Is working getting in the way of golf? It always does for me, but paying the bills and feeding the kids makes abandoning a job impossible. I am finding ways to be at work and still get in practice time, sometimes even the 30 minutes for the day.
Practice at work? How is that possible? No, I don’t work at a golf course, nor do I work near a golf course. My first inclination would be to hit a bucket during lunch, but I don’t have that option. However, I found a couple techniques could help me improve at work without losing my job.
The first technique I like is mental reps. I know it sounds crazy, but numerous authors and researchers say mental reps, which is imagining every detail of playing, can improve a swing. Craig Sigl in his product Break 80 Without Practice discusses mental reps. He tells a story of a POW held overseas for a significant amount of time. When the soldier came back, he played amazing golf. When asked, he said he imagined himself playing rounds every day. The intricate details of playing allowed his mind to ingrain his swing without actual practice. His brain went to the same place and made the same swings when he put the clubs back in his hands.
We can all do mental reps. As a disclaimer, I am not saying to do these instead of working. I do them during breaks, lunch, etc. Spend time imagining every aspect of playing a round of golf. Go through the pre-shot routine, the swing, watching the ball fly, and walking to the next shot. The more detail in the mental rep, the better. I have also done this right before going to sleep.
The second technique I use at work is swinging without a club. Dave Pelz discusses this approach in one of his books. He tells the story of one of the instructors he knows having a group of students practice certain moves without a club, many times at work. The instructor didn’t do it intentionally. It was his suggestion for busy clients who couldn’t get to the range. They could also do it during the winter. He found students doing reps without clubs made swing changes quicker.
I try focusing on 1 move during a week. I spend 10-30 minutes during lunch doing the swing without a club. I am deliberate and not going quickly. Once I get to the range, I sometimes do the same move without the club during my warmup. Feeling the movements can help transition to the club.
Most of us have to work, but we can use small breaks to make big improvements. Every little bit helps and can lower scores. Share this on Facebook and Twitter to help others improve while working!