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Power Moves: Your Innate Swing Unleashed

How would you describe a perfect shot? Every golfer can relate to the indescribable feeling of hitting the “sweetspot”.

For the devout golfer, the essence of the game is discovering the recipe to consistently re-create that effortless feeling. The biggest misconception for the average golfer is believing the evanescent feeling is a by-product of proper technique.

Golf is often referred to as the ultimate game of feel, yet the majority of instruction focuses on technical perfection. Do you believe that poor shots are the result of a neglected fundamental; lifting the head or bending the left elbow or dipping the shoulder or…

Your innate sense of feel isn’t based on how much you can remember, but rather on your ability to forget all the technical imperatives for one-and-a-half seconds and just hit the damn ball!

If you’ve ever hit a perfect shot then you have the ability. The key to re-creating those shots is developing a physical trigger that short-circuits the analytical process and allows you to swing freely.

Sounds complicated doesn’t it?

Regardless of skill level, any golfer can develop a unique trigger that allows you to consistently play to the best of your ability.

The routine can be as simple as tapping the ground once (Brandt Snedeker) or twirling the club (Phil Mickelson) or hitching the pants (Jim Furyk). Any action that a player repeats consistently is their unique power move or switch to transition from thinking to feeling.

While every player is unique, there are three common elements in every effective trigger: (1) the player’s posture becomes upright. In other words, the trigger reminds them to stand tall. (2) The player keeps moving until he/she feels ready. Motion is the pathway to feeling. (3) A trigger typically lasts between three and five seconds. For most golfers, this is the optimum time frame to start the swing.

How do you discover your trigger?

Close your eyes and recall your last perfect shot. Can you see the target? Rewind the memory and watch yourself selecting the club and preparing to hit the shot. Focus on the feeling as you address the ball. Did you know the shot was going to be good? Repeat the memory until you can consciously re-create the optimum feel.

Every round has at least one perfect shot. It might be a two-hundred-and-fifty- yard drive or a four-foot putt.Whenever you hit a perfect shot, hang onto the feeling as long as possible. Have you ever seen a tour Professional hold their finish position? Ever wonder what they’re waiting for?

Now you know.

I look forward to helping you discover the innate ability every golfer has when they learn how to move beyond swing mechanics.

Thanks for reading!

Dave Johnston, B.A., Psychology, is a retired member of the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association and Director of Instruction at Bloomington Downs Golf Centre in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. He has taught over eleven-thousand lessons during a thirty-two- year career. He currently teaches private lessons three days a week. Dave is a self-published, award-winning author focused on helping “average” golfers break through common misconceptions in traditional instruction. For simple lessons in various formats, please visit:

http://www.davejohnstongolf.com.

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