The healthy human body is wonderfully capable of producing a natural golf swing. The problems happen when our brain gets in the way and tries to tell the body what to do. Let the body make the swing without trying to dominate it. After you set up and are ready to hit the ball, keep it simple by focusing on your ball striking point. Do not think about the shot, your wrists, your hands, the sand, the water, the wind, your partners, etc. The last thing on your mind is what you usually do (how many times have we thought "don’t hit the ball into the sand trap" and ended up doing precisely that) so let your only thought, when you are ready to hit the ball, be to hit your ball striking point.
Keep you eyes on your ball striking point through impact with the ball. Don’ t be in a hurry to see your ball in flight. When you hit a good shot you’ll have plenty of time to admire it before it lands.
Make corrections in your swing only after you have done the same thing in your swing three times in a row. Sometimes we just have a brain misfire and hit a bad shot. Don’t beat yourself up for this. Go back to the ball, clear your head and trust your body to make a good swing.
Don’t be in a hurry to change something that works even if it is different. Sometimes after playing five rounds with a draw we show up hitting a fade or hitting the ball straight. Give it a few holes and if the ball flight stays consistent play it, don’t fiddle with it. Your body changes every day, work with it.
If you are having multiple problems (i.e. push fade, pull hook, etc.) fix the problem that happens first in your swing. In the case of a push fade, fixing the push (the push happens first and the fade happens second) will most times fix the fade.
Remember to always finish your swing. Stopping or decelerating the swing can cause a multitude of problems and can be hard to notice. It’s OK to be aggressive just start your downswing with good tempo.
Enjoy yourself on the golf course. Remember you are paying for this. Don’t get mad at your mistakes and stay loose. You only have to be focused when you are ready to hit the ball. Enjoy the camaraderie, the fresh air and the surroundings. Most of all enjoy the people you see. Don’t be nervous playing when people are watching and don’t put undo pressure on yourself. You are not competing with anyone, just the course. Enjoy the day!
Play considerately. Keep up with the group ahead of you. If you fall behind and are holding people up, let them play through you. There is no embarrassment in this and it makes the round enjoyable for all. If your are behind a slow group, don't lose your temper or rain balls down on them. Just get the attention of a ranger and let them solve the problem.
Don’t let a few morons ruin your round. Rude people are not the norm on the golf course. If you have not played before or if you hear unnecessary comments from a few people, ignore them. As long as your group is playing considerately, all is fine. Enjoy the day!
With all this great golf advice don't forget your spouse and your family. As advised in Ephesians 5:22-33 Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.... each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Treating your family best of all will pay dividends in life and in golf!
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