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establish a steady rhythm

When you play well, you play steady, without a lot of highs and lows -- just consistently good results. It can be almost boring, as shot after shot flies predictably at the target. What's enjoyable (besides the numbers on your scorecard) is the feeling of falling into a steady, comfortable rhythm, as if a hum guides your every move. Some people refer to this state as being "in the zone," or "in a groove."

Don't make the mistake of thinking a steady rhythm happens when the golf gods bestow it upon you. You can, and must, make it happen for yourself.

Hone in on Your Zone

Your first step is discovering your most comfortable rhythm. Often it has something to do with your swing thought. On the one hand, if you're trying to keep your swing slow and smooth, you might find that a leisurely pace suits you best. On the other hand, if you're the kind of player who gets pumped up by playing well, a faster pace would be better.

Be Consistent

Once you've committed to a rhythm, let it permeate everything you do, not only your swing, but the way you walk, tee up your ball, even speak. Establish the rhythm in all your actions, and it will carry over to your golf swing.

You're not going to a hit a perfect shot every time. But, if you are looking to slow down your swing, there's a better chance of success if everything you do is slow and steady, even the way you get dressed for a round or drive to the golf course.

If you prefer a quicker rhythm, don't drive fast, but do things to keep a high energy level. Listen to upbeat music on the car radio or tape deck. Arrange your schedule to avoid spending a lot of time waiting around before you play. Maintain a steady rhythm and you're more likely to fall into a successful groove.

Private Lessons 1999 Times Mirror Magazines, Inc., used under license by GolfServ Online, Inc. Instructional information provided by Golf Magazine.

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