Would you talk to someone else the way you talk to yourself on the golf course? Chances are, the answer to this question is no. Unfortunately, most people talk to themselves on a golf course in a horrendous manner.
The key to improving your self-talk is improving the questions you are asking yourself.
Currently, you may be asking, what's wrong with me? What's wrong with my swing? Why can't I be more consistent? If you ask these types of questions, you will get some terrible answers.
If you want to improve your golf, improve the quality of your questions.
If you would like more information on how to do this, check out my video series;
The questions you ask on the golf course suck! Ask these instead.
Click the video below to watch Question 6.
G'day sports fans! Paul Williamson here in my series of videos describing, "Why your current questions suck? And how can you ask better ones that'll help you to shoot lower scores?"
So we're up the number six now. What have we gone through? Well, first of all, we sat there and gone, "Where I don't want to go?" Then you're going, "Where do I want to go?" Then the next one is, "What's gonna happen after I hit this shot?" And reading the shot. We then go into the plan. So the first two we've done in the plan are, "What's my target area? Where do I want to aim to get it to finish there? The next part is, what club do I want to use?" Now, we're starting to get some clarity. Now, we're narrowing things down here. And we've got another good question coming up now which is, "What technique do I want to use?" And this has got multiple layers.
For instance, number one might be, "What size swing do I want to make?" Let's say you've got a chip shot or putt. You should be asking yourself, "I think I need this size swing to hit it that far to be over there." Another one might be, "Now, this is a good one because most people ask me, where should my ball position be on a 9 iron?" When they get a lesson with me they'll be like, "Okay? I don't know." And they sit there and say, "I'm not paying you to tell me what this ball position should be Paul." I'll say, "No, you're not. What I'm going to teach you is, how to find out where your ball position should be on this shot today, right now." And it's very simple. Practice swings.
This is crucial in short game shots, chipping, pitching, putting, irons, wedge shots, and all that kind of stuff. We very rarely ever get a flat lie in those circumstances. So there's no fixed ball position. What you've got to start doing is asking yourself, "What do I need to adjust in my set-up and my technique to help me make good contact" So it might be, If you're on a downslope, you might find that hit the ground a long way back in your stance, and that's where you need the ball to be. You might be on a lie where the ball is way above your feet, and all of a sudden you need to stand a lot further away. There are a lot of different things when it comes to that setup. You might need to aim left. You might need to aim right on different slopes to allow for the ball to go left and right. There are a bunch of different things in there. So what we're trying to do today is narrow down all those options and give it your best guess as to what you need to do on this particular shot to help you make good contact and hit the ball where you want it to go. So once again, better questions.
This time it is, "What technique do I want to use?, What size of swing? Where do I need my ball position? Where do I need to aim? How do I need to adjust my set-up?" So, hopefully, that will help you even more. Stick around for my next one! Cheers!