Today we get a Masters-related quick mental lesson from Dr. Gio Valiante. Who can forget the incredible chip-in at the 16th hole by Tiger Woods on his way to victory at the 2005 Masters? Dr. Gio gives us a picture of what was going through Tiger’s mind prior to hitting that unforgettable shot. Enjoy!
In Fearless Golf, I teach golfers to ask a simple question: “What’s my target?”
“What’s my target?” frees the mind from dwelling on past mistakes, or worrying about what the future holds. That simple question focuses the mind to action on the present moment.
What does Tiger Woods think about right before his famous shot at 16 at the 2005 Masters? Exactly where he wanted the ball to land (“I was just aiming at a spot”).
I leave it to you — what’s your target for today, this week, this month? Exactly where do you want your ball to land in the next few years?
There you have it, short, sweet and extremely important. Always pick your spot, especially in the short game. Pick the spot where you want your ball to land. When you practice your short game, put something on the green where you want your ball to land so that you’ll have something to focus on instead of the hole. Aim small, miss small and you’ll shave strokes off your scores.
Learn more about Dr. Gio and his programs at www.giovaliante.com.