Slightly different topic today but a huge relevance to what we are all trying to improve here, our golf game and our bodies ability to perform.
You have almost definitely heard people talking about visualisation on the golf course, each shot should be played through in your mind before you pull the trigger, its a great concept but how many of you honestly do this every time you play? I’m willing to bet that not many of you do, you may sporadically visualise during a round but a full 18 holes where every single shot has been clearly seen in your mind is probably still on your ‘to do’ list!
I want to tell you that visualisation is one of the most important things you can do on the course, it narrows your focus and gives your body clear instructions. You should clearly see what you are trying to achieve to tell your subconscious mind what you want to happen, feel the weight of the club and how your body will move to produce the desired shot, see the effects of spin, wind and bounces. Visualisation is one of the main differences between struggling golfers and superb ones.
Visualisation also plays a key part in the fitness side of improvement, when you think about it, why wouldn’t it?! Visualisation is a way of informing your body and subconscious mind of what you trying to achieve, in the case of exercise you should be feeding them with all the information to correctly train a given movement or muscle group.
- Spend time before each exercise to see the correct movement pattern.
- Feel how the exercise will target the muscles you wish to train.
- See the weight move at a good pace and under control.
- See and feel all the performance improvements you want to make to your body.
These techniques help me every training session, in rest periods I make sure not to just waste time but to feel and visualise all of the above. I attribute a large amount of the progress that I have made in the gym to visualisation, it gets me through the hardest of sessions and keeps me focused on the outcome and end goal.
The great thing about starting to do this in your training sessions is that it starts to make a habit of visualisation, making it easier to transfer and stick to on the course. Once you have it ingrained in your pre-shot routine on the course and rest periods in the gym-you will start to see a huge difference in your ability to do what you see in your mind, your body becomes more synchronized with your mind and becomes the translator of those images and feelings to the real world.
Give visualisation a try, its not like you have anything to loose!
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