Today’s golf lesson is on focus.
Question… When was the last time when you were playing that you studied the HOLE. Just the hole, not the grass, not the slope, not the grain, just the hole?
All too many times, while our intent is putting the ball in the hole, we somehow never really focus upon just the hole itself. Ask any professional or good player and they will tell you…”Getting the ball in the hole is what it’s all about.” Nobody ask how it looked or felt. But everyone always asks what you shot.
As we all know, the lowest score wins. It’s no secret. So…since we are focusing on score for this lesson. Let’s focus on the HOLE, just the hole.
We already know the dimensions of the hole. As posted in the rules of golf it quotes.
The “hole” must be 4 1/4 inches (108 mm) in diameter and at least 4 inches (101.6 mm) deep. If a lining is used, it must be sunk at least 1 inch (25.4 mm) below the putting green surface, unless the nature of the soil makes it impracticable to do so; its outer diameter must not exceed 4 1/4 inches (108 mm)
Basically we put a golf ball that is 2.2 times smaller in circumference than the inside diameter of the hole. Simple right…lol
In reality it is simple but, what happens with most is they focus more upon the how rather than the what, i.e., how to get it in the hole.
Next time your out putting or playing, take 3-5 seconds and study the hole itself…nothing else. Sounds funny right. It’s NOT! Study it’s edges and the lip of the cup. Find the exact blade of grass the ball will go over to get in the hole.
By focusing and saying to yourself “That is where the ball will enter the hole”. In that exact moment when you are looking at the hole, you will begin sending neuro transmitters to your brain telling it what to do.
Your brain will figure out the how, your only deal is to accomplish the end result of getting the ball in the hole. That’s it.
So the next time your putting. Set up and get ready to putt, then just before you putt, stare at the EXACT spot on the hole YOU want the ball to go in at. Stare at it for 3-4 seconds, then look back to the ball and take your stroke.
I think you will find that you at the very least will hit the hole more often than not. and I am sure you will make a few more putts than you normally do.
Good luck with this and try it during putting practice, you will see quickly what I am talking about.
Until next time…Happy Golfing and Have a great day.