To make any improvements to your technique you need to understand how neural pathways are created in the brain which will help you make a positive change and develop good new habits. Our neural pathways transmit messages and the more they are used, the more ingrained messages become.
The first piece of good news for golfers is that our brains are always changing so it is easy to forget old pathways and create new ones. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain and because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible if you want it to happen.
There are many examples of people of every age retraining their brains whether they are learning a new skill, a new behaviour or attitude that transforms their life. Whether you get help from others, work on your own or both, you can apply changes and boost your success.
WAYS THAT WILL HELP YOU RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Identity the habit you’d like to transform, have a high intention to make an improvement and create a programme of improvement as you are far more likely to remain committed to the cause.
To effectively create a new neural pathway, take the focus off an old habit or tendency and make the improvement and positive results uppermost in your mind.
You can build new neural pathways not only from physical actions, but also through visualisation. Simply visualise the new behaviours and keep repeating in your mind to build new pathways.
Be aware when you think of an old thought or tendency and re focus on the new neural pathway, you’re building so you keep on going in the right direction.