Playing Above P.A.R. Mentally
Here’s another golf tip to improve your game:
“Golf is one of those sports that people claim is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical and it’s true. Losing concentration and focus on the golf course can turn the best round into the worst round of your life,” said Aimee Kimball, Ph.D., director of mental training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Sports Medicine, who has some simple ways to reach your “Mental P.A.R.”
“The ‘P’ stands for ‘Plan It and Picture It’, which requires a golfer to pre-plan mental and physical responses to the things that challenge him or her on the course, and to vividly imagine those responses, including swing, attitude, emotions and the performance the golfer would like to have.
The ‘A’ represents ‘Attitude and Attention.’ In order for the golfer to achieve the correct attitude and attention that the sport requires, he or she must choose the correct mindset he or she wants before, during and after a round. Focus on one shot at a time and where you want that shot to go. Golfers also should remember that if they want good results from their game, they must choose to stay confident and focused.
“Finally, ‘R’ stands for ‘Relaxing.’ In order to relax, a golfer should take a deep breath before each shot, release any built up physical tension, use a trigger word to clear the mind and last but not least, connect the club with the ball,” said Dr. Kimball.
By Teresa K. Flatley