Golf is a Noisy Game!
Golf is a noisy game for a lot of players. Although proper golf etiquette asks us to respect our fellow golfers by remaining quiet while they stand over the golf ball, there are no rules or regulations to control the noise in your head.
Eighty percent of my clients come into the Wired to Win program with an awareness that there is a lot of chatter going on in their minds and they want to quiet the noise. The noise Im referring to is:
This kind of mental noise is a reflection of a mind that is constantly chatting about things like mechanics. It also begins to analyze everything over and over again because it worries about making the best decisions. Thinking clearly is one thing. Over thinking and over analyzing beyond what is necessary will result in doubt and uncertainty over the ball. This is where the phrase paralysis by analysis comes from
Refusal to let go of completed shots/results
How often do you hold on to a shot you hit ten minutes ago or even ten days ago? Everybody has this challenge from time to time. Your mind continues to analyze, criticize and judge well after the shot is finished as if you can actually do anything about it! This is the ultimate illusion isnt it? You refusal to let it go and leave it be can cause a negative physical and emotional state which will affect you right now over the current shot you have. In this way, youre actually allowing the situation to control you twice. First, when it actually happened and second, in the current moment youre in right now. This is a key skill that both the amateur and the pro can develop more fully to improve their ability to truly be in present time.
The amount of noise created by self-criticism and judgment can be rather loud and distracting. Self-criticism and judgment are the minds favorite kind of noise. Im no good followed by any number of other criticisms and judgments can severely affect your play. For many, this noise does not quiet down while preparing for the shot at hand. For these golfers, the noise seems to lurk in the background causing a distraction and lack of focus.
Imagine how much mental energy is being used when your mind is in constant chatter/criticism/judgment mode! It takes a lot of energy to maintain this mental state and this mismanaged energy results in:
2.Decrease in confidence
3.Unnecessary physical, mental and emotional tension
QUIETING THE NOISE!
Think back to a time when you were in the zone. Was it quiet or noisy? Im certain it was a quieter experience because that is what the zone requires in order to experience it.
Here are some steps to help develop a quieter mind:
Learn how to breathe PROPERLY'when the rhythm of your breath is deep and slow, the mind tends to be less noisy and distracted
Practice daily routines that discipline the mind to be open yet focused such as yoga, tai chi or meditation
Sit completely still for five minutes a day
Free associative writing'this is a great way to get the noise in your head down on paper. Simply write, without any editing, for 3 minutes and allow anything in your mind to empty onto the paper. When you are finished you may feel quieter in your mind.
A quiet mind is the gateway to producing your best without stress and strain.
When your mind is quiet; you give your game the opportunity to speak loudly.
To your best golf!
Golf is a Noisy Game
Golf is a Noisy Game!