The amount of chatter we have going on in our brains during a round of golf can truly limit us in attaining a peak performance state. Even when I’m giving golf lessons, the student will reveal how many thoughts and conversations they have running through their mind. We use different parts of our brain when we switch between conscious thoughts and executing athletic motions. That’s why I’ve experienced so many players who have just hit a ball out of bounds, then proceed to rip their next one straight down the fairway. They often are so irritated and mad that they just make a good thing without thought which results in a wonderful outcome! Be aware of the chatter you have running through your mind before your shot, during your shot, and after the shot.
Sometimes the chatter can turn into negative self-statement which may lead to self-doubt. Before your shot is a great time to use neutral statements and facts in regards to target, distance, and club selection. Over the shot, quiet the chatter and let your body perform the athletic movement. Feel what it is like to just swing the club around your body with judgment or analysis. After the shot you can become analytical and assess how to make the next shot better or take in data for future learning. Monitor your brain chatter to get into a peak performance state.
Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year. For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com.