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Mental Golf Game Advice by Dr. Adam Naylor

NaylorPicOutside SmallDr. Adam Naylor returns to the Bay Club for his 3rd season to work with members and teaching professionals on maximizing performance and enjoyment on the course and courts. As the golf season in New England returns, he reminds golfers not to forget to get your mental game back up to par.  Perhaps the best way to do this is to re-lay the foundation of your pre-shot routine.  The pre-shot routine is more than a bunch of entertaining tics and twitches, but rather purposeful actions that allow your mind to focus on the shot in front of you and your body to feel settled enough for a fluid swing.  Too often an intentional routine is left as an afterthought and golfers rarely reap its mental-emotional benefits.

A solid pre-shot routine should have three core elements – planning, settling the body, focusing on the target – and conclude with a trusting swing.  By slowing down on the range and around the practice areas, a player can purposefully get their routine ready for the course.  Here are three simple steps to rebooting your routine:

Plan – Take a moment to talk through the shot you are about to hit.  How far will it fly?  Where will it land?  How much will it roll?  Where do you hope it stops?

Settle – Develop an action to allow you to drop the tension from your body when addressing the ball.  A huge exhale lets go of tension.  Dropping your shoulders allows looseness to join your swing.  Letting your knees drop you into an athletic position gets you ready to unleash a fluid swing.  Pick one and practice it.

Target – Using your imagination to fill your head with your target helps you transition from swing thoughts to swings that throw the ball to your target.  Vividly seeing the target (or line of the putt when on the green) in your mind’s eye allows you to focus on the right thing at the right time.

Just like practicing your swing, practicing your pre-shot routine is important if it is to show up during competitive rounds.  Like an anchor that keeps a boat safe on stormy waters, the pre-shot routine keeps the golfer from drifting off course during the successes and stresses of each round. 

Dr. Adam Naylor leads Telos Sport Psychology Coaching and is a clinical assistant professor at Boston University.   His roots run deep in both golf and tennis.   Adam is currently the mental game consultant for the International Junior Golf Academy, the Lendl Junior Tennis Academy, and the Junior Select golf program.  His clients have traveled the country and globe to compete in club to amateur  to major championships.  Adam is the author of A Quick 9 for the Mind: Reflections from Public Links to the US Open, and a part of the American Junior Golf Association “U” faculty.

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Date: Monday, 31. March 2014 0:00
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