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Newsletter December 2016
The Four Cs*
“When golfers are struggling with their golf games, I have found that one of the following four Cs is lacking in their mental game: confidence, concentration, consistency, or control.
Lack of concentration
Concentration is not thinking. It is not an analytical process where you think about what is going on, what has happened in the past, or what will happen in the future. When you are totally engrossed in what you are doing (focusing), the past and future thoughts disappear and you are experiencing the process in the now. Concentration is focusing your attention on one image, object, experience, or line of thought as it is taking place.
Concentration is a mental skill in which you can excel no matter what your handicap is. Golfers who play at their peak potential talk about being in the zone, being on automatic pilot, being focused, or seeing good pictures.
This zone state happens when you are concentrating in the moment. You experience a distortion in your sense of time. It appears that everything has slowed down so you can focus on the present moment easily and naturally. At the same time you have that perception of slowness, your subconscious mind has speeded up, and you react intuitively to the situation with total confidence.
The human mind processes hundreds of bits of sensory information every second, so it is no wonder that we have trouble focusing on one shot at a time. This is obvious when we blame our wandering thoughts on Alzheimer’s or senior moments.
Lack of concentration is due to many factors, including tension, being too involved with correcting, finding, or improving your swing, fear of missing a shot, emotional fears, fear of keeping a good round going, etc. The list is endless. This is where change needs to happen.
Many golfers believe they have to concentrate on the game for four hours when in fact it is a good thing to relax and joke with your partners between shots and concentrate only when it is your turn to hit. It is important to spend the time between shots in a manner that is most comfortable for you.”
*Excerpts are from Chapter 14; The Problem Four Cs, “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances” now available on www.createspace.com/6307102 All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!
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