The Mental Game

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Golf is a 100% mental game and a 100% physical or in other words, for us to play our best both of these components need to be in place. In truth these one and the same, the mind and the body work together. If one of these areas is not functioning effectively it is certainly means the other will be ineffective also. 

When it comes to the mental side of sport, golf provides a thorough examination. One of the biggest tests is still being able to produce or exceed your typical level of play when we face greater pressure or adversity. It may be that we aware that we are building a good score in a competition or playing in a team match or even that we are playing with strangers and feel a little intimidated. It’s no surprise that the great golfers like Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods to name just a few, all possessed great mental skills, but have all stated it something they had to work on. Here are some of the mental traits they all shared.

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The ability to focus on things you can control – This is achieved by focusing on the process and not the outcome.

A willingness to accept any circumstances presented – Accept the fact that at some point in golf we are going to face things we don’t like, bad weather, a poor lie or just bad luck.

Control your emotions – The key here is not to let any extreme emotion like anger or excitement drift into the following shot. Not easy but it can be achieved.

Confidence in your swing – Swings are about movement that create energy they should have rhythm and they should flow in balance when they are at their most effective. For example if you typically slice the ball don’t try to rely on drawing the ball on a crucial shot, play what you know. If you’re not happy with your technique work on it at the right time. Let your unconscious control most of your game.

A positive attitude in all situations – If you watch a post round interview on TV with top players they always talk about positives even if they have just had a bad round. 

In addition to daily practice and internal work golfer’s must constantly develop and maintain, many are finding great benefits in the use of CBD products to help them in keeping focused with a positive mindset.  CBD produces effects through various molecular pathways and acts through several different receptor-independent channels. One of which, is pivotal to a golfer’s mental game, the Serotonin System.

CBD and Serotonin System (Mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function).

CBD targets a specific serotonin receptor, the serotonin 1A receptor. Its affinity with this receptor is associated with a lot of CBD’s therapeutic properties.

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Serotonin receptors regulate the release of hormones like cortisol, which is responsible for metabolism and reactions to stress, and oxytocin, which affects social behavior. Serotonin receptors also affect a person’s mood, cognition, and appetite. 

Enhancing the activation of serotonin 1A receptors is a major advantage to a golfer’s mental game, creating the “perfect storm”!

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