As I’ve been working with groups of golfers over the past several months in my new online golf school, there’s been a lot of discussion around what it means to really trust your swing. Without trust, you can’t fully commit to a shot plan. Without trust, you can’t swing with confidence and freedom. Without trust in your swing, you’ll never consistently play great.
So what does it mean to trust your swing?
In very simple terms…
With that definition in mind, how often are you hitting shots with trust? If not very often, there’s just one thing you need to examine — your belief.
Yes, that sounds simple, and your first thought is likely, “I believe I can play great.” That may be the case on a conscious level. But if you’ve been feeding your subconscious a different type of information about your swing and your ability to execute it on demand, then there’re going to be issues with your ability to play with consistent trust on the course.
Your conscious mind feeds information to your subconscious mind. And your subconscious mind shapes the image you have of yourself as a golfer and your ability to play golf. No matter what you say, if you’re in the habit of thinking that your good swing comes and goes, or that sometimes all you can do is hope for the best, then you’re not building trust in your swing. If you can’t swing without thinking about the mechanics of your swing, then you aren’t building trust in your swing. And if after a poor shot, or frustrating hole you invest energy trying to figure out how to fix your swing, you’re not playing with trust.
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How to Build Trust
The solution is to spend time on the range building trust in your swing instead of always working on your swing mechanics. It’s the constant analysis of your technique that becomes the habit that inhibits trust. It can become like a safely net for you, or like trying to play with training wheels on your swing. If this sounds familiar, you need to ask yourself at what point will your swing be something you don’t have to micro-manage?
Working on your mechanics is important. Checking in with your swing coach is important. But if that’s all you’re doing, at some point all that study of your technique is going to hold you back from playing with freedom and reaching your true ability in the game.
If you’ve been struggling with sporadic trust in your swing, you can learn how to invest your time on the practice tee and in your pre-round warm up to build a solid trust, not only in the reliability of your swing, but also your ability to execute a solid swing on command.
An entire training module is devoted to helping golfers build trust on the range and the course inside my Mind Game Academy. I look forward to teaching you how to really trust your swing so that you can play more consistently from tee to green.