221 episodes

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 2,000,000 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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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 2,000,000 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.

    195: 5 Lessons After Playing a Mini Tour Event

    195: 5 Lessons After Playing a Mini Tour Event

    Golf is hard - but there is a lot you can learn even from your bad shots and tough rounds.
    After shooting 73-71 I missed the cut in a mini tour event but learned a lot and can't wait to practice In this episode you'll learn my five biggest takeaways to help you make the most of the offseason and play your best golf. 
    Join Wicked Smart Golf Academy by 12/1 to receive a FREE mental golf coaching call. 
    Or, check out Tournament Golf Formula to learn how to get started in tournaments in 2024. 
    WICKED SMART GOLF MENTAL GAME RESOURCES
    Work with Michael for Mental Golf Coaching 
    Download the Mental Golf Playbook (100% FREE)
    Unlock your potential by taking your FREE mental game assessment: Mental Golf Type
    Master your pre-shot routine in golf to save 3–5 shots per round: Join Pre-Shot Like a Pro
    Also, don’t forget to connect on social media:
    Follow on TikTok
    Follow on Instagram  
    Subscribe on YouTube
    Buy my golf book on Amazon (“Wicked Smart Golf: How to Play Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing”)
    Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to get new episodes each week so you can play better without swing changes.

    • 22 min
    194: 10 Mind-Blowing Stats About Scratch Golfers

    194: 10 Mind-Blowing Stats About Scratch Golfers

    Do you have a goal to become a scratch golfer? If so, you'll LOVE this episode.
    Today, I'll share 10 mind-blowing stats about scratch golfers from Golf Monthly. They reviewed 540 million shots and 11.5 million rounds for this incredible data. 
    You might think, how does knowing these stats help you shoot lower scores?
    Mainly because you'll learn to RESET expectations and help you play better golf. You will also learn:
    The easiest way to hit more fairways. How to overcome fear of greenside bunkers.  Why you need to club up so you can hit more GIR's. The truth about how much doubles and how to avoid.  Two reasons you're three putting too often (and how to fix it).  Most importantly, you'll learn how to dial in your expectations to shoot lower scores and hopefully become a scratch golfer soon! 
    WICKED SMART GOLF MENTAL GAME RESOURCES
    Join Wicked Smart Golf Academy Now
    Work with Michael for Mental Golf Coaching 
    Download the Mental Golf Playbook (100% FREE)
    Unlock your potential by taking your FREE mental game assessment: Mental Golf Type
    Master your pre-shot routine in golf to save 3–5 shots per round: Join Pre-Shot Like a Pro
    Also, don’t forget to connect on social media:
    Follow on TikTok
    Follow on Instagram  
    Subscribe on YouTube
    Buy my golf book on Amazon (“Wicked Smart Golf: How to Play Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing”)
    Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to get new episodes each week so you can play better without swing changes.

    • 21 min
    193: Avoid This Winter Golf Mistake

    193: Avoid This Winter Golf Mistake

    Learn how moisture affects the golf ball and how to gameplan on wet, cold days. 
    WICKED SMART GOLF MENTAL GAME RESOURCES
    Join Wicked Smart Golf Academy Now
    Work with Michael for Mental Golf Coaching 
    Download the Mental Golf Playbook (100% FREE)
    Unlock your potential by taking your FREE mental game assessment: Mental Golf Type
    Master your pre-shot routine in golf to save 3–5 shots per round: Join Pre-Shot Like a Pro
    Also, don’t forget to connect on social media:
    Follow on TikTok
    Follow on Instagram  
    Subscribe on YouTube
    Buy my golf book on Amazon (“Wicked Smart Golf: How to Play Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing”)
    Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to get new episodes each week so you can play better without swing changes.

    • 3 min
    192: 5 Reasons to be Wildly Grateful for Golf

    192: 5 Reasons to be Wildly Grateful for Golf

    Thank you! I am beyond grateful for YOU... for buying the book, listening to the podcast, and following on social media.
    Listen to this quick episode to be grateful for golf and have a great Thanksgiving holiday. 
    WICKED SMART GOLF MENTAL GAME RESOURCES
    Join Wicked Smart Golf Academy Now
    Work with Michael for Mental Golf Coaching 
    Download the Mental Golf Playbook (100% FREE)
    Unlock your potential by taking your FREE mental game assessment: Mental Golf Type
    Master your pre-shot routine in golf to save 3–5 shots per round: Join Pre-Shot Like a Pro
    Also, don’t forget to connect on social media:
    Follow on TikTok
    Follow on Instagram  
    Subscribe on YouTube
    Buy my golf book on Amazon (“Wicked Smart Golf: How to Play Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing”)
    Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to get new episodes each week so you can play better without swing changes.

    • 8 min
    REPLAY: Look and Shoot Putting System Review - How I Dropped 4 Shots Putting

    REPLAY: Look and Shoot Putting System Review - How I Dropped 4 Shots Putting

    >>Join Wicked Smart Golf Academy as a Founding Member before December 1st for a FREE mental golf coaching call. 
    Today's episode is all about PUTTING. 
    If you're tired of 3-putting and letting your putter drag you down... you will love this episode!
    After getting some coaching from Cameron Strachan and using his "Look and Shoot Putting System" I dropped nearly 5 strokes on putting from 2021 to 2022.
    This revolutionary system lets you get "in the zone" on the greens and tap into the power of your subconscious mind. It's the most remarkable method I've learned in more than two decades playing golf.
    Listen to learn why it works so well and why it might be the secret to you playing better golf. 
    WICKED SMART GOLF PRACTICE RESOURCES
    To learn more about Cameron's system, make sure to check out https://www.autogolfshop.com/wicked/
    Take your practice to the next level with my FREE mini-course: Practice Like a Pro. 
    Also, don’t forget to connect on social media:
    Follow on TikTok
    Follow on Instagram  
    Subscribe on YouTube
    Buy my golf book on Amazon (“Wicked Smart Golf: How to Play Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing”)
    Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to get new episodes each week so you can play better without swing changes. 

    • 31 min
    191: Why You SHOULD Remember Bad Shots Post Round

    191: Why You SHOULD Remember Bad Shots Post Round

    Controversial opinion - remember really bad shots.
    Listen to learn why you need to remember bad shots so you can process bad shots and clear your mind for future greatness. 
    WICKED SMART GOLF RESOURCES 
    Work with Michael for Mental Golf Coaching 
    10X your confidence putting with the Look and Shoot Method. 
    Take your practice to the next level with my FREE mini-course: Practice Like a Pro. 
    Master your pre-shot routine in golf to save 3–5 shots per round: Join Pre-Shot Like a Pro. 
    Learn how to shoot lower scores every round (no swing changes): Score Like a Scratch Golfer. 
    Also, don’t forget to connect on social media:
    Follow on TikTok
    Follow on Instagram  
    Subscribe on YouTube
    Buy my golf book on Amazon (“Wicked Smart Golf: How to Play Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing”)
    Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to get new episodes each week so you can play better without swing changes.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

joshlukenichols ,

Michael brings the fun to golf

I had the pleasure of being on Wicked Smart Golf and also hosted Michael on my podcast, The Mental Golf Show. Michael is one of the most enthusiastic people I know in the business. He loves the journey of improvement, and has the mental concepts to help all players improve and find the joy in the game. Highly recommend Wicked Smart Golf!

ACIII7 ,

Mental game strong

Loving all the mental golf tips & guests. Keep it up

No3Jacks ,

5 minute episodes are great!

Love the 5 minute format. Really relatable topics in an easy to process style. Already applying a few to my game. Keep them coming!

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