While driving around the golf course yesterday, I noticed in 2 groups something interesting in some pre shot routines…..
The D player in an event would set up to the ball, then spend 10-20 seconds gauging where the ball was. You could see in their waggle, they were attempting to find the ball in the downswing…. Their practice swing was their backswing down to the ball… NO FOLLOW THROUGH! Watching 2 groups in a row hit a fairway shot to the green, the D player in both groups never looked at the green once they placed their feet into their stance. The major part of the check list was preparing to strike the ball…..
The A players in both groups did something very different. Their pre shot ritual was much more focused on the flagstick and green. The practice swing of one A player had almost no backswing, and you could tell he was just focusing on ‘throwing’ the club out towards the target…. Their practice swing was basically the follow through…. The other A player just kept looking up and adjusting to what was out in front of them….
It’s an important lesson. THE BALL IS UNIMPORTANT in the golf swing. Prepare to throw the club and let the ball get in the way.