"I just pause at the moment … I never think there's a hole ahead. I'm not thinking about tomorrow. I'm not thinking about the next shot. I'm thinking about it right now What to do then and there. It's very simple. " – Brooks Copka
The ability to focus or focus on what you choose will provide you with a supreme personal development tool that surpasses golf. A minute or two of daily practice will train your brain to be more present and give you the ability to choose which thoughts to focus on, and which to ignore.
Concentration can be defined as: "your ability to focus on what you choose while you choose."
Golfers' heads quarrel mentally: "What if this or that happens?", "Don't hit it there" and over-analyze their technique. Their mind is pulled in every direction, which burns mental energy, affects their mood and creates muscle tension.
Studies show that we have 3 negative thoughts for every 1 positive. In other words, your subconscious mind is producing negative thoughts all the time, in an effort to keep you safe and away from danger. Each player has entered them in their consciousness in one round. Without the ability to choose what we focus on, it is easy to hold on to these negative thoughts, which if noticed / might become feelings and stress, which can weaken the performance state. When you are playing with anger, frustration, regret, anticipation and excitement it is hard to reach your best skills.
So how can we practice seeing our thoughts at a greater distance and being less emotional while we are playing?
Being "present" is so important in golf. This frees your mind, allowing you access to your best skills. The challenge we have today is that no one is ever truly present – we are constantly distracted by our mobile devices, and it does not help us on the golf course.
The ancient practice of meditation and mindfulness is how to improve a person's ability to reach the present moment and accept how they feel in that moment without trying to accept it. It builds independence in your mind and gives you access to your best skills.
I recommend to all my students to start daily practice of meditation and mind, as it has many benefits (beyond golf). With this exercise you will be able to clearly focus on the things that are most important, and reduce the noise from the things that are not.
Samurai warriors adopted Zen Buddhism and meditation because it allowed them to fight "empty minds". For these swordsmen, it was important to have an empty mind in the midst of battle because it freed them from doubt, fear and focus on technique. Of course they trained in technology, but when the war started, all thinking took off and the sanctity of action was over.
Being in the present, when your focus (focus) is not on what happened or what will happen (result), only what is happening now, e.g. Your pre-shot routine or your walk in between shots.
Between shots, focus your attention on your breathing and what you see and feel (trees, sky, surrounding landscape, wind, the ground under your feet, etc.). It will bring you into the present – you are alert and aware but not thinking.
This is the perfect way to come out of negative feelings, regret, anger, anxiety at any time – fear always & # 39; future & # 39; is. Excitement suggests thinking about the consequences, regret suggests mistakes from the past, instead, keep playing shots in the hand until they run out.
Here is an exercise for you…
Ask yourself "I wonder what my next thought will be?" And notice how long it is before an idea comes. Keep practicing until you can extend that time by several seconds or more. Talk here about how easy it used to be in the present – no one is more without their device.
If it is easy, focus on something, a glass, a golf ball, your breath, etc. (very specific example, light sparkling from a dimple of a golf ball). Now get your attention and see how long it is before an idea arrives, notice if your mind flows, and if it does, bring it back slowly. Practice, first daily, then often to maintain skills.
Being "sensible" of your thoughts and feelings
Emotions come from thoughts. When your mind is calm, you can become better at observing your thoughts and feelings, reacting to them and giving them more power. It counteracts and reacts which causes performance-limiting anxiety.
With practice, your inner voice can be heard objectively, without judgment and feedback – you just slowly bring your attention back to what is happening now. One day you will catch yourself smiling in this inner voice!
With practice you will be able to concentrate less feelings and more which will help you the most.
If you're really present, you're not evaluating how you're playing or running overall, or just & # 39; if & # 39; Are thinking Instead, you will be calming your mind and reaching the "Golf State of Mind". How to meditate and take care more I have a section covered Ultimate Mental Sports Training System But you can get a simple start on it today by spending some time with your mobile device…