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Over the years I’ve heard so many different differing thoughts and advice on how to improve and one of the most amusing quotes related to this was “You don’t improve because you keep listening to your friends”.
The problem with that is your friends often don’t know enough to be giving advice and also give the wrong advice, because they simply aren’t at a level to teach others and haven’t trained how to spot the problems and causes in someone else’s game.
I’m sure you wouldn’t ask a ‘friend’ to sort out your electrics at home who wasn’t qualified, so why do it with your golf game.
It often becomes so confusing and is counterproductive.
You can hear them saying things like “Your hands are too high…. Keep your head up…. As you take it away, keep your hands in line, turn wide, watch the ball, shoulder to chin and then what you do is….”.
Or words to that effect.
Which leads me to the best piece of advice I’ve ever heard in person rather than just in books. It was last year when attending a clinic for a small group of people after the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, S,Carolina, being hosted by Sir Nick Faldo.
He arrived on the Monday morning after the tournament and walked to the practice ground where he was to hold the clinic. Without so much as a warm-up he launched into his talk and started going through his repertoire, hitting different shots from low fades to high draws with incredible precision.
Or so it seemed to us. He may not have been quite so impressed compared to his younger days, but he could still strike the ball beautifully.
But the amazing thing was when asked about his swing thoughts during competitions, he said that he won his first Open Championship with only one swing thought which was simply “Thumbs up”.
He explained that the world’s media thought he was, in his own words “Some mechanical lunatic”, but nothing could be further from the truth and on each shot, all he thought about was keeping his thumbs up on the back swing and thumbs up again on the follow through.
It was that simple and it worked.
So if you’re every wondering if you have too many swing and mental thoughts standing over a ball, if it’s more than one, then the answer is ‘Yes!”.
Like many things, keeping it simple always is best when it comes to the mind and especially golf.
Try it out in your game and see how you get on.
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Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds