Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to walk on a line without struggling? That insecurity is due to our disregarded senses. We want to show you why it is so important to rely on all your senses more often and how you can improve your game through this.
Do you know your senses?
In our daily life, we refer to senses like seeing, smelling and hearing. But those are not the only ones. We, humans, have many more like the taste, our sense for balance and last but not least feel. Through our sense of “feel” we are able to perceive pain, temperature and surface textures by touching it but also acceleration, movement, or body posture.
You can train your sensory ability
Most of the time we use our sense of sight and hearing, which is why those are best coined. Whereas we possess all senses by birth they have to be trained and developed first. If you enjoy haute cuisine you understand the complex tasting of food and wine for example. But if you’re not used to it, you may think that wines are equal to all the others and you even struggle to taste the difference between red and white. If you want to become professional you have to practice and develop your senses. It’s the same with the sense for feel in Golf.
The less you see, the more you feel
Mostly your visual and acoustic perception overlay all the other senses. So, if you shut your eyes you can’t see if the wine is red or white and have to draw your attention to the taste and smell. If you do the same in golf, you can’t see if the ball is going left, or right and how far it goes. You have to concentrate on how the swing and the impact felt, to know if it was good or bad.
What being blindfolded can teach us
Studies show that visually impaired people often show a better sense of hearing and touch because they have to rely on it. From being disadvantaged on one side is growing a need for alternative methods to orientate in the environment resulting in superior capabilities in alternative senses. Try to use your untended senses more often and focus on them. You will experience an ongoing learning process and improve your sensorial abilities.
Applying this to your game you will start to develop a more intense perception and through this, you improve your feel for the ball. More feel improves your performance.
Let’s give it a try!