The brain is a prediction engine. In fact, your brain is constantly scanning sensory input in order to predict the future based on past sensory experiences. Thus, the mental state you practice in will be reflected in the way you play in the future.
For ADHD golfers this is even more important because we focus on what we find rewarding.
For example, two weeks ago I was at the short game area at a local course in Melbourne, FL. There was a man who had a much better swing than mine who was the poster child on what not to do in regards to the mental state you practice in.
I witnessed this man who acted like “he did what he was supposed to do” when he hit a flush shot. But on every non-flush shot he was stomping around like a mime doing a Yosemite Sam impression.
Then it hit me: as an ADHD golfer, if I were to practice with the same spectrum of emotion as this man, where would the emotional rewards be when I play?
In other words, if there are no moments of joy in practice, then when we are standing on a tee box visualizing a shot, the brain has a difficult time predicting a joyful outcome. There are no joyful moments in practice for the brain to use in it predictions.
So if the brain cannot predict a potential emotional reward, it greatly hampers the ADHD golfer’s capacity to find interest in the shots we are supposed to hit.
- The spectrum of emotion that you practice in will influence what your brain predicts what the possible emotional outcomes of a shot will be.
- As Bob Rotella has pointed out in many of his audio books, especially Your Fifteenth Club, treat missed shots with total indifference.
- Learn to use self-praise when you hit the flush shots.
More on this subject on my next article, Practice With a Walkoff
From the article SELF-PRAISE.
From Jeff Hawkins talk: On Intelligence