First off, what is the zone? The zone is a state of focus and balance allowing you to perform at a high level. Basically, everything seems to effortlessly flow and feel automatic. It would be great if things were like that all the time, right? But a BIG mistake most golfers make is trying to stay in the zone for the entire round (4-5 hours on average). It isn't humanly possible to stay tuned in for that long. Technically you are only swinging for 25 minutes per round according to Dan Candell, a high-performance golf coach. So, don't worry about staying focused the entire time, ONLY when you need to.
Let your mind wonder between shots and think about or discuss with playing partners a topic that is not related to golf. This can also help you leave those bad shots in the rearview mirror and not let them poison the remainder of the round.
Here are a couple of methods to try and help you not carry bad shots in your mind.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but this can help distract your mind. Too many golfers carry bad shots with them, so give this a try if you tend to replay your mistakes over and over again.
This is called a pattern interrupt. Feel free to smail and laugh, it will make your brain happy and your golf game happy too.
Getting out of the perfection mindset can help you shave strokes. Don't think like an amateur, think more like a prefessional. Here are a few tips in eliminating expectations.
Try to take some focus off your handicap and stay in the present. Go in the round free of expectations, you will notice yourself free of anxiety, and those expectations to shoot a certain score.
Focus on the fun of the game rather than the final outcome.
Most golfers take lessons after lessons trying to improve their technique, but sometimes it isn't the technique you need to focus on. Try addressing mental components. For example, think positive to boost up your confidence. Mental and physical relaxation can help every golfer. Don’t let tension be a hindrance to your game.
Now you know a few secrets to try the next time you go out on the course. Boost your confidence, increase your focus, eliminate danger, get in the zone, and most importantly, maintain your mental toughness! Why? Because you are a golf champion!
Pick up the tempo with this tool. Players like Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods have implemented this practice tip into their routines to perfect their rhythm.
It’s simple: when the tempo is right, there is less time for other things to go wrong. This tool can help you learn the position of your swing and control your tempo while also engraining your swing in your mind through muscle memory.
Think about it—have you ever actually seen your own swing in action? Next time you’re out on the course or range, ask your buddy to videotape your swing so you can see it for yourself.
You can also try swinging in front of a mirror to see your motion firsthand. Then, you can correct your swing to the right motion or plane.
"V" is for victory, so don’t forget the V’s.
Typically, the gap between your index finger and your thumb should point to your shoulder blade. In other words, the gap in your left hand should point to your left shoulder and vice versa.
If you are getting blisters on your hands, try lightening up your grip. We’ve also got SuperStroke grips to help you.
When you practice, you don’t have to hit with every single club in the bag to improve. Always have a focus and purpose so you can improve one club at a time.
For example, if you want to improve your driver’s consistency, try to focus on hitting your driver and 3-wood. As always, be sure to visualize the shot you want to hit before you hit it, just as you would on the course.