Developing a Picture Perfect Golf Swing in Real-time
Athletes, particularly place-kickers, pitchers, batters, and golfers rely heavily on their mentalization to perform at a peak level. The place-kicker, standing behind the holder, uses their predominate hand to trace the path of the ball through the uprights. The batter, standing in the batter’s box, takes several practice swings to create the feel or mentalization for a base hit. The golfer runs through their swing sequence to create a mentalization to develop a picture perfect golf swing.
Mentalization is the conjunction of two words, mental and visualization. In sports psychology, Mentalization is referred as a self-coaching technique called Mental Imagery in Sports. Mental Imagery in Sports allows the athlete to visualize what they want to accomplish. It allows the athlete to manage anxiety and adrenaline that develops in competition. Mental Imagery in Sports also reduces the time needed for training, because it provides an image of the perfect golf swing for the golfer. And it is based on quality training, instead of quantity of training. And the major benefit is the self-coaching that provides a better than 85 percent retention rate.
Mental Imagery in Golfer’s Game
Mental Imagery in Sports allows the athlete to rehearse their routines in real time, without the typical limitations confronting both the professional or amateur golfer. The golfer, using three of their five senses (Vision, hearing, and feel), is able to heighten their sixth-sense, ESP (ExtraSensory Performance) for a mental picture of the perfect golf swing. ESP is an aspect of the subconscious mind that is not limited by time, space, or conditions of conventional training. The subconscious mind is essentially a 24/7 classroom format, where the athlete works on their motor-skills, muscle memory, and confidence around the clock. The subconscious mind responds positively to imagery, like that of a perfect golf swing.
The important fact about ESP is that every golfer has this potential for maximizing their sixth-sense in golf, using their subconscious mind. But there are six criteria needed for the subconscious mind to work efficiently:
- A systematic process of learning.
- A prior point of reference, like Context-Based learning.
- Routine and elements that are consistent and can be replicated.
- Obtaining the expected results.
- Training that resembles actual conditions.
- Simplest procedure that does not contain uncertainty or contradiction.
Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outlier- Context-Based Learning
According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outlier, it takes 10,000 man-hours to become an expert or, in this case, a professional golfer. Based on data that I gathered for my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. it takes approximately 6,000 man-hours to reach a single-digit handicap. A person working on a single-digit handicap spends approximately 19.5 hours per week practicing, playing, reading, and in simulated training. With this schedule without any prior experience, like playing baseball, the golfer would have to devote 5.92 years to obtain his/her goal.
This is compared to 9.5 hours for an avid golfer who would spend each week working on his/her golf game. Based on this schedule, the avid golfer would expect to reach the single-digit handicap in approximately 12.14 years.
The advantage of heightening the subconscious mind is that it develops the golfer’s sixth-sense, the ability to apply Context-Based Learning from another discipline. This allows the golfer to take skills learned from a previous experience, like baseball and boxing, and develop training techniques in golf. The benefits of using Context-Based Learning are the muscle memory and motor-skills developed from the baseball-type swing. In most cases, these fine motor-skills were developed at a young age, where kids have unlimited time to perfect the baseball swing. The baseball-type swing used in golf needs some degree of refinement. A great method to accomplish this is by using boxing gloves.
The Baseball Technique Used in Golf
Boxing gloves allow the golfer to understand how the wristband on the gloves presets the wrists. Presetting the wrists accounts for establishing 80 percent of the golf swing. Properly applying skills learned from the baseball-type swing could account for 60 percent of the required 6,000 man-hours needed for a single-digit handicap.
The ESPY Golf Swing Coach is based on taking the baseball-type swing from the batter’s box and applying it to the tee box. The term Espy is a French term meaning to reveal or to uncover. The first letter (E) stands for ergonomics. This allows the golfer to develop the body’s natural bio-mechanics. The letter (S) stands for syncing the elbow with the shoulders by naturally setting the third letter (P) that stands for Preset. The last letter (Y) stands for yaw. This is an aviation term referring to the horizontal rotation around a vertical axis, the spinal column with the shoulders. The ESPY Golf Swing is based on a self-coaching model.
Criteria for The Sixth-Sense in Golf
The ESPY Golf Swing meets six requirements for incorporating the tremendous edge, the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind provides the golfer with virtually a perfect golf swing that the golfer can work on anytime, anywhere, and under any condition. This even includes while sleeping. These six techniques are listed below.
- A systematic process of learning– Three sequential elements that can be a sequence, even off the practice range or golf course.
- A prior point of reference, like Context-Based learning– Baseball-type swing that the golfer can take from the batter’s box to the tee box.
- Routine and elements that are consistent and can be replicated – The three elements in the ESPY Golf Swing are typical maneuvers in the baseball-type swing that can directly be applied to the golf swing.
- Obtaining the expected results– The ESPY Golf Swing improves the golfer’s game from Tee-to-Green, providing confidence around the green, executing chip and pitch-outs and putting on the green with accurate putts.
- Training that resembles actual condition– The ESPY Golf Swing includes the 405-Training Drill that uses the football-type scrimmage format to simulate the adrenaline and pressures on the course during practice. This is an important component of the Mental Imagery in Sports, where the golfer is able to replicate course conditions during their practice.
- Simplest procedure that does not contain uncertainty or contradiction– One of the key components in training the subconscious mind is removing uncertainty or contradiction from the process. The Subconscious mind experiences contradiction between conscious and the subconscious, as the subconscious will revert back to what it has confidence in. The reason for this is that the subconscious mind is treating the golf swing as a survival skill.
One of the barriers with typical golf lessons is the lessons do not:
- Build on a prior experience, like that of a baseball-type swing, based on the Context-Based Learning
- Contain mentalization like contained in the Mental Imagery in Sports
- Have self-coaching techniques that are a part of the Learning Pyramid, allowing the golfer to retain 90 percent of the information.
Self-Coaching Technique in Golf
The self-coaching technique was a point that Nick Faldo made during the Quicken Loans Golf Tournament in 2015. Nick stated that the golfer has to be their own coach on the golf course. You have to remember, the golfer doesn’t have their swing coach with them during a tournament. Butch Harmon isn’t coming out of the dugout to give you advice at the turn.
The Context-Based Learning Approach was a technique confirmed by two people. One was Colonel George Robert Hall that I interviewed at the Country Club at Hattiesburg, http://goo.gl/24lFvo. The second was David Leadbetter who was interviewed on Golf Channel about his book, The A Swing: An Alternative Approach to Great Golf, http://goo.gl/aB4C8e.
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