By definition, mindfulness means:
1. The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
In golf, if we keep thinking about a mistake we made on a previous hole, or project how our score will turn out at the end of the round, our minds become filled with images of the past or future. It’s as if we’re daydreaming. Lacking mindfulness of the task at hand leads to poor decision-making before the shot and distracts us while we’re swinging.
In talking with renowned Performance Psychologist, Dr. Joe Parent, author of acclaimed books such as Zen Golf, Zen Putting and Golf: The Art of the Mental Game: 100 Classic Golf Tips we see a much broader view of how being mindful in golf can dramatically improve your performance.
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