PUTTING YOURSELF IN A POSITION TO SUCCEED!
One of my biggest pet-peeves as a golf coach is when I work with someone for a duration of time and they are starting to show signs of improvement then they self-sabotage with an overload of negative thoughts.
The only way that you have a chance to make it through 18 holes mentally intact is if you start the round in the right frame of mind. Trying to mentally prepare as you head to the first tee is a recipe for disaster.
EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GO TO THE DRIVING RANGE YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF THIS SIMPLE QUESTION:
"What do I want to get out of this range session today?"
The answer to this question ties directly to your expectations. Be consistent. Be committed. BE BETTER!
Control the Controllables
Where does your mind go while you are not actively hitting a golf shot? Are you thinking about how many bad golf shots you hit? Are you thinking about how you already can't shoot your best score and it is only the 4th hole?
Does it help reinforce positivity and happiness? Does it allow you to play your best golf, consistently?
There are so many things that can grab your attention on the golf course. How are we supposed to filter what information we time in and what information we ignore? For starters, I'm going to keep preaching it, there are only so many things that we can control. Let's dive into a few basic things we can focus on other than our "golf swing".
The words that are used in the pre-shot routine need to state exactly the result that you want to achieve. This needs to be accomplished with absolutely zero doubt. The concept is extremely simple when broken down.
After hearing or thinking a positive thought, one has the ability to fire themselves up. This is a byproduct of giving yourself a reason to believe. You have to become the Earl Woods in making yourself motivated and smiling.
There is a reason that this is the final piece. A photo finish can only be accomplished once the other two fundamentals have been completed.
What is tempo Tyler? That is a fantastic question. The dictionary version of the word tempo go as followed
"the rate of speed of motion or activity."
I am going to take it a step further and say that tempo is our entire existence while on the golf course. Tempo to me is so much greater than the speed at which you take your backswing to downswing. Tempo is the pace in which you put your tee into the ground, the pace of your breathing, the pace of your pre-shot routine, the pace of your walking, the pace of your speaking.
"Committing to your grip pressure is committing to shooting lower scores" - GolfWright
The most important fundamental within GolfWright is grip pressure. Nothing creates a terrible golf shot faster than squeezing the club too tight. To go a step further, nothing creates manageable golf shots faster than light grip pressure.
When gripping a club too tight in relation to contact, you are typically going to either hit the ball THIN (on the bottom of the club) or try to take a divot and end up hitting it CHUNKY (behind the ball). With a light grip pressure, you allow the BOUNCE of the club (the sole) to interact with the ground properly. Tight grip pressure will only manipulate this process in a negative manner. On the contrary, when light grip pressure is consistently used, the center of the club face is NATURALLY more present.
"I finally made it to the golf course. I am so excited. I can't wait to shoot my best score today. I am finally starting to get confident with my game. Seriously, last time I played I hit a couple of the best golf shots that I have ever hit. I can't wait to do it again today! Today is going to be my day!"
What is expected to happen to this player when they step up on the first tee and hit their drive absolutely perfect (pushed it a little bit), hits off a tree, bounces in the water and they proceed to make a 10. If we made a list of the expectations that they had, 2 failed within the first golf shot. Now what?
How many times have you stepped onto the first tee and your goal was to shoot the best score that you have ever shot?
Chances are yes and chances are you failed. The goal wasn't a reality. The completion of your goal, simply put, should leave you in a position to shoot your best score.
Here is how I think one should approach shooting their best score:
GolfWright was designed to allow you to access your full potential on any given day. I am equipping you with an approach to the game that is all but guaranteed to improve your average scores, without "technically" improving your golf swing. We are going to instill a process so deep that even on your worst days you will manage to find some success.
What should you expect within this blog?