Last week I talked about the basics of golf and left you with the missing thought: How do I maintain a Calm and Relaxed mind to execute the perfect shot every time? It all has to do with your mind. Negative thoughts about your past failed shots will kill your game. Great golfers only focus on the perfect result that they expect. They have CONFIDENCE. Negative thoughts and doubts are banned from their minds as they prepare and take every shot.
Learn from the Best
Jack Nicklaus is one of the most successful golfers in history of this game. Tiger was about to surpass Jack’s success when his focus got disrupted. Success in golf has to be caused by your mental focus. Tiger seems to be carrying too much baggage in his mind. Jack found a way to struggle through the demons in his mind by always “visualizing the flight of the ball” before he hit it. Bubba Watson has the same skill to visualize how his swing will create the shot that he wants. YOUR MIND IS YOUR CONTROLLING FACTOR.
The swing of Ernie Els with a controlled transition and cadence is one of my favorite swing thoughts. Your mind remembers your last bad shot and your subconscious mind remembers hundreds of other missed shots. How do you eliminate your bad thoughts and only let the positive thoughts fill your mind?
1/ I have seen a lot of recent blogs which suggest that you think about NOTHING when you swing. Others talk about letting your unconscious mind take over your body. I have tried it and it has to be a load of hogwash.
2/ If your mind is focused on the shot that you visualize, you will use the knowledge of you previous successes. Your practice with GOLFSTR+ and your practice to find the right rhythm will pay-off when you duplicate the same feeling as your past successful swings.
3/ After your setup, use a successful swing thought like: “swing from the inside” or “limit my backswing” or “shift to take a divot after impact”. Do this with the goal to achieve a balanced finish as you watch your ball fly or roll exactly as you planned it. Do anything to prevent rushing your transition. Sing “Back and Forth” if it helps you calm down.
You may make a poor estimation for club selection, wind speed, wind direction or the slope of the green but you will hit the shot that your practice swing has prepared you to deliver.
How Can YOU Repeat YOUR Perfect Shots All the Time?
It all starts with your setup. Decide on your shot, select the right club, choose your target line, visualize the flight or the roll of your ball, make the perfect practice swing and set your club face to draw or fade or to putt up your line.
Your practice swing was perfect. Now it is time for your mind to take control. Visualize your ball flight, focus on your ball, say simple words as you swing to prevent your mind from thinking any other thought. Try using the words “Calm ‘n Relaxed” or “Sweep in and Finish” or “One Two”. Many golfers, like Ricky Fowler, are completing a limited takeaway instead of a waggle to relax their mind. Mike Weir started this and I think it gives you a great reminder for the straight arm takeaway. Try some of these ideas as they may work for you as they work for so many successful golfers.
Whatever works for your game, don’t forget to stay focused on visualizing consistent shots to keep building confidence. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to get your practice right so that your mind controls your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com