Working with professional and amateur golfers over the years, I have built up a rich picture of the types of challenges facing golfers during a game of golf.
I have learned that the most important distance in golf is the five inches between our ears: the mental part.
One of the most important challenges facing any golfer is the ability to let go of a bad shot and focus on the next one instead. This is the standout characteristic of the best golfers in the world – golfers such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are able to forget a poor shot and focus all their energy on getting their mind right for the next challenge. They have won 32 professional majors between them to prove this.
In terms of getting over a poor shot there are four things that I focus upon during hypnotherapy sessions for improving golf at my Leicester based practice:
1. Getting the client to imagine themselves taking a step back and releasing any negative thoughts emotions and feelings they have about the poor shot. Mentally rehearsing this process helps to prime the mind to do this routine on the actual golf course itself.
2. Mentally rehearsing practicing the shot with the club. If you watch golf on TV you will see professional golfers take a step back and swing their club a couple of times in order to ‘fix’ the poor shot they have just taken.
3. Imagining walking up to the ball and focussing solely on the next shot.
4. Arriving at the ball and entering ‘the zone’, a place of total concentration and focus. The previous shot has been forgotten.
No matter whether you are a professional or amateur, anyone can learn the above four techniques, improving their golf performance on the course.
Mark Spalek GHR (reg), Dip. Hyp, Dip. NLP, GQHP, MSc, BSc, PGCE
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