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Instructional Tip - Over Thinking: By Sue Kaffenburgh
Tom Landers
By Tom Landers
Published on 08/17/2015

Instructional Tip - Over Thinking: By Sue Kaffenburgh
A game that is based on the flow of motor skills gets all  gummed up when you have a 10 point checklist cluttering up your brain. If you are standing over the ball, ready to hit, and you’re trying to remember those key words from your recent lesson, you are doomed to failure. Here’s your 3 part solution.

Range time is not about hitting thousands of balls until your hands hurt. Instead, use your range time to identify one key word or feeling that triggers the motion that produces your desired ball flight. Then, drill the verbal or kinesthetic cue.

Spend time on the range practicing with your attention and intention on destination. There is a physical element to this.  For right handed players, you will feel your right hand and forearm being thrown to the target after impact. You will feel your right arm extending into a long and straight condition, seeking out the flag. Drill this by hitting punch shots, where your “finish” is cut off and stopped, pointing directly at the target.

When you get to your ball on the golf course, you’ll need to create 2 zones by drawing an imaginary line a few feet behind your ball; a “thinking” area and a “doing” area. Standing behind the ball (and the line) in the “thinking” zone, plan and rehearse the motion you want. Step across the line into the “doing” zone, comfortably get into your set up condition, take one last look at your target and fire away. Keep the zones separate.  No more thinking once you step over the line.  If you can’t quiet your mind, try singing a simple happy song. Practice this on the range. It takes discipline, but the payoff is lower scores!