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We naturally expect the words we read to be the words that are written on the paper or screen we are looking at. We expect the same when we try to read a green when we’re playing golf. However, we are much more likely to be deceived by the green than by the written word, however difficult either is to read.

So let’s have a look at an example. Quickly read the next sentence and see what you think it says.

Now raed tihs snectene aagin slwoly to see waht it auctlay syas hree in balck and wihte. I ssucept taht it may be vrey dfreneift.

If that one’s a bit too easy for you, have a go at this next one. It’s one of my favourite quotes from my golfing idol …
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Now you know I almost always write about the conscious and unconscious golf mind in my articles and rarely, if ever, say anything about the technical aspects of the golf swing or putting stroke in my blog.

Well today is different, as the man who can give such an effective putting tip that it helps Phil Mickelson to win the Tour Championship just has to be seen and heard. So here’s a brief video of Dave Stockton describing his approach to putting.

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Don’t worry, as I’ll be back on track with Golf Psychology and Golf Hypnosis in my next article.

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Well hello to anyone visiting my blog over the next two weeks while I’m on holiday taking a rest and maybe actually applying golf psychology to my own game rather than talking and writing about it. Having said that, I’ll still be checking my email regularly, so keep those questions coming.

If you need some golf mind help while I’m away then remember there’s lots of interesting material here on the website and in the golf articles section under the resources tab. You will also benefit from listening to my "Your Own Virtual Caddy" golf hypnosis programme that’s available free when you subscribe to my Golf Hypnotist Ezine.

Finally, if all else fails, just watch and listen to this soothing and relaxing video, full of positive suggestions for your golf, from one of my mental game colleagues in the US. And yes, I know that it flashes up their website address half-way through – I’m not afraid of competition, am I now!

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I’m always encouraging people to use their golf hypnosis to do more of their golf practice in the mind for better golf without practice. It’s often so much more effective than physical practice out on the range. Limiting the scope of your golf mind practice can cramp your golfing style. Though not as much as this golfer’s physical practice limitations.

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Now I know that we’ve all heard a lot about how Tiger Woods uses golf hypnosis to help him play some amazing golf, but surely there are limits! I suspect that there is some other force, like stage management, involved in this video clip showing Tiger walking and playing a golf shot on water.

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Apologies if you are among the 3 million people who’ve already viewed this on YouTube.

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Here’s an interesting golf swing change story to finish off the series of articles on the golf psychology of swing change. And this time, there’s no mention of golf psychology – not one word, please!

As I’m writing this as the US Open at Bethpage gets under way – or at least under water at the moment – I decided to avoid commenting on the swing changes being undertaken by any of the competitors and to focus on a superstar from another sport who’s golf swing change has been in the spotlight lately.

Now for my readers from the US, you’ve probably already guessed that I’m talking about Charles Barkley and you know all about how he’s been changing his golf swing under the watchful guidance of Hank Haney.

For my readers outside the US, Charles Barkley is a very famous retired professional basketball player. Rather than describe him and explain his need for a swing change, I suggest you have a look at the first video below – the "before" swing. You’re more likely to have heard of Hank Haney, currently golf swing coach to none other than Tiger Woods.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite something …
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Continuing the theme of Padraig Harrington’s swing change and unconscious golf, I was really amused by this video about Padraig trying out the Happy Gilmore approach of running up to the ball and hitting it. Now I don’t know how long Padraig took to learn to do it, but it looks form the video like he took to it like a duck to water.

What’s more important, in the context of his much reported and lengthy annual swing changes, is that it seems that Padraig’s unconscious golf mind simply knew instinctively how to do it. Sure it took a few tries to get the hang of actually doing it, but he seemed to be learning the technique by trial and error. Not unlike Milton Erickson learning to walk, as described in my earlier article entitled Milton Erickson Learned to Walk as Tiger Woods Learns to play Better Golf.

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I’m really looking forward to watching Padraig getting back into his natural and instinctive unconscious golf swing at Bethpage Black this weekend in the US Open. With the narrow fairways and thick rough, let’s hope Padraig’s forgotten all about playing like Happy Gilmore!

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There’s a lovely lady hypnotherapist called Ellie Blunt who has a really interesting blog called The Transparent Hypnotist. She posts 7 days a week on a broad range of topics – "All about hypnosis, NLP, positive thinking, suggestion work and the reality of it all."

Every week, Ellie posts a standard questionnaire based interview with a hypnotist somewhere in the world and last week, it was my turn to provide the answers for "…
10 Questions with Andrew Fogg." As her questions are quite direct, my answers go well beyond the information on the About the Golf Hypnotist page on my website and I felt it appropriate to share it with you here Click here to read the full post »

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I wrote back in March about how analysis paralysis can result from thinking too much consciously about your swing, as you are actually hitting the ball. Now if you regularly read my blog, you’ll know that I actively promote the idea using golf hypnosis build trust in your unconscious golf mind when actually hitting the ball.

So you can imagine my amusement when I came across this short video on YouTube with JC Anderson demonstrating just what I was talking about.

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Just a brief post today, it being April Fool’s Day. What’s that got to do with golf psychology, you might well ask.

With the Masters being in early April, it’s no surprise to find a couple of hoaxes relating to that tournament. I’ve found two, if you disregard the disqualification of Roberto De Vicenzo in the 1968 Masters. Not a hoax as such, but worthy of mention anyway …
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