Did anyone ever say to you “Get a grip on your self?” And then there’s “He’s got a good grip on reality.” Welcome to the wonderful world of the golf training grip. It’s a quiet world, but its import to golfers screams “Pay attention to me!”
I never thought of the golf training grip as such an important element of golf until I hurt my wrist doing some construction work a few years ago. In fact, I now believe that these painful experiences are often useful – not fun, but useful – useful in getting our attention. I’m talking about the conscious attention. It’s not just a good golf training grip that we’re discussing here; it’s the application of consciousness to a very fond endeavour – playing golf!
Just look at Tiger Woods. He brings focus and one pointed focus to his game of golf, and this includes his golf training grip.
Concentration, according to Webster is the “direction of attention on a single object”. Of course, implied here is that you have the ability to concentrate and that you have done the prescribed work to accomplish concentration. Focus is the result of concentration. By the way, happiness is also one of the measured results of concentration. So, go ahead and concentrate on your golf training grip and just see what happens.
Once the attention is gathered up from all the distractions of life and focus is gained, that’s when the application phase comes into play. This might explain all those so-so rounds of golf over the past twenty years – whoops! Concentrate, focus and then apply the energy.
Deciding what is worth applying that energy to is also a useful exercise. Why? Because we live in a stress filled world that pulls and tugs on us – that’s why. It’s not just your golf training grip that wants and needs attention. It is though, the point at which we’d like to put some attention when we are approaching the first tee next Saturday morning. Give it a try.
If we are successful in our golf training grip experiment, the signs will show and our game will improve. Once perfected, the attention can be directed as required to almost any activity. It’s not about multi-tasking though as everybody thinks; it’s about gaining mastery over the self and that’s a good thing, that’s a very good thing indeed.