THE ability to adapt himself to changing circumstances is one of the most important skills any golfer can have.
I have realized this fact for a number of years, but it was never brought home to me so graphically as in the 1962 Professional Golfers’ Association championship on the Aroni-mink course in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. In the Western Open a few weeks before the PGA tournament, I had experimented with using a 4-wood off the tee on certain holes.
Previously, on the pro tour, I had very seldom replaced a driver with a 4-wood, believing that the fifteen yards difference in distance was too much to give up. But Aronimink is one of those courses where there is a tremendous premium on accuracy. The rough is thick and there are numerous trees and traps lining the fairways. And anyone knows that a straight ball is the hardest shot to hit in golf.
I figured that I could use the 4-wood to reach the green with my second shot, while the other fellows were hitting irons. If you’re playing well, there’s no reason you can’t do this.
I don’t mean to say that I’m not always striving for length. But many players forget that it is often more important to keep the ball in play. Chick Harbert says that every golfer must have one bread-and-butter shot, something that he can fall back on when nothing else will work.
I guess that my 4-wood falls into that category for me, although this may be only a phase. In another year it could be something entirely different. But in the PGA I used the 4-wood off the tee on 21 of the 72 holes. I made another alteration in my game at Aronimink.
A day or two before the tournament, I was watching Bill Casper practice on the putting green, paying particular attention to the way he broke his wrists.
I noticed he was employing a firmer stroke than me-a jab, with a short follow through. I had previously made a move in that direction, but my putting was still not going well, so I decided to adapt my style more closely to Casper’s. Putting is extremely important to the game of golf, and this fact is realized by the top pros.
I think the main difference between the tournament scores of today and 20 or 30 years ago is that the pros spend ever so much more time practicing on the greens. Anyway, the changes I made worked, and I was fortunate enough to win the PGA with a score of 278, although Bob Goalby made me sweat by coming close to a tie on the 72nd hole. I felt very lucky that, by the age of 26, I had won the Masters, the British Open and the PGA.
I would like to close with a story about a young man back in Johannesburg. We had an African shop boy at the Killarney Country Club named William. He couldn’t read or write when we hired him, but he was teaching himself how to read by poring over every golf book or magazine that came into the shop. Often I found him before a mirror practicing the strokes he had learned. He knew the records of almost every golfer in the world, much as a youngster in America can reel off the batting averages of all the baseball players.
Bobby Locke and I were scheduled to play a three-day, head-to-head challenge match. He had never been beaten in South Africa in this kind of match, and I was quite nervous. I asked William if he thought I’d beat Locke. “No,” he said, “you can never do that. You will be too frightened with such a great player.” “But I’m putting very well,” I said. “Especially the short putts.” “You’re putting very badly.
Bobby Locke will kill you on the greens. He is a wiz-ard with that putter. You are too young and you will be too scared.” The morning of the match I called the shop to see if anyone wanted a lesson. When William answered the phone, I thought I’d pull his leg.
He said, “This is William, the shop boy.” I disguised my voice and introduced myself as Bobby Locke. “Good morning, Mr. Locke.” “How’s Gary Player playing these days?” “Oh, very, very well,” said William. “How is he putting?” “He’s putting like a wiz- ard,” William said, using the same inflection in his voice as he had with me. “Thank you very much,” I said, changing my voice.
This is a perfect example of a hall-of-fame golfers explaining how he went with the conditions of the day and his swing in order to adjust to win. Don’t take this too literally for everyone because sometimes, it’s best to just play your game and work on being consistent with what you do best no matter the conditions. An example of this is Bruce Lietzke who almost always hit a fade even on dog leg left shots.
Gary Player’s stories here illustrate that golf is such an individual sport and that there is no perfect way to swing or play the game. You want to play it your way and commit to that. If you have the ability to adapt like a great player, then by all means, do it.
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by Norman Hallett
This person’s confusion stemmed from the notion of the Subconscious Mind… what it is and what is does.
I understand the confusion.
Something you can’t touch, see or smell lend itself to a deeper analysis. What you CAN “see” are the results of the functioning of the subconscious mind.
In the 1930’s, Napoleon didn’t have the science we have today to try to explain the way the mind works. And even now, you have to analyze the outcomes of the workings of the mind to understand the mind.
Of all the explainations I’ve heard and read of what the subconscious mind is, I like Frank Caprio, M.D.’s take on the subject. In his book, “Healing with Self-Hypnosis” he states,
“The subconscious mind is that part of your thinking that is governed by your instincts. Behind all behavior are motivations hidden in your subconscious mind.
He goes on,
“Your subconscious mind consists of associated sense impressions and memories of all your past. It is composed of your brain, spinal cord, and a network of nerves that branch out through your entire body. These nerves extend from head to toe, and information about every move, every thought, and every emotion follows the route from brain to body.
Every single bodily activity is thus controlled. This includes your involuntary internal organs, such as those that make up your digestive, circulatory, reproductive, and respiratory system, as well as every physical motion, even the blinking of your eyes.
Every automatic habit and personal idiosyncrasy is controlled by your subconscious mind.”
(Now, here’s come something very interesting…)
“This subconscious communication goes on day and night, whether you are awake or asleep. It maintains a storage bank of memories of that includes everything that ever happened to you — every experience, relationship, word spoken — everything.
Not only are the memories of your every experience, good and bad, stored in your subconscious mind, but also therein are the memories of the emotions and the environment that accompanied the experience.
Your subconscious mind controls all functions of your body that are not under direct control of your conscious mind, and upon specific occasions, it actually takes over the powers of the conscious mind. For example, the subconscious mind can prevent the conscious mind from speaking, resulting in stammering.”
These facts are only some of the reasons I’m so fascinated with the subconscious mind and why it is the ABSOLUTE KEY to getting what you want for you and your loved ones.
Recall ANY story where someone overcame impossible odds.
In every case, the “base” of the miracle was belief in one’s self.
I would advise all of us to set lofty goals… Goals that will inspire us.
But what about that little voice in your head that doubts that you’ll achieve a goal that high?
That little voice is your Subconscious Mind and the great thing is that you can self-program that little voice to support your goals… no matter how seemingly-impossible.
And the way you do that is to place your mind into a light alpha brain-wave state and submit your positive suggestions directly to your subconscious mind.
Deciding to take control of what goes into your subconscious mind is the main decision you will have to make in order to start creating your wealth… wealth of money, of romance, of golf or anything!
Norman Hallett is a very successful entrepreneur, a golfer and a widely respected writer.
Together with his wife, Tisha Hallett, one of America’s premier subconscious trainers, they founded Subconscious Training Corp to offer state of the art mental training to help everyone from athletes to business executive get what they want.
The reason you want to learn about the subconscious mind (I like to call it the “unconscious mind”) is because when you create a rapport with it, an agreement with it (I say “it” but I’m really referring to a part of YOU), then you can create all sorts of magic out there on the golf course.
Your subconscious mind knows exactly how to hit every shot perfectly if you’ve done it just once. It also knows how to hit bad shots if you’ve done that. Therefore, the name of the game in golf is to be able to make that communication link and tell your subconscious mind exactly what it is that you want it to do on any given golf shot.
The more you understand how the subconscious mind works and have the intention to make that connection and then trust it to perform, the more automatic and consistent you will become.
Free golf mental tip match play after another. Let’s start with this one By MICHAEL ANTHONY
You probably have heard many times that your greatest opponent is yourself, not old man golf. The following is a brief explanation why.
Your brain or computer starts working at a very early age. Approximately six months after conception, your brain starts recording all your mother’s thoughts and actions while you are still in her womb. It continues to record everything you do and experience during your lifetime and accumulates a data base on YOU.
For simplicity sake we will refer to your brain’s data base as your TAPE. Your tape is a conceptual representation of the entire history of all your previous thoughts and actions which comprise your present performance level.
The concept of your tape is important to comprehend because your brain or computer is programmed to make similar decisions in accordance to what is in its date base or tape. Since your brain is programmed to make decisions similar to what you have done in the past, the biggest challenge you will face when trying to change your thoughts and actions to improve your golf is your tape.
Your brain will use all of your strengths and weaknesses recorded on your tape to keep you at your present level of performance or within your comfort zone. To improve your golf, you must overcome your programming to repeat what is on your tape. This may seem like a simple explanation of what you are up against, but it is crucial for you to be aware that your tape will control you unless you exercise control over it.
Fortunately, you can change your past tendencies because the most current portion of your tape has the biggest impact on your decision making process. But make no mistake, it will be a battle between your desire to change or improve and your brain’s programming to have you repeat what is on your tape. Your tape doesn’t care if it’s positive or negative, its job is to have you repeat the same thing over and over.
When you go to sleep, your brain reviews all your thoughts and actions for that day. If you do something different from your normal routine, your brain has to decide to either assimilate this new behavior or reject it so it can make spontaneous decisions once you awake. This is why the best time to give your tape new instructions is just before going to sleep and immediately upon awaking. Otherwise, you will more than likely go right back to the previous responses on your tape.
Free golf match play mental tip : By successfully putting new thoughts and actions on your tape consistently for a period of 30 days, your brain will assimilate these as new habits and they will become part of your normal tape response. Remember that you control your tape or your tape will control you. It is your choice and will be reflected in your golf score.
If you are interested in more by Michael Anthony, check out his website: Michael Anthony’s Free golf mental tip match play page I have read this book and highly recommend it to all golfers. Many an excellent mental golf tip in this book. I have also used some of this info in my quest to break 80 as I found it extremely helpful.
Welcome to Craig Sigl’s Blog. Who the heck am I?
Well, that’s a loaded question. I usually like to find out about someone by asking what their passions are. I think more than anything else, that is what defines us and drives us to act on anything. You know, those things we do with seemingly no effort. We feel like we are “pushed” by an invisible force to make it happen. We can’t NOT do it!
Some folks say they are driven by money. I would ask them what will that money get for them. Some say it’s religion or God. I would ask them “for what purpose?”
No matter what the answer, it’s right..It’s You! Having said that, my passions are to explore, to experience, to travel, to discover, to learn, to interact,….and to teach.
If I were financially free, and I’m working hard on that, then I think that I would spend my days going to classes, reading books, taking seminars, travelling the world and then using what I learn to make a difference in others lives, as many as possible.
“If we’re not growing, we’re dying”
Lately I’ve come up with some big Aha’s. You know, those light-bulb ideas that sound the bells in your head like…Eureka, I’ve got it now! In no particular order:
1. Belief is everything
2. Everything we do can be boiled down to emotions and feelings
3. We are exactly what we think we are and we project that to others
4. We have an unconscious mind and that’s where our untapped potential lies
5. There is a God. Just one.
6. There is another dimension or field out there that we can’t sense with our normal states of consciousness
7. Everyone has a purpose and meaning for their life. The concept of “Love” in it’s many forms is part of this.
8. I will have more revelations and ideas as I go along…I will never stop learning
Ok, here are my little “Aha’s” and passions.
I have 2 boys. I love to camp and play games with them and their friends. I really enjoy golfing and fishing, especially fly fishing. Yes, I let the fish go and give them the respect of life in the process. I love to play sports and games with anyone. Watching them on TV is fun too. I really enjoy just sitting with another person and talking about life, people, and how the universe works. I could do that for hours.
Since I was a teenager, I loved listening to hard rock music, until recently. My studies are showing me how some environmental choices we make affect our strength and ability to think and act powerfully and clearly. I will still occasionally indulge in some of my old favorites like Deep Purple, Rush, The Cult and 80’s metal for anchored nostalgia regression purposes. And now, most of my musical listening time is with Hypnotic Music and Sounds.
I read about a book or 2 a month. Some of my favorites are:
Holographic Golf, Confidence, The China Study, Blink, Everything You Need To Know To Feel Go(o)d, Overachievement, Influence, Inner Golf, Holographic Universe, Quantum Healing, Psychocybernetics, Superlearning. There’s more…I’m one of Amazon’s best customers.
My history? Ok, here it is. Grew up in Southern California with both parents, 2 brothers and one sister. I now feel very fortunate to have been placed in such a great family. The more I talk with folks, the more I find that to be the exception and I’m grateful for it, especially my parents.
Went to College and earned my degree in Business Finance. Wish I’d studied Psychology now. I moved to the Northwest at age 25 to see the great beauty of nature and play in it.Hired on with Fedex Express and got married soon after. Both boys born in Portland OR area after we relocated there as I continued to seek out my own business opportunity.
It never happened until I accepted a severance package from Fedex after 15 years. Divorce happened right after that. I began my new adventure with www.break80golf.com
Breaking 80 is about scoring in the 70’s in the game of golf but it represents much more than that to me. It means breaking through every self-imposed barrier we have. And I’ve got a few more to crush yet; some mine, some others.
“Few really believe, the most believe that they believe…or even make believe”
Craig Sigl is a Speaker, Trainer. and Master Practitioner of Hypnosis, NLP and Time Empowerment techniques. You can find everything he is involved in on his Business site including phone, address and email contact info at:
Craig Sigl, an average golfer who turned himself into pretty good one…without practice.
I was bitten by the golf bug when I was about 12 when my older brother and parents would take me to a par 3 course in Newport Beach, California. This course even had lights so that you could play at night. I thought the whole idea of golf was just a blast!
Over the next 25 years or so, I continued playing average golf like many of us. That is, I’d score (from white tees, regulation course) somewhere in the 90’s maybe high 80’s or over 100 once in awhile.
During those years, I took a golf class in Junior College, I took a lesson set from a pro, I read Golf magazines, I listened to advice from well-meaning partners and friends, and I watched pro golf tournaments on TV regularly. I enjoyed playing golf at that level but always felt I was missing something since my game never improved! I just stayed at that same level of play every time I went out.
Sometimes I would go out with the idea that I was going to just drink beer and have fun with my friends and partners and not care a whit about score. And sometimes I would really try hard to have a good round.
It really didn’t matter either way to my scoring and I felt there was just no way I was going to get any better.I just couldn’t crack this “golf thing.” It was very frustrating. I was having to admit that I was just an average golfer…and maybe for life.
So, at some point in many average golfer’s life, you either say to yourself “I give up trying to improve and am just going to go out and have a good time knocking the ball around in the great outdoors”. OR You say to yourself “I am on a mission to improve and I will try everything in my power to hit my scoring goal of breaking 80 or 90 or 100.
I chose the latter, yet, I had a big problem in that I didn’t have any time to devote to the game.
One day, I’m messing around in my garage and I start looking at a bunch of books gathering dust in a box. I thumbed through a couple in particular that I remembered from years ago in junior college. One had a chapter on Accelerated Learning for sports performance! Another one had quotes from Jack Nicklaus about golf! These 2 books sparked my interest and formed my foundation for self-improving my golf score to be able to
Regularly Break 80 Without Practicing!
After selling over 500 copies of Without Practice around the world in it’s first 9 months in 2005, I knew I was on to something. I took courses from American Pacific University and other Certifying Boards to begin my own Personal Mind Training practice.
I have since partnered with Sports Psychologist, Dr. Tom Kubistant whom I consider a mentor and a friend.
Today, on any given off day, you can find me at the gym working out, at the golf course, or just playing ball at the local school yard with my 2 boys and their friends. At the age of 47, I might even accept a challenge for a 50 yard dash race or a full court game of basketball!
“Participation in sports is more than about just playing a game. It teaches so many of life’s lessons that we wouldn’t otherwise experience. It can also lead to exciting possibilities of discovering potential in all areas of our life through the power of the mind.”
I also specialize in using Hypnosis for athletes and business people in getting over mental blocks, performance anxiety and fears.
For sports, visit: Seattle Sports Hypnosis
Washington State registered Hypnotherapist
B.S. Cal State University Long Beach
Fortune 500 Manager
Discover U instructor
2007 Seattle Golf Show Main stage presenter
2007 Seattle Women’s Show main stage presenter
Toastmasters – Former Club President, CT level speaker
Various Fraternal clubs, businesses, and sports team meetings
Craig is a dynamic speaker who presents eye-opening and entertaining seminars
If you think your group can handle his uplifting energy, call 425-457-7777 to book him at your event.
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Greens and fairways!
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