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  • Geoff Greig

Meditation and your Pre Shot Routine

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ž?

The goal of your pre shot routine is to get to a specific mental state.


It is the mental state that is research proven to help you hit better golf shots.

It is also proven to have powerful positive effects on all sports and daily life.


It is called the Zone or the Flow State.

Even if you do not fully access the Zone all the time, getting close to the Zone will trigger dramatic improvements in your play.


๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐.

Meditation means different things to different people.

Here is a quote from Anna Wiseโ€ฆ one the leading brain wave researchers relative to performance and mental states.


The quote is from her book โ€œThe Awakening Mindโ€. An excellent read btw. ๐Ÿ˜Š


It was written after she had done over 25 years of EEG research on thousands of high performers from athletes to musicians and many pursuits in between.

โ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’”๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” - ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‡๐’Š๐’„ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’ - ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’‚ ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’’๐’–๐’†.

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’.


๐‘ญ๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’•๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’‰, ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†, ๐’•๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚, ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† โ€œ๐’Ž๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’โ€ ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’”๐’–๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’›๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’, ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’‰๐’š๐’”๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’”๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚, ๐’“๐’–๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’”๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’๐’Š๐’”. ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’Œ๐’Š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„ ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’๐’“๐’” ๐’”๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐’‘๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’“ ๐’”๐’„๐’–๐’๐’‘๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.


๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”.


๐‘ฐ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’”. ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’Š๐’”๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’„๐’†๐’‘๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’–๐’”๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’๐’…. ๐‘บ๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’๐’‡๐’“๐’†๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’‘๐’” ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’†.


๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’. ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’… ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’‘๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’•. ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’Š๐’… ๐’‰๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’…๐’‚๐’š.


๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†.


๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’–๐’‚๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’†๐’… ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’…๐’‚๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’“, ๐’‡๐’๐’“ 10 ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’Š๐’•.


๐‘ถ๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†.


๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’’๐’–๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’, ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’• ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.


๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’†๐’˜ ๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฎ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’…๐’†๐’†๐’‘ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’‡๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’‘๐’‰๐’‚ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’•๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’†.


๐‘ป๐’ ๐’…๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’๐’‘ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ - ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’”๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’…, ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’–๐’๐’‚๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’.


๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘จ๐’๐’‘๐’‰๐’‚ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’•๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’•.โ€

The bottom line isโ€ฆ how you meditate is not important.

What is important is that you can access the mental state that gives you the best chance to perform to your capability.


In my research and coaching experience, I have found that it is critical to have a number of different meditation โ€œtoolsโ€ for athletes.


What works great for someโ€ฆ is useless for others.


The key is helping each individual understand what the optimum mental state feels like, learn how to access it on command and then apply it to their on-course performance.


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