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:
- You cannot be “hypnotized” unless you want to be.
- You are never under anyone else’s control
- You will always be able to become fully awake at any time, whenever you want.
- 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:
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 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.
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