The last 4 seconds before you start your backswing can make or break every shot in your game. Panicking and recalling your top 100 swing thoughts or thinking negative thoughts about your last shot will limit your chances for success. You need a consistent plan to clear your mind by setting up for the shot that you want. Then you need a 4 Second Rule to relax your body and grip for a consistent swing tempo.
Your 4 Second Rule will never work unless you take the time to create a plan for your shot to eliminate any doubts about your shot. With a good swing plan in my mind, you can focus on your 4 Second Rule to create the perfect swing.
Create a Positive Mental Attitude in Your Swing Preparation.
• Know the Distance You Want to Hit: Choose the club that you 90% certain that you will reach your target both for flight distance and rollout.
• Choose your Swing Direction: The prevailing wind and your chosen draw or fade are all critical decisions. If you don’t know how to prepare for these swings then take some lessons.
• Keep the Same Swing Tempo: You only need 1 consistent swing tempo for your driver, for your woods & irons and for your putter. Learn to avoid rushing a short takeaway.
• Take a Full Practice Swing: For a draw and more distance take a swing path where you point you club back along your target line, cock your wrists for lag at the top as you loop and swing up the slot from the inside as your body rotates through to a posed finish.
Create your 4 Second Rule
1/ Think “Calm” as you relax & drop your shoulders and loosen you grip to a 4 out of 10.
2/ Waggle your club as you engage your wrists and arms. [It may just be lifting your club off the ground (like Matt Kucher) or even a take-away rehearsal with an upper body rotation (like Rickie Fowler or Michelle Wei).
3/ You have already prepared and rehearsed your swing. Most of your power comes from your calm, relaxed swing so your 4 Second Rule should only focus on relaxing your body for an accelerating swing to a balanced finish. If you repeat words in your mind, it will stop you from thinking any bad thoughts. I use the words “Sweep in Finish” (“Sweep in” for a smooooth take-away and “Finish” as I accelerate to a balanced finish.)
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