Play great golf every time
I realise this is a pretty big statement but I believe based on recent experience I can help.
You see to play great golf you don’t just need a good golf swing, correct set-up and grip.
You also need to have the right golfing mindset to ensure you can work your way around the golf course.
This means having the right thoughts going inside your head just before you swing a golf club.
What the pros do
The professionals know this, which is why the majority will say golf is 90% mental and only 10% technical.
Most of the professionals on tour have great golf swings that they have been working on for years.
They know how to hit every type of shot imaginable, but what they want to do is hit the right shot when they want to.
To do this they need their head in the right state and be mentally prepared to execute when required.
Now I appreciate most beginners and amateurs golfers alike will be saying ‘I don’t have a technically song golf swing and I need to work on it’.
This is true and you should be spending a certain amount of your time on practicing and perfecting your own unique golf swing.
In fact, I used the methods in the Perfect Impact System to improve my golf swing and so should you.
This means spending time at the golf driving range and working on these methods until they become habit.
What was happening in my game
I had been struggling until recently with consistency with my driver. I was hitting it okay but not with any consistent solid contact and quite erratic at times.
Every time I was standing up on the tee ready to hit I had numerous things going through my head.
I was focusing on trying to hit a draw, starting it down the right and bringing it back to the centre.
I had been fiddling with my stance, takeaway, backswing and follow through.
Whilst it is important to work on these things, they were over complicating the golf swing before I was ready to hit.
This is what I changed
Just before my next game of golf I made a decision to play every golf shot without thinking about all of the technical aspects of the golf swing.
No thought about my backswing, swing plane and wrist movement.
All I did was get comfortable over the golf ball, make sure my stance was correct and then I would pull the trigger.
Next, I only focused on the target and making a good finish to the golf swing. I picked out a spot to aim for and just went for it.
By doing this I sped up my routine and just swung the golf club with no swing thoughts going through my head.
Alex Fortey from the Art of Simple Golf explains it well in the video below.
The results were quite amazing to say the least. Out of the 14 holes I had to pull out driver or 3 wood on I hit 12 of them on the fairway.
Of the other two, one missed slightly to the left and the other to the right.
The interesting thing was it was so easy.
It was like I was on autopilot. Stand up, take my stance, swing and the golf ball kept heading straight towards the intended target.
I wasn’t thinking I was just swinging the golf club and having complete trust in my golf swing.
What you need to do
To play great golf you obviously need to have most of the technical aspects of the golf swing correct.
But there is a time and a place for working on those technical parts of the golf swing.
The time is at the golf driving range or during your warm up to get yourself ready and prepared for action.
When it comes to actually playing on the golf course, take the mind out of the equation and let your natural golf swing come through.
Not thinking about the technical parts of your golf swing frees up your mind and enables you to make a smoother, more efficient golf swing.
The results will be you’ll play great golf, enjoy the game more and feel more energetic at the end of the round.
Give it a try next time you step out onto the golf course and you’ll be amazed at how well you’ll play.
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