We all know that when addressing the ball a little spinal tilt to the right, feet width for the appropriate club to give an athletic stance, a proper grip showing 1 to 2 knuckles on your lead hand, will help in hitting the golf ball straight. Want to hit it further? Tilt your spine a little more, widen your stance one inch more and move your back foot back an inch to promote a powerful inside to out swing. If that works, you may find yourself tilting a little bit more, widening your stance a little more, overdoing it until you are spraying the ball everywhere but where you want the ball to go. That is what happened to me and I had to go back to the basic set up to get my game back. I love golf but find that sometimes we can get overloaded with info and if a little bit helps, a lot more should make us pros. That does not work for me in golf. Anybody else find this to be true ?
YES YES YES !!!! I have dumbed myself down on multiple occasions. Im down to watch the ball until its gone. That works perfect. 25 swing thoughts at address is disaster !!
@CarlT9704 I haven't even read your post for fear of something getting in my head. The answer to your question is YES.
I totally agree we as amateur golfers have to take a step back from the information overload. My best games I ever had were when I turned off the over thinking machine and played by feel. Today's game is driven by what we hear and see on tv. They talk about the pros now practising with launch monitors to get every last yardage they can get or dial in wedges to half a yard.Wish i had time and resources to practise that much or atleast try every new swing thought they come out with on the golf channel.
Absolutely yes. TMI can lead to analysis paralysis.
A few years ago when I was running a LOT, I got some great advice from a very, very, very good runner. I had my fancy Garmin that tracked heart rate and average calorie burn and mile splits and overall pace and etc. etc. etc. He said 'what the hell do you need that for?!? You don't need a speedometer to know a Ferarri goes fast because you can FEEL it go fast. Just go out and run how you FEEL."
And he was right. VO2max and optimal HR zones serve more to pollute my brain than to improve my performance. Golf is no different. When you have so many thoughts running through your head, it is virtually impossible to just play the game. Step up and simply hit the ball, and good things will happen. Confidence does infinitely more for your game than yet another tip from Golf Academy.
Paralysis by analysis. I suffered from it early on. I got past it by getting a good pre shot routine down and just swinging. Seems simple, but it works. It's brought my cap down to an 11 and allows me to enjoy my rounds more.
Of course he proper grip, stance, tilt etc needs to be present, but imo those are fundamentals you engrain with practice so when you play you can free yourself up to just swing and trust it.
Absolutely. I try to play by feel and have as few swing thoughts as possible. The few swing thoughts I do have are really basic like "don't hook it moron".
In a one word answer, YES
I subscribe to the KISS system (Keep It Simple Stupid)
My brain only remembers the last thing I say, and in golf you always want it to be positive.
Sooo pick one swing positive seing thought, set up and hit the shot. Doesn't really matter what it is, jusy something that pertains to you and works.
Mine could be relax the arms, tempo, when its breezy swing easy etc...
Just KISS and let er fly..................