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Lock down week two (part 2)

House arrest part 2

I’m sitting down and starting to relax again from a rather mild day with home schooling, we did the Joe wicks kids workout (not sure which kids its aimed at, as I cant complete half of it) bit of home work which actually went quite well! I've rekindled my childhood love for building Lego and only snapped and the kids once, but to be fair they were messing up my Lego rocket!

Back running again which is a much needed distraction from all the doom  and gloom that’s about. Anyway, enough of the rambling, I’d love to write all the exciting things that’s been going on but lets be honest apart from home schooling, exercise and alcohol my life at present doesn’t consist of much.

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Starting week two of house arrest

The start of our second week in isolation and if you’re anything like me the first week was a bit of a struggle. Ive spent most of my working life outdoors, I interact with numerous different people each day and pretty much have verbal diarrhoea 9 hours a day. Well not so much this last week, apart from barking at the kids for fighting and not doing the home schooling work we’ve set out, I’ve not really had much to say. So with the culture shock over and now pretty much used to being at home all day everyday, apart from our daily family walk (sounds more fun than it is, trying to stop a 4 year old on her bike diving into the road, trying to keep up with her brother is bloody stressful) I’m going to start this week with a plan, a plan to work as much as I can and to stay healthy both mentally and physically. I’ve had a workout most days just to pass the time but quite honestly I’m winging it most of the time. So this week I’m going to plan my time and try and have some structure to each day to keep me focused on what I need to more »

Isolation and missing golf

So here we are on our first full week of isolation, not sure about you but I’m finding it very hard. The simple things we take for granted day to day I am missing so much, the 50 min car journey to work that I wish could be 5 mins, I am now longing for to have some peace and quiet to let my mind shut down for a bit.

The looking down the first fairway excited yet apprehensive about how I am going to play, but who cares right? I’m doing something I love! Well it’s times like these which make you look at things with a different set of emotions.

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Changing the way you see your golf

We often spend a lot of time post round reflecting on what didn’t go so well, you only have to sit in the club house on a Saturday afternoon and listen to the tales of woe about how the drive up 9 or the duffed chip shot on 6 ruined what could have been a good round.  We don’t tend to see all the good shots as much. Take an average 18 handicapper who’s just shot 5 over their handicap it’s fair to say within the 95 shots during the round a high percentage would have been more than adequate for their standard of golf they expect to play, however they seem to gloss over the good and primarily focus on the bad stuff. To develop as golfers, we must reflect on what is both bad and good equally and focus our practice to both maintain our strengths and develop our weaknesses. That’s why I believe to truly improve our golf having a fair, clear minded reflection process can help us continually improve our golf. Once we understand what is both good and what needs improvement we can start to structure our practice and tuition sessions around both the good and bad. I often have conversations with pupil’s regard what needs working on, whether it be improve driving, chipping or putting and when in the coaching room a lot of what they describe of how bad it is or how they can’t play certain shots doesn’t really show up, then I get the “well it’s because your standing behind me, I’m focusing more so I’m playing better today” line. I very rarely hear any pupil come to me with them wanting improve their process to how they approach shots to reproduce the good shots that they know they’re able to achieve that doesn’t come to fruition on the course, it’s always about the technique.   Granted often there is some fundamental technique issues that are the root cause of some of the stray shots or duffed chips, but we have to remember for a high percentage of the round those technical issues aren’t hitting bad shots. The best golfers have a wonderful ability to manage their ball around the course irrespective of how good or bad they’re hitting it on any given day. I put most of this down to the mental toughness of being able to stay in their process for each and every shot no matter what has happened on the previous shot. It’s a bit of a cliché but each shot IS the first shot and we should train ourselves to approach it as that. We can change what has just happened and we can’t fully control what might happen in two holes’ time, we can only focus on the shot in hand that we are faced with each time, we can’t fully do that if we are stood on the 11th tee with our minds are still on the 9th tee where we hit a huge slice out of bounds.  Which makes be start to think the reason why a pupil on the range tends to hit more good than bad shots is that they are focused on the shot in hand without the mind drifting off about the previous shot or fear of what might happen if they slice it.             If you can begin to develop the skill of treating each shot the same no matter how well or how bad the previous shot was, you will start to see the true golfer that is within. Will you start to play perfect golf each round? No! but you will start to see you start to reduce the rounds where one bad shot causes the rounds to fall away from you and reduce the poor scoring patterns lasting so long during competition rounds. It won’t happen straight away you have to work on it, you have to practice YOU as much as you practice your technique. Something as simple as starting to do your pre shot routine each shot in practice will start to develop a process that works for you, the more you practice it the more you’re likely to reproduce a good process for each shot on the course to help reduce those scores and when not being quite on point reduce the bad scores.   Happy golfingread more »

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