Hight school golf pre shot routine mentaltoughnesstrainer.com/2011/11/how-to-develop-mental-toughness/

Mental Toughness Trainer teaches high school golfers how to tap into their consistency to bring your best practice and training performance over to competition. Learn how to get yourself into the zone with a purposeful pre shot routine.

Your unconscious mind is the part of you that stores all your memories. It knows how to sink a putt straight around, left or right break, uphill or downhill. It knows how to do all that because you have done it before. It knows how to pull the file for the 120 yard slight draw or slight fade or perfect straight or back up. It knows whatever how to do it if you've done it once.

That's the connect part. This is what we're going to tell it what to do -- direct. We do this in the pre-shot routine. I literally go up there and touch my head and go, "Alright buddy, let's do this."

Now here's how you get to be a little more powerful. Besides dialing in and making it a small target, what you want to do is engage all five senses if you can. Go through in your mind. Usually it's not going to be a lot to smell and taste, but quickly give that a thought.

Don't just see the ball. Imagine seeing the trees around and the sky and the grass underneath. And what's our normal vision see when you hit a shot like that? Do you see the club base following through? Do you see your arms -- right? Try to dial into everything.

The more real you can make it, the more you'll take advantage of the Olympics and what the USOC found out. And you'll be actually be hitting perfect shots in your mind. And your unconscious mind will go, "Oh!" If you're connected, and how do you know that you're connected? Just assume you're connected. You're just talking to it. You're saying, "Okay buddy, here's what I want you to do."

I was playing in Oregon and hit the best drive of my life. It was close to 300 hundred yards, but of course elevation air it's not that many yards, but it was just perfect. It landed and it rolled... wow! It went right on the spot.

Today every time I go into my pre-shot routine I roll that movie in my head and I say I tell my unconscious mind, "Yeah give me that one again. Yeah... I'll take that one. Please pull the file for that one." It's just a quick little thought. I don't actually talk out loud like that, but that's telling and visualizing.

Now here's the big key. You will hear a lot of golf instructors, pros, and sports psychologists, they'll tell you that you need to visualize. And you need to see this and you need to see that. Look at this and look at that. And I would use those words here too, but here's the... I'm going to make it even easier for you.

I really had my eyes opened a few years back when I watched a YouTube video of Tiger Woods being interviewed. He was a big student of Nicholas who said you have to visualize everything. Nicholas was a huge visualizer. Tiger said, "I was in my teens and everybody was telling me and I was reading Nicholas and I had to visualize this and I just had the worst time doing it." He said, "Whenever I would do it, my shots would be all distorted and it was like looking in a fun house mirror in my mind. It wasn't clear like everybody said it was suppose to be."

It's not always just like we're looking right now. He said, "Then one day my sport psychologist," said,'Tiger, just feel it.'" He said that freed him up to do it his way from then on.

Tiger Woods is not a big visualizer, but he still imagines the shot going where he wants it to. He is more of a feel guy he said. So in other words, in his mind, when he visualizing the shot... and visualizing is just a word. It doesn't necessarily mean that you close your eyes and see exactly what you saw.

So he said he would just close his eyes or in his pre-shot routine or as he is going to bed or on the bus, he said he would just imagine the crispness of the ball coming off the club. He didn't actually see anything in his mind. And he would hear the ball thumping on the green and maybe he would see the ball backspin towards the hole or something like that.

So everyone can improve their visualization skills, but the biggest thing I want you to get here is you can do it your way. And it's always right. Always correct, but don't let anybody tell you that you're doing it wrong -- okay? We can always improve, including me. And the way to improve upon that is to just do it. On the bus, before you go to sleep at night.

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