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I’d like to share some wonderful news about Jamie McLeary winning his European Tour Card for the first time after competing for 7 years on the Challenge Tour. What’s extra special for me about the news is that Jamie’s been a client of mine for less than 4 months and in that time he’s moved up from number 1,028 on the Official World Golf Ranking to number 318.

What’s especially pleasing for me is that Jamie is happy to attribute his change of form to his regular use of my Winning Golf hypnosis audio programme and the Your Own Virtual Caddy recording. That’s not to take away his obvious golfing ability and hard work. You can imagine my delight when back in September he texted me a brief message, “A little something for you Andrew”, with a link to an interview he gave to the Scotsman newspaper. You can read it under the headline, “Hypnotist gets McLeary thinking straight again” at The Scotsman website.

Jamie first contacted me back at the end of June when he was on an aggregate of 5 over par for the first ten events on the Challenge Tour. We only had a couple of days to talk before he was heading off for a planned 3 weeks of tournament play in Europe. What made it more challenging was the distance, with Jamie 400 miles away in Scotland. So we were only able to talk on the phone. However, we made what turned out to be good progress and Jamie headed off to Switzerland with my Winning Golf recordings on his iPhone and stared listening to them every day.

The three week plan kept extending after Jamie tied 4th in the Swiss Challenge and then had three more top ten finishes in the next six tournaments. He was now 78 under par for his first 7 events since we started working together. That’s when he did the interview for the article in The Scotsman.

Jamie’s success in tying 2nd in the Challenge Tour Grand Final in Dubai and winning his European Tour Card has been well documented on Sky Television, the European Tour website and in the press. However, the prize for the most outrageous article title has to go to The Herald newspaper in Scotland for, “Why a man called Fogg is due a huge thank-you from Jamie McLeary“!

I’ll leave you with a quote from Jamie’s interview with The Scotsman:

“I started working with a hypnotist, Andrew Fogg, the day after I missed qualifying for the Open by a shot after leading through one round [at North Berwick]. I felt my game was good but I had far too much negative self talk going on. I now listen to the files of him talking every night while I fall asleep and wake up every day feeling great. I started feeling confident almost instantly and even when I play average I shoot a couple under. Due to this I feel great about the end of the season. I’m starting to close in on the top 15 and finishing the season off well is a plus. I also managed to secure a sponsorship deal for the next five years with Asset Assured. They’re a financial investment organisation from Aberdeen. They’ve given me the peace of mind to just go out and play golf.”

If you’d like to share in Jamie McLeary’s success with Golf Hypnosis, have a look at Winning Golf and the other programmes at my Golf Hypnotist Store website.

I’ve been working for a couple of months with a very promising young golfer who’s been working this winter on taking a major step forward with his game. He’s making the transition from amateur golf to building a career as a tournament professional.

Now, he clearly has the golf game and has built up an enviable team of coaches including, in my opinion, the best and most innovative swing coach in the world today. He also has the benefit of working with one of the worlds best Mental Game coaches in the world: a four time world record holder and Olympic Gold medallist. No, that’s not me!

When we started working together …
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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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Have you made your New Years resolutions for your golf improvement – using golf psychology, perhaps? Well, even if you haven’t, I’m sure that many of you are excited about starting fresh, turning your life around and in some cases doing something about playing better golf. That’s fantastic! I know that 2010 is going to be an exciting year. I’m excited already, after completing my new book, The Secrets of Hypnotic Golf, over the holiday period. I’ve been talking about it for long enough and now its written, formatted and with the publisher, ready for launch late January or early February – Woo-hoo!

Coming back to those New Year’s resolutions, have you made your ones yet? No, don’t tell me what they are, that’s supposed to be unlucky. It’s enough that you’re clear about what you would like to change in your life and your golf in 2010? You know what you’d like to accomplish and where you want your life to go. That’s enough, isn’t it?

Well, I’ve got some bad news and some good news for you. Which would you like first? Okay, let’s start with the bad news. The bad news is that New Year’s resolutions generally don’t work …
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I’ve been thinking about the application of golf psychology to the issue of the swing thought. In other words, what do you and should you be thinking about when you actually swing the club. It seems that every time I watch someone play they seem to be taking an inordinate amount of time fidgeting with their grip, their stance or their play. The more time they take to get round to swinging the club, the more likely they are to hit a bad shot. One golfer I met recently admitted to almost running between shots so that he has adequate time available to fidget over the ball.

The average golfer is often preoccupied with his current set of – sometimes conflicting – technical swing thoughts, from coaches, books, websites and golf magazines and TV programmes. And even if he isn’t, someone may have given him a set of the tee pegs I saw recently that had different swing thoughts printed on each one!

Now to be absolutely clear, I do believe that you should take adequate time to consciously plan your shots before stepping up to the ball and taking your stance. And this should include time to fully visualise and rehearse the shot or putt that you are about to make. I’ve written before about Jack Nicklaus describing how he’s never hit a shot without first seeing himself playing it …
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Have you noticed how good some of the leading professionals are at grinding out a good score, even if they are swinging the club below their best or downright badly. It’s interesting to note that the real greats like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus always seem to be able to do this, however they’re playing, and whatever the "rub of the green throws" at them when they get to the last nine holes of a championship.

If I look back to my early years in golf, before I had any thoughts about golf hypnosis or golf psychology in general, I was lucky to have a fair amount of natural ability. At the same time, I was rather too inconsistent for my liking. It seemed that if I started out a round playing really well, but not scoring that brilliantly, then my golf would gradually go from good to bad to worse and I’d have a frustratingly high score. On the other hand, if I started off playing relatively badly, but scoring ok, then my golf would often improve as the round went on and I’d have a bewilderingly good score. What was really odd was that my score after 6 to 9 holes in these two types of round was often similar …
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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 »

I’m just re-reading Timothy Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Golf again after almost 25 years! It’s fascinating and given my training in Hypnosis and NLP, I now see why it didn’t work for me when I first worked with it. That insight may also help to explain that despite the plethora of tennis coaches teaching Inner Game techniques, there seem to be very few PGA Professionals claiming to teach. I know that’s asking for a big bag of emails from the ones who do – I’d like to know who they are.

Now, when I first started playing golf, like most beginners, I focussed all my attention on developing my golf swing. I was lucky to start out with a good swing teacher in Colin Christison, who hailed from …
Blairgowrie and learned his golf on the picturesque Rosemount Course. He instilled many of the basics and taught me to play well enough to get down to 4 handicap in my first year and to play off 2 handicap for the next decade or so. Colin also took me with him to caddy or just watch from inside the ropes when he went to play tournaments. I remember watching him play in the Agfa Tournament at Stoke Poges with the legendary Dave Thomas, one of the UK’s foremost golfers in the 1950’s and 1960’s winning many European tournaments and later designing the Brabazon, Derby and PGA National courses at The Belfry and many others . Dave tied for the 1958 British Open at Royal Lytham St Anne’s, losing to the legendary Peter Thomson in the playoff. He also finished second to Jack Nicklaus at Muirfield in 1966 and played in four Ryder Cups. The other member of their threeball was Ian Connelly who later taught Nick Faldo when he started out in golf at Welwyn Garden City. Some experience for an 18 year old playing off 4 handicap Click here to read the full post »

Two stories have got me thinking about the power of positive framing for better golf performance and the increased enjoyment of this wonderful game. In NLP terms this is called Reframing.

I was talking to an old golfing friend of mine about his round of golf. I’d like to stress that he’s not a client and just isn’t interested in talking to me about golf psychology – he’s still a good friend, though. Anyway, he was moaning about the condition of the course that day and how on every shot he just seemed to have a worse lie than he expected. If he was on the edge of the fairway, the ball was nestling against the edge of the rough. If he was in the bunker, it hadn’t been raked properly. If he was on the green, there was always a pitch mark just in front of his ball. He just went on and on about his bad luck and how bad he felt about it. And he wished he hadn’t played at all that day. I wasn’t surprised to hear that he’d had a bad round and hadn’t enjoyed himself and the company of his golfing friends

Earlier that day, I’d heard a story about Justin Rose that put my friend’s experience into sharp contrast. Now I don’t know if you are aware that one of the US golf networks is experimenting with equipping caddies in PGA tournaments with microphones. The idea is that we can better hear the exchanges between caddie and player. This certainly sounds interesting …
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