Getting out of your head is one of the biggest challenges of golf.
There you are on the first tee. It is a beautiful Saturday morning. You are in a foursome. You are not the best player in your foursome. The starter is harried. The line of carts is stacking up. Dozens of people are milling about. You step up to your ball and it begins: THE CHECKLIST.
Feet shoulder width apart.
Knees slightly bent.
“HEY JOE! You want a coffee?”
Shoot. Now I have to start over.
Feet. . .
Want to quiet that voice in your head? Want to be able to shut out the clutter and focus?
Meet the most difficult workout you’ll ever do and you won’t even break a sweat.
A few simple moves
You do not have to become a Yogi to benefit from yoga. Incorporating a few simple Yoga moves into your training routine can actually improve your golf game. The great thing about Yoga is there are dozens of poses. You don’t have to choose poses that are hard or you don’t like. If you dislike downward dog or, if sun salutations make you crazy don’t do them. Choose poses you like. Choose poses that are easy for you. That way you will do them. Even the most elementary yoga poses increase in intensity as your yoga practice improves. As you stretch deeper, twist further, support your weight longer even the most basic moves become more challenging.
Balance Flexibility Rotation—but most important: Focus
Yoga poses that work on balance, flexibility, and rotation are particularly good for golfers. Slow static movements are also good for golfers. However, the reason Yoga is so very good for game improvement is that it teaches you to focus. It teaches you to get out of your head, quiet everything, and laser focus your attention on: YOU.
You don’t need a class or a video or a book to get started.
Here is the suggestion:*
Chose three poses from each category.
You don’t need a Yoga mat or bell-bottom stretchy pants. Just enough space to move and clothes that let you.
Do each pose for 30 seconds or five breaths every day. Yes. Every day. That is seven days a week. For two weeks. That is fourteen days.
Remember. The most important part of this exercise is to FOCUS. Focus on your breathing. Focus on your form. Scan your body for tweaks, twitches, and adjust.
Next. Do each pose for one minute or ten breaths every day. Yes. Every day. That is seven days a week. For two weeks. Fourteen days.
Taking ten minutes to shut out everything else, to be quiet and focused on yourself is going to be very hard. Taking ten minutes to shut out everything else, to be quiet and focused on yourself every day for 28 day is going to be very hard. But everyone is rooting for you. Don’t give up!
At the end of 28 days ask yourself, “How do I feel?”
I feel more flexible
My balance has improved
The rotation through my swing is better
I am more mentally focused when I play golf
My game has improved!
*Don’t do it because we suggested it. Do only what you and your doctor are comfortable with you doing.