Have you ever stood over the ball just knowing that this shot is going to be one of your best? And when you make your swing that’s exactly what happens?
Now remember the times when you stood over the ball and you started worrying about where the ball was going to go because you KNEW there was something wrong. Or whether you would be able to make good contact and you didn’t.
Ken Venturi said many times that good players do not get out of swing. They get out of position. You put them back in position and their swing comes back.
That’s what your stance does for you. It gets you in position to make your best swing.
I would imagine you never practice your stance. If that’s true, then please start getting into the habit.
You can do this inside your house. Drop a ball on the carpet and address it with your 5-iron. How do you feel? Do you have that feeling of great confidence, or is it just you standing up to the ball?
Break your stance, take a few steps away, then approach the ball and set up again. How about now?
What you’re watching out for are minute changes in your grip, in your posture, in ball position, and anything else that makes one stance feel different from another.
What you’re practicing is perhaps the most important thing you can practice. Your swing emerges from your stance. Your stance leads into your swing. Good golf is played by making your best swing more often, and that means taking your best stance more often.
When you’re in position, you don’t need swing thoughts, and you don’t need to think about whether this will be a good shot or not. Your mind gets filled with the quiet confidence that all you have to do is get the club in motion and everything will be all right.
Believe me, when I’m at the range and I’m in position, I KNOW that my best shot is coming up next. My bad shots? They didn’t happen because my swing changed. They came because I took my stance for granted and couldn’t swing the way I wanted to.
Of course you want to practice your swing, but spend time practicing your stance, too. It will really pay off.