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Why your practice sessions aren't working

Improve your practice sessions to improve your game with these tips from Sean Foley.

Released on 6/22/2017

Transcript

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(golf club whacks)
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So, let me give you an example
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of a better way to practice.
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Rather than just sitting here on the range
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and taking every single one of these balls
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and just hitting them over and over
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and over with really no intention,
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let's use the power of intention
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to imagine when we're here, we have to hit
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the first shot into the second green.
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We have to hit the second shot
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into the fourth green and use these balls
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to lay down the memory of executing
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that shot successfully so that, when we get
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out to the course, we've already been there.
00:37
(golf club whacks)
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So, this is the shot that I'm visualizing on the range.
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Knowing that everything in golf doesn't
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work out the way you want it to,
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you're going to be forced to have to play
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a lot of shots that you may not play that often.
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The beauty of the mind is that, basically,
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contemplation is the highest form of activity mentally.
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So, we've seen case studies done in
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science where there was a guy shooting free throws
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and guys visualizing themselves shooting free throws.
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Two weeks later, they shot at a
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higher rate than they had before.
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So, just using our mind's eye and using
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imagery and using visualization doesn't mean that
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we physically have to be doing the skill.
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Just the contemplation, visualization,
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and using creative guided imagery
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is going to help us to lay down the memory
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networks that we need to be able to pull off
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these shots when we're given the opportunity.
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