All of life is hypnotic!
We live our lives by
Over the last 20 years the
scoring abilities of the average American golfer has remained the same. This
is surprising considering all the new club technology, the new biomechanical
understanding of the golf swing and improved teaching aids and methods.
What has not changed?
Our thinking process! It
has been proven that 90% of the thoughts we think today are the same ones we
had yesterday. Our poor golf games are still dominated by negative thoughts
and feelings learned in our past and enhanced by our golfing environment.
This is why we see the same patterns emerging over and over in our golf
How, then, do we change our
University of California at
Los Angeles research shows the average person only uses 2% of his
brainpower. The rest is stored in your subconscious mind. By understanding
how your subconscious mind works you can access the other 98%. The
subconscious, by the way, is the part of your mind that controls the
physical movements of your golf swing, just as it has control of your
breathing, heartbeat and other internal functions.
Since golf is mostly a
mental game, how can I access this part that controls my body?
Through the use of hypnotic
suggestion you can communicate with your subconscious mind and program new
ideas in your golf game for success. These new ideas must include positive
self-talk, belief in your potential and goal, and visualization of superior
performance in accomplishing your goal.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a universal way
for reaching the subconscious mind with messages. It involves a process of
persuading yourself that you can change and achieve your desired goals by
freeing yourself of distraction and doubt. Once a mental habit is formed it
becomes easier to follow and more difficult
Hypnosis has been around
since 3500 A.D. In Eqypt people were put into sleep chambers for several
days and given messages while they slept. In Russia in 1935, Prof. Emanuel
Orlick introduced sports hypnosis to thousands of world-class
athletes and hundreds of coaches from every country in the world who were
gathered there in opposition to Hitler's 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The
Russians were excluded from the Games and did not participate until 1952,
but showed up at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games with eleven sports
hypnotists. They dominated the Games until the break-up of the Soviet Union.
At the 1972 Munich Olympics, the East German women dominated
their events through highly developed mental and psychological preparation
built around relaxation and suggestion.
We are entering a new age
in golf where our superstars have been programmed from their early years to
believe in themselves and their golf abilities.
Jack Nicklaus has been
quoted as saying his mind is his strongest weapon in making him a champion.
Tiger Woods mental coach,
Jay Brunza hypnotizes him to block out distractions and focus on the golf
Phil Michelson is another
new superstar who was nurtured and affirmed as a child and programmed by his
mental coach and hypnotist Dean Reinmuth.
Chuck Hogan, PGA
Professional changed his golf schools to incorporate more mental training
and hypnosis than swing training. He is a coach to over 60 PGA, LPGA and
Senior Tour players.
For the past ten years,
Will Childs, golf professional and master hypnotherapist at Bonita Bay Club,
Florida has been teaching mind control in his golf school as well as
coaching the members in mental skills for day-to-day living.
Many other sports are using
hypnosis techniques to elicit better physical success. Bob Reese, the head
trainer and hypnotherapist of the New York Jets uses relaxation and
visualization techniques to reprogram his players' subconscious minds.
Jimmy Connors used hypnosis
to win the U.S. Open Championship.
Muhammed Ali used
self-hypnotism when he proclaimed ,"I am the greatest" and "Float like a
butterfly. Sting like a bee!"
I just returned from
playing in a Senior Invitational Tournament in Hilton Head. The first round
leader was an six handicapper who had scored three rounds in the high 80's
in her last tournament two weeks before. At Palmetto Dunes she surprised
everyone with a first round 73, three strokes ahead of the field which
included players with 0, 1 and 2 handicaps. How did she do that? She had a
session with her hypnotherapist before coming to the tournament and felt
very confident about playing well. She maintained her focus despite all the
attention and finished fourth in the tournament.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is a natural state
of life. During a normal waking day we go in and
out of a trance-like state many times. Some of the natural states of trance
we encounter are; highway trance, electronic trance (TV and computer), movie
trance, reading trance, eating trance, doing two things at the same time,
watching the sunset or ocean, daydreaming, boredom or looking at a
In hypnosis, positive
suggestions are introduced while in a trance-like state. Contrary to popular
belief, you are not asleep. Your mind is actually in a heightened state of
awareness while the physical body is relaxed. In this state the conscious
mind is bypassed and positive suggestions are given directly to the
subconscious mind. By this process, a new habit of mental programming
is established and can be accessed without interference from the conscious
mind which analyzes, criticizes and rationalizes.
Your subconscious mind is
like a computer. A computer can only operate with the programming that is
put into it. It has no choice. It has to operate on that programming.
If you tell yourself "You
are so stupid!" when you miss a two-foot putt, your conscious mind is
criticizing your performance and sending a powerful message of programming
to be recorded into your subconscious mind. In the future when you have a
two-footer your subconscious will bring up the program to feel the emotion
of being stupid and missing the putt.
Through the use of golf
hypnosis these self-imposed programs of sabotage can be transformed into
trust, focus, concentration, confidence, relaxation, consistently lower
scores and more fun. Since golf is a unique game, it is important to find a
qualified hypnotist who knows golf so you can receive relevant programming.
Hypnosis is not what we are
It is what we are taken out