Swing Challenges When I Forget Just One Thing

The golf swing is a complex and has many moving parts. When the slightest thing goes wrong, disaster can ensue. I know this because after thousands of swings, I have made my share of clumsy, awkward, unimpressive attempts to hit the little white golf ball. It is amazing that by forgetting one aspect of my golf swing, I will fight with my stroke all day long. It can be very frustrating and sometimes hard to rectify.

In the right hands, the golf swing is a motion that inspires looks of awe from the public. It is a complex movement of the whole body to generate power to a golf ball to propel the ball great distances with accuracy. This movement relies on the coordinated sequence of muscle activation to produce a fluid and reproducible movement.

From the British Journal of Sports Medicine – Muscle activity during the golf swing
 

We all understand that a great golf swing is one that is consistently repeatable. This can be very challenging and less we think about our swing the easier it is to duplicate. I realize that sounds counter-intuitive, but that is definitely the case. However, prior to making any swing, I rely on my preshot routine to set my shot up for success. But once I start my swing, I try not to think of anything.

White noise is a definite issue and something I work very hard at trying to avoid. Thinking less during my swing allows my body to do its thing. Swing a golf club without any mental detractors chipping away it.

I do not think about my golf swing until I am working on my game. For example, when putting in my basement, I mentally work through every step of my putting stroke. I think about the proper technique, grip strength, alignment…..etc. I mentally talk myself through all the steps. Once I am ready to swing, I try to stop the self-chat. Sometimes it works and other times it does not.

It is important to note that I intentionally increase my thinking to ensure I am doing aspects of my putting stroke properly. Additionally, by stepping up my thinking, I can notice challenges and rectify them before they become a real problem. If I am going to groove my putting stroke, I want to make sure it is the best putting stroke for me and thinking through all the steps helps.

Forgetting one aspect of my swing will cause challenges. The course is where we need to trust our swing. The process of not forget something occurs during practice when we are grooving our swing. Once we have something that is consistent and repeatable, then off to the course we need to go. If things stop working, then back to practice I go. This is the never ending golf process to lower golf scores.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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