Mental vs Mechanical

Let’s talk about the only 6 inches that matter, no not that you pervert, I’m talking about the 6 inches between your ears.

You ever just stare at a blank screen trying to come up with metaphors for golf? Well you’re going to want to strap in for this one because it is just awful. I think the mental vs mechanical debate in golf can be summed up with donkeys and race cars. Trying to play a round of golf under par with a bad mechanical swing would be like trying to win the Indy 500 on a donkey. That being said I think trying to play a round under par with a bad mental game would be like a donkey trying to drive an Indy car. I really didn’t picture myself comparing running the Indy 500 with or as a donkey to golf in my free time, but I suppose you play the hand your dealt.

To reiterate a bad mechanical swing is a swing that you can’t consistently repeat or a swing where the face of the club isn’t square on impact. I mean look at Matthew Wolff’s swing. It looks like he’s ducking under enemy fire to start the swing then he raises the club straight up to show off his armpit for some reason. Then he just hits bombs.

Now the question is how the hell do you improve your mental game? Well probably drugs and alcohol would be the easiest solution, but let’s say we want to do this sober.

I think the main part of the mental side of golf that everyone forgets is that you can’t be thinking about your swing while you are swinging. That would be like thinking about your form when playing basketball or beer pong, you can’t do that, just look at the target and let it rip. I’m not sure why this is true but next time you golf try to focus solely on hitting the target. Maybe this instinctive accuracy comes from when we were throwing spears at animals and shit. I can’t imagine many people were talking about or thinking about their spear throwing form back then.

Or hell maybe they had spear throwing camps like golf camps today. Everyone shows up with their bag of spears and we stood around in a semi-circle listening to a spear throwing master.

I don’t even know what I’m talking about anymore.

Basically just stop trying to fix your shit and hit the green, it’s right there. It’s not moving, you’re not going to get mauled to death by a bear if you miss, just stop thinking and do it.

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