I have noticed Jason visualizing his shots since the day he became a credible PGA star. He stands behind his ball, staring at his intended target. Before approaching his shot, however, he closes his eyes and pauses for a few seconds. He is visualizing the shot he wants to hit, and he doesn’t approach his ball until he sees a positive result. This is a great lesson for each of us to learn. One reason I appreciate the visualization in Day’s pre-shot routine is because it helps him to focus on the positive, rather than the negative. Golf course architects are trained to create illusions in our minds. Bunkers, water hazards and undulating greens are designed into a golf course to mess with our minds. You’ve probably heard the saying that “if you are worried about hitting your ball into a hazard, then you will likely hit the ball into the hazard.” This is true. However, the practice of visualization is a great way to convince your mind to focus on a positive, rather than a negative outcome. There are many pre-shot routines that can be just as productive as the visualization that Day practices. Choose a routine that works for you. If that routine happens to be visualization, spend some time studying Day. He has perfected this routine, and it’s a great opportunity to learn from the best.
“One reason I appreciate the visualization in (Jason) Day’s pre-shot routine is because it helps him to focus on the positive, rather than the negative.”