First, You have to understand that making a bad shot or losing a golf ball is not a catastrophe. You have to be willing to make mistakes and lose a few balls, if you want to relax and enjoy the game.
Second, You have to accept the fact that no amount of effort could guarantee that your ball would move to your target. Effort will not magically lift the ball to your specific point. The only way you could improve your chances is to give up the "hit impulse" and to develop a smooth, consistent swing that allow your club to contact the ball more reliably.
Third, in order to eliminate the "hit impulse", you have to change your intention. Instead of trying to "hit the ball", you have to focus on swinging the club in a smooth arc that just happened to pass through the point were the ball is located. Realistically, swinging the club was the only thing you could do. further more, it must always be done in the same way, whether you are facing a ball which is in a water hazard or on grass.
What are the best practices to overcome the Hit Impulse?
- You should practice swinging the club without any ball.
- Put a small rubber tee and practice swinging your club so that it just brushes the top of the rubber tee.
- Repeat this smooth swinging movement until it became consistently reproducible. Keep doing this until every swing brushed the top of the rubber tube in exactly the same way.
- Only then you put a golf ball on the top of the rubber tee and simply swing the club in the same way you had doing. You should give no thought to the golf ball, which happened to be there.
The smooth momentum of the golf club did all the work, brushing the top of the tee and -just incidentally- whacking the ball and sending it hundred yards or so!
Next question is: How to design similar practices to overcome hit impulse in our speech?