Just about any channel for flow can be used before golf round or competition (vagal, sensomotoric, thermoreceptive, auditory, visual etc.), but on the golf course we are more limited and using more of breathwork between shots, cognitive alignment or flow recall triggers.
In golf the purpose of flow alignment is to ignore the score, move away from over-thinking shots, disengage pre-frontal cortex and get into the subconscious embodied processing as much as possible. The purpose of pre-shot routine is to automate the process and help you achieve the best rhythm.
The best time to take advantage of proper evaluation is right after a round. Go from the 18th green to the practice tee and your experience will be fresh in your mind. Reinforce the good and work on the few shots you wish you could have played better. This is where you can turn a negative into a positive.
The use of a post shot routine is an important element that not many instructors teach. We know about a pre-shot routine; however a lot can be learned from a post shot routine. A post-shot routine is done after a shot is gone. You evaluate what happened with the shot and learn from it. A post-shot routine can keep you mentally and emotionally focused even when the shot is poor.
Let’s see options of applied flow trigger, where we apply individual triggers to the situation of practice. First we need to look into how the structure of golf practice looks like. It is obvious golf shots of different lengths need to be practiced on a driving range.
While playing golf on a course, we hit the shot, then walk to the next spot and hit it again. This is repeated throughout the game for 18 holes, meaning there are 18 pauses to approach tee shot and +-72 pauses between shots and puts in total of about 90 transitions.