Awareness – Taking It All In
The skill of awareness is the first key to optimal golf performance. If you want your subconscious to have everything it needs to make a putt, you must first be clearly aware of the hole from a balanced and conscious perspective. And the more you are aware of the target, the more you will be able to succeed even with distractions.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of target mindfulness – particularly in putting, since the goal is so close. The feel of the shot at 350 yards is much different than that of a 6 foot putt. The hole is now one shot away, there is far less room for error and the pressure is on. This 4 ¼ inch hole can weigh heavy on your 5 inch brain. If you want your subconscious to have everything it needs to make the putt, you must first be clearly aware of the hole from a balanced and conscious perspective. Those quick glances at the hole often observed in pre-shot routines do not allow for adequate awareness. When the glances are so fast, the golfer needs to take three or four of them to get adequate information.
The more you are aware of the target, the more you will be able to succeed even with distractions. The moment you turn your focus to the sand, water, or whatever it may be, you are telling your mind that these things are important. If you could train your mind to break this pattern, you would stop recognizing these distractions at all. To learn how to do this though, you must first understand that your body CANNOT differentiate between positive and negative inputs. For example, imagine that you’re on a narrow driving hole with water on the right. In this situation, you will probably take note of the water and think, “Plenty of room on the left, so don’t hit it in the water.” Unfortunately, your reactive subconscious ignores the negative aspect and processes this as, “Plenty of room on the left, hit it in the water.” Your body’s inability to differentiate between the two statements should make you realize how important it is to maintain a positive mental dialogue throughout the round. Train yourself to carefully frame small self-commands with only present-tense, positive statements. Do NOT note what you don’t want to do or what you don’t want to happen, as your brain will only process the reverse. Tell yourself what you DO want to happen. While doing this, you must also remember to stay target-oriented. By refusing to allow your focus to settle on the various distractions that can arise, you are further strengthening this positive outlook.
THINQ Golf’s Awareness Game was developed to train your mind to be more aware, to regard your chosen target as the most important piece of information on the entire golf course. Playing the THINQ Golf Awareness Game trains you to look at a target and gather adequate information, trains your eyes to focus only on the target, and helps you learn how to maintain a mental picture of the target. Mastering these skills will undoubtedly lead to better golf and lower scores, as you are freeing up your subconscious so that it may work as it was designed to – without you micromanaging it or bombarding it with stimuli. Become more aware and golf better!
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