Golf and Your Mental Game: Are You a Walking Zombie?

Are you a golfer that starts analyzing your next shot as soon as your shot has landed? Are you mulling that over as you walk up to the ball? Have you become a walking zombie clued out to your surroundings? If so is your single minded focus doing you any good? Are you on auto pilot?

Wouldn’t a more mindful approach be to be aware of your environment instead of that businesslike attitude of approach and hit repetitively. Are you out to be a golf machine or to enjoy your surroundings and enjoy the space that you are in? Your choice.

A couple of good examples might be walking your dog. Do you trudge along with a busy mind with that voice in your head planning, criticizing and analyzing so you can’t be really awake and taking in the environment you are in. Do you wash the dishes with your mind elsewhere?

Mindfulness has a major component of being in the present moment and for a golfer that means being part of the golf course and its beauty and character. As you approach the ball notice the forest, the stream and the beautiful greenery about you. If you do aren’t you taking the pressure off that is present if the only thing you are thinking about is your next shot? As one famous golfer said don’t even think about your next shot until you arrive at your ball. Save your mental energy by thinking of more than hitting the next shot. By being aware of your surroundings then deciding how to make the next shot when you get to the ball you just might find you are more relaxed and better able to concentrate on that next shot.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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