As Seen on TV: Brandel and Bobby Jones on Swing Thoughts

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John Neeson May 10, 2014

Yes, the Bob Jones article sums this up wonderfully. And if you read enough golf books and magazines, you will find many examples of top pros finding a key before winning a big championship. Some got these from a teaching tip or by stumbling across something on the practice fairway. I recall Tom Watson had such an experience prior to winning the 1982 US Open. Gary Player also won a major after ‘finding something’ just the day before.

I have always struggled with the concept of ”no-thought” golf. I think it is a pipe-dream more than a reality and just another way of saying that one should not have a dozen thoughts as we swing. But one or two is ok and used by most expert players.

The ”novelty” experience is the one I find most fascinating. When I find a satisfactory key or perhaps one I haven’t used in years, my ball-striking can improve dramatically – for a while at least. But if I can’t find anything that works, I can start slapping it with the worst of them. This is where sound technique comes in. It is as simple as narrowing the gap between your best and worst shots and this is much more important than pretending one can swing without thinking.

Too bad Jones didn’t give more examples of the thoughts he actually used.

Mark May 10, 2014

Wow. I see what you mean about Jones’ intelligence now. Showed a deep emotional intelligence too, by the sound of it.

John Neeson May 12, 2014

Yep – used that at one time. Maybe enough time has elapsed to brush it off again!
Curiously, I find that some swing keys can be re-used more often than others. At the moment I am concentrating on the feel of a side arm stone-skipping feel on the downswing. Perhaps this works for me since it improves my tendency to start down steeply.

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