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By: Charles W. Boatright
PREMISE- Golfer’s Mental Game of Golf
The QATSPY golf swing coaching technique is called PREMISE- Permanent Routine, Elements with Motivational, Incremental, Sequential Exercise Self-Coaching Technique. PREMISE helps develop the golfer’s mental game of golf. The PREMISE in golf is that 90 percent of the golfer’s potential to develop/use their golf swing mechanics and fundamentals on the course is their mental game of golf. There’s an important distinction to make between the golfer’s practice on the range and in the backyard to that of the golfer’s performance on the course.
We may very well use our conscious mind to learn/practice our golf swing sequence on the range and in the backyard. But, I can guarantee you that the golfer will use their subconscious mind to execute their golf swing on the golf course. The subconscious mind is where instinct, muscle memory, and motor skills are stored and are hard wired to the particular muscles.
The golfer’s mental game of golf consists of only 5 percent of their conscious mind and 95 percent of their subconscious mind. When using the term Subconscious mind, I’m referring to both the golfer’s subconscious mind and the unconscious mind, or their permanent mind. The golfer’s conscious mind represents just the tip of the iceberg. The other 95 percent of the iceberg consists of the subconscious mind, muscle memory, and motor skills.
Any golf swing coaching strategy that has any chance of succeeding must first address how the golfer’s subconscious mind functions with their conscious mind. Here are some brief points on how the conscious and the subconscious mind function in regard to the golfer’s mental game of golf:
- The subconscious mind needs motivation in order to function effectively.
- The conscious mind learns from sequential intervals and incrementally; the subconscious mind processes the muscle memory and motor skills.
- The subconscious mind works best without conflicts. If there is a conflict between the conscious/subconscious mind, the subconscious mind wins.
- The subconscious mind functions based on muscle memory and motor skills.
- The conscious mind can either think or focus, and the subconscious mind feels.
- The subconscious mind uses visualization or images to engage its memory.
- The subconscious mind doesn’t distinguish time.
- The subconscious mind can’t distinguish between the real and the virtual
I bolded and underlined some of the important aspects of how the golfer’s conscious and subconscious mind functions at its optimum level.
Regardless of the credentials of the golf coach or golf swing coaching philosophy, the coaching techniques must consist of a Permanent Routine, Elements, with Motivational, Incremental, Sequential Exercise Self-Coaching Technique. Without this basic coaching premise, the golfer cannot access their biggest potential, which is the power between their ears, their subconscious/permanent mind.
Statistics and Analysis of the Average Golfer
Just a few statistics to help us understand the obstacles facing the average golfer trying to improve or pick up the mental game of golf. The average golfer has played golf for 23 years, and shoots an average score of 90. Takes 2 lessons per month. Plays 3.83 rounds of golf per month, or 46 rounds per year. And the score of the average beginner golfer is 108.
Shooting an average score of 90 means that the average golfer’s score is a stroke over par, per hole. The beginner golfer’s score of 108 means that they are shooting 2 strokes over par, per hole. So the average golfer, taking two lessons per month, playing 23 years, getting in 3.83 rounds per month is shaving 1 stroke per hole from a beginner golfer’s score. This represents a 16.67 percent improvement over 23 years from the beginner golfer.
Developing Golfer’s Mental Game of Golf
First of all, 90 percent of the golfer’s game is mental; of the 90 percent that is the mental game of golf, 95 percent consists of the golfer’s subconscious mind, and only 5 percent consists of the conscious mind.
From the terms that I bolded and underlined, here’s what the golfer needs to concentrate on:
Primary Mission of the conscious mind in golf is to: develop an incremental process and to motivate the subconscious mind to keep the golf swing sequence a permanent routine.
Primary Mission of the subconscious mind in golf is to: permanently retain motor skills and muscle memory needed to support the golfer’s routine and sequence.
This is where it is important to understand how the subconscious mind and the unconscious, or permanent, mind processes information- subconscious mind can only retain current skills and memories effectively. The permanent mind permanently retains previously developed skills and memories. This is the reason that it takes us a considerable amount of effort to recall a past skill or memory for a particular task that hasn’t been performed for a long period of time.
For example, we might recall a person’s face, but not their name, until we dig and find that connection to our long-term memory (the permanent mind). Then all of a sudden, we remember the smallest details. This is the same coaching fundamentals needed for our mental game of golf.
Using Statistics and Analysis to Build a Better Mental Game of Golf
Essentially, the difference between the beginner golf and the average golfer who has played 23 years is that the average golfer is able to save a stroke per hole. Let’s take the conventional wisdom of coaching and add three training elements to take advantage of an effective coaching process called Apperception.
Apperception allows the golfer to reconnect with a previous motor skills and muscle memory from the golfer’s permanent mind. This is the reason it is important to keep our muscle memory and skills current by constantly running through our golf swing sequence and routine. This keeps these skills active or fresh in the golfer’s subconscious mind, where 95 percent of their capability is located.
Listed in the next four sections is a Quick User Guide using Self-Coaching Technique called PREMISE (Permanent Routine, Elements, with Motivation, Incremental, Sequential Exercise):
Taking Advantage of the Subconscious Mind to Keep Permanent, Routine Elements Current and Active
All memories, knowledge, and skills are stored permanently in the permanent mind, or memory. The key is to keep these memories and skills accessible in the subconscious mind. The essential part of the PREMISE process is to keep the conscious mind focused on the golf swing sequence, or increments. This keeps the subconscious mind motivated to retain the muscle memory and motor skills.
The simpler the golf swing sequence is, the easier it is for the subconscious mind to retain the muscle memory and motor skills. I have only three sequential (Sync/Preset and Yaw) elements that make up my golf swing. I typically use these to make 30 chips or pitch shots every day in my garage, if I’m unable to train outside in my backyard. This keeps the elements current in my subconscious mind and also accessible.
The Power of the Subconscious Mind to Perform, if Motivated
If you ever wonder why professional and scratch golfers consistently work on their golf game and elements, it is to keep them current in their subconscious mind. Any layoffs can allow these skills to be filed back into the permanent mind. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a Vietnam P.O.W. held at the Hanoi Hilton for over seven years and how he mentally survived the harsh conditions.
Every day for seven-and-a-half years in his cell, he virtually played golf courses (in his mind) that he played as a cadet at the Naval Academy. Six weeks after his release, he played in a PGA Pro-Am, where he shot his handicap of four (4). For the complete interview with Colonel George Hall, please use the link Colonel George Hall.
Motivation- Wake up and Engage the Golfer’s Subconscious Mind
A key Self-Coaching Technique that allows the average golfer to tap into their subconscious mind is motivation. Think of the subconscious mind as the RAM on your computer that contains your golf swing sequence. The golfer, to access the muscle memory and motor skills in the subconscious mind, needs to use their motivation switch to turn on their computer, or their subconscious mind.
The conscious mind just has to visualize the golf swing sequence to utilize the critical muscle memory and motor skills in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind uses images to store muscle memory and motor skills. There are essential mental images that I use during my training, as well as in my golf game to help me use my muscle memory and motor skills. I use a virtual pair of boxing gloves, shown below, to synchronize my left wrist with my lower right forearm. (I’m right-handed.)
The boxing gloves are a huge mental motivation for me to wake up and engage my subconscious mind. One thing to remember about the subconscious mind it that it is inherently lazy, or to be positive, it is extremely efficient. The subconscious mind will not do any more than absolutely necessary. This is why M, the Motivation element, is key to the golfer’s mental game of golf.
Incremental Element- To Allow the Conscious Mind to Focus
The Incremental component is an essential self-coaching technique that allows the golfer’s conscious mind to focus on just two holes to par, instead of focusing its attention on all 18-holes. The golfer still wants to maintain the bogey or better score on the other 16-holes, if possible, for four rounds. These four rounds don’t have to be consecutive rounds.
After the golfer can play four rounds, parring the two designated holes, the golfer picks two additional designated holes to par. When these four holes can be parred over four rounds, the golfer continues adding two additional holes to par as designated holes. This process is what I refer to as the 2-Point Conversion Technique.
The 2-Point Conversion process is used until the golfer can par 10-holes over four rounds for the FIRST phase. This allows the golfer to eventually shoot a score of 80. This reinforces the subconscious mind’s ability to sustain the required muscle memory and motor skills. A great example of the conscious mind is the car’s engine, while the subconscious mind is the battery to turn-over the engine.
A great example of what most golfers experience is what happens to vehicle battery terminals that are contaminated and interfere with the connection between the clamps and the terminals. The vehicle either drags to try to start or doesn’t even turn-over the engine. This is the reason that the first element of PREMISE is Permanent, to keep constant contact between the conscious, the subconscious, and the permanent mind.
Don’t be discouraged or concerned if the four rounds aren’t consecutive; just count the rounds that the designated holes are parred. If the golfer has a round where any of the designated holes aren’t parred, just chalk the round up as a learning experience and part of development. Failure is a great coaching technique.
Take a yellow or an orange highlighter and highlight the designated holes on the score card that are to be parred. The golfer is using an incremental technique called PREMISE (that includes an Incremental Training element), instead of trying to improve on all 18-holes, with par or better. The golfer is just focused on parring their designated holes, while they are just trying to bogey the other holes.
Once the golfer completes phase one of PREMISE of breaking 80, the golfer has the option to start the SECOND phase of PREMISE by parring all 18-holes, or shooting a score of 72. This would place the golfer’s handicap into the low single-digits.
Once the golfer completes phase two, the golfer has the option to start the THIRD phase of using the PREMISE process of picking just one hole to birdie, while shooting par on the other holes. Just like the 2-Point Conversion, the golfer wants to add an additional hole to birdie after four rounds.
The PREMISE provides a significant self-coaching technique to the golfer. The PREMISE is like giving an athlete a rope to scale an 18-foot wall on an obstacle course. The golfer, using the rope with knots, helps them to scale the 18-foot wall versus trying to have the athlete scale the 18-foot wall without a rope.
The Training Elements- To Develop the Golfer’s Routine, or Rhythm
Rhythm is the golfer’s routine that they work on during practice sessions and on the golf course. A major part of the golfer’s self-coaching technique is to take advantage of the golfer’s conscious and subconscious minds, once on the golf course. In golf, the golfer can’t call time-out to go to the sidelines to receive instruction from their coach; or have the coach visit the mound. The golfer, once on the course, must manage their golf game and be their own golf swing coach.
The advantages of the PREMISE self-coaching technique are that it allows the golfer to:
- Eliminate conflicts. The golfer has to practice how they play; and play how they practice. This is accomplished during the 405- Training Drill in Section 7 of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. Remember, if there is a conflict between the conscious and subconscious minds, the subconscious wins.
- Develop visualization (e.g., boxing gloves) to access the subconscious mind’s muscle memory and motor skills on the golf course.
- Apperception is a technique allowing the golfer to use a well-developed muscle memory, like from a baseball-style swing, to develop confidence in their golf swing.
- Remember, the subconscious mind wins conflicts. It’s to the golfer’s advantage to use a well-established muscle memory that is already a motor skill and has been developed at a young age.
- The Primary mission of the conscious mind on the golf course is to focus, instead of think; the subconscious mind feels. Remember, the golfer isn’t using their conscious mind to perform the golf swing, as this is a subconscious function. The golfer needs to redirect the conscious mind to focus on images, instead of thinking, to prevent it from interfering with their subconscious mind.
- The golfer needs to focus their attention on boxing gloves and the target area. A great coaching technique of the target area is the ON/OFF switch shown below.
- The subconscious mind doesn’t distinguish time. This is a huge advantage for the golfer. The golfer can actually run through their golf swing sequence at anytime and anywhere, even while sleeping.
- The other advantage of incorporating the subconscious mind into the golfer’s swing sequence is that the subconscious mind can’t distinguish between reality and the virtual Colonel Hall’s situation was an excellent example of this golf swing coaching technique.
- The final method of incorporating the incremental function of the conscious mind with the muscle memory of the subconscious mind is by using a golf swing sequence that doesn’t deviate from shot to shot. I developed the Ergo Sync/Preset and Yaw sequence (conscious mind), shown below) that can capture a well-developed muscle memory (subconscious mind) that was developed from a baseball swing sequence. I was able to prove the golf swing vs. baseball swing in a time-lapse photograph below. (See the time-lapse photography below).
To help develop the PREMISE of the golf swing coach technique with a pair of boxing gloves and the baseball swing sequence, purchase your copy of The ESPY Golf Swing Coach from the links below, or visit your local bookstore:
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Health and Fitness Program Golf Exercise for Power
This book is based on a self-coaching forum (ASPEN Pyramid) that provides the beginner and advanced single-digit handicap golfer with a safe, ergonomic classic golf swing mechanics for more power and control, without debilitating injuries that are common with some modern-day golf swings. As part of the ESPY Golf Swing Coach is a workout program designed especially for golfers with an effective diet program detailed below.
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, great golf swing workout:
One component in my CASPER Workout Program that I follow is using a Medicine Ball to perform what I call Stocking the Shelves, illustrated below in the figure:
Please include an exercise routine in your weekly schedule.
Additional Motivation to Develop a Fitness Program
If you need addition motivation to include a fitness and exercise program into your daily schedule and improve power in your golf game, please look at another golf enthusiast: The Fit Golfer Girl
ESPY Golf Swing Coach- Rhythm Without the Blues
Also, learning The ESPY Golf Swing Coach process is an excellent way to develop Rhythm without experiencing the Blues in your golf game for confidence; learn how to take your baseball-style swing from the batter’s box to the tee box.
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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.
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