When you think about Jack, Seve, Tiger, or to that matter any great golfer, you find the word creativity popping into your head. These golfers are (or alas, in the case of Seve, were) creative. Great golfers have the ability to think up amazing shots. They can see shots in their mind and then they can make them happen.
The process of imagination and visualization is essential in the process of creating great golf shots. Jack Nicklaus is often quoted as saying that he never hit a golf shot without seeing it first, very vividly, in his imagination. He always visualized the shot first before he set about making it come to life.
Jack Nicklaus is truly the Michelangelo of golf. For those who aren’t familiar with the way in which Michelangelo set about his creative process, this is how he described his manner of work:- “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”.
There is a common thread in the process of success in anything in life and this is the essential importance of first visualizing the outcome you seek before you set out on the pathway to its achievement. You have to see it to believe it. Once you visualize an outcome, you can believe in its potential and then your mind and body can find a way in which to achieve it.
Put another way, without first seeing it, you cannot believe it and cannot achieve it. Golf sits squarely in the middle of this paradigm. It does not escape from the basic patterns or rules of success. Great golf shots are created first in your imagination and then they have the potential to come to fruition upon the course.
It follows that the better you are at triggering and utilizing your inherent ability to visualize, the more successful you will be as a golfer. If you want to win more golf tournaments and get your handicap down low you will need to tap into the creative part of your mind and take it with you onto the course.
The wonderful thing about your imagination is that you can practice using it anytime and anywhere. Another great bonus is the minimal amount of time it takes to visualize a few perfect and creative shots. It takes moments, and yet the effect is powerfully dramatic.
Can you imagine just how good you would get at visualizing if you were to simply play a few holes of golf in your mind each night as you are drifting off to sleep? It’s so quick and easy and the effect is truly awesome.
Roseanna Leaton, avid golfer and specialist in creative golf mind mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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