Some suggest that one of the tips on golf swing is to be free of any thoughts during the swing.
Others suggest that one of the tips on golf swing is that you should have at least one significant thought during your swing.
Who has the better suggestion in terms of hitting the best golf shots?
Who has the better suggestion in terms of hitting the golf ball straight?
Some professional golfers and low handicap players seemingly have no swing thoughts during their swing. Annika Sorenstam addressed this proposition in a recent blog which states in part:
“The idea is simple: When you’re standing in the Think Box, you do your thinking, deciding, planning, and visualizing. When you’re standing in the Play Box, you take your stance and hit your shot. Period. No thinking in the Play Box.
This might take some practice, but if you can take it from the range to the course, maybe you’ll have more success navigating those tricky six inches between your ears. ” Read more…golfchannel.com/news/golf-instruction/video-make-your-decisions-before-its-time-to-play/.
I think professional golfers such as Annika Sorenstam, probably the best female golfers to ever play the game, truly can hit golf balls all day long to a specific target without having any thoughts during their swings.
However, for the weekend and recreational golfer who does not practice or play to the same extent as professional and low handicap golfers, I believe they should have certain swing thoughts during their swing, but not too many.
The most important swing thought that a mid to high- handicapper should have during his or her golf swing is to maintain eye contact with the ball from the beginning of the swing through impact.
Instead of concentrating on keeping their head steady during the golf swing or, the top of their spine stable during the swing, most golfers would be well served by simply maintaining eye contact with the ball through impact.
By doing so, the head will remain sufficiently stable so that the impact position of the club face will replicate its address position.
Assuming that a straight ball flight alignment is established at final address to the ball, a straight golf shot would be produced if the impact position of the club face replicated the address position of the ball in such an instance.
Another one of the most useful tips on golf swing is to concentrate on keeping the left heel firmly planted during the swing.
If the left heel is raised during the back swing it will change the pre-shot alignment and path of the club face. If it is not re-planted timely and precisely the same way during the downswing a mishit golf shot is the likely consequence.
A brain free of any thoughts may work well for Annika Soremstam and other professionals who have grooved their swings to the ultimate degree.
It may not be that beneficial to the millions of golfers who do not have the time, patience, money or desire to spend much their waking hours on a practice range.
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