The Mental Game
Golfers on all levels of the game have always said that the game is 90% mental and 10% physical. Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers of all time, wasn't particularly known for his smooth ball striking mechanics. But Nicklaus' mental game was unsurpassable. He was a master at positive visualization and mindful focus on the present moment. Nicklaus' strongest talent was his ability to convert that mentally rehearsed perfect swing into a totally confident actual swing on the golf course. Opponents often quipped that on the mental level, Jack played a different game.
Golf Anxiety: A Paralyzing Force
Struggling with the mental aspect of golf is so prevalent that it has its own specific labels in the performance anxiety category of psychology. It's called "golf anxiety disorder" or"frustrated golfer syndrome". There are pages and pages of resources on the internet dedicated to overcoming the disorder. Golf anxiety is often "a paralyzing force in many player's games" according to this article at golf-mental-game-coach.com. Their motto at Whole Mind Golf is "Unlock your mind and lower your score."
Frustrated Golfer Syndrome
"Golf is an emotional roller coaster for many, if not most, of the people who play it," says Michael Bader in his article at Psychology Today. The game's unique demands for perfection can place equally unique stresses on those who play. Golf is the ultimate "close but no cigar" game. An 18-foot 11-inch putt, 19 feet from the hole, is still a loser in the mind of the golfer. Worse yet, that memory will tend to stick with him the next time he faces another 19-foot putt.
A slumping baseball player at least gets credit for the occasional base hit as he struggles out of a slump, and is still considered a successful hitter even if he fails to hit the ball 70% of the time. Not so for the golfer who falls short by just an inch or so. The perfectionism inherent in the game is one of the reasons Mark Twain is reputed to have said that "Golf is a good walk spoiled". But for golfers, mastering the difficulties of the game brings deep satisfaction, which is why so many dedicated duffers keep on coming back for more.
Anxiety Causes and CBD
Anxiety disorders, in general, share a common characteristic in that they cause the sufferer to focus on what could happen in the future as related to what has happened in the past. The mind, fully occupied with these "could've, should've, would've" scenarios, can only partially and weakly commit to the present moment which is where its full focus should be centered. The anxiety is a confidence killer, and for a golfer, confidence and focus on the present moment is crucial. That's where a CBD regimen can help.
CBD and Self Confidence
CBD research as a treatment for anxiety has focused largely on the more general category of SAD, or social anxiety disorder. Any anxiety disorder can be developed by conditions of brain chemistry, genetics, or in the case of the struggling golfer, life experience. A recent study in Brazil used MRI technology to monitor effects of CBD on brain chemistry in SAD sufferers. They noted a definite anti-anxiety effect in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain which control emotions. Study participants showed significantly enhanced confidence when performing in a public speaking test.
CBD and the Physical Golf Game
We mustn't forget about the remaining 10% of golf, or the physical side of the game, now that we've covered the mental 90% side. Ironically, many CBD users began their regimens for the outstanding anti-inflammatory physical benefits that CBD provides.
Many were athletes seeking non-toxic relief from joint and muscle pain, a use for which CBD has gained widespread acceptance. What they were happily surprised to find though, was that CBD also enhanced overall mood and gave a calm sense of self-confidence.
A golfer can't get any better than when he's swinging away confidently with the healthy body and confident state of mind that a CBD regimen can bring to enhance 100% his game.