D.I.G.S. (Dynamic Integrated Golf Simulation)
What Is Dynamic Integrated Golf Simulation? “Repetitive golf related actions, under simulated playing conditions including realistic mental challenges and tension”.
Commonly known as “Practice”! However, we will explain in this article how very much different D.I.G.S. is from the normal “Golf Practice Routine”.
I have caught myself on many occasions
(while just leaving the Driving Range) saying to my playing partners
“yep, I just wasted all my good shots so we can Tee-Off
Why is it we can hit a multitude of good
golf shots during practice on
the Putting Green, Golf Short Game & Bunker practice area, and
golf driving ranges, but yet when we get out on the Golf
Course – - we sometimes just can’t buy a good hit?
There are several reasons for this
- We normally
have very little stress or anxiety while practicing, and we hit
multiple shots the same way with the same club. We are bound
to get a number of good shots in a relatively short period of time,
- We can relax
and focus on each shot without anybody watching us, and with
virtually no mental pressure. We know the shot doesn’t count!
No one golf shot will
affect our golf scores,
nor winning or losing the tournament or even the side bet with our
playing partners. We just wish we could take that “A” game
to the playing course!
- There is
considerable apprehension on the course, particularly on the 1st
Tee Box, because we
haven’t just hit 4 or 5 shots a minute ago like the one we are now
facing. This time we only have one chance to get it
right, with everybody watching! Stressful!
- So what do we do? We get all tensed
up and our golf swing becomes way too fast in order to smack
that ball and relieve our tension! Boom! We hit it fat, top
it, or shank it. Frustration City! Now we get all messed up
and lose our confidence about hitting the next shot. Here
comes another lousy 18-Hole score.
What's The Solution?
- We need to
bring stress, apprehension and tension to our golf
practice drills to simulate playing conditions. Make
practicing even more difficult and challenging than playing the
actual course! This is Golf
- Bring relaxation, focus, and
confidence to the playing course. Again, this is Golf
That sounds simple enough, right?
So how do we bring stress, apprehension and tension to
the practice arena, similar to what we have been experiencing on the
Following are some ideas
- Devise a series
of Golf Drills &
Competitive Golf Practice Games
which include stress, apprehension and tension. Score and
record the results! You can then set goals to compete against
yourself and your previous practice scores. Stretch yourself! Got
- Perform these
drills and practice games with your playing partners and
attach some sort of wager to the scores, such as; loser buys
breakfast, 50 cents per Hole, etc. This makes practice fun!
- This sounds
easy, but you will find that with your partners watching and with
rewards and/or penalties to follow, there will be stress,
apprehension and tension involved!
- You will find
that after several of these competitive sessions, you will begin
conditioning yourself to actual playing conditions.
- Another benefit is that by keeping
records of your golf scores, and graphing the results; you will see
trends of improving
your game and increasing your confidence!
will look much better!
If you don’t want to go to all the trouble of devising these golf drills and competitive golf practice games, relax, I am already working on this for you! See the sample diagram below. The complete explanation for utilizing this Putting Practice Game for improving your scoring ability is included in a new article called: Putting Practice
So now how do we Bring relaxation, focus, and confidence to the playing course, similar to what we have been experiencing in the practice arena?
Here are some ways this can be accomplished:
- By pre-conditioning yourself to stress, apprehension and tension during practice sessions, actual play on the course will seem far less intimidating. Now you are experiencing Golf Simulation!
- You will have a sense of increased confidence, be able to focus better on each shot, and be far more relaxed
- At this point it would also be advisable to gain some knowledge from a Professional concerning confidence, relaxation and focus
I would like to recommend someone I feel really has his act together in these areas.
His name is Adam Sprackling. His website is singlemindedgolf.com
Adam is a “Mental Golf Coach” and a single digit
He has degrees in Business and Psychology. He is a Master
Practitioner and Trainer of Programming, Time Line therapy and Master
He has books and audio programs on the mental aspects of golf. Do
yourself a favor and check out his website. (I think Adam may talk
about Golf Simulation in other ways)
Hope this article helps you to become a better, happier golfer!
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