#119 Web TV: How To Improve Focus For Golf

How to Improve Focus For Golf.

Are you finding that when you are playing golf you are really starting to think about not scoring on the hole and not getting the amount of points that you need, your two points or three points, or hoping that you don’t wipe the hole?

You start thinking about what might happen and then you get ready to play the actual shot that you have to play and then everything seems to fall apart.  You don’t know why?

That’s what we are going to be looking at today, I’m going to show you a way how to improve your focus for golf.

It can be really overwhelming and it can be incredibly stressful and when you are not getting the results that you really, really want, there is a reason behind it which I will share with you in a minute.

When you are not getting those results you get very worked up and it does affect you.  It affects the way you play, it affects how you finish, you get really upset about it, you take it with you, you go home and that’s all you are thinking about, especially if you are a real golf addict.

You can’t sleep at night because you think about it and then, when you are ready to go and play on the course again you still carry it with you. I want to make sure that you are not getting into that space.

When we first start playing golf we have the experiences of learning golf skills and then we discover how mental the game becomes.  Now, when you start discovering how mental the game can become, this is when you have got to start working on this (your head).

I’m a big fan of actually doing it from the word go, but a lot of people find that when they are first starting it’s just getting the skills in place.  Yes, incredibly important, but we need to make sure this (your head) is in check as well.

The thing that I am seeing a lot of and I don’t want it to continue for people because I do see it a lot, I hear it a lot and I want to make sure that there is a way in which you can overcome this.  In order for you to be able to overcome this anxiety, this feeling there are two things:

The first is meditation.  You don’t have to do this and stand, or sit on a seat and go ommm.  That’s not the type of meditation that I am talking about. You might be thinking that’s a bit woo-woo.  That’s not what I am talking about, I’ll show you what I mean.

The second is using that meditation tool that I am going to share with you and then implementing it into what you are doing when you are actually playing.

What I mean by meditate is really as simple as this.  Basically what you want to do is set a timer on your phone, they’ve all got timers on them and so on, an alarm or whatever and I want you to start just by doing two minutes. What I am finding is that a lot of golfers that I work with and what I see and who I hear is that they are really struggling to maintain focus, they are worrying about what the possible result might be.

They might be trying to chip the ball up onto the green and they are worrying about what might happen.  The thing is they are actually not present in the moment of what they actually have to do right now, not playing the shot. We’ll talk about that in a minute.

What I want you to do here is a form of meditation.  This will help you focus better. This is what you are going to do.

We have got our timer set, and what I want you to do here is to sit down, sit your shoulders back, don’t lie down, sit down and sit your shoulders back, set the timer, hit the go button, the start button, and then I want you to close your eyes.

Now, what I want you to do is to breathe in for four 1 2 3 4. Hold for four 1 2 3 4.  Breathe out for four 1 2 3 4.

What you will find is when you start training, we are training this (our head) it will help you with what we are going to do on the golf course. You need to learn how to do this.  By you starting to learn how to focus and what we are doing here is focusing on breathing, for how long? Two minutes.

It is going to teach you to become aware and actually what is going on in the moment.  Take some time.  Especially the first week, maybe two weeks, you might want to do it for two minutes then you want to up it to three minutes. Then you want to do it for four minutes, get it up to about five minutes and see if you can do that.

You will find that this will actually start helping you to concentrate better when you are standing over the ball.  You have been meditating, you have been working on your concentration practice and when we stand over the ball, by you concentrating and focusing on your breathing technique, what you are actually going to be doing is to transfer that into what you do here when you stand over the ball to chip.

Come up to the ball and we go to chip, because we are concentrating on learning how to improve focus, we are going to keep our present, our mind, on what we do here.  Play the shot regardless of what happens up there. We start worrying about what might happen to the ball and that’s what happens to a lot of golfers. They actually get really freaked out about what might happen to the ball. The ball might run too far over, it might stop too short and all that kind of stuff.

We want to make sure that all you are focusing on is that no matter what happens to the ball, no matter what the result is, you are focusing on playing the best possible shot you can.

It’s really, really important.

If we were to do a chip shot here, remember we are not focused on the hole, all I am focused on is playing the shot.

When I stand over the ball, if I take a nice deep, slow breath and I just perform the shot the ball does whatever the ball does. It is showing that I am focused here, and that’s the point that I want to get across to you today.

Don’t worry about what is happening down at the hole, the fear of making a mistake.  If you have a fear of making a mistake, guess what, the mistake is going to happen. That’s exactly what is going to happen.

I want you to make sure that when you are standing over the ball, you are going to do some concentration practice, we are going to work on that meditation and breathing, a very, very simple exercise then I want you to start working on.

What to do when you are standing over the ball.  Can you focus on staying over the ball and breathe, breathe in when you take the club back and breathe out when you come through and just take your time, let the shot happen and let go of the final result.

If you can start learning to let go of the final result and start feeling your stroke then you will actually get better results.

That’s what I wanted to share with you today, I do see it a lot and I find it quite concerning that a lot of people are not aware of it.   This is really going to help change and revolutionize you in your golf game to performing better.

Helping that concentration.  I want you to let go, let go of the final result, stay in the moment and play the shot the best possible way that you can at that moment in time.

In order for you to do that you have to start doing the concentration training. A very simple technique on how to improve your focus for golf.

Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; tee it high and let it fly.

To your golfing success,
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Tiffany Mika

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About Tiffany Mika

Tiffany Mika is incredibly passionate about golf and shares with you her knowledge about the game. She shows how you can have an exciting a life when you learn to play golf as you can travel the world playing exotic destinations and meeting lots of fantastic people who all share the same passion for golf.

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8 Responses to #119 Web TV: How To Improve Focus For Golf

  1. Carrie September 6, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Hi Tiff,
    What a great tip!!
    I played comp with my husband every Sundays. For some of the games that I scored poorly was because I was anxious about the score. I lost focus on my shots. I focus on what my score should be on the hole and if I didn’t meet expectations, I get down on myself and played poorly for the rest of the game!
    Being able to not concern about the score and play one shot at a time and focus on playing the best shot was great advise. I find that meditate before a game calms the mind and I remind myself to focus on playing one shot at a time!

    • Tiffany Mika September 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Carrie

      That’s why you get disappointed in your game because you are results orientated. Nothing wrong with that by the way. I am too and I know you are as well. What you have to learn is to focus on what you have control over, which is that one shot at the moment in time and you have to do your best you can. Then you do the same with the next and the next shot.

      It’s learning to let go of the final result and play one shot at a time. That’s how you get your best results. Once you learn to do that meditate each day over time the focus will be better and you will see what you are capable of.

      Tiff 🙂 😉

  2. bev purtill September 6, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    thankyou I wiil do this but when I play comp I get nervous don’t do well when I play no comp I play well what are your thoughts I feel I should not play because I get so upset and I am embrassed what should I do

    • Tiffany Mika September 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Hey there Bev

      You know Bev, it is normal to get nervous. I get nervous too. It’s a natural part of the process. It’s just learning how to deal with the nerves.

      You see when you play comp, that shot counts, there are no second shots and there is pressure you put on yourself. So what happens is that you give into the nerves and let them control you. It’s like those butterflies you get in your stomach and they are flying about all over the place. We want to train those butterflies to fly in formation.

      Now when you play when it doesn’t count, no comp, you are just out there playing on the course with no pressure, it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake you can hit the shot again. There is no pressure on you because you are relaxed, because it doesn’t matter does it?

      Nothing wrong Bev with wanting to well. I think that is wonderful that you do want to do well.

      Most likely as well Bev, you may not have set pre-shot routines and so on. I say to all my clients, you have to be systematic with your approach to golf. Once you have set routines in place, it also keeps the focus. It’s not just one thing, mind you they all help, but it is an accumulation of all these little things that you do. So you need to ensure you have set routines that you do, start meditating for 2 minutes a day.

      So Bev, never feel embarrassed as there are many golfers out there feel exactly the way you do. It’s just time to tackle this nervousness and allow you to fly in formation. I am happy to have a chat with you over the phone if you would like.

      Just send me an email.

      Tiff 🙂

  3. Cheryl J September 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    Greetings all the way from Canada, Tiff!!

    Watching this video has got me extremely excited to use the meditation tool you have described & help provide focus to every single shot of my game.

    I do find it extremely difficult to focus and get ‘worked up’ over poor shots (which there seem to be much more of lately!), & I have noticed it’s really affected my game. I have bee enjoying it less because my scores per round are not where I have been ‘expecting’ them to be. And expectations can be very dangerous!!

    I play at least 3-4 times a week and I really want to start to apply your meditation & see breathing for focus techniques as soon as I my next round.
    I needed something to help give me some sort of sense of stability when all my thoughts go into ‘oh always end up in the trees here’ or ‘ I always hit this tee shot to the right’. I feel like listening to your technique will lead me in the right direction and build on that mental focus that my game has been lacking. Thank you Tiff for all yoir great words of advice!!

    • Tiffany Mika September 6, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      Hey Cheryl

      How awesome to hear from you all the way from Canada.

      I am glad to hear you are excited about it. You know it does help, but don’t just rely on just that.

      It will be all the little things that you do that will also contribute. Don’t go out on the course to have these high expectations and then feel disappointed when you don’t live up to them.

      Change the way you approach your game. I have this conversation with many of my clients frequently. What you want to do right now is to be able to walk off the golf course and feel good about the way you hit your ball. Feel good about the technique of all of your shots. Feel good that your alignment was better and so on.

      The score doesn’t always indicate how you have hit the ball and if you only focus on the score, then you are going to have an uphill battle. (I learned that the hard way).

      So first step yes is to start the simple mediation technique, but then also make sure you have set routines in place that you follow religiously. Routines are super important in golf, they keep you steady. Then in the meditation in will be creating awareness.

      See if you can mediate for 2 minutes and only focus on your breath, you may find that your mind wanders in that time. That’s normal but keep practicing it and challenge yourself to focus purely on the breath. When you hit golf balls you may also be more aware of whether you are thinking about other things or not when standing over the ball.

      With regards to your comment “always hit the ball in the trees etc” you have pre-set patterns so your subconscious mind has set those patterns that you are not aware of. It’s time to re-create new patterns.

      If you have any questions Cheryl just email me.

      Tiff 🙂

  4. Jenelle September 21, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    Tiff I feel like you were writing this one directly to me! I have taken this on after watching your video several times and am now (sometimes) able to cut out everything else and just concentrate on the shot and let go of the final result. It’s very much a work in progress, but there is a little bit of progress!
    Thanks Tiff
    Cheers
    Jenelle

    • Tiffany Mika September 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

      Hi Jenelle

      Ok that’s great you feel like I am speaking to you. Fantastic!

      It is always going to be a work in progress but that is ok, this is an untapped area in the golf game that most people don’t tackle.

      So I am impressed that you are taking it on board and working on it.

      It does work, you just have to work on it!

      Tiff 🙂

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