficult and lead to frustration if you don’t know what you are doing. Following are a few ideas that you might want to think about when playing in the wind. When the wind is strong, you may need to widen your putting stance just a little. It helps to stabilize your body in the wind. In addition, in a strong wind we have the tendency to swing faster or harder, so focus on keeping your swing tempo within yourself for better results. Anyone who has been playing golf for a while knows that shots into the wind often require one or two more clubs. The opposite is true with the wind at your back—you’ll need less club. When considering your shot into the green, remember it is better to be long instead of short where most of those nasty bunkers are located! A fun shot to play on windy days is a punch shot. This shot keeps the ball low, so it is not as affected by the wind. I like to set up with the ball position back in my open stance, hands forward of the ball so to de-loft the club, and when I swing I keep my hands low with a short follow through. I don’t want my hands to release. Practice this shot and then try it on a windy day. You will see a nice low trajectory shot with great results.

Fore the Love of Golf – July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Have confidence in yourself by JEFFREY S. O’MALLEY Director of Golf Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club Just the other day, I read an article written by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D., involving a surfer and his mental confidence or lack of. After reading the article, I realized that it totally related to us golfers, too! Cohn’s article was about a surfer who didn’t have full confidence in his own abilities. Around others, he always worried about what his peers and friends thought about his game. He would compare himself to other surfers and feel he didn’t match up to them. He was constantly concerned and guessing what others thought about his game. The bottom line is he was his own worst enemy. He was way too hard on himself, tried to be too perfect, and his mind-reading affected his performance in a negative way. Mentally, he thought he was a bad surfer. So, to better himself, he had to quit thinking about what others thought and not compare himself to others. He started to think positive thoughts about himself. I believe we should always focus on the task at hand and stay in the moment. What others think should not affect what we do. Can you imagine comparing ourselves to Tiger Woods in ability? Now that is a total letdown. We should just tee it up and do the best we can on every shot, so when the round is over we will post the best score that we could shoot that day. Remember that golf is 90 percent mental, so we should work on this more than the physical part and the same as a worse case scenario.