By: Charles W. Boatright
The QATSPY is the mental part of golf as Bobby Jones, Sr., stated- “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears,” or neuromuscular junction-that is governed by the Mental Rules of the Subconscious Mind.
NOTE: If the golfer experience a slump or difficult finding their golf swing, the golfer needs to pay close attention to Mental Rule of Golf No. 7 and 9. Remember the golfer can’t practice themselves out of a slump of finding their swing again; they will have to play their way out of a slump. Practicing your golf swing on the hitting range and taking golf lessons are a conscious effort. Playing golf is a subconscious effort. This is one reason the golfer finds is difficult to take their golf swing from the hitting range or taking lessons to the golf course.
The QATSPY | The 10-Mental Rules of the Subconscious Mind in Golf:
- The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualizations and real situations: This allows the golfer to use their mental capabilities to develop a Quintessential Athletic Technique (QAT), or the ability to train under mental conditions that the golfer will perform under. The golfer predominately trains with the conscious mind, but the golfer performs with the subconscious mind on the course. The QATSPY process develops an effective training process that the golfer will need to have the mental conditions in place that reflect the mental conditions of the course.
- Your subconscious feels that time passes faster: When the golfer can develop and heighten the sense of subconscious focus, the actual time seems to slow down. A baseball player, like Wade Boggs, in the batter’s box can develop an altered time zone where he can actually slow down the pitch to see the stitching on the baseball. If the baseball player can focus their conscious attention on the pitch, then the subconscious mind is freed up to connect with their senses (i.e., vision, feel, and sound).
- The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder will it will be to alter this belief: A golfer who can develop an ExtraSensory Performance, or neuromuscular junction-type motor skills training, can hard-wire their training to their subconscious mind. The Quintessential Athletic Technique (in the QATSPY) uses three of the athlete’s five senses to develop an involuntary response-type performance (vision, feel, and sound).
- Every thought causes a physical reaction: This is the biggest influence that the golfer’s conscious mind has over the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind can’t distinguish between a negative or a positive thought process. If the golfer’s last thought is not to hit the golf ball into the water hazard, the subconscious mind takes that as a directive. The golfer’s conscious mind needs to focus on what to do, instead of what not to do.
- What the conscious mind expects tends to be subconsciously performed: If the golfer can develop a conscious training and self-coaching procedure similar to the conditions that the golfer will encounter on the course, the golfer’s subconscious mind can develop the self-coaching performance. Nick Faldo stated at the 2015 Quicken Loans Tournament that the golfer has to become their own golf coach out on the course. The key word here is similar conditions. Remember, in golf the range is actually a hitting range, not a practice range. The range does not reflect the conditions on the course. So practice how you play; and play how you practice and become your own golf coach.
- Finding proof to your beliefs strengthens them: The subconscious mind is result-oriented. If the subconscious mind can’t confirm the golfer’s training with real results, the subconscious mind will not retain the golfer’s training. The subconscious mind has to have proof that a procedure actually works before it can retain that procedure. This is one reason that the golfer finds it hard to carry their training and/or lessons from practice to the course.
- The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious mind: This is the single biggest factor affecting the golfer’s performance. If the conditions the golfer or athlete trains under don’t resemble the conditions the golfer will perform under, the subconscious mind will rely on its performances conditions and not practice conditions. If the long hours the golfer trains under don’t resemble conditions the golfer with perform under, the golfer can only expect to retain less than 15 percent of their training or lesson(s). This even applies to the professional athletes. If you don’t train to be your own golf coach during practice sessions, then you, as the golfer, can’t meet the performance level you are expecting on the course where it counts.
- A muscle memory, once established, will remain firmly in place until it is replaced by another: Muscle memory is difficult to change, once it has been established. The reason is that the subconscious mind is treating the golfer’s original muscle memory as a survival skill. To change an existing muscle memory, the golfer has to prove over time that the muscle memory is an effective, natural progression and can provide the desired results. If not, the subconscious mind will maintain the original muscle memory.
- The greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response will be: This can be best explained by the example of someone who suffers from insomnia. Consciously trying to sleep will only make it even more difficult to fall asleep. The person who avoids consciously thinking about falling asleep will find it easier to fall asleep. Yogi Berra had a great question- How can you think and hit at the same time? The answer is, you can’t. The more the golfer thinks about their golf swing that should be a natural muscle memory, the harder the golfer will find it to make the desired golf shot. Thinking about one’s golf swing leads to lost of feel for the swing and then slumps.
- Suggestions can be used to “program” the subconscious mind: What the golfer focuses on, the golfer will become. In the QATSPY, the Quintessential Athletic Technique, I have three simple elements that I visually set up. This sequence is based on three muscles memory to Sync, Preset, and Yaw in the QATSPY process. Each element is tied directly to a particular ergonomic muscle memory listed below:
A Course of Action the Golfer can Take- In order to take your golf swing to the course- the golfer has to practice how they play, and play how they practice. The golfer can accomplish this by taking a page out of the football coach’s play book called practice game or scrimmage. In golf the golfer can use a practice process called 405- Training Drill. This is discussed in Section 7 of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. The 405- Training Drill allows the golfer to train the subconscious mind and become their own golf coach on the golf course.
The QATSPY Golf Process in Setting up the Golf Swing
- Sync the Supinator muscle in the QATSPY process synchronizes the golfer’s right elbow (for the right-handed golfer) with the right side and shoulders. This was a tip that Arnold Palmer gave President Eisenhower before a Pro-Am, as noted in Kingdom Magazine.
- Preset the Thenar muscle in the QATSPY process presets the golfer’s wrists. This locks the golfer’s right elbow with the shoulders like gears on a ten-speed bicycle. Presetting the wrists was a technique that both Ken Duke and David Duval demonstrated on Golf Channel. As a matter of fact, this was so impressive that Charlie Rymer referred to it as ‘That wrist thing.’
- Yaw the Brachio-Radialis muscle in the QATSPY process helps pronate and supinate the forearm, but more importantly to flex the forearm at the elbow. This allows the golfer to take the golf club to the top of the golfer’s swing. This allows the elbows to coil the shoulders. This enables the golfer to develop one of the most significant bio-mechanical advantages in the human body to produce power and club head speed. The Brachio-Radialis muscle is one of the unique muscles in the human body. The Brachio-Radialis muscle has three maneuvers (supinates, pronates, and flexes the forearm at the elbow). These are quintessential maneuvers in the golfer’s QATSPY golf swing.
For these muscles and their location, see the anatomic charts below:
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