Friday, March 12, 2010

New seminar anouncement.

The next Golfmind seminar will be at Mainway arena at 7.30pm April 6th, 2010. There is no cost to attend, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the Burlington Foodbank.

As a spring promotion I will be doing free private sessions for the first ten golfers to contact me. Each golfer will receive three sessions, covering the entire Golfmind program...lucky buggers, I wish I could get free stuff!

Call me at 905 630 2438 and book your sessions now, and remember, the grass growing as we speak.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Practice makes imperfect?

Practice is necessary.

The pros hit a thousand balls a day.

So why does practice make imperfect...?

Well, it doesn`t always. If your technique is good and all other factors are there, then repitition will re-enforce good form and function.

When practice makes imperfect is when we repeat mistakes without understanding how to correct them. We don`t always have the luxury of having a Pro helping adjust our swing as we play, so we continue to re-enforce less than optimum skill-sets into our game.

The naturally gifted amateur and professional player proceed seemlessly from swing to swing, re-enforcing good habits by endless practice, while most struggle with natural deficits and poor ideas about method, which never get better over time.

Most pros will admit that the game came to them by way of sheer hard work geared to the determination necessary to win.

Malcom Gladwell in his book "Outliers" wrote that it takes 10,000 hours to master a discipline. Simply put that is five years of full-time effort at forty hours a week to become proficient at something, whether it be the violin or micro-surgery or golf.

So. Here`s the thing. Are you going to begin your five years re-enforcing bad habits or taking hit-and-miss attempts at figuring out how best to do things, or are you going to get expert instruction?

Why GolfMind is successful.

The reason why Golfmind works so well is that the trained golfer brings their expertise to the session already stored in their bodies and minds ready to be sorted from the repeated errors of non-focused practice.

Golfmind is a series fo exercises designed to focus on the pre-existing excellence within each golfer that years of playing and practice has trained into the player.

You have already hit a perfect 250 yard drive and made that seemingly impossible putt from 20 yards.

so why can`t you do that repeatedly?

Because you didn`t know how to access right state of mind and body to be able to swing the same way and stand the same way and breathe the same way and follow through the same way you did whent he ball flew 250 yards perfectly straight toward the green.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Body memories.

Our bodies store information about experiences. our muscles, bones and nerves make shapes with our bodies that allow us to feel certian things.

For example; When we stand straight, square our shoulders and smile, we feel vastly different from when we hunch over, drop our heads and frown.

Why is this?

A number of things happen. But to keep it simple, when our bodies make when we score a goal in a hockey game, or get suprised by a tap on the shoulder, nerve impulses go to our brains to do the next thing. this next thing comes in the form of a feeling generated by chemicals called neurotransmitters we then feel good, scared, focused or any one of a thousand other things these feelings set our bodies up for the next action.

This process of signalling and reaction happens tens of thousands of times a day, resulting in thousands of operational adjustments in how we act. The good news about this is that when we control the mechanism of signalling, we can better take control of our lives...and in this specific instance, the game of golf.

It may seem simple and virtually we do simple things like standing in a certain way...but try standing in a way that you know is powerful. Act as if you have just drained a thirty-five yard putt on the eighteenth in front of fans holding thier collective breath and you turn to watch the replay on the screen behind the gallery. See yourself do this over a few times in your mind in more detail, and finish with you standing tall with your chin up, smiling.

Do you hear the fans clapping and cheering?

does that make you stand taller and smile more?

Now, in a few moments return to the practice and just stand the way you remembered finding yourself standing when you heard the cheering and clapping. Be careful to find the exact way your feet were placed and how your head turned and which way your arms were pointed. Each deatail you manage to copy from the original shape your body made when you scored that putt will help you more accurately reproduce the feeling again for your future use.

So, in conclusion, it`s not necessary to be able to understand biochemistry to make our bodies work the way we want them to, just be able to find the right postures to access the correct feelings for the job at hand.

Hypnosis for golf.

As with all other sports, hypnosis is ideally suited to helping golfers improve their game. I have helped athletes from many sports focus more clearly and find their "A" game, but I find myself gravitating back to working with golfers for the simple reason that golf is primarily a game of the mind.

As an avid golfer playing several times a week, you know all too well that if your mind isn`t fully focused on hitting the ball, your game suffers. Seeing the ball, feeling the greens and judging the distance across the water all become exponentially more difficult if your head is back at the office or trying to close that important deal.

You spend many thousands of hours training your body to put a little ball in a hole. Now is your opportunity to teach your mind to get out of the way and let your body do what it already knows best what to do.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Golfmind Golf lesson.

Here is a prime example of a skilled golfer with more than one set of body memories that he has the potential to bring to the tee.

I help Marcus to identify the distinction between his conflicting states and allow him to choose the most resourseful state to approach his next stroke.

Once Marcus has made the conscious distinction between states, he then chooses his state as he would the correct club for the stroke before he approaches the tee.

Welcome to GolfmindOntario.