So you want to qualify for the US Open.
In my last post I said that your edge on the golf course and the answer to getting rid of destructive conscious thoughts is to bring in visual thoughts that the mind would rather focus on to replace the conscious thoughts.
Good visualization can keep you properly focused even when the pressure has your throat so dry you can’t spit.
But I also said that there can be a problem with visualization…
The problem is what happens when you clearly visualize a shot, but what you hit is nowhere near what you visualized.
What do you thing the brain does then?
It says, “Well, THAT didn’t work!” which undermines the idea of using visualization.
But if you know WHY it happens, you may be able to salvage your mind. You see, there’s a SECOND distraction that can destroy your game!
The first distraction was conscious thoughts that distract the subconscious mind from sending the right visual messages to your body to create the proper movement during the golf swing.
The second distraction is a disagreement in the subconscious mind as to what visual images are the right ones to create your golf swing.
You see, your golf swing doesn’t just show up out of nowhere. Every time you make a physical movement, your subconscious has to create a visual movie for the body to follow. This happens for the golf swing… Every time.
This disagreement comes from those who tell you what visual image to hold in your mind as you make your golf swing. I’m not going to tell you what it should be, but rather allow you to find out.
The method is simple. Go try to hit golf balls with your eyes closed. Instead of trying to hit the ball, make a swing and try to see what your mind is trying to focus on in order to hit the golf ball.
Most mental “experts” will tell you that you should focus on your target, but your mind has a different target.
Your mind’s target is the golf ball.
That presents an issue because you are most likely more worried about getting the ball to the target.
So here’s how the second distraction happens. You are trying to focus on one image and your mind is trying to create and send another image to the body. This disagreement in your subconscious visual mind is a distraction that can cause unwanted errant shots AND a breakdown of your confidence.
What I’m saying here is that visualization is the way to get rid of damaging conscious thoughts, but focusing on the wrong pictures can be just as damaging.
No matter what method you use, if the results don’t match the intention, your mind starts to reject your method.
There is a solution that stops this…
3 thoughts on “Visualization – Your edge at The US Open”
I commented earlier, the focus doesn’t have to be the ball..(the present); isn’t the swing in the present also?
The swing is in the present because it is the action taken. The ball is in the present because it is the reason for the action.
so what is the solution? i stand there on the range and i totally get what you are saying. my mind focuses on the ball NOT on the target in the distance.
i find it unusally difficult to focus on my “target” as other mind coaches say. what is the solution?