This time of year for a coach is always interesting. Players who have made changes and improvements to their technique need, by the mid-point of the season to switch their focus from technical lessons to more on course time. As a coach it is vital I see players actually playing the game out in the real world and not the controlled environment of the range or lesson tee. Ask yourself, are you a player how hits better shots in practice than on the course? Do you just aim at the fairway or at the flag? Is your golf held back by a frustrating lack of consistency?
If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes then it is very likely that your on course actions are very different to how you might be practicing. This week the video highlights the importance of picking a very small specific target for every shot you play. This target may be nowhere near the flag when approaching the green, and is just as important when playing from the tee.
One of the biggest problems holding golfers back is the lack of precision and belief in there game. Picking good targets is NOT dependant on being a good player and the player who chooses not to, will be unable to play their best golf consistently. When working with Sports Psychologist Lee Crombleholme helping Club golfers improve is very often just a matter of improving decision making, strategy and precision in picking a good target. His mantra of “Aim Small, Miss Small” can have an incredible effect on your game and score. It is not unusual to see an improvement of 5 shots or more per round.
This mantra works around the idea that if your target is “the fairway or the green” and you miss that target by 10 yards then you could be in a lot of trouble. By picking a much smaller target, the branch of a tree or the window of a building in the background for example, you effectively widen your margin for error. 10 yards wide of a good target may still be in the fairway or on the green.
If you have lessons but have never been on course with your teacher then I would strongly recommend it, you may find answers to problems you never see on the range. If your coach uses Flightscope then talk to him/her about the Skills Challenges we highlighted in the recent Xi video at the side of this page. This is a great way to learn about targets.
For information and video demonstrations of how targets can really help your game visit Lee’s website, www.winninggolfmind.com you will find free example videos for both approach shots and tee shots.
The website has a huge amount of content for just £19.99 and was recently purchased by Bradley Dredge. In the past 2 weeks he has finished runner up both in Denmark and Czech Republic, winning over 250,000 Euro and regaining his full playing privileges on Tour. Not bad for £19.99!
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