Circadian Rhythm Without the Blues in Golf
There are two terms that are usually associated with the golfer’s game– rhythm and tempo. There is another rhythm that the golfer needs to take advantage of called the Circadian Rhythm. The golfer can use their Circadian Rhythm to build a virtual golf swing workout the Blues.
The first and normal impression that the golfer might have of rhythm is a series of elements in a systematic pattern. Rhythm is what causes the golfer around the world to put in countless hours on the range, while trying to perfect their golf swing. But rhythm has a more significant role to play in the golfer’s game than making actual golf swings on the range. Rhythm has more to do with how the golfer processes and retains information than the golf swing. It has to do with another type of rhythm called Circadian Rhythm. This term is usually used to describe a person’s sleeping and eating patterns, rather than how a golfer learns. Circadian Rhythm describes the physiological processes, or how the mind learns and retains information.
Statistics from Typical Golf Lessons
Most golf lessons are based on what is presented rather than how it’s presented. Statistics indicate that typical golf lessons are not the most effective means to coach or teach golfers. This is one reason why most golfers who take lessons for years do not see appreciable improvement in their golf game. Here are some statistics that reflect these results- the average golfer has played for 23 years and has a handicap in the high 80’s or mid-90’s. They work on their golf game 1.183 hours per week, play 46 rounds per year, and take two 30- minute lessons per month.
But if the golfer could use the Circadian Rhythm process, they could see significant improvement in their game. What has been discovered with the Circadian Rhythm Learning process is what is called episodic memory, or Context-Based Learning. Context-Based Learning, or Apperception, uses a collection of prior experiences and applies these in short intervals of time. Research done by Dale Edgar, researcher and educator, indicates that effective learning and retention of information increases with three factors. First– following a self-coaching sequence; second– when there is an immediate application knowledge; and third– where sessions are spread out over short intervals of time.
The Circadian Rhythm to Peak Golfer’s Performance
The third factor probably has the biggest impact on the golfer’s game. Because with Circadian Rhythm, there are peak retention periods that the golfer has, and spreading these out over short periods during the day increases frequency of retention. This is the same as a light bulb effect in the golfer’s mind going off. The ESPY Quick Reference Guide for Golfers, in Section 18 of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, keys in on three (3) simple elements (Sync, Preset, and Yaw). These are the same elements found in the typical baseball-type swing. When the golfer can follow a written process in a sequence order, they can dramatically increase the influence of the subconscious mind. The Subconscious mind is where a golfer’s muscle memory and motor skills are stored and processed. The advantage of using the subconscious mind is that the subconscious mind can’t differentiate between virtual and actual experiences. Just look at the television ads for the Galaxy s7’s Virtual Reality Headset. This headset directly engages the subconscious mind to convince the person they are in a different situation. The person wearing the headset is actually experiencing what they are viewing.
The benefits of spreading out golf sessions into short intervals have a threefold effect– first effect is the reps the golfer is receiving, second- the accumulated effect of experience, and third- reinforcement of skills. The subconscious mind works 24/7 processing new information and determines how this information fits in with existing knowledge.
The Road to a Single-Digit Handicap
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he estimated that it takes 10,000 man-hours to become an expert, in this case, a professional golfer. Because achieving one’s goals is based on setting realistic short and long-term goals. The avid golfer’s goals might be reflected by the following objectives:
- Initially- to have a handicap in the high 80’s, or 2,000 man-hours.
- Intermediately- to have a handicap in the mid-80’s, or 4,000 man-hours.
- Ultimately- to have a single-digit handicap, or 6,000 man-hours.
Based on the statistics, the average golfer spends 1.183 hours per week working on their golf game. You begin to see the obstacle facing golfers. Then, couple this with the golfer’s retention rate of only 20 percent with conventional methods, and the 1.183 hour drops to 14.2 minutes. These figures reveal why the average golfer doesn’t see any more improvement than a low 90’s and an upper 80’s handicap after years of hard work. I don’t mind hard work, but I want to see results.
The golfer taking advantage of Circadian Rhythm can improve the effectiveness of their workout sessions. The golfer has the ability to actually achieve a single-digit handicap with what is right between their ears, by using their subconscious mind. Again, the major advantage of using the subconscious mind is that it can’t differentiate between virtual and actual playing conditions. The golfer using the subconscious mind is like having the Galaxy s7 Virtual Reality Headset on during their golf sessions. This is how the golfer can take just 10 minutes during each hour and work on their golf swing with a golf baton. The hourly workout frequency allows the golfer to use their Circadian Rhythm process to work on their golf game for maximum retention piratically anywhere. I prove this in an interview I did with a Vietnam P.O.W. in Hattiesburg, MS.
During the course of the day, the golfer can take twelve 10-minute sessions working with the golf baton. The golfer can virtually follow three simple (S-P-Y) elements during each 10-minute session and build a consistent golf swing. Because these golf baton sessions are spread out over the course of the day, the mind can readily retain up to 90 percent of the (S-P-Y) elements. That is 120 minutes, or 2.0 hours per day. At a 90 percent retention rate, that would be 1.80 hours per day, or 12.6 hours per week, plus the biggest factor, the Circadian Rhythm, or the Apperception X-Factor.
The Impact of the ASPEN Self Coaching Technique
In my article called ESPY APP- Self Coaching Techniques, I discuss the ASPEN self-coaching technique the golfer can use to improve their golf game. Below is a brief outline of the Five Step- ASPEN Self Coaching Technique.
Apperception– Process that builds on existing motor-skills and techniques the golfer has already developed from other sports, i.e., Baseball-type swing.
Sequence– A succession of basic elements (SPY) to develop a consistent routine. The subconscious mind works at optimum level by following a written procedure, e.g., The ESPY Golf Swing Coach.
Prep & Performance Training– Replicate exact conditions during training as the athlete will perform under anticipated conditions to achieve the desired results to build confidence. This utilizes the 12-10 minute workout sessions. Even Jack Nicklaus credit his performance to his preparation time that he did.
Evocative– The ability for the athlete to develop strong mental images and feeling to engage the muscles and mind to execute their routine. This is like the golfer putting on the Galaxy s7 Virtual Reality Headset during their workout sessions.
Neuromuscular Performance– Conditioning and training muscles for top performance with consistency and where the golf swing becomes a natural response.
If you use the ASPEN Self Coaching Technique, the golfer could reduce the man-hours by half. It allows the golfer to take their softball/baseball-type swing from the batter’s box to the tee box with out difficulty. If you do the math using the ASPEN Self-Coaching System, the golfer could obtain the following:
- Initially- Shooting high 80’s, or 1,000/(12.6 x 52) = 1.53 yrs.
- Intermediately- Shooting mid- 80’s, or 2,000/(12.6 x 52)= 3.05 yrs.
- Ultimately- single-digit handicap, or 3,000/(12.6 x 52)= 4.579 yrs.
This is based on the beginner golfer who has never stepped foot on a golf course just using what motor-skills they developed from the softball/baseball-type swings. Other golfers will experience a shorter duration.
I was able to confirm the Circadian Rhythm that the ESPY Golf Swing is based on in an interview I did with a Vietnam P.O.W. This P.O.W., Colonel George Robert Hall, used his love of golf to survive his seven-and-a-half years at the Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. Six weeks after his release, Colonel Hall shot his handicap of four (4) at the New Orleans P.O.W. Pro-Am Open. This was a remarkable performance, even for a professional golfer, much less a single-digit handicap golfer.
The ESPY Golf Swing is basically is based on the golfer properly setting the wrists. This procedure was discussed on Golf Channel, Morning Drive show last Wednesday. Charlie Rymer was interviewing David Duval about what Charlie described as, “That wrist thing.” David described it as setting his wrists, my book refers to “That wrist thing” as presetting the wrist with two simple maneuvers (Sync and Preset) as noted in the Figure below. This was also demonstrated in great detail by Ken Duke with Lisa Cronwell on another interview on Golf Channel
To get more information on how to set the wristbands in your golf swing and use the Circadian Rhythm, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach using the following links.