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Golf is a complicated and difficult game. It has been for many, many years and will continue to be. Many believe the shortest distance in the game, that being the six inches that resides between our ears, is also the longest. Getting better shouldn’t be so hard to accomplish, yet in golf it’s a never ending and often times maddening exercise. For the most part, many recreational players approach improvement through a limited or one-dimensional strategy. Equipment changes are often sold with hope, be it somewhat implied in the mind of the end user. If performance isn’t living up to expectations, a new putter or driver is often the first and only page in the playbook for a temporary cure to whatever ails you. Some look for help through a lesson in order to improve their technique. However, forming new habits requires time, patience and trust.
What if some of the answers to getting better didn’t always require a new piece of equipment or swing tip? This isn’t intended to short change the technological advancements found in today’s equipment but it tackles the old question, is it the arrow or the operator? Its been said many times before that a mind is terrible thing to waste. When you apply that thinking to golf, it can be frightening as anyone who has played the game for any length of time has a memory bank of forgettable moments and scores. The fact that people continue to play despite the scar tissue they possess is truly astounding. Einstein once described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Sound familiar?
p4Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott have coauthored a book with Ron Sirak to tackle this very subject. Consider the brain as the central processor that initiates the movement to either a good or bad result instead of that shiny new club or ball. The women are co-creators of VISION 54, an approach towards uncovering peak performance on the golf course. “Technical lessons are more tangible and for some feel more easier to make. The mental approach over the years has been unclear that build around trusting your swing,” explained Nilsson. “Fundamentals are necessary in the game,” added Marriott. “However it’s shrouded in mystery how players find the ‘zone.’ More often than not the mental approach is linked to an intervention mode,” she added.
Outside influences can often playing a determining factor in success or failure and VISION 54 wouldn’t mind being one of them. Filtering what will or won’t influence anyone’s performance can be the first meaningful step towards not only enjoyment but also perhaps better scores. At one time or another many players have experienced paralysis by analysis. Once the brain is confused, it’s unable to send the proper execution signals. The harder you try, the harder it becomes to accomplish mastering even some basic motor skills.
PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF NOW offers weekend warriors to aspirational players exercises and explanations to help overcome some of the mental challenges often found during a round. It also has been battle tested through the professional ranks. “Emotions influence how we play,” Nilsson said. “We want to grow the game,” said Marriott, “so everyone can enjoy it. Some players enjoy the struggle and find joy in the pursuit to excel. Many walk away and we don’t think that needs to keep happening.”
Nilsson and Marriott explain in PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF NOW how the brain processes emotions and why magically, it would seem, frustration disappears, which helps to keep players coming back for more. If you subscribe to the theory that successful people do the things others are incapable or unwilling to, PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF NOW will provide an edge in an area most people rarely if ever explore. For more information on VISION 54 or PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF NOW click here.