Mental Golf – How to Play Without Clubs or a Golf Course
Every golfer dreams of playing better golf. Many millions of dollars are spent each year on golf equipment, instructional aids and gadgets of all types in an effort to perform better on the course. Vendors selling these products often make claims of how your game will be transformed almost by magic. Is it really possible to play better golf without practicing? Most amateur golfers focus their efforts on improving the physical part of their game and overlook a simple fact that professionals have known for years: Golf is a mental game.
The phrase, golf is a mental game, means that golf, like many other sports is actually more challenging mentally than physically. Most golfers can think of instances where they lost focus and concentration at a crucial moment, second guessed themselves into a poor shot, or just through their own expectations for failure made it their reality. Improving your mental golf game can make a noticeable difference especially to those who overlook it. While it is unlikely you can improve your game without practicing, advances in sports performance techniques make it possible to literally slash strokes from your golf game without touching a club.
From a practical standpoint its easy to understand why golfers often overlook improving the mental part of their golf game. If you love golf enough to want to improve your game, why would you deny yourself the joy of actually playing? In reality golfers who use mental golf techniques really enjoy playing golf. For some it is a true passion. Many simply want to improve while others have hit a plateau and have been looking for anything that will help them reach a higher level of performance.
Serious golfers, professional and highly motivated golfers alike, understand the importance of mental golf to their overall game. There are several ways you can improve your mental golf game. You could study mental golf techniques on your own, you could purchase instructional programs, or you could visit a mental sports performance professional such as a hypnotist who understands how limiting beliefs work. The hypnotist typically concentrates on four or five components of the mental game to help their clients. They design programs to help golfers, or any other serious athlete, to improve their focus, their concentration, their level of relaxation and their overall attitude.
This is achieved by reprogramming the unconscious mind to get the most from the golfing experience.
By combining techniques such as hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), visualization, mental rehearsal, guided imagery and advanced mental conditioning techniques, the hypnotist assists the golfer in developing a routine to create the perfect mental state for playing great golf. Even the simplest of mental golf techniques will help a golfer to improve their concentration, enable them to stay calm and focused and play with more confidence and expectation of success. Generally it’s a matter of reducing negativity, overcoming limiting beliefs and learning to allow your competent unconscious processes to take over. For any athlete, these abilities contribute greatly to overall success. When learned at an unconscious level, these abilities then become automatic and require no conscious thought.
Golfers who are new to the mental aspects of performance sometimes pass this off as new age mumbo jumbo until they discover that professional golfers have been using mental golf techniques for years. Tiger Woods has been using a hypnotist since he was 13 years old and often talks about how he benefits from the mental part of his game. His record speaks for itself. Other professional golfers use these techniques on a regular basis to help them keep their edge and performing at the top of their game.
If you want to play better golf and get more enjoyment out of each round you play then try improving your mental golf game. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Practicing your mental game is just as important as practicing your physical game. With a little effort you can cut strokes from your golf game without touching a club.
There is an interesting side effect for learning how to improve concentration, stay calm and focused and act with more confidence and expectation of success in your golf game: once you master the skills in the context of your golf game, they quickly generalize to work environments, to relationships, to being successful in life itself!