Mental Rules of Golf, the Subconscious Mind, Piece of the Puzzle

The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips

The QATSPY Golfer's Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips

By: Charles W. Boatright

QUESTION– Have you ever had a great practice session on the range right before your round, only to walk a short distance to the first tee box only to discover that there is a piece missing in your golf game? Then you have experienced what I have diagnosed as the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde effect?

What is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Effect in Golf

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde effect is where the golfer performs flawlessly on the range, only to have no resemblance of that performance in their golf game on the golf course. It’s almost like a piece of your golf game puzzle just fell out, the very piece you need. Hint– The piece of the puzzle that is missing is just 90 percent of your golf game, the subconscious mind.

Mental Rules of Golf, the missing piece of the puzzle, the subconscious mind

 

It’s not so much as having a piece missing as it is to deal with an elixir, adrenaline, of not understanding the Mental Rules of Golf and how adrenaline effects the golf game. If you remember, Dr. Jekyll developed an medical elixir in his laboratory that altered Dr. Jekyll from being predictable into becoming the unpredictable and inconsistent Mr. Hyde. This is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde effect.

In the golfer’s case, this elixir is the golfer’s adrenaline level they usually don’t experience on the practice range. If adrenaline is used correctly, it can improve the golfer’s performance, but used incorrectly it can cause mayhem in the golfer’s subconscious mind performance.

One of the Four Mental Rules of Golf, or The Four horsemen of Golf, states the golfer has to train their subconscious mind, which is 90 percent of the golfer’s full potential. To avoid Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde effect, the golfer has to practice how they play; and play how they practice.

The Four Horsemen, Four Mental Rules of Golf

The Four Horsemen, Four Mental Rules of Golf

 

The Four Mental Rules of Golf

The key is learning how to harness this adrenaline and actually benefit from it in the golfer’s subconscious mind performance. Here are the four Mental Rules of Golf, that allows the golfer to harness their adrenaline:

  1. The subconscious mind always prevails in conflict with the conscious mind. In other words, the golfer must practice how they play; and play how they practice. The golfer’s practice sessions must be under similar conditions.
  2. The greater the conscious effort, the less of a subconscious response.
  3. The subconscious mind contains the golfer’s muscle memory.
  4. The subconscious mind can’t differentiate between virtual and the real world.

If the golfer can figure out how their subconscious mind fits into their golf game, the golfer can really have Command & Control structure of their Subconscious mind’s performance for a consistent golf swing and game.

 

Just to reinforce the four Mental Rules of Golf, here are three quotes from Bobby Jones and Yogi Berra:

Bobby Jones, Sr.: Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.

Yogi Berra: Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.

Yogi Berra: You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing and technique, it’ll go.

My grandfather, Homer E. Q. Boatright, added the word TECHNIQUE to Yogi Berra’s Quote. Technique includes the golfers muscle memory and syncing the elbows with the shoulders and presetting the wrists. (One of my grandfather’s middle initials was Q for Quaint, his nickname was Qatspy).

The Four Horsemen, Four Mental Rules of Golf- Allows the golfer to take their baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.

Here are ways to incorporate the Mental Rules of Golf:

Mental Rule of Golf No. 1– The mental fundamental of golf is that the golfer’s conscious mind is subordinate to their subconscious mind. Swing thoughts interfere with the golfer’s natural Command & Control.

Mental Rule of Golf No. 2– The greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response the golfer will have.

Mental Rule of Golf No. 3– The subconscious mind contains the golfer’s muscle memory and routine.

Mental Rule of Golf No. 4– has the biggest impact on the golfer’s game. The subconscious mind can’t differentiate between the virtual and the real world. I confirmed this in an interview I did with a Vietnam P.O.W., Colonel George Robert Hall. He used his love of golf to survive his seven-and-a-half years at the Hanoi Hilton by mentally playing his home course at Hattiesburg, MS, and Pebble Beach.

By the way, six weeks after Col. Hall was released from the Hanoi Hilton, he shot his handicap of four (4) at the Greater New Orleans P.O.W. Pro-Am. Not many professional golfers could accomplish this achievement.

Keying in on the Four Key Muscles, for Muscle Memory

Since the subconscious mind doesn’t distinguish between the virtual world and the real world, which works in the golfer’s favor. One can actually work on their golf game anywhere and at any time. Since muscle memory is about feel, the golfer doesn’t have to have an actual club in their hands to feel if their key muscles are correctly set. This is how my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is set up, based on muscle memory, instead of swing thoughts.

The Fourhorsemen of Golf Key Muscles

The Four key muscles are: Thenar, Brachio-Radialis, Supinator, and the Pronator Quadratus muscles

By the way, six weeks after Col. Hall was released from the Hanoi Hilton, he shot his handicap of four at the Greater New Orleans P.O.W. Pro-Am. Not many professional golfers could accomplish this achievement.

Caddyshack– Best Advice for Golfers

If you remember in the movie Caddyshack, Ty Webb gave Danny Noonan some golf advice in the following quote: Let me give you a little advice. There is a force in the universe that makes things happen. The only thing you have to do is get in touch with IT. Stop thinking and let things happen, and be the ball.

Here are the key phases

  • There is a force– The golfer’s subconscious mind.
  • Get in touch with it– Relax and redirect the conscious mind by focusing on the objective, the ball and the target (The WHAT). This allows the golfer’s subconscious mind to perform the golf shot, the process (The HOW).
  • Stop thinking– Instead, develop the feel for your golf swing, like how the key muscles are activated.
  • And Be the Ball– The golfer focuses their conscious mind on the ball and the target. This goes along with Mental Rule of Golf No. 2- The greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response. The golfer needs to focus their conscious mind either on the ball, the target, or both. If the golfer doesn’t, the conscious mind will only get in the way of the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is the golfer’s handicap.

Even though the movie Caddyshack was a comedy, this movie contained some of the best golf advice for golfers to find the missing piece of their golf game and to make significant improvements.

A suggestion on how to Get in touch with it, the force, is to Stop thinking, and Be the Ball. Or, in other words, get into your Zone.

The Subconscious Mind- the Golfer’s ZONE

Subconscious mind

The Subconscious Mind of Golf

If you’ve ever driven along a familiar stretch of highway for a period of time, you can experience this condition, called Driving Hypnosis. The condition effects driver where the driver doesn’t remember driving past certain parts of the road. This Driving Hypnosis condition is really ExtraSensory Performance, or ESP. This condition can be used by golfers on the golf course to- Get in touch with it, the force, and to Stop thinking, and Be the Ball, or be in the Zone. The force is the golfer’s subconscious mind that makes up 90 percent of the golfer’s total performance on the golf course.

While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway. Here are three techniques that the golfer can employ to Get in touch with it, Stop thinking, and Be the Ball:

  1. Get in touch with it– The task and conditions must be familiar, normal, and routine. The golf swing must become routine, like the baseball swing is to the batter. I don’t know too many batters that think about their baseball swing in the batter’s box while looking at a 95-mph fastball.
  2. Stop thinking– 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 doesn’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.
  3. Be the Ball– The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different tasks at the same time.

Get in touch with it, Stop thinking, and Be the Ball; and Driving Hypnosis perfectly describe the statement by Dr. Nick Molinaro on The Golf Fix, hosted by Michael Breed. Dr. Molinaro stated the golfer needs to Shift attention, by being aware, not distracted.

To find your missing piece of your golf game and develop a self-coaching technique, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:

Golf Books

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:

SR-925 Diet Program  CASPER Workout Program

 

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.