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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More on the Mental Game

So Tuesday I was checking the blogs in my blog list and came across this little gem from the Constructivist over at Mostly Harmless. As I was reading that post and thinking, "Wow, I need to link to this baby!" I discovered that he had already linked to my Tuesday post on getting out of your own way when you swing.

I ended up terribly flattered... but since I was going to link to TC's post anyway, I'll just say the two posts do seem to complement each other and get on with it.

The post is simply called On Following Mi Hyun Kim, Mina Harigae, and Ai Miyazato. As most of you know, TC was at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last weekend, complete with media pass, and he posted a lot of good stuff that didn't really get much attention elsewhere. But this post particularly stands out because he followed several players around for the first 4 or 5 holes of their rounds; and in this post, as he put it, "what I want to get at is how small the differences are between a bad (Harigae), good (Kim), and great (Miyazato) round and to share some insight I gained into Ai-sama's mental approach to the game."

I don't know that I've ever seen anybody do quite what he did in this post. Essentially, he followed three different groups (six players), then wrote the post as if they were all playing in one big sixsome (try saying that five times fast!) so you can see how they each attacked the hole differently. It's really pretty cool reading -- not so much a post as a magazine feature (over 3600 words, by my reckoning) -- and well worth your time.

If you take what I wrote in my post about how to swing without bogging yourself down with swing thoughts, and then combine it with TC's insights on how to strategize your way around the course, you could conceivably see some serious improvement in your game in a very short time.

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