Focus is important in golf. Too much doesn’t work.
Too little doesn’t work either. It’s no secret that good golf has much to do with focus and the ability to being fully in the moment for the upcoming task.
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Some golfers know when to focus but only few know how long they can and should focus.
Making five practice swings and standing still for 30 seconds in your address position is definitely not the solution. To the contrary most people are only able to stay focused for a couple of seconds before distracting thoughts are coming up.
The “untrained” brain is able to focus on one though for two to three seconds, e.g. putting after making practice swings. So what can a golfer do to use this short window optimally? I think it comes down to what the famous therapist Fritz Perls once said “Stop thinking and come to your senses”.[clearboth]
Focus in Golf
As golfers we use three senses mainly: we see, we feel and we hear. Because the time we are able to focus is usually a very short time it should be our goal to focus only on one of our senses just before each shot.
Some examples: Imagining the flight path of the shot (visually), the feeling of the club in your hands (kinetically) or counting slowly in the rhythm of your swing just before you actually do it (auditory).
Focusing on one of your senses makes it easier for you to get into and stay in the zone. Usually everyone of us works better with one type of pre shot routine than the other.
Maybe you are a visual type or a kinetic type. Just try it out and see what works best for you.
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