Archive for August, 2011

In this fifth and final blog post in this series on practicing for golf, I’m addressing the subject of Best Practice Rounds for Better Golf.

Practice Rounds
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Now, it’s not that uncommon for enthusiastic golfers to play a practice round before playing an unfamiliar course. Maybe it’s to help them play their best in a friendly game or to score their best in an upcoming competition.

Either way, you generally have so much more time for mental and general practice than you do for actual practice on the courses you are going to compete on. That means that you really have to make the most of those practice rounds and gather as much information as you can to help you with your mental and general physical practice. …
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In this fourth blog post in the series on practice, I’ll be talking about Best Mental Practice for Better Golf, a favourite subject of mine – for obvious reasons.

Mental Practice

Research shows that the act of “Imagining” yourself doing something fires up the identical parts of the brain that would be activated if you were actually doing it. So if you’re imagining yourself playing golf, the neurons you’re using in your brain are the very same ones that you’re using when you’re physically playing the game. Indeed, some of the actual muscles involved in playing a real shot are activated and make the same movements at a barely noticeable level. You really do “physically” practice your swing when you imagine hitting the ball and you have no reason to hit a bad shot when you’re practicing and playing in your imagination. …
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This is my third blog post in this series and today I’m addressing the subject of Best General Practice for Better Golf.

Dreamy Golf Hypnosis

I feel that it’s best to think of and use your general practice time as an opportunity to rehearse every aspect of your physical and mental game in a controlled environment. On the golf course, success is only really measured by what’s written on your score card, not by the quality of your shot making and your mental game. On the practice tee and green, we have the opportunity to measure every shot objectively and precisely, using feedback from cameras, coaches, shot monitors, alignment tools, etc. …
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In this second blog post on Best Practice for Better Golf, I’m addressing Warming Up for Winning Golf.

Winning Golf Hypnosis

Now, I don’t think I have to tell you or any experienced golfer about the benefits of gradually warming up your body before every round of golf. However, I do think you need to do something to “warm up” your golfing mind at the same time. Exploring what types of shot are working well for you today, will also help your scoring. Remember, this is a time to learn about making the most of the game you’ve brought to the course, not a time to fix faults or make swing changes. …
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Better Golf with Less Practice

How do you make the most of extra time to practice your golf? What’s the best way to practice for better golf? Those are questions a lot of my clients have been asking me in recent weeks. For some it’s the long summer evenings, for others it’s holiday time and, for a lucky few, it’s about devoting themselves to playing golf full time.

Whatever your reason, one of the first things to consider is what form of practice will help you the most. Remember that practice doesn’t just have to be confined to beating balls on the range. What about …
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Can you now guess what the second most common question about the Golf Hypnosis experience is? Well, it’s about the difference between sleep and trance and it tends to get expressed as, “how do I keep listening to the hypnosis session when I keep falling asleep?”

Dreamy Golf Hypnosis
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Well let me start by saying that falling asleep while listening to Your Own Virtual Caddy and my other golf hypnosis recordings is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, it’s what I want client’s to do when listening to these hypnosis sessions. Any sense of “falling asleep” while listening to the recording is a positive sign that I have succeeded in bypassing your conscious attention. Most of my clients experience something similar and some even prefer listening to a session before falling asleep at night. They may “wake up” briefly when they hear me count up from 1 to 5 at the end and then fall into an even better sleep.

My whole objective with the recording is to bypass the analytical and sometimes questioning conscious mind so that I can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. I also want the unconscious mind to have the freedom to integrate new ideas and suggestions without conscious distraction and interference. That can often lead to a strong sense of deep relaxation and detachment – a feeling like falling asleep.

This means that it’s not that important to consciously take in or remember my words in the recording. In fact, its better not to and I find that people who “try” to remember the words I say in a hypnosis session often take longer to achieve the results they are looking for.

So when you’re listening to one of my Golf Hypnosis recordings, simply focus on the background music and let my words just wash over you without any conscious though about what those words are actually saying.

Can you guess what the number one question about the Golf Hypnosis experience is? Well, if you’re asking the hundreds of people who’ve downloaded my free “Your Own Virtual Caddy” golf hypnosis audio programme, then the answer can be summarised as, “how do I know I’m in hypnosis?”

Well, people experience trance very differently and for some people it’s simply a light feeling of detachment; whereas for others it’s more akin to a deep sleep. Either way, the experience of trance is generally both relaxing and an opportunity to allow the unconscious mind to learn and find new more flexible ways of doing things.

Visualisation Skills for Golf

My own experience of hypnosis was initially disappointing as I had always expected I’d experience an almost unconscious state – whatever I meant by that. In fact, I felt a wonderful sense of relaxed detachment. Having said that, I was still vaguely aware of what was going on around me. However, I was strangely unconcerned about it and not really consciously following the words of the hypnotist. …
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