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3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

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David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind, is one of the top performance coaches in the industry whom I have featured several times in my posts.  His sound advice on improving your mental game has been invaluable to not only some of the top players in the game, but hundreds of amateurs in helping them take their game to another level.  Check out this daily mental workout routine that will improve your game!

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

Your 10 Minute Mental Game Work Out

Try to do this 10 minute mental game workout daily, before you practice or play.

Breathing: One of the most powerful tools in competitive golf (5 mins)

Firstly, I’d like you to spend 5 minutes focusing on nothing else but your breathing. This is great practice for the course. The best way to remain calm and maintain your focus when you’re nervous is using your breathing. This exercise will help you stay in the present and lower your heart rate, so your thinking is not affected when the pressure is on.

  1. Find a comfortable place where you won’t be bothered for 5 minutes.
  2. Either close your eyes or keep them open with soft focus.
  3. Start paying attention to your breathing. It’s not important how many seconds it takes to inhale vs exhale, it’s more important more how rhythmical your breathing is. So if it’s 5 seconds to inhale, hold for 3 and 7 seconds to exhale, repeat that pattern for 5 minutes (don’t worry, the time goes pretty quickly). It’s been proven that it’s the rhythm of the breathing that is most effective in controlling the stress response, not the ratio of inhale to exhale time.

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

What you’re doing here, is your training your mind to focus – like taking your mind to the gym.

3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

If you find yourself distracted by other thoughts, don’t worry, just bring your focus back to your breathing (it will get easier to focus for longer the more you practice it). On the golf course, this breathing exercise is going to help you remain present and connected to the moment i.e. exactly what you need to do. It will help reduce tension and calm you down. The more you practice this, the easier it becomes to do when you’re on the course.

To check out the other three Mental Workout Routines to Improve your Golf, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie   Golf State of Mind

Pictures : Golf State of Mind   Derrick O’Toole

Thanks for reading 3 Important Steps to a daily 10-minute Mental Workout!

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