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Pre-shot routine part 2 (Alignment drill)

Alignment is a huge part of a pre-shot routine and so I included a quick drill from my buddy Steve Wozeniak. This video has the next 5 elements of an effective routine to trigger the unconscious golf mechanism and set you up for success.
(part 1 pre shot routine)

Here’s the Without Practice Bootcamp

The 8 steps to a pre-shot routine that sets you up for the unconscious swing.
1. Begin Trigger
2. Assess
3. Small target
4. Visualize
5. Alignment
6. Swing Key
7. Movement to release tension
8. Begin Swing Trigger

An Effective Pre-shot Routine – part 1

A purposeful pre-shot routine sets a golfer up for consistency in the swing.  It’s one of the easiest things in golf to do consistently and it creates consistency momentum going into the swing itself.   Here’s part 1 of Craig’s 6 elements to a pre-shot routine that takes full advantage of the benefits to every golfer, no matter what type of swing and how to avoid the common errors golfers unknowingly put in their routine. Hint:  “Don’t hit it into the lake”


My Secrets To Breaking 80 – Part 3

I did 2 things with my swing to break 80. The first, square and point, is in part 2 and I talk a little bit more about that here.

The 2nd thing is in this video…eliminating chunks and tops.

Trouble with this video? Watch on Youtube: Stop Chunking Sculling Topping

Tiger Woods visualization

Steve Wozeniak – Fix Your Swing At Home

Steve Wozeniak is one of 8 instructors in the Great Golf Without Practice Bootcamp where you can find 100 tips, tactics and techniques to work on your game anywhere, without practice.  Just $19.

Steve is a PGA Director of Instruction in Bellevue, Washington and has 25 years experience teaching 75 Tour players and more than 300 PGA and LPGA golf professionals.  He has direct lineage to the teachings of Sam Byrd, Ben Hogan’s coach for over 20 years.  While at the prestigious Ocean Reef Club in Florida, Steve has taught some of the game’s very best including Scott Piercy, Rocco Mediate, Jim Colbert, Jim Dent, Marco Dawson, Emily Klein, Leonard Thompson, Jim Mclean and Jimmy Ballard.  With his easy to understand, “rid yourself of the nonsense” approach to the golf swing, he is one of the top instructors in the country.

Steve is the only instructor in the Pacific Northwest that has taught winners on all four major tours, the PGA, LPGA, Champions and For more on Steve and to take lessons from him in person,  contact him 425-533-4711

Without Practice Bootcamp – Lag Swing Drill For Distance

Alex Fortey – Former pro player, founder of Athletic Golf Training, and golf performance coach. Creator of the Intelligent Golf Distance Training and Putting Myths Destroyed program, shows us a simple, yet effective way to work on your swing whenever you have a few moments at home, or at the office.

This is one of 6 powerful drills and techniques Alex teaches us in the Great Golf Without Practice Bootcamp. Alex’s tips are one of 8 instructors and 100 tips like this to help you improve your game when you don’t have time to go to the range or practice facility.

Take your best driving range swing to the course

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Ok, we all know the frustrating experience of just piping our driver and irons at the range but we can’t seem to hit the broad side of a barn on the golf course! How many times have you said to yourself “man, I was hitting the ball sooooo good at the range but I can’t seem to hit the ball anywhere I’m aiming today!” This happens to amateurs and pros alike. Imagine having a process, a strategy, that lets you take your very best driving range swing to the golf course?! Seriously. Read on… I remember getting to this part of how training and my eyes lit up and my heart raced in anticipation of what I might learn. You’re going to see almost all of it. There is definitely enough here to use and transfer your best swings to the golf course. I love this stuff!
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Change Your Beliefs About Your Golf Game

How many times have you thought you had a great round going and then you fell apart? This happens to every golfer from beginner to world-class pro.

Too many golfers think that the solution to the problem is to go out there and hit more balls and tweak their swing and then they find out that this only gets you so far and you keep choking under pressure.

In today’s video, I’ve got an eye-opener that you may not want to hear but is probably your truth, to some degree.

What you don’t know can hurt you.

Links from the video:

Consistent Golf


Your Beliefs Determine Your Score

What do you believe about yourself as a golfer? What score do you believe you have the ability to shoot? Haven’t you had a par on many par 3s, 4s, and 5s already?

Then why can’t we do it consistently and shoot low 70’s?

One of the reasons and it may be your biggest, is that you truly don’t believe you can. You have a mental ceiling on how well you can play. You know from following me that it’s your inner mind that guides your swing and putting stroke. It’s your unconscious mind that will literally cause you to break down if you start scoring better than you believe you can.

IMG_1403Let’s say you have a belief that you are a 90’s golfer. If you start having a run of pars that threaten that belief, well then, your unconscious mind will kick into gear and make you nervous so that you have trouble playing. It does this to make sure that your belief that you’re a 90’s shooter isn’t violated.

Yep, it’s true and this happens every day to us golfers.

What am I talking about when I say the word “belief?”

What that is is a network of thoughts, neural connections, that become activated in certain contexts and perceptions in your world. That’s the technical description but here’s another example outside of golf.

Did you know that a huge percent of lottery winners end up broke within 10 years of winning? It’s because they have a belief that having money is not good. Maybe that money is evil or that rich people are bad. So what happens in reality is that we make decisions based on emotion…which is controlled by your
unconscious mind, emotions that is.

So when an opportunity presents itself to invest or spend some of that money, the unconscious mind generates a feeling to get the person to spend the money on the very thing that will make sure to get rid of that money!! This system is all very subtle and golfers, and most people, are completely unaware of this process going on every day in their lives but rest assured, if you are human, you most likely have some beliefs that get triggered to make sure you don’t break your scoring barrier.

What’s the solution? Communicate to the unconscious mind and correct the beliefs holding you back.

IMG_20112013_100701My “Shortcut Secrets To Consistent Golf” program or my membership site are designed to do just that.

Without these desructive beliefs, Your swing is good enough to go low. I’m Craig Sigl

4 ­Step Mental Practice

Every Golf instructor out there preaches visualization and if you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that you don’t actually have to “see” anything in order to work on your game in your mind. In other words, a better term than “visualize” is to “mentally practice.”

This allows the golfer to do it his way. Having said that, I keep hearing from golfers who struggle with this whole concept no matter what it’s called. They can’t seem to imagine themselves swinging correctly even if they can do it on the range or a practice swing. This video is going to help you by breaking it down into 4 steps so you can really get some mental practice benefits now to improve your swing…or any other part of your game.


4-step mental practice

In today’s video, you are going to learn another advanced technique for doing turbo-mental practice. It’s long been proven that mental practice can be just as good, and sometimes better than real practice…especially if you’re practicing bad habits.

Often, golfers tell me that they have trouble seeing or imagining themselves swinging correctly or that they can’t see anything at all.

golf swingHere’s what you do: Let’s say you swing just fine on the range and maybe even in your practice swing but when it comes to actually hitting a ball, your like a totally different person.

Well, at some point, from the address until the end of your swing, it changes…or it breaks down in some way right?

Now this is going to take a little self awareness or observation from an instructor to find that point, but let’s say you’ve figured out that your swing breaks down right here at the beginning of the downswing. Maybe you speed up or drop your shoulder or crunch up or something like that that you don’t do in your practice swing.

Finding that point is helpful but not necessary. You could just start this process anywhere near the beginning of the swing and work your way through the whole swing using these steps.

Anyway. If you are having trouble mentally practicing a full correct swing, Step 1. take your club in slow motion and get to that point where your swing breaks down. Maybe you get to the top and then you rush it down and you get all out of whack right there. Stop at that crucial point where it would go out of whack.

Feel it, see it.

Step 2. Slow motion your way through that point but don’t finish the swing. Just focus on that small area of movement.

Step 3. Now, do the same thing with your eyes closed and imagine you’re still able to look at where your body parts should be. Do this a bunch of times.

Step 4. Put the club down, close your eyes or stare at a wall or something and imagine doing it again just like step 3

The key here is to create a new habit of getting through that breakdown point and only focusing on that in your mental practice….not the whole swing. It’s much easier to do and actually more effective to break it down that way.

Once you can do step 4, do it all day, everywhere until you’ve got the move down. Fall asleep thinking it, wake up thinking it, day dream about it. This is truly my biggest secret for how I first broke 80.

IMG_20112013_100701I’m Craig Sigl and

your swing is good enough to go low

Golf tips: Stop battling your golf swing

I’ve decided to do a regular series of videos where I answer questions that come to me in email and blog posts from golfers.

This one below comes from a golfer who more than just struggles to find his swing but has been learning from me how to connect with his inner perfect golfer self.

I give you a simple step-by-step progression bridge the gap between a tense swing and an energized, yet relaxed swing.

I’d really love to hear your comments below the video.

Battling your golf swing

Title: Golf tips: Stop battling your golf swing

Dear Craig,
I feel like every full swing is a battle. I tend to think of the swing while making a swing. I have also
tried thinking of nothing, humming, & focussing on the target all with the same result. besides your other
suggestions have you any comments that would help. John.

Hi John,
Is there anything in your life that you do maybe for fun or pure enjoyment but that DON’T MATTER if you win or lose?

An example is playing cards with friends.  Or, playing a game or a round with a teenager or son or daughter. You know what it’s like when you are excited to put your mind to a fun task and have the great feelings of competition that come with doing it with someone you care BUT, there’s no downside. If you lose, no big deal (to most of us that is.)

Do some of these things, on purpose.  Connect with the thought and feeling of doing that as much as possible. Whether what I’m going to tell you next is going to work for you or not depends on how much energy and attention you put into this BEFORE you go out to the course.

  • 4507043_xxlReally pay attention to what it’s like doing these things.
  • Bring those thoughts and feelings over to your swing in the backyard (no ball).
  • Bring that over to swinging at a whiffle ball in the backyard
  • Bring that over to swinging at the range without a ball
  • Bring that over to swinging at the range with a ball
  • Bring that over to swinging on the course without a ball

…then to hitting a ball.
Through the whole process, you are focusing on the thoughts and feelings that you generated playing with your grandkids
or playing cards with friends.

Progress through the steps above and don’t move on to the next step until you get the one before it.
You want to get this new message into your entire being for why you play this game…and then the battle will be over.

Fix Your Golf Game, Fix Your Life

IMG_1403I started out on this journey to just Break 80 in the score of golf.

…and I did that

but golf has given me much more than I ever asked of it. The quest for a better score led me to fix my life.

Truly, I was a mess about 15 years ago. I hated my job, my marriage was a bust, my immune system was shot and I was sick all of the time, I abused alcohol, and even did a stint on anti-depressants.

…and my golf game was stuck in the 80’s

In the video below, I am going to answer a golfer who wrote to me about his personal traumas and how this relates to golf improvement just like myself.

It’s a little longer than my usual videos but I give him and you the key to my recovery in life and breakthrough in golf.

I’d really love to hear your comments below the video.

Greens and fairways,


Title: Fix Your Golf Game, Fix Your Life


First off, I really sympathize with you. You’ve gone through multiple major life stressors that even just one of them could take a person down. The quick answer to your question is a resounding no…you don’t need to rectify your life for my work to help your golf game.

But I want to do better than that for you.  It’s awesome for me when I get emails from golfers worldwide telling me how their game has improved. But I don’t  just do this to lower golfer’s scores. 

In fact, I wouldn’t take the time to make all these videos and the years of writing posts and the technical headaches I go through daily to keep all these website functions working…unless I was making a difference in golfer’s lives OUTSIDE the course.

There’s a little bit of personal development help in everything I’ve ever created but my latest project: “From Range To Course” has my highest level teachings that help to change core beliefs at the unconscious level.

You mentioned “I can never do enough or be enough” as an example of a limiting belief that folks carry around with them their whole lives like a ball and chain.

13235606_xxlI get that. I used to carry around: “I don’t deserve” and “I’m small, so I don’t count” for many years. THAT is what held me back from scoring lower in golf…not my swing. When I cleared that, my scores went down.  I never changed my swing on the way to scoring in the 70’s.

AND, there’s definitely hope for everyone out there to clear your interference patterns (mental junk) and re-program some values that are more in line with your purpose for living the rest of your life here.

It all starts with understanding and mastering emotions. And the biggest one is FEAR. You need to understand that FEAR is your biggest hangup in golf and life. The reason you miss 3 foot putts in competition is FEAR.

It’s also why you can hit the ball great on the range and not on the course.  Now, there’s only 2 kinds of fear we experience.

1. Fear of physical harm to the body. and

2. Fear of emotions.

There’s nothing else. Fear of physical harm to the body is a good thing and it keeps us safe. But fear of emotions is what drives us daily. Why? Because we don’t know how to deal with difficult emotions like Boredom, Sadness, Loneliness, Inadequacy, Guilt, (which we bundle up into one word we call: STRESS) and so we go about our lives trying everything we can to avoid them at all costs.


But, you can’t.  That’s a failing strategy because you are going to feel bad at times no matter what.  It’s much more empowering and fear-destroying to, instead, MASTER your emotions.  I go into more detail in my program “From Range To Course” which is all about eliminating fear and mastering emotions.

I’m going to say something that I think is really profound that sums up the basis for mastering your emotions and mental state that will help you with your golf game for sure, but more importantly, your life and here it is.

Pain, physical and emotional…are inevitable.

Suffering is optional.

Suffering comes from a resistance to “what is” or a resistance to reality.

AND, It makes it so much easier to stop resisting reality when you live your life with a purpose or meaning.

Read Victor Frankels book: Man’s search for meaning if you stuggle with that concept.

working with client

Every day I work with athletes in my office and via phone and Skype to help them live this way: purposeful…that’s the secret to performing to your potential. If you’re interested in that, just reply to any email I send you.

Mike, my golf products will not only help you with your game, but they will help you integrate your current reality with a perception about your reality that works for you…and that will generate more good feelings and keep out the fear…and your scores will go down as a by-product.

greens and fairways,
your swing is good enough to go low.