How You Feel
Today, let’s get down and dirty about the word “feel” and how I apply it to golf the “Without Practice” way so you can shave some strokes effortlessly this weekend. You know deep down if not at the top of your head, that when you feel good, you will perform or act your best in anything right? Most of us struggle with our feelings because we just let them occur based on whatever is happening in our lives at the time.
For instance, if you just get news that you got a raise at work, you are going to have a great feeling for some time after correct? This is a great time to get out on the course as your bio-computer (brain) is now in the optimum condition for performance. Nobody denies this and yet we go out on the course and choose to say and do things that destroy our optimum performance potential.
I am becoming more and more convinced the longer I play this game that how we “feel” during our round determines the variation from our average score more than anything else. What I mean by feel is our STATE. Remember that word STATE from CD3? STATE is physiology plus internal representation. It’s short for “state of being.” So what if we can do things to affect our state just the same as receiving the news that we got a raise at work? We can!
Recently, I shot my best round of the year at 1 under par. As I teach people to really dig into how they “felt” when they played a great round, I took notes and after the round really went over the things I was thinking, how my body was responding, what did I eat, what were my eyes seeing, etc. You need this information to help build your optimal state. Once built, you can rebuild it in the future since you now have the blueprint or instructions. WE need to pay far more attention to when we play well than when we don’t!
Many golfers completely dissect their rounds afterward replaying their bad shots over and over in their minds trying to figure out what went wrong. This only serves to implant suggestions in our unconscious mind that that is how we play. Not good for future rounds. Remember: “as a man think, so shall he become” and other quotes like that? It all stems from the concept of the duality of our mind; the subconscious and the conscious functions. Once we get this, we can do a lot toward the mental side of our game to reach our potential.
I used to take advice from the magazines that say you have to keep track of your Greens in regulation, how many putts you had, how many sand saves etc. and then “identify” my weaknesses. Again, not good since putting the focus on the negatives only gives them power and the repetition of thinking about them starts to solidify in your unconscious. Remember that your unconscious doesn’t know the difference between a positive or negative thought, it just accepts that which it is most convinced of by repetitive thought or action. And besides, I don’t need a scorecard to remind me of my weaknesses on a given round. I know what they are after every round and I can usually pin it down to something I did or didn’t do prior to hitting the ball in my pre-shot routine. (I discuss the crucial elements on CD 1)
What you need to start doing right now, next round, is really zero in on the things that go well. Make little celebrations in your mind (be humble with your partners) when you hit a great shot. Turn on the positive emotions and show a big smile when you sink that long putt! Take mental, if not paper and pen, notes on anything worth remembering when you do anything that puts you into that “feel good” state.
Create an anchor that you do every time you hit a shot exactly the way you planned it just like the ringing buzzer that Pavlov’s dogs were trained to salivate to.
When you have bad shots, immediately analyze it afterward, see what you can learn from it and then FORGET IT! It will do you no good whatsoever to hold onto it. You know that your swing is different from day to day as all the pros also complain about. So what benefit can be gained from going over bad shots that could be gone the next day without even trying? Save the analyzing for the range if you do have time to practice. If not, then just keep pounding your subconscious with images of you accomplishing the little things you had trouble with until your next round. That is the “Without Practice” way.
Greens and fairways!
Do you still really think that the only way to get better at this game is to take lessons and then practice until your hands bleed? Does that work? Sometimes for some people. At the beginner level, yes, you need to get the basics down and develop a decent swing. But what of all those millions of golfers around the world that have a decent swing…that have taken lessons…that have had plenty of great shots before.
Why can’t you put together 18 holes of good golf if you can put together 3 or 4?….You can!
Now, go with me here a minute…you’ve produced a great shot before with a given club right?
So you know that the problem is not with your body unless the body has significantly changed since you had that shot right?
I HAVE LISTENED TO YOUR CDS NUMEROUS TIMES ON MY WAY TO WORKING OUT. THEY HELP TO REINFORCE MY BELIEF IN THE POWER OF THE CONSCIENCE AND ESPECIALLY THE SUB-CONSCIENCE. .
I HAVE ELIMINATED A LOT OF USELESS THINKING IN MY PLAYING!! I WILL BREAK 80! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
|Steve Little, Bloomington IL|
So if that’s not the problem, what is? I don’t think I have to tell you. I think your clubs know the answer since they don’t change from shot to shot. As I write this and you read this, I am reminded of a friend who recounted to me about a story that Jack Nicklaus dad used to tell about young Jack. It seems that Jack never did think he had the best or prettiest swing on the tour. And, he didn’t think he had the most talent. He just KNEW he was going to make a putt…or a perfect swing…or win the tournament.
Would you like to get some of that? Break 80 Without Practice
Have you heard it all before? Have you taken lesson after lesson and you’re still stuck at your old scoring level? Why is that? Why do some folks seem to make this game sooo easy and others struggle beyond belief.
What if you could play golf with the attitude of Fred Couples? What if you could shrug off your worst nightmare rounds and play at your highest level immediately after?
Have you heard the old saying that we only use 10% of our mind power? Whether it’s 5% or 10% or 20%, you know it’s definitely true as you have experienced times in your life, on and off the course where you have had absolute flashes of brilliance and wondered why you can’t do it all the time…guess what? You can!If you’ve hit a great shot with your clubs just once before, there is absolutely no reason you can’t do it again. What do you do differently when you don’t repeat a great shot? I’ll tell you…you run your mind a certain way that produces those results…simple.Break 80 Without Practice
If you would like to begin to unlock the secrets to the other 90% that you are leaving on the table of your performance, you need to check out:
Click on CDs
These CD’s are a goldmine of modelling what has worked for the most successful people on the planet in all sorts of endeavors. Craig Sigl has brought these secrets into the realm of the golf world with astounding results. You’ve never heard anything like this before!