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Golf Australia Express : Issue 41
THERE HAS BEEN SO much written on the golf swing that we could fill an entire issue with the names of books written about it alone. But I don't want to talk about the swing---at least, not the whole swing--- because as soon as the club starts moving, almost everything about the shot has been decided. It doesn't matter what standard you play to, nor your handicap---if you are sweating the shot before you start, your ball is in for an adventure. It's hard to recall a long list of good shots played amidst a backdrop of internal debate regarding club selection. People will talk about the importance of the follow-through just as they will comment on the influence of the backswing on defining the ball's trajectory. And sure, this is all true---I'm not going to go into battle against the great army of golf sages who have written on the subject. But the swing is essentially muscle memory. Once you have worked your way around THE MOMENT BEFORE A SWING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, WRITES WILL HONE. THE SWING OF IT with Will Hone IN HONING the course enough to play to a handicap below 36, your swing is like a fingerprint. It is yours, it is unique and (unlike your fingerprint) it probably needs a good deal of work. But you could do it in your sleep. The only thing that might get in your way is your state of mind. Water is a terrifying prospect because it gets into our heads. Before the shot it's there, lurking, and it is only the strong or extremely confident who approach the ball oblivious to the risks. For many in such circumstance, that moment before the shot is spent obsessing on how to miss the water, and we all know how that tends to work out. Every shot on the course from the tee to green starts with a decision. It is a decision made in the quiet solitude of concentration, and the quality of that concentration may be measured in the path traced by ball immediately after impact. It is the decision to begin. A good shot needs more than a good swing---it needs a calm mind in that magical moment. Anyone who has enjoyed a good hole knows what this feels like, but it is only masters of the game who can replicate it time and time again, despite perceived pressure. And it is the mastery of the mind that makes such a simple game so interesting. OTG A good shot needs more than a good swing---it needs a calm mind in that magical moment. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
Issue 40—The US Open