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October 2010

Published on 19/10/2010

Hello Everyone,

What a beautiful week we’ve had following the contrasting weather at the Ryder Cup. Like most big events the build-up for the Ryder Cup seemed to take forever, but then it was so engrossing it passed in the blink of an eye. Personally I thought it was a huge success both on and off the course and a great advert for Wales. I know the weather was terrible in parts, but that just added to the media spotlight (by the way, anyone who had Friday tickets for the event can now claim 2 days free entry to a host of European tour events and Ryder Cup DVD).

Thankfully Wales was not the only part of the country to be weather beaten, I did hear Gleneagles (2014 venue) was actually closed over that weekend. The 2010 course itself was spectacular and what was equally impressive was the organisation of getting you into and out of the course. I was lucky enough to be there for 6 days of the action, some of my time was spent coaching golfers in the P.G.A. Game Improvement Centre, nevertheless I was fortunate enough to see a lot of action on the course and practice area.

 

 Golf Tip – What can we learn from the Pro’s at the Ryder Cup?

In a nut shell:
1.     Look to the hole whilst making your practice putting strokes. Now address the ball.
2.     Look at the hole again, then as your eyes meet the ball, EXECUTE your stroke – don’t hesitate.

 

 

The Full Explanation (for those like me, who like to understand why something works):

We all have a certain amount of natural ability – it might be sub-conscious, but it is in all of us. Our bodies and sub-conscious brain have evolved over the centuries to work in harmony. For example; Have you ever thrown an object, be it a ball, set of car keys etc.. to someone across a room and have the object land at the intended destination? You didn’t over think it, over analyse it or try to over control it. You felt the weight of the object, looked at the destination and boom your sub conscious brain calculated the distance, direction and trajectory needed to achieve your goal, sending out the necessary information to your limbs. Job done.

Did you think about wrist cock? Length of arm swing? Release point? Grip pressure? Plane of forward movement? Well, I hope not. For those who answered yes to the previous questions, please book in to see a shrink at your earliest convenience!

Why is the distance control so good and the movement so effortless? The distance control is good because you are not looking at the object you are moving, your eyes are only on the target. Also, you stay out of your own way and just let your body get on with it. I am not asking you to putt looking at the hole, however every second you stare down at the ball your natural ability is depleting and chances are the distance control will get worse.

There are 2 main benefits of glancing at the hole, then starting your stroke as soon as your eyes return to meet the ball:

1.  The data in your brain for the distance of the putt is fresh and your distance control will naturally improve without trying to control it to the ‘nth’ degree.  When your eyes stare at the ball for a long time, your brain is forgetting how long the putt is, it could be 6 foot or it could be 60 foot. Your distance control will suffer.

 

2.   Most sports are reactive. In tennis for example if you wait to over analyse all the details of the forthcoming shot the ball will have passed you. In golf however, we have the luxury and hindrance of time to think. Standing too long over the ball can allow negative thoughts to creep in. By executing your putt as soon as your eyes return to look at the ball you are making putting reactive and less conscious control.

 

 

This routine is exactly what GMAC did on his pressure putts at the Ryder Cup. Look for it next time you watch golf on T.V. and bring it into your routine when you play.    

If you have any questions, I’m more than happy to be approached for a chat to offer advice.  And if any of you would like to contact me then please do so either on 01792 299194 or by emailing marc@fairwoodpark.com

Until the next time!

Marc.

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