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Connect These Things Together to Do Better Golf Swing

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When you are approaching your next shot and evaluating the situation -- the environment, lie and his target, you are clearly in the present time. But, you travel into the future when you go about imagining the shot that you need to play for that particular situation.


To choose that shot, however, you must go back into the past in order to remember a shot that he has already hit in a similar situation. The player goes back and forth in time -- into the future and the past -- until he settles on a shot that he will play. 

Every golfer produces a clear visual of the distance, line, trajectory, speed, curvature and spin characteristics of the ball in flight and on the ground until it comes to rest. These images are vivid and clear. Then you return to the present and commit to your mind's eye.


This is the feeling of the motion that you are about to use that matches up exactly to the image of the shot that you are conceiving to play. As you visualize the shot, the appropriate muscles start firing in anticipation. A practice swing can enhance awareness of exactly what is required.


Create a starting position that optimizes your chances of hitting the particular shot. This includes the proper grip, posture, alignment, ball position and muscle tone. You are layering your concentration and focus; holding together the image, feel image and set up characteristics of your anticipated result .


This part is the last overtly physical act to prepare your mind and body to produce the result you want before the actual swing. The waggle is done while holding this layered focus of imagery, feel imagery and set up. It is performed relative to the speed, direction and club face characteristics that will be needed in your swing. It tunes and tones up the muscles that you are about to use.


Finally, learn to release the grip and let it go! You have done everything in your control to create a great golf shot. At golf's highest levels of performance, this three-letter word -- let -- becomes the most important word in the dictionary. 


The skill of letting go, while holding your layered focus, allows your swing to find its way without any physical or mental interruptions. It gets the friction out of the system. You get to see what is real, evaluate the outcome and assess what adjustments are needed to hit the next shot.


No any single part can create a great shot, but you need to combine all the aspects above together to make a better shot to play great golf.