Swing thought confession time. I recently had a golf lesson where my swing was pared back to the bare bones, the essentials. In order to quiet my mind and keep my swing thoughts to a bare minimum I’ve distilled the pre-shot head game chatter down to a single mantra: lead with my shoulders, resist with the left hip on the takeaway. That’s it. Another swing ingraining technique I’m using is playing with a penny just out front and to the right of my ball and that’s preventing me from coming out over the top.
My tempo pre-lesson had become akin to a rollercoaster climb with a slow and plodding backswing that would take a dramatic pause at the apex in tribute to Hideki Matsuyama and then suddenly explode on through to the ball into the finish. This slo-mo build up followed by a fast forward lash was causing major inconsistencies. That’s all out the window. The new overarching swing thought to create a more smooth and balanced motion is to swing like I’m skipping a stone across the water. So now it’s all 1) Lead with the Shoulders 2)Resist with the Left Hip 3) Swing like I’m skipping a stone across the water. Nice and smooth.
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