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Some thoughts from Jack Nicklaus about being a champion golfer

JackNicklaus“The real key to Jack Nicklaus’ success was his fantastic ability to score. His drives sometimes went into the rough but he could plow the ball out of the tallest grass and get it on the green. Bad lies simply didn’t affect him as they did the others. Jack also got tremendous height with his one-iron and two-iron, which meant that he could stop them better than his rivals.” – Gardner Dickinson

By Ian Hardie

I’ve written quite a few articles on Golf Habits that reference the great Jack Nicklaus in one way or another, the most popular of them being Why wear a golf glove?, The best male golfer ever (so far) and Which is your dominant eye?

All of those articles reference his influence on my golf game in some way over the years – as when I was a young golfer – he was the most well-known golfer there was.

Today though, rather than writing another lengthy article about The best male golfer ever (so far) I’m going to share with you two small insights into how, he got to be so good at the game of golf.

The first of which is a small (just under 3 minutes long) video that contains a few of Jack Nicklaus comments on being a champion – which he made some years ago during an interview Q&A with Jim Nantz at a charity function.

In particular, pay close attention to the content in the first and the third minute.

It’s called Jack Nicklaus on being a Champion and you can watch it here.

I’m not going to make any comment or go over the content, as I’m sure that watching that would have given you at least three great points to think about in relation to your golf game.

If it didn’t, then you might want to watch it again.

The second insight I want to share with you today is the Jack Nicklaus quote below:

“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. It’s like a colour movie. First I ‘see’ where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes and I ‘see’ the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behaviour on landing. Then there is this sort of fadeout, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images to reality.”

Take a few minutes to think about what Jack Nicklaus is describing there.

It contains one of the most important pieces of information about improving your golf that you will ever read……………….but only if you apply it to your game.

Play well


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