We all have heard that practice makes perfect. The number one complaint of instructors is that most students of golf would rather be playing golf than practicing.
When we practice we are establishing a sound mind-body connection that can take a great deal of anxiety and stress away from the game. Our movements become “hard wired” and over time we perform by default. Our movements become one less thing to worry about.
There is no substitute for practice, however, if you are not as keen on practicing as your instructors would like you to be you can use a form of mental practice called Visual Motor Rehearsal (VMR). VMR was used with the Apollo Space Program to help astronauts practice and rehearse complex tasks. This concept was taken by Dr. Dennis Waitley PhD. and introduced to the Olympics in the 1980’s and 90’s. The results were astounding!
A group of Olympic runners were hooked up to biofeedback equipment to measure the brains electrical activity while physically performing a race. What resulted was that specific parts of the brain “fired” during performance. Likewise the same athletes were then asked to relax and visualize performing the same task and the results were the same. It made no difference if the athlete was actually running or imagining running. The brains activity was the same.
If you have been there in the mind you will go there in the body. Do not take our word for it. Give it a try.
Follow these steps:
- Identify an experience that you’d like to have. Perhaps it can be anything from the perfect shot to what you consider to be a perfect game.
- Get a vivid image of yourself having that experience and actually feel what it would be like to have it. Yell or jump for joy if you have to.
- Focus on the end-results ONLY! Do not let your mind go crazy trying to figure out how it’s going to happen (that’s not your job). All you have to do is identify, visualize (with feeling) then let it go.
Let us know how this work out for you!
Remember: When you visualize only consider the end result and focus on the feeling that would be generated as if you were already there.
Never underestimate the power of your own mind. After all the body will only do what the mind tells it to do.
In conclusion here are some heart warming quotes:
“Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve” – W.Clement Stone 1902-2002
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein 1879-1955