Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Apply my Five Cs for competitive golf and bring some mental power to your game
On the golf course, concentration can be defined as being able to stay focused on the shot at hand, so you don’t become distracted by either how important the shot is or how difficult the situation is (like having to hit your approach shot to a tucked pin, as seen in the photo above).
Unfortunately pressure creates a lot of distractions. Rather than concentrating on the shot at hand, and staying in the present, players begin to overthink the importance of the situation. This severely limits the chances that they’ll pull off a great shot. Great shots are the result of remaining present, not focusing on the consequences of possible outcomes.
To make your best swings and play your best golf, divert your focus from all the negative “what ifs” and focus on what you can control instead. Visualize a great shot, talk positively to yourself (“I’m going to hit a slight draw that lands five feet to the right of the flag”) and follow a set routine that’ll ingrain a rhythm and help improve your concentration. See your target very clearly and picture a positive outcome, keeping in mind what you want to happen, not what you don’t want to happen.
Golfers who don’t stay composed on the course rush their movements, often letting little things affect them. These excess emotions affect their ability to make good decisions and execute shots.
The game’s best golfers, however, maintain a steady composure throughout the round, from the 1st tee to the 18th green. (In fact, I like to define composure as keeping your mood consistent from hole to hole, and not allowing your emotions to ebb and flow with each shot.)
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