For The Tribers
This post is for those Tribers that have made a real effort over the last few months. You know who you are.
It seems the automatic approach can be difficult to obtain for some golfers. Here are some more thoughts on the subject.
1. Automatic golf is not a quick fix. If you’re expecting an instant cure you’ll be disappointed. What is required is an understanding that it is the right thing to do and then perseverance to hang in there.
In my own case it took nearly two years to automate and improve my putting. Sometimes I walk onto the green and it feels terrible – I lack confidence and I’m nervous. But by trusting the system I’m able to negotiate those bad times and pull through. When I’m feeling good my putting is awesome!
The same goes for the full swing, chipping and putting – you need to automate and you need to be patient.
2. It requires constant dedication. Training your system to play golf without a lot of conscious control is a continuous battle. It can feel horrible sometimes – but these are the times that you must let go and play without hesitation. There is no other option.
Talking with friends and clients and using my own experience the problem I see consistently is golfers changing their approach when they’re not feeling good. They play safe – steer the ball or don’t commit. The reality is that you’ll never feel super confident all the time. The trick is to play that way – even when everything is feeling bad.
If you want to play your best golf you need to have an “I don’t care attitude”. This is easy to do on the practice fairway or in social rounds. When it does matter it becomes much harder. But are you able to step up and swing freely and confidently when you’re nervous and playing for $1000 dollars?
The best players, and this includes professionals and seasoned club golfers, are able to play the same way all the time. They don’t let the situation get the better of them – they don’t change their approach and they don’t worry about their swing. They play – that is all they do.
My mate Ev is a great player. He really is. He is still learning he doesn’t need to do anything differently under pressure other than trust his subconscious. In the past he has tried too hard, thought too much and over complicated things. He is nearly over the hump – he has experienced the difference between conscious play and subconscious (automatic) play. He has made some huge progress and looks set for a breakthrough.
The hard thing with automatic golf improvement is that it’s not possible to read about it, watch it or even talk about it. You have to experience it. You have to live it and the only way to do this is to get out there and swing naturally – without fear of consequences or result. Yes the result is important – but you can’t allow your swing to be affected by what you want to achieve. Get out of your own way and swing the club in a way that will allow you to soar. Here’s a few tips:
- stop thinking about your score
- stop thinking about your swing
- stop tinkering with your clubs
- stop tinkering with your swing
- stop thinking about your handicap
- stop worrying about results
- stop making stories up about what may or may not happen
- stop analysing
But most of all start playing. Here’s my basic rules for playing golf:
1. Work out what you want to do. This is vitally important
2. Choose a club that will get the job done
3. Distract your conscious mind for the duration of the shot (this is not negotiable)
4. You should be swinging automatically and naturally
5. Repeat until you hole out on 18 and for every round you play in the future.
It’s fun and it does work. Steady Oz has worked it out – it took him some time but he has achieved a level of mastery that most will never know. He continues to improve and is rewarded by shooting the best score possible.
If you have any specific questions please let me know.