Guest Article from Kathryn McGlynn, Certified Hypnotist & Success Coach
Don’t even think about playing another round of golf until you read the next few paragraphs.
If you are serious about taking your golf game to the next level, you can! – if you know how to master the power of your inner mind.
I wonder if you can remember a time when you made one of your perfect golf shots? It could have been a drive, a shot from the fairway, a long putt, a shot at the driving range. If you can’t remember a time yet, simply imagine yourself making a beautiful swing.
Then, let yourself relax into the memory of this absolutely flawless shot. Now again, think of another, and another, and yet another.
What begins to happen is that your inner mind remembers exactly what occurred when you executed a perfect swing. This is called creative visualization, which is a form of self-hypnosis.
Imagine what you could do if you could consistently come close to repeating those great golf shots. How much do you think you would shave off your golf score when you do that?
With sports psychology gaining popularity and more emphasis being placed on the mental aspects of the game, services like hypnosis are becoming standard for many golfers.
So, how can hypnosis improve your game? With self-hypnosis skills, you can learn to gain mastery of your mind.
How? Hypnosis helps you tap into your Alpha brain waves. Alpha is a waking state where there is relaxed and effortless concentration. In contrast, when you’re stressed, Beta waves predominate and you experience difficultywith mental concentration and focus.
Peak Performance in golf is an activity for which Alpha waves are needed. Sports scientists have shown that Alpha waves increase when one is in the Optimal Performance Mode.
Creative visualization allows the mind and body to become relaxed and receptive. While resting comfortably in your home, in a daydreamy state, you can learn to enter this Alpha state and program yourself to hit perfect golf shots. No physical effort is involved.
Now I can almost hear your mind saying, “How can that possibly happen!”
Well, it’s no surprise why. You have perhaps heard that elite athletes have used creative visualization for years. A study done by psychologist, Alan Richardson, compared three groups of basketball players: one group physically practicing, one group practicing only with creative visualization, and a control group doing nothing. The results were that both the physically and mentally active groups improved at essentially the samerate! The control group showed no improvement.
What is the true meaning of this? The brain does not know whether you are practicing physically or mentally!
Certainly, it goes without saying that it’s important that you mentally practice only perfect swings. Repeated mental rehearsal of your perfect swing gets so ingrained into the subconscious mind that it lets you perform your swing without conscious effort on a more consistent basis. The more you practice in your mind, the more relaxed you are when you play and the better your golf game becomes.
It surprises me how many people think they can improve their game by continuing to do the same thing over and over again and yet expect different results. The secret to making significant changes in your game is for you to play smarter. Master your mind and you will master the game; practice the art of self-hypnosis.
As a golf-enhancement specialist, Certified Hypnotist Kathryn McGlynn teaches golfers easy ways to gain more control of the mind – both on and off the course. Her monthly golf seminars offer group hypnosis sessions and training in self-hypnosis. Visit her website: www.hypnosis.ws or join her HypnoGolf group: www.meetup.com/HypnoGolf/
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Have you or someone you know ever tried self-hypnosis to improve your golf game? What was the outcome? Add your comments below.