Do you become distracted during a round of golf and does it happen while standing over the ball?

What are the specific distractions that affect you most as you go through your preshot routine?

Distractions are everywhere on the golf course. Some distractions you may be aware of such as anger after hitting the ball into a sand trap, the fear of missing a four-foot putt or self-critical negative thoughts. But these are more than distractions when you're fearful or dwelling on the past.

Other distractions are more subtle but equally disruptive such as spectator noise, crowd movements, or playing on bumpy greens.

Over the course of 18 holes, your mind can be bombarded and overtaken by external and internal distractions if you are not ready to manage them and re-focus.

Now that golf courses are slowly re-opening following months of closure, you will need to get mentally and physically ready to play.

Special restrictions will be in place to keep all golfers safe from the coronavirus, one of which will be playing with no spectators.

If you see spectators as a distraction, you may be excited to play under that condition. On the other hand, many golfers feed off the reactions of spectators and will see this new restriction as a distraction.

No matter what side of the fence you are on, you should understand that spectators should not become a distraction. Spectators only become a distraction when your focus on their presence pulls your attention away from your game. Your inability to refocus can help you cope better with external distractions.

Here's the kicker when it comes to distractions... If you have difficulty focusing due to spectators, even when this distraction is removed, you will often entertain other distractions.

If you want to improve your mind game, then you'll need to develop the mental skill of refocusing.

For example, LPGA golfers are slowly starting to prepare mentally and physically for the restart of the competitive season under the "new normal" conditions. LPGA No. 1 Jin Young Ko played against LPGA No. 3 LPGA Sung Hyun Park to raise money for charity and stay sharp for the possible restart of the season.

Ko, who has fed off the crowd in the past, will need to stay focused without spectators.

KO: "It's been a long time since I played the game without fan reaction. It's become a habit to shake hands. There were some awkward holes because no one responded to my play. It was a pity that I couldn't hear the cheers and applause. I hope that this situation will get better soon so that I can see many people on the course."

Every golfer gets distracted during a round of golf. And you probably have your most common ones. Playing well requires you focus well during your preshot routine and refocus when necessary.

Staying Focused on the Golf Course:

First, you want to define the mental and physical steps in your preshot routine so you know exactly what to focus on--from planning to execution of the shot.

Next, be aware of your top distractions as you go through the routine. These include:
-Outcome thinking
-Indecision
-Doubt
-Focusing on external distractions
-Overthinking

Finally, be aware and ready to refocus or restart your routine when you notice that you are not following your normal routine, such as when you worry about missing a short putt.

By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn
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Callaway just announced their new New JAWS MD5 Raw Wedges

The 8620 mild carbon steel used in these wedges offers a soft feel and features a new grind and new look that still retain the complete performance of Callaway's JAWS MD5 lineup.

Plus they have a new Raw finish that’s always been a popular choice on Tour. This new raw finish reduces glare and provides outstanding feel.

The USP (Unique Sales Proposition) is the redesign of the groove shape which allows players to increase both spin and total control on both full shots as well as less than full shots. In a nutshell, the Callaway JAWS Groove that promotes superior enhanced spin and control.

This lineup also includes new grind options (including the new T Grind) based on Roger Cleveland’s extensive work with PGA Tour players, and it’s available from 50* up to 62* in loft options.

Loft/Grind Options

RH: 50* (S Grind), 52* (S Grind), 54* (S and X), 56* (S and X), 58* (S, X, T), 60* (S, T, X), 62* (C Grind)

LH: 52* (S Grind), 56* (S Grind), 60* (S Grind)

The wedges will be available at retail on June 4th and have a selling price of $159.99 each.
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NGF COVID-19 Update: Golfer Anxiety About Return to Retail Lessens as Stores Reopen

According to the National Golf Foundation’s latest industry-wide surveys, approximately 80% of off-course golf retail stores are open to customers, up from 61% two weeks ago.

All but 4% of the 6.5 million square feet of total off-course golf specialty space had been closed to in-store traffic in early April, even as more than 40% of courses remained open for play.

The percentage of open pro shops remains at 66%, a byproduct of at least 10 states having government mandates in place that prevent facilities from allowing customers into pro shops and clubhouses.
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Custom Club Fitting, Club Building, and Repairs Module

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Take a walk up and down the driving range, and a few things immediately are observable:
1. Not All Golfers Talk the Same
2. Not All Golfers Swing the Same
3. Not All Golfers Dress the Same

Only when you can put the same swing on every golf club, can you compete at the highest level and achieve results truly commensurate with your ability.
Probably the best example of this commitment to precision tuned and precision manufacturing, was when the great Ben Hogan invited Jack Fleck to the Hogan factory in Fort Worth to be fitted a set of precision Hogan golf clubs. The difference to Jack Fleck’s game resulted in his winning of the 1955 US Open over none other than Ben Hogan himself in a playoff.

Today all tour players today are precisely fit and most equipped with precision golf sets. There are 14 different considerations to include when custom fitting a set of clubs. On the other hand, the majority of the general golf public is stuck with off the shelf, mass- produced, inferior sets of clubs that do not match their swings.

So what’s the point? Custom Fitting is BACK. BIG TIME and we are not talking about the major manufacturer’s “Golf Fitting Carts” found on ranges and country clubs. Another favorable consideration – custom fitting runs about the same price as off the shelf clubs and if one has access to custom fitting, it would be well worth the time and effort.

Benefits:

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Learn to build, repair and fit golf clubs. You will be taught how to determine loft, lie angles, shaft types and shaft replacement, shaft flexes, length, grip size and grip replacement, kick points and head designs and refinishing that will allow your customer/student to obtain the best possible clubs suited for his game.

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