The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
Mental Walk-Through a Time-lapse Video Technique – It’s like déjà vu all over again
Importance of using the golf swing Time-lapse Video mental walk-through Technique, It’s like déjà vu all over again. This is a technique used by Jason Day to prepare for his golf rounds/tournaments. In a Golf Channel post-game interview with Jason Day shortly after his win in the 2015 Canadian Open, Jason described how he and Colin Swatton, his coach/caddie, spent a tremendous amount of time mentally preparing for each golf tournament.
In the interview, Jason discussed how he kept detailed notes of each golf course and hole in a notebook. These notes are kept with his yardage book as he plays the course. But even before the tournament starts, Jason mentally goes through his colorized field notes and mentally plays each and every golf shot on each hole. He predicts where each golf shot will land and how the hole sets up; and he even mentally walks between each golf shot up to the green. I call this prep work a mental walk-through to my actual golf game.
Jason Day described how he used something similar to the golf swing Time-lapse Video Technique. This technique is like what Bob Rotella described in the 2013 Summer issue of Links Magazine, If done properly, you can give yourself a feeling of It’s like déjà vu all over again. When the golfer actually addresses the ball, the golfer has already executed the golf shot in their subconscious mind. Visualization is key to the golfer’s mental walk-through preparation for their next round. This was an important process that Colonial George Robert Hall used to survive his seven-and-a-half years as a P.O.W. at the Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam.
In his seven-and-a-half foot square prison cell, Col. Hall used a time-elapse mental walk-through game management to play his home course and other golf course everyday. After completing his virtual golf shot, Col. Hall would mentally count the steps between his golf shots right up and onto the green. Also stepping off the paces on the actual green during your golf game is an excellent golf management technique to get the speed and distance of your putts correct. This is explained in Section 17.0 of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
Colonial Hall Time-Lapse Video Technique
Colonial Hall, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing at the Hattiesburg Country Club in Mississippi, used a mental-type yardage book and the golf swing Time-lapse Video Technique to mentally walk-through and play his home course and Pebble Beach each and every day in his seven-and-a-half foot square prison cell. It was remarkable enough that he mentally played and performed a mental walk-through of his golf course and Pebble Beach every day in his mind; but what was more remarkable was what Colonial Hall was able to accomplished within six weeks after his release, and that was playing in a PGA Pro-Am event in New Orleans.
Colonial Hall shot a 76, his handicap of four (4) at the Greater New Orleans P.O.W. Pro-Am Open Golf Tournament. He credited his ability to shoot his handicap to what he called his Time-lapse video and his mental walk-trough technique, recorded on a mental yardage book he had memorized to every detail. For more details of Colonial Hall’s story and my interview, please use this link: The 1973 A TRUE AMERICAN STORY!
How to Use Your Yardage Book and a Mental Walk-Through in Golf
The yardage books are used by golfers to develop their strategy and mental game plan for each round, much like Colonial Hall used during his mental walk-through. These yardage books are also used to allow the golfer to mentally pre-play or replay the course, shot-by-shot, in a pregame or post-game analysis. This mental walk-through during a pregame or post-game analysis can be used by the golfer to improve their mental game and training sessions.
There is a significant amount of research indicating that the person who takes personal notes, especially color notes, can significantly increase their retention rate by 4 times. This 400 percent retention rate also applies to the mental walk-through technique of the golf course. The retention rate of a typical golf lessons or practice session is less than one-third of the self-coaching walk-through technique, of Time-lapse Video self-coaching approach. Self-coaching has a 90 percent retention rate, as indicated by my article The Triad Learning Pyramid.
The notes that I keep from each round of golf are placed on a standard letter size piece of paper (8.5 x 11) that is folded in half, three times, into small 2.75″w x 4.25″h segments. I call this my “cut-sheets,” where I write down each shot for par fours and fives on each segment of the cut-sheet. The par-three’s are placed on the bottom portion of the segment of the previous hole, noting the shot into the green only. For example, in the diagram of a 276 yard, Par-4, 6th hole, I have a target area of 172 yards from the blue tees. This “cut-sheet” services as a excellent post-game mental walk-through to make improvements in your next practice session. Experience does one thing very well, it teaches the golfer what not to do the next time if a proper walk-through is performed.
The target area is about a 24-foot radius (6-paces) that I treat as a large clock, with the hands at the center. In this case, my golf shot landed at T-6-10, which means I placed my tee shot 6-yards off the target area, at about the 10 o’clock orientation. This is represented by the blue dot on my cut-sheet. I do not place the blue dot on the yardage book, since this blue dot is for demonstration purposes only.
405- Training Drill for You Golf Game
I try to perform the post-game walk-through-analysis within 48-hours, usually that night, after my round. The cut-sheet that I analyze is used to prepare my training workout. I usually set up a scaled-down version layout of a particular hole, in my case, the Par-4 2nd hole at Lake Caroline. I use (2) 5-gallon buckets for my two targets. I use the Almost Golf balls®, where my objective is to hit 4-out-of-5 golf shots in the target area, 10-feet around each bucket, before going to the next golf shot.
NOTE: The Almost Golf balls® allow me to set up a one-third scale version of an actual hole, where every yard equals one foot. And Almost Golf balls® do not damage property or cause injury to people or pets.
The time I spend the night before the round performing a mental walk-through using “cut-sheet”, I draw the target areas on my cut-sheet for the tee and approach shots that correlate to the yardage book. This allows me to memorize the course for the actual round. This is similar to Yogi Berra’s quote, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” The data that I collect during the actual round is written on the “cut-sheet” for that round. I usually walk the golf course, so I have time between shots to record the distance, once I arrive at the target area. Another benefit of walking the course is your perception of wind directions and speed
This Process helps to get your mind and body in sync with each other, where there is not a difference between practice work and course play by performing a mental walk-through. This was exactly what Colonel Hall did in his prison cell over seven years as a P.O.W. This addresses the ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ syndrome that we all experience from time-to-time. This process is also covered in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, in Section 7.0 called the 405 Training Drill.
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