Feeling your golf swing
‘It’s not your fault’, awareness is an essential ingredient. Yesterday I three putted a green at a moment when I was in contention. I remember walking off the green looking back and waking up to the fact that I didn’t even survey the green. I think I muttered oh it goes downhill to the hole. My game smelt like a decaying beast left on the side of the road for the vultures! I played to my handicap but I missed all my opportunities except maybe 3. The young gun I played with needed consoling after every hole it was painful reminded me of how I use to behave. He was cursing throwing clubs and continually reminding us all how he chalked up a 10 on the second followed by another 10 on the 6th hole. Anyway keep on trucking! Queensland bananas smell and taste the best!
Cam280: You are certainly making progress! You’re noticing more and more and from here you can’t help but improve. I’d like to hear your description if you have a really bad day!
Good one Cam but here is a little question for you that is relevant to this post or at least partly. As I said to you the other day I have a pinched nerve in my left shoulder which is creating a lot of pain in the left shoulder blade area and left arm (I’m right handed)now my question to you is how would you suggest to people in my predicament go about approaching there game of golf ?I know you can’t [predict how I will feel in this situation it’s more a collective thought on ways you would approach the situation.
Lukey: injuries are mean. If you’re injured you need to rest and wait. There’s nothing you can do…
I like my banannas ripe. With little dots on the peel. Anyway cameron one question is golf consistency perfect golf or just something people use to describe constant scoring of a specific score?
Adam: You need to define your own version of “consistent” golf or “perfect” golf. You need to stop worrying about all the small stuff and trying to fit your game into someone else’s viewpoint. Go and play. Hit the ball. Have fun. Swing the sticks in a way that satisfies you. All the other stuff isn’t worth worrying about. You’re only just starting out on your golf journey and it’s waaaaaaaaaay too early to be worried about the things you’ve mentioned. I’m sure there are a lot of guys who read this blog who would love to be a teenager again and be armed with the info they now have. So embrace what you have and stop sweating all the small stuff. Hint: Almost all of it is small stuff.
I could never workout what the difference was between an awsome shot and something that was really very ordinary. Non of the regular playing patners could see and different in the swing either it was so frustrating. Then you mention about feeling the swing in an answer to a question that was asked. Well I struggle abit to begin with until i started taking a small note book and writing it down what each swing felt like and noting what sort of shot it was (good,bad). I am now starting to be able to repeat the good feeling/shots more often. My scores havnt drop drastically hopefully that will come, but my enjoyment and awarness has sure improved.
Stuart – you make an interesting point. When I did the scientific study, even all the complicated technology had trouble spotting the differences between certain swings. When someone stands behind you and says, “you definitely swung better that time”. Chances are they didn’t see anything that different, other than the ball flight.
Some researchers did a test in the 90’s. They got a few golf pros and got them to watch golfers on video – the pros weren’t able to see the flight of the ball, only the swing and they were asked to:
1. predict the ball flight
2. fix any swing flaws
They couldn’t predict the ball flight just by watching the swing so therefore they couldn’t fix the swing that well. I find this kinda thing interesting…
Never considered focusing on my right index finger. I’ll give it a go. Lately I’ve been focused on feeling the ground with my feet throughout the swing. I’m a diabetic with circulation issues and neuropathy in my legs. Trying to feel the ground with my feet through my legs I think has helped with both issues. 🙂
James: yes. Feeling the feet is excellent. They tell us all sorts of things – balance, timing etc. Let me know how you go with the finger thing.
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