What others do to create consistent golf swings may be helpful but you need to sort out what works for YOU. Your mind and body are not in the same condition as the pros [or any of your playing partners for that matter] so don’t expect that their technique is going to work for you. If you watch enough golf on TV you can recognize each of the better players by their unique swing. THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT and yours can be different too but you need the same basics.
If you can make a practice swing and end up in a balanced, finish position then you are in a calm frame of mind and a good starting position for each shot. Just focus on taking the same backswing and follow-through for every shot in your round. It will only happen if you focus on calm consistent transition at the top to start your acceleration. The RUSH AT THE TOP will kill your consistency.
Consider these facts:
- Hideki Matsuyama had a recent amazing stretch of 10 tournaments where he either finished in first or second place. His average driving distance is shorter than most of the pros but his delay at the top of his swing allows him to create consistently straight shots at his target. You just may want to try this.
- Every pro has a unique swing but they all end up with a posed finish in perfect balance. If you do anything, finish your swing in balance.
- Justin Thomas won the last 2 tournaments in Hawaii to start 2017. His success is based on his commitment to the shot. He decides on his shot. Takes a practice swing and pulls the trigger. He does not rush his process but there is no delay during his preparation and completion of his swing. [In this video of his swing you can see that he actually triggers his back swing by rotating his head slightly back before he starts the rotation of his shoulder. This is a similar move to Jack Nicklaus.
- I often ask others about their break through thoughts. One uses a warmup split grip and rotation to force his arms and body through the shot. Others start with pressure on their leading foot to make sure that their body can keep up with their arms as they swing through the ball.
- I use words which have meaning to me in order to block out all other thoughts: “Sweep in and through” to slow down my backswing and to end with a balanced pose. [You can’t say or think 2 words or thoughts at the same time – trying it! You will be amazed at how it improves your swing focus.]
We all know that consistent hits in golf will allow you to par every hole. A consistent swing for consistent hits with each club in your bag should be your primary focus. Your mind has to be calm and relaxed to allow a smooth and consistent tempo for your body. If you are not in balance at the start, at the top and at the finish then you better take some lessons to get back in sync.
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If you don’t start each round with a relaxed body and confident mind, the wrong guy is showing up. What we all need is a method to create this state of mind every time we swing a club. Last week I promised to share my findings to create your future success in golf. The payoff is that it will make you a renewed person in mind and spirit. It’s happening to me and it will happen to you too.
We have all hit perfect straight shots with impact on the center of the face of every club in our bag. Our goal is to repeat this with every swing. It only happens when you don’t rush the transition and you allow your club to accelerate from the top. Make it your goal to finish every swing in a balanced pose as you watch your perfect shot.
For success in golf you only need to be Relaxed and Confident. That will set you up for success with every swing of any club.
1/ RELAX YOUR BODY AND MIND: I discovered the solution by watching and hearing the success stories from Jason Day, Tiger and every friend who has a breakthrough in their game. You may have seen Jason Day take his time to sort out his shot and visualize his shots as he squints and flutters his eyelids. Tiger clicks into his focused trance by shifting into his mental zone. Many pros work with mental trainers to reach this state of mind (in the zone) but there must be a better way for the weekend warriors.
Jason Day talked about a new way to train your brain for better golf in Golf Digest, Nov 2016. Clear your mind for one thought when you swing. Take your time to sort out your setup. Pick your target, select the right club and adjust your stance for the right lineup. Check that your grip is loose and your shoulders are relaxed and dropped (not tight at you neck). Doing these steps will actually clear your mind.
2/ CONSISTENT [CONFIDENT] HITS: Your goal is to create a consistent swing (for your drives, fairway shots, chips and putts – each club needs your unique swing thought). Justin Thomas takes very little time to prepare for each swing and then execute. [After Alabama lost in the college football championship, Justin had a lot of disappointment on him mind. He sure figured out how to focus. At the age of 23 he is the youngest play to set the lowest PGA tournament score at -27.] Justin has one swing thought for the club and shot that he is making. He steps up to the ball and executes that swing though and you should do the same thing.
Your body is in a different physical condition every day that you start a round of golf. So you need to prepare for each round at the range to determine the setup and tempo for each club. Sort out what is working for you. DETERMINE A SINGLE SWING THOUGHT THAT YOU NEED WITH EACH CLUB and use those thoughts during your round TO KEEP YOUR MIND FOCUSED. Those swing thoughts may change slightly before each round but you need to use the single swing thought that works for you.
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Have you ever noticed that every golf training aid, swing tip or golf exercise promises 10 to 15 more yards? What’s the use of hitting 10 to 15 more yards further into the rough, pond or bush? These ads are appealing to your macho instinct. Every golfer wants to swing faster and hit longer drives but it is not that easy. My point is that consistent hits and landing in the fairway ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT TO YOUR GAME than extra distance. I finally sorted this out and want to share my findings.
I recently watched Henrick Stenson and 2 playing partners on a long par 5. All 3 pros hit drives in the fairway. All 3 chose to hit the perfect layup in the fairway to avoid the deep rough and deep sand traps guarding the green. All 3 chipped to within 10 feet and all 3 birdied the hole. I know that these professional golfers are consistent hitters but they are also realistic golfers. Get out of your macho mindset. You should focus on reaching the perfect position in the fairway to landing on the green in regulation near the hole.
- Accept your Driver Limitation: Determine the distance that you can consistently hit your drive in the fairway. If you can’t hit 5 straight shots in a row with the same club then you may be swinging to fast. Your body is out of sync with your swing.
- Swinging harder and faster will give you worse results.
- Fix your swing with lessens and then use a GOLFSTR+ to hone in your muscle memory for every swing in your game.
Consistency should be your priority. You are NOT destined to be a pro golfer so get realistic. With consistent hits, you CAN par every hole! If you play a golf course often enough, eventually you WILL par every hole. So why not calm down, tee forward if you have too, keep every drive in the fairway and get it close to hole out in 1 or 2 putts on every hole. Bingo, you just broke 80.
Imagine being a confident Adam Scott as he finishes his swing in balance and admires his shot.
All you have to do is relax your mind and body, don’t rush your swing, accelerate through the ball and finish in balance as you admire your shots.
Stay tune for next week’s solutions to calm down, tune-out the crap and play the way you golf in your dreams.
When you learn to control your mind for golf it will affect the way you live your life. You will become the caring and understanding person you have always wanted to be. Success in your game will create more success in your life. Start by honing your skills with GOLFSTR+ for every swing in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com
Your mind and your resulting ANGER are your primary enemies in golf. Your game is most affected by your reaction to every poor shot. Whether you bottle it up or throw clubs, it will affect your next shot. We all get caught up in our last bad shot. Even our good shots can inspire us to swing harder and faster to create the next bad shot. Fortunately I saw a great solution from Golf Rx to shift your mind back to normal. This is a great solution to overcome your inner demons.
Have you ever heard that “bad golf shots come in 3’s” and a 4th bad shot is just the start of your next 3. We need to break up these crazy thoughts. After each bad shot we need a way to bring ourselves back to the present.
You can’t improve your game with those crazy demons in your head. [Caddyshack]
HERE ARE THE 3 STEPS presented by Golf RX:
#1 Observe 5 Things in your immediate vicinity: a golf ball, grass on your golf club, bird in the tree, golfer smoking and the pin flag is red. It will instantly bring you back to reality.
#2 Forgive yourself. We are not perfect. Even the pros don’t make perfect shots all the time. It’s OK to make mistakes so forgive yourself and get on with your game.
#3 Be Positive: Studies have shown that if you fake being positive it will actually change those bad feelings. Fake it. Change your physicality. Stand tall, shoulders back, pump your chest out and smile.
A friend recently pointed out that in every PGA tournament there are golfers shooting in the 80’s. Wouldn’t it be great if the cameras spent some time showing us their mishits. How about those shots that ricochet deeper into the trees; 3 attempts to get out of a bunker or those missed chip shots. Come on GOLF CHANNEL and NBC, show us how the pros really play this game. Give us some reality so show us that the pros really are human.
Slow down and approach your next shot with a fresh state of mind. Your next shot will definitely be better than your last shot. Remember those wonderful shots when you practice with your GOLFSTR+ : keep your leading elbow straight, hold your flat wrist in your back swing and master your lag. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com