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Golf Psychology – Improve your game from your inbox – Visualisation

Golf Psychology – Improve your game from your inbox – Visualisation

The 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard was highlighted by a 15.5 meter eagle putt on the 16th hole by Marc Leishman. To sink a putt like that you have to read the line and visualise the speed and roll of the green. Visuaisation in golf is a technique that is crucial to your success. Visualisation has been proven to:

* stimulate the muscles necessary to perform an action

* program the mind and muscles prior to playing to increase confidence

* control pre-round nerves and relax the body and mind

* re-frame from negative to positive outcomes

* Help with swing changes

* Help recovery from injury

* Improve concentration


Visualisation is not only important on the greens but also for every swing you make during your round.

Tip of the week – Visualisation suggests that to start using visualisation as a technique you have to attempt to visualise your shot in a similar way to what you often see on TV when they use the shot tracer. In other words you need to visualise your back swing and the tension created in your body. Then visualise the trigger moment when you start to unwind. Visualise the sequence when you hit the ball. Then proceed to visualise the flight path of the ball toward the hole. Picture where the ball will land and bounce and how far it needs to roll.

Don’t worry if your execution is not perfect. Richard Suinn, a sport psychologist, did a study where downhill skiers were strapped to a machine that measured muscle activity. When asked to imagine skiing downhill the same muscles were activated that would have been activated while actually skiing downhill. The take-away point here is that even if your execution is not perfect, by visualising the shot beforehand you actually “train” those muscles to work the way they should when you actually take the swing. Therefore, this week’s tip really allows you to improve your game from your inbox as you can visualise a golf shot right there where you are sitting and reading this article.

In the words of Jack Nicklaus [At a par-5 hole] I don’t say, ‘I’m going to drive it as far as I can and then get home in two.’ I think about the kind of drive I want to hit and try to get my mind to make my body hit that kind of shot. This thing of trying to make the same kind of pass at the ball on every swing is a bunch of baloney. I don’t think it can be done.

Quote of the week

I feel that hitting specific shots — playing the ball to a certain place in a certain way — is 50 percent mental picture, 40 percent setup, and 10 percent swing. – Jack Nicklaus with Ken Bowden. Golf My Way. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974

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Coen Welsh, a qualified industrial psychologist, is an expert on the Antecedents and underlying Psychological Conditions predicting Employee Engagement.He has worked in diverse teams in the UK, Egypt and Namibia. Coen regularly gets invited to speak at HR and other conferences. He is a regular contributor to NBC National Radio as well as Tupopyeni and Off-the-Hook on NBC Television. He is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia. You can visit him at

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.