A golf swing only lasts a split second, but in that moment many thoughts can pass. Too much thinking gets in the way of good golf. A quiet mind is best, yet it may be helpful to concentrate on a single idea to keep others at bay. Finding one element of the swing for which to keep in mind creates a target for your thoughts. The more simple the concept the better. For example, I like to focus on my breathing. If I can remember to exhale on my takeaway each time, then there isn’t much room in that moment for other destructive thoughts. If I can fill my mind with a singular concept then I might be able to execute the swing without interference. By the time I take my breath, the ball is on its way. All you need is one little notion. Save the complex thinking for the walks instead.
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