Variety

Concept: Variety during practice is the ingredient for staying fresh and eliminating burn out.

Action: Do not make the same putt from the same spot over and over again.

Hit a few bunker shots from the inside of the slope, both uphill and downhill, including the middle, to spice it up a bit.

Pitch the ball towards various targets.

Change locations. It will keep you fresh as you perform the same actions and take in the different surroundings.

Video Camera

Concept : After giving more than 10,000 golf lessons, I have been asked more than once to re-film a student because they exclaim it was a “one off” bad swing version of their swing the first time.

Action: Take 5 different videos of your swing, each time changing your swing thought. For example, on one swing, think about extending the right arm through the ball, whilst on another think about folding the left elbow through the ball.

What you will notice is that the swing looks the same, even though your thoughts were different.

Different thoughts won’t change your pattern instantly unless you have a new understanding.

Note: Why do so many people think their swing changes when they are using the driver? Sure, the driver swing will always look slightly different because the club is longer and tends to pull the body more, but the pattern is still the same.

Visualization

Concept: Add visualization to your pre-shot routine.

Action: Step 1: Take one practice swing. Many players tend to overdo this first step by taking too many practice swings. Unfortunately, taking too many practice swings can make a person more nervous and less confident about the shot.

All you need is one decent practice swing before hitting the ball. Keep it simple and try to keep your mind off the swing as much as possible. Your goal is to limber up your arms and shoulders, not over-exert yourself.

Step 2: Take a few steps back and visualize the club head hitting the ball in perfect harmony with your aim. Picture the ball flying through the air, with a perfect arc landing exactly where you want it to go. Literally pretend that you are making a real shot, then step up to the ball.

Step 3: Now it is time to get your aim set so you can hit the ball directly to your target. When you are ready, select an intermediate target a few feet in front of you, somewhere directly in line with your target making it easier to align your club face.

Step 4: At this point, you have taken one practice swing, visualized the entire shot in your mind, and have perfect aim. It is now time to swing your club. Before you make your shot, however, be sure to stay limber by waggling the club head. Once you're ready, it is time to let go and trust in your ability.

When you concentrate and visualize the look of the proper golf swing and get a clear focus for 15 seconds in your mind, it is equivalent to 10 hours of physical training! Tiger Woods’ coach said when he started working with Tiger, he was perplexed when Tiger would walk off and sit down and then come back. Tiger explained he was visualizing the swing changes he was being instructed to make. By doing this, he was quickening the learning process.

Visual Deterrent

Concept: Golfing architects prey on the ignorance of most golfers.

Action: Look for visual deterrents on the golf course. One example is a subtle bump built into a hole that may be 30-40 meters in front of the green. But from the fairway it looks as though the green is behind it.

Chances are, if you are not aware of visual deterrents, you will be well short of a hole because you under clubbed.

Volkswagen

Concept: Pinching your knees together, like the camber in the rear wheels of a Volkswagen Beetle.

Action: If you are trying to stop your reverse pivot by pinching your knees together or being pigeon toed please stop! Trying to block your weight shift causes problems elsewhere.

Allowing your weight to shift in a different direction helps you pivot correctly. So, open your right foot, flare it and let the body move around whilst relaxing your knees.

Remember      Golf is a game of opposites.