Monthly Archives: September 2010

Why Tiger Wears Red on Sunday

We all recognize the red shirt and black pants worn by Tiger Woods on the final round of a golf tournament. Now we know for sure why this may not just be his favorite outfit – but the psychological edge it could have given him is worth recognizing.

“The red shirt that Tiger Woods adorns on the final day of golf tournaments likely provides him with a confidence-boosting reminder of his alpha status in the golf world as it simultaneously reminds his competitors they are probably facing another long day.”

Quote by Dr. Andrew Elliott, researcher at Rochester University, on the results of a study of the color red, which is associated with power, passion and fertility in the animal kingdom.


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Use A Big Ball To Improve Your Golf

The bigger the ball – the easier it is to hit.

That’s why I bought a large bouncey ball along with my one year old son’s first set of golf clubs. When the day comes he stands up to his first golf shot it is guaranteed to be a good one – long and straight.

Why is this? Try it and you will see. The bigger the target – the more you are likely to hit the object with a square clubface, an extended left arm (for a rightie) and the head behind the ball.

So by practicing the swing with a large object as your target you are likely to develop a feel for that good solid contact.

You can also use the ball to practice your big muscle move in the golf swing. By eliminating your hands from the equation you are more likely to use the bigger muscles to move the ball and it is also much easier to keep that ball in front of your body back and through.

Start by holding the ball with extended arms in front of you. Then turn as if you are making a backswing – but keep the ball in front of your chest. If you roll the ball over or move it behind you this could be an indication of some flaw in your golf swing.

Once you reach the top of your swing and have kept the ball in front of you – the move downward toward the ball will feel much more powerful as you will most likely use those same big muscles to turn back towards your target.

And lastly – hold the golf club as you would the ball. Most likely your hands are on top of the ball or on the sides. If either of your hands are turned upwards it is probably because you are holding the club too much in your palms instead of in your fingers.

See the August issue of GOLF Magazine (page 60) for a great illustration of this same idea.

Improving your golf most of the time takes place when you are at home with no golf ball to hit in front of you. Remove the ball and you remove the instincts that override your ability to make changes to your swing.

What your mind understands your body will do.

Coach Tony Simpson, PGA is a teaching golf professional at Chi Chi Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida. Visit his website at for more helpful information.

See your local PGA Professional for improvement on your game.

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How Far Should You Hit Your Golf Drives?

Just what is your expectation for the length of your tee shots?

Do you swing harder on your drives thinking it will make the your drives longer?

That is the last thing you want to do. Unless you are doing a lot of the right things – swinging harder is not the answer.

Sometimes knowing what you should be doing according to the statistics from a lot of research will help. Based on these totals published in the August issue of GOLF Magazine where do you fall?

0-5 Handicap – 237.3 yards

5-15 Handicap – 218.4 yards

15-25 Handicap – 175.4 yards

TOUR AVERAGE – 278.2 yards

So you think your average is higher? The next question is: What percentage of those drives exceeding these averages are in the fairway?

If you are not playing the golf you believe you could visit where you can meet Tony Simpson, PGA Instructor at Chi Chi Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida.

Coach Tony will help you find more fairways and seek the ways that help you play the golf of your dreams.

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Incentives for Golf Improvement at Chi Chi’s in Clearwater, Florida

A new program has been presented at Chi Chi Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida.

Improve your golf game at Chi Chi Sports Complex

Take lessons at Chi Chi Sports Complex and receive FREE greens fees and 50% discount on large buckets of balls.

With our 4 or 6 Week Golf Improvement Program participants can purchase a large bucket of range balls for $5.00. That is a 50% savings!

In addition, participants receive a FREE greens fee with a golf cart rental at Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club right across the street.

Talk about value for your golf improvement dollars!

Contact Coach Tony for scheduling information by visiting here.

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Register Your Hole in One with the PGA

Want to register your ace and receive a free certificate from the PGA of America?
Click here to visit the website for the PGA and register yours.

To Good Golf,

The Village Pro

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PGA Golf Instruction for the Golf Channel

The Golf Channel is having a contest for the next instructor. Go to to vote and see some great golf tips from teachers around the USA.

To see this video search Florida instructors for Tony Simpson at Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Course and Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida.

If you live in the entire Tampa region better golf is within one hour away.

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