GOLF NEWS – Learning and fun, the foundations of performance. –

Learning and fun, the foundations of performance. I have already told you that his method Inner Game® by Timothy Gallwey points to the right balance in the PLE (Performance – Learning – Enjoyment) triangle to best develop your potential.

Up to a certain age this triangle is in perfect balance: in fact, children learn by having fun and do not stop at the first failure or even the second, but actually try to achieve the result they have in mind, reaching their climax. implementation.

As they grow older, with the introduction of outside judgment and evaluation of their performance, they begin to focus on what is missing, what is not working, lose some of the fun, and limit their learning to what the teacher imparts. the moment. And so we often have performances that are far below those associated with each individual's potential.

As on the golf course, so in life, never stop learning.

Here are some ideas to get the most out of your head.

1. Stop being afraid of making mistakes or making a bad impression: it's entirely up to you to decide to stop being afraid of making mistakes or at least overcome that fear. Remember that as a kid you weren't worried about making a bad impression because the Lego castle collapsed, but you were always looking for alternatives.

2. Set curiosity in motion! Stay interested in exploring different ways to achieve the same goal. Remember that experiential learning is the basis of being human, and the benefits to the brain come above all from the effort to learn, regardless of the outcome.

3. Always look for new challenges: break out of your usual patterns and learn something new, be it a new language or a new game. Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich points out that learning a new skill can change hundreds of millions of brain connections.

4. Get out of your comfort zone. Important studies have shown how brain development occurs significantly when you have to overcome difficulties to achieve your goal. It is no coincidence that it is known that from difficult historical periods brilliant generations have always emerged (and vice versa…).

5. Get started today! I will never tire of repeating this, but without action, there is no good plan that works.

At this point you may be wondering what all this has to do with golf.

Golf is a mental sport, much more so than many others. To train your head to be focused, not to be distracted by starting to wander between the expected result and the last wrong shot, strengthening your mind, increasing your brain connections will take you to a higher level of play, in addition to the fact that you will rediscover the fun of learning, of testing yourself without being attached to the result.

Here is a short list of practical things you can do to improve your concentration skills and train your brain by regaining and developing an ever-increasing number of brain connections:

  • Learn a new language: spend 15 minutes every day studying a new language.
  • practice a mind game: rediscover chess, card games, checkers.
  • Expand your vocabulary: try to learn new words every day or spend 15 minutes on crosswords or even look at a car license plate and with the first two letters look for the largest number of words that contain both.
  • Learn to juggle: start with two tennis balls, then move on to three, and once you've got the hang of it, try alternatives, such as passing a ball under one leg or playing one behind your back.
  • learn to play a (new) instrument: major studies have shown how music, among its many mental benefits, can increase the production of growth hormone, which is associated with youthful energy.

The most important thing, which should never be missing from whatever activity you choose to start practicing to improve your brain functions, is fun!

We don't stop playing because we get old. we grow old because we stop playing – George Bernard Shaw

Winston Ferguson

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