What Do You Think About While Standing Over Your Golf Ball?

I read many articles that suggest having no thoughts in your mind while making a golf swing. For the most part I agree with this approach because I try to do all my thinking before committing to swinging a golf club. For the most part, this approach has served me well and my 75 yesterday was a good example of clearing my mind before starting any club in motion. I confident that some players rattle through a plethora of pre-shot routine activities, but I have decided to keep it simple and follow Greg Norman’s advice.

Early in the year, when I was struggling with all aspects of my game, I had more swing thoughts rattling around in my six inches of real estate between my ears than the grains of sand on a beach. I was all over the place and as a result I could not make a consistent golf swing that I felt comfortable with. After a seven month layoff due to winter and COVID, I needed to remind myself of all the things I need to do to play well or did I? As it turns out, I did not have to do so much thinking because after 7 rounds, I feel my swing is on the way to recover.

The turn around started about three rounds ago when my friend Blair said he needed to focus on a positive result for his swing vice what he did not want to happen. I usually follow this mental approach to swinging a golf club and had not reinstated this swing thought into my pre-shot routine.

My next step was to narrow my thoughts more and let my body do all the work. Of course I am still engaged in my course management strategies, but once I have selected my club, aim point, and distance required, I stop with all the swing thoughts except one.

After I stand over the ball and make sure I aligned the way I want, I take one last look at my tiny aim point. This last movement subconsciously tells my mind (which is transfer to my swing mechanics) is to aim small, miss small. Thanks Greg Norman for the mental tip! This final look works almost every time; I hit my target line with improving consistency. As an example, I finally broke the 50% milestone for GIR on my last round 10 holes out of 18 I was putting for birdie. I only made one, but lipped out on three others. This is an awesome first step and look forward to using continue to it today.

Too many swing thoughts is a bad thing. Once I have made all the decisions for the shot, I then step up to the ball and only think target. My last glance down the fairway to my aim point is all I need to reinforce all the swing mechanics needed to execute the shot. It is working right now, so I am going to ride this positive wave. If you have never tried this technique before, I suggest you do. I could be a game changer.

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


4 thoughts on “What Do You Think About While Standing Over Your Golf Ball?

  1. Jim, good approach. Ride it till he bucks you off! I have four or five swing thoughts that I rotate through but try to use only one at a time. “Pause at the top for a count of three,” seems to correlate with my best ball striking days.

    Glad to hear you are in good form!


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  2. Target is where my mind goes once I step to the ball too. I have faith the swing will come if I just let it.

    I got a text today from my playing partner asking if I was ready to “slowly and patiently break par today”. I smiled and just replied I’d see him on the tee box.

    I shot a par round. Target golf, patience, clubbing up with no ego getting in the way. And no letting the bad shots follow me around and there were more than I like. 5 bogies and a double. But 7 birdies, 5 from 10+ feet. 14 GIR’s.

    All possible only because I didn’t allow the thought of being 4 over thru 5 bother me. Slow starts happen. They don’t have to ruin the day.

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