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Swing Thoughts For Better Shots

I was scrolling through golf Twitter this morning when I stumbled upon an article from titled "Eliminate fear before every swing with this simple mind trick". As someone who just wants to get better at the game, I was intrigued. In fact, I was so intrigued that I ultimately clicked that super click-bait link.

The piece was good. Damn good. You should read it. I didn't have an issue with fear, but I will read anything about the sport if I think there's something to be gained. Turns out, there is. For you. At least, for those of you who struggle with "fear" when hitting a freaking golf ball.

There's no point in discussing mechanics here, because that's not my forte. I'm more of a "mental game" kind of fella. If you can't win in the mind, then you'll never win on the field, court, course, or life. So, here are some "swing thoughts" to help you really conquer your fear, and start sticking those greens from 170 out like the one time you totally did it before.

"Don't be a bitch"

This is a classic, and if it isn't already in your bag, it needs to be. This should be the first thing you say to yourself when you step up to the ball, whether you're hitting from 500 yards out, or putting for double bogie 12-feet away. If you hit it like a bitch, which is a female dog incapable of even grasping a golf club, let alone striking a ball with one, then you're not going to have a good time. The same can be said about life. I wouldn't limit this saying to the golf course. In fact, I make it a point to tell myself this every time I look in the mirror.

"No one better"

You are 147 yards out, but the ball is in the rough, and there are trees all around. The shot isn't impossible, though, because nothing is impossible. And guess what? There's not a single soul on this earth who is better for this shot than you. For crying out loud, everything has been building up for this moment right here. You flush this bad boy, and stick it next to the cup. Then, you're going to walk up, and knock it in the hole, because you're the man. Act like it.


Short. Sweet. To the point. Just like your swing. The kind of swing that keeps people coming back for more. The kind of swing that you practice in line at the grocery store, and everyone around you goes "damn, that's a nice swing". Suddenly, people start calling you Ace, or Mr. Smooth, or something like that. Whatever it is, it's cool, because you're showtime, baby.

"See ya"

Usually I would say this is reserved for the big hitters, but guess what my man, you ARE a big hitter. I bet you're the biggest hitter in your group. You should probably tell everyone else they better get out the popcorn, because daddy is about to put on a show.

"Shoulder to target"

This is what I have been saying to myself as of late in an effort to stop slicing the ball, and sending it to my intended target. I can't remember where I got it from, but it was an excerpt from a golf book, so I assume the advice is solid. Literally bring the club back towards your shoulder, and then forward towards the target. This is like, the whole swing. It's not nearly as sexy as the others, but if you're sending the ball anywhere but straight, it's nice to come back to that "home base".

Golf is a simple game. You hit a ball into a hole. Where it gets tricky is when courses insist you have to get that ball in the hole within an absurdly low number of attempts. That's a lot like life, isn't it? You think you've got all the time in the world. and suddenly you're on shot three of a par five, and the group behind is right on your ass. That's when it's important to remember that there's no one better to take on each and every day. Don't be a bitch. See ya.

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