The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Best Approach to Your Golf Game Management- Be the Ball Quote
One of the best mental and physical approach to your golf game is just to just use BE THE BALL quote from the movie Caddyshack, a comedy. The Be the Ball quote is not your typical golf movie where you would find golf tips about your golf game. But this Be the Ball quote is probably one of the best quotes the golfer can actually take to the course and experience real results in their golf game and golf swing fundamentals.
One of the questions I get asked during interviews more than any other question 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 have swing thoughts; you want to develop a mental focus and muscle memory, or what some refer to as feel.”
The Force Behind Your Golf Swing- Be the Ball Quote
I could not think of a better approach to one’s golf swing mechanics and fundamentals than to apply Be the Ball quote by 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 Be the Ball quote from Caddyshack. Then the next question is, how do you take this Be the Ball quote to the golf course? Then I break this Be the Ball 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 golf mind works that provides the golfer with an edge.
- The subconscious golf mind can’t distinguish between virtual and real.
- The longer the subconscious golf mind processes a belief, the more difficult to alter that process.
- What the subconscious golf mind can expect tends to be realized.
- The subconscious golf mind always prevails over the conscious mind.
- The more the conscious effort, the smaller the subconscious response.
- Suggestions can program the subconscious golf mind.
- Get in touch with it (it being the subconscious golf mind)- The best way to access this unbelievable force is through mental and physical reps to form muscle memory under similar conditions.
- Be the ball– This doesn’t mean to be the ball as it does to let the ball be the objective of your focus. 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 around the green like a spectator or in the fairway where I want the ball to land.
This is the explanation of my three principles of just Be the Ball quote; The mental game of golf:
Determining the WHAT and the HOW!
The conscious mind should be responsible for WHAT- FOCUS on what you want to do. Whereas, the subconscious golf mind is responsible for HOW to execute the actual golf swing sequence.
To demonstrate how to get in touch with the subconscious golf 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 enjoying driving a golf ball down the fairway. There are three conditions that must be in place, or exist, to get in touch with the subconscious golf mind during Golf Driving Hypnosis:
- 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
Please take advantage of my SR-925 Diet Program, where I lost 6 inches in my waist in 3- months (FREE of CHARGE) with the CASPER Workout Program, detailed in Section 20 of my book:
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues:
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.