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Issue 644 - January 20th, 2021
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Tom's Featured Tip: Meditation For Better Golf - Yes or No?

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Meditation For Better Golf - Yes or No?

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.


If you know me or have been reading my articles for awhile, you know that I like to try just about anything that will help me or my students improve their game as long as it's legal, moral, and ethical, including some out of the box ideas.

As Jim Rohn says: "If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."

I receive a WebMD newsletter article daily, and last week I read one on Conditions That Can Actually Change Your Brain It was a very interesting article, and the first 12 slides had to do with disease or trauma. The 13th slide was about the benefits of meditation.

So... I did a Google search for "professional golfers who meditate", and came up with some pretty big names, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Tommy Fleetwood.

That led to a bit more research on if golfers can really benefit from meditation, and everything that I found was positive.

I found one study from Michigan State University that disclosed that a guided meditation exercise can help improve your focus and concentration. It should be noted that the results of the study aren't directly related to golf, but they are directly related to a variety of qualities that we universally accept are important to playing better golf: better concentration, and an ability to learn from mistakes.

Researches recruited 200 participants that had never meditated before and placed them in a 20 minute guided mediation exercise (that you can try yourself below). Participants had their brain waves measured via electroencephalography and afterwards, took a quiz that was intentionally designed to distract them.

And what did they find? Improved focus and, crucially, a better ability to recognize mistakes when they did make them, learn from them, which in turn helps prevent the same mistakes next time around.

While the research is still in its early days, itís easy to see how something like this could benefit golfers.

Golfers constantly make mental mistakes on the golf course: mis-reads, missed putts, wrong club selection, a poor swing or tempo. Ideally, we'd love to avoid them altogether, but thatís impossible. The most we can do is learn from our mistakes, and not make them again.

So if you want to take 20 minutes and give it a try, here's a link to a 20 minute guided seated meditation by Steve Hickmen

I listened to it, then decided to go to YouTube.com and I searched for "10 minute meditation" and found a plethora of videos.

For my next search on YouTube.com I looked for "10 minute meditation for golf" and came up with a 15 minute meditation called Golf Meditation For Improving Your Game (15 Minutes) This is the one that I'm going to invest 15 minutes a day in for about a month to give it a try.

I also googled "How To Meditate" and here's what I'm going to do while I listen to the Golf Meditation For Improving Your Game (15 Minutes) presentation:
  1. Take a seat.. Find a place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.

  2. Set a time limit. If youíre just beginning, it can help to choose a short time, such as five or 10 minutes. (I'm still going to try the 15 minute session described above.)

  3. Notice your body. You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, you can sit loosely cross-legged, you can kneel, all are fine. Just make sure you are stable and in a position you can stay in for a while.

  4. Feel your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes in and as it goes out.

  5. Notice when your mind has wandered. Inevitably, your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. When you get around to noticing that your mind has wandered- in a few seconds, a minute, five minutes - simply return your attention to the breath.

  6. Be kind to your wandering mind. Don't judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in. Just come back.

  7. Close with kindness. When youíre ready, gently lift your gaze (if your eyes are closed, open them). Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.

  8. Thatís it! Thatís the practice. You go away, you come back, and you try to do it as kindly as possible.
This where I usually say "Try it, you'll like it", but I can't because I haven't tested it for a long enough period of time. I will, however, venture a "Give it a shot, what do you have to lose". It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm thinking that it just may be the missing mental link for a lot of us - including me.

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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,

Tom




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Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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