By: Charles W. Boatright
SUBJECT– Apperception of The ASPEN Pyramid Forum for coaching golf
ISSUE– How to Develop the 3-Components for Peak Performance in golf, sports, and for life.
QUESTION– How can a coach take advantage of an athlete’s natural strengths?
ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum: The Extra-Sensory Performance
ESP APP– Extra-Sensory Performance is based on the ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum that allows the athlete to be In THE ZONE for peak performance. While this is geared for the sport of golf, this can easily be applied to other sports and life, just as well. ESP APP is an essential component in golf that occurs naturally, if the proper techniques and conditions are used. The Pyramid below details each component of the ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum.
To develop ESP APP, the golfer needs to include and develop three key elements (of being Relaxed, Focused, and Confident) in the three rings below.
Most people have experienced a form of ESP APP, or performing In THE ZONE before, but they weren’t aware of it at the time. The key is to understand how these components are combined and activated by the first coaching technique called Apperception. This is at the base of the pyramid above and allows the golfer to experience a Zone-like performance.
The Golfer’s Driving Hypnosis
The experience I’m referring to is Driving Hypnosis. What occurs during Driving hypnosis is that the driver is traveling either along a very familiar stretch of road or a scenic highway where they experience a mental shift. The conscious mind is allowed to shift or focus on something other than driving, (e.g., like thinking about family, friends, work, or their destination).
The subconscious mind takes over the majority of the driving responsibilities. Our mechanics, techniques, motor-skills, and muscle memory are stored and executed in the subconscious region of our minds. During the trip, the driver doesn’t remember driving past certain sections of the road or landmarks. But the driver is still able to navigate the route, make turns, and arrive at their destination.
The driver just experienced an Extra-Sensory Performance (ESP APP) situation that can readily be applied to a golfer’s game and other sports, if certain processes are followed.
HERE’S HOW the Golfer Can Apply ESP APP:
While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway.
To experience and apply Driving Hypnosis, or Extra-Sensory Performance APP, the golfer must be able to shift their focus, be relaxed, and confident. In the case of the golfer, the golfer must be able to shift their focus. This is what Dr. Nick Molinaro, a guest on Michael Breed’s show The GolfFix on April 25, 2016, refers to as Shifting attention, being aware, not distracted. Shifting focus is the key, like the driver did in the example I used above. But they must not be distracted.
What is Meant by Shifting Attention and not distracted?
For the golfer to understand shifting attention. The golfer must allow their conscious mind (supervisory control) to get out of the way of the subconscious mind (the technician). If you are like me, you’ve had supervisors that can get in the way of a well-oiled machine, or achieving peak performance. The supervisor needs to designate what needs to be done, than focus on the objective, like the driver did above, and get out of the way of their subconscious mind performance.
Driving Hypnosis is a dual-focus process. Like the driver of a vehicle, the conscious mind doesn’t focus on the driving task, but is redirected and focused on something else, like the destination, like the destination for example. The driver’s conscious mind isn’t focused on the techniques and mechanics of driving.
So What Sets up the Extra-Sensory Performance Situation?
The answer is the same situation that sets up Driving Hypnosis below:
- Relaxed– The tasks and conditions must be familiar, normal, and routine.
- Confident– A high level of confidence and muscle memory must be present.
- Focused– 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. Nick Molinaro, sports psychologist, was a guest on Michael Breed’s show, The GolfFix, on April 25, 2016, and explained what I call Driving Hypnosis.
So what is the Catalyst that Starts the Extra-Sensory Performance?
The APP part of ESP, or Apperception, is the catalyst, or the first step at the base of the pyramid. Another term used for apperception is called Context-Based Learning.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he estimates it takes approximately 10,000 man-hours to become an expert. In golf, based on my research, I discovered it that takes approximately 7,000 man-hours to become a single-digit handicapper. This includes most of us, because golf is our passion, and not our profession.
So what does Malcolm Gladwell, or Man-hours, have to do with my golf Game?
A lot. It has to do with what makes golf instruction so frustrating and difficult to learn and retain. The ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum allows the golfer to use Context-Based Learning to be focused, be relaxed, and Confident.
The golfer is like the baseball player in the batter’s box. Their conscious mind is focused on the pitch, not on their mechanics and techniques. The subconscious mind is focused on a sequence of applying well-established routine, extra-sensory performance, or muscle memory. The golfer is relaxed and confident, based on the five ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum components in the pyramid.
Summing Up The ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum with a Quote from Caddyshack:
The ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum and ESP APP can be summed up in one simple quote in Caddyshack. (Advice Ty Webb- Chevy Chase gave Danny Noonan- Michael O’Keefe)- I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s 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.
- Get in touch with it– The tasks 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 who think about their baseball swing in the batter’s box, while looking at a 95-mph fastball.
- 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 or subconscious, 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.
- Be the Ball– The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different tasks at the same time.
The force in the quote is the golfer’s subconscious mind, which is the Extra-Sensory Performance Apperception.
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