Today's podcast is the first in our series: GSA Q&A where we take questions from our Golf Strategy Academy members and answer them on the podcast. Today's question is from Josh in Las Vegas about how he can change his habit of spending too much time over the ball.
What you'll Learn
- Coping techniques for an over active mind
- Geoff Greig's go to method to help golfers ditch extra swing thoughts and focus on rhythm.
- Dave Heinen's technique to prevent those thoughts from ever sinking in in the first place!
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Hey Golf Strategy School Marty back with you here again and today we're featuring a question from a Golf Strategy Academy member Joshua out of Las Vegas sent an email wondering, and I love this question because Joshua saying he's struggling with too many swing thoughts. He's noticing that he's taking too long over the ball. He mentions that, let's see here. Been playing well recently but run into problems where I stall over the shot. It's gotten to the point where my League members actually give me crap about how long I take over the ball. Any thoughts on how I could help move beyond this mental block?
The reason I chuckle is because I've been there, and I've been there with many other students. And the solution is actually rather easy.
Like you said, you actually just get caught up, for whatever reason just hung up over a shot. For most people it's a thousand different swing thoughts going through their head. You know I've got to keep my right arm tucked in, and my left arm straight, and I've got to go 9 o'clock, and my hips got to turn, and all these different things going on in your head. And because you've got a thousand different swing thoughts happening you don't officially execute any of them.
There's some really cool brain science that's been going on, one of our past guests, he actually went through, he uses a software called Wujitech where it actually measures brain wave, brain activity a lot like some of the other software that are out there during your golf swing. And what we've actually learn from this, and his name is Geoff Greig. What we've learned from this is that in those moments where you have a bunch of different thoughts going on, your brain can't focus on any one of them, and so like I said you end up doing nothing correct. So the cool thing that's been kind of discovered is that this crux of the problem is actually providing you your own solution. So you're trying to do all these different swing thoughts, trying to make that perfect swing, well when in reality you need to get out of your own way. And so it's kind of odd but what we're going to do here is we're going to fight fire with fire. So if you got all these thoughts going through your head and you can't make a good swing what we need to do is occupy your brain. And Geoff Greig like I said he's done a lot of research using Wujitech to find different solutions to this, and one of my personal favorites is his solution and it is to hum while you swing.
So just make a humming noise and from there what your brain has to do is it has to focus on making that noise, and so it gets all those swing thoughts out of your head. Another reason why I like this humming method so much is because it also gives you a really good sense of what type of rhythm you have for that individual swing. So, if you're doing a a nice even-toned hum throughout the swing that means you've got a real smooth pace, that means that you are right on top of where you need to be, you're not over-exerting yourself. If you noticed there is a sharp pitch change in your hum, well that tells me and it should indicate to you that maybe you're trying to put a little too much behind this, trying to hit the ball a little too hard. It's an awesome drill you can take directly onto the course when you play. Maybe you don't want to hum that loud if you're, or your buddies are giving you grief about taking too long with the ball maybe you want to keep your humming down and bit, or maybe you'll get your shot in first before everyone catches up with you. That's one of the things that is, and I hesitate to say revolutionary, but it's a big eye opener for a lot of people.
The other thing that we tend to see a lot of times is for people who struggle with all those different swing thoughts, maybe it's not a swing thought maybe it's an over analysis. You know you get into deciding 6-iron maybe 7-iron, is the wind too much in my face, is it a club worth of elevation, all of these things. These are the things that you should have already decided on and that's a commitment issue which we will talk about in a different episode, but when we get into these situations where our brains kind of overactive again finding another way to occupy it is crucial.
One of the other things I've seen a lot of people do, and this is something that Dave Heinen mentioned in past episodes is to actually give yourself a countdown. If you know exactly what you're pre-shot routine is, like for myself I take a practice swing, then I stand behind the ball, I pick out my target, I then address the ball, put the club-face to that target just directly in front of the ball, one more last look down the target line, and away we go. So I have about five steps in my pre-shot routine. From making that decision in terms of what club I'm going to hit to actually executing the swing, so if that were something I were struggling with I would verbally count it down. 5-4-3-2-1 each time I'm completing a stage of that initial process. That way my brain doesn't have time to leak in all these directions. I got to stick to my routine, and I got to say it out loud. So it really removes any of that extraneous thought. For me 5 is the practice swing, 4 stand behind the ball at the target, 3 addressing the ball, 2 last look down the fairway, 1 is that breath out, and then I swing. So that's another way depending on what your pre-shot routine is. It can be more it can be less. Really want to keep it the shorter the better that way you don't have any of that time to actually drift off into different thought patterns. Again counting down, out loud counting down can be a big benefit to just removing all of that extraneous thought and getting your head clear so you can actually perform up to your capabilities. Because the fact of the matter is Joshua that you've done this before. You know we've talked before about your game. You've got a lot of really good swings and you, you've shot a lot of really good numbers. You already have the proof your body and your brain know how to do this, you just need to get all that extra crap out of the way. And to do this use one of these two techniques. I personally like the hum because it helps me feel a little bit more in tune with my rhythm, but if the hums not working for you right away go to the countdown. Whether it's from 5 whether it's from 3 whatever you want to do go to your countdown with your pre-shot routine say it out loud and that's going to be something that can really, really elevate you're in-the-moment execution.
That's what we have for you today Golf Strategy School. Thank you so much for listening. Again, we're moving more towards these individual, I guess it's not truly a Q&A necessarily, but these user-submitted questions from the golf strategy academy, and we're making sure we get these answers out there to everybody. You can see what kind of treatment all our members get inside the Golf Strategy Academy. That's something you're looking to do if you really want to take your game seriously, and really get up to snuff this year you can always get more information by going to golfstrategyschool.com/membership-info. You can learn all about the Golf Strategy Academy there I've got a nice short video for you otherwise I encourage you to get out there, get whatever kind of practice you can, but make sure it's focused, make sure it's randomized, and make sure you're actually getting better. So if any of you have any questions members always come first, but feel free to shoot an email my way firstname.lastname@example.org and I will catch everybody out there in the short grass. Cheers.