The QATSPY Golf Swing Coach Sports Page
By: Charles W. Boatright
Notice: Special Benefit Auction to Help the Arkansas State Golf Association
The Arkansas State Golf Association will be hosting their annual banquet on September 28, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas. As part of the banquet activities, there will be an auction to raise money for the work they do to promote golf. Some of the items that they will be auctioning will be a signed flag by Jordan Spieth from Royal Birkdale, a signed flag by Brooks Koepka from Erin Hills and golf equipment that includes– a Bushnell range finder and watch, among golf bags and clubs.
Jay Fox, the director of the ASGA, on Arkansas Fairways & Greens, mentioned that these items will be placed on their website link above for people to bid on, along with people who are also attending the banquet Thursday night. This provides a great opportunity for people to bid on rare golf items, while supporting a great cause of promoting golf. Please use the website link above to view these items.
I have provided two signed copies of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, to be auctioned off during Thursday’s night banquet of the Arkansas State Golf Association. My book allows the golfer to take their familiar and well developed baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box with confidence. Please visit the Arkansas State Golf Association website if you are unable to attend this banquet and bid on these items.
Power Ball Golf Swing Coaching Technique is “Be the Ball”
A great forum for coaching golf to any golfer is to develop a Powerball mentality as part of their golf swing mechanics. This can be accomplished by allowing the golfer to develop a focus factor, simply by diverting their conscious mind to Be the Ball. This Be the Ball quote is from the movie Caddyshack, where Ty Webb, played by Chevy Chase, told Danny Noonan, played by Michael O’Keefe— I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
I realize that the movie Caddyshack was based on a comedy about golf. But even in the Caddyshack comedy, there are threads of truth that can go undetected. This Be the Ball quote by Ty Webb to Danny Noonan is probably one of the best forums for coaching golf to develop what I call the Powerball mentality in golf. There aren’t many golfers who don’t want more power and mental control in their golf game. Matter of fact, I have not heard the first golfer say I have enough power and control in my golf swing!
Here’s the basis of this Be the Ball Quote- the golfer’s conscious mind is actively thinking about ideas and objectives. Any active thinking during the golf swing, that I refer to as in the box, derails the golfer’s sequential subconscious process. This is the key reason why professional athletes who start thinking can adversely impact their performance. A great example of this is a baseball pitcher on the mound who starts thinking about their mechanics and techniques loses their control. The only thing the pitcher wants to do is focus on where to place the pitch in the strike zone.
This same strike zone approach can apply to the golfer’s swing. The golfer can’t afford to think about their golf swing mechanics or techniques in the box. The box is the moment the golfer addresses the ball and executes their golf swing to the photo finish. But, at the same time, we, as humans, just can’t stop thinking on the dime. It is a natural, ongoing process to have an active in the conscious mind. But the golfers can redirect the conscious mental activity to be more proactive, by focusing on a process, or to Be the Ball. This is like the pitcher focusing on the baseball being in a certain spot in the strike zone. The pitcher is not thinking about the entire strike zone, but a certain spot.
The Subconscious Mind | The Force of the Universe
While the conscious mind specializes in thinking, it has another function of focusing, which allows the golfer to access the subconscious process. Focusing is like the key to the tremendous ability and potential of the subconscious mind. Remember, the subconscious mind, force in the universe, is where the golfer’s swing, or muscle memory for feel, resides. The golfer’s swing is made up of instinctive golf swing mechanics and techniques.
The subconscious mind is very specialized in developing the golfer’s golf swing mechanics and techniques, almost like a survivor skill. The golfer should focus on developing certain golf swing mechanics and techniques to form instinctive muscle memory, or feel, instead of thinking. Judy Rankin, a broadcaster on Golf Channel, had a great statement about the subconscious process that a player mentioned during the Evian Championship. She restated, The more mechanical and technical the player became in her golf swing, the more feel she had to execute her golf swing. The feel, or muscle memory, in the subconscious mind is what Ty Web was referring to as the Force in the universe.
A great forum for coaching golf is based on the golfer developing their own self-coaching process, or muscle memory during their golf swing workout. No one can develop your muscle memory, or feel, for the golf swing except for the golfer; it’s the golfer’s responsibility. This self-coaching process allows the golfer to get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
The Million Dollar Golf Question and Answer
Now for the Million dollar question- HOW to get in touch with it (the subconscious mind), let things happen (instinctive feel), and be the ball. The answer is in two parts, The WHAT and The HOW. The WHAT is the function of the conscious mind by focusing on the anticipation of the sound the ball will make coming off the clubface; the anticipation of the ball’s trajectory to the target, and ball hitting its target area! The subconscious mind in golf can’t be activated without using three of our five senses. This is the Sight, Sound, and Feel of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
To activate the golfer’s subconscious mind, the golfer needs to use three of their five senses to create their sixth sense called ExtraSensory Performance, or ESP. This develops be the ball technique, sight, sound, and feel.
Be the Ball Technique| ExtraSensory Performance
Everyone has experienced ExtraSensory Performance (be the ball), even if you didn’t realize it at the time. Most have experienced this be the ball technique while driving a vehicle down a familiar stretch road or scenic highway. This condition is called Driving Hypnosis, or what I call ExtraSensory Performance.
Here’s what happens under Driving Hypnosis. The skills, abilities, and techniques the driver has developed under normal driving conditions can become so instinctive that it creates an autopilot mentality. These tasks are automatic responses, with little to no conscious effort needed, except for focusing.
I learned to drive my grandfather’s three-speed, standard 1942 Jeep. At the start of learning to drive the Jeep, I had to provide a tremendous amount of conscious effort that was awkward and problematic. But with precision, perseverance, practice, and patience, driving my grandfather’s Jeep became as familiar and as instinctive as walking or riding a bicycle. No thinking required!
The only thing I needed to do was focus on where I wanted to go and the conditions on the road, so I could enjoy the drive to my destination. Then driving my grandfather’s Jeep became enjoyable.
Even though you are in autopilot mode, you are still consciously aware of what is occurring in order to make adjustments. The sequence of driving, operating, and navigating becomes instinctive. As the driver gets into their routine, Driving Hypnosis can occur where the driver for short periods of time doesn’t remember driving past certain landmarks. The driver’s conscious mind is focused on something other than driving and is totally disengaged from driving. The driver’s subconscious mind takes over all of the driving tasks during these short intervals.
While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway
While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway. In Driving Hypnosis, the driver’s conscious mind is diverted to something other than driving. In most cases, the driver’s conscious mind is focusing on the people or events that the driver will meet or attend, while disengaging from driving tasks.
If the golfer can take Driving Hypnosis and apply it to their golf game, then they can develop what athletes refer to as playing IN THE ZONE. Driving Hypnosis is key to engaging the golfer’s subconscious mind. This is where the golfer’s conscious mind focuses on be the ball, and let the subconscious mind perform the actual golf swing. Here are some athletes’ description of the experience of being IN THE ZONE:
- Everything was automatic and natural.
- It was like being a spectator to what I was performing.
- It was like another person was performing on the court or field.
- It was almost as if my mind and body were separated.
I know one golf coach from Texas who informed me that he didn’t want to even use the term hypnosis. But, if you look at how high performing athletes described the ZONE, they are actually describing the same conditions that occur in Driving Hypnosis. I can’t think of any reason why a golfer wouldn’t want to develop this ZONE-like performance, based on the Driving Hypnosis technique. If you want to develop the ExtraSensory Performance in your golf game, or be the ball, here are the conditions that must exist:
- Normal and routine tasks and conditions must exist.
- Rely on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory.
- The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different situations.
Here’s how this applies to the golfer’s game as in Be the Ball:
- Normal and routine tasks and conditions must exist– This is KEY! The golfer must practice to develop a normal routine under similar conditions that they will play under. All too often, the golfer’s practice sessions don’t resemble playing conditions. This is why I developed the 405- Training Drill in The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, in Section 7.0, that is actually a football-type scrimmage for the golfer. If the subconscious mind senses different sets of circumstances during playing conditions than that of their practice sessions, the subconscious mind will pull from those experiences of playing, rather than their practice sessions. This is why most golfers do not see any measurable improvement in their golf game. Their practice sessions aren’t relevant and are disregarded, for the most part, during their game.
- Rely on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory– Just like learning to drive under actual road conditions, instead of in a parking lot, the golfer using the scrimmage-type practice technique becomes relaxed and confident in playing. The golfer using scrimmage-type practice can develop usable golf swing mechanics and techniques, based on their muscle memory, or feel. By using the 405- Training Drill, the golfer learns to use golf swing mechanics and techniques they developed during practice to confidently deal with their adrenaline. Adrenaline is like the elixir that turned most golfers from Dr. Jekyll, the confident golfer, into Mr. Hyde, the unpredictable golfer. The adrenaline factor is what is missing from most golfers’ practice sessions. Adrenaline is part of the conditions that the golfer must develop, and the 405- Training Drill does this.
- The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different situations– This is where the golfer, focusing on the Be the Ball technique, prevents over-thinking. Just like the driver under Driving Hypnosis, the golfer must transition from thinking to focusing on Being the Ball. The golfer’s conscious mind is able to separate and get out of the way of the subconscious mind. In the driver’s situation, the driver focuses, for example, on the people or event they are going to see or attend. The driver can allow their subconscious mind to develop the ZONE-like performance and enjoy the ride.
Like in any effective business, the supervisors, the conscious mind, determine WHAT the team needs to pursue and accomplish. Then, the supervisor can get out of the way of the team’s performance, the subconscious mind, on HOW.
To learn how to develop a Driving Hypnosis-type golf game performance to release your Powerball golf swing mechanics, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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A Recommendation for your Golf Game:
I would like to recommend an interesting radio program that I regularly listen to from my home state Arkansas on my I-Heart Radio app on KARN 102.9 FM station, out of Little Rock, AR. They air a golf show called Arkansas Fairways and Greens, at 7:00 AM CT each Saturday morning, hosted by Bob Steel, and co-hosted by Jay Fox and Charles Crowson. Bob occasionally as has his guess Alex Myers with Golf Digest and Ron Sirak with Golf Channel. I was interviewed on his show about my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. This show is worth tuning into for golf news and information.
Jay Fox is an Administrator with Arkansas State Golf Association that discuss amateur golf and rules of the game.
Once you learn WHY, you don’t forget HOW!
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