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December 2, 2019
You hit this one right on the mark….Thanks for this great tip…..
Thanks!!! It is SO TRUE, isn’t it? So many UNFORCED ERRORS can be avoided.
Thanks Dave for your tips on the mental side of this game. Playing in the morning so will apply what you’ve suggested.
December 4, 2019
Thanks Dave, I am happy to see that this phenomenon has been identified by learned professionals. During a recent round I hit a perfect 130 your layup in front of a water hazard. Then was faced with another 130 yard shot over the water hazard and a sand trap to an elevated green. You know what happened next – with the same club and same distance I chunked the shot 20 yards into the water hazard. One swing was very relaxed and the next one was powered with “over-trying”. The Law of Least Effort really fits that situation. thank you for your support.
Actually, it’s called THE LAW OF REVERSED EFFORT…my bad.
And for those that STILL hold on to the belief, the “Mental Game” is not worth acting on…wake up. Golfers’ results are “governed” by it and this example you provided is just one of many stories where golfers underperform for no reason.–become frustrated– and yet they continue to rationalize it away. Interesting, eh?
Good Luck John,
Correction: “yard” not “your”. Sorry for the typo.
no problem. Glad you see this law playing out!!!
I used this mental tip yesterday every shot and I was able to actually relax. The words “least effort” sinks in along with Paul’s “stay loose” suggestion. Getting the (least effort stay loose) parts into a golf swilng is a 180 change for me and it’s working. My thought process now as I approach a shot is to stay loose and least effort. I have used swing easy but least effort is much more meaningful for me. Thanks for that great tip.
It’s always gratifying when folks ACTUALLY put things into practice. The only way to know for yourself is to DO IT and you have–great for you!!!
Everyone “resonates” with something different so glad this had an impact.
***SUBTLE TIP FOR YOU AND ANYONE READING THIS…
Remember–the key is to be AWARE when OVER trying/thinking/doing is happening–THEN you can “separate” from that feeling and apply the phrase of choice. Works FAR BETTER than trying to use the phrase WHILE YOU ARE OVER “COOKING” ANYTHING!
Keep us posted!
This great tip comes just at the right time. I was at the range yesterday and I always start with my driver because that’s how I usually start a real game without a chance to warm up. After about 10 great swings I switched to my hybrid and started topping the ball. I became so tense that I couldn’t regain my swing even after switching back to my driver or 7 iron. So I packed up and went off for a beer ( it’s 110F degrees here in the shade}. I’ll put your tips into action later today and ” slow down and stay loose” .
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