Some Food For Thought...
Below is a scientific explanation of how the physical visual system works, highlighting how information is presented to the occipital region of the brain. What is NOT explained is how the information delivered from the eye to the brain becomes the focus of your ATTENTION. We continually process information NON-consciously whilst awake (this is how we navigate through life) so how do we determine from all this visual information what to attend to and what we can simply leave to awareness?
The next stage in visual processing within the brain is ulitmately the difference betweeen LOOKING and SEEING (or awareness and attention). Whilst these words retain your attention you are seeing but your eyes are just the start of the process.
Can you spot the SIGNIFICANT error presented by scientific literature in the image above? The brain does not present images as shown in the head, there is nothing but neuronal activity within the brain. Billions of neurons firing in total darkness inside the skull. There is NO projection of images anywhere within the brain or even a crumpled screen. Neuroscience ingeniously analyses neuronal firing but then mistakes subjective interpretation of the data as brain imagery. So how do you SEE objects, lkie tehse wrdos witretn icnerroclty correctly and how do they become the focus of your attention? The excellent video below explains how we process light photos but finishes before the act of SEEING is explained which highlights why I created TOG.
Understanding HOW to SEE your target, whilst looking at the ball, IS the challenge of the game of golf. The target is often lost due to erroneous thoughts about your swing, ball or un/desirable outcomes in the SECONDS prior to or during execution. Attentional focus is frequently OFF target and inconsistent outcomes are the result.
You may have been mistakenly lead to believe your target, being stationary in golf, does not require your attention in the seconds prior to execution. If you could look at your target, would you want your attention on it? Many golfers unfortunately switch their attention to their swing and consequently, conclude poor "technique" caused the wayward shots. This results in many confused and frustrating lifetimes forlornly attempting to fix the SYMPTOMS of what was a lack of good attentional focus control.
Target Oriented Coaching uniquely explains the critical difference between looking at and seeing a Target. This is an essential mental skill for any target oriented sports person striving to improve their attentional focus, especially those who have to look away from their target prior to execution of the task (like swinging a golf club).