Your Hands Will Follow Your Eyes
I went to a Porsche World Road Show yesterday to race some Porsches around a race track. What a great experience! But one thing that I heard the instructor tell us when going around a curve was to look well ahead of where you are because “your hands will follow your eyes.”
The same is very true in golf as we could all learn to get out of our own way a little better than what we tend to do in this great game. Whether you’re hitting a full swing shot engaged in your target or rolling a putt to the hole, we should do the same – your body will perform well when you let your eyes “drive” the motion.
Just had the fortunate experience of doing three live segments on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive as well as a dozen or so taped tips and we talked about that very same thing as it relates to putting. Take a look at the link below for the segment.
This is a continuation of our A.C.E. Routine. This is Part 3 of 3:
Jason Day, after his win at this year’s PGA Championship held at Whistling Straits, admitted in the press conference that he had a thought come into his mind, “Don’t hit it short in the water.” He went on to say, “That’s the moments where you have to pull yourself back and say, nope, I’m not going to have that. I’m going to stomp on that thought.” These types of thoughts or distractions happen to the best of us. But it’s what you do with them that will make you or break you!
EXECUTE: execution is simply swinging the club. There is virtually no time that takes place between the time you become committed and the time you swing. The commitment trigger not only counters any negativity but also fills the timeframe when most negative thoughts creep into your mind. However, there are times when you need to back off of a shot, regroup and recommit. This would include:
- Any negativity creeps in your mind
- Your eyes drift to, say the pin, when your target is something else
- You get distracted
- Score comes to mind
- The wind speed or direction change
- You’re not really 100% committed
No one else is to blame for the shots you hit – it is your responsibility. Back away and gather yourself if needed. The best level of commitment is one that engrosses you so much in your shot that you don’t even notice the distractions that are around you. Being so into the process of your shot allows you to disregard poor shots helping you to put them behind you and dramatically aiding your ability to bring a clear and focused approach to your next shot.
This is a continuation of our A.C.E. Routine. This is Part 2:
Jack Nicklaus always said that he was very consumed in the particulars of the shot and that doing so always kept his mind off of any negative thoughts. Sometimes negative thoughts creep in during the last couple of seconds when we’re over the shot. The second part to our routine – Commit – will help get your mind quiet and your shots more effective.
COMMIT: this is the few seconds just before you hit the shot and where you need to create your own trigger that confirms you’re in a beneficial frame of mind and ready to swing. A Commitment trigger helps fill those vital few seconds and assists with keeping the demons out of your thoughts. A Commitment trigger keeps things positive and helps you stay focused on what TO DO.
- “I see a runway leading from my ball to the target then I swing.”
- “I see the apex of the shot in the air then I swing.”
- “I burn a thin red laser line into the green on the trail in which my ball will take to the hole then I roll the putt.”
- Say to yourself “This is perfect!” then swing.
- Say to yourself “Right at it!” then swing.
- Say to yourself “I own this!” then swing.
- “I let out a breath then swing.”
- “When my feet feel grounded and solid then I swing.”
- “When I feel connected to the target I swing.”
- “I look at the target 3 times then swing.”
- “I count to 4 … ‘1’ is positioning my club behind the ball, ‘2’ is my feet getting set, ‘3’ is when I look at the target, and ‘4’ is my backswing begins.”
Experiment with a commitment trigger when you’re on the range to see what helps you get engrossed and consumed in the process of what you want to do instead of what you don’t want to do.