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Welcome to Wicked Smart Golf - hosted by Michael Leonard. This golf podcast will help you shoot lower scores and play your best WITHOUT changing your swing.

Michael is a full-time golf writer who has written over 1,000,000 words about the sport since 2017 and been playing golf for more than 20 years. In high school, he dropped 50 shots in four years (124-74), played college golf in Southern California, and now plays competitively in Arizona through the USGA, Arizona Golf Association, and Outlaw Tour. He even went to Q-school in 2019 as an amateur golfer!

His goal is simple - help golfers shoot lower scores and drop their handicap without all the technical swing changes. Because let's face it, no matter how good you get, your swing will never be perfect and a work in progress. The good news is that you don't need a "perfect" swing to break 80 or become a scratch golfer.

In this podcast, he will teach you how to play more consistent golf by mastering your mindset, playing wicked smart golf on the course, learn to practice like a pro, and simplify the short game for lower scores. Enjoy weekly solo episodes and plenty of interviews with golf coaches, elite players, best-selling authors, and other inspiring golf stories.

Wicked Smart Golf Michael Leonard

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    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

Welcome to Wicked Smart Golf - hosted by Michael Leonard. This golf podcast will help you shoot lower scores and play your best WITHOUT changing your swing.

Michael is a full-time golf writer who has written over 1,000,000 words about the sport since 2017 and been playing golf for more than 20 years. In high school, he dropped 50 shots in four years (124-74), played college golf in Southern California, and now plays competitively in Arizona through the USGA, Arizona Golf Association, and Outlaw Tour. He even went to Q-school in 2019 as an amateur golfer!

His goal is simple - help golfers shoot lower scores and drop their handicap without all the technical swing changes. Because let's face it, no matter how good you get, your swing will never be perfect and a work in progress. The good news is that you don't need a "perfect" swing to break 80 or become a scratch golfer.

In this podcast, he will teach you how to play more consistent golf by mastering your mindset, playing wicked smart golf on the course, learn to practice like a pro, and simplify the short game for lower scores. Enjoy weekly solo episodes and plenty of interviews with golf coaches, elite players, best-selling authors, and other inspiring golf stories.

    43: This Equipment Mistake Kills Distance and Accuracy

    43: This Equipment Mistake Kills Distance and Accuracy

    Subscribe to Wicked Smart Golf on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGt1yzKR05YpqipoLVkr5yw 
    Golf is hard enough - don't make it even harder by playing the wrong equipment. While most of us focus on the clubheads and finding the right grips, we settle on shafts.
    But here's the problem, most golfers try to swing a stiff or X-stiff flex shaft when they should play a regular or stiff shaft. When you swing a shaft that is too stiff you kill distance, make it easy to slice the ball, and your mishits are much worse. 
    The experts at True Spec even said, "In equipment circles, there is a common cliché that the shaft is 'the engine' of the club."
    When you listen to this episode you will learn:
    Why shaft flex is so important  The swing speed you need for each flex  Why seniors shouldn't always play senior flex Why beginners might benefit from a stiff flex shaft And more. Remember, to become a wicked smart golfer you need to play the right equipment and set yourself up for success! 
    Subscribe to Wicked Smart Golf on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGt1yzKR05YpqipoLVkr5yw 
    Check out this Golf.com article to find the right flex shaft for your swing: https://golf.com/instruction/shaft-flex-you-should-play-based-on-swing-speed/
    Also mentioned in this episode: https://www.bombtechgolf.com/blogs/news/are-you-playing-the-wrong-shaft-flex 

    • 21 min
    42: Speed Training Makes Golf Easier - Follow These 2 Strategies

    42: Speed Training Makes Golf Easier - Follow These 2 Strategies

    Speed is KING in golf.
    Don't get me wrong, short game (specifically putting) is imperative to great golf but you need distance too. For every extra MPH of swing speed you create with a driver equals 3 more yards of total distance.
    If you add 5-10 MPH to your driver swing in the offseason that 15 to 30 yards more distance. How much easier would every par 4 or 5 be if you were that much closer to the green?
    A longer drive means shorter approach shots and typically lower scores. Plus, who doesn't like to hit bombs! 
    While working out can help your speed, I think speed training is much easier for the everyday golfer. 
    In this episode, I'll take you through my off season speed training routine and the best ways for you to get started. 
    Recommended:
    SuperSpeed Golf Sports Sensors Radar Voice Caddie SC 300 Launch Monitor The Stack System (recommended for more advanced golfers)

    • 24 min
    41: Only Think About THIS While Playing Golf

    41: Only Think About THIS While Playing Golf

    If you're like most golfers, you fall victim to your mind during the round with:
    Worry about your score Fear, doubt, and nervous anxiety  Thinking about mechanical swing thoughts All of which are holding you back from playing your best golf. Instead, you need to focus on one thing and one thing only to keep your mind busy.
    What is it?
    Target... it's the only thing that matters. You shouldn't be out there playing your golf swing but instead, focused on hitting shots at your target.
    In this quick hit episode we'll break down the two ways to identify targets and how this will help you stay present over every shot.

    • 8 min
    40: How to Master Your Mind Like A Professional Golfer (David Mackenzie)

    40: How to Master Your Mind Like A Professional Golfer (David Mackenzie)

    Today's guest interview is with a top mental golf coach in the world - David MacKenzie. 
    He is a mental coach and the founder of Golf State of Mind. He currently works with golfers on the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry, DP World Tour, Challenge Tour, LPGA and LET, along with many elite juniors and amateur golfers of all levels.
    I've worked with David for my own mental game issues several years ago and still use his advice to this day. He makes it simple to understand how the mind dominates our performance on the golf course for lower scores.
    In today's interview you will learn: 
    The art of setting golf goals The power of visualization in sports Why you need to stay present to succeed  How tracking stats can help you lower your scores  Why the mind can limit your potential on the golf course (and how to overcome negative thoughts)  Start working with David now: https://golfstateofmind.com/best-mental-game-golf-books/
    Read his 300+ mental game articles: https://golfstateofmind.com/blog/ 

    • 46 min
    39: This Wedge Mistake is Costing You Strokes

    39: This Wedge Mistake is Costing You Strokes

    Want to become a wicked smart golfer and shoot lower scores without changing your swing?
    Then make sure your equipment is setting you up for success. Listen to this quick hit episode to learn how to choose the loft of your wedges so you don't major distance gaps on the course.
    This will make it easier than ever to play better every time you tee it up. 

    • 8 min
    38: 3 Ways to Have More Birdie Putts Every Round

    38: 3 Ways to Have More Birdie Putts Every Round

    Do you want more looks at birdie every single round? If so, this episode will give you three simple strategies to hit more greens in regulation without swing changes. 
    Whether you realize it or not, most trouble is short of the green. While some holes might have a bunker or water behind the green, most of the trouble is short. 
    Why?
    Because greenskeepers know that most golfers end up short and thus put the trouble accordingly. In today's episode you will learn three easy strategies to hit more greens and have more looks at birdie! 
    If you’re between clubs, pick the longer one in general (unless there is trouble long). Try not to pull the club; you must hit perfectly to reach the green. After learning more course management inside the DECADE program, the numbers show that missing long is almost always better than short. This should cause more looks for birdies so you can score consistently better. 
    RECOMMENDED GOLF PRODUCTS
    --->Look and Shoot Putting Method: https://www.autogolfshop.com/wicked/ 
    I N S T A G R A M  ✅ : https://www.instagram.com/wickedsmartgolf/ 
    W E B S I T E ✅ : https://www.wickedsmartgolf.com/ 
    Y O U T U B E ✅ : https://bit.ly/3vJTDpi 
    B O O K ✅ : https://amzn.to/39zNch7 

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Dubhead745 ,

The greatest

This podcast is the best gold podcast in the world!

jakechanen ,

Amazing show

Being a guest on this podcast was really special and I enjoyed my time being on the show. If you’re looking to shave strokes off your game as well as improving your short game this is the podcast you need to be listening to!

Max122289 ,

Wicked Awesome Pod

There is so much great content in this pod in every episode. I have began applying or at least tried many of the strategies explained from the episodes and have definitely seen an improvement in my game. What I really love about this podcast, is that anyone from a beginner to a scratch golfer can benefit from it. It’s great to hear 1st hand tournament experience from Michael as well as what his guest have to say. Will definitely continue to tune in for every episode and try to become a Wicked Smart golfer.

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