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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dan Martin on Talking to Your Ball (Video)

This simple drill is more helpful than you can possibly imagine.

Dan's idea about 'staying present' during your swing is a good one. By focusing on saying the word hit -- although it can be almost any word (personally, I would say BOOM!) -- you force yourself to concentrate on the moment of impact. That's good for your swing.

But I'll take it even further.

Many players don't realize that they should inhale at some point during their backswing, then exhale as they hit the ball. That's a basic truth, if you will, in all physical effort -- you exert the most force if you exhale as you perform the motion. (For example, if you do squats, inhale on the way down and exhale as you push up because the push is where you need to exert the most effort.)

So, if you speak to the ball at the moment of impact, you have to exhale and it should help you exert the most effort at the correct moment. Best of all, timing the word you speak at impact will automatically unleash the most effort without you having to consciously try to hit the ball hard.

Don't underestimate the value of this tip. Anytime you can get yourself to perform an action that uses tricky timing with a much simpler trigger, you almost always improve your performance.

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