Occasionally I run into a student who has been thinking his way through every shot. It is always shocking when I discover this as I don’t look for it. I have been doing some writing about this topic lately and while doing so ran across this tidbit:
“In a 2013 survey, 28 PGA Tour golf professionals we’re asked about what their favorite swing thought was.
“Here’re the results:
• 18 pro’s said they didn’t think about anything at all during their swing.
• 10 who did have a swing thought said it was to focus on a spot a few inches in front of the ball, to encourage swinging through, instead of hitting at the ball or they focused on the desired shape of their shot.
• None of them said they had any technical thoughts about their swing.”
From Darrell Klassen’s Cut the Crap Golf Blog
I also recall baseball great Yogi Berra being asked what he thought about while hitting and his answer was (approximately) “If I had to think while hittin’ I couldn’t hit nothin’!”
If you have students who are talking themselves through their shots (mentally), you need to find ways to discourage that practice. It is a real barrier to better performances.