VISUALIZATION FOR GOLF

YOU HAVE TO SEE IT BEFORE YOU CAN DO IT!

Research of the best players in the world proves they do not all have perfect golf swings, yet they all possess a few key elements that are simple for golfers of any age or ability level to implement into their game. These key elements make a huge difference in performance on the golf course and lower scores!

VISUALIZATION is one of the key elements you can implement into your game that has nothing to do with the golf swing, but will lower scores dramatically. Learn a few simple exercises that can help you identify the best way to create positive images in your mind before each shot.

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THE BASICS +

BREATH TO CREATE POSITIVE IMAGES!

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    Download a breathing, visualization or relaxation mobile app to introduce you to the process.

    I personally recommend the "Get Psyched App" or "Breath2Relax" and have specific exercises to help you get started. Turn on the app whenever you have a few minutes and improve your game!

  • 2

    Be specific (and positive) about what you want to accomplish

    For example, imagine yourself playing well under pressure. You can also improve swing positions by visualizing specific aspects in your swing. If you are working on improving your back swing. Create positive images of doing your back swing correctly.

  • 3

    Pay attention to your breathing patterns

    Start by using focused breathing to center yourself and clear your mind. Use as many of your senses (smell, hearing, feeling, etc) as you can to enhance the image. The more real the image feels, the more deeply engrained it becomes.


SIMPLE KEYS TO IMPROVING VISUALIZATION

  • Do this 5x Per Week for 1-Month
  • Find a quiet place where you will not be distracted
  • If your mind gets distracted, get back to paying attention to your breath
  • Goal is to be relaxed while breathing deeply and slowly
VISUALIZATION ARTICLE WITH JACK NICKLAUS +

See the Ball.... Be the Ball

Does visualization really work? Jack Nicklaus once said that he Never hit a shot , even in practice , without having a sharp picture of it in his head. “It’s like a color movie,” he explained. “First, I see’ the ball where I want it to finish, nice and high and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes and I see’ the ball going there: its path , trajectory and shape , even its behavior on landing.”

Visualization , or mental rehearsal, is one of the most common psychological
techniques
used by sports professionals. The idea is that you can create a mental image of something you want to accomplish—like a golf shot —replay that image repeatedly and then perform the action in a manner consistent with the image.

There are essentially two types of visualization

  1. In the first type, a golfer watches herself performing as if watching a movie.
  2. In the second type, the golfer rehearses his performance as if he were actually competing.
    • Research suggests the latter strategy is more effective in most situations. Furthermore, the most successful athletes break down their performances into very specific details and engage all of their senses in imagining how they will feel and react in, say, a sudden-death playoff. They see the putt go in, hear the crowd roar and feel the trophy being hoisted overhead.

How does simply thinking about a future performance actually influence performance on the day of the event? Brain research using electroencephalogram ( EEG , which measures electrical impulses in the brain) and electromyography (EMG , which measures electrical impulses in muscles) equipment sheds some light on this process. Psychologist Richard Suinn tested a group of downhill skiers using EMG equipment and found that the brain sent the same electrical impulses or instructions to the muscles whether the skiers were simply thinking of a particular movement or actually carrying it out.

Some scientists believe mental rehearsal works much like priming the pump by creating neural pathways necessary for actual performance. The brain and body work together on creating an outcome, increasing the likelihood of producing that result when you are actually performing. However, many golfers I work with tell me they cannot visualize their shots, especially with the clarity of Jack Nicklaus’ visualizations . There are numerous reasons golfers might struggle, including not understanding how the brain and body communicate, having unrealistic expectations about the time it takes to develop and maintain neural connections, having skepticism about its effectiveness, and not willing to take the time to practice this skill. It’s also worth stating that some people just don’t have the natural ability to visualize as a way of processing information and will do better using their sense of feel or hearing in the image.

VISUALIZATION PRACTICE
MUSCLE RELAXATION TEST +

MUSCLE RELAXATION EXERCISE simple tool to help you identify what areas of your body get tension. Once you identify your tension, you can use simple techniques to release that tension on the golf course.

MUSCLE RELAXATION EXERCISE

SIMPLE KEYS TO IMPROVING VISUALIZATION

  • Do this 5x Per Week for 1-Month
  • Find a quiet place where you will not be distracted
  • If your mind gets distracted, get back to paying attention to your breath
  • Goal is to be relaxed while breathing deeply and slowly
BREATH2RELAX +

BREATH2RELAX

The most simple and effective way to improve visualization and relaxation skills for peak performance

PRACTICE
VISUALIZATION FOR SUCCESS +

Visualize
See it Before You Do It

Pre Round at PGA Championship

Fans asked what music I was listening to as I sat there with my ear phones in, preparing to hit my first tee shot in a major championship. There was no music, I was just copying Jason Day's exercise so I could perform at my best when the stakes were at the highest! You can too, do the next exercise so you can try a simple exercise that will change your game.


Visualize Like Jason Day

Yes, I worked with Jason Day's Performance coach for 4 years and he still mentors me to this day.

Its not rocket science, click this link to access a typical performance exercise to improve your visualization and relaxation skills.