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Let's review the mental aspects of sports that can be improved with self-hypnosis: concentration, self-confidence, determination, rehearsal. Rehearsal has to do with getting ready for an event. You anticipate what will be required and visualize what you will do.
Here is an example of a suggestion to use during practice.
On the golf driving range, I grip my driver with my favorite overlapping grip. I set up the ball. I take a practice swing, then address the ball. I am perfectly focused. I see myself hitting a long, straight drive. As I begin my swing, my backswing follows a perfect arc. I take a perfect swing. The club head contacts the ball solidly. I follow all the way through, and keep my head down until the swing is complete. I look up and see the ball land and enjoy having hit a perfect drive.
In this case you can use perfection, because you have to visualize a perfect drive to come as close as you can. Besides using these suggestions when you are practicing self-hypnosis, use the key word before your practice session, and on each tee during a game. Here is a variation to use when you are actually playing.
I take my practice swing, then step up to the tee. I tee up my ball. I study the fairway and see the best path for my ball. I am confident and relaxed. I see myself hitting a perfect drive that lands in the best spot on the fairway. I am perfectly focused as I address the ball. As I begin my swing, my backswing follows a perfect arc. I take a perfect swing. The club head contacts the ball solidly. I follow all the way through, and keep my head down until the swing is complete. I look up and see the ball land right where I aimed it.
Key word: perfect swing
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|