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One of the most common issues amateur golfers encounter is coming up out of their golf swing too early. Some professional golfers encounter the same thing when they are under intense pressure as it may cause their head to lift or their golf swing to become too quick through the ball. While many view this as a physical issue; it is really a mind issue. Learning how to quiet the mind has a wide range of benefits to everyone whether on the golf course or not. I travel the globe delivering presentations to golf organizations and businesses and many times the topic of focus and stress come up. Quieting the mind is important for anyone looking to gain energy, increase focus and reduce stress. In golf, many believe that the unnecessary movement of the head is a physical or mechanical issue. I would suggest to you that it is truly an issue of the mind and it is commonly called, lifting up too soon or popping up or coming out of the golf swing.
David, a 17 handicap who has been playing golf for 20 years, continued to have ball striking problems because his head tended to jerk up too quickly. He, like a lot of golfers, was anxious to see the result of his shot. As a result, his head would tend to move too quickly which caused his golf swing to be out of balance and out of rhythm. Is this a mechanical issue? No, it is a mind issue and whats going on in the mind will make the head either still or move too much. You know, the headthat part of your body that Tom Hanks described in the film, A League of Their Own as being the lump that sits three feet above your(you know what!).
For years, David tried different strategies to keep his head more still. He tried talking to himself, forcing his head to stay still longer through impact by keeping it too stiff and even looking at little reminders on his scorecard to keep your head down.
The best way to keep your head still is to keep your mind still. David never thought his mind had anything to do with it so he tried to find ways to literally keep his head from moving or jerking up. When youre mind is too busy or too noisy, it is very difficult for the head to remain still. Quiet the mind and you quiet the movement of your head. What is it that fills the mind with noise and activity? It is filled with things like,
Anything that produces mental, emotional and physical tension
David always thought his head problem was more physical than mental. He now understands that his head movement is closely tied to whats going on in his mind and his mind is now quieter over the ball and his head remains still and comfortable as a result. Robert Louis Stevenson said, Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Quiet your mind and you still your head.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18