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Newsletter October 2013

How do I get ready to play when I don't have time to go to the range? 

This is a question I am asked frequently. When a golfer is running late and doesn't have time to hit balls on the range, they are usually anxious about what to do on the first tee.

The ideal would be to get to the course at least 30-60 minutes prior to your tee time. Then you will have time to take care of all the details of signing in, warming up, getting water for the course, socializing, etc. When things off the course cause you to not have this extra time, there is a way to prepare your mind and body to be relaxed and ready to tee off. These tips are especially helpful for high school team members who go directly from school to the golf course for their matches.

Warm up your mind 

On the way to the golf course when you are running late, let go of the unfinished matters and decisions and take your mind to the play ahead.

  • In your mind's eye look at the upcoming round of golf and be aware of how you feel about playing. If you are looking forward to it with anticipation that is great. If you are anxious or fearful, change your images to more fun loving, positive ones.
  • Next, remember the first hole where you will be starting. See yourself confident, swinging with ease and playing the entire hole in your imagination to the best of your ability. Remember, that your muscles and nerves don't know the difference between physically swinging a club and visualizing doing it.
  • If you haven't arrived at the course yet, play the next two or three holes in your imagination. This will prepare your mind and body for a good start. Otherwise it might take you a few holes to find your rhythm.
  • To build confidence in scoring, take a few minutes on the practice green to figure out the speed of the greens. Otherwise you will just be guessing when you get to the first green.
  • At the first tee, swing a couple of clubs to loosen up your muscles before you tee off. Then swing your driver a couple of times to find your timing and rhythm.
  • And the most important thing to do is to take a several deep breaths to calm yourself down and relax your mind and body for easy focus.  

To prepare mentally to play your best golf, listen to the guided imagery CD, "Self-Hypnosis for Playing In The Zone" available at www.pmi4.com/cart

Play "In the Zone" With Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances 

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