That “Crazy Shot He Saw in His Head”

April 8, 2012.  The Masters Golf Tournament, Augusta, Georgia. The fourth and final round ends in a tie between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen. The first tie breaker, a sudden death play off at the eighteenth hole, also results in a tie. Now the two walk to the 10th hole to begin playing another tie breaker. Bubba Watson hits his ball into the woods. Some media commentators are saying,  “This is it. It’s over for Bubba.” But Bubba hits that ball from the woods in an amazing shot that lands ten feet from the hole. He goes on to make the putt and win the Masters.

Later he tells reporters, “I got in those trees and hit a crazy shot that I SAW IN MY HEAD …”.(capital letters mine).

For years I’ve heard that successful athletes play this way. They see the shot, the basket, the perfect pole vault in their mind before they take any action. Some people call this “Visualization” and it is a powerful tool. What that really means is intense focus. Intensely focusing on and picturing in your mind what you want to happen.  Bubba’s extraordinary shot was the result of intense focus and visualization for only a moment or two, but without a doubt he had practiced the technique for perhaps years.

I  have been told by people who have had outstanding results using this technique that it works especially well for longer term goals.  When you focus intensely on a desired goal for days or weeks, the mind begins generating ways of achieving the goal that you had never thought of before.

Ironically, the same technique can wreak havoc in your life.  Focusing on what you fear , for example, can produce a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Have you ever experienced one of those “crazy shots you see in your head”, either for a long term goal or a momentary but unforgettable incident?  I would love to hear from readers about your experience with this phenomenon.

  1. Diane says:

    I’ve read that athletes do this, but having no athletic tendencies at all, I’ve never experienced it. I do believe life is whatever you think it is and that if you focus on negativity,you get negativity.

    Glad to see you back blogging!

  2. kayhamner says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Diane. By the way, this techhnique is suppose to be useful for achieving any goal in life, from the acquisition of something desired to any type of performance. But staying focused on positive outcomes in life rather than getting distracted by all the negative is, for me anyway, something that requires real effort and determination.

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