Why you should banish the saying “Keep your eye on the ball” for good!

by Jordan on November 16, 2011

How to keep your head down in golf

How many times has someone said this:

“You lifted your head.”

Really? Thanks jackass.

Anyways I’m sure it happens often. After all you are reading an article on how to keep your head down in golf.

This article will also help you concentrate better throughout the swing.

Read on to learn why you should narrow your focus so that you can keep your head down in golf.

Hit People Who Say “Keep your eye on the ball!”

Let’s dig a little further into this statement.My problem with this statement is that it’s too vague.

Golf requires your mind to be focused on the shot ahead.

So you must narrow your attention to something specific. Instead of keeping your eye on the ball, I want you to get more specific and keep your eye on a single dimple on the golf ball. Whether it’s a letter on the name of the ball, or a scruff mark from a cart path, you must really draw your attention to something specific.

Keeping your eye on a single dimple will help focus your mind and minimize any fears of negative outcomes while standing over the ball. It will also help kill the various swing thoughts you might have.

By narrowing your focus, your mind automatically becomes more focused and engaged on the task at hand. It’s no different from when you’re driving a car.

If you were to focus your mind on the road and the surrounding scenery as a whole, you’d have a hard time keeping your car in your lane. So what do you do to stop this from happening? You focus on something specific like your individual lane.

Comparing driving and how to keep your head down in golf isn’t much different. The golf ball is the road and surrounding scenery while the dimple on a golf ball is your lane.

I’ll use another example more relative to a sport. The same can be said for a pool player. Let’s say they’re a trying to cut the eight ball into the side pocket on a very tough angle. I can guarantee they’re mind is focused on an exact spot the size of a pen on the eight ball. This is the sport they need the cue ball to strike so the eight ball goes in the side pocket. I am sure they just don’t focus on the eight ball as a whole but rather a specific spot on the ball.

Try This

Grab a trusty sharpie pen and fill a dimple with the color of your choice. Mine would be lavender but they don’t make lavender sharpies!

Tee the ball up so that dimple is looking up at you. Focus on that dimple throughout the golf swing.

You can also do this at the driving range.

Now onto concentration in the golf swing.

You Can Focus For A Split Second

When you think about it, it’s not hard.

In fact, the golf swing is a mere two seconds in duration. At the worst you have to concentrate for a whole 140-220 seconds per round depending on what you shoot.

See what I mean by saying it’s not hard to focus the mind during a round?

You can concentrate your mind for that long can’t you? Of course you can.

Even someone with the most severe case of ADD can.

So let’s never again say it’s hard to focus on the golf course anymore since the mind only needs to be focus for a total of 2-3 minutes during a round. Ok, sure you have to focus when picking a club and going through your pre shot routine. But during the swing is the only time when you really need to bear down and become engaged.

These are really simple ways to cure lifting your head and losing concentration. Some might say too simple.

But that’s what I’m all about. Technical tips only clutter your mind. So if you like this be sure to sign up for my FREE email updates below this post.


Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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