LES BRAIN WINS FOCUS GOLF CLASSIC
By Rick Bradshaw, Director of Instruction Dent /Bradshaw School of Golf
Heritage isles golf and Country Club, Tampa Fl.
2004/2006 North Florida Section
PGA Teacher of the Year
Les Brain has always had the ability to focus on his shots through out the entire round of 18 holes, and did it again recently carding a 8 under par 64 at the Focus Golf Classic. Les lived up to the true definition of Focus (F filtering, O out, C complicated, U unnecessary, S Sh–? Les hit shot after shot keeping his thoughts geared to one or two fundamentals swing keys which enabled him to swing freely and decisively shot after shot.
He told me in a brief interview the secret test that a sports psychologist had him perform to see how his concentration was related to hitting a golf ball. The psychologist told him to look into his eyes and tell him what was in the lower part of his refrigerator. Les thought for a second and said quickly Michelob Light. The psychologist told him great but you moved your eyes as you pictured what was in the refrigerator. Astounded at this revelation he tried this again and held his eyes still looking at a golf ball during his swing. NO he did not image the ball as a can of Michelob Light!
The psychologist now told Les to hit a ball thinking of one swing thought. Les told him that his thought would be to keep his arms together as he turned his left shoulder back to start the swing. He would then whip the club back down hearing a gentile swoosh of the club through the ball with less force than before. Les also told the psychologist that this would be a blended movement of back swing and through swing, and that he would not move his eyes off the ball while swinging. The psychologist told him that a golfer named Les Force was a renowned classic swinger and he liked the thought.
Les then went to hit balls on the range with only one wing thought, staying focused, and the rest his history. Les can know keep his attention on important keys in the golf swing without thinking too much and having his eyes move as a result. Next time you go golfing take one swing thought and stay with it throughout your round. Keep it simple, and golf will be more fun. And if you are going to think remember to see the club head swing through the ball.