Golf is a game of perfection. Jordan Spieth was almost perfect during his amazing Masters victory. We all strive for this every time we play. In reality, the game is won by the golfer who makes the fewest mistakes but we don’t like to dwell on the negative so I have listed habits that will help your game.
We play this game to get outside, to be with friends, to get some exercise and to energize our minds away from work. Every swing of a club creates a good, bad or ugly result. If you want to enjoy this game why not focus on the “good” and let’s get rid of the “ugly”.
1. Arrive early. Relax Your Mind. Stretch your body. Hit some practice balls. Putt to get a feel for the green speed. Manage your food and water intake.
2. Positive Mental Attitude: Focus on each swing and what you want to achieve on each shot in your mind.
3. Duplicate your Practice Swing: For any swing you should learn from your practice swing. Make a perfect swing with a follow-through that ends in balance. Then repeat it with your golf ball.
4. Anyone can hit a second attempt: Play a round of golf where you have the option to use a second ball for every shot and use the best ball. Doing this will build confidence that you can make the shot so do it right the first time.
5. Pick a point where you want your ball to land and then choose the right club and swing to get it there.
6. Start your down swing with your hips on every shot (except your putter). Bottom out your irons after the ball. Focus on this to get your body through the swing and your belt buckle facing your target.
7. Take control after a poor shot. Don’t let your mind take over. Forget about making miracle shots. Stay in control and swing for the shot that you know you can make.
8. Consistency for the perfect swing is all that matters in golf so limit your maximum swing speed to 80% to keep your swing under control. You are not a professional golfer so make a point of watching LPGA tournaments where the ladies crush it with an effortless swing [better than most weekend warriors].
9. Challenge yourself to hit more fairways & greens in regulation. On your score card for each hole, place a dot in the upper left for fairways hit off the tee and a dot in the upper right for greens in regulation. Make it a goal to increase these numbers in every round you play. [Tracking your putts is another good way to drop your score.] Play these personal games during every round of golf to keep your mind focused.
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