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Do I have your Attention?

 

If you have ever witnessed a Tiger hunting its prey, you will have marvelled at its ability to focus its attention. It is fortunate for it can keep its eyes locked on its Target. Golf presents its players with a much greater challenge which takes you beyond the eyes and into your brain...

HOW to Train & Trust

 

For many golfers, the practice facility is seen only as a place to develop their technical skills. Most end up playing how they practice, riddled with swing thoughts and doubting their ability to swing consistently. HOW can you ever Trust in competition that which you continue to doubt in your practice....

 

Pathway to Performance

 

 

Comprehension ---->

State Management ---->

Attentional Focus ---->

High Performance Golf.

 

Your journey begins here....

Lessons for Golf and Life

 

Target Oriented Golf is not just a set of products designed to change the way you practice and play golf. It is supported by people dedicated to helping you understand your self and the game of golf beyond the swing. If you love golf but struggle to enjoy it, invest some time and talk with us...

 

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Discover HOW to Focus your Attention for Golf

  • "Don't let your eyes cloud your vision" - Colin Cromack
  • "Be in charge of your thinking" - Moe Norman
  • "Attentional Focus is the hearbeat of consciousness - ignore it at your peril!" - Colin Cromack
  • "I didn't really have a swing thought this week. I was just seeing the target and hitting it" - Rory Mcllroy
  • "I swing 'through' the ball, not 'at' it" - Moe Norman
  • "I used to get out there and have a thousand swing thoughts. Now I try not to have any" - Davis Love III
  • "Imagination and Visualisation are my keys to success" - Moe Norman
  • "I just try to shoot where I'm aiming. I play by sight and feel not by technical thoughts" - Fred Couples.

  • "I always play Target golf" - Moe Norman
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Some Food For Thought...

What's your Target? Where's your focus?

    Imagine a simple exercise. Roll up a piece of used paper and throw it into a waste basket 10 ft away. What would be your desired outcome for this task? Paper ball in basket. What's your target? The basket. Easy isn't it. It's a basket and a target. It provides your focus for attention. Your target and desired outcome in this example happen to be in the same physical location. Does the target create any anxiety? No. Would it create any anxiety if it were 20ft away. 50ft. Of course not. It's just a TARGET. Sometimes you will hit it, sometimes you won't but it always provides a focus for your actions.

    Why the target isn't your problem!

    Now, if you could win $100,000 on completion of a successful throw would the basket suddenly create any anxiety? No, it's still just your target. However, you may notice that you do experience some anxiety when you start to think about potential outcomes. The target itself can not change your physical state but your perception of the task can. Unwittingly you can switch your attention from target to outcome orientation in an instant. Your heart rate quickens. Your muscles tighten. You throw. You miss the target. Was it due to poor technique or poor focus?

    The chicken wishbone.

    Now, imagine for a moment you and I are standing on the tee looking down the fairway of your first hole on your golf course, preparing to play a shot. Can you see it clearly in your mind's eye right now? Consider this for a moment. Where are your thoughts in time when thinking about achieving your desired outcome for a golf shot - present or future? Clearly the future. You have read or been told how important it is to "stay present" or "be in the now" to play your best golf. So how do you stay "present" during a golf shot whilst thinking about your desired outcome? Can you see the dichotomy? A determination to be "present" but thinking about the future? Mentally, it's like pulling a chicken wishbone.

    What is the present in your world?

    So how and why should you stay present when playing a golf shot? You have many thoughts in your daily lives about the past and future which don't create any issues like anxiety or tension. You can even successfully drive your car whilst doing so, where your life is at risk, without trying to be 'present'. In fact, you spend most of your waking day thinking about the past or future as those 60-70,000 erroneous thoughts pass on through. How do you stay present if your mind is continually time travelling? Ever been taught HOW? Can you consistently control your attention when required? If you can not, is golf really any different to playing roulette mentally? Spin a wheel and do whatever pops into your mind?

    What is your desired Outcome?

    So what should you be asking as you look down the fairway? "What is my desired Outcome?" is a good start. This identifies where you want your ball to finish. Then follow it with "What's my Target?" This is important because in golf your desired outcome (the future) and your target (the present) will often be different physical locations. We don't hit many perfectly straight shots in golf so your target and outcome are rarely the same place. You should differentiate between them physically AND then psychologically focus your attention appropriately. If you have chosen the right target and the right club, you will often achieve your desired outcome. It is a natural bi-product.

    Ever feel out of control?

    Unfortunately, many golfers do confuse their target with their desired outcome and can frequently feel anxious as they try and 'create' their desired outcome. The 'yips' often manifest themselves when chipping and putting when a golfer is fixated on their outcome. Due to this confusion with targeting many golfers deliberately shift their attention away from the target after aligning themselves towards it. After all, why do you need to think about it if it's not going anywhere? However, if you are not thinking about where you want to hit the ball as you swing or putt, what will occupy your attention? For many their attention shifts to the outcome, course hazards or their mechanics. This often results in physical flow being destroyed as they attempt to consciously control their movements, leading to the immediate follow up question "Why does my practice swing always look and feel so great?!".

    Pin the tail on the donkey.

    Consciously controlling our physical actions is the antithesis of how we perform life skills and highlights the reason why 'swing thoughts' are so destructive. Not only do you lose your target mentally (it's a bit like playing pin the tail on the donkey but wearing a mental blindfold) but you interfere with your natural, physical flow. For me, the challenge in my golfing life was overcoming the fallacy that my conscious mind knew best when learning, practicing and playing golf. It does not and never will. When you learn how to keep your conscious mind occupied with the target, you simultaneously allow the non-conscious mind to carry out the physical movements required to play the shot. It has performed without fail every other time in your life when you have needed it, from learning to walk through to driving a car. Why not give yourself the opportunity to benefit from it in your golfing life?

    Self doubt and deprecation - is that your golfing life?

    Through deliberate practice you will discover, when successfully occupying your attention with your target whilst executing your actions, how successfully your non-conscious mind can swing a club and putt a ball given effective direction from the conscious mind. You have to align your intention with your attention. However, if your dominant mentality in practice is technical analysis, you already know what happens under 'duress' in competition, more thoughts about your swing. Typically it's a vicious cycle of self doubt and self deprecation. I lived it myself and it wasn't much fun. That's why I created Target Oriented Golf.

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    HOW to Focus For Golf - Discover the Psychology of Aiming

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