Originally Posted by mvmac
I think people tend to equate "thinking" with "mechanical" when that's not what I mean when I say swing thought. It's more about a feel that helps you with your priority piece.
So let's say you're working on Key #2, you might make some practice swings making sure the left knee stays flexed, really pressing into the ground. Then on the play swing you have that feel fresh in your mind and try to re-create it over the ball. Sometimes a swing thought can be as simple as making sure your feet are turned out at address.
I don't disagree. Of course one needs to think about one's swing, because without thought, one can't change.
I'll try to be clearer. When I'm practising, I'm thinking. I'm rehearsing all sorts of moves that I hope will help me hit the ball better. And while I'm rehearsing them, I'm quite prepared for the fact that in the short term, they'll make me hit the ball worse until I get used to them.
But when I'm standing over the ball to make a shot on the course, I want my thinking to be done when I have set up to the shot. Once I have started my backswing, I don't want my conscious mind to intrude, I want my muscle memory to take over.
Forgive the indelicacy, but it's a bit like sex. It's better when you lose yourself in it.