I’m going to remind you of something that I know has happened to you many times.
You’re in the fairway standing over the ball, your mind seems to be blank, you swing the club, and hit a tremendous shot and think to yourself, “Where did that come from?”
This happens a lot at the range, too. The first ball you hit with just a warming up swing is the best of the bucket.
The reason these things happened is that there was Nothing your mind.
I didn’t say there isn’t anything your mind. That’s different. There is something on your mind, and the name of that something is Nothing.
You’re not thinking of technique, you’re not thinking of results, not anything like that. You have cleared you mind of all that, but have not emptied it. Was you are thinking about now is Nothing.
What I mean by this is the feeling of a moving mind. that, and how to obtain it, are through described in Chapter 2 of my book, The Golfing Self.
The following golf-oriented exercise shows you a way to obtain this feeling.
I want you to take two practice swings, but without stopping between them. Start in your address position, then swing back, through, back again from there, and through a second time. Back through, back, through, two full swings in a continuous motion.
The first swing will probably be a bit clunky, like you’re trying to make a swing, but the second one will be quite relaxed, graceful, and, well, just a swing.
If you just let the second swing happen, you will have the feeling of Nothing in mind. At that point, step up to the ball and start your stroke with that feeling of Nothing still in mind. Go right away. If you delay too long, the feeling will fade away and you will be right back where you started.
Don’t hurry, just don’t dilly-dally. Step up to the ball and go while the feeling is fresh.
Practice this at home without a ball (of course). A lot. What you might have thought to be a random occurrence can become a reliable feature of your game.