Week three of the 30 day challenge, coming at you!
This week we are looking at different practice routines that teach us how to perform in pressure situations. Let's get right to it!
Practice #1: The Seven Second Drill
This drill comes from PGA instructor David Heinen, former coach of Vijay SIngh, and head instructor at the Kaizen Golf Academy and it's a really good one!
One of the biggest ways people stumble under pressure is how long they take while standing over the ball, in that pressure packed moment. Think back to Dustin Johnson's three putt at the 2015 US Open. Even the commentators noticed that he took a lot of extra time over those putts, essentially psyching himself out.
Last week we talked about the Think Box/Play Box technique. This almost like the big brother of that drill, here's how it works:
- Stand behind the ball (in your Think Box) and decide the plan for that shot.
- Once you leave your Think Box (with your decision made) start counting out loud down from seven.
- You MUST hit your shot before you get to zero. If you don't, it's time to start over start over.
That's really all there is to it! When working on the driving range I want you to write down how many repetitions it takes before you are feeling consistent, comfortable, and confident executing your shots within seven seconds. Some clubs might take more reps than others, and that's okay, just make sure you keep track of it.
***For bonus points see if you can trim it down to five seconds!***
Here's how this drill really benefits the golfer. By limiting our time to execute the shot, we simply don't have enough time to second guess ourselves. It forces us to go with the gut feeling, regardless of whether or not it's the right one. This always makes me think of one of my favorite quotes from Bernhard Langer.