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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Caveman Golf

I believe sports psychologist Gio Valiante is responsible for that term. He says it means, "See ball. Hit ball."

I really like that. Golf should be that simple.

Don't give me that look. It should be that simple, shouldn't it? You do plenty of other things that way. Just think about it...

You play catch with your kid. (Or maybe throw Frisbees; I've been doing that a lot with the neighborhood kids lately.) Do you agonize over your hand or foot position? Do you try to consciously control how far back you take the ball? When I throw a Frisbee, I just think about how hard I want to throw it... and my followthrough. (If I finish with my hand pointed toward my target, I'll probably get it pretty close.)

How about when you swat a fly or drive a nail? I used both of those for examples in the loop sequence (specifically, in this post). When I use either move, I'm generally thinking about my target, be it nail or fly.

Tried shooting basketball with paper wads lately? I bet you focused on the waste basket during your Air Jordan imitation.

Most of us instinctively focus on targets. Sometimes I think that's why we have so much trouble with golf - we get too hung up on positions. We think about the club or the ball or our shoulder or our alignment, but never about the hole. I try to write about techniques that will allow you to do a lot of things without thinking about them, not because you want to create some mindless stroke but because you want to focus on your target.

As much as possible, try to think more about where the ball should go than how it's going to get there. Caveman golf is the natural way to play.

After all, you're using a club, aren't you?

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