During a round of golf, the moment of truth will hit you many times. Should you take a risky shot and possibly blow-up your score or should you make the recovery shot to only lose one stroke. Of course the risky shot is possible and you know that you have made that shot at least 1 out of every 10 attempts. What were you thinking?
Risky shots over a long stretch of water, out of deep grass or through a tiny window in the trees can happen during every round you play. You’ve seen the pros make amazing recovery shots on TV. Your mind takes over — “No Guts, No Glory”. You take the shot. Unfortunately, it turns out to be the wrong decision and you add on 2 or 3 stokes for your blow-up holes.
Why is Your Ego Taking Over?
We all play golf to challenge our bodies and minds to win against OURSELVES. It’s a wonderful distraction from real world problems. Making par on every hole is a win. Making birdie is a bonus. If you correctly choose to play from the Tee which will allow you to par every hole, it will give you the confidence for success. You expect wonderful results but what is holding you back?
SOLUTION: Accept the Fact that Your Next Risky Shot has a 90% Chance of Failure
During a playing-lesson with a club professional, I was wisely reminded: It only takes one stroke to get a poor shot back in play. It’s up to you to recognize that you will not make the green on your next shot so your best alternative is to make the easy shot to get back in a safe location for your next shot.
Accept the Following Facts:
When your ball is lying in a poor location (deep rough, behind a tree etc.), your adrenaline starts to pump and your muscles tighten. The tempo of your swing WILL change. What you think is an easy shot turns into a CRISIS. You will hit a fat or thin chunked shot because you are swinging harder and faster. FEAR takes over your mind and body.
You start your down swing with your arms (instead of your hips) as you swing over the top and too steeply into the ball.
You rush your swing and minimize your shoulder rotation in your back swing
You raise your head and shoulders early as you take your eye off the ball.
You finish your swing out of balance and fall backwards.
It’s difficult to control your mind during a recovery shot. Take deep breathes and say controlling words to be “Calm and Relaxed”. The pros do this but we are recreational golfers. We have a hard time:
–Keeping our head down to see the ball through impact.
-Shifting our weight forward to impact the ball before skimming the turf.
-Releasing our wrists and swing up our target line to a balanced finish.
Hit more safe shots to avoid those blow-up holes. If you get in trouble, make one recovery shot to get your ball back in play. Practice with GOLFSTR+ for 6 swing fixes to keep your ball in the fairway. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com