The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Golf Swing Coach App- A Sport Psychologist Approach for dealing with Murphy’s Law
Not Everything you think should happen will happen, golf is an excellent place to prove this-
I use a simple but effective golf swing coach app, or approach, in my game management during the round. The simple golf swing coach app states, “One shot can’t win the tournament for you, but one shot can definitely lose the tournament for you.” Then the compound factor can occur, which is Murphy’s Law. Murphy’s Law is like gravity; it affects everyone the same. When a golfer makes an errant shot, the golfer usually start playing more aggressively to compensate for the errant shot. This is the compound negative effect in game management.
On the 14th hole at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday, 29Jan2017, Stacy Lewis’ tee shot landed just off the fairway in the secondary rough on a slight downhill lie. Stacy will be addressing the ball with her feet slightly above the ball. From the first analysis the golfer is thinking, No problem, as even most amateurs would probably think to themselves looking at this lie, I got this. As you are aware, the ball will typically trail according to the slope. In this case, the ball has a tendency to trail from left to right. This wasn’t the case in Stacy’s shot. The golf ball went dramatically to the left and stayed left.
Murphy’s Law sometimes trumps physical laws of golf.
Stacy’s approach shot on the 14th went dramatically left into a planted or vegetated area. Stacy’s third shot from the vegetated area had to clear a curb along the cart path. You have to be cognizant of Murphy’s Law, in this case, that states- If anything that can go wrong, it will go wrong, even if you’re a professional golfer. Stacy’s third shot hit the concrete curb and ricochet, or bounced, back into the vegetated area, but now where Stacy’s fourth shot is at, she had no clear shot without taking an unplayable lie. After taking the option of an unplayable lie, Stacy made a 7 on the par 4- 14th. This took her out of the tie for first place.
Dealing with the False Sense of Security and Murphy’s Law
Of all the shots I’m most concerned about is the ball being below my feet. This can give a golfer a false sense of security, especially in the rough. When you are in this situation with the ball below your feet, you want to play a conservative golf shot, instead of progressive shot. Your objective is to put your ball into a position where you have the most options. I have to apply my golf swing coach app of sport psychologist of applying discipline, in this case, I just want to advance the golf ball down fairway not trying to go for the green, but a great approach into the green.
I realize that this is not the most glorious golf shot, but you are at least looking at par or better, instead of bogey or worse is a far better sport psychologist approach. A great golf swing coach app, or sport psychologist, in your game management is to keep two things in mind- ONE is- “One shot can’t win the tournament for you, but one shot can definitely lose the tournament for you.” Second is Murphy’s Law- If anything that can go wrong, it will go wrong.
This is playing golf from what I refer to as the 8-10 Rule. This states that for 10 golf shots made from one spot, I can confidently make eight of the golf shots into a designated drop zone, or area. This is playing golf based on what you can do, instead of what you can’t do. I cover the 8-10 Rule in Section 7.6 of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
7.6 I use these SAFE golf balls for tee and approach shots. Then in the next step, I replace the SAFE golf balls with regular golf balls for the chip, pitch shots, and putting. The putting area is a two-foot radius, marked by a five-gallon bucket. I use the 4O5 Training Drill to help set up the 8-10 Rule, where eight shots out of ten total shots must hit the drop zone. This is a statistical analysis in actual play. If you double the 4O5 Training Drill, you will get 8-10, which is an 80 percent accuracy rate.
For more information on the 8-10 sport psychologist Rule and the 405- Training Drill that is similar to a scrimmage-type football practice, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the following links:
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