Phil Mickelson AND I CELEBRATED OUR VICTORIES BY DRINKING WINE FROM OUR TROPHIES- MUST SEE VIDEO COVERAGE

Since I followed what Phil did during his thrilling win in the PGA Championship, I figured I’d celebrate like him as well. I think you’ll enjoy they celebratory videos below!

WHY WOULD YOU LISTEN TO ANYONE ELSE OTHER THAN THE MAN THAT POSSESsES THE BEST SHORT GAME EVER- Phil Mickelson

Since I mimicked Phil’s new extra focus and concentration he displayed while winning the PGA Championship, why not listen to Phil’s tips on chipping and putting? I agree with all of his techniques and drills, now it’s up to you to actually take the time to practice these drills.

There is no copy right infringement here as I, like Phil am just trying to help my fellow golfer play better, and speed up the game.

Stay tuned for video coverage of my wine celebration after winning, somewhat similar to what Phil did.

WHY PUTT SIDE SADDLE

My good friend and recent side saddle convert Brad is shown in this video putting side saddle. I’ve been playing golf with Brad for 30 years now, and his conventional putting has always been his down-fall.

A year ago after missing another short putt, he grabbed my STX side saddle putter and rolled in 3 six foot putts. I said if you make another one, I’ll give you that putter. He did, and now he has a STX putter that has changed his game forever.

Yes, like everyone Brad struggled with the longer putts, as it takes a LONG TIME to adjust to the longer putts. BUT he saw immediate improvement in his short and mid range putts. I see so many new side saddle putters putt poorly because they lack the simple technique to make the transition one that will work for you. As I always preach, the top left hand is the top of the triangle and cannot move back and forth or sideways.

The audio is not great in the video below, but watch how nicely Brad strokes through his putts, I guarantee he can out putt most of you!!

THANKS PHIL, WE BOTH WON!!!

I’m thanking Phil Mickelson for showing us all the change in his approach to high level championship golf. Who would ever thought a player going off at 200-1 could possibly win the PGA Championship. Yes Brooks could have applied more pressure if he didn’t throw up all over himself on the par 5 holes. But that’s golf under pressure, it will expose all of your weaknesses.

Phil’s new found intense focus hopefully will not result in further lengthening the time it takes to play 18 holes in competition. It’s already a joke when tournament rounds take over 5 hours, sometimes even close to 6 hours. It is not possible to keep a flow of your game when you wait for long periods of time on every shot. Just having played in the SCGA Senior Amateur in groups of 3 with ten minute tee times, it was a very slow 4 hours, we still waited on every shot.

My take away from Phil’s great win is that he was lacking the proper focus to make the right decisions on his shot shape and creation of the picture in his mind of what that looks like. You could see his intense concentration and focus on every single shot. This eliminated the big misses that he is prone to have in critical moments (most notably the tee shot in the US Open at Winged Foot, that he will probably never forget).

I believe Phil would not hit that shot now that far left of a miss. He has taken his miss pattern and significantly tightened it up, and then let his short game work its magic. When you are hitting big foul balls, the short game doesn’t really matter, you’ve lost it off the tee, and have no way of overcoming those mistakes around and on the greens.

I too play very fast and make quick decisions, especially when I want to catch the wind conditions as they are at the moment I will rush up and try to quick hit a shot. The past three days I did NOT do that, I forced myself to visualize each shot, pick a target and see in my mind the proper shape of my shots.

OMG did it work, I hit 50 out of 54 greens, I hit 4 par 5 holes in two shots and at one time I was -12 for the tournament with a 9 shot lead, and finished ten under par and had the low round everyday (68-67-68). Yes I have been playing well of late and have not been blogging out of frustration of not being able to close out any tournaments. I finished 2nd in the SOS Masters, I finished 3rd in the Alameda Commuters after a 68 opening round, a 4th in Houston after leading with a 69 first round, and a 2nd at the Trans Miss after leading with a 68 first round.

I have been frustrated as hell, golf has NOT BEEN FUN , mainly work and disappointment until I saw what Phil did on SUNDAY in the final round of the PGA Championship. It starts with belief, if you don’t truly believe you are capable of winning, forget about it, it’s not going to magically happen. You need to go out and TAKE IT, but with a strategy that keeps you calm, focused and balanced.

I care about my world ranking as its used to Exempt the top 25 ranked seniors in the world into the USGA Senior Amateur. I started this run at 32nd, and now sit at 15th and with this win yesterday will probably drop to 11-12th. I care because the USGA Senior Amateur is a major that you don’t want to miss, and the qualifier usually has about 90 players for 4 spots.

I have punched my ticket into this years event, and Phil has punched his ticket into the next 5 US Opens. Phil decided at 50 he was not done, and that perhaps his best golf was still in front of him. And look what he did, almost the impossible, as the oldest major winner ever.

At age 50, 51 and 52 I actually played my best golf of my life, and achieved a record three consecutive Northern California Player of the Year awards during that stretch. I also won about 15 tournaments during those three years, including the prestigious Stocker Cup and was low amateur in the Senior Open twice. Age is not what determines the quality of our golf, but our mind does. Yes, like Phil said in his interview, you need to work harder when you are older. You lack the flexibility you may once had and strength, but all can be improved through hard work. But with a more mature mind and experience will always pay the biggest dividends.

Congratulations to Phil and his whole team that supports his effort to be the best player he can possibly be. But can he win again out there? Who knows, but I wouldn’t bet against him.

I have not shot three consecutive rounds in the 60’s in a long time, and until the past 4 days I would not believed it to be possible with the inconsistency in my putting. This all changed after watching Phil pull off his historic win on Sunday.

I’m not going to bore you with all the stats of my victory in the Southern California Senior Amateur, as I cover most of it in my post round interview, check it out.

http://www.scga.org/tournaments/scga-senior-championship

Stay tuned for more on Side Saddle putting

HELIUS MEDICAL- MUST READ

I’ve never seen a situation before were the FDA gives a company approval and its found on the FDA website before the company knows about it?

I’m not sure how that happens, but for all of you either interested in this company or already holders, you should BUY BUY BUY like Cramer says right now, before the official announcement by the company.

YES I own shares, and bought more today on this news. This is a MAJOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH FOR MS, and will end up being for all neurological diseases in the end.

I’ve been following this company since I had dinner with Montel Williams, when he told me that the PoNS device is why he can now ski again, and live a normal life.

The company only has 3 millions shares outstanding with about 12M in cash on hand. This is still risky, but the risk may be to not be in the stock. With everything else so high, HSDT is a good bet to go higher next week.

My cost basis is over $250 a share after the 35:1 reverse split, and I believe in the next 3-5 years I’ll be back there. I’m not always right, and I certainly make mistakes, but I think I’m right on this one.

Stay tuned to more on HSDT and on golf!!

THE MANY LEVELS OF GOLF

The last time I left you all hanging was after a smooth 66 in the first round of the Florida Azalea, which I was defending champion. Although 66 sounds like a fabulous score, you always know when you got the absolute most out of your round, and I did.

This was my fourth round in a tournament under par, and sadly would be my last going into the two weekend rounds at the amazing Palatka Golf Club, which measures only about 6000 yards long, but is tough and tricky if you are off at all in your game.

What had worked the week before (putting with my sand wedge) was a bust at the Azalea event. On the final round I missed 5 ONE FOOT PUTTS and now am left rethinking this option.

Playing golf for fun with friends is great, the putter flows back and through and everyone is having fun. The next level is playing with friends in a $5 Nassau, and now the short putts count for something. This is where the fun begins. Next level you’re playing in a tournament, you are out of the lead, and have no chance of winning, but want to finish as high as possible. The putter is now at a level 5 on the stress and yip metric.

Playing in a tournament that isn’t that big, but you are near the lead gets you to a 7 on the measuring system. This is where you are missing putts you’d normally make from 2-5 feet, and your lag putts are stressing you out.

Next up is the event that doesn’t mean that much, but you are in the lead, and you want to win. This is where you hit an 8 on the stress and yip meter heading to the events that are VERY BIG. Like a USGA event, the Senior Amateur in the UK, or even a big event like the Florida Azalea that has many of the top ranked players in the world. This is when you get to a 9 when near the lead, and a 10 when you are leading.

It’s hard to breathe when you are leading a tournament, it doesn’t matter how many you’ve won before, its challenging. It’s why very few players win under this type of stress and pressure. And its why I have not done well recently in the bigger events.

Fortunately I met up with my longtime friend and one of my best instructors I’ve ever worked with Mr. Terry Rowles on Saturday. I went through with Terry my challenge with the putter in tense and important situations in my tournaments. He gave me some incredible advice that I will share with you. Yes without like an infomercial trying to sell you something that you don’t need, and most certainly won’t work.

Terry noticed when I was putting even just casually that I was clenching my jaw and mouth. He said “stick your tongue out and relax you jaw and mouth” OMG that worked VERY well. He also wanted me to get my fingers of my right hand off the putter and use my gap between my thumb and index finger to hold the putter. The only issue there is keeping constant contact with the putter as now you are not holding onto the putter, you are just pushing it.

I have not yet had a chance to try these new changes under the bigger pressure, but the $20 Nassau pressure it seemed to work quite well.

With huge world ranking events coming up, I need to have a reliable putter that is solid and not nervous and wobbly. Today with the new WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) I am now at 24th in the world for 55 and older. I have heard that the top 25 WAGR seniors will be exempted into the USGA Senior Amateur in August at Detroit Golf Club.

That is the goal, to move up safely inside this number and hold onto it. There are many events coming up that will have huge weight towards this goal.

Next week is the Northern California Golf Association two man championship at Poppy Hills, my partner is the reigning NCGA and State Amateur Champion, both played at Poppy Hills.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON THE PHYSICAL TRAINING I DO THAT IS SPECIFIC TO GOLF