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Grow Your Brain With Golf

Friday, February 9th, 2007

In go-reviews.com we not only review the features of products, but also the impact they have on us. I recently took up golf, and was making great progress, until I forgot one gorgeous afternoon, whilst climbing over rocks looking for my partners golf ball, that sprigs don’t have a whole lot of grip.

After wedging my foot toes first into a ravine, I have not been able to walk without considerable pain for more than a few minutes. Now, three weeks later and only just making it around the supermarket, I started doubting the benefits such a sport will impart. We can forgive the back problems due to poor address posture, and the tennis and golf elbows for poor grip and swing mechanics. Its the mental effect that amuses me. Kind, soft natured people appear to turn montrous when their golf doesn’t go the way they hope. Now maybe I just haven’t played long enough, or maybe they have lost perspective. Either way, the inner game of golf seems to take over the physical side.

Golf is not difficult, but it is challenging, especially to the beginner. A flood of new information regarding the game rules and etiquette, scoring, the right grip, address, balance, posture, swing and  follow through is so complex that the brain needs to adapt to handle such vast amounts of connected information. Before it can do so, the player hits overload and explodes, emotionally. Albeit, a little behind demand, the brain does start adapting to this new load.

During the process of learning a golf swing the brain adds new neural network connections, and thus grows in size. Once the growth has occurred, the brain rewards itself by releasing pleasure molecules called endorphins. Endorphins are the feel good chemicals that give you that warm satisfied feeling when you have mastered something new. This built-in reward system, is the bodys message to us that it has caught up with our demands. All I can suggest is, accept the temporary chaos, just as you did when learning to drive a car. Be patient as you work through your drills, your driving range practice and you games.  

Remember that not only are you learning to master a new sport, you are doing something beneficial for your mental future. 

Smashed Up Masher