Improve Golf Swing Performance – Get That Swinging Feeling!

All golfers want to improve golf swing performance.

Golfers spend countless hours rehearsing their swing on and off the course. They devote a great deal of time to instruction and drills with one goal in mind – to improve golf swing performance on game day.

So, come game day, one would expect the golfers primary focus on each shot to be their swing pattern, right?

Wrong.

You’ll be surprised to know, when executing their swing on game day, most golfers think not about their swing, but rather where they want to hit the ball!

Do you see the flaw in this?

Talk about putting the cart before the horse!

Below is an excellent excerpt from the book, “On Learning Golf”, authored by Percy Boomer. In the book Boomer writes that, come game day, to improve golf swing performance golfers should neither focus on where they want to hit the ball nor the swing pattern itself.

Boomer writes;

“Every teacher has to keep continually in mind the fact that the natural thing for any golfer to do if they think first of hitting the ball to the hole rather than of making the shot correctly—is to swing the club head down the desired line of flight. The urge to do this is so strong that a merely academic knowledge of where the club head ought to be felt to go cannot stand against it. William James said that where there is a conflict between the Will and the Imagination, the Imagination always wins. So no Will to make a correct swing—unless reinforced by our conscious control-can resist, when imagination of the ball flying straight for the hole supervenes. What usually happens is that before the back swing is completed, the player transfers their attention from the matter of making the correct swing to the matter of where they want to hit the ball, i.e., somewhere at the top of their swing they switch from a correct in-to-out swing to one along the desired line of flight. Consequently they come down outside the ball.

…The player who comes down outside is almost invariably thinking of where they want to put the ball, and the only effective way of overcoming their trouble is by getting them to concentrate on the swing that experience tells them will place it there. If this is done their conscious control—their feeling for the right movements, plus a steady intention to follow will inhibit their natural desire to take disastrous short cuts.

So Golf Bogey No. 1 can only be defeated by building up a swing which can be accepted by the mind as well as the muscles as a satisfactory means to the end desired, and then concentrating on the production of that swing. With a properly felt swing, the swing becomes the aim and the matter of where the ball will fly is left (as it should be) to take care of itself.

And finally, the good golfer feels their swing as all one piece. It is produced by a psycho-physical unison and its control is outside the mind of the player. Any control that is within the mind is subject to the state of the mind and is therefore unreliable.

Here we come back again to my reason for standardizing as many shots as possible so that they can all be played with the same set of “controls.” Only so I believe can you learn to play entirely by sense of feel. Today, if I play a bad shot I do not start asking myself why I played it badly, what I did wrong, etc.— questions which are liable to lead to more bad shots as we all know! I just take an easy club and try it until I get the right feel again. Then because my shots are felt I know that the right feeling must lead to the right shot—and further, that as all my shots are made fundamentally the same, I know that if I get the right feel with say a No. 5 iron, a very easy club, I shall be making my shots with even the difficult clubs correctly and with confidence.

As I said before, these controls to which feeling a club gives the key, are probably in muscular memory plus tracks worn in the mind. But wherever they reside it is clear that the fewer there are of them the more reliable they are likely to be. If I play a pitch one way, a drive another, an iron shot in yet another, and a putt quite differently again, it is obvious that no single and consistent line of controls will be set up. Confusion as between one set of controls and another is very likely, and if I go off my game I may go off it very badly!

On the other hand if my system is used, a single sound line of controls is set up—by consistently practicing the same fundamental swing for every shot. Working on these lines and refusing to be side-tracked by extraneous ideas such as “hitting a long ball” or “driving straight down the middle,” you can begin to feel a complete assurance that you can at least rely upon producing your best shots every time. They will become a habit with you.”

Improve golf swing performance on game day by heeding Percy Boomer’s advice from his book, “On Learning Golf”.

It makes sense that come game day you should consciously block out all confusion and distractions. Doing so allows you to be in the moment and better feel your golf swing.

This is truly the best way to get the greatest return on all your practice efforts to improve golf swing performance!

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