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September 3, 2013
What can I do mentally to stop swinging too fast, too hard, and too long. If I don’t tell myself anything I swing too hard, too long, and too fast. I tell myself to swing easy and I swing really hard. I tell myself to swing slow and I swing fast. I tell myself to swing short or compact and I take the club bak so far it points down to the ground. For some reason my subconscious mind is programed to swing like a maniac and I can do nothing to stop or control it. Help!!
Your question is quite an involved one as you post it.
You hit the nail on the head when you say, “my subconscious mind is programmed”. It is.
Ready for my “tough” answer?
What I disagree with is when you say, “I can do nothing to stop it,” This is simply not true. Whose mind is it? Is it mine or is it yours? It’s yours. If you can’t think about what you want and create that…then who can? It’s you and only you. Who controls your mind? You or someone else or your mind and not you? It’s you so I do not agree with your statement at all:)
Truth is…when you tell yourself to swing slow or easy…there’s a part of you that simply doesn’t “buy” it and you actually LET IT run the show. You want something different? Then decide it and decide it now. Go to the range and decide to swing the way you want so you an create a new baseline in your own mind and see that it’s YOUR mind and YOU are in control but do not give control to your mind…it’s your mind–not you as the final choice maker. Stop looking for a tip or strategy to rely on…they will provide sporadic results. In the end–it’s your choice and YOU run the show…not your mind.
BUT THE NOISE IN THE BACKGROUND IS A BIT TOO LOUD IN QUITE A NUMBER OF YOUR VIDEOS.
Agree, what’s the point making these vids outdoors? Half of the message is lost due the noise 🙁
I agree too, the noise spoils your video. Also may we have a little more light on your face and not be in shadow so much
Thanks Dave, I like your tips very much, but would also like a little more light on your face and less aircraft noise, when you are making the videos outdoors.
September 4, 2013
Thank you for being interested in these vids to share your thoughts. It does mean the world to me!
This was a one-time occurrence…the last 3 or 4 videos were done at the same time and earlier vids have been shot there many times w/out an issue. This time there were some planes overhead and honestly when I played them back, didn’t seem to affect the sound that much–a bit distracting but could hear the message. For those who feel it did…my apologies. I may re-shoot these same topics—not sure yet but rest assured they won’t be done when planes are flying overhead–may be indoors and may be outdoors. Personally, I like the outdoor vids in the natural sunlight–can’t beat the natural light in my opinion.
Please look ahead to some new videos coming up next week!
Thank you for following me on Ignition Golf!
Re-shooting is good news to me, Dave. I’m quite deaf, and the airplane noise prevents me from hearing some portions of your message. I like what I was able to hear, and look forward to your background noiseless videos.
Thanks for your input. Appreciate it and will do my best to cut out the noise:)
October 8, 2013
The aircraft noise didn’t get to Australia, lost in the ether?
Currently I am making some swing changes, suddenly I started producing big draws (hooks?). Analysing what was going on, I decided I had moved my grip too far round to the right. I made my grip more neutral and played the next par 5 in regulation, of course I then made the grip a little weak and made a couple of fades (overdid the remedy).
Any way I was playing with doubt instead of confidence.
Now all I have to do is remember the shot over the tree defending the 3rd green and the nice little draw into the 18th.
Whenever I play, I try to get something positive out of each hole, I must stop telling myself to HIT IT on the 9th tee.
Mental thoughts and negativism in golf seems to parallel the thoughts I have in day to day life. I understand negative thought usually leads to negative outcome. I hear you and in my golf and life will focus on positive thought. Let’s see how it goes.
Thanks for your help,
December 4, 2018
Great message that applies to life in general Dave – thanks for the reminder!
December 5, 2018
The links above to purchase Wired to Win don’t seem to lead to anything. Can you post a correct link to order Wired to Win?
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