I know I have lost my share of focus not only when practicing, but during crucial times in tournaments.
Lets look at the definition of Focus.
Focus (cognitive process), selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. In golf terms, distractions outside your control such as noise from the click of a camera, sneezing, coughing, talking, etc. while you are trying to hit your shot. Also, distraction of your mind, because of anxiety, pressure, scenery, etc.
Lets look at the third round of the US Open that just finished. There was several golfers that missed a 3 foot but and then missed the putt coming back. Those are generally missed because of loss of focus. The play of Phil Mickelson today was in focus. He maintained his concentration, because he stayed within himself on the course with great focus. If he can keep that same focus tomorrow he should be able to win his first US OPEN. His loss of focus in previous opens has caused him to have 5 runner-up finishes in the US OPEN. I for one hope he wins tomorrow, he deserves it.
Now to get this post back on track since I lost focus talking about Phil.
A lot of golfers think focus is just needed when playing the round on the weekend, or during tournaments. I think that it is important then, but it is definitely needed during practice. That is where you learn the golf technique, your repeat swing, and your routine you need on the golf course. If you work on your focus during practice, then your focus will improve during your golf rounds.
Here are some tips to help you focus:
- Clear your mind from any mental stresses. Problems and issues at the office or at home should be set aside for a while. If possible, adopt a happy and positive disposition during the game. That would help you attain, maintain and improve concentration
- Aim big. Aim to always hit the ball at the right speed, at the right angle and toward the right direction. Direction and goal is the name of the game and you should develop that self discipline of attaining those goals.
- Be silent and concentrate. Focus on the ball, the hole and how you hold that golf club. Before swinging, make sure your mind is occupied with nothing else except successfully landing that ball into where it should be, where it belongs, the hole.
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Until next time, focus on what you are doing and it might just get done.......