Visualization is a highly important part of learning any new physical skill.
It allows us to practice a physical skill a few times, without putting our body on the line.
In fact, I would go as far as to say that my results almost double when using visualization techniques before, during and after any form of physical technique training.
Here, let us try something …
Can you think of a ripe lemon? Bright yellow and bumpy, filled with sour juice. Imagine if you will, placing the lemon on a blue cutting board and cutting it in half, now imagine picking a half up and biting into it, feeling the sour zesty juice squirt out onto your tongue.
Mouth watering? Well, of course it is.
One of the most interesting things about the mind/body link, is that at times the body does not recognize whether what you are thinking is happening or not. Therefore, it responds as if you are really biting a lemon.
The same applies when training in specific techniques or skills. Take the time to visualize yourself performing an action and really FEEL what it would be like, in slow motion, and in as much detail as your mind will let you.
Chances are, when you actually do the action, your results will have vastly improved, or you may be able to do something new that until this moment you hadn’t achieved yet.
With this in mind you must have an unwavering belief in yourself and your abilities to be able to progress from visualization into application.