Coming from a golf background, I always heard the statement. “Golf is 90% mental and 10% skill”. This statement might be slightly exaggerated, however it does bring to light that the game of golf truly is a thinking game as well as a game of skill.
Taking a look at a long ball hitter who can hit the ball 300+ yards, but is spraying the ball out of bounds with a wicked slice, and every time the golfer does this, he or she is getting frustrated and won’t let it go. The next shot that the golfer hits is most likely going to be a duff or another spray shot, or just not the shot that they had intended to hit. This is called the mental aspect of the game of golf and how it will affect your game.
There are so many comparisons that I could make on this subject, but I want to let you all know how we can learn or teach ourselves how to fix the mental aspect of our game. I totally understand the mental part of the game playing a role in the outcome of how you play that round of golf that day and every day if you do not work on how to fix this part of your game.
I’ve been there before hitting a bad shot, then throwing somewhat of a tantrum and either throwing my club down or just stomping around and not letting it go. I’ve been working on this aspect of my game and I continue to work on this. I do not throw tantrums, and or throw clubs anymore and maybe I can help you do the same, by just sharing a couple of things that work for me.
Visualizing Your Shot Before You Hit It
Visualizing your shot before you hit it does not take any physical skill, but it is considered one of the most important and powerful tools you will have when playing the game of golf. I cannot think of any Pro Golfer who would say any different, some golfers will even go through the motion with their drive on the tee box, and will point with their club where they want to hit the shot coming up for them. This is what I call truly being in the zone and only thinking about the shot ahead of you.
Your eyes have to see the shot and your swing has to make the shot, but your brain is the important piece to all of this. The mind tells you how to hit, where to hit and when to hit the ball. The brain will recall all the muscle memory from, practicing the shot on the range, to hit the shot that you have visualized.
The brain knows the difference between a simulated shot without contact with the ball and hitting a real shot with contact on the ball. This is done by stimulating the muscle memory when you are ready for the physical swing of the shot that you have visualized. Simply thinking about the action or shot, your brain activates the exact muscles and muscle memory that you will practice on the golf range to perform the physical shot.
Clear Path To Hit The Ball Through Visualization
I am hoping that you have seen the shot tracker on T.V. when they show after the ball is hit the path that the ball made off the tee box. This imaginary line that is vivid to the brain is how I visualize the shot that I want to hit and the path that I want my ball to travel.
Practicing these visualization shots pregame on the range is a good way to get use to this kind of muscle memory that will turn in to physical skill on the course. Repetitive visualization is going to be a huge game saver as well as a physical repetitive skill that you are making contact with the ball.
When you find the path that you want to hit the ball-while also thinking, do I need a draw shot here or do I just want to go straight at it-the weather elements will also play a role in the shot you want to hit, such as wind and how this will affect the ball flight, when thinking and visualizing all this (which only takes a couple of seconds) it will help you to make a decision if you want less loft on your drive in to the wind lets say.
When you are finally ready to hit the ball, you will have a better chance of completing the shot you desire if you have laid out the path, flight and distance you want your ball to go. This is a scientific fact that visualizing the path of anything and the mind will definitely try to tell the muscle memory and muscles how to perform whatever it is that you are visualizing.
Warm Up Drill Before Hitting Your Golf Shot
If you are like me I have my favorite golf course that I play at all the time when I know the course so well, that I know the certain clubs that I use for each tee box, from the Par 5s to the Par 3s. I also will go through the fairway shots that I will usually hit when playing a round of golf at my favorite course. Having this knowledge when warming up on the range go through the routine of visualizing the certain holes and using the clubs you would normally use on each hole. Practice hitting that draw shot on the dog-leg holes or that 3 iron off the tee on your favorite Par 3 hole, etc. This simple drill will help with your mental and muscle memory when it comes to playing your round of golf at your favorite course that day.
Golf The Mental Game On Amazon.Com
The paperback book and or kindle book is a great book which really delves in to the mental and psychological aspect of playing the game of golf. This book will go in to detail about how and why the mental aspect of the game can be a game changer, for the good or the bad of a golfers game.
Remember when I mentioned the old statement that golf is 90% mental and 10% skill, well even if it is exaggerated slightly this book will tell you how to work through your mental game in more detail than I laid out for you here today. Please check it out if you suffer from mental game blues. Here is a link to get the book “The Mental Game Of Golf: A Peak Performance“. Price for paperback is : $14.58 and for kindle it is $7.95.
If you have any doubt about the mental aspect of a golf swing has to do with playing a good round of golf. It means that if you let your mental game go astray and not stay focused on every shot and have your brain visualize the shot before you hit it. Most likely you will not perform the shot that you need.
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