You have undoubtedly heard athletes talk about visualization. Every athlete in every sport uses it to some extent to improve performance. What exactly is visualization and can it help the average athlete perform better? More importantly, how do you actually incorporate it into your golf game?
Webster’s dictionary defines visualization as a mental visual picture. That is interesting because in no definition is a description of a positive mental picture. When you look at the actual versus perceived definition it becomes obvious that we use visualization in every area of our lives. Let’s get back to golf. When you stand over a shot do you ever visualize your ball going in the water hazard instead of staying on the green?
Let’s vow from this point forward to use this power only for good. Visualization works. The question becomes, how do you switch from negative to positive visualization? Think about this for a momen. Most improvements in your golf game will require physical actions and repetition in order for them to take hold. The beauty of positive visualization is that you will not need to spend hours on the range. You just need different thoughts.
In the beginning, you get out on the course by yourself late in the day. The reason for this is because you will want to incorporate visualization into your routine on every shot. It will not happen naturally unless you make a conscious effort. Your playing partners and everyone behind you will be happy that you are able to visualize your shot as a very quick part of your pre-shot routine.
Briefly stand behind the ball and visualize your ball flight. If you normally cut the golf ball, look down the left side of the fairway and see your ball starting off there and moving right to the middle of the fairway. Do it on every golf shot from driver to putter. In a very short amount of time, you will not even know that you do it but it will give you positive momentum before you take the club back.
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