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post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by AmazingWhacker View Post
 

Ever hear the expression, "playing 'golf swing' instead of golf"?  IMO, high handicappers really have no choice but to play 'golf swing' instead of golf.  I mean, right?  What's the point of visualizing your tee shot with a gentle draw down the left side when you're actually going to hit a hard slice into the bushes?   Should I take on those bunkers at 250? . .well, I'll have to clear the ladies tee first, lol.

 

It's not just high handicappers.  As a mid capper I feel pretty much this same way.  If I just go out and swing smooth and natural and visualize the results I want, I'll play 10-20 strokes over my handicap.  No kidding.  My solution is to think about mechanics and what I'm working on and whatnot during my pre-shot routine and practice swings, then try to minimize my thoughts during the swing itself to just one general thought about the thing I most need to emphasize at that moment.

 

Not that I necessarily recommend this method, it's just what I do.  And this is the major reason why my pre-shot can get overly long, especially when the course is playing at a quick pace.  For this reason I also tend to play worse when I have to speed up my pre-shot to keep pace (which I do, I just tend to play worse).  Finally embarking on the first major swing overhaul in a while, so hopefully I can ingrain some better habits to the point where the natural, fewer thoughts and less mechanics-focused pre-shot routine will lead to better outcomes, not worse. 

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by GangGreen View Post

I've heard others note that they're game gets away from them the first couple of rounds after lessons (which I can live with since my existing game stinks as is and I'm cool with the the one-step back, two steps forward approach). Long way of saying that I'm just wondering how others approach their rounds while they are going through the process of adjusting their swings.

 

I would keep it to one simple swing thought. That allows you to play golf and not golf swing when you're out on the course. I worked with a player yesterday who has a short checklist of things he needs to do and told him this

 

http://thesandtrap.com/t/71817/operation-single-digits-2014/648#post_965224

post #21 of 21
Some of my swing thoughts are also part of my routine. But it's more of a checklist than anything. Not trying to work anything out just not stray from what has produced positive results, pretty much all of it is setup. I see guys doing full on drills before every damn swing. That drives me nuts.
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