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GOLF ARTICLES - AUGUST '07

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Get Some Shut-Eye

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Golfers tend to get worked up about putting. They make it into a far more complex exercise than it has to be, which is why it is sometimes jokingly compared to performing brain surgery. No doubt about it, we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves as we stand over that little white golf ball before pulling the trigger.

Some players become anxious about having to look away from the target and down at the golf ball to make the stroke. That worry causes them to lift their heads too soon, sometimes even before impact, ruining the putt. Others focus too intently on mechanics, resulting in a tension that turns their stroke into something more like a jab.

An effective way to cure both problems is to practice putting with your eyes shut. Address the golf ball as you would normally, shut your eyes and make a few practice strokes. You'll notice that your anxiety will be relieved and you'll feel calmer right away. Additionally, your head and body won't move as you swing. That's because with your visual sense temporarily shut down, there's no reason to lift up and look for the golf ball. You'll also notice that with your sight blocked, your sense of feel will be enhanced, almost magically transforming your stroke into a free, relaxed motion. This heightened sense of feel will show up dramatically in your distance control.

Some players have so perfected their putting with their eyes shut that they can do it in competition. If you can't make that leap, at least try closing your eyes when you make your practice stoke, then step up and hit the ball with that same relaxed motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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