Best Approach to Your Golf Game Management- Be the Ball
One of the best mental and physical approaches to your golf game management is to just BE THE BALL. This quote, “Be the ball,” is from the movie Caddyshack, a comedy, not a movie where you would find tips about your golf game. But this is probably one of the best quotes the golfer can actually take to the course and experience real results in their golf game and management.
One of the questions I get asked during interviews is, “What swing thoughts do you try to have on the golf course?” My reply is the same each time, “You don’t want to develop swing thoughts; you want to develop and focus on muscle memory.”
The Force Behind Your Golf Swing
I could not think of a better approach to one’s golf game and swing techniques than the quote Ty Webb, played by Chevy Chase, gave to Danny Noonan, played by Michael O’Keefe. “I’m going to give you a little advice. There is 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.”
Every time I’m asked about swing thoughts, I mention this quote from Caddyshack. Then the next question is, how do you take this quote to the golf course? Then I break this quote down this way in three key parts from the quote:
- There is a Force in the universe- the force is our subconscious mind. There are some basic fundamentals of how the subconscious mind works that provides the golfer with an edge.
- The subconscious mind can’t distinguish between virtual and real.
- The longer the subconscious mind processes a belief, the more difficult to alter that process.
- What the subconscious mind can expect tends to be realized.
- The subconscious mind always prevails over the conscious mind.
- The more the conscious effort, the smaller the subconscious response.
- Suggestions can program the subconscious mind.
- Get in touch with it (it being the subconscious mind)- The best way to access this unbelievable force is through mental and physical reps to form muscle memory.
- Be the ball– This doesn’t mean to be the ball as it does to be the objective. This is supported by principle three above; what you expect tends to be realized. You want to be where the ball is going. I even place myself on the green or in the fairway where I want the ball to land.
This is the explanation of my three principles of golf game management:
Determining the WHAT and the HOW!
The conscious mind should be responsible for WHAT you want to do. Whereas, the subconscious mind is responsible for HOW to accomplish it.
To demonstrate how to get in touch with the subconscious mind, you can use the same situation that can occur while driving down a highway called Driving Hypnosis. While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway. There are three conditions that must exist to get in touch with the subconscious mind:
- The task and conditions must be familiar, both normal and routine.
- A high level of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory must be present.
- The main factors, the conscious and subconscious minds, are focused on two different tasks at the same time. Driving Hypnosis perfectly describes Dr. Nick Molinaro’s statement of Shifting attention, being aware not distracted.
Here a brief description of developing these condition:
- The task and conditions must be familiar, both normal and routine– This can be accomplished by the golfer setting up their practice, more like a training session. Most golfers don’t play how they practice and vice versa. One means to do this is by taking a page out of the football practice book called a scrimmage game, or the 405- Training Drill. This allows the golfer to practice how the golfer plays, where the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference.
- A high level of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory must be present– One of the methods of how the subconscious mind functions is that the subconscious mind can’t distinguish between virtual and real conditions. A golfer can follow a technique in my book by using a golf baton and work on their golf game anywhere, at any time. I was able to interview a Vietnam P.O.W., Colonel George Robert Hall, who proved this point. If you select his name, you can read more details and my interview with Col. Hall.
- The main factors, the conscious and subconscious minds, are focused on two different tasks at the same time– This is where the golfer needs to focus their conscious mind on WHAT (the objective), and let their subconscious mind focus on HOW (executing the golf shot).
To learn how to develop a virtual golf training format to lower your handicap, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
My book can also be purchased at Edwin Watts Golf Store in Jackson, Mississippi. Phone No. 601-956-8784
820 East County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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