The secret of driving

When we jump in the car we don’t start working out where we’re going to go. We’ve already done the planning – we pretty much jump in and drive to the desired destination.

Our golf game is not always so well planned. We get over the ball, and then try and figure out where it is we want the ball to go. Compounding this, we also worry about HOW we are going to achieve this objective.

– gotta keep my head down and swing slowly
– must swing back on plane
– need to cock my wrists
– must grip lightly and rotate forearms

The list could go on and on. Imagine getting into the car and worrying about the mechanics of changing gear or how to tackle the freeway as well as having no clear destination? We’d probably never figure out how to get in reverse, let alone negotiate peak hour traffic. Can you see how crazy this is?

A skill is a skill and you should try and match what works in everyday life.

In golf you need to plan your shot before getting to the ball (this is like checking the street directory before takeoff) and then walk in and go WHACK! Most of us drive our cars with the radio on – the automatic process in golf is just like turning the radio on – it keeps your conscious mind busy while your subconscious works out all the intricate details. It’s simple, but also ignored by most because they like to over-think and don’t like giving up control.

Think first. Then play. Results then become automatic and much closer to your full potential. This is where consistency lives and that elusive A-game.

Notes: Replace “driving” with almost any other task and you’ll see how complicated most of us make this crazy game.

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5 Comments

  • Michael M.

    Reply Reply February 11, 2013

    Great analogy Cam. Something I noticed the other day at work. I use the numbers on the right hand side of the keyboard quite a lot. I usually look at the numbers while typing them in. On this one day I found myself entering the numbers without looking. I thought to myself wow!..doing it this way is so much easier and how the golf swing/shot should be!

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply February 12, 2013

      Mick: Exactly. And this can only happen when we let go. Good stuff…

  • cam280

    Reply Reply February 13, 2013

    How about awareness of the club head, if I try to sense my appendages without looking or feeling I can imagine I have a hand, foot, e.t.c. Feel the club head in the same way and feel how you want that club head to smack the ball in any direction you desire.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply February 14, 2013

      Cam280: Awareness of the clubhead is awesome! If you can feel the weight of the head in your hands your swing must improve – I don’t care what anyone says. Last night, I spent 15 minutes hitting balls in some light rain – there was no wind and it was getting dark – I got lost with the heavy feeling of club in hands. After a few minutes I couldn’t help but notice how well the ball was coming off.

  • Troy Vayanos

    Reply Reply February 14, 2013

    Great way of looking at golf driving Cameron,

    We as golfers tend to make the process a lot more complicated than it has to be.

    Simpler is always better!

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