How Navy Seals Mental Psychology can be Applied to Golf!

by Max on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Here’s a rather interesting story about how Navy Seals increased their passing rates with some psychology:

With mental rehearsal they were taught to visualize themselves succeeding in their activities and going through the motions. As far as self talk is concerned, the experts in The Brain documentary made the claim that we say 300 to 1000 words to ourselves a minute. By instructing the recruits to speak positively to themselves they could learn how to “override fears” resulting from the amygdala, a primal part of the brain that helps us deal with anxiety. And finally, with arousal control the recruits were taught how to breathe to help mitigate the crippling emotions and fears that some of their tasks encouraged.

Upon reading this paragraph, I immediately thought whether the navy seals were playing golf (or should be playing golf).

Likewise, in golf, you would want to always think positively in your mind and visualize yourself successfully hitting the golf shot.

In other words, you want to see the path of your ball to the green, then the ball dropping in the cup. Then you would want to visualize how you would have to hit the shot with your golf swing. (or putt)

This simple act of visualization is probably like 99% of golf game itself. If you haven’t visualized much, I suggest you start doing so!

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