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Some very chatty people recently and hate overhearing people talking swing thoughts, so put on earbuds the other day. Don't do this often and the muted effect of not hearing your strike in full is weird. Is this something you get used to? I'm using something similar to Apple's AirPods.

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I do this as well, but I listen to music. Helps with the tempo.

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I’ve noticed that the college kids usually wear earbuds and listen to music on the range and putting green. On the course they play music through portable speakers, sometimes too loudly. I wear airbuds and listen to music when cycling out on the local bike trail, but never considered doing it while golfing. Might make a playlist of tunes that match up with my desired swing tempo and give it a try. Old dog, new tricks and all that ...

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I often wear headphones, but more when I chip and putt, so it doesn't really have any impact on me in those instances. When it comes to full swings, it is a little bit weird, but I find that I get used to it relatively quickly.

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Most studies I've seen say that listening to music on your way to the event can help improve performance, but during the thing detracts from it.

If I listen to anything when I'm practicing, it's a podcast, and I often have to rewind because I'm not really even paying attention to that - it just mostly stops others from talking to me. 😄 (I don't get much time to practice, so when I am, I'd rather not get sucked into helping someone with something.)

I suggest to my college players that they not use music, either, if they're practicing (and not just warming up).

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I didn’t have any music on my old iPhone, as it wasn’t my primary smartphone but had a lot of white noise audio files, recordings of background noise of coffee shops. Ironic, listening to crowd noise (albeit hard to hear a particular conversation), to block out golf range crowd noise. But it worked and I think I had a more focused session as opposed to having to listen to keep your head downs. 

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I had them in the other day at the range. I was on a conference call that I had a minor part in. Don't tell anyone! 

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4 minutes ago, TourSpoon said:

I had them in the other day at the range. I was on a conference call that I had a minor part in. Don't tell anyone! 

I've done that before. So, your secret is safe with me. 

Currently, I have almost zero time to practice. So, sometimes you gotta be a little creative. 

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15 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

I didn’t have any music on my old iPhone, as it wasn’t my primary smartphone but had a lot of white noise audio files, recordings of background noise of coffee shops. Ironic, listening to crowd noise (albeit hard to hear a particular conversation), to block out golf range crowd noise. But it worked and I think I had a more focused session as opposed to having to listen to keep your head downs. 

That's better than music, then.

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Has anyone ever discovered the perfect piece of music for a good swing tempo?  On the course or range?  Guessing it's not rap, rave or Dolly Parton.  Maybe the right waltz...

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41 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

I've done that before. So, your secret is safe with me. 

Currently, I have almost zero time to practice. So, sometimes you gotta be a little creative. 

Exactly.....Hey I was listening and I would have jumped in if they needed me! 

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I play, and practice quite often listening to music. It helps with staying relaxed in between shots.  

Most of it is easy listening stuff, but occasionally I will get some heavy metal going.  

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When I was in college in the 1980's the thinking was that you should study in a similar environment to when taking your exams. We had a guy in our mechanical engineering program that barely made it through. I studied with him once prior to heading to an exam. We was high while studying and taking the test. I figured that was his success: if he studied while high, he would do best to take his exams that way.

Practice is similar to academic study so my thought is that you should practice golf in the same environment that you expect to play: no earbuds/head phones to block out normal distractions. You will not have that privilege on the course  during regular or tournament play.

BTW, I can hear the music from the earbuds in the practice area, which does not help my concentration. I view the practice areas as sacred grounds that should be places of silence, LOL. Knuckleheads taking business calls on the practice greens, or discussing their manly conquests to their buds...annoying. 

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If I'm practicing my full swing, I don't want any distractions.   I do listen to music when I practice my short game but it's more about keeping others from distracting me.  I use it as low background noise, not real entertainment value. 

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3 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Has anyone ever discovered the perfect piece of music for a good swing tempo?  On the course or range?  Guessing it's not rap, rave or Dolly Parton.  Maybe the right waltz...

As a former cello player, it's gotta be the Bach Cello Suites for me. 2 and 5 for the minor keys and 4 for the complexity. Pablo Casals is my preferred recording 🙂

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On 8/7/2020 at 5:45 PM, nevets88 said:

Some very chatty people recently and hate overhearing people talking swing thoughts, so put on earbuds the other day. Don't do this often and the muted effect of not hearing your strike in full is weird. Is this something you get used to? I'm using something similar to Apple's AirPods.

Started playing with Wilson DX2 softs and I can´t hear my strikes anyway. Not on the irons can still hear my driver 🙂

Can still feel some so dont see the issue but I realize I never tried swinging with music.

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I see a lot of swings on social media, Instagram mainly, and more than a few people are wearing AirPods while swinging. Just something I noticed.

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