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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.
To Your Best Golf!