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If you want to see what pressure can do to someone’s golf swing, just watch the last hour of any Tour event. Many amateurs believe that Tour players never miss a shot. That is simply not the truth. We have all succumbed to the pressure. Did you watch the end of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii? Let’s start with the Sentry event: The last…

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It is the start of a new year and decade. Everyone is talking about setting goals. Losing weight, getting in shape, blah, blah, blah. I don’t like setting goals. Maybe it’s just the word. Maybe it’s because everyone says you have to. I don’t know. For those of you who might be like me, there is another option. I have created a three-step process that I use anytime I nee…

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As I reflect on the year, I cannot help to think about a few comebacks. You might not like Tiger Woods, but you have to give him credit for digging himself out of the pits and creating one of the greatest comebacks in golf history. Not only winning the Masters, but Tiger also tied Sam Snead’s record of 82 career PGA Tour victories with his win at the Zo Zo Championship …

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As the season draws to a close, it is time to reflect on your year. How did you do? What are you happy with? What are your plans moving forward? What do you want to improve? There is a saying that PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players agree should never come out of your mouth. The saying: “I’ve got it now.” Why? Because anyone who plays golf knows you never really have i…

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Now that the summer is winding down, it is time to reflect on how you played, what you did well, what you could have done better and what you are willing to work on. The wish The progression of improvement starts with a wish. You might say to yourself, “I wish I could play better.” I wish I could break 100, 90, 80, 70.” “I wish I could putt better, chip better, hit my dr…

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If you knew what caused a bad shot and could make the necessary changes to correct it, would you do it? Of course you would. Why wouldn’t you? I find people sometimes have mental blocks when it comes to focusing on the task at hand. Their subconscious mind prevents them from paying attention to what they want to do, and then they continue to get the same result. I am…

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My whole life I have been told I’m not good enough. My big dream was to play on the LPGA Tour. I knew I needed to play college golf so I could get good enough. The trouble was, I didn’t know which schools had women’s teams. I wrote to Golf Digest Magazine and asked them if anyone there knew. They wrote back. The school that sounded good to me was the University of Miami…

Mexico’s Alejandro Nava, Canada’s Luke DelGobbo and Freddy Sun from Canada and American Jackson Chandler will compete for the International Junior Masters championship today at East Aurora Country Club. The four navigated their way through match play on Thursday to reach the semifinals. Nava will take on DelGobbo at 7:30 a.m. and Sun will face Chandler at 7:40 a.m. for …

Erie County

Drivers on the I-290, you're not seeing things. One of your landmarks disappeared today. The Town of Tonawanda's Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome was deflated Wednesday morning in order for a new dome to be installed. The landmark visible to thousands of drivers each day is getting an upgrade, a central part of a major, $2 million reconstruction to the facility. The curre…

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Finally, the weather is improving and most of us have had a chance to get out and play. How are you doing?  Are you happy with your game? Hitting it the way you like? Getting it up and down? Making most of your putts? Or, are you struggling?  That slice just has not disappeared.  Maybe you are continuing to chunk your chips? I have had the honor of witnessing an extreme…

The BDGA Match Play Championship semifinals were held Saturday at Lancaster Country Club. In the Open Division semifinals, David Hanes defeated Kevin Borowics in 19 holes. Jon Boland defeated Joseph Mitchell three and two, Joseph Napoli triumphed over Matthew Pawlak 1-up, and Michael Piccillo defeated Derek Roller three and one. In the Senior Division semifinals, Dan…

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Have you ever stood over a shot that meant something to you and felt nerves?  Were you afraid to draw the club back? Maybe you couldn’t even move? Did you feel your heart pounding? Any dedicated, committed players know that feeling.  It doesn’t matter if it is for a quarter, $5, or to win the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. I wonder what Jennife…

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How important is the ability to bounce back and recover from a setback in golf? It's only the most important thing. Why? Because we all miss shots. The Players Championships is this week. The first-round leaders — Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley — played terribly last Saturday in Orlando at Bay Hill. Bradley shot 75 and Fleetwood shot 76. Why is that a big deal…