If you sat back and evaluated some of your best and worst golf shots, the cause might be as simple as the image your mind created! Have you ever had a pitch shot and visualized sculling it across the green and then did it? Or saw a 30-foot breaking putt go in the hole and then knocked it in? The imagery we create is strongly linked to our performance.
Let’s use an example of throwing darts with our only objective to hit the bullseye:
Player 1: Looks at the bullseye
Player 2: Looks at the whole dart board
Player 3: Looks at the whole wall
Player 4: Thinks about the fingers holding onto the dart, how tight they are, what speed and direction to go back and through and when to release the dart
Which player has the best opportunity to hit the bullseye? Player 1
If we take the same example but apply it to a golf shot, it would look like this…
Player 1: Looks at the target
Player 2: Looks at the whole green
Player 3: Looks at the whole course
|Player 4: Thinks about the fingers holding onto the club, how tight they are, keeping the head down, arm straight, right elbow in, what speed and direction to go back and through and just hit the ball (along with the ongoing negative chatter in the ear!)
Which player are you? The further your mind gets away from the target, the farther your shots do! Keep your thoughts simple and target oriented. If you continue to struggle with your golf shots, then I would contact a PGA professional to check your fundamentals and mechanics.
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