Wish #1 – Practice with Drills, Not with Swing Thoughts
When a Golf Teacher explains a swing thought with words alone, interpretation of those thoughts seldom results in the action the teacher or student want. Drills allow an individual to FEEL the correct movements in their own way, especially when they’re performed with regularity. Drills focus on small parts of the game, embedding correct movements to memory. Until this happens, a player will be thinking too much about the words of the teacher, called swing thoughts. Once correct movements are committed to memory, we can FEEL it, when done correctly. Drills communicate FEEL without verbal explanation and offer a vivid picture of what we’re trying to carry out, we know what it FEELS like and can more readily apply it on the Golf Course.
Wish #2 – Start Forming an In-Home Golf Training Habit
There are drills that focus your attention on the mechanics of the swing, while others focus on feel or hitting the golf ball a specific distance. Both are vital to growing your golf game, but you don’t want to blend the two. I have one rule of thumb that will help prepare your mind for game day. Practice mechanical movements at home, where it’s easier to find the time. Then, when you practice at the golf course, do it without mechanical thought. The key to making in-home drills work is to do them regularly, daily if possible. Indoctrinate them to memory and join the sensations they teach you into your on-course drills. Once the correct sensations are indoctrinated, leave the drills, coming back to them if bad habits return.
Wish #3 – Practice the Energy It Takes to Hit Different Golf Shots
Move from hitting practice shots as far as you can to hitting shots that carry a specific distance. When you’re playing golf for real and you approach your ball, you have some decisions to make, we must do this quickly. The first decision is, how far do I need to hit the ball, in other words distance. The most important decision you can make is to commit to the shot. Indecision is the number 1 killer of good golf shots. This is exactly what you practice, COMMITTING to a golf shot of a certain distance, then FEELING it as you hit the Wedge or Roll the Rock. If you find yourself struggling with solid contact or distance control, don’t slow down and grind over mechanical thoughts, keep plowing forward. Remember we’re learning “How to Think” on the Golf Course-free of Mechanical Thought. You’re preparing for your round, where things go quick, prepare to get in the right frame of mind. Always remember, when you’re on the golf course, preparing for your round, you’re not grinding over fundamentals, trying to figure things out, you’re working quickly on hitting the ball the correct distance. You’re not hitting REPEATING SHOTS, because that is not what happens on the Golf Course.