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Having dealt with the Mental, Technical & Physical dimensions relating to the Setup or Address position, our journey now moves to the Backswing or “Loading” position. In this episode of our UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF A LEGEND series, we discuss the principle of attaining a COMPOSED & AWARE mental state whilst loading the backswing.
STEPHAN SPIES, GPGE AAA-CLASS PROFESSIONAL, explains:
After you have successfully completed your pre shot routine and your setup over the ball, it is time to pull the trigger. Up to this point you have been aware of your actions. You have not been going through the motions, your thinking has been focused on what shot you intend to play and how to setup correctly for the intended shot. Now the time is right for you to let go of the thinking and move into “just do it” mode.
It is important to find a trigger that will snap you out of thinking and into action. This is especially important for golf because of the static ball. You can become frozen over the ball and then tension creeps into your arms and hands which in turn inhibits your feel and renders your movement mechanical.
This trigger move can be anything. We will give you a couple of examples to experiment with, but ultimately it has to work for you, it has to move you from thinking to doing.
Here is a list of some trigger moves you can experiment with:
Short game tip
Practice your feel for the long putt by putting while looking at the hole. This will accomplish two things