I was listening to some music yesterday and was struck by the wonderful sound. They were playing an acoustic guitar and effortlessly moved from note to note. The resulting sound was most rewarding and I was grateful to have heard it. So, I picked up my guitar (which I decided I wanted to learn how to play as a new years resolution) and plucked out some not so soothing sounds. Then it struck me that when I am playing golf or watching an excellent player, I feel the same as listening to someone play the guitar…..it is sweet music.
Some may suggest that this is a long stretch, but just think about it for a moment. When the ball is hit pure the sound is instantly noticeable and a smile usually comes to players face. Same as when you are listening to your favorite song.
Walking on the course early in the morning is like listening to a symphony orchestra. The wind is gently blowing in the trees, the birds are singing, the frogs are croaking, you hear your repetitive foots steps on the wet grass and the sun is rising over the trees. If you close your eyes when listening to classical music and think of playing golf you will know exactly what I mean.
So what am I really talking about? The right music puts most people into a mental state where they believe they can accomplish anything. Music can set the stage for success. When preparing for something special, many people listen to music to put them in the right mood before they have to perform. Athletes, especially, listen to music all the time to mentally prepare themselves to their sporting activity.
Mentally preparing for golf is no different. Preparing for success will result in better focus, greater consistency and be more apt to believe they can succeed. Being in the “right frame of mind” has many benefits and most of which is a more enjoyable time on the golf course.
I listen to music before I play and notice a difference. You may too!
How do you mentally prepare for golfing?