Right – Brain Dominant or Left – Brain Dominant Golfer

Golf psychology

left or right brained golfer2It is our brain that drives or causes our action, and so it follows that the better we drive our brain, the better it will drive that action. And the brain is a superb mechanism. It learned how to walk and talk long before you were able to tell it what and how to walk and talk or swing a golf club. So given the performance loop, we potentially have two places that we can exert some influence over things. One is our perception of the external world, and the other is our perception of our internal world, both of which go to make up our experience of the world as a whole. As we get into the exercises I will suggest some that help with one or the other, and some that work with both.

First, let’s begin to think about which are our dominant modes. Read through these descriptions and decide which one is closest to you. We are not aiming to be statistically or psychologically accurate here, just to provide us with some food for thought.

RIGHT – BRAIN DOMINANT – GOLFER

When I play, I:

like to imagine/ create new shots

Am sometimes reckless in my choice of shot

Guess the yardage

Hit the ball in unconventional ways( when others think it’s unnecessary)

Like to play the bold shot

Enjoy new courses and playing partners

Like to have fun when playing

Can tell when something is bothering other people and try to change it

Get the feel of things

Get highs and lows in response to how well I am doing

Am curious about other ways to achieve the end result

LEFT-BRAIN DOMINANT – GOLFER

Like to analyses every swing I make, especially if it goes wrong

Want logical explanations for everything I do

Always arrive to play on time

Do what I say I will

Like routines

Am critical of myself (and others) if things are not right

Try to be realistic with my goals

Prefer practice that can be measured, quantified and analyzed

Like to understand why I do things

Always dress neatly

Plan how I will play a hole

Organize my playing, practice and social schedule

Of course, no one is totally one or the other of these, but most of us lean one way or another in our preferences. Some of us will lean only slightly one way. Others will be closer to one of the two extremes. If we are more right-brained in our preferences, then the pre-swing phase is where we can make a significant gain. If we are more left-brained in our preference, then we have probably analyzed our swing to death already. We will need to learn to let go of our thinking about the right way to do things while we make our swing.

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