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lessonspin Simplifying Your Plan We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this great fall weather. This month’s article is all about mapping out a practice plan that puts first things first and ensures practicing with a purpose. The fundamentals of the golf swing have not Andy Loving changed that much over the PGA Professional past several 100 years. We Laurel Country Club need to have a good grip, good aim and a good set- up. Then we need to have a good short game and a strong mental approach. It shouldn’t be that complicated. It’s just human nature for us to overcomplicate things in life and this is especially true in the game of golf. I love to read golf magazines as much as the next person, but let’s put things into perspective. If the swing hasn’t really changed that much over the years but the golf magazines have to come out every month; what on earth are they going to talk about? That’s where we start to overcomplicate things and it just snowballs from there. Everybody has a different golf swing. Like fingerprints, there are no two golf swings alike. While the fundamentals are important, we must learn to keep things simple. The true “Art of Golf ” comes from 50 learning when and where to work on the fundamentals, how to separate playing golf and working on your swing and learning the “Art of Practice.” How, What and When to Practice Not everyone has to learn the so-called perfect swing to play good golf, but every golfer needs to learn the fundamentals of the game and how and when to practice those fundamentals. Golf seems to be one of those sports where the players try to think about how to do it while they’re doing it. When you’re playing baseball, you couldn’t think about your fundamentals while trying to hit the ball. You just hit the ball. The same approach needs to be carried over to the golf swing. You only get the most out of your potential when you trust your instincts and swing freely without any mechanical thoughts such as keep your head down or keep your left arm straight. The bottom line is we need to learn how to separate playing golf from playing golf swing. We must learn to practice our fundamentals on the range and when we play golf…just play golf. We must learn how to play the game by feel and trust that our mechanics are getting better from the time we spend on the practice tee. Look at it this way – if you haven’t learned it by the time you tee it up, you’re not going to learn it in the four hours on the golf course. As a matter of fact, you’re going to make your situation much worse by trying to think too much about the how to do it while you’re doing it. When you get too mechanical minded, you lose whatever bit of natural ability you have. Golf for Thought Have you ever played a second ball from the fairway after hitting a bad shot or played a second putt after hitting a bad first putt? Do you remember how you hit that shot or putt? Usually you hit a good one because you just get up and hit it without thinking too much about it. Sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella calls it “getting out of your own way.” That’s exactly what happens when you’re just thinking about the target vs. thinking about how to swing. When you get out of your own way you get the most out of your ability. d a th to a w it T to fr p T p c m m te te g lo sw o sh p p sh th n m T if c h to 7 y se ti a sa ti th th le a