The host and coproducer of the megahit reality show The Apprentice presents a unique collection of golf advice. From Palmer and Player, Mickelson and Vijay to Pat Boone, Stone Phillips, and even Yogi Berra, these players, teachers, businesspeople, and celebrities will help you play better and score lower.Everyone who plays golf has that little nugget of information they turn to on the course. But never before has such an array of golfing advice been pulled together in one place. Donald Trump, himself an avid-and very good-golfer, asked his friends, colleagues, and playing companions to offer thoughts on everything from the mental game to the swing to putting to playing golf the right way. And golfers being what they are, none could resist sharing words of wisdom.So here we find Vijay Singh telling us about playing simply: "You don't need to get your golf swing by going through video cameras and stuff like that.
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May 03, 2005
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Excerpt from Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received by Donald J. Trump
I could have saved years of effort if only someone had told me in the beginning to do five things:
1. Count the Cost
The time, physical energy, practice, money, and emotional energy that are required to build a golf game are usually underestimated even by great athletes who take up the game. Be prepared for a process that takes lots of time, patience, and perseverance.
2. Seek an Excellent Golf Teaching Professional
Build your game right the first time with a teacher who will create a golf swing that is built to last. This takes more effort at first, but it is worth it in the long run. Many golf teachers simply "Band-Aid" your game until it falls apart again. You can waste years with Band-Aids and quick fixes, only to be filled with anguish and frustration. There is only a small percentage of teaching professionals who understand cause and effect and can build a solid golf swing from the ground up. A swing that offers maximum consistency and power. A swing customized to your individual body type, learning style, personality, and fitness level. A swing that begins with excellent fundamentals in the preswing foundation of alignment, grip, ball position, stance, and balanced posture.
3. Practice Fundamentals Until You Develop Mastery
Don't take up the game if you do not have the time to practice. Practice can be as simple as twenty minutes a day in your backyard hitting plastic golf balls. In your living room, you can practice the fundamentals of grip, alignment, posture, and preswing setup routines. A golf professional who builds your game from the ground up will give you drills to practice. You don't always have to be at the driving range to make progress with your game. The important thing is to practice drills consistently.
4. Visualize Your Success
To reach your goals at the fastest rate, spend time each day thinking about playing the golf of your dreams. Imagine the future reality you wish to experience while playing golf. Picture your ideal golf swing, ideal round of golf, low scores, and tournament wins. Celebrate it as if it has already happened.
5. For Maximized Performance, Use the Best Equipment
After building the fundamentals of your golf swing, seek a certified professional club fitter and purchase custom-fit golf clubs. In addition to your golf clubs, consider the fifteenth club in your golf bag which is your "Golf Body." Maximize your potential as a golfer by following a customized golf fitness and flexibility program as outlined by a certified golf fitness expert or physical therapist.