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ESPN Radio | Golf in the Northwest 8-14-2021

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  ESPN RADIO | GOLF in the Northwest Golf in the Northwest is one of my favorite radio shows/podcasts. Not just because they've had me on the show 3 times now, but because each week they seek out the best minds in the game of golf and feature them to help YOU play better golf This short but value packed episode provides quick and simple tips to help you instantly play better golf I appreciate you taking the time to listen If you have any further questions or would like to make a request for my next blog post, shoot me an email @ TourShotGolf@gmail.com MOVE BETTER - PLAY BETTER COACH BLAINE ⛳🏌️‍♂️

Use The Ground to Instantly Add Power

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USE THE GROUND TO INSTANTLY ADD POWER There’s no doubt golf has become more of an athletic sport over the last 30 years What used to be a game of finesse and precision is now a game of power and speed And while the average driving distance for players has increased, scores have not gone down Why is that? You’d think being able to hit the ball farther would help you play better golf But for the average player, it doesn’t seem to make a difference CONSISTENCY One of the big reasons why players scores have not gone down despite advances in technology is because of consistency The average player struggles to repeat the same swing This means it becomes difficult to predict where the shot is going to end up And since equipment DOES help the ball go farther, your miss-hits may simply be farther offline STABILITY One of the big reasons most players struggle with consistency is because they fail to create stability in their lower body They don’t know how to use the ground properly As a result,

The Real Reason You're Not Getting Better

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  The REAL reason you're not getting any better isn't 👉How often you play 👉How expensive your equipment is 👉How often you take lessons Sure, we tell ourselves if we just play more and work on that perfect swing, we'll play better golf But the truth is, you haven't gotten any better because you haven't upgraded your equipment No, not your clubs... You!!!! The most important piece of equipment is your body 💪 And if you're honest with yourself, you'll realize how little time you spend working on yourself I get it It's hard Why would you want to roll on the ground, get sweaty, lift heavy things, be uncomfortable, and feel sore? It goes against human nature But when you can move better, you play better, it's that simple 🙌 The problem, however, is most teachers still believe the average golfer can swing like a tour player if they simply work hard enough And don't get me wrong, I use the best players in the world as examples all the time but I also

Routine: The Key to Matsuyama's Masters Victory

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THE KEY TO MATSUYAMA’S MASTER'S VICTORY  The 2021 Masters Tournament was a very special one  Not only was it great to see the tournament return to its rightful place in April, but we also saw a massive win for Asian golf.  April 11, 2021, Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to put on the green jacket.  This win will likely cause a massive influx of Japanese golfers and inspire an entire generation of Asian golfers to push for their dreams  GETTING TO THE MASTERS   What makes this win even that much more special was the fact that Matsuyama first appeared in the masters back in 2010 as a reward for winning the Asian Pacific Amateur  The great Bobby Jones, the founder of Augusta National and The Master's Tournament, was the greatest amateur to ever play the game  Despite being one of the most dominating players of the 20th century, he refused to turn professional and accept money for his victories  Instead, he played for the love of the game Because of this, Jone

The Cure for Augusta Fever

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AUGUSTA FEVER IS HERE With the Masters just around the corner, chances are good you’re starting to feel the effects of Augusta Fever; a condition contracted by golfers around the world every April in anticipation to the start of the season Augusta Fever hits us all Whether we’ve been playing for a lifetime or just picked up the game It shows up in the form of anxiety and anticipation For many of us, Augusta Fever is the start to the season The weather is getting warmer The days are getting longer And it’s been a while since we last played CURING AUGUSTA FEVER So how do you cure Augusta Fever? You play golf! Now here’s the catch… While playing golf may temporarily relieve the symptoms of Augusta Fever, playing great golf actually inverts the symptoms which can fuel you to reach new levels in your game So how does one play great golf if they haven’t touched a club in months or played since the fall? With a proper warm up of course! MOVE YOUR BODY A proper warm up wil

Get up, get out, get movin

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To me, nothing beats the outdoors If I’m not playing golf, you’ll likely find me hiking, biking, walking the dogs, perusing farmers markets, or sitting in the garden Today I had the urge to ride my bike It was the first time riding this year And I LOVED IT 🙌 There’s nothing quite like moving your body in nature When your body gets movin, your mind starts groovin All the little worries and stresses of the day quiet for a moment #clarity ... Rhythm Breath Flow You find yourself  My question to you is... When was the last time you exercised outside? The last time you rode a bike? Went for a hike? Carried your bag golfing? Hiked in the woods? Had a picnic? Went to the zoo? You get the idea... 💡  The best time to plant a tree was 30 years ago... The next best time is now... MOVE BETTER - PLAY BETTER COACH BLAINE

Golf Fundamentals

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The 🏆 may have gone to Koepka, but at 53 years old, I think the real winner was Stricker 🙌⛳️🏌️ In an age where SPEED and POWER seem to rule all, precision, finesse, and good fundamentals continue to prove key to playing great golf The 🔑 fundamentals you can never work on too much are... 1️⃣POSTURE - How you build your stance enhances or limits the shot you’re trying to hit. Building your stance to match the shot you envision is very important. But if your mobility is limited, and you’re unable to build your stance properly, you’ll likely compensate during your swing 2️⃣GRIP - There’s great debate behind the perfect grip. And while I don’t believe there’s one perfect grip, I do believe it’s one of the most important fundamentals one can master. Your grip is the only connection to the club which is why developing a grip that allows you to swing the club naturally is so important 3️⃣ALIGNMENT - the ball rarely goes perfectly straight. Which means you oftentimes have to aim away from t