Most golfers are guilty of ‘quitting’ when taking on a tough shot - almost pulling out of it for fear it could all go horribly wrong. Inevitably that type of action invites disaster.
No matter how good the swing technique, if a golfer loses confidence and 'quits' at the moment of impact, power is lost and sidespin tends to be imparted on the ball. To take on the tough shots, you must trust your swing and commit to the shot.
When Formula 1 drivers take on a difficult bend they keep their foot on the accelerator and the car sticks to the road as the slick tyres hug the bend with the down force created.
If they lose confidence, ease off and take their foot off the pedal, down force is lost and the car will spin off the track It’s against human nature to keep accelerating when everything logical is telling you to slow down, but to keep control of the car the driver must keep the pedal down.
It's the same for a golfer hitting a golf shot.
Coming into impact on a tight tee shot the most logical thing to do is stop accelerating and try to guide the club towards the ball. But that's the worst thing you can do.
Trying to manipulate the club towards the ball at the last second will mean the pure swing path created by centrifugal force is interrupted with the result that power and accuracy are lost.
To hit consistent shots under pressure commit to hitting through the ball positively and when facing a tough shot hit the ball hard knowing it’s the best way to keep the club on line and the shot straight.
John Hoskinson has been a professional golfer for over 30 years, during which time he has had the privilege of playing against many of the top players in the world. He's written four bestselling books including a fictional novel, and has spoken to over 80,000 young people at schools, about making the right choices in life. He is also the top golf writer for Suite101 where he has written over 300 golf articles.
Article origfinally publshed August 2009, updated April 2013