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Mind Games with Dr. Lynn Beasley By Judd Spicer For golfers either unwilling or unable to improve their game by spending copious hours at the range, fear not. In the mind of one of the desert’s most popular and unique instructors, enhanced on-course enjoyment and better scores come not necessarily via fancy clubs or banging balls or any of the game’s more traditional paths for improvement. GOLF’S GREATEST MUSCLE Rather, improved pleasure and results come by way of golf’s greatest muscle: The mind. Well-renowned for optimizing on-course results via a recipe of physical and mental instruction (coupled with no shortage of acronyms attached to her name), desert-based Dr. Lynn Beasley believes that achieving a state of high mental coherence can do as much as a sporty iron game. HEART RATE VARIABILITY “One of the first things I’ll do with clients is the HRV (Heart Rate Variability), which give me a baseline,” explains Beasley, as she attaches an earlobe clip to a client’s lobe. “We’ll then go over my physical screening and also the emotional side of the game. The mental side is more cognitive; you’re learning and creating synaptic nerve fibers, whether that be physical or via information, and that’s the learning process through repetition. That’s where practice comes into play.” For those able to get in those ample swing reps, all the better; for players seeking to improve by working with a laptop in lieu of a lob wedge, it’s fascinating to see where your head’s at.
Dr. Lynn Beasley —”The high brain – or what’s called the ‘reptilian’ part of the brain because it’s been with us the longest – that’s the reactive part. You see something, you do it. And that’s the part we want to implement when playing a sport.”
“One thing we can start to get better at right away is the emotional side – which will help you play better golf,” Beasley explains. THE HEART “SPEAKS” The approach assesses a client’s natural state, by studying how the heart sends electrical impulses to the brain and subsequently working to achieve a zone of high-coherence. “The high brain – or what’s called the ‘reptilian’ part of the brain because it’s been with us the longest – that’s the reactive part. You see something, you do it,” Beasley details while the client’s lobe-to-laptop connection takes in data. “And that’s the part we want to implement when playing a sport.” Achieving such high-coherence is a matter of better understanding the space between the ears. “The mid-brain, the cerebellum, that’s what sends signals out through the reptilian brain and the rest of the body, telling you what to do; and that message needs to be as direct and smooth as possible,” continues Beasley. “Then, the frontal lobe is where all the thinking happens. So, for most golfers, instead of going right from the mid-brain down, they instead send some signals to the frontal lobe and it all gets re-routed. So, there’s this delay, and that brings inconsistencies as results.”
Golf’s Greatest Muscle: The Mind
16 Golf News Magazine | June-July-Aug-Sept 2019
This concludes Part 1 of this multi-part GOLFNEWS exclusive series on the revolutionary insights developed by Dr. Lynn Beasley.
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