Self-Hypnosis to Improve your Golf

If you’ve already explored this website, you’ll be familiar with my use of Hypnosis for Golf Improvement. I use hypnosis and NLP techniques in my personal Golf Psychology work as well as in my Hypnosis audio products and my techniques I teach you in my “Secrets of Hypnotic Golf” book that’s available in PDF format here at the Golf Hypnotist Store and from Amazon.

Now, some of my clients like to take all this a step further and learn how to use Self-Hypnosis to extend the work they do with me to enhance their golf game, their enjoyment and their lives in general. If you’d like to learn Self-Hypnosis for yourself, then I recommend having a look at what Adam Eason, the man who taught me hypnosis, has to offer. You can read about his Comprehensive Self-Hypnosis Masterclass at “The Science of Self Hynosis”..

NLP Anchoring for Better Golf

An example of this from my own experience came after the first NLP course I went on. During the course, we were taught how to use an NLP anchoring technique to create a positive and resourceful state whenever we needed it. We learned how to anchor a whole range of good feelings to a simple squeeze of thumb and forefinger. We were reminded to do this whenever we felt any of a range of really good feelings like happiness, amusement, confidence, resourcefulness. We were advised to recall a whole series of memories of good times and when we started to feel good we’d anchor each one individually. If we struggled to find a positive memory, we were encouraged to vividly imagine a future one.

Now, it won’t surprise you to hear that many of my resourceful “memories” were from my golfing life – the time I won the Club Championships at Brookmans Park Golf Club,  my round playing golf with Tony Jacklin when he was Open Champion, some of my best shots and rounds at Beaconsfield Golf Club, my hole in one in the Golf Illustrated Junior Vase and other truly wonderful experiences from my life in golf.

So what happened the next time I played golf?

Well, the next weekend after the NLP course finished I got the opportunity to put it to use on the golf course in a medal round at The Lambourne Club. I started to use the finger-thumb anchor as I was preparing to play each shot. For the first sixteen holes, I remembered squeezing my thumb and finger before setting up to play every shot and putt. And despite making a few poor swings and putts, it seemed to be working. My bad shots still seemed to end up on the fairway or on the edge of the green and my putting was unusually consistent.

After those 16 holes I was on level par and enjoying myself and I wasn’t really bothered by dropping a shot on the short 17th. My 8-iron shot had landed on the front edge of the green and spun back into the bunker. I got out to about 10 feet and missed the tricky downhill putt. I still had the resources I needed and I was still in control. I also hit a good drive down the long par four 18th and was faced with a 4-iron to the elevated green.

I was so excited at this point that all I could think about was that if I could get this close to the flag and hole the putt, I could get back to level par – better than I had ever scored at Lambourne. Of course, I forgot the finger-thumb anchor, rushed the shot and duffed it about 30 yards short of the green with the pin just over a cavernous bunker.

You can probably guess what happened next. I got really angry with myself and duffed my third shot into the bunker before thinning my fourth shot out of the bunker and over the back of the green. I was fuming and depressed, but as I walked round to my ball behind the green, I remembered the finger-thumb drill. I immediately relaxed and played an exquisite lob over the bank and lipped out to 6 inches. It could have been a lot worse and, despite the double bogey, I still played under my handicap and had my best ever round at Lambourne.

So how does Self-Hypnosis improve my Golf?

Using Self-Hypnosis, I could have devised my own “programme for playing golf” and included unconsciously remembering to access the anchored resources whenever I was about to putt or play a shot. That programme would then become part of my unconscious processes, just like when I’m driving my car. Have you ever had that experience of driving on a long journey and suddenly thinking “how did I get here.” The first time it happened to me, I thought, my goodness I could have had an accident day-dreaming like that while driving. In fact, I drove perfectly well and safely – unconsciously. My unconscious mind remembered to do all the things I needed to do to drive safely and to follow the route that I wanted to go. The same happens with golf.