‘Clear your mind and rely on feels’
Technical perfection is not vital to playing well
My new way of working has cleared my mind. It has proved to me I don’t have to hit it ‘perfect’ to hit good shots. That is nice to know. I now have a bank of a million different swing feelings that I take out in case it starts to go badly. I tell myself on the course “if this happens, I need to work on getting this feeling”. Sometimes I might exaggerate it and we will film it on the golf course, so I can watch it and make sure it is in the memory bank. If I need to hit a big draw I will know I need to feel like this. In the past, I got too monotone on the driving range. If I hit driver, I would hit a fade ALL the time. I got so far away from the centre line it became so hard for me to hit a draw all of a sudden. But when I practise on the course now I think I am near to zero – closer to that dead-centre line – and so it is easier to pick out a draw if I really need to hit one.