Archive Monthly Archives: June 2010

Golf Focus

Today, I’d like to talk about Focus and how to do it. And I’m going to surprise you in how I advise you to get it. Everyone thinks you have to really grit your teeth, call upon all of your energy and willpower and then somehow make it happen through sheer force.

Hogwash!

I must say that  I used to be like that too. I struggled and I sweated and strained to try to be like Hogan. He was called “The wee ice man” he was so focused.

Folks, I’m here to tell you that he was a very unusual guy. He was just gifted in ways that most of us are not, including me.

However, the ability to focus can be taught and learned. And it’s easy. In fact, the biggest problem I have with working with my clients is getting them to believe that things we are going to accomplish are easy.

I have a large red button that I constantly push that has a human voice say “That was easy.” And I use it often in my office.

Why do I do this?

Because if you think things are hard, then they are. If you think things can be easy, then they will be much easier. Do you realize that the biggest thing holding you back from achieving a round of golf focused on having a great score and sticking to your plan is just that you think it’s hard!

Now that you’ve got that, the next step is to tell yourself, your unconscious mind, that you want it to focus on achieving your best score, and whatever needs to happen to get that.

And then, let the rest go. Yep, that’s right, just let go whatever else you think is stopping you from enjoying a great round while totally focused on it.

Think about it. If you have a heavy rock in your hand, is it easier to hold onto it, or to just let it go?
Folks, it takes much more energy to hold onto your limitations and doubts. Decide that you can let that go and you will, really, it’s that simple.

There’s one more piece to this puzzle. You might be one of those people that has a lot of thoughts whizzing through the mind all of the time. You might have even been called ADD or ADHD or something like that.  I work with these folks all of the time and I get it.
If this describes you at some time or another, the answer is always to allow the thoughts to come in all they want, thank them, then dismiss them. Do not fight against your thoughts. Go with them. The more you give negative energy to them, the more they bother you.

“That which we resist, persists.”

Take a third party observer position about them. Separate yourself from them. Never fight them, instead, flow with them and tell yourself that a part of you can focus on your golf routine and another part of you can think all it wants.  You can even sort of laugh at those thoughts like you would if a little child were saying them to you, a fully mature adult.

Decide that you will focus at the beginning of the round, enjoy your game, assign the mind to keep the focus, let the rest go�and watch your golf scores drop like a rock.

If you can focus, and you can can’t you?, then you can end up with that clubface right where it needs to be, focused at impact, square to the target. It’s very easy now isn’t it?

Greens and fairways,
Craig

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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!

Golf Visualization: Here's How to Develop it.

How to develop golf visualization skills:
We’ve all been told by the great golf pros that we must visualize our shots before we actually swing through the ball. Jack Nicklaus was famous for his extraordinary visualization skills. He would say that he never made a shot without first visualizing everything about the shot first in his imagination. He would create movies of the flight of the golf ball and have zooms in and out like a camera. He would even play the movie backward from his target or the hole back to where it left his club face!

I’ve heard this many times: “But I just can’t visualize.” My answer? Yes you can, even you. For some, it comes very natural. For others, you just have to work up to it some before you get good at it for the golf course. Either way, it’s something you’ve got to do if you want to get to the next level in your game. And if you’re already doing it, then getting better at it will only help you that much more.

So here’s what you want to do:

Develop your visualization skills by starting off using things that are very easy. For instance. If you are doing this while lying in bed, you can visualize something that is in the room that you are in, like say a simple picture. Explore from your memory exactly what it’s like in detail. Zoom in, zoom out, pretend you are taking it on and off the wall etc etc.

Next, go to something outside the room. Like how about your car? Where is it parked right now? What does it look like in detail? Can you “see” yourself opening up the door and sitting in the seat and turning the key and driving out? Practice with things you know very well and have the intention of focusing on these things.

The game is to get some confidence in yourself and your ability to do this and then work up to “going to the movies” as Jack Nicklaus said. He said also said that he doesn’t hit any shot without first visualizing it going to the target and he ran the movie forward and backwards, in fast and slow motion.

Give yourself a break and start right where you are at.

Work your way up from things like that to then going to wherever your golf clubs are stored in your home. Visualize just going over to the bag and grabbing one club. Take it out of the bag and start swinging it inside your own home. Keep everything as familiar as possible so that you are mostly using sites and pictures of things you are used to seeing every day. It should be a lot easier to focus on this process when you use familiarity of surroundings as your backdrop.

Swing the club inside your home with the idea of working on that part of your golf swing that you know you need the most help with. Graduate from swinging inside your home to eventually doing this process outside in the grass. At some point, you’ll be able to “see” yourself down at your golf course.

Bottom line, start slow and simple with developing visualization. Everybody has this ability. You may tend more toward being “audio” or a “feel” type of person. If that’s the case, add those elements into your “visualization” sessions first before asking your mind to come up with visions.

The more you do this, the easier it will become and your scores will show it.

I want to tell you a little secret here…Tiger Woods said in an interview that he was never very good at visualization of his golf swing. He tried very hard to follow Jack’s advice but said that his visualization was always distorted.  His mental coach then told him to just “feel” where you want the ball to go. That worked then and still does now for him.

So don’t feel bad if you never make it “to the movies” just keep on improving and never give up!

Greens and fairways,

Craig

p.s. Not a very visual person? Great, then Break 80 Without Practice will be perfect for you because it’s entirely audio.

no golf practiceClick on graphic

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:

Break 80 Without Practice

Indoor golf putting tips

I have been known as the Golf Anti-practice expert for some time now. What does that really mean? Well, I’ll tell you in a nutshell that it means that I know that you can improve your game without going to the practice range. That’s really it. I teach folks that most of what they should be doing for game improvement lies in their head. The funny thing is that they know it…and yet they still are fighting the brainwashing that has been programmed over the years into them.

So what I really mean is…you can improve without traditional practice. That is throwing your clubs in the car, driving down to the course or range, and then getting a bucket to beat some balls.

For instance, can you improve your game on the green by indoor golf putting? Of course! The beauty of it is that because it is convenient (it’s in your own living room), you’ll actually do it. How many of us say things like “well, just as soon as that project at work is over, then I’ll get down to the range and work on my game.”

And the projects never end do they? Another one comes up right after the last one and after awhile, you stop making promises to yourself and just live with the lousy scores you’re getting used to.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

Yes, indoor golf putting is not quite the same as putting on a real green, I’ll give you that. But what can we gain from putting on your carpet at home? A lot. Here’s 4 big tips that if you start focusing on, will pay off in big dividends in lower score. And you can do them right in your own home.

1. For starters, whenever possible, inject some pressure into your putting indoors. Make up a game with a friend and put a few bucks on it. You will be training yourself on how to play under pressure. Whether or not you are on carpet or grass makes no difference there.

2. Take some time to putt for fun (not practice) while totally just focusing on keeping your body still. You can and should do this while watching TV. Pay attention to how it feels when you are still and only moving your shoulders. This is valuable no matter what method you use. You always want minimal movement in putting.

3. Get one of those tools that puts a straight line on a golf ball. Work solely on striking the ball and making the ball roll so that the line stays straight as the ball rolls and doesn’t wiggle. Folks, this is huge! If you can do this on your carpet, you can do this on a putting green. And when you do it for real, the ball goes exactly where you aim it. Many folks are totally unaware that they put sidespin on the ball while putting.

4. Hit balls one after the other with this as the goal: I will listen for the ball to go in the cup. I will not look up until the ball is still.

5. Stroke the ball with the non-dominant hand only as a drill. This imbeds a fluid follow through.

How many golfers will actually do this even though it is so easy?

These indoor golf putting tips are so easy and yet so powerful. The problem is, you don’t think that they will pay off. Get that in your mind first and convince yourself.  Watch pro putters on TV or live and see that they do these things consistently. Do you?

You can isolate out different aspects of your putting routine at home and indoors to ingrain perfect technique. Then, we you get to the course, you don’t have to think about it, it just happens on auto pilot.

Are you starting to get the picture? Use this kind of idea at home, at your office, anywhere that you can work on your game for just a couple minutes if nothing else. Think out of the box on how you can improve your golf. Many of us are just so busy with our lives and jobs that going down to the range just never happens now does it?

But you can lower your scores anyway.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

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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:

Break 80 Without Practice

Anger on the golf course

I’ve played golf since I was 11 years old. I love the game and I know you do too. For the vast majority of us, we get our start and maybe even our finish on Public golf courses. Shoot, if it weren’t for public golf courses, we’d be back in the days when pretty much only the rich played the game. Now, I’m not saying that private courses are bad, far from it. I’ve had some wonderful times at beautiful locations that folks have invited me to play on their private course.

The best thing about the private course is that…and I hate to admit it…you just don’t see the Yahoos out there. Who am I talking about? I’m talking about the people that leave trash around, don’t fix their ball marks on the green and scream profanities when they make a bad shot.

Now, does all of this happen on private courses? Of course. Why do I even bring this up? It’s because there is a serious learning here that can help you in scoring lower in your game. Here it is:

If you want to just go out on the golf course whether it’s public or private, and just have as your objective to purely have a good time, then great! All too often, however, I hear that’s what people say they want and then they get angry when they blow shots and then they express anger and act like a Yahoo.

If you care the least about lowering your score, you’ve got to begin to start caring about yourself. Let me explain.

We are not different people in different life situations. We are one person. What does this mean? It means that when you don’t have respect for the golf course, the rules, the etiquette, your playing partners etc., you really are not having respect for yourself! If you get angry at the golf course, where do you find it that you get anger in other situations that don’t work for you?

It’s ok to feel the anger. It’s not ok to act out on it.

That’s a hard one to swallow I know but it’s true. We are whole people, not compartmentalized. In other words:

“How you do anything is how you do everything”

This is the big idea I want you to get from this article. If you are a person who throws out a lot of cuss words, then guess what, your mind works from within that negativity when facing a tough approach shot or a steep bunker lip. You think you can compartmentalize…you can’t.

Your mind is in a mode of “negativity.” It’s very hard to break that pattern and I promise you that it affects your score. Need I remind you of Jack Nicklaus’ words: “Golf is 90% mental”? no I don’t do I?

I love writing on the mental game and shortcuts to better golf without practicing. It seems that this issue of “how you do anything is how you do everything” just keeps coming up. Observe your friends and family on the course next time. You will see little bits of their personality in their play, good or bad.

The good new is that you can take control of this. You can change. You can begin right now to improve your game by improving your attitude. Tommy Bolt, who was also known as “Terrible Tommy” was interviewed in a golf magazine recently and openly confessed that he wonders how many more tournaments he would have won had he had a better attitude.

Ever watch golf on TV? How many players on the leader board throw temper tantrums on the course like you do? It’s no accident.

Why is it that golfers can keep their cool at their business, even in the face of a very demanding customer, boss or employee and then on the course, they totally lose it at the slightest mistake?

I’m here to tell you that you have everything you need inside of you to keep your cool, play robotic, consistent golf with your emotions under control.

What you want to do is to allow yourself to feel the anger. While feeling it, announce to yourself my favorite saying: “It’s an AND world.” This means that I can feel that anger AND I can still rip this drive down the middle. I can be p.o.’d AND I can sink this putt.  It’s the resistance to your anger that makes it worse!

I teach mental toughness through emotional mastery. It’s everything out there! If you are interested in learning how to do this, I have trainings and session for this in my golf hypnosis membership site.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

no golf practiceClick on graphic

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:

Break 80 Without Practice

Golf shot misses and chokes

Golf Course Anger Management 101

John is a wonderful person at home and at work but not on the golf course links. He has 2 daughters ages 3 and 8 that he dotes on constantly. He plays games and dolls with them and genuinely enjoys it. He is very much in love with his wife of 10 years and can’t wait for date nights on Fridays. His friends and family say he is one of the kindest most warm-hearted people on the planet. His co-workers can’t say enough about how John has always been there for them in his sympathy and caring for their issues. His mother told his wife long ago that John has a streak of anger in him but it hasn’t shown up in any big way in their marriage so far.

John loves to play golf on Saturday with the men’s club at his local links course.

Nobody wants to be pared with John though. Why?

As long as everything is going right with John in his game that day, he seems to be the John everyone else knows and loves. And even the members see him this way once they make it to the clubhouse or the 19th hole.

He’s a pretty good player too, with a handicap in single digits.

But…John loses his temper and gets very angry out on the golf course when he misses.

As long as he’s scoring well, then he’s allright. If not, watch out for John as he throws his golf clubs and cuss words out left and right. For all of his misses, he berates himself and his clubs and goes on and on about how he stinks at golf. It doesn’t take much to get him started. Usually it’s a 3-putt or an out of bounds shot into the golf course woods. After having one of those or any other major mishap, John rushes up to hit the next ball thinking that he has to quickly erase the last bad shot as soon as possible. He hates feeling the anger. But in his haste and tension, he usually follows up one bad shot with another and the downward spiral begins… and the cusswords start to fly.

Do you have some of John in you? Do you know a John at your club? Maybe you have a playing partner like that or have been paired with one. You already know that everyone misses many golf shots every single round….it’s a game of misses and mistakes.

What to do about it?

The first thing to know is that anger is an emotion and all emotions are biologically a release of chemicals that cause actions at the cellular level driven by energy. What?

Nevermind that. What you have to do for yourself or for the John you know is get them to focus on something else; something entirely not related to his golf misses as fast as you can.

If they’ve already blown up and lost it, It’s not enough to tell them (or yourself) that “It’s o.k., you’ll make it up” or something like that. It’s too late or too much for that to work. Start with that but get the thoughts somewhere else. Get the person on a subject totally outside of golf. The idea is to get the thoughts elsewhere.

If it’s you we are talking about here, then take that another step.

A 4-year old child if told to pretend to do an action, like say, swimming for instance, wouldn’t need water to give you a good show on how she does it. That’s what you want to do! Go through the motions, talk your way through and actually “pretend” to be somewhere else right then and there. Experience the feelings and images you would in your mind if you were actually doing it. Put yourself back on your last vacation doing something you love and really “experience it” in your mind.

This will shift your energy and increase your awareness in a heartbeat and allow you to get your body back to neutral or better as fast as possible. Otherwise, you are fighting a cascade of peptides locking onto receptor sites at every cell that will be very difficult to remove….and your golf game suffers.

When you are angry, you are not aware. You get so locked into being angry. Some of us are actually addicted to the chemical release of anger..but that’s another story.

Next time out on the golf course links and anger starts to get to you, be a 4-year old!

Greens and fairways!

Craig

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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!

Golf Choke -That One Bad Hole

Do you have that one hole that always gets to you?

Do you choke under pressure when you want it the most?

Jim is a 12 handicap golfer. He absolutely loves the game and can’t seem to get enough. He buys a new set of equipment about every 2 years or so and watches golf on TV whenever he can. He really enjoys following the pro tours and trying to guess who will win on any given Sunday.

Jim’s club tournament is coming up soon. He can’t wait. His game has been steadily improving over the season and he feels he’s ready for this. A couple weeks ago he shot his best score ever on his home course, a 3 over 75 for 18 hole! He knows he’s got it in him and maybe even lower since he had a double bogey on one in that round of 75.

As tournament weekend approaches, Jim begins to psyche himself up. He’s very excited and even antsy. He has kept himself in great shape and followed a prescribed practice routine by his teaching pro for the last 2 weeks without missing a single day.

This tournament is his! He can feel it.

He walks up to the first tee of the tournament and he stripes it right down the middle. He finishes the first hole with a par and a great relief comes over him as he prepares to settle down and get serious. He plays well over the next 10 holes until he comes to hole number 12.

Hole number 12 is a very narrow long par 4. On one side of the fairway is a lake and the other is out of bounds. It’s a tough hole and Jim has this thing about hole 12. It always seems to get the best of him. He hates it! This is the hole that he double-bogeyed on when he had his career round. He thinks it has his number.

Sure enough, Jim plays hole 12 like he always does and chokes on it this day as well.

He finishes the tournament in second place by 2 strokes. He looks back on it and wonders why, why he just can’t get past that hole 12…

Does this story sound familiar to you? Do you have a golf hole or maybe two golf holes on your favorite golf course that always seems to get the best of you? Do you walk up to that tee and immediately feel a shudder run through your body? A tenseness or tightness?

Well, I want to tell you that this is good news! What, are you kidding me? How the heck can this be good news?

Because it says that you have the automatic mechanism! That is, your body responds automatically to certain situations. You can use this in your favor instead of being a victim to it like Jim.

Is consistency important in golf? Duh, of course! It’s the holy grail of scoring! Why can’t we play 18 holes of golf consistently. You can. Well, if you automatically have a reaction to a certain hole and seem to play it bad every time, well then, guess what – you are showing consistency. This is a resource that you have and you’ve used it before and it’s served you well and sometimes it hasn’t.

You see, the mechanics of what is happening inside your mind and body are exactly the same when you go up to a hole that you hate and when you perform your preshot routine to a perfect consistency resulting in the shots you know how to do and the holes that you love!

The only difference is in how you have chosen to think about each of the situations.

Begin to think right now how many times you’ve been automatically consistent in your golf game, good, bad, or otherwise. You see, your body and unconscious mind don’t make judgements as to whether something is good or bad. It just does it. Your awake, conscious mind has that job. It also has the job of deciding whether or not this resource you possess called “consistency” is something you have to wait around for luck to happen…or you can choose it .

Recognize that you established a thought about that hole or that choke in the past and then you assigned it a meaning that became a new automatic response! You can turn this whole thing around right now by reframing everything that happens to you on the course as helping you become a better golfer. Ultimately it all does, if you want it to and then the golf choke becomes something that you laugh about that you used to do!

And you already know all of this…don’t you?
Craig

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

Quantum Golf?

Does that headline create some curiosity in you? Are you wondering what the heck this is going to be about. As I came up for the idea to write about this, I wasn’t quite sure myself. But then I thought, let’s just go first to a book called “Quantum Golf” by Kjell Enhager.

I first read this book a couple years ago, before I was trained in Neuro-linguistic Programming (I’m now an NLP trainer). And to be honest, I didn’t understand it at all. I even discussed it with my local pro and between the two of us, decided that it was a book that was better left to the psychology wizards.

Lately, I’ve been extremely fascinated with learning about what is called “Quantum Physics” (What does this have to do with golf? Don’t worry, I’ll get there). It seems that scientists have been studying about things that are smaller than atoms since the turn of the 20th century and that’s what they call this science. Remember in high school or maybe before that, we were all taught that the building blocks of all matter are atoms? Well, it turns out it’s not true.

The big “Aha” about Quantum Physics is that we create our reality through our observations and thoughts. And it’s now been proven by physicists. These scientists were so baffled by this idea that some of them ended up turning to mystic religions and others went bonkers over it.

Fast forward to Quantum Golf. It’s a fictional story about a man named Smith. He’s from New York and a typical golfer who has taken numerous lessons and done everything under the sun in an attempt to improve his game (sound like anyone you know?). In desperation, he is told of this golf pro, St. Claire, who lives in the middle of nowhere in the farmlands of middle America.

Smith flies out to take lessons from him and at the end of the story, of course, he “gets it” and starts to play beyond what he thought was possible. He is taught about creating a “superfluid” swing. He learns to have “Q vision.” St. Claire tells him about the difference between “classical golf” and “Quantum golf.” Classical golf is about the conscious swing and has gotten him nowhere so far. He tells him that those who have mastered Quantum golf hit the ball perfectly straight!

St. Claire teaches him such ideas as: “The mind has its attention only on the surface level, and then what you’re failing to take into consideration as your priority is the unchanging, reliable inner being of the individual who is swinging the club.”

Starting to sound a little far out now? Ok, that’s what I thought too the first time I read this book. But now, it all makes perfect sense to me. You see, classical physics teaches us about how everything is mechanical. About how you can trace back every cause to it’s effect in a way that can be described or codified by mathematics and known laws of our planet such as gravity. This is so much like folks who think that the gateway to playing great golf is to consciously work on their golf swing until they somehow come to the idea in their own mind that it is now perfect…and THAT never happens!

Quantum golf and Quantum physics itself allows for the dynamic of the human mind to actually change reality. Yes, that’s what I wrote…CHANGE REALITY. Now, I’m not going to get into a discussion about what is reality because I sometimes get dizzy thinking about that myself. However, too many great philosophers have said things like: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Henry Ford.

or:

“Nothing is good or bad, except what thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare

In the past, I would have read this kind of great quote and thought to myself something like: “Oh that’s nice” and went on my merry way of doing what I’ve always done and not getting what I wanted to get.

Today, when I hear or read such quotes I not only believe it in the deepest part of my golfing body and mind, but I can teach it with the backing of science behind me.

Once you really believe in the Quantum nature of your own mind, all sorts of good things happen to your golf game. Can you think of a time when you played with pure joy and exhilaration? Have you ever had a time when you stood over a putt…AND YOU KNEW you were going to make it !? Have you ever played with another golfer and just felt his or her attitude rub off on you? And then you played better because of it? I want you to have more of these experiences.

Quantum golf means that everything is interconnected. You, your thoughts, your swing, your body, others around you or connected to you in some way. All of these things have an effect on your swing and especially on your score.  Stop thinking that the only thing you have to pay attention to is how well you swing on the range. That doesn’t matter one bit as we all have experienced not being able to take your range game to the course.

Tiger Woods is a good example. He is still the greatest but after his personal problems, can’t buy a win. The whole world has been throwing him negative vibes and it finally caught up to him.  I hope he can shake it off for the sake of the game.

You want to be aware of all that golf is to you.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

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

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NLP for golf…a new technology for performance

Ian Woosnam is one of my favorite golfers. Why? Well, there’s 2 reasons. One of them is because he is only 5 foot 4 inches tall and out drove most other pros of his time. (See there’s hope for us little guys!). But more importantly, in the beginning of his career, he won many big tournaments, including the Masters and became the number 1 player in 1991. But an interesting thing happened after that. His game then severely deteriorated for some years until he made a dramatic comeback. What happened to spark his comeback? He started working with a practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP for short)! If you’ve never heard of that before, you’re probably thinking that I’ve now completely lost my cookies right?

Well, that’s why I am telling you about a world-class pro who discovered it and uses these techniques even today to “bring back” the game he had in his early years when he won regularly.

So what the heck is this NLP stuff? NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It means using language to communicate with your mind to achieve an outcome. The best common-sense description I can give is this: a bunch of scientists spent a lot of time studying people who were very successful at different things including money, sport, psychology, and family therapy. They then found that these people had specific ways of thinking and running their brain that most people do not. They then took these “techniques” and taught them to average folks and found that they worked, better than expected and with very little effort on the subject’s part.

This is obviously a simplification as many have spent years learning and applying what has been discovered in NLP since it’s beginnings only a few decades ago. But, in case you missed it, I’ll mention again that NLP has been used very successfully to increase performance in many sports. Is there a sport out there where you must use your brain more than golf? I don’t think so and this is why Ian Woosnam and many others are now just “discovering” what NLP has to offer.

Here’s the bottom line to how NLP can help you. We’ve all had good shots with each of our clubs before right? AND, on top of that, we’ve watched others have good shots with their clubs right? Well, certain things are happening to your body and mind when you are performing well, that’s a fact. And if you know what to look for and pay attention, then the next time you want to accomplish the same thing, you must do EVERYTHING like you did that time you were successful. Most importantly is that you must take direction in running your brain instead of just being a like a leaf in the wind and having your emotions take you every which way as you sometimes struggle through a round.

Here’s an excellent quick tip that is based on an NLP principle called “Anchoring” or “Associations”. Try to remember back to the last time you had a great round or even a good string of holes. What was going on in your head? Did you have a pleasant thought running through your mind like maybe a song you like? Or maybe a dream about winning the lottery? Or maybe you just actually got a raise the day before. You can now “link” that thought or song to playing outstanding golf. Now, I wouldn’t immediately go out every round and and try to always think that thought or sing that song to myself because you will not always play well while using that link and then it will slowly lose it’s linkage to that great round you had. Instead, wait another time or two for when you play well, even if only a few good shots. And THEN bring that thought back up.

You see, what you will be doing is “CHARGING” that thought or song up with your optimum performance state. And when you really really need to release some of that “charge” and call up some good golf like in a pressure situation, it will be there for you and your body will respond just like Pavlov’s dogs did to the dinner bell by salivating.

This is just one small example of how we can use NLP to help our game. Many books on NLP have been written and if you want to read one specifically for golf by Ian Woosnam’s coach, it’s called “Masterstroke, use the power of your mind to improve your golf with NLP” by Harry Alder.

I am always learning and studying NLP today and have completed certification courses as an NLP Master and Trainer. In addition to NLP, In my training, I discovered what is called “Time Line” techniques” and found it to be extremely useful for sports performance. Some sports psychology coaches use nothing but Time Line techniques for their clients. Stay with me and I’ll keep giving you some more of this mental magic in future emails.. I’d like to continue giving you more detail on what you’ve read so far and an avalanche of golf score improvement tips you’ve never seen anywhere before.

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Craig

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I found the information to be helpful especially the parts dealing with the mind. I tend to become too technical with my swing and focusing more on the target has helped tremendously. Shortly after buying your CD last year I did break 80 for the first time. I shot a 79 from the white tees. I find the parts about NLP very intriguing.
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15 Hot Golf Tips That Don't Require Practice

We’re going to lighten things up a bit here and I’ll just rattle off a bunch of tips one after another for your use on the course YOUR NEXT ROUND that don’t require any practicing! Break 80 Without Practice is all about this and has many more and they are very easy to do.

Or, would you rather continue playing the game you’ve always been playing with the excuse that you aren’t getting better because you have no time or energy to take another set of confusing lessons and hit a thousand balls on the range?

1. Always always warm up by hitting some balls on the range before you start. Don’t go through the usually-taught routine of starting with your wedges and working your way up to the driver. That’s practicing. Just do some stretches and get a swing weight or use 2 clubs together to get your muscles going. Then, hit shots on the range like you will be playing on the course. Pretend you just got to the course with no time for warmup and have to go straight to the first tee. Get rid of those first few bad holes before you get to the first tee.

Start right off with the club you will use off the first tee, probably driver. Hit your next shot based on how well you hit your first shot and what the hole demands. SIMULATE ACTUAL PLAYING CONDITIONS on the range. This is what you would do if you showed up late right? And it takes a few holes before you get to scoring well right? Doing the old standard warmup routine of hitting 5 shots of each club is nothing like you will be doing on the course. But this will mentally prepare you to play!

2. Understand that you CAN hit the ball well while nervous. Those first tee jitters happen to even the best pros. Use some loosening movements, like shoulder shrugs, and then just tell yourself that you are going to accept your nervousness and still hit the ball well. Tommy Bolt said: “stomach butterflies are ok as long as they are flying in formation”.

3. From here on out, you are done berating yourself for bad shots. If you were playing a best ball or scramble with partners, and they hit a bad shot, would you tell them: “that shot was sorry, boy you stink at this game”? NO you wouldn’t because you know it would only hurt their confidence and their game and you need them to play well. So why in the world do we do that to ourselves when the same results come from talking bad to ourself?

4. Did you ever notice that you play better when you are on vacation? Or right after hearing some good news? This isn’t a coincidence and you can put yourself back in that place at any time and get the same benefit. Just spend some moments during the round remembering some great events in your life. Force yourself to smile more often. You cannot have negative thoughts while honestly smiling.

5. Spend some time learning the rules! I guarantee you that you have left strokes out on the course because you didn’t know about a rule that would have helped you. I’ll be passing some good ideas for you in future emails about this.

6. Forget your score. Don’t even look at the scorecard. Have a partner do all the scoring from now on unless of course you are in a tournament and you need to know for strategic reasons. But even then, you can turn that over to your caddy. All you’re going to think about from now on is THIS NEXT SHOT!

7. Control anger and frustration. Turn it into FOCUSED ENERGY! Sam Snead talked of playing “Cool Mad”. When something gets to you at work, you usually can’t cuss and yell and so you are able to control it at work. Use that same skill you developed there on the course. Playing angry is like adding a stroke to every hole, and I know you’ve experienced that!

8. Whenever you are waiting to tee up, you should be chipping. It’s perfectly within the rules. Chip to specific distances you have paced off. Pay attention to the lie you have and the reaction off the club for that lie. Get your 10 yard chip down COLD because you will use it this round and it WILL save you strokes.

9. Whenever nobody is behind you and you finish up a green, you should be putting a few more times to get the feel, speed and read of the greens of that round. Again, within the rules.

10. Drink more water! Yep, there is no easier way to reduce your score on any given round. Lack of water will simply make you tired and lethargic. You will lose focus. One moment of low concentration can equal one bad swing that can easily turn into a double, triple or worse bogey.

11. When in doubt, use more club. If you feel you are in between clubs, take the higher one and grip down a half inch. Keep the same swing and tempo, don’t slow the swing down to adjust.

12. From here on out, once you decide on a club or a specific shot. Don’t look back. Commit to it. Confidence is far more important according to all the golf psychologists than making the “correct choice.” Brad Faxon said: “It�s more important to be decisive than correct. As far as I�m concerned if you�re decisive, you are correct. The closer to the hole, the more valuable that philosophy becomes”

13. Change your mindset from “How many pars and birdies can I make today” to: “I will have zero balloon score holes today”. I know you’ve done this. You finish a round, go to the 19th hole, tally up your score and then kid yourself by saying “I played pretty well today except for that triple on #8 and double on #17”. I hate to tell you this, but, those holes count too. When playing for zero balloon scores, you will be playing a lot smarter. More on this coming emails.

14. Forget that old school teaching that says you have to “identify your weaknesses.” You know darn well what holds you back in your game. Start focusing this round, for every shot on what you do well. ON WHAT WENT RIGHT! Build a storage of good things you are capable of to come back to time and time again. When you do something bad, quickly analyze it for what can be learned AND THEN FORGET IT! FOREVER!

15. For putting, you can solve most of your problems with this one tip: Always hold your finish. Hold your putter in the air, pointing at the target after you stroke the ball. If you do this, it is necessary that you had to have had a smooth, controlled stroke and didn’t jab at it. This is big and it works for every putting style. Do it!

Allright, I don’t know what time it is where you live now, but I have to get to bed, I’m beat. I’ll see you again in email tomorrow.

Greens and fairways!

Craig


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… I am much more “target oriented” as opposed to focusing on 97 different swing thoughts. As a result, I find myself hitting a very high percentage of fairways. I’ve lowered my handicap by 20% and I now shoot in the 80’s almost 50% of the time I play. Prior to utilizing the program, I might break 90 once a month.
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Hypnosis for golf

O.k., I thought I was going to be the one to break this next secret to you but the cat has already been let out of the bag with the June 2005 issue of Golf Magazine. I’m sure it’s been written about in other articles and golf books before but this was the first time I’d read one about a non-pro golfer using a hypnotist for his golf game.

I know, I know, now you really think I’m a loony bird right?

Well, in case you didn’t know, Tiger Woods has been using hypnosis for his game for years as have many other top pros. This is starting to get big let me tell you. Especially for the weekend golfer.

So what the heck is hypnosis I’m sure you’re asking? Well, what it isn’t is a stage act where a guy in a black coat and spinning watch can “make” people do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do while “under his power.” This is all fun and games and good entertainment but it is not therapeutic hypnosis.

Dr. James Braid was the first to use the word “hypnosis.” He later tried to change the name to Monoideism which means: “to focus on a single thought.” That’s really what hypnosis is.For practical purposes and for our golf, it can further be described as a state of heightened suggestibility. Remember when I wrote you about your unconscious mind and how you want to play golf using it? Well, that is what hypnosis can help you do.

I am a certified hypnotherapist and will be using some of these concepts for mine and my client’s golf games. It’s very exciting to think that we can actually get control of our thoughts and emotions on the course and direct them toward playing our best. I’ll write more about that in future emails.

In case you’re thinking that this hypnosis thing is a bunch of hippies on drugs or something crazy like that, I should tell you that both the American and British Medical Associations have recognized hypnosis as a valuable tool in medicine and psychology. You may have heard that people get hypnotized to lose weight or quit habits like smoking or chewing their fingernails. But did you know that it is used in surgical procedures and childbirth for pain instead of anesthesia? Yep, it’s true, go check it out on the web, the info is all out there.

There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of with hypnosis. In fact, you or your kids experience it regularly while watching movies or t.v.

Basically, for golf, hypnosis is used to help get your conscious mind out of the way when you’re about to swing. And it is also used off the course to help send messages down into your unconscious that will come back out and let you play at your optimal mental state when on the course.

A couple of other things about hypnosis:

  1. You cannot be “hypnotized” unless you want to be.
  2. You are never under anyone else’s control
  3. You will always be able to become fully awake at any time, whenever you want.
  4. Most everyone has already been in some form of hypnotic state. A good example is when you stare at something for no apparent reason and your mind just kind of stops thinkingfor a short time.

The interesting thing about the word hypnosis is all of the ideas people think that word means that simply are not true. Never does anyone have any power over you. Everyone can do hypnosis and has already done hypnosis. The way you are today happened through a process of natural hypnosis which is nothing more than “learning at the unconscious level.”  That’s my definition.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get to that part that gives us the nerves and the tension when we step off the practice range and onto the first tee and tell it to just play like we did on the range?  And then it happens? This is very possible with hypnosis for your golf game.

Bottom line here for hypnosis for golf…

You can learn some very good concepts about how your mind works that can be put to use on the course for emotional management and playing golf with your automatic subconscious mind.

If you are interested in learning how to do self hypnosis for golf, go to:

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O.k., I think I’ve blown your mind enough for today. The next lesson we’ll come back down to earth a bit and I’ll give you some solid, quick-hitting tips to cut your score on your next round.

Greens and fairways!

Craig


Craig Sigl was an average Joe recreational golfer struggling for 27 years to break out of his scores in the 90’s. At the age of 38, he finally accomplished his golf dream and scored a 79 on a regulation course and now plays to a 6 handicap.

His newest audiobook and membership program, Break 80 Without Practice, is a complete guide to score improvement for those with little time to work on their game

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