Now, here is a twist. If someone were to be you the golfer this Halloween, what will they do to capture the essence of you the golfer? Would they be a detective, an explorer, a clown, Dr. Jeckle or Mr. Hyde? They say that golf reveals the true nature of a person and this is often the source of our greatest struggle on the golf course. Far too often we pound golf balls on the range in hope of improving our score when in fact spending a little time understanding how your personality affects your golf game will produce far greater results.
If there is a wide gap between who you would want to be on the golf course and who you actually are, this can be a real source of stress, anxiety and frustration, all leading to swing flaws. Our expectations and perceptions can restrict a smooth and fluid swing. Begin bridging this gap by taking a sheet of paper and listing the qualities of your favorite golfers. On that same sheet of paper think about situations on the golf course where you want to improve and think about how your favorite golfer(s) might handle the same situation.
The more we can identify our weakest link(s) and find solutions (even if someone else is solving the problem) the more likely we are to believe that we have the ability to do the same. A great example is the 4 minute mile. From 1865 – 1954 no one could run a mile in under 4 minutes until Roger Bannister did. 0nce he broke this milestone, others BELIEVED that it could be done and in that same year another ran the mile in less than 4 minutes and almost 17 seconds has been taken off Roger’s record since his achievement.
Watching good golfers can set patterns for us to follow on our path to success. Find a part of your game that you would like to improve and watch how the “experts” perform. Burn those images in your mind. Our brains are wired to create more efficient results when we rehearse the outcome we want. Rehearsal can be real or imagined as demonstrated by Major James Nesmeth who was an average golfer scoring in the mid 90’s before he was held captive in Vietnam. During the seven years he was held prisoner he played 18 holes of golf in his imagination in vivid detail. When he was released from and returned home he scored a 74 during his first round.
Challenge yourself this Halloween by using your imagination. Combining your imagination with your love of the great game of golf might produce an outstanding costume for that Halloween party you will be attending. More importantly dusting off the cob webs of your imagination can open doors of creativity to help you improve your golf game. Instead of tricking yourself by believing swing mechanics are all you need to play golf, give yourself the treat of knowing how your personality can affect your game.