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A swing thought on your wrist

February 24, 2011

It can't hurt, having a visible reminder, a swing key to tighten your focus on the shot at hand. Recall Louis Oosthuizen at the British Open last year, frequently glancing at a red dot at the base of his thumb on his golf glove, there to remind him to focus.

"Whenever I look down and look at it, that's my trigger, focus, forget about everything, just focus, hit the shot now," Oosthuizen said.

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Swing Thought has put the idea into practice with bands for the wrist that feature a swing thought. Six are available in a variety of colors. The messages: Swing smooth, tempo, balance, focus, visualize, alignment. The company's slogan: "Play with clarity. Leave the science in the bag." The bands sell for $14.99.

At least three tour players are using them, including newlyweds Martin Piller (focus) and Gerina Mendoza (balance). Piller is a PGA Tour rookie, Mendoza an LPGA rookie.

-- John Strege