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Here it is the story of “Hit Impulse”...

The recommended way to drive a golf ball is to swing your club so that the head of the club travels in a SMOOTH ARC that passes through the point where the ball is located. This is the best way to control the position of the club head, so that it contains the ball squarely. However, just as the club approaches the ball, some golfers -included me- are overcome by an urge to HIT the BALL. As a result, my muscles would TENSE UP, causing the face of the club either to hit the ball incorrectly or to miss altogether.

My INTENTION was to hit the ball really HARD. This instinctively felt like the RIGHT thing to do. However it only made me TENSE UP, and I would end up losing the ball just as I had feared. The same thing kept happening over and over, creating a strong negative EXPECTATION. This formed a strong BEHAVIOR!

The “Hit Impulse” in speech!

Some speakers when they are on specific fearful situations they feel an urge to speak and to try HARD to say a word. Also, the same status applied to singers! They feel that they couldn’t sing a certain word or note then they feel an urge to try hard to hit this note or sing this specific phrase!

The “Hit Impulse” in golf is analogous to the urge to “hit” or try hard to say a word in speech or hit a certain note in singing. The problem is one of intention. When we intend to hit the golf ball or try to say a word, our neurological response is a motor program for effort, which result in the very difficulties that we fear. In golf, effort causes us to flub the shot. In speech, effort interferes with our phonation of the vowel sound and causes us to build up air pressure by blocking the air flow.

Next article ... How can we overcome the ‘Hit Impulse’ in golf? Then apply the same practices on our speeches!


William D.Parry, J.D., M.A, CCC-SLP