When watching golf on tv or live you will notice that players are set in their routines. Many club golfers are flawed when it comes to having a consistent routine. Repetition is something that does not come easily, but it is something that can be worked at to achieve perfection.
Yani Tseng is nicknamed “Chalk Line” because she hits the ball as straight as a chalk line. Watching Yani practice and play, I notice that she is very relaxed yet confident in what she is doing.
When the top players practice, they have two key thoughts at a maximum. This makes it easy for them to work towards perfecting what they have been taught but it also help creating repetition.
Repetition is a skill because it requires discipline and a healthy understanding of what the player is required to do during their swing. Sometimes a lack in players flexibility can prevent a player for producing a swing that is technically correct.
On the flip side, you can have a poor technique and have the same repetition that a great player may have, but with flawed technique.
The keys to creating good repetition are getting a lesson and understanding what you need to work on rather than trying to add your own thoughts in trying to perfect the swing.
Unfortunately, I see many players who try to “fix” their swings with their own thoughts which can cause even more problems to their technique. Trusting your professional and persisting with what you have been taught are big steps to improving your game and creating the positive repetition that you need in become successful.
I really find it great that golfers talk amongst themselves about what they have been taught and what they are working on, but everyone needs to remember that each golfer is different in physic, skill, and mobility. A tip from a friend can be great for a moment, but not for a lifetime. The Golf Professional is there to find your strengths and weaknesses and individualize what you specifically need to improve your game. What works for one person does not mean will work for the next person.
In saying all the above, the words that tie everything together to create repetition are hours of practice and discipline.
The moment you second guess yourself or put pressure on yourself is the moment your routine changes and the chances of you having the repetitive swing that you seek are limited.
Positive repetition can be achieved by all. Trusting your technique and continually working on repeating the same swing will take your game to the next level. This applies to all part of your game!