Through my “Project Zero” I deal intensively with the golf game and everything that has to do with it. Not only that I use a lot of time on the training, I also watch many videos of golf swings and read many articles on golf themes. Be it in professional journals or in blogs. It is striking that they revolve mainly around the topics of the equipment or the technical training.
Both are enormously important points. However, I have noticed that the mental aspect is at least as important and therefore I would like to explain my thoughts during a round.
But before I come to that, every golfer should think about how I actually tick. I am the “emotional player” who throws his racket after a failed blow and is out of flight or I am the “relaxed guy” who can chop it off and play just as much as before. Maybe I belong to the “indifferent games” which are recognizable by the fact that you stroll down the golf course in depth and enjoy the great weather.
In my observation, a large part of all amateur golfers belong to the “emotional players”, to which I count myself also. But what do you do with this knowledge and how can you change it? A crucial point for a good result.
The answer is routine!
I don’t often mean playing golf and routinely about the place, but a fixed sequence of thoughts and movements.
A year ago I went to the ball, did a test swing, beaten and if the result was less successful, annoyed me until the next blow. The coming blow was the result of anger.
Many say after a short blow, “now but especially far” and also the result is often predictable.
To put this off I have a fixed sequence, quasi a plan that repeats itself repeatedly.
Let’s start at tea 1:
First, I’ll find a position for my tea and place the ball. Now the expiration routine starts!
I take the bat in the right hand and go back four steps. I count these in my head, one, two, three four, then I turn around and look over the fairway. I accept my response position, check the stand and grip and run the test swing at the same speed as the following shot.
Again, my thoughts are always the same. As I run the swing I always think “shoulders, angles, racket right, lower hands”! The thought course does not have to make sense for others and can be set arbitrarily. It’s important that he’s the same every time he blows.
Now I go again 4 steps forward, which I count again. I control the alignment and the same procedure, also thought, starts again. Only now the ball is beaten.
What may sound funny to me at the beginning, too, is a big advantage on the round.
If I am in my routine, I feel safe. I’ve done it a thousand times and I can trust it. The thought routine and the same procedure prevent thoughts like “not in the water”, “The bunker is deep” etc. No bad thought comes into my routine, no noise can bring me out of the rest. I’m sunk in my fixed course.
Furthermore, it is not possible to be continuously concentrated over a period of 4 hours. With the beat routine I can clearly limit the period and these moments like “now I hit especially far” are excluded.
This has to be trained like chipping or putting. I often stand on the range and let the routine run every second time to make it easy to internalize.
For some it looks funny to go back four steps from the mat, but it is necessary.
Everyone can define his routine as he likes, important that the movements and thoughts are always exactly the same. For those who like to watch the pros on TV, pay attention to the caps. Why do many players tap the screen before the hit? You are guiding the routine, it is part of it! It is like the on/off switch on an electrical appliance.
This approach gives me security and trust. I can trust my ability when I retrieve it. I also trust my equipment, my rackets and my FOREACE golf balls. I know that they are good and how the balls behave on the green. I am sure! The safer I am, the fewer aspects can affect my game negatively.
Therefore, an important point is trust in itself, its technology and also its equipment.