By: Charles W. Boatright
The 10-Mental Rules of Golf for Confidence
There are 10- Mental Rules of Golf to help the golfer develop golf swing sequence, confidence and consistency in their golf game, it is their confidence and consistency in shot making. These 10-Mental Rules of Golf help the golfer to develop one of the major components in the golf game for confidence and consistency. This is the use of the subconscious mind.
The golfer’s subconscious mind is the golfer’s personal golf swing coach. The subconscious mind is where the golfer’s muscle memory, golf swing sequence, and golf swing fundamentals reside. If the golfer can tap this enormous resource, the golfer will see more confidence, consistency, and more importantly, the ability to enjoy their golf game. To encourage the subconscious mind to work correctly, the golfer needs to use three of their five senses, mainly the sense of touch, sound, and sight.
Chris Stroud, a PGA member who played in the 2017 PGA Championship, made a comment to one of the TNT broadcasters covering the tournament. Chris explained to the broadcaster how he has changed his philosophy that lead him to finish ninth in the PGA Championship. He described to the TNT broadcaster how he (Chris Stroud) previously made a conscious effort to make quality golf shots for par or better, by over thinking. Then just after The British Open, Chris explained how he changed his philosophy. With the help from a sports psychologist, Chris explained how he started to Just let things naturally happen.
Chris Stroud credits the improvement in his play to his new philosophy by his ninth place finish. But what I would like to highlight in this article and substantiate is the philosophy based on Just letting things happen using the 10-Mental Rules of Golf.
Why it is Important to the Golfer’s Game to Just let things Happen, The 10-Mental Rules of Golf
Mental Rule of Golf, No. 9, deals with the reasoning behind the importance of Just letting things happen. Mental rule No. 9 states- The greater the conscious effort reduces the golfer’s subconscious response. The golfer might practice with their conscious mind, mechanics, but they will without a doubt play with their subconscious mind, fundamentals. The greater the conscious effort during one’s golf game reduces the critical subconscious response and performance. This is the main reason why Chris Stroud’s realized the improvement that he had in his golf game.
The subconscious mind works more effectively based on a routine and golf swing sequence. The best example of this golf swing technique is what drivers can experience on the highway called Driving Hypnosis, or ExtraSensory Performance golf swing technique. While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway.
Developing a Subconscious Golf Game by using The 10-Mental Rules of Golf
One of the best quotes the golfer can use to help them improve their golf game was a quote from the movie Caddyshack. (Ty Webb- played by Chevy Chase mentioned to 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.
This is how the golfer can apply this philosophy to their golf game to improve their subconscious golf game:
- There’s a force– This is the golfer’s subconscious mind.
- Get in touch with it– The golfer must develop conditions in practice that must resemble their course play with similar conditions and routine. The golf swing must become a sequential routine, like the baseball swing is to the batter. I don’t know too many batters who think about their baseball swing in the batter’s box while looking at a 95-mph fastball.
- Stop thinking, let things happen– A high level of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory must be present. In the case of an experienced driver, the majority of their tasks are instinctive, which don’t require a conscious effort. These tasks become subconscious, as a matter of fact, almost relaxing, compared to that of a new driver who has to think about every element in driving.
- Be the Ball– The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different tasks at the same time.
A great method to use to demerge the conscious mind from distracting or getting in the way of the subconscious mind is to be a forward observer at the target area, or WHAT you want to do; and let the subconscious mind use the golfer’s sequence and routine, or HOW to actually make the golf shot. The golf swing should be a natural response, not a conscious effort.
I have a Jeep that I enjoy driving, and when I want to relax, I just take a ride in my Jeep with the top down. The golfer can get into this state of mind on the golf course and rely on their golf swing sequence and routine to make the shot, and just stop thinking.
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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.
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