Mar
26

Hypnosis not Analysis Paralysis to Improve Golf Success

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You do not improve your swing and achieve golf success through analysis paralysis. People who teach complex swing thoughts just clutter the conscious mind and block out the unconscious mental processes that just know how to swing the club to the best of a player’s ability.

Now don’t get me wrong about the general standard of teaching from PGA golf professionals, it’s truly magnificent and in nearly always cases their swing coaching advice is well thought out, simple, elegant and tailored to the golfer in front of them.

So what am I griping about, you may ask? Well, unfortunately the coaching advice available from many websites, magazines and books is over complicated and, of necessity over-generalised. Face-to-face with a golfer, a good pro will identify perhaps one or two key things for the golfer to work on at any one time. The author of a book or article, on the other hand, has little or no information about the individual golfing reader and therefore has to generalise. Now, that might be ok if the author has only one or two key points to get across. More than one or two points in any article or chapter and it’ll lead to analysis paralysis and the opposite of golf improvement.

No Analysis Paralysis with Golf Hypnosis

With Golf Hypnosis, the effect is totally different. Hypnosis concentrates on communicating with your unconscious mind and the changes you implement unconsciously become part of your automatic responses. You don’t have to analyse them to use them. In fact, you don’t even need to remember them consciously.

Analysis Paralysis on a Golf Improvement Website

To show you what I mean, here’s a list of swing thoughts from a single article on a golf improvement website. No, I’m not going to let you know the website address, but if this doesn’t lead to analysis paralysis, I don’t know what will!

  • The first headline talks about reducing the moment of inertia of your swing to get more distance for less input
  • Delay the Hand Release
  • Increase the swing torque
  • Reduce the moment of Inertia – a function of the size of the mass and the radius of the mass and it applies because the swing is a rotating entity.
  • The swing radius is determined by the angle of your hand cock to keep the a small swing radius
  • Keeping your hands cocked longer in the downswing allows you to accelerate your trunk turn at specific moments
  • The longer you keep your hands cocked in the downswing
  • You’ll need to reset your tempo and timing
  • Eliminate muscle tension
  • The final suggestion talks about swinging naturally and keeping your hands quiet!

Just imagine what it would be like to have this kind of instruction when learning to drive a car!

So what does St Andrews University say about Analysis Paralysis?

Well a putting study run by St Andrews University and the University of Michigan concluded that too much analysis made the golfer’s game worse. Psychology Professor Michael Anderson said, "This effect was especially dramatic in skilled golfers who were reduced to the level of performance of novices after just five minutes of describing what they did.”

You can read more about the study and watch a brief video on the BBC Scotland website.

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