Archive Monthly Archives: June 2010

The best golf instruction tip ever

Right off the bat, I want to give you one of my best secrets to releasing your scoring potential.

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Not every golf instruction tip is good for your game!

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What? Yep, I’m not kidding. Once I fully realized this, it freed me up to begin to start playing my best. Not Tiger Woods best or Annika’s best, but Craig’s best. You see, I was a fanatical golf magazine reader and I was always asking for tips from playing partners to help me with parts of my swing when I’d hit a bad shot. I read every book and magazine tip and tried to take that instruction to the course…with little success.

I was so twisted up in knots about golf advice that I never had a chance. In fact, it was when I literally gave up “trying” to improve that I made my biggest gains. I took every tip I saw or heard, work on it at the range for awhile, and then proclaim to myself that I have now found the answer to my golf swing troubles!

That would last for all of about 2 holes before I would give up on that idea as I continued to spray my shots. Were these bad golf tips? No, top pros created them and used them on their students in their lessons with much success. The problem for me was, I wasn’t in these lessons! (By the way, if you have no idea how to swing a club, then a set of lessons or ONE and only ONE instruction program should be your first move).

You can’t transplant a chicken leg to a one-legged human patient and expect the person to then walk! There are so many different theories on not only how to swing a golf club, but also in how to TEACH how to swing a club. Much of it actually contradicts or is completely opposite from one teacher to another. On top of that, we have all sorts of different body types, muscle strengths, flexibility levels and on and on that make for many different (and now here’s the kicker) SUCCESSFUL golf swings!

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I am here to tell you, right now, in print, that for most of us: Your swing is good enough!

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Even one of the greatest golf teachers of our time, David Leadbetter stated that “there is no definitive method” to a golf swing. This leads me to the heart of today’s lesson and instruction…. And that is, The Pareto Principle. If you’ve never heard of it, it has also been called the 80/20 rule (or 90/10 rule) and it basically means that if you work on the 20% most important items first (for whatever you are trying to achieve), you will be 80% effective! In other words, you want to get the most results from the least efforts. Especially if you’re a busy person with little time to work on your game.

You know that the whole golf industry is geared toward selling you new equipment each year and teaching you how to get “the perfect swing” (which doesn’t exist anyway). Don’t get me wrong, improving your swing is not a bad thing. But it is not necessary for you to get quick, time-efficient score-lowering gains. The proof of this lies in the fact that there are countless top professionals that win at the highest levels with unorthodox swings! Look at Jim Furyk, who won the U.S. Open. And he has a huge LOOP in his swing. Look at Allen Doyle on the Champions Tour, he looks like he’s hitting a hockey puck! Lee Trevino always said that students should NOT try to copy his swing and we all know how successful he was. He was beating Jack Nicklaus in his prime! Spend some time watching the Champions Tour and you’ll see all sorts of wacky swings.

Forget about the pros for a minute. How many times have you seen a senior at your local course hit the ball straight down the middle nearly every time without hardly making any turn in his swing. While you blast drives 60 yards by him he destroys you on the scorecard. Do I need to remind you that it’s only the final score that matters in this game?

Stop working on your swing and start working on SCORING! There is no prize for the prettiest swing. Shoot, even though I am still tempted, I now actually force myself to ignore any swing instruction that I see in a magazine or book and just keep on with the basics of what I learned while striving for a REPEATING SWING, and not a perfect one. You can always work on your swing later after you tackle the 20% most important stuff. In my program, I tell you exactly what the top golf researchers have found to be that 20%, especially for us average golfers.

Tomorrow, I’ll write you about another tool (hypnosis) that you probably already use, to help you work on your game when you can’t make it to the range.

Greens and fairways!

Craig


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.
Ray Bernacchia, New Haven CT

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:

Break80 CD Set
(Click on CDs)
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June 28, 2010 in Misc

Accelerated Learning For Golf

We are going to start getting into how you can actually start working on utilizing your unconscious mind a lot more to hit better shots more consistently. A little background first:

In the 1960’s and through the 1970’s, the then Soviet Union and East Germany Olympic teams dominated both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Do you know why? No, it wasn’t because of steroids. It was because these and other Communist bloc countries were seriously deep into studying mental performance. They were way far ahead of any Western countries in applying these concepts to sports and they kept this knowledge secret for a long time thanks to the closed nature of their societies.

They first were using what they learned to teach people how to learn languages extremely fast. Normally, a student could learn about 50 words a day with standard methods. They were able to increase this to over 500 words a day by using a system that was centered on…are you ready for this…Specific Music and relaxed awareness!

It’s absolutely true. They found that if they were able to slow down the body’s rhythms (mainly heartbeat which runs faster than the brain’s) to match the brain’s, and inject certain music, that it opened up whole new parts of the mind to the learning experience and allowed a far greater potential of information to be stored.

They also found that the stored information was much more easily retrieved in the future when needed! Starting to sound like something we can use for our golf? (hint: if you’ve hit a great shot with one of your clubs just once, you can do it again and again)

This began to evolve into numerous branch-offs but it all comes under the heading of “Accelerated Learning” techniques. One guy, a Dr.Raymond Abrezol from Switzerland, started to get in on this field of study and began to mentally train Swiss athletes for skiing. And the Swiss ski team started to win more medals than a country that size should ever be able to. From his experiences and studies, he created his own science he called “suggestopedia” and he specialized in sports performance.

So one day in my mid-30’s, I stumble across a book about all of this that had been in my garage bookshelf for years from a college course I took called “interpersonal communications.” Yes, I know, what a mouthful. Anyway, I re-read it and started to apply the principles to my golf game.

I didn’t have any time to practice my lousy game anymore since I was working 2 jobs and we just had our second child. I still wanted to golf whenever I could squeeze out a few hours so I had nothing to lose by trying it out in my in-between times at home.

Well, lo and behold, the next new season after beginning this process, I broke 80! I didn’t practice, I didn’t work on my game at the range. And I stopped reading all those golf magazines.

There are many great works on the subject now, the most popular being: “Accelerated Learning” by Colin Rose. That was written 20 years ago and now there is so much more to Accelerated Learning for performance that it is now it’s own science.

Most folks don’t even know they have an unconscious mind. Many of those who know never make an effort to directly communicate with it. Of those that do, very few do it more than sporadically. It’s so easy and pleasurable and it is the way to dipping into that reservoir of power and energy that all of us possess yet rarely use – that 90% untapped mindpower we hear so much about. It’s this simple: When the mind is on board and in harmony, the body responds with every resource it has.

I have been doing this for years now with golf and other goals and it works! In additon to performance, it’s a great way to relax, forget all your worries and troubles of the day, and supercharge your mind for whatever you want to enhance, especially your golf game!


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?

I have been impressed with the size and quality of the material I have received as part of this programme. The most valuable concept has been the methodology of self improvement, with most of my difficulties stemming from a feeling initially that everybody judges your golf when playing in a group with you, where now I accept that I am playing to improve my own game, just getting my head right I guess. I had a fluctuating set of scores before this programme and i now find that I am much more consistent in my play. My play from fairway to green is much more consistent and there is a confidence when over putts
David Woodings, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

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.

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

Break80 CD Set
(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!

And that ain’t all…there are 5 bonuses that are worth more than the price of the system itself.

Greens and fairways

Craig

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June 28, 2010 in Misc

Play Golf With Your Consistent Mind

In today’s lesson #2, I want to tell you that to play good golf it is necessary to play it with your unconscious mind! What! Now what is this guy trying to tell me? That not using my mind is the way to go?

I hear you loud and clear but hang in there with me for a minute o.k? First off, it is absolutely necessary to understand that our mind operates in 2 different main ways. We will call these ways the unconscious and the conscious mind. The unconscious mind is the stored instructions for how to do things without trying to think about them. Like breathing, the correct heartrate, healing, dreaming, growing etc.

Our conscious mind is what we use to make decisions with, think with, take in information with. It’s power is basically the difference between us and the animals. Most of us play golf with our conscious mind. We attack golf just like we operate at our job or vocation.

At our job, we are given a task to do. We have resources to put toward that task, and then we use our conscious mind to apply the resources to accomplish this task. In playing golf, we have a task (send the ball to a target). We have resources (clubs, knowledge of how to play, etc). And we use our conscious mind to apply the resources and direct our body to perform a specific set of movements. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t work consistently for golf (you ever have a problem with consistency?) because our conscious mind cannot process too many things at once. It then starts injecting tension, tightness and nervousness when it is overloaded (all big swing killers).

Now, our unconscious mind, on the other hand,is VERY GOOD at doing complicated things consistently and with repeatability. Have you ever had the occasion when you got in your car to go to work or some other destination and when you get there, you don’t even remember the trip? You didn’t have to think about anything in order to get there? That was your unconscious doing the driving. And there is a lot to that! You see, it already had all the instructions it needed to get you there from past trips to that destination. You just told it to “go to work” and it did!

You unconscious also has all the instructions it needs to hit good shots if you’ve done it just once before! Now for some magic for our golf game… Many people are able to tell themselves that they want to wake up at certain time in the morning…AND THEY WAKE UP right at that time without fail! (This is always a good idea when relying on hotel wake-up service as a backup!) This is the power of your unconscious mind at work! All top golfers do this without exception.

When Sam Snead was asked what he thinks about when he swings he said: “Nothing.” (as have many other top pros since then) So, you can do the same thing for your golf. On your next round, start telling yourself (your unconscious mind) to play this next shot the way it knows how. Tell it to hit the iron or wood you have in your hand the same way it was last successful with that club. Bring up the vision of the last time you hit that club perfectly so as to give your unconscious a clear picture of what you want just like when you had a mental picture of your work destination.

If you’ve hit a good shot with each of your clubs, there is absolutely no reason you cannot do it again, at will! In the next lessons, I’ll write about ways for you to enhance this easily learned skill and bring out your consistent, unconscious skills.


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!

I dare you to visit my testimonial page

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

Break80 CD Set
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Greens and fairways!

Craig

Without Practice Golf Lessons!

Let me introduce myself to you. I’m Craig Sigl.

I pronounce my last name like the word “wiggle” except with an “s.” I was born in 1963 and I’ve been playing golf since I was 11 years old. To make this short, for years I was so frustrated with this game and could not improve to save my life. I had taken lessons and practiced for years at the range for days on end with no results. At one point, I actually gave up trying to get better as I reached my mid-30’s and started a family and a very demanding job. Everything changed for the better for my game when I discovered what I’m about to reveal to you in this series of emails.

Am I going to tell you to stop practicing golf? NO If you have the time and energy to do it, by all means, do it! But only if you are going to do it correctly. By that I mean whatever your particular instructor or system prescribes to help with what you are learning. I would just like to offer some hope for the millions of golfers who just don’t have the time. Also, for those that CAN PRACTICE, everything I write and teach about applies to you to and will only serve to speed up your improvement, you’ll see. Over the next week, I’ll going to give you these secrets that very few golfers know about and even less use for their game. I have helped golfers all over the world improve their scores with this information and I hope it does the same for you. After that, you’ll get more great golf info once a week or better if you stay subscribed.

So let’s get started with Lesson #1: First I want to clear up one misconception:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MUSCLE MEMORY!

I bet you’re asking yourself, What is this nutball talking about? Of course, there is such a thing as muscle memory! Great golf instructors have been teaching this concept for years. Well, you’re not wrong about those pros. For generations, golf instruction has always taught us that to become a better golfer, you must learn a “correct” swing and then practice it over and over until you can repeat it without thinking and minimal effort. That’s all true and and it works, however, the memory of that “correct” swing that you spend countless hours perfecting does not reside in the muscles. Instead, it’s in the mind.

Muscles cannot “store any memory.” In fact, they can only do one thing: CONTRACT. (2 if you count growing as doing something).That’s it, and no more. They do this from signals given by the nervous system which includes the brain. Is the brain the mind you say? Scientists are still figuring it out. But, everything our body does, from breathing to healing itself to playing games like golf, it accomplishes from coded instructions in our mind. And those instructions (example: to hit a golf ball solid and straight) are nothing more than a specific pattern of neuron (nerve cell) electrical firings and cellular communications. So if we can find ways to send the same or similar neuron firings, we can get some of the same benefits we get when we spend hours knocking balls on the range or working on our short game at the practice green. Really!

The study of our brain and mind and how we learn is called neuroscience and it has taken huge leaps in the last 50 years in understanding how we as humans operate. Scientists and psychologists have uncovered many techniques to enhance and improve learning, memory, and physical and mental performance on demand.

Jim Flick, one of the greatest golf teachers of our time said: “Golf is 90% mental…and the other 10% is mental too” From Arnold Palmer – “You probably have heard that playing good golf is mostly mental, and it is.” And one of the greatest physical athletes of the 20th century, Michael Jordan, he said: “The mind comes into this game so much. It comes into basketball, too, but sometimes your skills can overcome the mind a little bit. But in golf, if your mind’s not in it, then you can forget it.”

In addition to this under-used resource for our game that you will read more about in coming emails, there are so many little things we can do that when all put together, add up to reducing strokes in our game without practicing. For instance, we all know that flexibility is a requirement for a good golf swing right? Well, how do you improve on that when you don’t have the time to join a yoga class or a gym?

The next time you are driving to work, if it’s safe to do so, take one of your hands and press the tops of your fingers slowly against the dashboard or a part of the steering wheel and hold it for 10 seconds. You will be working on your golf game by stretching some of the muscles and tendons that are used in your swing! Simple, easy and it takes no time. This is just one tiny example. You can work on your golf game no matter where you are and not just on the golf course! If you get anything from me, this is it! Stick with me and I’ll write more on this later. My fingers are cramping from all this typing so I’ll get with you tomorrow.

Greens and fairways!

Craig

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? reak 80 Without Practice

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:

Break80 CD Set
(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!

Break 80 Without Practice

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Testimonial

Hi Craig, I’ve just been listening to your CDs AGAIN! How did you manage to cram all of that info into just 4 CDs?! It’s incredible. Next time I need to get my notepad out and write down some of the great stuff you have on there. I could spend the rest of my life researching golf and would not have found half the information you have recorded. A truly excellent job. I now recommend it to all those who read my book “Golf Swing Eureka!!

Cheers,

Jon Barrett

Break 80 Without Practice

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And that ain’t all…there are 5 bonuses that are worth more than the price of the system itself. Break 80 Without Practice

Golf Swing Fix through The Power of Intention

I just got back to playing once a week after having a 3-month layoff.  I was wondering what my swing would be like after not having struck a golf ball or not even thinking about my own game much over that time. Yes, I’ve been working with others on their games and issues but my own got sort of left in the dust as I used my spare time to research further into the workings of the mind and how it can benefit us busy folks.

I went out to my local home golf course and was surprised to find that my swing was pretty much where I left it! I used my go-to shot off the tee not even thinking about distance and took out more club on approaches than I would have when I was warmed up and playing my best before the layoff. This proved a good formula as I kept the ball in play the whole time. I will admit to a few topped and fat shots but overall, I couldn’t complain.

Did I have a great score? No, but what did I do? I took what was working and forgot about the rest. And then worked my mental magic on what was working until my next round. It’s a simple formula yes, but it does take one word that is quickly becoming my favorite word: intention.

Intention? What the heck is that?

Some of you may call it effort but I don’t. Some may call it work but that doesn’t have to be it either. Is it focus, or concentration? Nope.

It’s a blend of belief, imagination, direction and utilization between your conscious and unconscious mind functions.When working with golfers in my office, I tell them to get used to using the word “intention.”  What does it really mean? Simply: “This is what I’m doing” and “this is what will happen for me.” When you put thought energy into something, as long as there are no conflicting beliefs, it must become manifest. That’s the way the universe works. If you want some proof of that, then study quantum physics for the answers.  We can do that in another article but the bottom line is, keep your focus on what it is you want.

Decide what you want and be specific. The more detailed and specific, the more likely your mind is to make it happen for you. It’s great to be thinking all day about a perfect swing. It’s more powerful and more effective to be thinking about the fix that your swing pro gave you that will allow that swing to be fluid. Just have the intention to make that swing fix and it can happen like magic. Awareness is the start of it all.

What’s really intriguing is that it does not require willpower. That’s right, according to Maxwell Maltz in Psychocybernetics, willpower actually implies putting up blockages to achievement. A better way to describe how to find your best game, your best shots is to “let them happen”

I know, I know, this sounds kind of spacey right? Especially in light of all the traditional teaching you’ve been exposed to that says you need a swing instructor and you must practice what you’ve learned until your body aches and your hands blister.

I just read in the May 06 an article by Tiger Woods called “I did it. So can you” In it, he basically writes about how he made changes to his swing and then worked his tail off to make them work. He says that you need a strong will. In making his first swing change in 1997, he can remember practicing a single move “swinging the club halfway down – keeping my arms in front of my body – for more than an hour without hitting a ball. I felt like my arms were going to fall off”

Give me a break. Tiger is the greatest golfer in the world, no doubt, but he is on another planet if he thinks average golfers are going to do that for every small part of their swing for a fix, even if they do have access to a top instructor who can break it down like that and monitor their progress and prescribe that kind of detailed help. For a pro, yes, that’s great advice, for you and me, it’s not realistic at all.

Given the realities of our normal life we need another way. This is what I talk about in my program “Without Practice”

The Online Golf Classics library has all the fundamentals you need, your mind already has INTENTION waiting for you to use it.

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

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:

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More Golf Hypnosis

To continue with the last article, I was discussing becoming more “whole-minded”…

On being analytical like most men… I hear you loud and clear. I used to be totally that way. The good news is that you can turn this around if you want, it’s very easy. For starters, I would definitely find some Baroque music and listen to it. Check out this page on my site to become more convinced:
https://www.break80golf.com/musiceffects.html

Before I learned hypnosis, I listened to a Baroque tape every night while falling asleep and did golf visualizations with it in the background. You can do this for anything – like becoming motivated (conquering procrastination).

You might try to participate in more activities that strenthen your weaker side of your brain. If you’re a logical, analytical type,  do something in the arts. Push yourself to do things that you normally wouldn’t do like watch emotional movies. Listen, really listen to people who are creative and intuitive and get inside their mind from conversations with them, it will rub off.

If you are already a very creative, emotional person, then you could do things like crossword puzzles, read a book about the fundamentals of the swing or course management. Those type of left-brain ideas will help develop your whole golf mind.

To begin to be a whole-mind person, the first step is to really tell yourself that that is what you want to do. Put your full INTENTION into it. Just the thought itself will begin the process. There are many rewards throughout your life to becoming more mind-balanced, you’ll see.

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Lately, I’ve been answering some questions about the difference between using a golf hypnosis tape or recording vs. going to a hypnotist in person.

There’s a few things that play into that and whether or not you achieve the outcome you want. First, in person can be much better because the hypnotist interviews you and finds out exactly what it is you need to achieve your goal. Second, something happens inside your mind when you make the effort to seek out a hypnotist in person. YOU Are the one that actually gives more power to having done it in person.

It’s our belief, maybe unconsciously, that going to an office and believing that the hypnotherapist has some magic for you that actually activates your mind for change. As a hypnotherapist, we are trained to maximize this effect with all sorts of impressions, language, appearance, image etc. It’s all designed to help you help yourself. You see, really truly, the client does all the change work. A hypnotist only helps guide them. It’s like climbing Mount Everest. You have to do the climbing but you may need a Sherpa guide to help you find the best way. You may find your way on your own but a guide will definitely help.

All sorts of things are happening inside of us at our unconscious level that we’re not aware of. This is what a hypnotist studies and tries to help activate for positive change for a client.

If you just buy a tape, it was not created with YOU in mind. There may be suggestions that are totally useless, maybe even harmful to your golf game. This is why I haven’t created such a generic recording as of yet. I am now testing the idea of creating personalized recordings from what golfers tell me in an email interview. Some of my members are participating in that and so far are returning very good results.

For now, the best product on the market in this area, especially for golf is made bySubconscious Training Corp. This is because it has multiple modules that you can choose from depending on what you know you need for your game. I highly recommend it.

It is my intention to make hypnosis a part of every golfer’s learning experience as part of their lessons with a pro. I am putting together a business plan to teach golf pros how to incorporate this into their business for the average golfer. If you are a pro and are interested, let me know.

As always, you can reply to any email I send you. I’d love to hear your comments on this topic.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

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!

Hypnotherapy for Golf – part 2

Today, I’d like to give you more detail and instruction on how you can use hypnosis and hypnotherapy for your own golf game. For starters, let me just state that I understand that the word “hypnosis” has all sorts of negative attachments. Most folks get their idea of what it is from stage shows. They see people acting like they normally wouldn’t and so it is assumed that the hypnotist has some sort of “control” over them.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of with a hypnosis session whether you do it for yourself or with help from a hypnotherapy professional.

Integrity and ethics are strongly pushed in all hypnotherapy schools and classes.

Milton Erickson, the father of modern hypnosis says that hypnosis is: “concentrating on your thoughts, values, memories and about life. Hypnosis is enhanced suggestibility and it’s most effective through imagery.  The Amazing Kreskin, famous mentalist had a longstanding offer to pay $10,000 to anyone who could prove that there was a trance-like state during hypnosis  and no one ever took him up on it. The point in bringing that up is to assure you that there is absolutely nothing to be fearful of from hypnosis.

Ok, enough with that. Let’s get on with how this study can help your golf game.

What I really learned from my work  is that it isn’t always even necessary to induce a relaxed state in order to effect change. What we want to accomplish for golf, off the course, is to find ways to go inside (I mean to go inside our mind with our thoughts). This causes our critical thinking faculty to release it’s grip on filtering out things that we want to become part of our way of thinking to grow or improve as a human being.

I’d like you to do an exercise that I know you will benefit from. Read the following questions and pause and think a little between each of them. Read them slowly, one at a time, take your time and let your mind ruminate on the possiblities for your game. Let yourself  “go inside.”

In between each question, stare at the spot below or a spot on the wall or close your eyes if you like. Imagine a person you like or admire is reading these questions to you in a pleasing, slow voice. The human voice is a powerful thing.

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How is my golf game, now?

Why do I like golf so much?

Why do I really want to improve?

I know I possess the ability to reach my scoring goal, don’t I?

Where will I find what I need inside myself to score well on my next round?

Do I really want to score lower or do I just want to look good out on the course?

Is it possible that I could gain full control over my emotional states?

Milton Erickson, considered the father of hypnosis and credited with getting the American Medical Association to accept it was famous for helping folks without ever using any props or music or relaxation techniques. He would just tell stories and ask questions You can do this for yourself. When you read a golf article or book, let yourself go “inside” and relate what you are learning to yourself. You see, the object of the game here is to let the information sink down into your unconscious and then come back out when you play. Don’t try to analyze everything (that’s what I used to do). Just let it go in if you know it’s good. Let go and do your own golf hypnotherapy.

Begin to develop your whole brain by taking in golf information this way. Whether it’s from reading or listening to my CD’s, or just watching a good golfer on T.V. or at the course.

Many of us, especially men, are very left-brain oriented. That is, logical, rational etc. When we bring in our weaker hemishpere of our brain, more information gets integrated and is retrieved easier later. This is some of what hypnosis is all about.

You can have all the knowledge in the world about the golf swing or how to read greens or how to chip, etc. But if that knowledge is just swirling around in your head and brain, and it doesn’t become integrated into your body’s intelligence, then it doesn’t matter now does it?  Learn all you want, read books all you want, watch videos and you just can’t replicate what you know out on the course when it counts.

That little exercise above is just a start about how you can connect to your unconscious mind. That’s the goal, that’s everything.

When you can do that, you have achieved emotional mastery and peak performance. Yes, you still have to put effort into it, and yes, practicing is still a good thing. But how would you like to become 10 times more effective in implementing what your pro teaches you?

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I’ll give you more as we go and there is more at Golf Hypnosis. Just think about some of this for now and see what it does for you…

Keep thinking…and using your whole mind…to allow your strengths to emerge…and manifest on the course…..what you know to be true….about you….

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?

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? Golf Hypnosis

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Mental Golf Practice: Unconscious training – Part 2

Practice Golf in your head!

Ok. I left you last time convinced that we can do things in our mind only that will translate into correct physical action.  You were able to transfer the ability to write your name in the air with your elbow that you never use that way!

I do feel it necessary to state, however, that what we call “the mind” is not necessarily only located in the brain. Yes, it’s probably the biggest part and we’re not going to go into the science of this but you intuitively know it to be true. You’ve all heard such sayings as:  “gut feelings” or “from the heart”, or “my body is telling me something” etc.  Just keep this thought in mind as we go.
I want to now give you some more help and detail on how to do “imagination practice” or “mental golf practice” as opposed to real golf practice.

A scientist, R.A. Vandell did a study on mental performance practice. He had his subjects standing in front of a real dartboard and throwing imaginary darts. At the end of the study, these people showed the same gain in proficiency at dart throwing as a control group who spent the same amount of time practicing with real darts!

Another example of this reported on by Research Quarterly, tested sinking free throw shots in basketball. There were 3 groups in the study. One group did no practice whatsoever as a control. The 2nd group practiced 20 min/day for 20 days actually shooting shots from the free throw line. A 3rd group just stood at the line and did imagination practice for 20 min/day for the 20 days.

At the end of the 20 days, the group who did no practicing had no improvement, obviously, The group that actually shot baskets returned improvement of 24% more shots made. And the group that did imagination practice resulted in a 23% improvement not actually having sunk any balls in reality during that 20 days.

Mental practice acts as the target instructions or guidance programming for your cybernetic mechanism.

So let’s get right down to the necessaries for golf practice using only our mind:

Get yourself as relaxed as possible without falling asleep. Imagine a place that you know that always makes you peaceful. Slow down your breathing and make it deeper. Squeeze, hold and then release each of your muscle groups. Talk yourself into a calm state.

You want to see yourself through your own eyes, not somebody else’s. If you can see the back of your head, you’re not doing it right.

Get as specific as possible. If you know that you have a major fault that if you got rid of it, would clear up a big one big problem for instance, then do your mental practice while focusing on doing that one item correctly, over and over.

Only picture yourself playing the golf shot perfectly, every time. Sinking the putt, landing approaches inside 2 feet, striping drives right down the middle

Inject feelings and emotions into everything you see

Conjure up details of the golf course environment. Use your favorite course

Be consistent. Do this regularly. You can do it for a short time or a long time.

Do it as you go to sleep. Do it as you wake up.

Take a break and imagine sinking 4 foot putts one after another from breaking positions.

Imagine yourself becoming like a robot out there with a consistent, machine-like repeatability.

It can also be helpful to go back and repeat excellent rounds that you’ve had in the past, over and over and over in your head in order to tell your unconscious mind what it is you want it to do. The more you think about hitting straight, long shots or precision chips, the more you will get that result…

It’s that simple. You will be training your golf mind in a sort of practice way, how you want it to respond when out there on the course. Pre-live those great shots you are going to have on your home course. The more detailed you can get with your mental golf practice, the better.

Hypnosis, Accelerated Learning techniques, Guided visualizations are all forms of this that can enhance the effectiveness. Stay tuned for more golf information coming your way. Start the training now…Until next time,

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?

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

Golf Practice in your head. Unconscious Golf Part 1

2945632_xxlYou might be sitting down at your computer at your home or at your office. You may have caught a few minutes of the Golf Channel or a pro tournament on T.V.

Your mind starts gearing up for golf! Yes, you haven’t played a round in what, a week has it been already?

13235606_xxlYour last round didn’t go so well and you almost vowed to give up the game. You could feel those arm muscles twitching as you walked by the last water hazard and that little voice inside your head said “go ahead, do it, throw ’em in there, you know you want to.”

But, you resisted, and we’re glad you did because you know that those feelings always go away and you’ll be driven like some magnetic force to that great green playground we call a golf course.

But wait! You surely don’t want to repeat last week’s fiasco and so you start calculating what you need to do to avoid that embarrassing score again.

Your mind immediately comes up with the solution to get your butt down to the range and start hitting some balls and work those problems out there until your hands bleed.

Yeah, that’s it! If it worked for Ben Hogan, it’ll work for me. At least that’s what we’re told. But then you start looking through your appointment book or planner to find some time and it’s filled.

There just isn’t a free hour anywhere. What to do now? You surely don’t want to go out there and just die again in front of everyone.

watching yourselfThe answer is Golf Practice in your head!

When big time pros like Phil Mickelson can come back from an injury and win a tournament when he spent hardly any time practicing before it, you know there’s something to it.

Even when they ARE able to practice, they supplement it with golf practice in their head as much or more than on the range. Before we go into this, I need to expound on what you learned in lesson #2 about your unconscious mind.

There have been many studies done to show that practicing in your head, while you sleep, or just daydreaming at your office for a few moments, is the same to the nervous system as actually playing.

And it can sometimes be even much better because many golfers practice incorrectly or without a purpose and all they end up doing is ingraining bad habits!

It can be very simple and I’d like to suggest that you have that intention while doing this.

5864320_xxlFirst off, you may have noticed that I use the terms “unconscious” and “subconscious” interchangeably. Yes, those terms mean exactly the same thing. I prefer “unconscious” but no matter.

Bandler and Grinder, the originators of NLP, said: “the part of your functioning which is responsible for about 95% of your learning and skill is called your unconscious mind.

Once the unconscious mind can accept an idea it begins to execute it, good and bad alike, it doesn’t matter what you put into it, if it accepts it, it will act on it and execute what you tell it to do.”

So you have to watch what you think and say especially to yourself. Never use negatives like: “I’m a lousy putter”. Your unconscious mind will believe it and act on it.

This is one of the most important ideas on how our unconscious mind works and it’s directly related to golf. Here’s some more:

7675084_xxl1. It’s prime directive is to preserve the body ie survive and thrive.

2.Stores all memories and organizes them in a time order.

3. It is symbolic. It uses and reacts to symbols.

4. It always chooses the path of least resistance. This usually means, unfortunately for us, that it will choose to do it what it has always done that has given you comfort and no stress. Again, this is not all bad so long as we understand this, we can give our unconscious mind orders where the easiest choice for it to make will benefit us.

5. It needs repetition until a habit is installed.

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6. It enjoys serving but must have crystal clear orders to follow.

7. Is the domain of all of our emotions. Wow, can you see the power here in learning how to work with our unconscious mind for golf in controlling our emotions?

8. It runs the body.

9. It contains the ability to transfer learned skills from one part of our body or mind to another. Here’s the big kicker concept for Mental Practice. This idea supports the contention that it is not 100% necessary to practice based on the old model of the brain that we “hard-wire” these abilities in our nervous system. That old model says that we “store” muscle memory and that it is only gained after repetitive learning has caused the proper neural connections to become established between brain cells.

9195836_xxlTo understand what I’m talking about here, take your non-dominant elbow, if you’re right-handed, use your left and vice versa. And write your first name in the air in front of you with the point of that elbow.

You’ve probably never done this before in your entire life but you were able to do this very easily the first time! So it can be with learning how to play good golf in our mind, as we will see.

Ok, we’ll continue with this idea the next time. It was necessary for us to cover this “why” area before getting into some details about the “how.”  You see, Belief is the cornerstone of achievement. And that’s a whole section in itself that we’ll save for another article.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

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

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Tips for The Mental Game of Golf

The quality of your golf game is equal to the quality of your communication with yourself!

Tips for The Mental Game of GolfIn this article, we are going to begin the process of learning how we can use our mind better for our game. You shouldn’t need to be convinced of the paybacks we can get in this area for cutting your score right?

Developing your mental game is definitely using the Pareto Principle as we can spend so little time and energy here and gain big efficiency toward reducing our score.

And especially getting everything we can out of ourselves and not just for our golf but for the rest of our lives as well, this info is actually applicable to just about anything we want to achieve in our lives.

Tips for The Mental Game of GolfIt’s very exciting and again, the beauty of it all is that what I’m going to tell you does not take much time. We’ve got spare in between moments throughout our regular day and we can take advantage of them because we are just working with our brain. A club in the hand isn’t even necessary! And you can work these concepts into your game anywhere, at home, at the office, even while driving!

If you would have asked Sam Snead, or Byron Nelson who their mental coach or golf psychologist is when they were playing, they would have looked at you with a blank stare and said “what are you talking about?” Up until recently, there were none.

The 1st time I had heard about mental coaches for golf was when I was listening to an interview on sports radio while I was living in Portland, Oregon in 1995. PGA pro Peter Jacobsen, who is from that area, had just won at Pebble Beach and Buick Invitational after a long period where he didn’t win anything.  He was asked what happened, what he did to so dramatically improve his game to be at the top of the tour again after a long dry spell. He said he had spent time with a sports psychologist. In those wins and his other top finishes that year, he putted unbelievably well, even by tour standards. One of the things he said that the psychologist had him do was to practice his putting, for an hour a day without a ball. Wow, do you have the discipline to do that? I don’t know if I do either.

14100953_xxlWe all know that we use only a fraction of our brainpower. What if we could use more? We can!

We’re going to have a lot of fun with this and it’s where I give the greatest credit to my getting into the 70’s and my client’s scoring improvements. I mean imagine, I go 25 years or so of hacking up courses, spraying shot everywhere, shooting in the 90’s. I even took lessons and that still didn’t do it and then I read a couple of books that aren’t even about golf that jumped me to the next level.

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Now, you may hear or read about some golf psychologist or teaching pro saying that they don’t believe you can just read a book, not practice “correct” mechanics and then get that much better at sports performance, but I ‘m here to tell you I and many others have done it, and I had no help from anyone. So I KNOW you can too because of your human potential. You are human right? That’s the only pre-requisite here.

So how did I start all this? In my teens, I took a course in college called “interpersonal communications” and was introduced to a couple of psychology books. This info has been around for a while folks but it’s just as valid today as then. Some of it even refers to concepts learned centuries ago from some of the great philosophers.

I’m reading them thinking: “where have I been that I ‘ve never seen this before?”  Well, looking back, I’d say I was stuck in the typical golfer rut of getting as much mechanical instruction as I could get and then I had to practice it regularly to get better. Except, that didn’t work!

Anyway, our project in that class was to try to change something in our life using what we learned. I was extremely shy about speaking in public like many people and so I attempted to use the concepts but I didn’t stick with it! I gave it a quick try and proclaimed it to be a failure like many of us do when discovering a new concept. I then forgot all about it until years later when I had that “meltdown” round of 112 and started to look for something different otherwise I’d still consider myself insane by Albert Einstein’s criteria right?  So I picked up those books again and gave it a real try this time and like magic, it did wonders for my game! I was as shocked about it as anyone.

9843155_xxlAll of psychology agrees that it typically takes 21 days to change a habit and that’s for minor changes. It can take longer if you’re going

to do any major reprogramming. But, the key is consistency. You have to do these exercises every day. Missing days will just prolong the results you’re looking for. Now don’t worry, these “exercises” I’m talking about are very easy and fun.

I know you’ve all heard the old saying that we only use 10% of our brainpower. I’m not so sure that number is true but it is a fact that we have untapped potential up there.

Some of the top Olympic competitors and professional athletes are finding out how to tap into this. They’ve done it, they’ve put the concepts to use. What if we could grab some of that too? What of the possibilities?

That’s the main reason why sport records keep getting broken, it’s because we keep finding new ways to use our mind to make our body perform better and this is part of it.

Since those first 2 books, I’ve studied many more and found that there are recurrent themes running throughout all of them and the biggest one is that we want to develop rapport with our unconscious mind. When we do that, we can play golf with our unconscious mind that is far more consistent than the conscious.

How do we do that?

watching yourselfWell, there’s more than a few opinions and modalities developed to do just that and I’ve explored and am continuing to research them. I’ve already mentioned Hypnosis, NLP, and also Accelerated Learning techniques. I’ll write more on each of these in coming articles too but before that, you need to understand first how our mind operates.

You must first understand that you have 2 major functioning systems of your mind: the Conscious Mind and the Unconscious Mind (some people call it the Subconscious mind but it’s the same thing). The conscious mind just does not do a very good job of playing golf. It is a major contributor, yes.

Have you ever heard someone remark something like this: “He played unconsciously today” ?

When you can learn to play golf with that automatic swing mechanism, that part of you that is so consistent that it can beat your heart your entire life and regulate an unlimited number of other systems inside and about you, then golf gets easy.

There is a block between your conscious and unconscious minds. This is what is known as the Critical Thinking Factor. That’s the part of you that prevents messages from getting into your unconscious mind so that you can take your range game over to the course for instance.

In following articles and posts I make, we will begin the process of understanding and utilizing the mental game of golf and I will be providing tips for you to be able to make that connection.  That is what we are all about here at Break 80 golf.

Stay tuned…
Craig

craig seglHave 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:

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