Tattoo Inspiration For Golf Win – Go Georgia

Tattoo Inspiration For Golf Win – Go Georgia

We have had mental notes on bits of paper hanging around our house for years. Part of life with kids as they are growing up.

I think my daughter was responsible for the one that was in our loo with reminders of what to do when you tinkled and other things – aimed at the men in the household I believe.

My wife went to some study day at work and a notice appeared in our kitchen — ‘NO BLAME ZONE’  –  I have to tell you that was a good one and did create a calming effect at moments of tension,  Frantic places kitchens where everybody seems to be endlessly in a rush!

Well – up a step…

Today I was reading about a local Bournemouth lass Georgia Hall who is a 19 year old professional golfer who has just won £22,000 prize in a tournament in Australia.  Better than that she will now qualified be in the Australian Open next week.  Good for her – Go Georgia!.

What she has discovered – and what every successful sports champion discovers – is the power of the mind.  Georgia has words ‘deep breath’ tattooed on her right wrist and found that the maxim helps her to remain calm.

She told Associated Press
“It’s reminded me to take my time as I sometimes rush the swing or rush a decision.  It’s meaning for me is to try and take my time.  If I take my time then I am going to get it more right than if I rush it.  It helps me out and I can have it in my mind.”

You don’t have to have a tattoo however.  There are many techniques such as NLP anchoring and a varied other mental processes to help you store new notes in your brain – ready to call when you need them.

My friend Adam Eason a hypnotherapist has a website about the mental side of running – which is actually about distance running.  The techniques and psychological skills taught there though can be for most individual sports.  Go and check it out.

Is Golf A Mental Game

So — Is Golf A Mental Game?

Of course there are various possible approaches to this (no pun intended, golfers!).

Is it a game of mind over matter? Are you nuts to spend so much time at it? Is it an exercise in intimidating your opponent into missing the putt?

Actually, the answer to all three questions is yes. But let’s concentrate on the first one. Mind over matter, mental control, picturing and performing the perfect swing, stroke, contact? Yup, all of these.

As I’ve got older, wiser and slower (physically that is, my mind is still razor sharp and alert!), my golf has got better and better. Despite the loss of power and ever-greater exhaustion coming up the hill on the 18th. And this comes from greater understanding of the techniques involved, less wastage of energy on the unimportant aspects and generally an improved mental approach to the game. Although it’s taken me more than thirty years to reach this point, and my lowest handicap ever, I have often thought that it must be possible to assimilate all the knowledge in a way other than pure practice and experience. And I don’t mean reading magazines either, or, indeed, having endless lessons with the pro which usually destroy your game rather than improve it, at least for the first seven rounds thereafter.

What it really boils down to is the mental approach, as I keep saying. I don’t mean by this discarding the foolish notion that the ball will actually clear the tree in front of you, turn sharp right having done that, sail over the bunker and stop immediately on the narrow green. That ain’t going to happen and we all know it, so why do we keep trying? No, I mean getting an assured rhythm into your game and the certain knowledge that softer is better.

When I lived in France, I would often chat to the pro in the bar. He was quite an elderly pro who had been on the European tour, but had taken on a new wife, some thirty years his junior, spawned a sprog and evidently need the extra income from the lessons he gave during the summer. He had the very annoying habit of never standing still when you were speaking to him, but constantly swinging from side to side, performing little golf swings. He explained that this was what golf was all about, getting the rhythm – and apparently keeping it as well. Okay, that’s one way of doing it, but I now realise that there are other ways of getting this simple message into the brain.

Mental? Yes.

Nuts? Never!

Guest Writer:  Chris MacAdie who says check out this e-book Secrets Of Hypnotic Golf written by Andrew Fogg, a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is also a golf fanatic.