When you are playing golf I recommend that you take a practice swing before every shot. Your practice swing is your thinking swing. If you are working on mechanics it is a good place to think about your mechanics, rehearse your mechanics. If you are trying to hit a specialty shot, a high shot, a low shot, a draw or fade, you need to think about that shot. Take a practice swing and rehears it. That way you are ready to go when it is time to hit the golf ball. Too many golfers when they are playing golf they get up over the golf ball and they start thinking about what they are going to do. They are going through their checklist. I want you to do all your thinking either behind the golf ball or beside the golf ball. Take a practice swing, get a feel for what you are working on and then you are done thinking. I have a rule that after you are done taking your practice swing you do not think about anything any longer. You have long term and short term memory. Short term memory is held in the practice swing. If I am playing a golf shot out here the first thing I am going to do is take a practice swing, get a feel for the shot. If I am thinking about my backswing, my forwardswing, my set up, whatever I am doing I am thinking about it right here. After I take the practice swing I am done thinking. I am getting focused on my target, looking out at my target and trying to hit a successful golf shot. So when you play golf take a practice swing every time, do your preparation before you hit the golf shot and I believe you will hit more consistent golf shots when you play golf.