The QATSPY Golfer’s Sports Page: Golf Swing Tips
By: Charles W. Boatright
ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum: The ExtraSensory Performance- ESP Golf Coaching APP
ESP Golf Coaching APP– ExtraSensory Performance is based on the ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum that allows the athlete to be In THE ZONE, or box, for peak performance. The ESP Golf Coaching APP is geared for golf, but the ESP Golf Coaching APP can easily be applied to other sports and life, just as well. ESP Golf Coaching APP is an essential component for the golfer or athlete to learn to develop in order to tap into a tremendous and natural potential that they have already possessed. The term APP (Apperception) is a key technique to harnessing this natural potential that the golfer or athlete may or may not be aware of that they possess, but they do. In my Email address, I included the same term APP in firstname.lastname@example.org to emphasis the term apperception.
Apperception– is the mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating the new idea or skill with skills he or she already possesses.
In my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, I use the apperception coaching technique of a baseball-style swing to assist the golfer to use existing muscle memories that they have developed at a young age in baseball to support their golf swing. The same wrist, forearm, shoulder, and upper/lower body sequence used in baseball can produce a consistent golf swing with the same confidence you experienced while standing in the batter’s box. The ESPY Golf Swing Coach allows the golfer to take their baseball swing from the batter’s box to the tee box with some refinements, mainly to the mid- and lower body.
This was the same approach that my grandfather, H.Q. Boatright, developed in 1927, and used in my golf lesson sessions that started at age ten in 1968. After I published my book in 2014, David Leadbetter published his book, The “A” Swing, that substantiated my grandfather’s approach and the fundamentals in my book of using baseball swing fundamentals.
The biggest objective in the ESP Golf Coaching APP is establishing the golfer’s confidence. The golfer, using the ESPY Golf Swing Coach, is essentially convincing their subconscious mind to use the basic fundamentals and muscle memory developed for their baseball-type swing and apply it to their golf swing. The main element in both the baseball and the golf swing is the ability to properly Sync/Preset the wrists and the lower forearm.
Below is a brief explanation to the ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum developed by my grandfather.
The Pyramid below Details Each Component of the ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum.
To develop ESP Golf Coaching APP, the golfer needs to include and develop three key elements (of being Relaxed, Focused, and Confident) in the three rings shown below. I refer to the three rings of performance that are essential to my public speaking that I applied to my golf swing as well. I admire what I call a swashbuckler-style public speaking that people can perform, and I try to aspire to. This is because the same techniques are used in both to handle and deal with the golfer’s adrenaline.
Most people have experienced a form of ESP APP, or performing In THE ZONE, but they weren’t aware of it at the time. It is called Driving Hypnosis. The key is to understand how these three components are combined to develop a ZONE, or In The Box-like performance. While Driving Hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, it works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway. If you are under the age for driving, you have experienced the Driving Hypnosis in Day Dreaming in class.
The Golfer’s 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). One reason for this shift is the conscious mind, the captain of your daily activities, which has developed total confidence in the subconscious mind’s ability to take over the driving task.
While the subconscious mind takes over the majority of the driving responsibilities where our mechanics, techniques, motor-skills, and muscle memory are stored, our conscious mind focuses on something totally unrelated to driving. So much so, that during the trip, the driver doesn’t remember driving passed certain sections of the road or landmarks. But the driver is still able to navigate the route, make turns, and arrive at their destination safely and without incident.
The driver just experienced an ExtraSensory Performance (ESP) situation that can readily be applied to a golfer’s game and other sports, if certain processes are followed, like using the baseball-style golf swing. This is the premise of the ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum.
HERE’S HOW the Golfer Can Apply ESP Golf Coaching APP:
REMEMBER: 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 ExtraSensory Performance APP, the golfer must be able to shift their conscious focus, be relaxed, and confident. In the case of the golfer, the golfer must be able to shift their conscious 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 Being 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 who can get in the way of a well-oiled machine, or in the way of achieving peak performance. The supervisor needs to designate what needs to be done, then focus on the objective, like the driver did above, and get out of the way of their subconscious mind’s 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, for example, or seeing friends or family during the holidays. The driver’s conscious mind isn’t focused on the techniques and mechanics of driving.
NOTE: Techniques and Mechanics the golfer can use to to develop the image of muscle memory:
- Techniques used in the ESPY Golf Swing are: boxing gloves, Allen wrench, and the baseball swing.
- Mechanics used in the ESPY Golf Swing are: Ten-speed bicycle sprockets
So What Sets up the ExtraSensory Performance Situation?
The answer is the same situation that sets up Driving Hypnosis:
- Relaxed– The tasks and conditions must be familiar, normal, and routine.
- Confident– A high level of confidence and muscle memory must be present, based on repetition.
- 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, a 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, Apperception, part of the ESP Golf Coaching APP 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 that 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, relaxed, and confident, instead of learning a totally different set of skills.
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 knows very well the sequence and routine, based on an ExtraSensory Performance, or muscle memory, it needs to follow. The golfer is relaxed and confident, based on the five ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum components in the pyramid. I don’t know too many major league baseball batters who stand in the batter’s box and think about their techniques and/or mechanics while looking at a 90-mph fastball. The same thing needs to apply to the golfer’s swing while standing on the tee box.
Summing Up The ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum with a Quote from Caddyshack:
The ASPEN Golf Coaching Forum and the ESP Golf Coaching 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.
An additional article about applying ASPEN Self-Coaching Technique and Sports Psychology to your golf game is:
My book is a self-coaching guide that provides basic and advanced fundamentals to help you play golf with confidence and start lowering your handicap, with mechanics and techniques you have already have developed. 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.