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 When it comes to “swing-thoughts”, I personally have tried my fair share over the years. Some of which have yielded consistent and positive results, a few which work depending on the day, and many that have crashed and burned undeserving score cards. Trying to keep things simple, I limit myself to one thought while swingIng. Depending on what Shot I’m playing or what my miss is for that day, I will have 2-3 different “thoughts” to stay focused on for that day/round.

 It’s a beautiful thing when keeping things simple, with a handful of these Mantras in your pocket pays off on the course. 
 

 On that note, I would be very interested to hear what others “Swing-Thoughts” are that have worked well, saved someone from disaster, kept a round on course, etc. This can be for any/all shots whether be off the tee, from particular lies, particular thoughts for different clubs, shot -types, trajectories, etc.

 I figure with enough combined years of golfing wisdom here, there has to be something I can absorb/try in the course. A different perspective is always refreshing, and in a worse case it doesn’t work and you try something else. One of your simple “swing-thoughts” could be something that changes my gold game forever. (With the understanding that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another.) 

 

 

 

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I am not a very technical player so my moves are more thought / imagery.

Last year I began to tell myself "Smooth-Smooth" during my backswing and forward stroke.  

This was done primarily on putts and as I began to really love it, I would use it for chips and pitches.  

I don't necessarily say it for longer irons and woods but I will say it during my practice swings.  Smooth-Smooth helps me stay loose and in tempo.

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Mine is stop having swing thoughts and create swing feels. 

If setup is correct then I am free to pick a target and shot I want to hit. Rehearse the feeling in need for the swing. 

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16 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Mine is stop having swing thoughts and create swing feels. 

If setup is correct then I am free to pick a target and shot I want to hit. Rehearse the feeling in need for the swing. 

So much this.

I always think about my target and ballflight in the swing. With my irons, if I've done everything correct in setup and takeaway, when I get to the top of the swing I get a feeling like I want to swing through the ball, smashing it with my right palm on the way through. It's not something I consciously think about, it's something my body feels in reaction to doing everything before the downswing correctly.

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Swing thoughts are the main reason why it's hard to take your swing from the range to the course.  When on the range working out issues, swing thoughts are important as long as you don't have too many.  Engrain the thought so you don't have to think about it on the course.  When you do, it takes away your feel for the shot and where you want to hit the ball.

The thought I have on the course after picking a target is Make a good shot.  Anything negative is not understood by your brain, so don't think... Don't do this; don't do that; don't go there!!! Trust me; you will do this, do that , and go there!

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3 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Mine is stop having swing thoughts and create swing feels. 

Like Ricky, I've settled in to a feel thought which also helps me with tempo. The feel portion is to guide the feeling of dropping the hands down into the slot to keep swing inside. "Pull the.....chain" like pulling a ceiling fan light chain straight down to the ground. Tempo wise "Pull...the..." on backswing (it's also a little shorter to remind not to over extend backswing) with brief pause at transition, and "chain" on downswing as hands drive down with butt end of club pointing towards the ball.

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When I'm on the course I try not to have a swing  thought.  Clear mind = pure swing/contact.  Some of the best driver/iron/wedge/putter swings I've had I don't even remember what I did for that swing. Now, if my swing is off, then all kinds of swing thoughts go through my head which usually results in worse swings, lol.

 

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After watching a bunch of Golf Sidekick videos where professionals were talking about rhythm and tempo, that's the only thing I try to focus on once I pick my line. As long as I don't try to kill it and have a smooth rhythm, the shots seem to go pretty well. 

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On 8/6/2021 at 2:33 PM, John W Sutch said:

Was fitted by a Callaway rep for the Fusion when introduced. 9 deg with Recoil ES 450/F3 shaft. Loved the driver at the time. Excellent dispersion and good distance for a guy 70 yrs of age. 210-220 yds. Played the driver for a couple of yrs with satisfaction. Then Cobra introduced the Speedzone. Heard great reviews about the driver and decided to try it. Needless to say I was impressed. Was hitting the ball 20 to 40 yds further than with the Callaway. Dispersion was about equal. So I ordered one. 9 deg with UST Helium shaft SF3. Is my gamer but still play the Calloway from time to time. Have enjoyed both clubs.

 

21 hours ago, MDGolfHacker said:

When I'm on the course I try not to have a swing  thought.  Clear mind = pure swing/contact.  Some of the best driver/iron/wedge/putter swings I've had I don't even remember what I did for that swing. Now, if my swing is off, then all kinds of swing thoughts go through my head which usually results in worse swings, lol.

 

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This is the purest form of the truth. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve over-thought a drive on the tee box and sent my ball into the woods. Only to follow it up with the “f&$@ this….. time to grip it and rip it I’m over this hole…” only to lookup after hitting the ball and watch it ride a rope all the way to the fairway. 
 

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All of these replies are awesome, thanks everyone! It’s interesting to see a mix of things I’ve tried or used I. The course before, and a few outlooks that are new to me as well. 

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For years I fought a slice until I started using this swing thought for the downswing; “backhand the first baseman. “ This help promote an in to out path and releasing the club. 

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For the last week or so, I’ve tried to not have any swing thoughts during an actual round and it seems to have helped.  I’ll picture my shot from behind the ball to line it up, take a practice swing or two to get the bottom point of my swing, and then take the shot with my brain on auto-pilot.  I’m restricting swing thoughts to practice only for the remainder of the season.

 

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My best rounds coincide with one swing thought “smooth 30%”  of course my buddies say Im still swinging full speed but it feels like 30% to me and helps me sync up and find the center of the clubface… well sometimes at least!

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6 hours ago, BenjaminButtonz said:

All of these replies are awesome, thanks everyone! It’s interesting to see a mix of things I’ve tried or used I. The course before, and a few outlooks that are new to me as well. 

BB, I’d be curious to hear if you try anything mentioned that was new and if you think or feel may have worked for you. Of course it’s not just “I’ll try this one shot….” But after a couple rounds let us know. 

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I check when setting up that my grip is light and that there is absolutely no tension in my arms. Then smooth tempo is the only thing I think about when actually swinging. Anything more leads to paralysis through analysis. I really wonder what horrible things people are doing to themselves and their game when they stand over the ball for more than a second or two before taking the club back. 

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To explain my one and only swing thought (be ready, it's weird) you have to understand that it has nothing to do with golf, I only use it to calm my mind when over the ball. I've found that any thinking is counter productive for me, as it only leads to tension.  So, when anything try's to force it's way into my mind prior to swinging I mentally sing a line from a song in the musical Annie, "The sun'll come out tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar, Tomorrow".  It's impossible to be fearful or tense when I internally sing that, it's so weird it just makes me smile when I do it, and then I swing.  By the way, it's a song my now 25 yr. old daughter used to always sing to me when she was little, whatever works my man.     

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I have a very simple swing thought in Practice and on the Course and it is really an over simplification.  I pick a target with driver, irons or putter and then I say to myself--Introduce the face of the club to the back of the ball.....no other thoughts, just do the introduction.  That simple thought has slowed my swing down, given me patience to finish the back then swing without trying to hit the ball too hard. 

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Here's something that has served me well over the years.  It's ok to have a swing thought or two, however have them while you're standing behind the ball zoning in on your target and the type of shot you want to play.  Once you address the ball don't replay what you just thought about standing behind the ball.  Take a slow deep breath, waggle a couple of times, then make a swing.  Once you make this a habit you'll be amazed how it will free you up.  Don't get paralysis by analysis over the ball.  Good luck.

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As the round progresses I get the dreaded “KILL” swing thought. I tried counting: 1 - 2 - swing on 3. While it slowed my takeaway it did not eliminate the Kill Switch. So like others, I am working on feel. I pic a target image to occupy my mind, and then I go for a swing feel. Unfortunately, I have days when I completely lose my smooth swing feel and struggle to get it back. That is my biggest dragon to slay … keeping a relaxed feel. I guess I get tense. I don’t know what goes wrong.

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From Danny Maude on his You Tube videos for swing tempo/say One hundred AND One when you hit the ball.  Works for tempo.

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