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.
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