|Hole #16 at Delaveaga presents one of the toughest driving holes in the area. Recently, while coaching students on the course, a thick, pea-soup-like fog rolled in. We could barely see the forward tees. More importantly, we couldn’t see the daunting trees on the right and the disheartening canyon to the left. |
Not surprisingly, my students hit the fairway more often in foggy conditions than on clear days. Eliminating the visual aversions led to more freedom in their swings, resulting in more fairways hit.
Visual intimidation is something to consider the next time you find yourself fearful on a tight driving hole. Put the “fog blinders” on and swing away.
Dodie Mazzuca is the author of “Golf Sūtras,” “Daily Golf Tap-Ins,” and founder of Golf PROformance. She teaches golf lessons, golf schools, and performance coaching for competitive players in Santa Cruz, CA and Reno, NV.