From the Range to the Course

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Editor's Note: This is the first offering in a new monthly feature from LPGA star Rosie Jones. You can learn more about Rosie at her website, www.RosieJones.com
 
How many times have you heard that saying: If I could only take this swing from the practice range to the golf course? Now you can, but you have to let yourself play the course and not play your swing.
 
Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones won 13 times in her LPGA Tour career. (WireImage)
So many times we as players find something new and exciting in our swing that worked so well on the range, but somehow eludes us once we cross that invisible threshold on the way to the first tee. Where does that beautifully grooved swing with perfect timing and crisp impact go now that you are on the course and putting it to the test in front of your friends?
 
The trick is: its still there, only now its in practice mode, and not yet ready for playing mode. What worked on the range after making endless repetitions usually without any obstacles or expectations is hard to copy while looking at bunkers, water and OB stakes.
 
So many times we take our new found swing and try too hard to manufacture it while still executing a perfect golf shot. Difference is the perfect golf shot doesnt take all the instruction that your newly molded golf swing requires.
 
Heres the lesson: Stick to your swing thoughts, but narrow it down and softly focus on just one key or, at the most, two.
 
Let your eyes and mind focus on the golf course and the targets that define your golf shot. Keep your attention more on the target and the desired ball flight and not on your constant need to tell yourself how to do it. Let yourself play the course and not your swing. Once you have had enough time on the range to groove the new swing thought, it will automatically find its way to the course. You just have to let it come and not force it.
 
Editor's Note: Check back next month for another tip from Rosie Jones. You can learn more about Rosie at her website, www.RosieJones.com