A good ritual provides a good golf shot

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Enjoy this excerpt by Ted Frick, Classic Swing Golf Instructor and PGA Class A Professional:

It is often overlooked that poor golf scores should be blamed on poor thinking. Again, I want to address the mind and what we are supposed to be thinking about before we pull the trigger on the golf swing.

The ritual in golf is a different element verses the routine. The routine involves your physical setup and establishing the fundamentals of golf. The ritual is your assessment and involves the commitment to yardage, club selection, shot selection, and trusting the shot. Positive self talk is also a part of this stage, and it should not be taken lightly. There is a good chance the caddies we observe for our favorite tour players are probably not telling their tour player:

     1. "You have no chance of pulling off this golf shot."
     2. "Your golf swing is awful."(Being Polite)
     3. "Don’t hit it into the hazard."

If a caddy chose to make the above comments, then in all likelihood they would need to find another career or a good hospital after the round. If you would not let a caddy talk to you this way, then I suggest that you never talk this way to yourself either.

Words trigger pictures and pictures trigger action. The time to rush in golf is between shots, I would suggest getting to your ball a little faster and than take your time going through your ritual. A good ritual precedes a good golf shot. Have fun with this area in golf, it’s all mental!


Word of the month: Persistence

Golf Affirmation of the week: My mind is on where I am going and not where I’ve been.

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