I was late-night channel surfing recently and saw one of my favorite golfers on an older edition of Playing Lessons from the Pros on The Golf Channel.
Greg Norman has always been one of my pro golf heros. He's not only had a brilliant professional golfing career, he has also accomplished loads of off-course related successes as well. I am looking forward to the 2011 President's Cup where he'll go head to head with another one my favorite pros, Fred Couples. But I digress.
So I paused channel flipping momentarily to take in a few nuggets of wisdom from the Shark this night. Just maybe there will be something I can take to the course, if the weather ever budges above freezing.
It was a lot of the same old, same old until he mentioned something that peaked my interest as he was preparing for another perfect tee shot. It went something like this...
I see a lot of amateurs step up to the tee and see nothing but hazards. Their thoughts are consumed by how to carry the water or stay left of the bunkers. They never really focus on where they want the ball to go... which should be down the middle of the fairway.
It suddenly occurred to me that I've noticed that too. I've got several friends who actually verbalize a checklist of exactly what they shouldn't do with their drive without any mention of what they can do.
I'm no expert, but I know I've heard lots of golf experts profess the value of fixing your mind on where you want to be instead of where you do not want to be. It's no wonder my friends with the bad tee-ball habits watch a good percentage of their drives go exactly where they focused their mind on ...right in the crapper.
Thanks Greg! I'm storing this little gem away and plan on reviewing it again as the spring season approaches.