Developing the PACE, a Self-Coaching Technique Forum
Most athletes who perform flawlessly contribute their performance to what they refer to as their sixth sense, or being In the Zone (ESP– ExtraSensory Performance). The sixth sense can be with a self-coaching technique Forum. The athlete occasionally describes this high level of performance as being in a tunnel. The tunnel, as the athlete describes it, is actually a state of subconsciousness performance. The athlete, using a self-coaching technique, has the ability to slow down time around them into simple elements, like in a time lapse photograph of the golfer going through their routine. The reason for this type of Time lapse motion is significant, the subconscious mind has no concept of time. To the athlete, a second in time might as well be a minute in their performance. The subconscious mind is more effective when the athlete can step through a simple sequence as demonstrated in the golfer’s routine in the time lapse photograph to the right of the sequential golf swing to the photo finish. The first stages in the time lapse photograph in the takeaway swing is the most critical in order to sync and preset the elbow and wrists with the shoulders.
If the golfer can feel two key muscles in their takeaway swing, 80 percent of the golf swing and muscle memory has been established without having a conscious swing thoughts. Conscious swing thoughts can only interfere with the golfer’s performance. Probably one of the best golf quote and philosophy about this was in Caddyshack by Chevy Chase:
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.
Wade Boggs Perspective of Playing In the Zone
Wade Boggs, the Hall-of-Fame baseball player, who spent the majority of his professional career with the Boston Red Sox, is ranks 33rd in career batting averages. The top player is Ty Cobb with a batting average of 0.366. Boggs contributes his success to being able to slow down the pace of a 95-mph fast ball. Like in the time lapse photograph of the golfer executing his golf swing. The word PACE is the optimum word that not only describes the speed of the game, but how the athlete perceives the game. PACE is an acronym that describes the components for a self-coaching technique forum. This technique allows the athlete to change the cadence of the game, allowing the athlete to control their performance. Boggs exercised such control in the batter’s box due to how he perceived the pace of the pitch that his career. Boggs career batting average (BA) was 0.328. Just to put Boggs’ BA into perspective, if a baseball player hit 0.400 for his career BA, he would be considered as a super exceptional player, or batter. To further assess Boggs’ career, the value of his 1983 rookie baseball card is worth at least $1,472.99. That is not a bad investment for the cost of a package of gum.
Wade Boggs’ Interview on Being In the Zone
In an interview with Wade Boggs in the Saint Petersburg Times, staff writer Tom Jones describes the reason for his exceptional career batting average. Boggs described his ability to mentally slow down the pace of a 95-mph fast ball in segments of time, within a distance of 60.5 feet. Boggs explained how he was even able to detect the stitching and the blue MLB label on the ball three-quarters of the way to the plate. The reason Boggs gave for his ability was anticipating the pitch and projecting the path of the ball the last quarter of the way to the plate. Boggs had such a great eye that there were strikes called that he knew were out of the strike zone. Now for the thousand dollar question. How does the golfer take this self-coaching technique Boggs used to have such a great batting career and apply it to their golf game?
PACE is a great technique to develop a Zone-like performance, as described by sports psychologist Dr. Nick Molinaro. Dr. Molinaro was a guest on The Golf Fix Show with Michael Breed on Monday night, April 25, 2016. Dr. Molinaro discussed how golfers can heighten their focus level during the round of golf. Dr. Molinaro used the phrase, Shift attention by being aware, not distracted. This is a great phrase and self-coaching technique the golfer can apply, if the golfer can break the quote down and digest its meaning. The first part of Dr. Molinaro’s statement is the key to Shift attention. This is where the golfer needs to shift their attention from the conscious to the subconscious mind. Remember, the subconscious mind has no concept of actual time. To the subconscious mind, actual time moves at a slower pace than how the subconscious mind is able to process information.
Developing Your PACE in Golf
For the golfer to make this transition of shifting their attention, the golfer does not need to be distracted by conditions, but relaxed. The term relaxed is describes the golfer’s ability to enjoy the game, instead of being anxious. The relaxation technique is the same technique used by public speakers. One method speakers use to relax is an ice breaker to help them connect with their audience and get primed for their speech. This allows the speaker to slow down and get into their cadence for the speech. If you think you are talking at a normal pace, you’re more than likely going too fast. Professional golfers even use the term nice-and-easy to describe their golf swing. I use the acronym ‘PACE‘ instead of the term nice-and-easy to develop the self-coaching technique forum. The golfer just needs to relax the mind and enjoy the game. The method PACE will allow the golfer to shift their attention where:
- P– Is the golfer’s Perception of time and performance. The golfer is able to almost suspend time, allowing the golfer to get into their normal routine and enjoy the moment and challenge. The golfer is almost able to project their performance in time, like déjà vu. Their routine is so engrained that there is no distinction between the mental process and the physical performance.
- A– Is the golfer’s Anticipation of results. Golfers are able to project the ball’s flight path mentally. Anticipation is almost as if the shot has been made. This is similar to how a place-kicker visualizes the path of the ball between the goal post before the kick is actually made.
- C– Is the golfer’s Consistency, Cadence, and Confidence. Consistency, cadence, and confidence provide the golfer with the ability to shift or step in to the subconscious mind, what I call my batter box, the ZONE. This also gives the golfer a sense of control by relying on a predictable routine and sequence established under SIMILAR CONDITIONS. The golfer must practice under the similar conditions that the golfer expects to play under.
- E– Represents the Elements that make up the golfer’s sequence like in the time lapse photograph above. The subconscious mind functions at peak performance on a well-established sequence that the golfer can visualize and step through mentally, without thinking. Thinking is a conscious function WHAT, while performance is a subconscious function of HOW.
Scrimmage Drill for a Self-Coaching Technique
I mention two key words, SIMILAR CONDITIONS, in order to develop consistency in the golfer’s game. The best method to develop a similar conditions during practice is for the golfer to play a scrimmage-type training drill. Scrimmage-type training drill is a self-coaching technique. Scrimmage Drills consist of training under the same conditions that the golfer will face on the course. The scrimmage-type drill develops the golfer’s perception, anticipation, and confidence, based on the establishing the proper elements. This is the PACE acronym. The scrimmage-type golf drill is described in detail in my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, in Section 7.0. Scrimmaging is similar to how football team practice for game day conditions. There was a advertisement about a recording tape that stated- “Is it Memorex or is it live.” This is exactly what the golfer wants to create in their training drill, refer to as the 405- Training Drill, where the golfer can’t distinguish the difference between their practice or course play.
A great example to support the scrimmage-type drill, like the 405- Training Drill, for golf was in the movie, Rudy. If you recall in the movie, Rudy was on the practice squad, just waiting for just one opportunity to play in a game. Mateus, one of the Notre Dame varsity players, confronted Rudy in the parking lot about Rudy’s intensity on the practice field in the following dialogue:
Mateus: Hey man, I just want to say sorry about what I said at practice.
Rudy: Don’t be sorry.
Mateus: Do you understand that if you don’t cool it out there you’re going to get yourself killed?
Rudy: If I cool it out there, then I won’t be helping you guys win next week’s game. Got it?
Mateus: Yeah, I got it.
The golfer can’t get (IT) by just practicing on the practice range because of the following reasons:
- Unlike the baseball batter, the golfer can’t foul off pitches until the golfer gets the tee or golf shot they like. On the course, the golfer isn’t hitting 10 to 15 shots with a favorable lie and/or conditions.
- On the course, the golfer has a couple of minutes between shots, with having to change clubs and shot selections.
- On the course, the golfer has consequences if they don’t hit their one shot to the designated target area. If the golfer misses the target area, they might be out of position for the next shot to make par or better.
- On the range, the golfer doesn’t have the adrenaline or pressures to deal with, like the golfer has on the course.
- On the course, the golfer has to be disciplined and committed to their routine in order to relax the mind.
How be In the Zone
A great way to describe the Zone-like experience is a situation that occurs to drivers on highways for short periods of time called Driving Hypnosis. This condition perfectly simulates getting into and playing In the Zone. For driving hypnosis to occur, following three condition must exist:
- Normal and routine tasks and conditions must exist.
- Relying on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory.
- The conscious and subconscious minds are focused on two different situations.
Driving hypnosis is unsafe for driving a vehicle down the highway, but works great for driving a golf ball down the fairway into the short grass. Here’s how the golfer can apply driving hypnosis, or playing In-the-Zone, directly to golf:
- Establish a routine, focusing on presetting the mind and body just by presetting the wrists.
- Be sure that everything is done properly and in order; follow a consistent golf sequence every time.
- Developing the golfer’s advantage, the strength of the subconscious mind, comes from quietness, patience, and confidence in ones game.
- Work with a purpose; just don’t strive to be perfect in results, but execute each element flawlessly. If the athlete is persistent and follows the correct procedure and routine, success and winning will happen. Winning is the result of a process.
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