Mind / Body / Spirit Golf....

Golf Is A Type Of Microism For Life!

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In my development as a golf teacher the more I learned about the golf swing science and the more I learnt about the game and the more I was able to communicate those facts and information to people the more I could help people with their various swing patterns and golf games but up to a point.

I started discovering a huge group of golfers who knew what they had to fix and understood the information I was giving them but couldn't do it anyway and it had nothing to do with any physical problem rather an issue in the realm of the mind and the realm of psychology.

So teaching golf became more than just understanding the swing mechanics and the body, I discovered each of us is in a "relationship" with golf, a relationship that is deep and complex and so I had to learn more about how the mind works.

I needed to understand and help people navigate through their habits including how they dealt with their strengths and weaknesses.

I was noticing I was getting better results and still I hit another wall.

There was another class of people whom seemed in control of their swings and in control of their minds especially on the driving range but on the course they still couldn't lower their score even though they wanted to, something kept holding them back.

I discovered there is another factor in golf that's beyond the body and beyond the mind but that's in the spiritual realm.

So here are what I believe to be the key areas in this realm influencing behaviour on the golf course.

Total commitment, being present

Here is what I mean...there are many people who say they love golf and are passion about it but haven't agreed to the game for all that it is.

They don't like bunkers, water hazards they complain about the weather or the imperfections on the greens or the fairways. Hence they haven't accepted the game and agreed to what golf simply is.

From this place good golf is impossible as there is too much tension.

So if you haven't agreed to the game fully see if you can change your mind and watch how this allows for more relaxation to flow into your game.

Claiming your Power

People who don't claim their personal power tend to play it safe and from this mindset have a way of relating to golf that reflects this core issue.

Are you yourself on the course or do you hide behind or rely on your playing partners whilst trying to impress the crowd with impossible shots.

Withholding from fear

People who are withholding from fear and this maybe fear of a bad score or fear of a bad shot tend to steer their golf shots from a place of tension.

If this is you need to have more faith...by the way I don't mean in a religious way.

Also use visualization in your pre-shot routine and trust the positive image in your mind before each shot.

“Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

Frank Herbert

Withholding forgiveness

When you withhold forgiveness you are unable to let go of a bad shot and are unable to get on with your round.

 

If this is you use this system to help you on the course:

Fudge: Let go of your frustration

Fix: Make a practice swing the correct way

Forget: Sing a song in between shots

Focus: Use a pre shot routine

Slow is Fast and fast is slow

In more cases than not people looking for the perfect golf swing attempt to rush.

I remember a story once told about a young man who wanted to become a black belt in karate. He had sought out the best teacher in all the land:

The first question he asked the teacher:

Student: How long is becoming a black belt going to take?

Teacher: 7 years of consistent training

Student: I will come every day and train for 10 hours per day then I will be a black belt in 4 years.

Teacher If you come every day and train for 10 hours per day and rush the process it will take you 10 years.

In teaching golf over the last 10+ years, experience has taught me people often over estimate what they can achieve in the short term and under estimate what they can accomplish in the long term.

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger that steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free”

Catherine Ponder,

Punishing Yourself

When you hold yourself up to impossible standards of perfection or compare your game to Tiger Woods then it tends to create abusive self talk.

Instead adopt a way of playing with the attitude that golf is a game of mistakes.

Unfinished Business

Taking responsibility means calling fore for a bad shot and using etiquette around the course.

This is you if you don't finish off your putts and close what you start like picking the ball up within 3 feet ofthe hole and calling it a gimmie...come on.

It is What It Is

A player may get upset about an event he cannot control or even influence. For example - the noise of the planes flying overhead, windy conditions, course conditions, his luck and so on. The best thing to remember is.. it is what it is!

These events waste energy which could be used on elements of attitude and effort.

Finally

Accepting Spirituality v's ignoring it

Are you forgetting your own most core beliefs about what spirituality is for you.

Tiger Woods is open about his beliefs and spirituality and I am sure it plays a major role in his success.

So if you have tried lessons and worked on your mind without success, consider these 9 spiritual issues as a part of your journey to better golf.