This week's guest is Coach Rebecca Smith of Complete Performance Coaching. Rebecca specializes in athletes that play individual sports like gymnasts, swimmers, tennis players, and you guessed it - GOLFERS!
In this interview Rebecca shares how her introduction to visualization & imagery laid the foundation to how she teaches her students how to perform under pressure.
The premise of imagery is to picture the shot you're attempting before it happens. There's science that shows the more you can visualize a process the easier it becomes to actually execute it in real life. The reason is that when the brain visualizes an action it walks through a process very similar to that of DOING the action. This is what makes visualizing so powerful!
So how do you use this to your advantage?
- 1st and foremost try out a few different methods of visualization (talk it out or picture it in your head) and decide which one is best for you.
- Then put this into your regular pre-shot routine.
- Start using this in incrementally more stressful situations.
- By gradually introducing a process change (1st when nothing's on the line and building towards pressure) you become more comfortable with it, therefore, when the chips are really down, you can lean on this new skill to help you succeed under pressure.
Make sure you check out some of the strategies Rebecca lays out on her blog over at completeperformancecoaching.com/blog/