five payoffs for golfers
1. notice negative thoughts without being run by them. I gag over bunker shots might be a thought that never leaves you, but its power over you should. 2. delay reaction to
stress. “Think of road rage,” says tour pro Luke Donald, who has worked with psychologist Michael Gervais and George Mumford, author of The Mindful Athlete. “Something happens. You react. There are moments like that in golf. The idea is to extend the gap between feeling and reaction. Give the urge to react time to dissipate.” 3. stop fighting what you feel. “It’s not about feeling good. It’s about feeling what you feel, and not running from it,” says Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier. 4. be. here. now. “You hit a shot and take a few moments to evaluate – not judge – it,” Gervais says. “You say, ‘Okay, this happened and this happened and that happened.’ After that, the idea is to simply be where your feet are. Enjoy the walk.”
5. rehearse success. Some psychologists go as far as encouraging players to imagine a whole round in a kind of meditative state. See success. Invite success.