Echo Visualization (Echoing)
If you are like us in Western Wisconsin, getting on the course this spring has been next to impossible. Mother Nature has been cruel, and this weekend’s snow storm hasn’t helped. If you can’t hit the course, there are still many other ways to improve your game. Golf domes are one option, but mental training can be just as beneficial, so I thought I would share a visualization strategy to give you an edge...particularly how to watch golf and get better.
An "echo" can be defined as a close parallel of a style or event. Echo Visualization means you purposefully view a player watching his or her strategies and techniques. But it goes a step further...you also visualize yourself in that person’s shoes...like you are watching yourself instead of just that player. When that player swings, it is YOU swinging.
The Power of Echo Visualization
When Tiger Woods was an infant, he spent hours watching his dad hit golf balls into a net in their garage. Tiger would sit in a high chair soaking in each strike of the ball. In essence, Tiger was purposefully visualizing. By the time Tiger was nine months old, he was able to hit his own ball into the net. By watching his dad, it was a form of Echo Visualization.
Vonn Miller, linebacker for the Denver Broncos, was once confronted by a reporter: “You play so much like Derek Thomas of the Chiefs. It is amazing!” Miller then explained how honored he was because Thomas was his favorite player. Miller revealed that he spent time every day in college watching film clips of Thomas. Miller’s hours and hours of analyzing his favorite player had allowed many skills and techniques to transfer to his own game. Another success story of Echo Visualization.
How to Echo
Echoing can work for you on the golf course, and here are some steps to success:
Echo Visualization will not only help you through times when you can’t get on the course, but you will improve your game and learn along the way.
Director of Performance Psychology, Western WI Golf