“Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.”
Science can provide information on the significant link between the body and the mind.
As a golfer your body requires proper recovery, stretching and injury prevention strategies. A body that moves well, can play consistently game after game.You will have to decide on your own development. Answer these two questions to begin this section.
Do you build the MIND to build the BODY?
Do you build the BODY to build the MIND?
In Mental Four we will examine some very common fitness principles, but from a neuroscience point of view. It may help you to know how mental training is linked to physical fitness and overall health.
Several athletes have been exposed to my classes called: Mental Movement. Athletes are moving and talking using phrases, power words and challenging speech with memory and motor mechanics. My many years as a personal fitness trainer lead me to acknowledge that my work was mostly about what to say and how to encourage a person, rather than what weight to use in the gym or how much cardio a person was doing. I learned to build the whole person starting with the connection between the mind and the body.
This section of the program should give you incentive to highlight these physical elements as a foundation for: focus, calmness and control of your thoughts within the game of golf.
When you train the body you train the mind. When you train the mind, you train the body.
There are 27 concepts in Section(4) four. Please consider as you train pre-season, in season and post season that your mind and body need a connection. Does a golfer ever take time off? Coach Lorie advises that all athletes keep a basic wellness program as well as play other sports that are related to full body coordination and high reflexes. Use other muscles, challenge your athletic skill set and have fun with family and friends outside of golf.
Golfers may enjoy some movements that add to the game:
Swimming: The hydrostatic pressure of the water is great for recovery of injuries, endurance,and overall power. Golfers can jog in the pool and tread water for range of motion and explosive power in warm water pools. Pushing water with the upper body and actually modelling the golf swing feels amazing. See Coach Lorie’s Water Work Outs in a book called: “Living Well to 100” by Dr. Darlene McCord, Chapter Eight.
Tennis: The lateral motion of tennis is very similar to the golf swing. Using a tennis racquet on a high paced ball is excellent for upper body control in addition to other racquet sports such as squash, racquetball and badminton for enjoyment and a change of pace.
Juggling: Several objects for fun, engaging the body to focus on more than one thing. You will see consistency in gripping the club and also more coordination throughout the body on contact of the ball! Juggling as an activity also effects peripheral vision which is a vital component of understanding flight path and course terrain.
Dancing: For rhythmic movements, coordination, reflexes. Any style, any time. Full body movements, release stress and tension, and help you feel pumped for your next round!
Keep FIT with other MOVEMENTS to FIRE UP the SUPPORT MUSCLES
Take the Pressure off of hips and low back, move differently.
Enjoy a new movement that allows the brain to set a new pattern.
“The physical state of the body is a doorway of the inner mind”. CLP
Inner Mind Sports golfers work on all these characteristics to support their entire game. Often athletes work on what they are good at, avoiding areas like flexibility, power, strength and stamina. Be a well rounded golfer and head into areas that need your attention!
Let’s take these one by one so you can see how vital the mind/body connection is. Please review this list and also circle the areas that you feel as a golfer you need to work on. GET READY to CONNECT with the BALL and your MIND.
- Range of motion
- Grip Strength
- Club Speed
- Motor Control
- Sight line
- Posterior Muscle Strength
- Kinesthetic Awareness
- Explosive Power
- Contractibility amd Stance
- Strong Body Control/Alignment
- Strong Upper Body
- Muscle Recovery