Controlling swing thoughts play golf; possible?
We all have that one terrible shot that haunts us for at least a day or two. Depending on the size of the crowd you’re playing with or for, it could haunt you for weeks or months.
So how do you get past it? How do you stop the overthinking process of controlling every aspect of a potentially good swing? Controlling swing thoughts playing golf is a possibility.
If you don’t have access to a great Sports Psychologist, such Dr. Tiffany at GNCGA, here are a couple of tips to keep your swing thought under control.
Whether you are day dreaming about a vacation or becoming the next PGA Tour winner of your generation, envisioning should be second nature to the brain. When you put a positive mindset behind envisioning, great things will happen. Your mind is consistently working. While you practice a situation in your mind, your body is practicing too. Recent studies have shown that “while you’re going through the workout in your head, your brain is actually developing muscle memory regarding how it should act in that particular situation.” Feel free to day dream all day about your perfect swing.
- Concentrate on your breathing
Controlling your breathing will provide benefits beyond what most people can imagine. It reduces your heart rate, controls your blood pressure, and relaxes your muscles. Take a moment to take deep, long breaths. Let your mind only focus on the inhaling and exhaling of your breathing. Take control of the type of breathing. There is top lung breathing and bottom lung breathing. To achieve bottom lung breathing, you want to take a deep breath with your stomach rather than your chest. It takes practice and concentration on this movement for it to become fluent.
- Get your rhythm
Finding your own balance of rhythm is very important. It comes from practice, patience, and knowing your body. If something feels off, your rhythm is most likely the culprit. Never feel like you need to rush yourself into a swing that you are not mentally prepared to take. At the same time, do not overthink the reality of the swing. If counting your swing and follow through help to get a rhythm that feels good and produces great a shot, then keep doing it. No two persons will have the same rhythm or technique of how to produce that rhythm.
Confidence comes from practice and hard work. Getting out of your comfort zone repeatedly creates new comfort zones. Don’t second guess yourself; the moment you do, is the moment you let yourself down. Confidence does take time and patience. Once you obtain it, nothing can stop you!