Mental Thoughts Before You Play Golf

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7 Responses to “Mental Thoughts Before You Play Golf”

  1. September 12, 2012

    WadeThames

    David,
    Yeah I have done that and even worst! Maybe this can help with the nervousness I feel on the first tee (and maybe every tee) or even on the driving range!

    I haven’t been playing long but I remember playing with a friend that plays much better than I. He knew I was a beginner so he teed off first and hit nice shot. He gave me some advice before went up and I listened while I took some warm up swings. I walk up to the tee and just before positioned myself I looked around and it seemed there were about 8 guys waiting to tee off behind us, and they were watching me. (it was probably really about 4 guys but you know what your mind does to you in these situations, LOL). Their facial expressions looked like they were thinking “please hurry up”, “you are going to shank it away, so just hit all ready”. At that point all my pre-shot routines went out the window and that what I did “I shanked it”.

    It was down hill after that. After few holes we let them play thru to ease the pressure for me. After that round I decided to take some time off from playing and go into some deep practice (Swing Machine). So far this has help build my confidence but I know I am not cured. I may need some “couch time”! LOL

    Thanks!

    • mentalist

      September 12, 2012

      David Breslow

      Hi Wade!

      “Couch time”–funny!
      However, at the risk of sounding like a shameless promotion…I bet you would benefit greatly from the Audio of my entire Wired to Win program that all members get a $50 discount on. Check out any of the relevant links on Ignition Golf.

      Your story at the tee box is not uncommon at all…so worry not!

      Any time you focus on things outside yourself (i.e. things you don’t have control over), what you experienced is pretty common.

  2. September 12, 2012

    roymatthews

    Hey Guys, sorry it’s late but I couldn’t get you yesterday. I like what you are saying about rhythm and timing. Unfortunately, you didn’t say how to find the correct rhythm at the first tee. Swinging too slow just before teeing off, may cause me too swing too slow or for my swing to break down because I uncoil too fast for the back swing and scoot the first drive out into the right rough. Is there some simple way of ensuring a player’s proper rhythm at this time. The start of competition always seems to cause me to swing too fast and I don’t get it under control for a couple of holes – that carries over to the putting as well as the longer shots. Any Advice?

  3. mentalist

    September 12, 2012

    David Breslow

    Hi Roy,

    Remembering that email is very limited in terms of scope and breadth of communication–the reality is everyone has their own “correct” rhythm. Mine is not the same as yours and both of ours are different than Paul Wilson’s!

    One way to find YOUR comfortable rhythm is to take your normal and comfortable swing…assign the #5 to it and then swing faster and assign #7 to that–swing slower and assign #3 to that.

    Now you have #3, 5 and 7–each representing a certain swing speed.

    Your mind loves reference points so when you are too fast or too slow–simply repeat the #5 to yourself and your body will begin to respond to that # and the rhythm it relates to if you practice that rhythm 21 times so your body/mind “remembers” it.

    make sense?

  4. December 17, 2013

    RaymondCHASTEL

    I ‘ve already said it Time an again ,THE practise range is not THE golf course and I contend it’s useless and a waste of Time to d

    • December 20, 2013

      Ben

      Raymond,
      I don’t get this, here is a professional advising how we could prepare to play, you respond by saying Paul and David don’t know what they are talking about. Also, have a look at a professional tournament, all the players go to the range and hone their skills before competing and, if they do not play well they will go to the range afterwards to correct what they don’t like.
      Sure, I like to get on the course, to test myself against playing conditions but, before I go out (at the very least) I will hit several shots in the warm up nets to remind myself what I am working on and establish thoughts for the day.

  5. December 17, 2013

    Keith

    David,
    This brought back to mind so many things you talked about in Wired to Win–it has really transformed the way I think about golf. Made it not only a more enjoyable form of recreation (instead of a chore), but also allowed me to–what is it, now? it’s in a card in my wallet–express my talents fully and freely, and overcome my barriers with ease and awareness. Can’t thank you enough.

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