Tip #50 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about connecting your conscious mind to your unconscious mind just before you swing or stroke your putt to execute a really good pre shot routine that lines up your shot. As I’ve said a million times, you golf your best unconsciously, that is, without thinking. Therefore, it only makes sense to FIRST, communicate to your unconscious mind EXACTLY what it is you want to happen! You want your golf ball to go to a specific target, right? The hole, a landing spot for a chip, a spot on the fairway, etc. Do this for EVERY shot with tip #50 below from the book.
Greens and Fairways,
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As usual, you can do this at home, during warmups, in your backyard for putting and chipping too. Set up to your shot or putt like normal and get all ready to hit/stroke it. Do your pre-shot routine just like you always do.
Right before the moment of truth where you start your backswing, look up at the target and stay looking at it while swinging or putting. You won’t believe how well you still hit the ball without looking at it and you will be shocked at how many putts you make. Believe me, if blind golfers can break 80 without ever seeing the ball, so can you.
What are the benefits? You will learn to connect target and ball together in your mind as you swing or putt. You will be sending an even more powerful message to your unconscious mind what you want the ball to do.
You will really learn how to TRUST your swing. For putting, you will discover awareness of how to keep your body very still and feel the clubhead travelling square down the target line.
Golf Digest published a study in 2005 that found that many golfers actually make more putts while looking at the hole while putting!
Tip #3 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about overcoming all of the temptations golfers face on the course to do things that WILL NOT lower their score. For example, have you ever faced a shot from a difficult lie that would be a very low percentage chance of success and good strategy dictates that you should just pop it back out in the fairway and yet, you can’t resist and take your chances and end up with a blow up hole? That’s just one example and there are hundreds like that. It’s time to make a real decision about your score and how that is the most important thing to you…unless it’s really not! 😉
Greens and Fairways,
The problem is that many amateurs are far more interested in things other than scoring lower such as: big booming drives, making miracle shots, having a pretty swing (rather than an effective one), mimicking their pro idols, keeping up with their playing partner’s club choices, and/or just partying out on the course.
All of those outcomes are fine and dandy and I indulge in them too, but many times, they are directly opposed to you scoring lower! Wake up and smell the coffee! It’s time to make a decision that you are interested in lower scores and that you are going to do everything in your power to allow that to happen now- aren’t you?
Having said that, sometimes you might still want to go out on the course with the idea of just having some fun, or working on the concepts in this book and not caring about your score. Great! So long as that is your INTENTION for the day.
INTENTION simply means that you are going to make conscious decisions about what it is you are doing. Decide right now that when you have the INTENTION to score lower, you are going to follow through with that.
In summary, with everything you do, think or ask yourself out loud such questions as:
“Will this _____ help me to a lower score?”
“How can I turn this _____ into helping me lower my score?”
“What can I be doing right now that will lower my score?”