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1) Collecting energy and connecting to my objective
The approach to the ball incorporates 90 % of the swing. We must find a point where both our body and mind are simultaneously focusing on achieving exactness in a fluid and uninhibited motion. We must be able to recall the same movement that creates a perfect shot using 14 different implements of different weight and length.
2) Approach to the ball
It starts with our approach to the ball, you must find a swing routine that repeats with every shot. Routine is used to create a process to focus on the shot in hand. It is a tool we use to remove any outside influences and help us to mentally ‘connect’ with our target.
A Standard routine normally involves a walk from behind, and then from the right side into the ball. Study it in the great players. Find your own ‘pattern of procedure.’ Practice it-like the top players.
Swing initiation is your individual addition to ‘kick-starting’ the movement into a flow. It can be a mental ‘key thought’ or a physical ‘bump’ into action. A small movement can give the swing life, it can feed rhythm and fluidity into the movement or release and hinder built-up tension that accumulates in a static position. A small kick-start is there in every top players swing, sometimes it is obvious to the onlooker, sometimes it is a secret only the player is aware of. Find your own.
From routine to start.
Once our body is set over the ball we are in a fluxed state. The eyes will connect you to the target. Provide your body with the necessary information to proceed. Your gaze should be steady and sure- a quickly rotating head will tend to be followed with an equally nervous start.
Be alert-focused to the job in hand. Be calm and CONNECTED WITH THE TARGET-body firm, muscles lightly stressed or taught.
1) Relaxed in the fingers and wrists while creating a firm feeling in the spine.
2) Extended in the legs but comfortable in the shoulders.
3) Feel a light connection of the upper arms to your body (You are too far away when you do not have this quality).
LET THE MOVEMENT BEGIN
For more detail and back-up information we recommend you read the first two chapters from the excellent article series by Irv Schloss starting in the December 2016 issue.