If one is thinking too “technically”…about TRYING to accomplish a specific “look” in the swing or TRYING for a “one-piece takeaway” or “keeping the head still”, it’s going to be very hard to play vision/feel-based golf – the way the greats played the game.
If you break your swing into segments, you will lose your tempo. When you loose your tempo, you loose the correct sequencing of the arms, hands, hips and club (each firing at the right time). You also loose your power and “feel” for the shot…the feel you had when you first gazed down towards the target.
Golfing great, Byron Nelson, made 113 cuts in-a-row during a period in his career, and won 11 PGA tournaments in-a-row in 1945 (fields were not strong due to the War’s impact). When Byron was asked how he hit a fade or a draw, Byron responded with something like: I think fade or I think draw.
Byron, like all good players, would look and think about the shape, then make a series of small moves, tweaks and compensations in his swing to produce the ball flight he wanted for the particular shot.
These great strikers do not “tick-off” a check-list of technical changes necessary to hit a certain shot. They drop, turn, steady, cup, slow, speed-up, roll, hold-off the club, fan-open the club, hood the club, blast and caress.
Sometimes, it is just a tiny hood or cup of the wrist, another time it will be a strong “hold-off” of the wrists through impact, another time it will be a slowing down or a speeding up of their legs and hips (resulting in being more closed or open at impact and the club arriving earlier or later).
They do what they have to do to get the desired ball flight. They are focused on the target and the particular swing they will use to get the ball there. They are not concerned with how they look or whether they are swinging “neat” – that takes them away from what I just explained.
We are humans, tap your A-1 operating system
The part of the human brain that is responsible for movement (think swinging a golf club), hits a ROADBLOCK if our dumb old brains are thinking (and relaying the message down our nervous system) about a one-piece takeaway, a still head, or the swing-plane (as opposed to feeling and sensing as I described above).
The other thing that ruins this pure, natural reaction to the target, is fear.
The way to smother fear or too many technical thoughts, is to get hopelessly lost in “SEEING, FEELING, then SWINGING.” Once you are “locked in”, your brain is occupied, the technical, ridged, fearful swing never happens, because you are occupied with responding with a natural swing that is orientated towards the target.
So, there we have it , I hope a couple of points in this article gave you a “light bulb moment”, or maybe “backed up” something you had been thinking about in relation to your good and bad swings.
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