Don’t Forget To Hit the Ball

In golf what sometimes comes to pass is that you are so busy working on various aspects of mechanics and technique that you overlook the obvious intent of the swing…to hit the ball so as to propel it forwards towards the green.

We frequently hear comments such as “you lifted your head up” or “peeking too soon is what causes you to miss putts to the right”. Golfers know that looking at the ball is a pretty important aspect of their swing. There are many times though when you appear to observers to be looking straight down at the ball yet you are not actually seeing the ball.

What is important is not simply a matter of where your eyes are directed. Rather, the most vital element is where you are truly focused. You may very well be looking down at the ball and yet not be there in your mind.

If you are thinking something along the lines of “Is this too much club?” as you start your backswing, can you hand upon heart claim that you are 100% focused upon hitting the ball? The same applies if you are thinking about your grip, stance, the state of the rough, your posture, elbow, backside, swing plane or angle at the top of your backswing!

There is a right time to think about all of those things and a time when to put them to the back of your mind and focus instead upon hitting the ball. The range is one place where you practice and think about technique as you swing. When you are playing a “proper” round of golf you do still have time to think these things through.

The purpose of taking a practice swing or two before each shot is to allow yourself time to think about everything relevant to the swing you intend to make. During that practice swing you can think about your technique and posture, the grass and the weather. You take those practice swings with the intent of feeling the swing that you intend to produce.

You then take that feel and commit to the shot in hand. Your focus now transfers to the ball and your real purpose…to hit that ball to your intended target. If you are not ready to commit to that purpose then take another practice swing instead.

Stepping back from the ball is sometimes the hardest thing to train yourself to do in golf. Yet it pays dividends, big time. If you are not 100% focused upon your shot and not 100% committed to making that swing you will not have a hope of hitting the ball in the manner that you wish to.

Probably the best golf tip ever is to ensure that you are truly focused upon hitting the ball and that you fully commit to every shot. If you employ these two associated habits you will produce many more significantly better swings, better shots and lower your handicap with ease.

Roseanna Leaton, avid golfer and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.

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