The Golf Swing

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Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Practice Swing - Why doesn't the swing that counts look like my practice swing?

Here's a question I get all the time. Why does it seem like I'm hitting them great at the range but as soon as go to hit the ball at the 1st tee that beautiful swing disappears?

There are fewer obstacles to overcome when you're on the practice range. You don't have people watching you. You have a positive attitude. You're relaxed and hitting some balls just to warm up. If you hit a bad shot on the range you just shrug it off because, hey it's not a big deal.

As soon as you step up to the first tee however, the dreaded 1st tee jitters strike. Now the shot counts and if you hit it poorly it's a big deal. Suddenly everything you were doing right on the range you do wrong. Here's what you need to do. Relax, just try to remember why you're on the course. To have fun. You're not doing it for a living. Just relax and remember your fundamentals. Remember how your swing felt on the practice range and make the same swing on the first tee.

Don't allow tension to creep into your game. Tension is #1 difference between your practice swing and course swing. If you allow it to play a role in your game it will kill your swing. You can't step up to the tee and be thinking about hitting the ball into the woods or not being able to clear the water hazard. Keep the negative thoughts out of your mind. Think positive, pick out a spot where you want the ball to land, take aim, and swing just like you did on the practice range. You'll be amazed at how often you'll hit the target.

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