Anger is an Emotional Golf Hazard

“What do you do when you get angry on the golf course?*

Because of the behavior that was acceptable in your early childhood environment, you can express anger in different ways. Road rage and throwing golf clubs are examples. Some golfers slam their golf clubs, some golfers verbally beat themselves up, some golfers cry due to the sadness of failure, and some golfers stuff the frustration deep down inside themselves.

In golf it is important to experience the feeling and then release the thought that connects with it as soon as possible so you won’t carry it over to the following holes. Blocking or suppressing the emotion only delays dealing with it. Usually we get angry because things don’t go our way. We feel afraid that we have lost control of the situation and feel unworthy.

To release the emotion of frustration of missing a shot, exhale forcibly and perhaps say a swear word to yourself, but not a self-incriminating word. Another way is to release the feeling by shaking your hands back and forth. This action will release the negative energy from your mind and body and return you to a calm, focused state.

How do you deal with a bad shot or a mental error?

Most players react with anger. Anger is only a temporary motivator resulting from a fear of failure or helplessness. Anger produces adrenaline, which causes the golfer to become overaroused and forget the skills so carefully practiced. The golfer then forces the game with power, strength, and aggression. The arousal level is boosted above optimum, and balance, rhythm, and thinking capabilities are lost. The golfer makes mistakes as a result. The angrier you get, the more mistakes you make, confirming that you really are playing poorly.

When you focus on your mistakes, fear of failing, or keeping your score going, your emotions can control you. It is best to release the anger quickly and then refocus on the next shot. Most champions stay calm in the face of adversity, forget about the mistake, and move on. Use your positive energy to prepare for the next shot instead of analyzing the error, which is not in the past. Reprogram your brain to forget mistakes by putting the situation into a delete file in your computer brain.”

*Excerpts are from Chapter 7: Emotions; “THE HEART OF GOLF,  Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”

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How can I have more fun on the golf course?

“Fun Happens in the Zone State*

Do you remember the very first time you hit a perfect golf shot? It probably went straight and far, but I believe the most enjoyment you received from the shot was the awesome feeling in your heart. The feeling was so powerful that you were hooked. You wanted to feel it again. You were totally connected to your whole being. The feeling could be analogous to when your newly born child or grandchild holds your little finger in his or her little fist, and you are hooked for life. You can never have too much awareness of what you are feeling and who you really are.

Being in what athletes call the zone means moving into total acceptance, total peace, total awareness, and total love. Then you are in the flow of the universe, being one with the All, the nirvana experience of indescribable ecstasy. Because there is always balance in the universe, you cannot stay in this state forever.

Balance occurs in the present moment. It is up to you to move through your process of going in and out of balance. Just like a gymnast on a balance beam, you may occasionally wobble or fall, but you can continue to find your balance. Knowing this you will seek to create the flow state again and again.

To be aware in the present moment means to access all your senses to experience yourself and your activity fully. When you are playing golf at your peak performance level, you are totally engaged in the process of making the shot happen exactly as you planned it. It is all within you. The outer physical shot is just a mirror of what is going on within, What you focus your attention on is what you hold dear to you and is then what you create.

Playing a game of golf in the zone state is like being totally engrossed in a spellbinding movie that has absorbed your entire attention. The result is that you are not distracted by anything outside of you. To be in the zone, you have to have relaxed concentration.

Just as a movie has a story line to hold your attention, your golf swing has a preshot routine to move your attention inside.

A movie uses music to heighten your awareness. In the golf swing, rhythm and tempo bring the feeling and balance.

A good movie holds your attention by triggering your emotions. You access your best golf swings by remembering the exciting feeling of fulfilling successful shots.”

*Excerpts are from Chapter 4: The Zone State; “THE HEART OF GOLF,  Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”

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Set Your Goals Now for a Summer of Successful Golf

“Create Your Golf Dreams* 

The motivation to excel in golf begins with a dream. For many golfers, their dreams started early in life when they caddied for a parent and fell in love with the game. For others, they realized when they were young that they had enough talent and potential to play. Their desired dream then was to be the best they could be. For a dream to manifest, you have to put action into it…or it is just a wish.

The best golfers in the world have an intense desire to be great, which is fueled by their childhood dreams of winning their first junior tournament, becoming a club champion, winning a college tournament, or winning the US Open. Their childhood dreams fuel the drive to practice and play day after day and learn as much as possible about the game.

Great young Tour players like Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Michelle, and Lydia Ko do more than just dream about being great. Without the energy and desire to fulfill the dream, it is only a fantasy. The dream is the kindling wood, and the desire is the spark that starts the fire inside you. To become great it is your responsibility to feed the fire to make your dreams become real.

Dreaming is like plowing a field and sowing the seeds. The farmer prepares the soil and sows the seeds. The farmer waters them and pictures the crop. The farmer loves being in some small way a part of the creation of the fruits and vegetables The farmer watches what nature can do with dirt, water, and seeds and allows the seeds to sprout and grow. The farmer doesn’t look and say, “Those seeds aren’t sprouting. I guess they’re never going to. I was foolish to think they would appear.”

When your dreams are of playing to your handicap in every round, hitting perfectly on every swing, or winning a tournament aren’t fulfilled, do you give up and say, ‘It wasn’t meant to be. I’m not good enough?’ Worrying is dreaming in the wrong direction. It is the misuse of your imagination.

With the fulfillment of your short-, intermediate-, and long-range goals, you can have success sprout in its time. Have you been impatient about your dreams? A farmer has an idea of how long it will take for the crop to grow. You don’t have any idea of how long it will take for your golf dreams to grow to maturity.

When you dream of fulfillment of a desire, you give it a life of its own. Picture your dream. Be the best dreamer you can be. Have fun with your dream. Enjoy it. Don’t belabor it. Don’t give it a time limit. Allow your dream to be fulfilled in its time. Just as dances have different tempos, so do dreams.”

For complete explanations of setting goals, link on to www.positivementalimagery.com Get Ready for Success; Set Good Golf Goals, Newsletter January 2011 and Create a New Vision for Your Golf Game Now, Newsletter January 2013

*Excerpts are from Chapter 3: Goal Setting; THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”

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Understand Your Mind for Successful Golf

“Train Your Brain for Success*

By developing a complete understanding of how the mind works and how our universal laws operate, you will come to know and clearly see how important it is to be aware and conscious of your thoughts.

In any sport you must train your mind as well as your body. All movement in the body occurs as the result of a thought in your mind first. To understand what mental golf means, it is helpful to know how your mind functions. The law of attraction states: “Those thoughts that we think about most become their physical equivalents.” Or, in simpler terms, like attracts like. If you knew how powerful your thoughts were, you would never again speak a negative thought.

You have probably heard the popular saying: Golf is ninety-nine percent mental, and the other one percent is in your mind. While it may be humorous, the statement means playing to your peak performance by using your golf mind to maximize your physical abilities.

The Subconscious Mind Runs Your Body 

Scientists have shown that 95-98 percent of your life is beyond your conscious awareness and is stored in your subconscious. It is like Google or other search engines where all the information is kept in files.

Your subconscious mind has been described as the world’s most powerful computer. But your subconscious mind, like your computer, can only operate on the programming or software that is installed inside it. The information that comes out of the subconscious mind is exactly as it was put in. It doesn’t analyze, judge, or rationalize the information as the conscious mind does. Translated to golf—whatever you imagine, you are going to produce in your golf shot.

In simple terms, your subconscious mind is like a computer: GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). Whatever you program in, you will get out. When you send a request to the subconscious mind, it will automatically give you what you asked for. But if you begin to worry that it is not happening, you have then sent a new request, which will override the first one as it is filled with emotion.

Choose What You Desire to Happen 

Words create pictures in your mind. The pictures you create with your words, imagination, and visualization are recorded into your memory banks. This is the internal representation of your outside world. You can take control of your life and your golf game by choosing which thoughts you are putting into the data bank of your computer mind.

Dreams and hopes don’t become reality unless you use your energy to make them come true. The stronger your internal representation is of what you want, the easier it will be to produce the golf shots you want.

Remember to let go control of thinking; allow the subconscious mind to perform the dream pictures you have installed. The key here is not only relaxing your conscious mind but also your physical body so there is no interference to playing at your peak potential.”

*Excerpts are from Chapter 2: Understand Your Mind; “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”

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Envision 2017 as Your Game-Changing Year

Beginning a new year is an opportunity to start over by making changes in your mental golf game. It is an opportunity to reflect on the past year’s performances and to set new goals for how you would like your game to be in the upcoming year.

“Determine Your Intention* 

The first introspective thing you need to do in creating a purposeful mental golf game is to look at why you play golf. What is your intention?

Your desire to play great golf moves the energy, and your intention sets its form. Without intention, desire is just an awareness of your dreams without the belief that it can happen. When you set your intention for it to happen, it gets put into the form to begin fulfillment of what you have asked for. Through your belief in your power you move the energy.

Golfers often lose sight of their original intent and let other things distract them, such as friendly advice, equipment advertising, studying or talking too much instruction, or media hype.

Golf is not really about winning and losing. Ego is about winning and losing. Golf is about yourself and how to become successful. Golf is a metaphor for empowerment, a metaphor for concentration, and a metaphor for the power we all have but don’t think we do.

We are responsible for creating our lives. Now is the time to use your free will to make the choices that will produce the results you desire. While we are thinking about a problem we cannot truly experience happiness.

Results aren’t always in line with our expectations due to thinking about one thing and intending another. If you intend to hit the ball straight down the middle and are thinking about the fairway bunker or lateral water hazard on the right, the result will be to hit the ball into the bunker or water hazard.

The principle of intention shows us that the results aren’t the problem. Become aware of your intention, and you create a different outcome. This means doing only those things that come from the truth of who you are. Whatever your situation is right now, you have played a major role in setting it up. You have created your circumstances. With every experience you alone are creating your golf game, thought by thought and choice by choice. And beneath each of those thoughts and choices lies your deepest intention.”

*Excerpts are from Chapter 1: Create Your Intention; “THE HEART OF GOLF,

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Play Golf from your heart, not your head

“Love is what makes the world go around. Love is the most powerful four-letter word in the universe. Love is what makes life worth living. Love is the feeling of the utmost high. To love is to be.

In the world of sport, with all the training and practicing, it is easy to forget why we play our sport. The game of golf is a spiritual excursion into realms of peace and happiness that are unique in all of sport. When you are performing at your ultimate best, it is as if you are riding the flow of energy of the universe. Golf transcends humanity’s earthly value and dwells into the spiritual value4s that harmonize the entire planet. These are values that are inherent in our spiritual nature and were given to us by a power greater than we are.

In the process of learning to perfect our sport, the ego goals of success, money, and power either enhance or overshadow these qualities. To sustain the energy, it is necessary not to look too far ahead, but rather be engrossed in the process of enjoying each moment to its fullest potential. In the4 quiet stillness of our higher minds the answer resides, waiting ever so patiently to be asked for the secrets to unlock the mysteries of life. It is the same in sport.

Golf is a metaphor for the adventure of our life. As the journey begins there is apprehension about the trip, the destination, the adventures along the way, and the arrival at the ultimate destination. Depending on the guidance of the skipper, the journey may be full of pitfalls or as smooth as sailing on a calm lake. The power is given to us to make a choice in either direction and to carry out our decision. It doesn’t matter to the giver of the power. The energy is pumped through the brain to analyze and then sent to the heart to discern and be released into the outer physical manifestation.

At any time, for any reason, this energy of love and caring can be pulled from the source for our use. To do that one only needs to ask and to let go of all judgment and expectation of the answer and to trust in the outcome. And so it is when you make a hole-in-one. Because you were not consciously planning and controlling it, you attribute it to luck or chance. In reality, because you were focused on the act itself, your judgment and expectation did not interfere and the shot was manifested.

When a golfer is playing at a high level of performance, the mind and heart are in sync. EKG and EEG electrical waves would show entrainment. Remember what you love about playing this game. Remember the good feeling inside your heart when you are playing “out of your mind.” Your golf swing is powerful, yet easy and effortless, and you are having fun in the search for the mystical power of the Holy Grail… the perfect golf shot.”

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*Excerpts are from Chapter 19; The Heart Connection; “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances” now available on www.createspace.com/6307102

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Putting penalty eliminated for accidentally moving golf ball

Last January 4-year changes were installed into the Rules of Golf. Effective this January 1, 2017, the USGA has repealed one of its local rules (Rule 18-2).

The Local Rule was probably looked at seriously during the U.S. Open at Oakmont in June when Dustin Johnson was deemed to have accidentally moved his ball on the 5th green in the final round by grounding his putter during a practice stroke. Even though Johnson said he didn’t cause the ball to move, the USGA gave him a one-stroke penalty because they could find no other more likely reason for the ball to move than that Johnson had caused it to move.

Golf courses and tournament committees can now enact a Local Rule that says if you, your caddie, your partner or your equipment accidentally move a ball or ball marker on the putting green, there is no penalty and the ball should be replaced. This rule applies to your opponent or opponents in match play, and the other side’s caddies and equipment.

This Local Rule only applies if the ball is on the green, or any part of the ball is touching the putting surface.

However, if the ball moves on the green as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as gravity, the ball must be played from its new position.

Examples of where the new rule will apply:

  • When preparing to make a putting stroke, the player accidentally causes his/her ball to move, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.
  • A ball marker that moves as a result of strong winds, etc. may be replaced without any penalty.
  • If a player drops the ball marker which hits and moves his/her ball, there is no penalty  and the ball must be replaced.
  • If a player accidentally drops the ball which hits and moves his/her ball marker, there is no penalty and the ball marker must be replaced.
  • If a player accidentally kicks and moves his/her ball, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

The Local Rule does not apply:

  • If a player intentionally moves or lifts his/her ball on the putting green without first marking its location, there is a one-stroke penalty, and the ball must be replaced.
  • When a player accidentally moves his/her ball that is lying on the fairway, in the rough, or in a bunker, there is a one-stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thank you for continuing to subscribe to my weekly blog of mental golf tips. I appreciate your trust in me and I am committed to providing the best possible information for gaining confidence and lower scores in your golf game. The PMI blog will resume on Thursday, January 5th as I have been enjoying playing golf in balmy Jupiter, Florida during the holidays.

Envision 2017 as the year you elevate and change your game to what you desire. Believe that you are much better than you thought you could be. If there is anything you need to improve, email me at pmi4@bellsouth.net

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Do you need more control in your golf game?

“Control* 

If you are feeling as if you have lost control of your golf game and your confidence is waning, it is time for you to look at your thoughts and beliefs. To be responsible for your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs is to be responsible for your life and your golf successes. If you are not aware of what you are thinking and feeling, you have no self-control because you have no awareness. You are in control when you are aware of your thoughts. Then you can choose whether to act on them or not.

Having control of your thoughts and emotions all depends on your internal self-talk. It is up to you to choose whether you are going to enjoy the challenge of the game or get anxious and nervous over the pressure of trying to control the outcome. As Fred Shoemaker said, ‘When you take the evaluation and judgment out, what is left is awareness.’

Once you have the awareness that you create your internal world, you will realize that you can change it into productive thoughts. Your body learns what it is told to do. Learn to tell it what you want, not what you don’t want.

Control of the body is not accomplished by force. Control is accomplished by becoming relaxed and imagining and visualizing what you intend. If you do not begin to control and use your brain, then someone else will either control your mind for you or, worse yet, you just leave your mental training to chance. You need to control your self-talk and also filter out what you hear from others around you, including your friends, family, and coach.

The first thing to do is to determine what your mental stumbling blocks are. Take note of your limiting thoughts abut the golf course or how you view your upcoming round. For example, you might think, ‘I worry about playing with others who are better than I am.’

Most golfers are intimidated when playing with better golfers. During the round they worry about what the better golfer might think of them and their golf game. This kind of thinking causes anxiety and a lack of mental and emotional control.

Decide what is under your control and what is not.

The way someone else plays the game is not under your control. However, letting go of worry and thoughts about someone else’s game is under your control.”

*Excerpts are from Chapter 18; Control, “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances” now available on www.createspace.com/6307102

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How can I be more consistent with my golf shots?

Consistency* 

“Many factors make up a consistent round of golf, such as desire, realistic expectations, and confidence in your ability to perform well. Consistency comes from practicing your skills until you are confident that you can execute the shot or putt. But physical practice is not enough. You must believe that you can do it time after time under all kinds of conditions. Mental conditioning is what separates the great players from the field.

The Preshot Routine

Why have a pre-shot routine?

A mental and physical routine is used in every sport to prepare the athlete to perform. It keeps the athlete engrossed in the moment, away from the pressure of the results. A good preshot routine is a series of actions designed to get the golfer totally absorbed in the process of getting the ball to the target. It is a signal to the unconscious mind to get ready.

When you watch gymnasts, ice skaters, and divers perform intricate maneuvers with their bodies in midair, you know that they do not have time to think about what they are doing. What they do have is a strategy to activate those maneuvers.

Athletes train their minds to do the same thing in sequence over and over until it becomes a habit so they don’t have to think about the routine or the physical activity. These preperformance routines are the maps that give direction to the brain and body. Without a consistent routine, the results will be inconsistent.

When you watch an engrossing movie or play, your attention is focused on the drama. In the same way, planning for your next golf shot can be just as engrossing. The shot will hold your attention if you lead up to it with a consistent preshot routine. When you are this focused, you are not distracted by outside noises, and your mind is too focused to listen to negative thoughts. As you approach the end of the routine you will have built up a rapt desire of wanting to swing the golf club toward your target.

A preshot routine allows the thinking, analyzing brain to stop and attention to be focused on the process of preparation to hit the ball to the target. If you do not use the same routine before every shot, your brain is sending different messages to your body, which will then react with inconsistent results. Robert Schuller has said that “spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.”

*Excerpts are from Chapter 17; Consistency, “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances” now available on www.createspace.com/6307102  All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

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