Visualization

Visualization

Q: What is “visualization” and how can it be used in golf and putting?

Visualization is also known as mental imagery and rehearsal. It is used as a training tool to improve the quality of athletic movement, increase the power of concentration, and serves to reduce the pressures of competition on the athlete while building athletic confidence.

There is a powerful relationship between mental and physical performance in sport. The development of a wide range of mental powers, such as focus and concentration, elevates athletic performance.

Visualization is intended to take the athlete to an image that conveys what perfection represents in the particular aspect of the sport. During visualization, the brain is directing the target muscles to work in a desired way. This direction creates a neural pattern in the brain, a pattern identical to the network created by the actual physical performance of the movements. A neural pattern is similar to diagramming the specific wiring and circuits necessary to transmit an electrical current.

In laymen’s terms, it means recreating all the images, sounds and feelings in your mind surrounding an activity in order to execute an action in a desired manner.

For a more complete explanation of visualization in Sports Science, click on this link:

http://www.faqs.org/sports-science/Us-Z-and-bibliography/Visualization-in-Sport.html

Q: How can I practice and develop good “visualization” skills?

If you can set aside some dedicated time to seeing yourself execute perfect putts, and have some system for making sure that those images are vivid and clear in your mind, then you will be able to make a conscious effort to record those powerful images in your mind.

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