love to stand at the tee, relaxed and confident that your swing and
focus would position your ball precisely where you wanted it? Well,
it's possible and the solution is all in your mind! Let me explain."
Mastery over limiting
beliefs, fear of failure and the negative self-talk that creates the
sort of unwanted muscle tension which then adversely affects your swing,
comes with dedicated practice of a range of techniques over a period
of time. Happily though, we can also borrow a few tips from the world
of acupressure which are easy to apply and have an immediate relaxing
The body is an
electrical energy system
We dont normally think too much about our body being an electrical
energy system though we probably know that we measure our heart with
an electrocardiogram and our brain waves with an electroencephalogram.
Were more familiar with getting a little shock sometimes when
we touch the filing cabinet or when we get out of the car. Its
nothing new though the Chinese discovered how the energy runs
in channels through our body about 4,000 years ago. We call the channels
meridians and they run through, and are named after, all
the major organs.
So what does
this have to do with your golf swing?
There are certain points in the meridians you can put pressure that
will have a subtle but immediate effect in relaxing your muscles. The
following are all points that are easily accessible while you are playing.
All you have to do is tap or press firmly on the point do this
before starting your setup for each shot.
on your face: Find the acupressure point which is on the bone under
one eye in the center of your cheek. Tap firmly 8-10 times with your
index finger and middle finger. It doesnt make any difference
which hand you use or which side of the face. Take a deep breath in
and then follow with a long, slow exhalation.
on your wrist: Find the acupressure point which is at the center
of your wrist, about two thumb-widths back from the bottom of your palm.
Using the thumb, index finger or a knuckle of the other hand, press
firmly on this point. Massage the point for about 20 seconds while taking
a deep breath in followed by a long, slow exhalation.
on your hand: Find the acupressure point in the v where
your thumb and index finger meet it might feel sore to touch.
Using the thumb and index finger of your other hand, sqeeze firmly on
this point while taking a couple of long slow breaths.
on your breast bone: This is not an acupressure point but it has
been discovered that tapping or thumping the thymus gland
which is beneath the breast bone has a similarly relaxing effect. Create
a fist with one hand and thump the breast bone firmly 6-8
times ( a bit like Tarzan but without the sound effects please!) Take
a long slow deep breath afterwards.
Each of these tips
takes less than 20 seconds. Incorporate them with your usual mind focusing
and concentration techniques for a magnified relaxation effect.
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