This week I participated in Canadian Military Curling Regionals at Kingston, Ontario. Fortunately, I was team with three awesome curlers and mainly because of their great play, we won the event. During the three days of curling, I learned a great deal about the sport and a few things that will help me on the golf course. I plan on explaining these over the next few days, but my biggest take-away is to ensure I focus on my aim point!
This might be an obvious skill, but I realized that if I let my focus wane, for even a moment, I will miss the shot. During my two shots at the beginning of each end, I found that I was thinking of a great many things.
- How hard to slide;
- Push from the hack in the proper direction;
- Don’t fall;
- Don’t burn the rock;
- Have a clean release;
- How is my hair (Ok this one is a joke);
- Oh yeah, where am I aiming?
These thoughts clouded my mind and I found that when the important moment on some shots, I forgot to focus on my aim point. This faux pas occurred in the early games of the tournament, but as the games progressed, my focus became stronger.
I realized that if I focused on my aim point, all the other detracting thoughts disappeared. I was able to hit the broom (aim point) more consistently and my game improve. When golfing, the exact thing happens. The more I focus on my aim point, the less distracting noise I have in my head.
Golf is an interesting sport. When performing any stroke, the less I think the more successful I am; this may appear counter-intuitive, but like others sports the moment we set the swing, shot, stroke, or movement in motion focusing only on our aim point produces the greatest results. The athlete who focuses the best is usually the player to beat.
A word of advice I would offer any athlete, specifically golfers, focus more on your aim point (target) than on the process of making the shot. All your practice will teach the movements required to your body and it will remember. Let your body perform as it should, but remain focused on your aim point.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!