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What is mindfulness? Why is it good for golf?
Quite simply mindfulness is the practice of noticing and paying attention. Paying attention to what is happening in the present moment with acceptance and without judgement. Over time it will allow you to put your attention where you want it, when you want it, and leave it there. It’s a journey, it’s simple, not always easy, but worth the effort.
Just imagine how handy that would be when there are so many things that can distract you as you set up on the tee or stand over a four footer. The good news is you don’t have to sit crossed legged for hours you can be mindful anytime, any place, any where.
Playing golf on the course is a great place to practice – it’s peaceful, surrounded by nature, is good exercise, requires focussed concentration and has a social connection – all the ingredients for effective practice.
History and Science
The practice of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years and it’s only in the last decade or so that neuroscientists have been able to see the positive effects it has on the brain using fMRI brain scans. The brains of meditators have been found to be different to those who don’t, more grey matter and less reactivity to stress. And they have discovered that you don’t have to sit on the side of a mountain for years to change your brain, a little bit of regular practice over a couple of months will make a difference.
We know why the mental game is important but the ‘how to’ improve is not always so clear. My aim is to provide you with tools to practice off and on the course which will have a positive impact on your game and your life.