Golf Practice "Q"

Qantas

Concept: Golf swing patterns are determined within the first few inches of the backswing. The movement indicates very quickly whether positions established at address were correct.

Action: Check your posture first! The logical place to start fixing a golf swing is in the set-up.

Next place a ball 1 inch behind your club head and practice making your backswing while sweeping the ball away, like a plane on a runway.

Note: When the club head is approximately 1 foot behind the ball it should be above and inside the target line. Imagine a plane taking off and then veering to the right as it climbs into the sky to help with your takeaway path.

Quality Vs. Quantity

Concept: Can we stay focused throughout the whole golf round?

To prevent concentration loss is impossible. We are human beings and our minds keep producing thoughts, even when we don't want them to. But when we break down a round of golf, we don't need to concentrate for long.

Action: 1.    Concentration means being focused on only one thought, object or
       action at a time. This occupies the mind so much that you don't get
       distracted by other things.

  1. Control the ups and downs of concentration by controlling the breaks when your mind can rest from the mental effort concentration requires. Learn to empty your mind during breaks and rest in anticipation of raising your concentration again. These breaks include:
    1. Breaks between shots. As soon as the shot is over, use the Fudge – Fix – Forget - Focus- System.

i.      Fudge: Vent your emotions over your shot, let go of any disappointment while maintaining acceptable levels of golfing etiquette!

ii.      Fix: Go over and rehearse the correct swing movement for the shot you just finished.

iii.      Forget: Arrive at the course with your favorite song in your mind to sing between your shots from the time you walk from your last shot to within 10 meters of your next shot. This will take your mind off the round and allow you to relax.

iv.      Focus: Within 10 meters of your next shot, begin focusing in on what the shot calls for, which club to use, wind variables, and pin placement.

  1. Build-ups on tees. Do the same, except now you have more time for everything. You can spend a little more time analyzing previous holes, but take a break from thinking and let your mind rest.
  2. Monitor and increase your concentration, if necessary. Try to check your level of concentration from 1 to 10. At first, you'll forget to, since we seldom observe ourselves and our thinking.

When your concentration level is not high enough, you can refocus by reminding yourself of the goal or just by fixing your eyes on the ball.

Eventually, you become more aware of your concentration level and you know how to keep it up for a longer time.

If you can master the art of concentration and keep it up longer during a swing and during the whole round, you will find yourself the winner.

Quit Slicing

Concept: Creating consistent shots in golf is a must. What happens with a lot of players as you look at their swings from down the line is the golf club has a tendency to get too vertical on the downswing. This results in taking too much turf, steep toe-deep divots, and the ball spinning off to the right.

Action: Take a practice shot with the ball 15 inches above the ground. By swinging so high you have a nice rounded swing, almost like a baseball swing. After swinging through, you can square up the club face. Next, move the ball to 10 inches above the ground, around and through, then 5, around and through, then on the tee.

Quit Shanking

Concept: The most desperate golfers are the shankers! A true shank is hit off the hosel of the club.

Action: You are hitting off the hosel because your swing is going out too far.

First, check to see you are not standing too close to the ball by using the elephant idea.

Second, are you falling forward during the downswing with your head moving out towards the ball?

Finally, are you swinging the club back in too far on the backswing, which causes it to swing out too far on the downswing? Use the wall drill to check your path and make sure you get the club working more up and down.

Now hit balls using this exercise:

  1. Using 2 tees, place one into the ground where your ball would be placed. Take the second one and place it approximately 2 inches outside of the first tee.
  2. Now simply swing and aim for the first tee. Keep your swing easy and try to hit the first tee on target while completely missing the outside tee. If you are hitting both tees then you are pushing the club out and away from you. Keep on practicing until you are only hitting the first tee, thereby eliminating the shank.

Note: Do not start aligning the ball to the toe of the club as this will exaggerate the shanking movement. If anything, align the ball with the heel of the club and work towards the centre.

Quit Hitting Skied Tee Shots

Concept: One of the most frustrating mistakes that anyone can make on the golf course is hitting the ball straight up in the air without any distance: a skied shot.

A skied shot happens when the head of the driver hits underneath the ball, causing only the top portion of the driver to make contact. The ball goes practically nowhere, and your driver sustains a nasty ball mark.

Action: Hold your club above the ground at address. This will help smooth out your takeaway and also flatten your swing arc.