Pro on the Range, But a Shanker on the Course?
Are you guilty of Googling, “How to join the PGA Tour?” while hitting on the range, but Googling, “How to stop the shank?” after your rounds? Focus on convincing yourself that each shot you hit on a course is the same as on the driving range. I know, easier said than done. But it’s really the only way to bring that mindset from the range to the course. In other words, don’t be a PGA Tour Pro on the range and shoot your weight on the course. It’s all about your mindset.
A Player’s Mindset
Stop focusing on the hazards you’re trying to avoid, but rather focus where you want the ball to go. Your brain works in images, if you’re thinking about how much you want to avoid hitting right, your brain sees the ball going right and will manipulated your mechanics to send the ball that way. Focus intently on the fairway (a small piece of the fairway, like a mower cut or a distant tree branch) to help your body perform the way you want it to.
Start focusing on where you want the ball to go, not where you DON’T want to shank the ball. It is very easy to step-up on a hole that has OB right, “Don’t go right, there’s Out of Bounds!” The way your brain works, it typically thinks in images. If your brain is focused on avoiding the hazard, it will manipulate your body to hit into it. Focus intently on the fairway (an extremely small piece of the fairway, like a small mower cut or a distant tree branch) to help your body perform the way you want it to.
Next time you play, take each swing with driving range confience. And when you come to a hole that has trouble, focus only on where you want the ball to go.
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