“The Zone” is a state of mind sometimes referred to in playing the game of golf, especially in competition. Could you also experience The Zone in your golf practice? I’ve never seen the zone referred to in golf practice, always in competition. But, I’d like you to consider the possibility of experiencing the zone in your golf practice by cultivating the attributes common to the zone, along with the possibility that that mindset might flow over to your play on the course. I think it’s commonly understood that we can’t force the experience of the zone, but maybe we can prepare our body/mind to be receptive to it. Wouldn’t that be a very productive ingredient for our golf practice?!
Peak Performance Mind Coach Tim N. Kremer, M.A. describes “The Zone” in a May/June 2021 Golf Tips Magazine article as “a highly euphoric, blissful and hypnotic state of peak performance, a total body/mind experience of heightened awareness where critical thinking dissipates, movement flows effortlessly, time stands still, and performance optimizes with ease and flow.” Wouldn’t our golf practice be an ideal place to cultivate that?!
Kremer believes that accessing The Zone is not as elusive as is commonly believed and that it is not as random and haphazard as accepted. He states, “I know it to be a mind state that we can tap into consciously and deliberately more of the time.”
The Zone is more visceral than cerebral. It is not something that you can think yourself into, it is something beyond thought. Kremer states, “The Zone is a state of being that we must learn to “feel” our way into as we allow ourselves to access powerful emotions of calmness, focus, acceptance, freedom and letting go……this begins with a realization that The Zone does not happen to us accidentally or by chance but rather because of us and the mindset we choose. With mindful attention to our emotional energy, we can teach ourselves to tap into The Zone at will.”
Kremer talks about “letting go of the self-critical, analytical, statistical, thought-driven energies of the head.” The meditative nature of exploring the instinct-awakening golf exercises in Awaken Your Inner Golfer facilitates an inner stillness, peace, calm and a ‘letting go. The book’s focus is on experiencing and feeling effective golf swing movements through various golf exercises with attention and awareness of kinesthetic senses. The exercises encourage a letting go of judgmental and analytical thinking by focusing on one’s kinesthetic senses. The exercises encourage a connection beyond the conscious thinking mind to a deeper understanding of the awesome capacity of the subconscious mind.
Just as the conscious mind cannot force you to experience The Zone, the conscious mind cannot direct or control muscles to perform the movements necessary for an effective golf swing. The instinct-awakening golf exercises in Awaken Your Inner Golfer help you learn to trust the awesome ability of the subconscious and let go of attempts at conscious control and analysis of your golf swing. As Kremer says, The Zone is accessed through “letting go of the self-critical, analytical, statistical, thought-driven energies of the head.” The subconscious is where imagination, instinct, intuition and insight reside. A golf practice focused on exploring the golf exercises w/o judgment or expectations in a process of trial and error and exploration and discovery helps quiet the critical, analytical and judgmental mind. This focus facilitates access to subconscious kinesthetic instincts and the state of mind known as The Zone. The golf exercises facilitate present moment awareness. Being fully present, and being in your body with awareness and attention to what you feel, opens the door to endless possibilities. There is no trying to access The Zone, but there is a subtle invitation and intention to allow it to occur.
During these times when judgment is withheld,
analyzation is suspended,
and we enter into the realm of pure play,
we find that we are without limits.
Chuck Hogan, Rethinking Golf
The golf exercises encourage an attitude of play, fun, exploration and self-discovery in your golf practice……a mindset similar to Tim Kremer’s description of The Zone – “a highly euphoric, blissful and hypnotic state of peak performance, a total body/mind experience of heightened awareness where critical thinking dissipates, movement flows effortlessly, time stands still, and performance optimizes with ease and flow.”
The best place to cultivate this mindset is your golf practice. Practice with a purpose! A purpose of play, fun, exploration and self-discovery……and you may find the door to access The Zone in your practice……and in your play on the golf course!