Entries by Gary Nicol

Visualisation, a closer look

At the time of writing, the UK is in virtual lockdown as we hope to limit the spread of this dreadful virus that has gripped the world. Golf courses and driving ranges are closed and I personally believe that is absolutely the right thing to do, social distancing is not to be taken lightly. However, […]

Further education

In these testing and worrying times, golf may not be at the top of many people’s priority list and understandably so. I have absolutely no medical background and therefore will not be offering any advice on what precautions to take regarding the corona virus. I think that is best left to the medical experts. At […]

Why are people walking away from golf?

As an industry, golf really needs not only to ask this question but spend some time trying to find the real answers. We have all heard that it takes too long, we have family and work commitments, it costs too much, people aren’t getting any better and no longer enjoying the game. The reasons are […]

Gary Nicol’s Winter Putting Training: Part 4

When you think of practice or training for the forthcoming season, chances are your thoughts will turn to honing your technique. You may well think about working on your swing, getting that club “in the slot” at the top of the backswing or ensuring your putting stroke is silky smooth. For decades we have been […]

Winter Putting Training: Part 3

What is your vision for 2020? Pun intended. Do you have targets and goals? Are they realistic and achievable? All too often, I hear golfers of all levels setting targets and goals for the coming season. They generally relate to a reduction in handicap, winning the club championship, representing their county or country, or winning […]

Gary Nicol’s Winter Putting Training: Part 2

As the season, year and indeed the decade draws to a close, now is the perfect time to sit down and reflect on your golf game. Grab a notepad and pen and write down a few questions. The first and perhaps most important question could or perhaps should be: “Why do I play golf?” Take […]

Gary Nicol’s winter putting training: Part 1

While the best of the weather for 2019 may be behind us, that doesn’t mean you need to put your clubs away until the sun reappears and the mercury rises again. Yes it may be a bit damp, cold and occasionally miserable at times but that should not deter you from your quest to improve. […]

What’s the Difference Between Practising & Training?

Understanding the science behind the art of preparing for golf can help you use your precious time more effectively There can be no other sport where so much effort in practice goes so unrewarded in the game itself. Many golfers spend their entire life working hard at their game with little to no actual progress. […]

Play to learn

As golfers should we be learning to play or playing to learn? Think back to when you first started to play golf. Where did you start and perhaps more importantly why did you start? Chances are your first ever experience of this great game was on a driving range, or if you were lucky, a […]