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Playing Golf Without a (Swing) Thought

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  1. 1. How often do you play a competitive round of golf WITHOUT a swing thought or a focal point? Please read first post before answering.

    • Never - I always have something in mind
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    • Rarely
      45
    • Often
      23
    • Always - I just hit the ball and don't think about anything like that
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I think he's just testing the ground to make sure it still has all the energy he'll need for his tee shot.

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6 minutes ago, Vinsk said:

I think he's just testing the ground to make sure it still has all the energy he'll need for his tee shot.

:offtopic:😄

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2 hours ago, iacas said:

Justin Rose playing with a swing thought.

Looks like a move I've seen rehearsed before full swings in Dana Dahlquist videos.

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5 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Looks like a move I've seen rehearsed before full swings in Dana Dahlquist videos.

It’s a move a lot of people have done.

Hes creating a feel so he can use that as his swing thought or swing feel during the actual swing.

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Tiger discussing how he takes or adds spin to his wedge shots. He clearly talks about the feels he tries to achieve to do this. 

 

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As I said in another post, I try to limit my swing thoughts to just during my set up. If I have a swing thought during my swing, especially my backswing, I'm sunk. I now try like hell to clear my mind once my set up is complete and just focus on the ball, I even try to pick a dimple out on the ball and concentrate on that to keep my head clear of thoughts. I watched the "How to Hit a Driver" and put that to use, much better game, now I'm trying to lower my index since I have gotten rid of my fade/slice.

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On 1/31/2019 at 7:24 PM, saevel25 said:

Tiger discussing how he takes or adds spin to his wedge shots. He clearly talks about the feels he tries to achieve to do this. 

 

That's real nice, but I'm a long way from Tiger Woods! I'm just trying to get the ball somewhere on the damned green! if i'm putting, it's a big success. 

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29 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

That's real nice, but I'm a long way from Tiger Woods! I'm just trying to get the ball somewhere on the damned green! if i'm putting, it's a big success. 

You don’t have to be Tiger Woods or any great golfer for that matter to have feels. Sometimes someone can explain what they feel to achieve a particular position or movement and you realize that feel actually helps you do what you’ve been trying to do.  

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Yes. My current swing thought is upswing and cover the ball on full swings   

Chipping: move shoulders

putting: hit the quadrant

 

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playing real golf is easier with fewer swing thoughts. we need to be focused on execution of the desired thought, which is 80% keeping in mind the successful outcome of a golf shot

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It's hard to describe. I have my best success when I start just swinging the club a few times and feeling the club head, the tempo, then just step into the shot and do it. So I guess my thought needs to be about tempo because when it is all goes well. If I rush my tempo I will duff it. And that was my problem in my last round. I started rushing my tempo. 

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I find that I do much better when I do not have a swing thought.  It has taken me a long time to come to this.  The last lesson I took, the pro said "just swing the club.  If the ball gets in the way, fine."  If it doesn't, it will next time.

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On 3/17/2019 at 10:27 PM, Vinsk said:

You don’t have to be Tiger Woods or any great golfer for that matter to have feels. Sometimes someone can explain what they feel to achieve a particular position or movement and you realize that feel actually helps you do what you’ve been trying to do.  

But haven't we all heard that "feel ain't real"? On a local course, playing the gold tees, there's a par 5 where they shove you right up against the woods on the right side of the hole! It feels crowded. So. what you want to do is start left, and play a fade back into the fairway. That's the "shot thought" that I have. I may make a few adjustments. Put my left thumb right on top of the grip, weaken the left hand, take a more open stance, but that all seems secondary to the result that I am looking for. It somehow seems natural. Maybe I've been playing this game too long!

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25 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

But haven't we all heard that "feel ain't real"?

Maybe you don’t entirely understand what that means? It doesn’t mean we are without feel. It means what we feel we are doing is often not what’s actually happening. Like @iacas said in a post...’ keep your [ trail ] arm straight.’ It’s a feel many can have but obviously our trail arm doesn’t remain straight. Some feels can be shared to produce the same goal.

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I feel like any time you think as you swing it becomes tight, jerky, and you will muscle the ball.

What I do to get my swing going and make a smooth, athletic swing is to waggle and forward press. Snead did this, and it keeps everything loose and athletic. People stand too long over the ball thinking 40 things, so I feel a waggle and forward press allow me to swing subconsciously, rather than thinking so hard I freeze.

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21 minutes ago, MaestroFarceNugget said:

I feel like any time you think as you swing it becomes tight, jerky, and you will muscle the ball.

That’s not what a swing thought is.

A swing thought is just a feeling.

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