This episode is a home show where I talk about some of the reasons why we need to have a post shot routine. The strategy we cover here is from one of our past guests, Golf Digest Top 50 instructor James Sieckmann. In his book Your Short Game Solution he actually covers a great and incredibly important part of the mental game, the post shot routine.
The three main components are to a good post shot routine:
Craig used to own five different golf tech learning centers. He has taught over 10,000 lessons, and he’s taken his expertise to the online world. Craig is now the creator of Face First Golf, which is a community that was born on Facebook, then brought even further onto the digital side of his own membership program. His programs focus on eliminating the common errors that plague 12+ handicap players.
The 12+ Handicapper and how to keep enjoying the game
Craig used to be the 12+ handicapper, so he knows what it feels like to be in that range and to want to be good so bad.
No need to make the bigger movements-Craig teaches how to keep a flatter left arm and wrist, and a little bit more about hip rotation
The Two T’s on the course are what you should be thinking about: target and tempo.
Remember the goal is to get your ball closer to the target, not to just hit the ball. Get the most out of imperfect swings. Changes aren’t instant.
Don’t worry about your ball flight when you’re trying to correct swing mechanics-focus on that target.
What to do when working on mechanics
Hit ten balls, then step away, and say you’re gonna go through your whole routine
Then hit the next three balls without any mechanical thoughts in your head.
Keep going back and forth between training and trusting mode-practice your trust mode in practice.
Common hurdles people have difficulty clearing
Too much random free golf advice available all over the internet
Commit to something and turn everything else off-follow one person’s advice, like Craig’s! Follow one course until success
Rapid Fire Round
Single best piece of advice ever given: don’t follow up a bad shot, with a dumb one. Get yourself back into position. Don’t hit the hero shot.
Favorite practice drill: The 9 o’clock drill
Players make a half-back swing so your left arm is parallel to the ground. Then from that stopped position, hit the shot. Players get immediately into a better impact position. They also swing more with the body, rather than their arms.
What’s the most fundamental component for higher handicappers to focus on?
Club face. The reason so many players swing over the top is because their club faces are open. If you don’t fix it, they’ll always swing over the top.
“Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” by Bob Rotella.
Short and info impact
How to prepare for a tournament in one day
With only 24 hours, you can only work on your mind
Parting piece of guidance:
Pick something and stick with it and tune everything else out.