AVOID THE WRONG PRACTICE SWING

I saw something on the golf course recently that really amazed me. A golfer intentionally input the wrong information into his mind and body just prior to hitting the ball. And he did it prior to every swing.

His pre-shot routine included taking a practice swing where the club head passed between his feet and his ball. Then, without moving closer to the ball, that is, without moving his feet, he swung at the ball. As you may have guessed, this man scored over 120.

This is obviously not a good idea for a pre-shot routine. On the other hand, how many of you, just prior to hitting an uphill (or downhill or sidehill) shot, stand behind your ball, looking at your target and take your practice swing perpendicular to the shot you are about to hit? You’re doing the same thing. Giving your mind and body the wrong practice immediately prior to hitting the ball.

Early computers were called mechanical brains, which is what they tried to become, a mechanical improvement on the human brain. And that’s what they are today. You put information in, it works with the information, or remembers it, and it puts out information on request. That’s what your personal brain does. You do that every day. You remember stuff, like addresses and phone numbers and multiplication tables. You work with information, like figuring the route to a location you’ve never driven to before.

This is good to know on the golf course. Your brain is a computer, use it. Practice putting 20 to 25 foot putts on the putting green prior to a round of golf, and your computer brain will remember how hard to hit 20 to 25 foot putts…and estimate how hard to hit 15 to 40 foot putts. If you have a 60 foot putt, take a few practice putts from halfway, then hit the 60 footer twice as hard as the 30 foot practice strokes.

And when you take a practice swing, practice the shot you are about to hit. Put correct recent information into your computer brain, not incorrect recent information.

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