How To Improve Your Concentration With Better Golf Psychology
Here's A Golf Psychology That Will Give You
By Lisa L Brown
There's simple golf psychology that will give you total concentration and the mental edge when
distractions are closing in on you. It's called the Forrest Gump approach. If you saw the movie,
you know that Forrest wasn't too bright. But he DID have a single-minded ability to concentrate.
It didn't matter if Forrest was playing ping pong, assembling a rifle, or scrubbing the floor with a
toothbrush. He knew the value of concentration. To concentrate, you need utter clarity in your
golf mental game.
What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish? Clarity is what golf legend Tom Watson used to
win his only U.S. Open title. Watson amazed everyone because there were so many distractions.
Jack Nicklaus, who was playing two groups ahead of Watson in the final round, charged into the
lead with five consecutive birdies. When Watson reached the 17th hole, the two were tied, but
Nicklaus is safely in the clubhouse at 4 under par and 284. Watson then hit his long tee shot into
the deep rough.
He faced an almost impossible shot downhill on an extremely fast green, sloping down to the
Pacific Ocean. Nicklaus, in the clubhouse, is aware of Watson's terrible predicament and appears
Watson, and his caddy, Bruce Edwards, stood in the tangled grass.
Edwards says, 'Get it close.'
Watson smiles and replies: 'I'm not going to get it close. I'm going to hole it.'
The caddie pulls the bag away, thinking, 'Yeah, right, just let's just get to the 18th hole.' Watson
punches the chip shot out of the tangled mass. Amazingly, it hits the flagstick and drops in the
hole, giving him a near-miraculous birdie... and the win.
Watson also birdies the 18th, giving him a winning margin of two. When distractions are
everywhere, it's tempting to get fuzzy on what you are TRYING to do.
Your brain wants to think about everything but your goal. So it fades a bit in your mind, letting
fear and doubt creep in. What you're forgetting is that at least 50% of the time, desire is the
antidote to fear - and nothing beats simplicity in your psychology of golf.
And the best way to trigger desire is to focus on the goal right in front of you at any given
moment. You say to yourself, "Knock down that flagstick!" Forrest Gump wasn't too bright but
he had a single-mindedness of purpose.
It even got him the girl, Jenny. The more you hold a clear vision in your mind, the easier it is to
It's one of the skills you can easily learn to develop a mentally tough golf psychology and win
under pressure no matter what's happening around you.
Most golfers are crippling their psychology of golf -- and their mental toughness --
without even knowing it.
Here's why: because the golf psychology they are using is incomplete...and if you
don't know about the missing pieces hoarded by superstar athletes, you will not win
under pressure no matter how hard you try.
My name is Lisa Lane Brown and discovering these missing pieces made me a
three time World Champion in my sport. For over 14 years I've worked with
thousands of amateur and elite athletes to help them win under pressure.
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