Tip #33 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about tricking your brain at the time of the swing to put you into the relaxed swing state. We all know that tension ruins a golf swing. Sam Snead, who had one of the best golf swings of all time was asked what his swing thought was right before he started and he said: “I try to think Oily.” Now, I don’t know if that’s a technical term but you know what he means and the trick below can help you do that. If you’ve ever teed up a shot and had NO CARE about where it landed, then you know how this feels and the tip below is designed to help you find it so you can use it on the course, for real.
Greens and Fairways,
As you can see by now, eliminating problems one by one in your game is the way to get better without practice. The biggest problem of amateur golfers that I hear most often is that they do pretty well on the range and then can’t bring it over to the course.
After you incorporate this little mental strategy and get it into your body’s intelligence, that could easily be a thing of the past.
This can be done at home, during warmups, or anywhere. Go through a round or two doing everything else the same except for this:
Right before you start to swing the club, let your conscious mind create an imaginary picture of you hitting this ball off the edge of a cliff or a mountain top.
You’ve already picked your spots and communicated that to your unconscious through your eyes and through setting up your alignment in your pre-shot routine so no worries about target.
You’ve let go of the outcome and you’ve trusted that unconscious swing as you teach yourself how to have a free flowing swing.
It’s a bit of a mind trick and you will want to rehearse this on the range before a round and/or in your backyard into a net or with whiffle balls, but it works like a charm!
Notice the feeling as you swing with abandon and with the easy rhythm you see the pros with.
Your imagination is a powerful thing and can be the bridge between swings on the range and swings on the course.
Tip #37 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice” is about finding a quick fix on the course for when you have an uncontrollable hook or duck hook as they call it. I’ve got 3 fast tips in this chapter of the book below. Warning! These are not long term fixes for a bad swing. If you find yourself with a repeating bad pattern such as duck hooking it far too often, then you probably need a swing overhaul and want to see a good swing instructor. Anyway, tip #37 can be pulled out of your pocket right when you need it most. Try it on the range before going out to the course to prove it to yourself. It works!
Greens and Fairways,
Another one of the biggest problems with golfers is that they have too many mechanical thoughts going on about every shot.
Learning to trust and allow that unconscious swing will be key for overcoming that. In my “break 80 without practice” program, I detail the elements of how to train your mind to play automatic golf including an effective pre shot routine.
When you are struggling with a hook that comes out of nowhere, a simple fix focuses on keeping your dominant elbow (trailing elbow) next to your hip as you come down to the ball. It makes it nearly impossible to hook it when you do this.
You can do this a few times in your practice swing and then let this be your swing key that you think quickly about right before you actually take the club back.
Listen, I know what it feels like when you just can’t seem to shake a bad hook and it’s too late to work on your swing. In fact, you never want to tweak your swing on the course unless you have to to keep it in play.
If it’s not such a bad hook, then my best advice is to go with it and just adjust your aim accordingly.
Another quick fix, if it’s a practice round, is to find a downhill slope where the ball will be below your feet and hit a shot or two from there.
You could also take a couple practice swings while opening your stance way up; maybe even so much that you are facing the target.
Pay attention to the differing bodily sensations and movements, especially the wrists and hands.