In a major tournament, Jack Nicklaus was putting for the lead when a dog ran onto the green. Jack proceeded to sink the putt. Later, when asked if the dog distracted him, Jack responded, “What dog?”
Golfers call this being “in the zone,” and yogis would perhaps describe it as withdrawing from the senses or having a one-pointed concentration. Golf is an intensive mind-body sport, requiring strong mental discipline. Yoga teaches us how to remain focused in the present moment, which can greatly aid the internal and external challenges on the golf course.
The golf swing occurs in approximately two seconds, beginning from a static position, proceeding through the swing, with explosive power at impact. During the swing, the trunk and spine move in three planes of motion, supported by flexibility, balance, and strength. These three foundational components can all be cultivated through a dedicated yoga practice.