|Greetings from Suzanne||Monday, 06 June 2011|
|Do you struggle to convert a good driving range session into a good 18 holes? Then it’s likely that you have two distinct rhythms; one smooth rhythm for the range and one quicker, tighter rhythm for the course. Why would this be the case? Simple: PRESSURE!On the driving range you can slice the ball 40 yards right of target, shrug your shoulders and play another. On the course you make the same swing and your second shot will be from half way up a tree.
Once you realize this to be the case the anxiety level rises, the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome kicks in and the adrenaline pumps through the veins. This just causes the grip to tighten around the club, restricting your arms and your ability to release the club through the downswing.
Even a memory of a bad shot last week is enough to trigger this reaction, but this is where the important role of visualization and a good pre-shot routine come into their own.
A good pre-shot routine will break down the processes needed for a good swing. It’s like learning to drive; mirror, signal, manoeuvre, etc. It starts out as a very conscious process but eventually becomes automatic; this is exactly what we’re looking for.
That’s what I try to drill into you during a lesson. Unfortunately, when the pressure is on the confidence wanes and golfers relieve that pressure by going back to what they’re used to doing. Resist temptation!
I can design a pre-shot routine that will iron out those bad habits and make sure that good habits become second nature. Just come see me in the shop or contact me by clicking here.
|TECHNIQUE: THE BIGGEST CONSISTENCY GAIN|