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4 Troubleshooting Tips to Get Your Game Back on Track

If you play golf long enough, you will have a bad day. It happens to all of us. Bad days become more frustrating, however, when we cannot figure out "why" we are doing so poorly. Here are 4 tips to help you troubleshoot your problem.

1. We have all heard this a thousand times, but it needs to be said again. Tension and tight muscles lead to poor shots. Many golfers do not realize that it is entirely possible to be very tense and not even know it.

Many of my past newsletters have dealt with warming up issues and I hope you have not forgotten about those. It has been my experience that many golfers want to play golf and do not want to be bothered with what they consider silly golf warm up exercises.

If you are having a bad golfing day, before you start changing things up on your swing or throwing your clubs, do some quick exercises to loosen up your muscles.

2. In order for this next tip to work you have to settle your emotions and think logically. If you think about it, there are really two kinds of bad days. There is the day when many of the same "type" of shots are being missed, and there is the day when "everything" seems to be going wrong.

You task is to determine which "kind" of bad day you are having.

If you are making the same type of bad shots, for instance hooking or slicing, then you can narrow down what is causing those mistakes. It is true there are many things that cause a ball to hook or slice, but unless you have changed your entire swing you should be able to quickly detect what one or two things you are doing wrong today.

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If your mistakes are all over the place, well, we will get to that in a second.

3. If you are making the same "type" of bad hit, stop and check yourself. Start with your grip. It only takes a second to check your golf grip to see if you are playing too strong or too weak.

If your grip is all right, make sure you are aiming the clubface properly. It is possible the ball is going exactly where you are aiming it! Make sure you are on the right target line.

Next, have a buddy watch your swing and your head. Raising the head too soon is a common mistake and easy to fix once you know you are doing it. Have your buddy check the top of your backswing to see if you are looping out of the proper swing path.

4. If your shots are all over the place, you need to get back to the basic fundamentals of your golf swing. Two of the major reasons golfers find their shots going here, there, and everywhere is they are trying to hit too fast or they are trying to hit too hard.

When your golf shots are spread out like a shotgun blast, you really need to settle down and get back to basic golf. That is your starting point. If you have been playing long enough to have learned a good, solid swing, then that is where you need to get back to.

Go through your pre-shot routine for every shot. Concentrate on aiming the clubface first, and then establishing the correct stance for the shot. Bring your swing back smoothly and keep it inside. Pause at the top of your backswing and transfer your weight as needed. Keep your head down, and follow through with your shot.

Bad golfing days usually happen because we get away from what we have already learned. Slow down, figure out what it is you are doing wrong, and then concentrate on fixing that one problem.

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