Golf Psychology

Golf Psychology

A small red spot on the glove of golfer Louis Oosthuizen is credited with playing a critical role in his winning of The Open Championship at St Andrews in 2010.

The idea came from Karl Morris, a Manchester sports psychologist who was asked to help Oosthuizen improve his concentration before starting his swing after a string of disappointing results in previous golfing events.

This week’s tip:

Focus Your Vision: As you walk to your ball on the course the narrower you want your concentration. As you get over the ball you want a microscopic external focus, not a broad, internal or external focus. Look closely at the ink on the ball, any shadows, the grass around the ball, and let that help your mind become calmer and more tuned in. When you have a strong mental game of golf, you know how to use appropriate attentional cues.

“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” – Arnold Palmer