The Two Types of Concentration in Golf

By Dr. Richard Coop

Analytical Concentration

One of the hardest things about playing golf well is that you must learn to concentrate. Not only do you have to learn how to concentrate but you need to concentrate in two entirely different ways. The first way you have to concentrate is a very analytical, very precise almost left brain kind of information process. You need to choose the right club, you need to aim the right way, you need to align your body in an appropriate manner to the ball and you need to have a correct grip. All of these things are very precise, they are done by the numbers and they are done very carefully.

Holistic Concentration

Once you start the club in motion you must process information in a more holistic and integrated fashion. You must allow the stimuli to come together and they must flow. It is almost like being a surgeon on one hand and a hippie on the other. Very few of us are made up in such a way that we do both of these well. What we must do is learn where our strengths are and our weaknesses are. Then we must practice our weaknesses in order to make ourselves better concentrators in order to concentrate both ways on each golf shot.


Category: Psychology
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About the Instructor

Dr. Richard Coop
Dr. Richard Coop
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
CB 3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500
Dr. Richard Coop is a mental instructor to countless PGA Tour professionals, including Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Mark O'Meara, and Nick Faldo. He is also the author of The New Golf Mind and Mind Over Golf.