By Bob Wyatt, USGTF National Coordinator
Golf is often referred to as a game of controlled emotions. The
game is also referred to as being non-violent. This being said,
why do so many play golf as if he or she are at war with the golf
Most sports psychologists tend to agree on one common mistake
many recreational players, and at times, even top players make: They
stress out trying to avoid mistakes, and consequently lose their focus.
Many of the players competing in the 2014 Cadillac Championship,
held on the Blue Monster golf course at Doral in Miami, Florida,
experienced this never-welcome scenario.
To focus physically, one must first learn to relax emotionally. This is
accomplished over time only if the player makes a conscious effort to
overcome whatever the issue appears to be. This can prove to be a high
hurdle for some, while others are able to deal with it. This is what
separates a player who can perform under pressure from one who tends to
fold like a chair.
However, there may be a way around some of the emotional and physical
barriers faced by many players by trying this little trick: To relax
during the golf swing, pay close attention to free circulation in both
your left and right arm as you are swinging the golf club back and all
the way through to your finish. Consider this: Isn't this what baseball
pitchers do when throwing a pitch? When you are walking or running down
the street, do you want your arms or legs to cramp up due to lack of
circulation? I think not!
Remember, dynamic strength is the key ingredient to any good golf swing.
Next time you go to the range to practice, pay close attention to the
freedom and range of motion you enjoy when walking to your practice
area. Now, set up to the ball and swing the club with the same feelings
you had when walking to the area. In other words, do not tense up in a effort
to feel strong over the ball. This will make the very muscles you
need to move freely contract, and consequently the dynamic properties
of your golf swing will be compromised. Let your USGTF certified professional
work with you on these very important areas.
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