With each new season all the major manufacturers in golf, release the newest addition to add to your golf arsenal. New clubs, different shoes, new golf ball technology and the latest laser sighted putter.
The marketing message always promises that the latest improvements will really deliver the results you’ve worked so hard (and spent so much) to achieve. When it comes to the golf course does the reality measure up to the hype?
What about the body; the person swinging the club?
It’s a simple fact that a person’s health has a direct effect on their golf game. When we say health, that also means mental health like anxiety and mood.
CBD oil for golfers aims to enhance your mental and physical health and in-turn, improve your golf game. Real improvement translates into repeatable performance and not merely a once-off fluke. Some of the biggest names in golf are beginning to take notice. Is it time you did the same?
Every Golfer wishes for Consistency
I am reasonably certain that if you ask any golfer, amateur or professional, what they would wish for most from their game they would reply – consistency.
Every golfer knows he has the capacity to play a game which is as good or even better than their handicap, and what could be better than knowing, as you stand on the first tee, that you are almost guaranteed to have a great round.
We have all witnessed the phenomenon where a player walks off the eighteenth having sunk a long putt to secure a match-winning score. Confidence has never been higher. Matched only by the enthusiasm and eager anticipation of the next round. Then the tales in the bar as the round is recalled along with examples of where it could have been even better.
Then what happens when the anticipated next round arrives? Drives which sailed unerringly down the fairway now turn, hooking or slicing with equal heart-crushing certainty, into the rough or even worse, out-of-bounds.
What has happened? The course hasn’t changed. The clubs are the same. The same ball is being struck and the swing is identical to that used for the previous round. And yet something IS different. What can it be?
The Mind Games on the Course
Jack Nicklaus was arguably the first professional golfer to acknowledge that the game of golf depends on a strong mental approach. He famously stated that “Golf is 90% mental”.
Several others have subsequently added “ .. and 10% mental”. Making the point that no matter how you get your swing into a regular groove and retain your concentration throughout, even if your short game remains enviously accurate, if your mind is less than tuned into your game and is suffering a hint of anxiety, then everything else could be to no effect.
Imperceptible changes can be magnified throughout your round. Your swing is just a fraction faster. Your grip that little bit tighter. Your rock-solid position is just shifting your weight a fraction of a second early or late. Then as the round progresses you find yourself trying harder to compensate for earlier errors, thereby sacrificing the natural elements that worked so well on the previous round.
Greg, Rory and Tiger to name a few
There is some conciliation in the fact that we have all witnessed the very best sportsmen suffering in the same manner
One of the most famous public melt-downs in sport must be that suffered by Greg Norman.
With a six shot lead going into the final round of the 1996 Masters, millions watched as his game collapsed and his lead eroded, allowing Nick Faldo to close the gap and go on to take the Championship. Of course Nick played very well but the questions remains – what happened in the mind of Greg Norman?
Five years later and it was Rory’s turn to implode.
Day One and Rory scores a 7 under round and is top of the leader board. On the second day he returns a 3 under and is leading by two strokes. On Saturday his round of 70 is still two better than par. Then came Sunday. The fourth and final round. Same course. Same clubs. But Rory dropped shot after shot and ended up with a round of 80 and tied for fifteenth place.
In any field of sport has there ever been a more inglorious tumble than that suffered by Tiger Woods?
Omnipotent throughout his early years in the sport where, even when a number of shots adrift on the final day, everyone knew it was a case of who would be second. Undoubtedly his personal problems weighed heavily on him and it is hardly surprising that the negative publicity that ensued would drag him down. As indeed it did. Recently as these have been allowed to diminish in importance, we have seen some evidence of a return to former glory.
There are hundreds of similar examples of stars who burned bright them dimmed more suddenly than would have been expected.
Is there a common link between each of these stories? Arguably it is always anxiety that invades the psyche. That little niggle than suggests that maybe a six point lead isn’t enough. Being on top of the Leader Board means there is only one way to go.
Is Technology the answer?
Open any golf magazine and every other page is persuading you to invest in the latest technology that will slash shots off your round. It will ensure that drives, chips and putts are straight and true to the desired destination.
For many years an old colleague of mine would always buy whatever was on offer as that season’s new technology. Irrespective of the price. Always full of hope that this would fulfil its promise of reducing the number of shots in each round. It became a standard joke whenever a new club arrived on the first tee that, if he maintained this strategy, there would come a time when he could just send his clubs out. There were often a few rounds when his new investment paid off and all appeared justified. Sadly, these were very rare and within a few weeks he was back where he was prior to the acquisition, but just a few hundred pounds poorer.
There can be very few golfers who honestly believe that technology can buy you a great game.
So how do you deal with the vital few inches between your ears?
There is a growing feeling amongst professional players that whatever can subdue the cause of disturbance in the mind will enable them to produce the game which they are capable of playing. The best coaches know that it is an essential element in their role to ensure that their player has the right balance of confidence and control.
Many have introduced calming techniques such as mediation. Others insist on using a particular system that was used when they last experienced success. Do you think that Rafa needs to do all the pre-shot rituals? Is it merely a habit or does it help him focus his attention?
The world of sport is rife with examples of apparently incongruous habits.
Players who must wear the same underwear or the same odd coloured socks. Or insist on walking out in a specific sequence.
So many instances where the purpose is to clear the mind of any obstacle and allow the skill to be dominant.
Today there is a growing number of people who rely on the added support of a natural medication that has been used for millennia.
Is Cannabis legal?
In 2018 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) determined that CBD could be safely removed from their list of prohibited substances. This coincided with evidence being presented on the numerous beneficial effects that can be accrued from the safe use of CBD.
In order to make use of this medication it is essential that all THC elements are completely removed. This means that the use of CBD will have beneficial affects but will not provide the intoxications so normally associated with cannabis.
The result is that today the general public can now purchase CBD products, safe in the knowledge that it is both beneficial to health and totally legal.