Golf Swing Relaxation Techniques

Being nervous and unable to relax is linked to the Electrical activity emanating from the brain.

When the brain is aroused and actively engaged in mental activities, it generates BETA waves. Beta waves are characteristics of a strongly engaged mind. A person making a speech or the nervous, high handicapped golfer is in the Beta brain wave state. First Tee Jitters?”Your brain is in the Beta brain wave state.
The next brainwave category is ALPHA. A person who takes time out to reflect or meditate is usually in an alpha state. Alpha will help avoid the “Heebie-Jeebies,” and enable the golfer to relax and perform some fine golf shots.

When the person begins to daydream he is often in a THETA brainwave state. A person who is driving on a freeway, and discovers that they can’t recall the last five miles, is often in a theta state. This is the ideal state to be in for those spectacular golf shots that keeps you coming back for more.

Before you arrive at the first tee begin to change your brain wave states from Beta, to somewhere in between Alpha and Theta.____ Turn off the BETA-Turn off the Noise! Find a quite place, behind a tree someplace…. Take some deep breaths, be aware of slowing down your heart rate, and hum a nice slow waltz tune in your head. A Strauss waltz or “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” work great. Take several practice swings using the waltz tune as you swing, diverting the mind from any chance of being “uptight.” You are “Zoned” and that’s where all great shots are born.

You are naturally in these brain wave states several times durng the day. Try to activate them when you want to play your best golf. The sensation you will have is that you are “NOT THERE”___ “something else” is swinging your golf club, for YOU. Very important Stuff…here! But you’ve become acustomed to expect it, haven’t you?

Jim McLellan

The AntiPro/The Maverick

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