Why should you focus on the target? Well, how often do you put negative thoughts in your head? You’re standing over your ball and thinking, “Do not chunk it in that bunker.”

That is exactly what Nicky Lawrenson doesn’t want you to be doing.

She explains why…

What can sometimes happen in these scenarios is that there is a natural tendency to try and focus on where we are trying to avoid.

At the forefront of our minds we are thinking negative thoughts. Whenever we are trying to avoid something we usually end up moving our body away from it.

So if we take our set up with the prominent thought of don’t go in the bunker or water, very often we are going to create a movement that actually has more chance of that happening.

When we are focusing on trying to avoid something we will naturally move away from it, so we will lift our bodies which can often result in either catching the ground first or even hitting the top of the ball.

Nicky wants you to focus your attention much more on the target, specifically the landing area you want your shot to pitch into. This positive mind set will help you shift your power of focus away from the bunkers and water and will help you to shoot lower scores.

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