When you are further away from the green it is usually relatively easy to choose your shot. For the average amateur golfer you simply choose the club that usually plays the relevant distance and hit it as well as you can towards your target. You probably don’t often even think about trying to shape the shot. You simply play your normal “go-to” shaped shot.
But when you are closer into the green many different options open themselves up to you. Should you punch, chip, pitch or lob the ball? There are full shots, half shots and three quarter shots to choose from. There are shots that you hit high and aim to land and stop quickly and others that shoot lower and roll further.
For the average amateur golfer making the correct shot selection can be the cause of difficulty let alone the execution of the shot that you have decided upon. I frequently come across golfers who set up for one type of shot but somehow try to execute a different one. The result is an uncommitted stroke half way between two shots and the ball squirts off in a completely undisciplined manner!
It is vitally important that a golfer keeps a line in their mind that separates one shot from another so that whenever they set up to the ball they know exactly what they are doing and execute their shot with full commitment and focused intent. The other vital point is that an amateur golfer should keep things as simple as possible for him or herself in terms of the number of shots he or she is willing to spend sufficient time practicing.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” Bruce Lee.
You will only be able to rely on a shot if you have practiced it frequently enough to feel confident in your execution. It is better to have one simple shot that you have practiced many times than many shots that you have only practiced a little!
Golf is an extremely mental game in very many ways. How you decide to allocate your practice time is mental. The shots you select and your course management is mental. Your focus as you set up to a shot is mental. These are just a few examples of how golf really is a mental challenge.
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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