Have you seemed to hit that plateau in your golf where you just can’t seem to break out to that next level?
Well perhaps I can help or at least give you some thoughts and ideas on how to break through that next barrier in your golf game.
First of all you have to take an honest inventory of your game.
Strengths – weaknesses and everything in between. Essentially, if you don’t know where your golf game is at… how are you going to know what or how to improve?
Keep this in mind as we move forward.
Probably the biggest reason that most golfers who have been playing a while and have a decent concept of swing mechanics hit a flat line in their improvement curve is because instead of being pragmatic and functional with their swing; they continue in search of the Holy Grail (the perfect golf swing) constantly being in a state of tweaking and adjusting and not focusing.
In other words, instead of working toward good solid consistency, they are still trying to get more distance out of their swing. And instead of recognizing and taking on the weaknesses in their game with persistent practice, they tend to only practice what the parts of their game they already excel at; or when they do make a perfunctory pass at improving their weaknesses, they lose focus without immediate improvement and go back to what they were doing… which by the way is digging that rut.
First of all one of the most common faults that is readily visible to see with high to mid handicap golfers is the lack of what is known as a pre-shot routine. As you work to improve you game, work to gain consistency in what you do just prior to executing your golf shot. And I don’t mean just go through the same meaningless pre-shot routine – not at all – there is some definite purpose to the pre-shot routine indeed.
Keep in mind that everyone’s pre-shot routine will vary slightly, but let’s look at what we want to ultimately accomplish.
First you should stand a couple feet behind your ball and pick out your long distance target working your eyes back toward the ball visualizing this line toward the target. As you work your eyes down the line back toward the ball you’ll want to end up with a short intermediate target just out in front of your ball; one that you’ll easily be able to pick up at address. Run this line through your eyes and your mind a couple of times to be comfortable with your decision.
Now address the ball with your feet close together and the ball centered in your stance. Position your clubface directly at and square to your short intermediate target. The one that you absolutely know is directly on the line to your distant target that you just lined up.
Reposition your feet equally both ways until you have a solid yet comfortable stance. Make sure that your clubface is still square to your short target and that your feet, hips, and shoulders are (and remain) perpendicular to the square clubface and your target line. It’s very important at this point that you don’t let the visual flow of the golf course and the surroundings trick your mind into making other adjustments. Learn to trust your line. When you do, you’ll learn to relax over the golf shot. This is key.
Load up one last mental picture of your target and your intended ball flight (note: turn only your head to pick out your target – don’t turn your shoulders or hips once you have set your line).
Work on a waggle – the laws of physics tell us it is a lot easier to put an object in motion that is already in motion than it is for one that is at a dead stop. Hence, the importance of your waggle… some golfers use a slight forward press to initiate their swing, some use a slight rock to and fro with the feet… whatever feels comfortable for you is fine (nothing extreme mind you).
A slight waggle… a breath… and pull the trigger… each and every time… get into a rhythm.
Think about sending your golf ball down your target line… not hitting the ball AT the target. You know your line is correct just think about sending the ball down that line… let your swing and the club do the rest for you.
Coming up in the next article let’s discuss what goes on in your head… well… at least in the context of your swing thoughts.
If you want to ramp up sooner, jump over to golf-ology.com … otherwise we’ll talk again soon.