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Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

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ISBN13: 9780385504461
ISBN10: 0385504462
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How to Get from the Practice Tee to the First Tee

The most challenging transition for many golfers is expressed in this lament: "Why can't I hit it on the course the way I was hitting it on the range? It feels so frustrating!"

There is an abundance of reasons, all of which tell us a lot about our state of mind on the golf course. Let's start with purpose: what are we trying to accomplish when we hit balls on the range before a round? It usually has to do with getting comfortable with the swing, seeing how it feels that day, looking for some swing key, and so on.

Once we're on the tee, we usually have a very different purpose. It is about performance: getting a good result of the golf shot, avoiding making a mistake, and making a good impression on the people watching, especially our playing partners. With such different purposes, it's not surprising that we make different swings on the first tee than we did on the range.

Another difference is consequence. On the range if you hit a shot that doesn't go where you expect it to, there's no penalty. You rake another ball over and try again. However, you don't get to do that on the golf course. The only time you replay a shot from the same spot on the golf course is when there is a penalty involved (lost ball, out-of-bounds, etc.). Fear of making a mistake introduces tension. The possible consequence of not meeting expectations--our own or those we imagine others have of us--also creates tension that we didn't feel on the range. Tension interferes with our tempo and the freedom with which we swing.

Hitting the same club from the same spot over and over until you "get it right" doesnt necessarily mean you've "found your swing." You may be making subtle compensations to get the ball to go where you want it to, with that club, from that spot. When you get to a different setting, especially the first tee, that special version of your swing may not work so well.

Often we don't use our complete swing routine on the practice tee. We just set up and hit, then rake another ball over and hit, rake and hit, usually without a specific target. When we get to the first tee, it's very different. Now we have a place we want to send the ball, and we need to aim and address the ball. Thats a totally different way of starting the swing.

For all of these reasons, using our swing routine at least at the end of our warm-up session, with different clubs, specific targets and good images, will give us our best chance for a successful transition to the golf course. Also, understanding the factors that make the first tee different, we can accept that our swing may not be exactly as the same as on the range, and therefore not be so frustrated by a less than perfect shot. Give yourself time to warm up to the course, no matter how well things went on the practice tee.

Willie was a tour veteran who wanted to tune up his game. As I watched him hit balls on the range, one nice drive after another, I said that those shots looked just fine. He said, "Its easy to get into a rhythm on the range. But it's different out on the course." Later on we looked at some of his past rounds. He often struggled a bit through the early holes, then started to play better. We agreed that he was a "rhythm player," and I suggested how he might get out of his "range rhythm" and into his "course rhythm" before he got on the course.

The rhythm you develop on the range happens while you're hitting shot after shot with the same club from the same spot, often to the same target. On the course it's completely different, almost never hitting the same club twice in a row from the same spot. It takes time to switch from the practice-range rhythm to the playing rhythm.

Almost every tour pro warms up their full swing before a round in a similar way. They hit a few balls with each club, starting with wedges and working their way up from short irons to long irons to fairway woods and finally the driver. Then they hit a few partial wedge shots to finish. I asked Willie to try something different: play a few imaginary holes at the end of his warm-up.

To do this, picture the first hole (or any hole on the course). Create the imaginary boundaries of the fairway using flags on the range. After hitting a tee shot, determine how far youd be from the green. Picture the green out on the range and play an iron for an approach of that distance. You can include a pretend par-5 and hit driver, three-wood, wedge. For a pretend par-3, tee up the ball and hit a long iron. Willie has included "playing a few holes" on the range in his warm up and goes to the first tee in playing rhythm. His scores on the first few holes of a round have improved considerably, including one round in which he birdied the first six holes.

Concluding your pre-round warm-up this way will make you feel like you've already played a few holes when you get to the first tee. You'll feel like youre already in the rhythm of the golf course.

Copyright 2002 by Dr. Joseph Parent

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385504461
Author:
Parent, Joseph
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
Parent, Joe
Location:
New York
Subject:
Golf
Subject:
Golf - Instruction
Subject:
Zen
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Eastern - Zen
Subject:
Golf - General
Subject:
Golf -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Golf
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 02-03-018
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.80x5.24x.82 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
A simple and concise guide to confidence and skill in putting, by a renowned golf instructor and bestselling author of Zen Golf and Zen Putting

A highly sought-after PGA TOUR and LPGA instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent has helped major champions Vijay Singh and Cristie Kerr to reach #1 in the World Ranking. In Zen Putting, Parent approached the art of putting in the context of Zen Buddhist philosophy. In How to Make Every Putt, he shifts the focus to the immediate physical and mental challenges of golf’s game within the game, providing simple yet powerful techniques that hold the secrets to the confident, stress-free putting that will improve any golfer’s score.

Divided into seven sections (on Confidence, Green Reading, Speed, Stroke, Putting Routine, Challenging Putts, and Continuous Improvement), this pithy, practical volume combines updated and revised lessons from Zen Putting with a step-by-step method to master the ideal putting routine, as well as new tips from the author’s work with the pros. You’ll learn to master the essentials for great putting, including:

  • Feeling the confidence that you can make every putt
  • How to read greens for line and speed
  • The secret to a great putting routine
  • How to get better while you play

With links to video footage, How to Make Every Putt is sure to become a staple in every golfer’s library.

"Synopsis" by ,
A simple and concise guide to confidence and skill in putting by a renowned golf instructor and the bestselling author of Zen Golf and Zen Putting

Dr. Joseph Parent is the highly sought-after PGA TOUR and LPGA instructor who has helped major champions Vijay Singh and Cristie Kerr reach #1 in the World Ranking. In the classic Zen Putting, Parent approached the art of putting in the context of Zen Buddhist philosophy. In How to Make Every Putt, he shifts focus to the immediate physical and mental challenges of golfs game within the game, providing simple yet powerful techniques that will unlock the secrets to confident, stress-free putting and improve any golfers score.

Comprised of seven sections on key topics—Confidence, Green Reading, Speed, Stroke, Ideal Putting Routine, Challenging Putts, and Continuous Improvement—this pithy, practical volume combines updated and revised lessons from Zen Putting with a step-by-step method for mastering the ideal putting routine, as well as new tips from the authors years of extensive work with the pros. Parent offers tried and true advice on how to master the essentials of great putting, including:

  • Feeling the confidence that you can make every putt
  • How to read greens for line and speed
  • The secret to a great putting routine
  • How to get better while you play
Featuring links to insightful video clips, along with game-changing drills and exercises that golfers can practice at home or on the putting green, How to Make Every Putt is sure to become a staple in every golfers library.

 

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