The irony is hundreds of thousands of golfers across the world will be grinding harder on their swings, yardages, routines and shots more than most of the guys playing the the world’s toughest test.
The thought of the day is eliminate your thoughts, movements and checklist down to a very few.
Don’t find exact yardages. Eyeball the nearest yardage marker, pick a club and just try and hit it solid with one simple swing thought like…”Natalie Gulbis is hot even though she wears too much makeup.”
Don’t grind on your setup, green reading, throwing up grass or type of shot you should hit.
Visualize the shot, give the line of you putts a once over, put the ball in motion and enjoy the game.
Today is a day to celebrate how great and fun golf is…not grinding the fun out of it with 4 minute pre-shot routines and 15 step swing checklists.
I did all this stuff in the past and it kept me from being at Pebble this week and the 15 previous Opens, as well. I played much better when I had one simple thought, pulled the club from the bag and hit it all in one motion.
Look at me as a former drug addict trying to be a one man intervention and help the golfing public learn from my mistakes.
One might feel the hypocrisy in my statements as I talk mechanics almost every day.
The difference is I am throwing everything I can think of out there so that all of you can find one thought (and one thought only) to put you in the right direction.
If you play in the next four days, play as if you knew nothing about golf other than hit the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible…before their were sprinkler heads, laser finders and video.
I am trying to travel this path and I bet you shoot just as low or lower, but you will have more fun and not leave the course exhausted, or like you just visited the proctologist.