Thursday, January 26, 2006

The power of visualization

Last night I watched the 1st of a 4-part episode of 'Blue Angels' on the Military Channel. As part of their training, the pilots sit around a table, close there eyes, and act out their flightplan for the upcoming air show. They do this everyday as part of their ritual.
The reason the pilots do this is so they are in a relaxed state when the real event takes place. They said that on the day of the show, it is routine in the air, because they have done it everyday in the drills on the ground.

How does this apply to golf?

When we are preparing to golf, our minds are everywhere. We're thinking about stretching, practicing...even paying the bill. But what we need to do is think about the golf course, think about how our swing feels, and think about how the course is laid out.

Practice this drill:

When you are at a golf course you play alot, take the scorecard home with you. The next time you know you're going to play that golf course pull out the scorecard and review it in your mind's eye.
Close your eyes, and play the course. Go from your set-up to where the shot lands on the green, from addressing the putt to the ball dropping in the cup.
You will feel more comfortable when the real scoring begins. Make sure you bet big, because you WILL have a great day on the golf course!

Thanks for reading, keep it in the short grass.


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