Locus of Attention in Putting | Swing Man Golf

By Adam Young

Did you know that the simple act of putting your attention in a different place can have a dramatic effect on your performance?

What do you think about when putting?

If you’re like most people, you will have an internal locus of attention.

What does this mean?

Internal means you will be thinking of things relating to how your body is moving, such as trying to keep your head still.

While this may be something you need to work on in the long term, it may have a detrimental effect on your putting in the short term. By placing our focus of attention on the body movement, we disconnect our mind from the target.

This disconnection means that our brain can no longer create a harmonious relationship with the starting line and the speed – a necessary combination for good putting. As a result, you may get the head movement you desired (or lack of), but at what cost?

What is a better thought?

Most of the science is conclusive on this – an external thought process is better. For putting, this means a heightened awareness…

Read the rest of what Adam has to say about the Locus of Attention in Putting in the August 2015 Monthly Handicap Improver here:
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