With many golfers around the world
potentially facing periods away from the course due to the COVID-19 pandemic
and the offseason, it is a difficult time for players to improve their golf
However, Bob Rotella, the sports
psychologist who has contributed to 12 Open Championship triumphs from 10
players in the past 30 years, believes you can vastly improve your golf game
without striking a single shot in anger.
Time spent in your home can still be spent
productively in improving and sharpening your mind, Rotella suggests.
“What’s going on in golf and in every
sport,” Rotella said, “is that players are spending more and more time just
sitting in a chair, lying in bed and visualizing themselves playing great.
“It’s not only playing great, and seeing
yourself hit shots, but it’s going over in your mind every situation you could
ever face on a golf course, and going over in your mind how you would like to
ideally respond to that situation.”
In addition to round visualisation, Rotella
believes you can train your mind while enjoying competitive golf on television,
or while watching official films from past Open Championships.
“The average golf fan needs to watch golf
as a player instead of as a fan,” Rotella said, “and what I mean by that is I
want you to be actively involved in the telecast.”
To read more advice from Rotella,