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Golf: Strawberry Mousse Forever?

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Stan Sutherland

“I have this swing called Strawberry Moose. Like my back swing goes to strawberry, comes down, goes to moose, a bit faster,” she said. “I've had it in my head since the Olympics (where she finished seventh). It feels good. ‘Strawberry moose’ - my dad used to say it to me when I was two years old to get my rhythm.” That’s from John Strege quoting an article by James Corrigan reporting on Charley Hull, the 20-year-old Brit who won the CME Group Tour Championship.

Alas not forever
We are all aware of swing thoughts that have worked for us for a wee while and then like strawberry mousse melting in our mouths it’s soon gone.
Which brings me to fact that I’ve been re-reading some stuff by Bob Rotella who says, “If you are trying to tell your body how to swing, you are telling yourself you don’t know how to swing.”

Hopefully Charley will continue to meet with success and prove the pundits wrong about the use of swing thoughts.

Favourite swing thoughts from the Pros

Over at The Golf State of Mind blog there’s this interesting report.
“Check out this recent survey when 25 PGA Tour players we’re asked about what their favorite swing thought is…
In a recent survey of 24 PGA Tour players, 18 said they didn’t think about anything at all during their swing. Those that did have a swing thought said it was to focus on a spot a few inches in front of the ball, to encourage swinging through, instead of hitting at the ball OR focusing on hitting the inside of the ball. NONE of them said they had ANY technical thoughts about their swing.

So if this is what the best players in the world are doing, should you not do it too? For most of us amateurs, we way too focused on what our bodies are doing which loses our connection with the shot.”

Note although the blog post is dated Jan 09, 2013 I’m inclined to think the same thing goes for the current group of stars.

Link to John Strege and The Golf State of Mind 

Thought for the Day
When playing at his best sweet swinging Sam Snead said he felt, “loose as a goose,” and now we have “Strawberry moose,” as something to retain our feel or alternatively use it as a guide to improve the tempo of our swing.


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