One of the key aspects about the sport called golf is that without a considerable amount of practice you can find hitting the ball as you wish is a somewhat elusive dream! This tends to hold true for both beginners and the more seasoned golfer. Thus it is no wonder that so many golfers avidly seek to find any or every type of quick golf fix that they can feast their eyes or lay their hands upon.
The million-dollar question is whether or not such quick golf fixes have a hope of working. I suspect that the majority of golfers soon discover that whilst their currently favored fix might work to a degree for a short period of time, its effectiveness quickly fades and disappears.
Fewer golfers hold an appreciation of the very real potential for the supposed “quick fix” to morph into a golf nightmare. Unless you fully understand the how and why of a swing change, be it related to rhythm, tempo, swing plane, wrist cock, length of backswing or follow through, etc., you are running the risk of making a change that puts you further off course than on.
Additionally most “quick” golf fixes are not actually quick to apply. The various parts of your golf swing are linked together like a row of dominoes. As you change one tiny little component, be it by just a fraction of a millimeter, it will inevitably affect every domino along the line. Most golfers will be only too aware of those times when they feel like their swing has totally collapsed. You do not ever want that to happen again.
The exception to this rule applies to mental focus. You can in fact change your mind about something literally “at a moment’s notice”. Women are frequently accused of this; it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind!
In golf, the application of correct mental focus will prove to be a very effective fix indeed. With your attention correctly placed and your emotions kept under control, the numbers written upon your scorecard are likely to be very pleasing indeed. What is even better is that there is no negative side effect. Correct mental focus simply cannot cause your game to fall apart!
But, if you forget to focus or apply your mind correctly, then you will miss out upon the advantages that this confers to your current shot. Even though you can change your mind in an instant, and gain good mental focus simply by thinking about it, what really pays off is to make this ideal focus into a habit.
The creation of a habit, even one that is mental in nature, is not a quick fix. It takes time and effort. But this time and effort put into the mental side of golf is worth its weight in gold. It is also something that can be worked upon at home or in the dark and for just a few minutes at a time.
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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