AT­TEN­TION PLEASE

Golf World (UK) - - TALKING POINTS -

I have been a sub­scriber for many years and I don’t re­call see­ing any­thing in the mag­a­zine that I and, I sus­pect, many of my age group suf­fer from.

I am a 73-year-old and play, weather per­mit­ting, three times a week, so am rea­son­ably fit.

My big prob­lem is my con­cen­tra­tion. An anal­ogy I use when I try to de­scribe it to my golf­ing friends is that it is like some­one has turned a switch off in my brain when I start my swing. My mind seems to go com­pletely blank and I end up lash­ing at the ball like a whirling dervish.

When I do man­age to hold my con­cen­tra­tion I can hit the ball as well as I did back in the day when I played off six. My hand­i­cap now is 17 but I am rarely able to play to it.

So the holy grail for me is to find some way of im­prov­ing my con­cen­tra­tion – it’s be­come so se­vere that I’ve even con­sid­ered hyp­no­sis!

I would love to see an ar­ti­cle in Golf World by one of your mind gu­rus on the sub­ject to get me back to where I was. It is very pos­si­ble that I am clutch­ing at a very short straw, but I live in hope! Brian Gil­bert, Braunton

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