Attentional Focus Coaching for Golfers.
Golf coaching practices worldwide do not SYSTEMATICALLY explain and train Attentional Focus when learning, practicing and playing resulting in many persistent and frustrating SYMPTOMS, both physical and psychological. Why? Attentional Focus lies at the heart of effective motor skill acquisition AND psychological performance. Many mistakenly believe they will one day trust in competition, skills continually doubted and modified in practice. That is NOT how TRUSTED motor skills are created as your golf experiences demonstrate.
Learning how to SWING GOLF CLUBS and learning how to PLAY GOLF are very DIFFERENT skills, as are training and trusting. Many try the former, few experience the latter. Why? Without systematic coaching in AF golfers switch their attention away from the target to the club, body, swing, ball, outcome or potential hazards. The target is regularly missed, many blame their "technique" for their wayward outcome. Consequently, many live golfing lives believing their swing/stroke is permanently flawed. The essential skill for playing golf is SINGLE POINTED CONCENTRATION and it is learned uniquely within our APPLIED program.
When you LOOK at a target whilst throwing a ball is it also the focus of your ATTENTION? What better because it ENABLES feel, try it without a target! Golf is a target game. The psychological challenge of golf is looking away from the target prior to executing an action, when many will take their attention OFF target. The essential but elusive golf skill, target orientation, is the ability to keep your attention ON target, whilst swinging or putting.
The key step towards mastery of ALL life skills is switching your Attentional Focus AWAY from your physical actions. This is why you look at the road when learning to drive or read music when playing an instrument - it enables TRUST in your actions. Golfers must focus on the target, NOT their swing. Swing thoughts STOP physical flow and prevent the critical AF switch occurring, dragging attention onto your physical actions. This INHIBITS performance.
Many golfers develop a PHYSICAL pre-shot routine but have variable MENTAL procedures. In acting, that is called Improvisation - which, unsurprisingly, produces little but inconsistent, variable performances you are probably experiencing in your golfing life. Imagine trying to act in a film or on stage without having learned your lines? Not fun! This lies at the heart of your inconsistency and is demonstrated every time you prepare to hit a golf ball. Come and learn why "thinking" is NOT your problem but about what you are CHOOSING to think!