Your Missing Golf Improvement Link

[headline_arial_medium_centered color=”#B10000″]Your Missing Golf Improvement Link[/headline_arial_medium_centered]

A lot of golfers don’t really understand what it takes to repeat their great golf shots. So I’m going to help you guys out by sharing some very important things you need to understand and know.  And what I’m going to reveal here is what I believe to be the missing golf improvement link, so let’s begin.

When you play a game of golf you’re consistently repeating 3 things.

1. Getting ready to hit your ball (Pre-Shot Routine)

Pre-Shot Routine

2. You swing and hit the ball (Swing)


The Golf Swing

3. Walk/drive to your next shot after hitting your last shot (Time Between Shots.  Also includes waiting for your playing partners to hit there shots etc.)

Time Between Shots

Out of those three “events” which one should you focus on to help you play golf to your true potential?

Most golfers would say the swing and although on one level that makes logical sense seen as how without a swing you would not hit the golf ball.  On another level that makes no sense whatsoever.


Because whenever you hit a great golf shot you are not consciously thinking your way through the swing.

You are NOT giving yourself technical instructions when you hit your great golf shots.

Instead you’re using your subconscious mind and your conscious mind is quiet when you hit great golf shots.  And the best analogy of using your subconscious mind when doing a physical activity is driving a car.

You don’t consciously think your way through driving a car do you? You drive subconsciously. That’s why you can drive a car and do other things like holding a conversation with someone etc.

You Drive Subconsciously (Yes! I know this is illegal!)

But this is a very important point so listen closely to what I’m about to say.

When you first started learning to drive a car you would have consciously been thinking about everything you’re doing while you’re driving.  But now driving is automatic.  Also, what you do before you start driving is setting yourself up to drive subconsciously.

They’re triggers if you will.

Because every time you drive a car you do things the same.  For example, you put the keys in the ignition, put on your seat belt, check your mirrors etc.

And this is the big important golf improvement point from this car driving analogy.

You need to do the same thing with your golf game.

You see, you need a physical trigger to tell your brain that you’re now getting ready to hit a golf shot.  Examples of triggers can be….

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  • Pulling a club our of your bag.
  • Putting on your glove.
  • Tugging on your ear.
  • Resetting your hat.
  • etc.

It doesn’t really matter what it is, but you need some unique physical act that you use to signal to your mind that it’s the start of playing your next shot.

Now if you don’t have a physical trigger to start each shot, then create one and it will help you to become a more consistent golfer and play better under pressure.  But although that’s a good thing to do it will NOT help you to repeat your great golf shots.

And neither will trying to do anything mechanical as you’re swinging, because we’ve already ascertained that your best shots are produced when you’re swinging with your subconscious mind, i.e. nothing technical going through your mind as you’re swinging.

What will help you however is to find a technique to help you swing automatically with your subconscious mind.  In The Consistent Golf System I teach golfers the best technique I’ve ever found to do this and I’ve never seen it taught anywhere else.

But in case you’re not one of the lucky golfers to get that system here’s something that will help you.

About 5 seconds before you start swinging the golf club you should start speaking out a nursery rhyme or something similar.  But whatever you choose, you need to say something that has no pauses and lasts your entire swing.

That technique works because it helps to quieten the conscious mind as you swing, leaving your subconscious mind free to swing without interference.

Again, it’s not the best technique I’ve found to do this but it’s a pretty good one. However,  you may get a few hassles from your playing partners if you speak too loud as you’re doing it.

My secret technique in The Consistent Golf System is silent so you won’t get any hassles doing it.

OK, so if you want to play to your true potential and repeat your great golf shots you nowunderstand you need a technique to switch off your conscious mind before you swing….leaving your subconscious mind free to swing the club automatically.

That takes care of 1 out of the 3 “events” that happens every time you play golf.  Let’s now look at the time you have between shots.

Does the time between shots have an affect on your ability to consistently repeat your great golf shots?

If you have a trigger to signal the start of each shot then it shouldn’t have much affect.   But you’ll increase your chances of being able to repeat your great golf shots by not thinking about anything to do with golf between your shots.  So here’s some ideas on what you can do between shots to help you do this….

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  • Talk to your playing partners about world events, family…anything!
  • Look at the surroundings….look at the clouds….try and make pictures with the clouds.
  • As you’re walking count your steps and breathe in through your nose for 4 steps and breathe out through your mouth for 8 steps. Keep doing this as you’re walking down the fairway.

OK, let’s recap what I’ve covered so far.  To consistently repeat your great golf shots you need to….

1. Have a technique to use just before you start swinging that allows you to shut off your conscious mind so you swing with your subconscious mind….just like you did when you hit your great golf shots.

2. Take your mind off golf between shots.

So the only other period of time that affects whether you’re going to hit a great golf shot is the minute or so before you start your swing.

This is called the pre-shot routine.

Now to have any chance of repeating your great golf shots you must find out the 7 things you did mentally in this time frame to hit the great golf shots you’ve hit in the past.

Because when you do that you’ll have the best chance you’ll ever have of repeating your great golf shots.

So don’t think for a second you need to have a perfect golf swing before you can consistently repeat your great golf shots.

Did you suddenly have a perfect swing every time you hit a great golf shot?

Obviously you didn’t.

And that’s why golfers like…

Lee Trevino

Jim Furyk

Ray Floyd

Arnold Palmer

…..have/can do so well with golf swings that are not considered perfect.

These great golfers figured out what they did mentally before and during each great shot and then simply repeated that every shot.  Naturally that meant that even with their quirky swings they still got great results.

So if you get nothing else from this blog post please understand this….

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This is the missing golf improvement link. 

The 1 minute or so before each shot largely determines how good a golfer you are going to become.  And for those of you that are worried about some long contrived pre-shot routine, the routine I teach golfers in The Consistent Golf System takes less than 30 seconds!

Now the sad thing is most golfers go looking for physical solutions to fix their big gulf between their great shots and bad shot.  The golf improvement industry clearly knows this because if you search Google for “golf swing help” you’ll find 25,000,000 pages all offering to help improve your golf swing!:

But don’t mix up my message…

I’m not saying you should try having a quirky swing.

I believe as far as mechanics is concerned the less moving parts you can have the better.

Also, I’m not saying that the golf swing doesn’t need to be practiced.  It does.  But you’ve got to know exactly what to practice because if you don’t know what to practice to improve you could get worse and waste your time.  BUT the bottom line is that swing practice is for the driving range and not the golf course.

On the golf course it’s too late to try and make swing changes and bark orders at yourself when you’re swinging.  It’s not what you did to hit great golf shots and it will not help you to do it again.

I’ve said this a number of times but I’ll finish this blog post off by saying it again because it’s so important….

To have any chance of repeating the great golf shots you’ve hit on a golf course in the past you’ve got to repeat the 7 mental things you did to hit them!

It’s as simple as that.

Anyway, I hope my revelations have helped you to see golf improvement in a different light.   Please leave me your comments and questions on the blog below however. I always look forward to reading your comments.


  1. Steve Olsen on April 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Great article. Thanks for sharing. I will use it in my next game of golf to hopefully settle down my erractic golf. Look forward to future information you send my way.

  2. Kirk Franklin on April 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Great article at the right time for me. I have a big tournament tomorrow and I often play a lot worse in tournaments than I do in regular play. I will use your fantastic advice and I am sure I will do better than I would have otherwise. So a big thumbs up from me!!

  3. Stu on April 14, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Nice post. But how does one go about getting the consistent golf system? I believe I need it to get to the next level.

  4. Bob on April 14, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Nice advice. I like what you have so far.

  5. Carter D on April 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

    You have expressed your ideas well. I will implement the next game I play which is tomorrow and I will let you know how I get on.

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  7. Gerome on April 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

    This is a completely different way at looking at a game of golf. I have never broken down a game of golf like that but it’s quite clever. You have my attention because for so long I have been trying to build the perfect swing and am just as consistent as I was when I had a “bad” swing. I need a different way to approach improvement and I hope this is it because I’m sick of being let down by tips and lessons.

  8. hacker on April 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    thanks for the tips. it’s a surprize that they are actually helping!

  9. Tom Hardaker on April 14, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I have tell you after reading your report I went out for a game the next day and lo and behold I had my best game in a long time! I hit more good shots then I have in ages. All I did different was to try and recapture what I did to hit my great shots and as if by magic I started hitting more good shots. You may be onto something here. Keep the good stuff coming. You seem like a breath of fresh air through the same old rehased golf tips I keep seeing in the mags.

  10. raymond on April 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Everything you have said makes perfect common sense. Just tee up the ball and hit it. Go to the next shot talking to your playing partner or hum a tune if your playing on your own,and take your next shot.

  11. Dave on April 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    A timely reminder that my mental game is slipping, thanks

  12. Peter A Lewine on April 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    There is no subconscious mind only the unconscious.

  13. Francis Mitchell on April 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Your article has made me aware of the fact that my golf swing should require the same mental process as tying my golf shoes.

  14. Don Hesketh on April 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I tried it to a small extent on my last round and I did hit better golf shots until I lost a little concentration. I will keep working on it and let you know how things go.

  15. Frank Herrera on April 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    What are these 7 mental things?

  16. BigDave on April 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    keep it coming!

  17. Marleen on April 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Great, I’ll have to try and find it out… Looks easy after all. I could think of what I’ll serve for dinner.

  18. ian on April 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    7things seems a lot to me.

    • Jeff Richmond on April 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      You did all 7 things when you hit your great golf shots so it’s not a lot when you’re doing them one after the other. It’s a very quick process.

  19. di lofthouse on April 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Have already stopped “thinking” about my next shot, visualization seems to help

  20. jay on April 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

    going to give this a go, clearing the mind may be the key. enjoying reading the articles. thanks

  21. desmond on April 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Nicklaus said that depending on the result of any given shot he could have a different swing thought on the next swing.It would be utopia if we could swing like Sam Snead.

  22. alan rothbart on April 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    great article. my problem is a great practice backswing , but when Igo to hit the ball I automaticly press forward then get the club closed &
    stuck behind me hip high (it is my yip I guess). Any thoughts on how to change this habit. I have been trying forever. thanks

    • Jeff Richmond on April 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Alan, I have a blog post coming out shortly where I share a technique you can use to fix that problem. It’s the one about fixing a bogey hole. But you can use that technique to fix this problem. Thanks. Jeff

  23. David Wright on April 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Jeff

    Are the seven preparatory thoughts (mental things) the same for everyone?


    • Jeff Richmond on April 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, they are the same for everyone. It’s what every golfer does when they hit a great golf shot whether they know about it or not. In the consistent golf system I get golfers to follow the same process of implementing these 7 mental elements. Then after that the golfer can experiment with them to find what order works best for them in relation to the great shots they’ve hit in the past.

  24. Mike Black on April 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I used to walk up to a putt, look at the ball, look at the hole, mentally calculate distance, approximately plan for movement, then hit the ball! How long did this take? Less than 2 seconds – this is quicker than Albert Pierpoint if we’re talking execution! More often than not, I would sink the putt, or leave it a few inches shy of the hole EVERY time.

    I’ve surprised playing partners by asking for the pin to be removed, then sinking the putt from an impossible position.

    It’s a matter of pure confidence – this can be developed; it can also be spread into the rest of the game, so that golf becomes a walk punctuated by the occasional wafting of a club as a 1.68″ sphere!

  25. Jerry on April 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I have been using the pre- shot rutine for some time now and my golf game has improved. its great to here it from you as a must thing to do. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  26. BobbyJoe on April 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Again, I enjoyed your article and agree that m-e-n-t-a-l is the key to success in almost any sport but very important in golf. Thanks and looking forward for more.

  27. jody siblock on April 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Like what you say and will try to implement on the course. It sounds like solid advice

    Thank You.

  28. Mercer Lawrence on April 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Where can i find the consistent golf system?

    • Jeff Richmond on April 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Hi Mercer, I hold specials on the consistent golf system regularly. I’ll send out an email to you when it’s on special. So stay tuned. Thanks. Jeff

  29. Jim Prior on April 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Jeff, i played today and had a very mixed day. I hit some very good shots and some very poor ones. I am playing again in the morning and will try the pre shot trigger as my mind is always working overtime between shots.

  30. Thommo on April 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Makes sense and well worth the read.

  31. PETER on April 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I,ll try this cheers

  32. mike on April 22, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Hi Jeff – I tried visualising hitting 50 – 1– yards further last time out. It seemed to work on the 1st tee, but after that I lost it. I’m in one of our majors tomorrow and will try again together with uncluttering of my mind and see what happens.

  33. Bob Stewart on April 22, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Makes perfect sense, when I hit a great shot I always think afterwards “What did I do right?” as I wasn’t aware of the actual swing process.

  34. Bill on April 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I enjoy the article and the message it gives my one concern is that you draw the analogy of using a cell phone while driving. This isnot only a dangerous practice but also illegal in my country.

    • Jeff Richmond on April 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I actually said that you can drive the car and hold a conversation with someone. The picture although did indicate that I was talking about on a cell phone. I should look at finding a new picture. 🙂 Thanks. Jeff

  35. Angela on April 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Interesting thoughts….I am anxious to try them the next time I play golf. Thank you for all the great tips you share with us novice golfers.

  36. KEL on April 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Yep, I like it. Weird though, how MY head is completey empty UNTIL I pick up a golf club. I’ve got it all backwards.

  37. Rudi on April 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Jeff.. love the article! Easier said then done.. but working really hard on “breaking” old habits. Visualization helps tremendously. I still have a few lapses during the round, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel… or am I fixin’ to get hit by a train! : )….

  38. Bill Phillips on April 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I use the following keys alignment, breathing, concentrate on a dimple on the ball, smooth back swing,
    break the tee on the way through to the finish of the swing.

  39. stevendunworth on April 23, 2012 at 2:24 am

    so true,i am a 8handicap player & when i have a tune in my head i play alot better,so now listen to more music practice less

  40. John on April 23, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Hi Jeff, Thank you for the reminder, I don’t know how many times I have heard people (me included) say that golf is a game played between ones ears. Anyone that has being playing for as long as I have 30+years and still believes they can improve after all the lessons, tips, golf aids, and numerous changes to equipment over the years with no real improvement must agree that we have been doing something wrong mentally. So thank you for focusing us on the real reason for the lack in improvement and helping to provide a method! I believe this will help enormously. Best regards John UK.

  41. Caroline Codyre on April 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Very impressed. makes great sense

  42. Marc Mosheuvel on April 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Very interesting to read. I hope I can do the things you shared in my next game. Awaiting the articles that will follow.

  43. gary dilk on April 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hey, Jeff

    This all makes a lot of sense to me. As while i practice my putting i put great. But when i play i am thinking about a perfect stroke. And my putting is terrible. So as i could see this helping ones total game.
    Thanks look forward to more info Gary D

  44. Laren on April 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    These suggestions work well most of the time. the one blocker i have is how to clear the deck of negative thoughts that simply linger even though i am applying the above techniques.

  45. ali on April 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    what you teach makes a lot of sense to me, now the challenge is to first find that routine and have the discipline to stick with it. i shall continue to watch out for your instructions. thanks.

  46. David Neill on April 24, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I would say your thoughts on hitting consistant golf shorts are correct. Every time i have hit a perfect shot i have been thinking about something entirely different. or when i have wanted to lay up to an area i never think of my swing, only the area and the execution is good. I cant wait to put more of it into practice

  47. Dick Sawdon Smith on April 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    You should reconsider using the photo of someone driving whilst phoning. This is illegal in the UK because it has been found to cause a distraction.

  48. Elisabeth on April 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Very nice and interesting. But it is not clear for me what are these 7 mental things.

  49. steve on April 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    thanks for your post. I have been interested in the mental side of golf for some time and your way of explaining is great.
    I,m playing the best golf of my life at age 64, handicap of 3, around a tight melbourne sand belt course.[long island c.c.]
    look forward to more of your insights.



  50. john on May 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    this sounds realy good to me and i will try it and let u no how how i get on thanks

  51. George B. on May 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Your articles so far, have hit home for me. I have often wondered why my performance on the course was so different than the range. As I think of my practices on the range, rarely would I cloud my brain with all the dos and donts of each swing. I can pick out targets and hit them with ease but, on the course each shot means more and therefore more thought goes into each shot. Now I can see that it’s precisely those thoughts that are choking my swing. I guess that is why it’s so hard to get ride of a slice or why a slice get worse. You car driving analogy makes perfect sense. Thank you! I have put some of your ideas into practice and have shaved 8 and 11 shots of my last two games!

  52. chris klosowski on May 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I truly believe in this concept , as I have tried a similar version of it and it really does work. It seems to clear the mind of all the garbage that goes on in your head just before you start your swing. The clearer you can make your mind, the better you will hit your shots and improve your game. You will seem to be automatic at it.

  53. Leroy Sommerfield on May 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Great tips. Looking forward to the next one.

  54. jim on May 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    You just re-affirmed what I always thought about the “PSR”!!!!!

  55. Jim learmonth on June 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    I’ve recently gone through all of the emotions and frustrations you have mentioned in your blogs.

    On recently returning to golf after a three year lay off, I was really struggling with any kind of quality ball striking consistency, so I’ve been hitting the range in an effort to get good enough to play on a golf course again and not embarrass myself.

    After spending many hours on my swing, my game is beginning to come back. However on Saturday I played with two friends on one of our local courses and didn’t hit any good shots on the front nine. I was trying like mad to remember what I had been doing right at the range and it wasn’t until the eleventh hole after a poor drive that I switched off due to frustrations of trying to think about my swing mechanics and suddenly hit a tremendous 5 iron which followed with a similar quality strike with a gap wedge to the middle of the green. The next hole was a par 3 and again without thinking about the mechanics I hit a great 4 iron to the green.

    So, there has to be ome truth in what you’re trying to get us to understand. I have to take heed now of what you recommend and try out your suggestions. I’ll keep you posted of my progress.

    Thanks for your emails, I’m keen to learn more.


  56. Sid Fields on June 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I think you are right. As I remember, the best golf shots that I hit were when I was thinking about something else and not my swing. I remember one time, I didn’t feel good. I had a cold or something similar and I was concentrating on my malady rather that thinking about the shots I was going to make and shot a great game. I guess it really is a mental game.

  57. Raj on July 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Jeff,
    great stuff!!! I was wondering if you can use conscious thought during the swing without disrupting subconscious thought??? As you mentioned conscious thought is bad for swing – how about using conscious thought to our advantage!!! I wonder if there is a way??? By the way, just finished “21Yards in 21Days” program and now I average 330yrds without much effort. I gained almost 50yrds just learning your technics. I am the shortest of the foursome (5’9″) and outdrive the rest alteast 30yrds even on my bad swing. Love your work . Cheers.

  58. Arnold on July 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I would add that a positive attitude really makes a difference. Just yesterday, I had a 9 iron shot to the green on a par five for my 3rd shot. Sand bunker on the left front. Thought entered my mind, “Don’t pull the ball”. I did just that. I heard many years ago that Big Jack N. said when he was asked what he thought about when he swung at the ball, he said “Absolutely nothing”. I have found when I play my best, is when I don’t remember anything other than watching the ball. Not anything about the swing.
    Thanks for your insight to this great game.

  59. Ron on July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Makes sense when comparing the automated actions in driving a Car; but my Wife drives from the back seat; and she doesn’t like Golf, so I can’t have her standing behind me on the Tee. Joking aside, I will give it a try; repeating hey didle didle I’ll hit it in the middle, my ball went over the Moon.

  60. larry adams on July 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    this is very good advice. I used to have a pre-shot routine and a mantra that i used (silently),and i played better. I will go back to it. Larry

  61. Paddy on July 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Great advice. It is just what I need. When I do t think at all, I can hit a great golf shot. My whole problem is mental. I will definitely try the “trigger” advice. Ciao

  62. JD on July 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    This does make sense—-Thanks for the thought!!!

  63. natalia palazuelos on July 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you for your comments, I will keep them in mind next round of golf

  64. Bill Rogalla on September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

    It’s true! I find that the less time I spend thinking about the mechanics, the better my shot is. Practice swing, line up, waggle, place the club off the ground behind the ball and go for it. I get solid hits every time. Thanks

  65. Skipyo on September 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    After my pre-shot routine I find myself humming “Fly Me To The Moon” as I’m addressing the ball. This happens most of the time. Must be the ball transmitting to me – telling me where to put it. Either way, it seems to help me get a good hit most of the time.

  66. Don Mitchell on September 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Jeff, Do you consider the swing to become instinctive.


  67. Bert Gagnon on September 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I agree with you totally .Being myself a professionnal psychologist,you suggest to the amateur golfer hoping to improve his play to relate more to his emotions instead of using his intelligence.We have been educated as being intelligent and our emotins have been forgotten by our teachers…A human being is 80% emotionnal and 20% intelligent| So,we need practice to become competent and mostly aware(not conscious) about anything we do Many thanks for your teaching.

  68. Delmar Yennie on September 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Yes, I am in complete agreement with what you are saying. I just happened to win our senior league shoot out 2 weeks ago for this year. I was in complete auto mod all day long and I didn’t have the foggyest idea of winning this in a million years. I was more careful to set up by measuring everything to a tee and then just swing. It felt in full automated mod and I didn’t think of swing things at all. It’s like you said about driving a car, it’s done by your self conscince and you don’t have to think things through step by step.
    Thanks for your advice though, I WILL work on this more everytime I golf.

  69. Shigster3 on September 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Love the article. So, when do we get the 7 mental things we have to repeat to hit a good shot?

  70. Dion on September 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the advice and cold be any more true with the driving analogy.

  71. Elaine on October 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you….I think I will sign up for the course.

  72. rusly nasution on November 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    excellent tips , hope with this advice I will improve my game……….

  73. Garry on November 17, 2012 at 8:59 am


  74. Stan Russell on November 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Jeff, for your interesting article on the ‘subconscious’, here is my experience of the subconscious effect.

    When playing either 2 ball or foursomes, if the match is ‘over’ by ,say the 14th or 15th, then we just ‘play in’. With nothing at stake I just step up to the ball ” waggle” the club look down the fairway and let “rip”. The result is usually better than I have played previously that day !!!
    Then we just talk as we walk to the next shot ( this proves your point ?) Obviously the tension and pressure have been removed ?

    I try to get into this ‘frame of mind’, walking onto the 1st tee; quite often I succeed .
    keep your ‘tips’ coming , we “mad men”, need all the help we can get.


  75. Pierre Burelle on November 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    That’s always been a problem of mine. Lack of focus between shots. I’m so busy socializing and chatting that I’m not getting ready for my next shot. Thanks for the info.

  76. Tony on November 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Great tips, I do have a preshot routine but will definitely try the nursery rhyme next time out, will let you know how it goes.

  77. terry k on November 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    such simple logic i already feel it will work,im trying it tomorrow

  78. kenn umlauf on November 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Good stuff !!!! THe breathing excercise actually lowers your blood pressure. This can be practiced all throughout the day. Golf should be a good time BETWEEN the shots, and this encourages it. I often ask my playing partners as they complain about slow play, did they notice the red cardinal or see the reflection in the ponds. A little Zen golf is good for all.

  79. Jack on November 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I think what you have to say makes a lot of sense. My golf game has improved dramatically over the last six months and I think the mental aspect of my game has had much to do with it.

  80. George Cox on November 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Jff, you are right about all the moves and thoughts that goes through you mind. When you are 81 it gets a litle bit harder.
    Thanks George

  81. Hassan on November 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    It’s like being able to retreive unsaved files when you’re some write ups. You are able to observe this situation and put it in words to practise excellently! Well done.

  82. suresh on November 19, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Hi Jeff,

    It was very educative article. I will put your advise to practice and see how I am able to improve my handicap.

    Thanks and Regards


  83. Leonard on November 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

    it is really very good. we all think to much in a split second. If you think about it we are defying lodgic the mind is not geard or trained to operate this way.Your tips are really valueble . THANKS!!!!!

  84. Hassan on November 19, 2012 at 4:57 am

    It seems that you really know our ‘ missing link’ very well. Great job.

  85. Alex Flett on November 19, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Great comments as the quieter you can keep your subconcious mind-the better and smoother the swing -brilliant concept

  86. Bob Stewart on November 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

    You are absolutely right. After 70 years of playing golf, more or less weel, I am now hitting my shots more consistently as I don’t think about my swing, but my trigger is ti stand behind the ball lift up my club to see the line, address, then swing, 17 out of 18 tee shots go where they are supposed to.

  87. JOHN JUNGERS on November 20, 2012 at 1:59 am

    makes sence i give it a try, I know if I focus on spot in fairway that works

  88. Rob on November 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    A great idea I will put this into use and report how I get on

  89. Don on December 6, 2012 at 7:09 am

    This article is great and makes a great deal of sense. When laying golf you should not think about it. Think about something else. But be sure to think about something “nice”. My five and a half year old grandson sings his way round the course. When he does not sing he does not play his best golf.

  90. Raj Patel on December 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I would live to find out what I do when I hit great shot! I have not find out yet! I would consider getting your system if reasonably priced. Please let me know how to get it. Thx.

  91. des on October 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Bobby Jones always said that a golfer should always determine prior to swinging the way he/she wants to direct the clubface at impact in order to produce the intended direction.Jack Nicklaus stated that when he did make a swing that was as intended, he would pause long enough to relive the sensations of that swing.Of course he was famous for his ‘go to the movies ‘ routine prior to swinging.

  92. John Mears on October 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    That all makes a lot of sense Jeff, I just hope I can remember to do it when I’m on the course.
    Like you say, I read so much (probably too much!) and consequently have far too many thoughts going through my head as I swing.
    My biggest fault at the moment is weight shift and not turning correctly during the swing and follow-through.
    Great stuff though, thank you.


  93. Roger Whyman on June 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Everything you say sounds reasonable. I will try it, but what are the seven things ?

  94. John on October 2, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Hi Jeff
    after having one of the worst golf seasons I can remember, I used your ideas in last weeks message and,
    hit some of the best shots I’ve hit in years.
    My score wasn’t brilliant by any means but better than normal.I had two birdies and narrowly missed another on the second hardest hole on the course.
    I’ve spent all year mucking about with my swing. Even changing clubs to no avail.
    Just by taking your advice and not thinking about swing mechanics had me hitting it great.
    Looking forward to trying out today’s ideas in tomorrow’s round.
    Thanks John

  95. Delmar Yennie on October 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I have tried 5 different swings that was supposed to help you play better golf and spend a load of money doing it. Not one of them has helped to get rid of the bad shots. It has been said that the difference between us duffers and the pros is the difference of bad shots. Once in a while you will see a bad shot on TV but they can be covered up or taken off the air before they are shown so we DON’T see them. Yes I have hit some pretty great shots and then hit some pretty BAD shots right after hitting the great one. I really can’t remember what I did to hit the great one. So in the future I will spend a little more time on trying NOT to think mechanical swing but just swing when ready and except when happens and get ready to hit the next one. I think the pre shot routine should be more about takeing in the conditions around us and then producing the shot that needs to be hit and NOT of the mechanical things of the swing. I have NO trouble hitting shot under trees or around trees. I pretty much know what I have to do and just do it. So I will set up some rules to do when just shooting regular shots and try it.
    Thank you for getting the thinking started in the right way.

  96. Rich on October 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Will try to get preshot routine that calls up the feeling of calmness that comes before my best shots. Thx

  97. Lenny on October 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Nice tips! BTW my putting improved in week one amazing how good I putted on Sunday!

  98. Roc Doolittle on October 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    This certainly explains something I could not understand. One day you shoot your personal best, then the next time out you couldn’t make a shot even if you had a gun to your head. You feel as though you are repeating the golf swing from the previous round but with completely different results. When things don’t go well, the conscious mind is sabotaging your golf swing. Paralysis of the analysis is what a buddy of mine calls it.

  99. Fay MacDonald on October 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Agree and then BREATH

  100. Ray on October 3, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Very important suggestion, especially as it can result in speedier play

  101. Sam on October 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ll try it!
    How long does it take to make the swing subcoscious and reliable? (Statistics show that male car drivers are the most dangerous in traffic till the age of 25). The swing itself does not bother me. However, I am a slider when relaxing and not controlling myself. Pushes and hooks in a great mix. And then lack of course management and a whish to hit it long adds to it. Occasionally I have tried to solve my problem by having swingthoughts at a provisional swing. Then step up a foot to the ball and repeat the swing within a second with a blanc mind. Successful most of the time , when used.

  102. Larry Gaito on October 4, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Very good advice. Certainly I know that I think too much through the swing.

  103. Derek on October 5, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Most effective advice is simple. Your advice is brilliant. I only wish I were sixty years younger, please keep supplying us with such helpful information to help us enjoy this enthralling and frustrating game. I am eighty five years YOUNG!!!

  104. Dean Spear on October 7, 2017 at 5:53 am

    What will the 7 mental things cost?

  105. Paul Barrington. on January 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Great advice. Will give it a try next time I’m on the course.Thanks.

  106. John McIntyre on January 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Good sensible blog

  107. Bill Cowie on January 15, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Again, appreciative of your advice. Please keep me posted and let me know when the program is going to be made available.

  108. Jerry on August 10, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Your approach to golf is unique to anything I have read or heard over the years. I look forward trying on my next round. Thanks.