Golfer’s Mind Map
Total game improvement calls for a balanced approach that encompasses all aspects of the game. Creating a “Golfer’s Mind Map” is a great way to organize your thoughts and highlight areas that might require additional attention. The template below, titled “The Six Dimensions of Golf”, allows you to identify and examine every possible opportunity to improve your golf game.
The Six Dimensions of Golf
If your goal is to play your best golf and take your game to the advanced level and beyond, you need to cover all of the bases. Golf can be described as the “ultimate do-it-yourself project” – while golf instruction and coaching is a key element in all of this, each golfer is ultimately responsible & accountable for their own progress. Golf improvement is a developmental process, fueled by curiosity and the desire to improve.
The Technical Dimension
The Technical Dimension relates to our ability to apply movements in order to create the desired result. This involves development & refinement of basic athletic skills, awareness of body & club positioning, as well as developing a working understanding of the cause/effect relationships behind ball launch and flight behaviour.
The Physical Dimension
The Physical Dimension is closely linked to the technical dimension. Any golfer’s ability to execute the technical elements of the swing is defined by their respective physical strengths and shortcomings. Obviously, it is advantageous to exploit one’s strengths; it is also necessary to address shortcomings, whether through strength and/or flexibility training or, in some cases, through acceptance and revised goals.
The Tactical and Mental Dimensions
Just as the technical and physical dimensions are closely linked, so to are the tactical and mental dimensions. Golf is a game of decision-making; one has a better chance of making logical and rational decisions in the presence of a clear and focused mind that is unfettered by emotional reactions, fear, anxiety, anger – or all of the above. A good strategy to train emotional management is the practice of “choosing your reaction”. Easier said than done, perhaps, but these skills can be practiced and improved like any other.
The Mechanical Dimension
The Mechanical Dimension involves choosing and using the right equipment and accessories. Club fitting comes immediately to mind as a key element in this dimension, and it is – but there’s much more to it. It doesn’t matter if you have your equipment precisely dialed in if you didn’t remember to pack your rain pants in your bag on a showery day. Success in the mechanical dimension means not only using properly fitted equipment, the right ball, the right footwear – but carrying the right accessories as well. Take a quick look in your golf bag. Do you have sunscreen, insect spray, band-aids, athletic tape, rain wear, toque, cold-weather gloves/mitts, Ibuprofen – are you prepared for whatever surprise might pop up? The British Army summed it up best with the adage now known widely as the “7 P’s”: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
The Spiritual Dimension
Every person plays golf for their own reasons. However, one thing we should all have in common is a deep sense of gratitude for the privilege of simply being able to play this game. Yes, it can be frustrating. It is challenging. And for those reasons, we keep playing. Keep things in perspective!