The Eyes Aren’t Enough
“Keep your eye on the ball” is some of the most oft-repeated advice in golf. Go to any driving range and you’ll hear parents telling it to children, wives telling it to husbands, friends telling it to each other.
But what if the eyes aren’t the issue?
I’m writing this very short lesson based on an experience I had at the range recently, and I hope you find it helpful.
This Lesson Is For You If
You find yourself distracted over the ball
You want to start striking and putting the ball better immediately
A Quick Experiment
Rather than spilling a lot of ink trying to explain my point, let me give you a simple demonstration you can do right now. Read the whole paragraph, then give it a try.
Look at something stationary in your immediate vicinity. It could be a photo on your desk, your computer mouse, etc. Don’t move your head or your eyes. Now, without moving, think about all the things you have to accomplish throughout the rest of your day.
Don’t Look, See
What happened? Even though your eyes never moved – they were always “on” the object – you stopped seeing it because your mind was somewhere else. This is what happens to many golfers over the ball. Their head is down but their mind is thinking swing mechanics, grocery lists, work to-dos, or phone calls to return.
If your focus is not on the ball, it doesn’t really matter where you aim your head and eyes. When I realized this, I started making a concerted effort to put my eyes and my brain on the golf ball. I silently said, “Golf ball” to myself as I looked down at the ball before the swing. My results improved immediately.
Like anything in golf, this isn’t a lesson to be learned once. Maintaining focus is something that every golfer struggles with, and some days will be better than others. But if you can make a conscious effort to put your eyes and your mind on the ball, you’ll give yourself the best chance to hit great shots.