Tiger, before a tournament says that he plays 36 to 54 holes of golf a day as his preparation. He has at that point done all of his work on the range, honing in his swing with repetition, repetition and repetition. Now its time to switch into a different mode – play mode.
Yes, you see all the tour players out on the range, chipping area and putting greens before the tournament. But they aren’t working on their swings or strokes at that time. They are just warming up and getting feel and rhythm.
I’m always surprised by the number of amateur golfers who hit the range 45 minutes before they play and spend that time testing out their new swing tip or thought. Then on the first tee they announce that they are playing with a new swing, providing a reason to justify bad shots whilst secretly expecting their ball to fly way better than previously!
Time to be honest here. I have also fallen into this trap. I suspect that it is one of those traps that every golfer falls into from time to time. The wiser golfers soon learn that this is really not the best strategy for success. There is a huge difference between learning time on the range and warming up on the range. The impact upon your subsequent game is equally huge.
The average amateur golfer has not usually got endless hours to spend upon his or her golf. Thus they tend in the main to focus their time upon playing golf as opposed to practicing upon the range. Inevitably their practice time comes (if at all) in those 30 minutes before hitting the first tee.
There is a big transition between mechanical mode and play mode in golf. The game of golf is extremely mental. If you allow mechanical thoughts to creep into your focus whilst upon the course, your golf ball will also lose its sense of focus and direction.
In reality practice time before play should be simply to warm up and find your rhythm. If you do work upon mechanics in this time, then it helps a lot to spend the last 10 minutes before play adjusting from mechanical thoughts to focus instead upon rhythm, tempo and swinging freely through the ball.
Every golfer needs to create a switch that moves them into play mode. The pre-shot routine is a big part of this. But even before you step up to the first tee box you also need to flip over into play mode. You are no longer thinking about mechanics. Rather you are thinking about shots and ball placement.
Playing golf well involves creativity and imagination, focus, determination and tenacity. These are the skills that need to be brought to the fore and displayed whilst on the golf course but are relied upon less when upon the range. Golf is a very mental game. Yes, you need to have mechanical skill, but when on the golf course your task is to use your mind to play with what you have got and to make the most of it.
There are as many mental skills involved in the game of golf as there are shots that you could produce. Hypnosis helps to hone these skills and make them more automatic and instinctive. Hypnosis can provide that trigger to move you from mechanical mode to play mode, allowing you to shoot your best scores, lower your handicap and win more tournaments.
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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