How Golf Helps You Achieve the Body-Mind Connection
You may think that golf is just a game and may even wonder why they call it a sport. The number of benefits that golf has for the mind and the body are countless. It is known to have therapeutic effects as it helps cure heart conditions, drop addictions, relieve stress etc. It can also encourage personal growth through the body-mind connection.
Certain people would argue that the mind does not control the movement. Even though the mind obviously, from the scientific point of view, does control the body, the quality of the result may not be as you imagine it. We see people as gifted or less talented for certain things. That’s how we get people who are crafty and good with their hands, people who are talented for different sports, and people whose minds can reach great lengths but with no bodies to keep up. We say that practice makes perfect, but who reaches perfection, the body, the mind, or the two combined.
The subconscious mind
As a physical activity, golf is a sport which does not require great strength nor stamina. On the other hand, it requires a perfectly coordinated body. Similarly to dance movements, golf swings need a full control of the body. You cannot simply hit the ball and wait to see what happens next. Your mind is there to design the most appropriate movement for achieving the best possible results. You consciously decide to act and your subconscious does the trick you’ve been practicing. That’s where the memory is stored from all the lessons and golf sessions you’ve had so far. Each time you act, the results come as a feedback, a lesson, and are safely stored in your subconscious.
So, what is it that your mind controls? It is the body. Your entire body should work as a single tool in this movement and the club should act as an extension of your body, rather than a separate object. Looking at the nature of the movement, the swing is centered in the spine. The flexibility of the spine determines the extent of the rotation of the body. Your posture shifts the balance and it determines the control over the movement and the power of the swing. The take-away, the way the shoulders turn, and the follow-through are all off if the spine is not in the right position. You can do the same thing over and over again without realizing what’s wrong and eventually lose all hope. The only way you can improve is by becoming aware of your spine.
This said awareness of the physical body and the spine is not hard to achieve when you follow the right instructions. The five senses you use to live and “communicate” with your environment are also useful in golf. They are crucial for estimating the direction, angle, and power you need to use in order to send the ball to a certain place. On the other hand, if you want to achieve the full control and awareness, you need to look further, within you. You need to be able to feel and visualize your spine and the entire body for that matter. This could be achieved with the help of a professional, through yoga and meditation.
Apart from the awareness, there are other mental requirements you need for an excellent swing. Golf experts at Swing Eagle help practice the physical swing but also remind golf players of the importance of being in the zone when out on the course. There are five steps you need to take to get in the zone.
The first step is to relax. Essentially, this is just a game and you are spending time with friends in nature. Think about golf as just that and it will help you relax. Other steps depend on it, namely focus. If you are relaxed, you will have better chances of making clear judgments and you will be able to place your focus correctly. Now, if you want to focus, you need to balance out that relaxation with some healthy excitement, that is, be happy for the prospect of achieving your goal. The confidence is the one to help you visualize the said prospect of achieving the goal and is essential for the zone. Finally, the pleasure. The pleasure is the reason you are out playing golf, so make sure that is what motivates you.
Golf is a very relaxing sport and thus can serve as a perfect practice area for achieving the mind and body connection and staying in the zone. Being able to focus, visualize, and achieve goals will help you in all aspects of your life. The more you practice golf and work on the connection, the better you will be at it. The greater the connection, the greater the overall success which is exactly how golf helps you improve your life.