The Dan Plan Revisited – How to Overcome Adversity in Golf & Life

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Three years ago Golf University and Golf Getaway CEO Andrew McCombe invited Dan McLaughlin from www.TheDanPlan.com to co-host a few episodes of Golf Getaway on the Gold Coast.

At the time Dan was 5 years and 6400 odd hours into an incredible quest to test the 10 000 hours of  Success Theory made famous in the book The Outliers – by Malcolm Gladwell.

When commencing the Dan Plan, Dan had never picked up a golf club and was suddenly dedicating over 8 hours a day to golf practice – incredibly he spent the first month Putting for 8 hours a day from one-three foot from the hole – simply amazing dedication…

Watch a brief overview of the Dan Plan here…

Not long after the episode of Golf Getaway airing (see episode below…) Dan was struck down by a potentially career / project ending back injury and for someone who had dedicated so much of their life to the pursuit of Golf Mastery and possibly a place on the PGA Tour – Dan was in a very dark place.

Imagine spending 8 hours or more a day practicing golf with the sole purpose of seeing how good you can be and applying that skill to the PGA Tour and then all of a sudden not being able to swing a golf club. Not to mention Dan had no idea of where else to put his energy each day…

Needless to say Dan’s project was put on hold and he had to reinvent himself and his life…which I am glad to say he has done with a vengeance.

As is normally the case – time is a great healer and Dan is finally in a space in his life to discuss what happened to the Dan Plan.

I recently caught up with Dan and recorded an exclusive interview that not even Dan has told his many fans and followers.

Dan mentioned he tried over 25 times to write a completion blog for the Dan Plan but no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t bring himself to write the words.

In this exclusive The 19th Hole Channel interview Dan shares some great insights into how to overcome adversity in golf and life and after spending some time in Sydney recently Dan is now fully aware that The Dan Plan is not over at all, it has just changed forms for now and he never rules out making a comeback, although it will be a lot different next time around.

Watch the Dan Plan Revisited Interview here…

Watch the Dan Plan Episode of Golf Getaway on the Gold Coast here…

The Best Way To Hit Your Woods & Hybrids

By | Blog, Golf

Woods and hybrids can be difficult to use, especially if you aren’t used to hitting with them.

That’s why it’s important to understand the three main factors that can improve your woods and iron shots

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Grant Field the Queensland PGA Teacher of the Year and coach of upcoming PGA Tour Superstar Cameron Smith at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to set up properly for your shot
  • The best stance to use when laying the shot

And… Read More

The Best Nutrition For Golf

By | Blog, Golf

What you eat affects can drastically effect your golf game.

As you are probably already aware good food gives you energy, and junk food wears you out.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed internationally renowned strength and conditioning coach, Alani “Storm” Mala at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, Sydney, Australia, where he teaches us:

• How sugary snacks and beverages cause fatigue
• What the best thing is to drink while golfing

And… Read More

The 5 Things You Must Add To Your Golf Pre-Shot Routine

By | Blog, Golf

In golf, you never want to rely on blind luck.

Instead, it’s important to implement a replicatable system before you play any golf shot.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Lawrie Montague the former Australian Women’s coach and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • The “5 L’s Method” as a great system to adopt for your pre-shot situation
  • A quick way to evaluate your landing area and avoid course hazards

And… Read More

How To Stop Skinnying Your Iron Shots

By | Blog, Golf

“Skinnying,” or “topping,” the ball is a mistake many amateur golfers make.

They only graze their shot, causing it to travel a very short distance.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed David Milne the two time PGA Teacher of the Year and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to check your ball position and make sure that it’s lined up effectively with your stance
  • Why it’s important to control your upper-body during the shot

And… Read More

How To Spin Your Pitch Shots

By | Blog, Golf

Adding spin to your pitch shots will allow you to control the ball better and avoid overshooting your target.

As such, it’s a critical skill to master.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Matt Cleverdon the Director of Instruction at the world renowned Kingston Heath Golf Club & Victorian PGA Teacher of the year at Kingston Heath Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • Why keeping your clubs clean plays a major role in adding spin to your shot
  • The best way to swing your golf club (and why “chopping” doesn’t work)

And… Read More

How To Spin Your Bunker Shots

By | Blog, Golf

Adding some spin to your bunker shots is a great way to increase your ball control when hitting onto the green.

However, learning to add spin to your golf ball can be tricky.

Fortunately, there is help.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Matt Cleverdon the Director of Instruction at the world renowned Kingston Heath Golf Club & Victorian PGA Teacher of the year at Kingston Heath Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to make sure that your equipment is capable of creating spin
  • Why increasing wrist movement increases spin

And… Read More

How To Play A Knockdown Shot Out Of Trees

By | Blog, Golf

Have you ever hit an unlucky shot into the trees lining the fairway?

Don’t worry, there’s a quick and easy way to get you out of this situation.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Lawrie Montague the former Australian Women’s coach and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to assess your shot and find your best option for escape
  • Why solid contact and trajectory are key for getting your ball out of the trees

And… Read More

How To Play A Bunker Shot

By | Blog, Golf

Playing out of the bunker can be difficult.

But there is a way to master getting out of the bunker and it involves understanding the fundamentals of your set up.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Matt Cleverdon the Director of Instruction at the world renowned Kingston Heath Golf Club & Victorian PGA Teacher of the year at Kingston Heath Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to set up your stance for better impact
  • Footwork for balancing your swing

And… Read More

How To Pitch A Golf Ball

By | Blog, Golf

Mastering the fundamentals of pitching helps you to hit more consistently and confidently.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Matt Cleverdon the Director of Instruction at the world renowned Kingston Heath Golf Club & Victorian PGA Teacher of the year at Kingston Heath Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • An effective training exercise that improves your pitching stance setup
  • How to set up your ball posiotion for maximum ball control

And… Read More

How To Overcome The Pitching Shanks

By | Blog, Golf

Shanking the ball can be a frustrating experience that hampers an otherwise enjoyable round of golf.

As such, it’s important to know how you can overcome this problem and start making better shots.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Matt Cleverdon the Director of Instruction at the world renowned Kingston Heath Golf Club & Victorian PGA Teacher of the year at Kingston Heath Golf Club, in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • The major factors that cause golfers to shank
  • How good weight distribution prevents shanking

And… Read More

How To Overcome Pressure While Putting

By | Blog, Golf

Stress and pressure can hamper your golfing performance.

In fact, it’s one of the biggest issues that many golfers struggle with.

However there are ways to deal with this issue and eliminate it entirely.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Lawrie Montague the former Australian Women’s coach and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • A great physical exercise that helps your muscles relax
  • How to mentally refrain your stressful situation into a non-issue

And… Read More

How To Increase Golf Swing Speed To Increase Your Driving Distance

By | Blog, Golf

What can you do to improve your golf driving distance?

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Grant Field the Queensland PGA Teacher of the Year and coach of upcoming PGA Tour Superstar Cameron Smith at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • Why “hitting harder” won’t increase your golf driving distance
  • How to reduce spin so that your shot goes further

And… Read More

How To Hit Out Of Wet Packed Sand In A Bunker

By | Blog, Golf

Hitting out of wet packed sand is one of the toughest bunker shots you can make.

That’s why it’s crucial that you know how to do it right.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Lawrie Montague the former Australian Women’s coach and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to adjust your stance to hit deep into the sand
  • What lowering your club’s handle can do to improve your shot

And… Read More

How To Hit The Golf Ball Low Into The Wind

By | Blog, Golf

Learning how to hit your golf ball low and into the wind allows you to take long distance shots even when you’re facing a head on breeze.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Lawrie Montague the former Australian Women’s coach and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • Why you shouldn’t tee your ball lower than normal
  • How to take low, sweeping swings

And… Read More

How to Hit A Fried Egg Out Of The Bunker

By | Blog, Golf

A “fried egg” or buried lie is a situation where your ball lands in a bunker and gets partially buried in the sand.

It’s a tough shot to recover from, but there are ways to make it easier.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Lawrie Montague the former Australian Women’s coach and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • How to simplify your thinking to prevent stress
  • Why you should bring two clubs into the bunker with you

And… Read More

How To Hit A Flop Shot

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Few situations are as nerve-wracking and difficult as the flop shot. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this challenging golf shot.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed 2011 One Asia Order of Merit winner Andre Stolz at Kooindah Waters Golf Resort where he teaches us:

  • Which clubs are the best for playing a flop shot
  • How to properly set up your stance for the flop shot

And… Read More

How To Get More Distance & Swing Speed Whilst Maintaining Control And Consistency

By | Blog, Golf

Would you like to drive the ball further without losing control of it?

Of course you would… we all would.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed David Milne the two time PGA Teacher of the Year and co-coach of the Indonesian Team at Joondalup Golf Resort, in Perth, Australia, where he teaches us:

  • A common mistake many golfers make (and what you can do to avoid this)
  • An easy warm-up process that improves your back swing

And… Read More

How To Eliminate Three Putts

By | Blog, Golf

Reducing the number of putts you have during your round is a great way to improve your overall golf game. And to do this, you’ll need to need to consider several important factors.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Mark Gibson, the Head Pro at the RACV Royal Pines Golf Resort in Queensland, where he teaches us:

  • How to play smart putts that aren’t too risky
  • Why it’s important to use the right speed when making long putts

And… Read More

How To Eliminate The Putting Yips

By | Blog, Golf

Putting is all about control. When you’re in control of your shot, you’re able to putt the ball anywhere you want. But what about those of you who suffer from the putting yips.

As part of Golf University’s weekly “Tip from the Pro” I videoed Mark Gibson, the Head Pro at the RACV Royal Pines Golf Resort in Queensland, where he teaches us:

  • What causes the yips
  • How to properly follow-through when putting

And… Read More

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