TRAIN TO STRIKE A POSE

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Winterize Your Game - BY JUSTIN THOMAS

When I watch am­a­teurs re­hearse be­fore hit­ting a shot, a lot of times I see re­ally nice-look­ing swings. They look smooth, in no hurry, and they don’t stop un­til they’ve made a nice wrap­around fin­ish. Then they step up to the ball and swing, and it looks short, quick and off-bal­ance. What hap­pened? Well, I’ll let the sport psy­chol­o­gists tackle that one. Rather than fo­cus on that, I want you to pay more at­ten­tion to what you’re feel­ing as you make those nice prac­tice swings with­out a ball. I hope you’ll be do­ing that a lot around the house this win­ter. See if you can swing at a pace that al­lows you to get into a fin­ish po­si­tion like you’re strik­ing a pose. Here I’ve got my weight on my left side, post­ing on that leg, and my shoul­ders and chest are fully ro­tated. I could stand like this for hours. What I did was swing at a pace where the club was mov­ing its fastest just past im­pact. The mo­men­tum of this ac­cel­er­a­tion car­ried me into this pose. Do that over and over, and it will even­tu­ally take hold when you get back on the course. thomas was the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for 2017.

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