The Alexander Technique helped me release tension which I was previously unaware that I had, in particular when standing at the tee. In the past my mind would have been elsewhere and my thoughts made me more tense. Applying the Technique I discovered relaxing the jaw, feeling my socks in my shoes, sensing the ground beneath my feet and just being there really helped. My drive distance improved and I cut 5 shots in one game. I now play much more relaxed by applying these principles and am more aware of the moment and less focused on the outcome (what Alexander Technique teachers call end-gaining) and my drive distances have improved through being more relaxed and having greater freedom of movement.
Golf can be a very frustrating game, where an inconsistent shot can be followed by another inconsistent shot and this soon becomes a poor game which is best forgotten.
The Alexander Technique helps improve your game:
- By teaching you not to react to the situation, to remain calm and take each shot independently, it helps with focus and to remain present and in the moment often called “playing in the zone”
- By learning you to move in a balanced and more co-ordinated way, with greater freedom so you can hit the ball a greater distance
Through AT lessons you learn how to move and bend with less tension, so your body works more to its optimum.
Whilst on your golf game:
- as you address the ball notice your contact with ground, sense your socks in your shoes
- notice if you have any excess tension in your grip, think about your shoulders softening
- is there any tension in your jaw? Get rid of tension by releasing a breath in an “ah”.
- before you take your swing stop and pause; notice if you are tightening or anticipating the shot, release any tension again, then just take your swing without paying too much attention to how you swing, just allow the swing to happen
- Did you feel greater freedom of movement in your swing?
Finally, a great way to prepare yourself for your golf game is to lie down in semi-supine.