How to Take it from the Range to the Course

Many, many of my students and golfers in general have stated they feel they have improved and see the results on the Driving Range, but then seem to lose it out on the course. How do you incorporate your “New” changes to your game?

Routine, Routine, Routine! Okay, you already know this but do you have the discipline to actually do it??? Most don’t or don’t know how. You need commitment, patience, discipline and concentration to stick to your new routine (especially when the wheels are falling off). Many panic and go back to anything that feels familiar as to not embarrass themselves. This is the time when it is MOST IMPORTANT to stay with your routine!

Confidence and Consistency only come when your Self Image (the real deal in your head) believes you have improved and have spent the time and effort necessary to have a level change. You can not fool yourself. This confidence comes (in time) when you stick to a Productive Routine long enough for it to become muscle memory. I know this sounds like a lot of words but it is the Truth. The Automatic feeling in golf comes when you are confident, and can anticipate a positive result. This comes when you have an iron clad routine and do not change it from swing to swing depending on your emotions.

A good Routine has (II) Parts. Setup and Shot. (This is mine. Takes 14 seconds):

PART (I) The Setup

(Behind ball looking at target) I visualize the shot in my mind while I…

1. Check that my, grip is ready, elbows close together, shaft inline with left arm, club face square to my grip. I call this my Template (3 sec)

2. Pick an alignment Spot about a foot in front of ball that I will watch constantly as I walk up to the ball then turn slightly to setup. (2 sec)

3. As I am setting up I use only my feet to adjust my Square Hips and Level Shoulders and Template, parallel to my target line. Your body must stay square and parallel to itself. (2 sec)

4. Now I check that I’m Balanced and Athletic with a sit down (Football Quarterback ready kinda feeling) to know I am centered and ready. * The club is right behind the ball at ground level (not floating above) (2 sec)

* NOT ONCE HAVE I LOOKED AT THE TARGET… ONLY MY ALIGNMENT SPOT. I WILL ONLY LOOK AT THE TARGET WHEN I AM READY TO PULL THE TRIGGER. this keeps me from getting anxious and keeps me in the moment of setting up.

5. Now that I am comfortable and setup I tell myself… “I am ready” and completely STOP …Stopping is very important as to not run the setup right into the shot and the shot gets rushed because anxiety is gathering.

… END OF PART (I)

Now for part (II) The Shot

At this point, I am totally setup and ready to take the shot. There is no need for any more thinking about alignment or setup. Only what I want to do on the Backswing and on the Downswing.

1. Moving ONLY MY HEAD (do not lift up) I STARE AT THE TARGET. While I am staring, I say to myself, in the rhythm I will do it, my Keywords. The keywords are 2 triggers… a word to start your takeaway and a word to start the downswing. In my case I use:

PUSH >>> Which for me means push the club and arms straight back using the front shoulder.

HIPS <<< Which means to start the downswing using the hips first and unwind to the finish. (3 sec)

2. Then when I look back at the ball, I apply the 2 words I just thought of {PUSH} {HIPS} and the shot is done. (2 sec)

I can not tell you how powerful starring at the target and telling your body what to do and then immediately doing it, is!!! It works great! Remember one thing, when you look back from starring at the target GO !! DO NOT HESITATE OR START THINKING…ALL THINKING IS DONE.. JUST TRUST YOUR 2 WORDS AND GO.

Constant Grip Pressure During the WHOLE SWING

Once you set your grip on the club with both hands equally, you do not want to change your grip pressure again until the swing is finished. That means NO ANXIOUS WAGGLING (a non-productive move that sets you up to flip). This conscious effort to not change your grip pressure will force you to learn (and use) the Large Muscles to control your swing. To replace the waggle, you can simulate your takeaway by pushing everything (arms and club), straight back with your front shoulder. This will give you a feeling (rehearsal) of how the takeaway will start. Now again, once you have the club gripped, maintain a constant equal grip pressure during the entire swing. This takes a conscious effort to learn at first, but will greatly improve your golf swing. This also takes some practice to become part of your swing. Once you have learned to swing the club with passive hands, you will instantly be aware of when your hands do take over and stop the Large Muscles from controlling your swing.

One of my Future websites (http://grippressure.com) will be solely devoted to this (it is that important). I believe a change in Grip Pressure during the swing, to be one of the biggest problems in the golf swing but, once controlled, one of the easiest paths to a much more reliable golf game.