I find that one of the most important pieces to my workout and my golf game is meditation, which helps focus me mentally for the task ahead. This may be as simple as a few deep breathing exercises before a round or actually sitting down and spending a little time before a workout. I’d like you to try it along with me now, and then be sure to add this to your own routine. Over time you’ll find this an effective way to relax and focus before your own golf game.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly. It helps me to count when I do this, in on 1 and out on 2 but you can do whatever works for you. Let’s try that again. Breathe in through your nose, 1 and out through your mouth, 2.
Now I’d like you to clear your mind of the stresses from work, family, and your last missed putt. Instead focus on what you want to accomplish. Are you about to get ready for an intense work out? Focus on having the best workout you’ve ever had. Are you at work, getting ready for a presentation? Imagine yourself giving a fantastic presentation. Are you about to go out for a round of golf? Visualize yourself hitting right on target with every swing. Now take another deep breath in, 1 and out, 2.
See? That was easy! You can do meditation at any time during the day to get yourself relaxed if you feel tense or anxious but where I really recommend you use this consistently is on the golf course during your round. If you hit a really bad shot or just had a bad hole, take a minute to meditate and visualize that next tee shot going exactly where you want it to. If you don’t have a minute, just take 30 seconds. You don’t even have to close your eyes – just take a few deep breaths. If you just had a really great shot and the adrenaline is flowing, this is also a great time to get yourself back into mental focus. Go ahead, take 30 seconds and calm yourself down. Your buddies will never know you just had a Black Belt Golf moment – until you let them in on the secret!