Be You Own Mental Golf Swing Coach
You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, If you haven’t practiced IT, don’t perform IT, either from your golf swing coach or your playing partners. But a great golf swing coach approach to your golf game should be a little more specific than this phrase. There is another phrase that perfectly describes a better coaching approach to your golf training. The quotes states, The body can’t go where the mind has not been.
This explains perfectly why the athlete or, in this case, the golfer must first spend the time training their mind, specifically, the subconscious mind. This quote explains the very reason why the golfers can perform their golf swing on the range; and totally lose their feeling for their golf swing on the course. I’m sure this situation has never occurred to you during your rounds of golf.
The body can’t go where the mind has not been
Our brains have two areas that deal with our performance. The performance is based on the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is responsible for ALL of our automatic behavior and responses that we depend on to perform our golf swing on the course. During your golf lesson and on practice the range, you are using the conscious region of the mind, or how to physically perform your golf swing. But to train the subconscious mind, you have to become the golf swing coach and develop feel and visualization, or muscle memory, for your golf swing.
Your Four Key Golf Swing Coach Components
There are Four key components that a golfer needs to include in their own golf swing coach approach to develop subconscious muscle memory:
- The more the golfer’s conscious effort is by thinking, the less the subconscious response will be.
- The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious mind.
- The more frequent the subconscious mind believes something, the harder it will be to alter this belief.
- The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualizations and realization.
The first two components applied to golf sport philosophy- The harder the golfer physically trains on the range, the less likely they will be able to perform the golf swing on the course. The reason is due to the second component. If there is a conflict between the subconscious and the conscious mind, the subconscious mind wins the conflict. The conflict in the golfer’s case is the difference between how they practice and how they play. We, as golfers on the golf course, don’t hit five to 10 shots from a perfect lie until we get a shot we like. We, as golfers, have to accept consequences of our one golf shot. The other fact is that we have a few minutes of elapsed time between our golf shots.
The Jekyll-and-Hyde Syndrome
The major component in golf is the golfer on the range isn’t dealing with adrenaline issues that they will be facing on the course. This is what I refer to as the Jekyll-and-Hyde syndrome that I covered in the introduction of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. If you remember Dr. Jekyll developed an elixir in his lab that changed him into Mr. Hyde. This same situation occurs on the golf course to the golfer in some degree, except the elixir in the golfer’s case is adrenaline.
Adrenaline can either be used as fuel to execute your muscle memory or adrenaline, which can disable your subconscious mind, where you become Mr. Hyde. If you don’t train with adrenaline during your training as your own golf swing coach, you won’t be able to play with adrenaline on the course. The key is that the golfer has to learn to become their own golf swing coach. As your own golf swing coach, you have to develop your training that is as close to the actual conditions that will exist on the course. This is like football scrimmage for your golf training.
If you notice, I’m careful to use the term training, instead of practice. Training is more of a mental component, where practice is more of a physical component.
The 405- Training Drill Coach Format
The last two components deal with how the golfer should train for their golf game. The key word is frequently. Frequency is the key in training your subconscious mind. I refer to frequency as incremental training in my 405- Training Drill. The duration is not the factor, so much as the frequency.
The more often the golfer sees positive reinforcing results, the more ingrained a particular belief becomes. The reason is that the subconscious mind has no concept of time; it continues to process data, even after training. The more frequently you can establish a particular skill, the easier the subconscious mind can access and apply the skill.
I have a golf baton that I work out with six times per day for about 10-minutes each time. This incremental training is more effective than the combination of lessons and practice for a continuous hour per day, if you are able to set aside one hour per day to accomplish this. This incremental training follows the fourth component in that the subconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between visualization and the real golf swing. I developed the 405- Training Drill to help me integrate all four components in my golf game.
Surviving the Hanoi Hilton with Golf
I was able to confirm this golf swing coach approach (APP) with an interview I did with a Vietnam P.O.W. who lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Colonel George Robert Hall spent seven-and-a-half years at Hanoi Hilton in solitary confinement, under ruthless conditions. He survived his captivity by playing golf in his head each and every day. He played his home course of Hattiesburg CC, and Pebble Beach GC.
Six weeks after his release from Hanoi Hilton P.O.W. prison, Col. Hall played in the Greater New Orleans P.O.W. Pro-Am Open, where he shot his handicap of four (4). See my interview and background information of Colonel Hall for more information.
To develop your own golf swing coach style training, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below:
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
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Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues: