Swing into a better golf game, but don't try to put your swing on the ball.
Instead, let the ball get in the way of your swing as you swing away from
the target and then swing towards the target.
In other words, you let the ball get hit because it was sitting there. It
got in the path of your swing. This is a good example as to why people's
practice swings are better than their real swings. Without a ball, they
swing projecting through the ball and when the ball is there, they swing
at the ball.
One of the keys to helping you correct this problem is to understand not
only how the proper body actions work, but just as important, to learning
how to separate the optic eye versus the mind's eye.
The optic eye sees where the ball is sitting. The mind's eye sees the ball
traveling to the target. Remember, the ball is not your target, so don't let
the optic eye con you into hitting it. Let the mind's eye swing to your
target, which is the fairway or the green.
I stress the word target for the reason that there has been a tendency in
instruction to place too much emphasis upon looking to the ball. Frankly,
you should look at the ball (balance), but there is a great difference in
looking at it and concentrating on it.
Project to your target, not the ball. I will give you a perfect example of
this as I have taught numerous golfers who have lost their vision. They
obviously can't see the ball, so we have developed a program that has
created exciting results. These results prove beyond a doubt that once
you position yourself over the ball with the proper stance, you have in
fact measured yourself to the ball. Your head (eyes) stay centered only
When your mind is focusing in on where the ball sits, it can limit your
ability to make the proper swing. When your projection is positive, as
it is when your mind's eye is on the target, this will encourage you to
make the proper body motions that you have been previously practicing
with your teacher or on your own.
Remember, the target is not where the ball sits, but where you want it
to go. There is a direct link between the strength of your projection
and the strength of the physical swing. I believe "target" is an
important work in the game of golf and no doubt the most neglected.