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THE TIP
April 15, 2002
The postshot routine is vital because it provides a positive emotional foundation for the next swing.
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April 15, 2002

The Tip

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The postshot routine is vital because it provides a positive emotional foundation for the next swing.

The routine's content can be mental or physical. After a good shot, anchor the swing in your mind with an upbeat action. Tiger Woods pumps his fist (picture 1) or knocks knuckles with his caddie. You can also contentedly stare at the target, as Retief Goosen does, or give yourself a pep talk. ("Way to go, champ!") To purge the memory of a bad shot, take two steps. First, find a way to release the negative energy in an acceptable way. Woods often hits his club against the turf, but you can simply grunt or, like one of my students, blow into a Ziploc bag, symbolizing the expulsion of the undesirable outcome. The second step is to do what I call reframe. Replace the memory of a flubbed shot by replaying it in your mind until you can envision the outcome that you had wanted.

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