Other day when we went for 18 hole course; a thought struck my mind!! How similar is Running to Golf!! Both games; one is competing against self!! Both need mental toughness, calmness, continuous motivation, continuous focus even if one shot goes bad – how does one recover, or in running initial pain / cramps in calf or thigh or stomach or uneasiness- how does one overcome?? I felt both need similar application of mind and body, grit and determination.
For a beginner whether Golf or Running, probably similar psyche is needed. One needs to be determined for it, stop getting frustrated as some people say ‘Stop defeating yourself before you begin!!’
One needs to be enough charged, to take it on as a challenge and Have Belief that we all do have Physical Capabilities and Skills to Run or play Golf..
What does one do while taking position for a drive in Golf– he or she checks herself up as regards feet position, holding of club, position of club, how much to lean forward keeping once back straight, with eye on ball, not only eye but focus on the ball placed on the tee, remove all other thoughts from the mind, then visualize ones drive. Then take a step back and revisit the driving place – do everything again and go for the shot!!
When it comes to running, can we set ourselves a drill; when I am a beginner.. Once I have decided to start running.. Check your kit from the vest to shorts and shoes you are going to wear, keep them ready earlier night, morning when you get, keep the determination going and keep visualizing the distance you are going to cover. How am I going to warm up – through stretching or walking and stretching or jogging and stretching.. Then go for warm up, do stretches and take a first step to running; may be a short distance to begin with 2 kms and thereafter stretching yourself to 4 to 5 to 10 and keep increasing!!
All through the run, one need to keep focus on the feet placement one after the other, hands position and movement, rhythm in the breathing and continuously keep your thoughts in place, keep grit and determination, especially when he or she is a beginner. Once you are a regular runner, it is only a matter of warm up and then everything becomes mechanical – nothing is physical!!
Happy Running and Golfing!!