TRAIN THE Mind that Makes the Shots
DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE
Golf Psychology for Serious Players
IN THIS ISSUE:
WAIT! Before you jump in, wide-eyed, and discover the total game-changing concepts in The ProGolf Mind Magazine, take a few moments to find about what this magazine is NOT:
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First of all, this is not another bunch of hypnotic recommenda-
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simply being relaxed will make you a better golfer. While some
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tions, based again on the misguided, unscientific notion that users of those sorts of programs will actually report an improvement in their game, the results are mostly based on what we call ‘the placebo effect’ – as René Descartes, the French Philosopher, put it – “Cogito, ergo sum” – I think, therefore I am. Those positive imagery programs rely on the idea that if you get people to believe they are getting results from listening to positive messages, then some golfers will actually see a benefit simply by learning how to let go of the negative thoughts that can get in
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the way of playing better.
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pill and tell you, “this is a sleeping pill and if you take it, you will
Confused? Well, let’s look at another example. Say I give you a begin to feel drowsy.” I’ll bet right now that some people would feel exactly what I have described – sleepy… relaxed, and that’s because they are totally convinced that the pill has the power to put them to sleep. So if I can convince some people of that just by suggestion, it’s easy to understand why they might also believe that, through suggestion, their golf will improve overnight. ‘Now visualize that you are about to hit the best shot you have ever hit in your life…’ Unlike the process of learning the mechanics of golf, the power of suggestion targets the subconscious mind – it’s a bit like the iceberg – one fifth is above the water (that’s where you put the swing and putting technique) while the really big bit is underneath, out of sight and hiding in the dim, dark crevices of your subconscious mind. But subconscious suggestions that are aimed at teaching you to relax or visualize that perfect shot will, at best, make you a very calm but frustrated hacker; so don’t expect to put the wind up your golfing buddies by listening to a relaxation CD. You’ll need more, much more, and this is what the Pro Golf Mind magazine is all about.
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From Zero to Hero
by Michael Court
Terry Price tracks the progress of a new player
h, yes, the golf ‘zone’ – every golfer has heard about it and wished they could find it, somehow, when they’re on the course.
And Terry Price himself has tracked McCarthy’s progress over the past three months since he began the five-week audio course.
And let’s face it, if we could find that ‘zone’ we would cut shots off our handicap, easily. The good news is, we can – by becoming students of Pro Golf IQ.
Here’s how he progressed in that time:
Leading Aussie professional Terry Price says he was amazed at the power of the product and the potential to improve players mental strength. Take amateur golfer Kevin McCarthy, for example. Several months ago Kevin was struggling to break 100 but he wasn’t satisfied and instead set himself a target of breaking 90 by the end of the year. And while he had always been a reasonable ball striker, like so many golfers, he suffered from negative thinking once he got on to the course. And that was continually holding back his performance. Then he read Terry Price’s comments about the revolutionary new training program Pro Golf IQ (May, 2009 Golfer Pacific), a program developed to coach the amateurs mind to think like a pro. He decided to give it a try.
Week One Immediately after purchasing Pro Golf IQ McCarthy viewed the short introductory video by developer Dr Jason Gregg before settling down for half an hour in his favourite armchair and donning his headphones to listen to the first audio session. “I must say that Dr Gregg’s’ voice and his unique patented ISM sound tracks were very relaxing. I followed the instructions and repeated this session twice in the first week.” Price asked him if he noticed any changes when he played the following Saturday to which McCarthy replied: “ For the first time ever, I felt completely relaxed on the tee and my driving was less erratic than any previous round.”
Week Two “This week Dr Gregg taught me guided imagery techniques and provided sensational pre-shot
Kevin McCarthy (left) with touring pro Terry Price.
breathing and relaxation exercises where I actually visualised setting up for a shot on my favourite course in my own mind.” “After a couple of enjoyable rounds that week I mentioned to Terry [Price] that I was feeling extremely calm and had stopped the negative mind chatter just before each shot.” Price’s comment? ‘Congratulations Kevin, and welcome to the ‘zone’.
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Price says ‘the training this week encouraged more relaxation techniques with focus on the short game and putting which certainly gave McCarthy a huge boost as he broke 90, not just once but twice that week. “I actually started to believe in myself and around the greens I was experiencing a confidence that previously I could only dream about,” he said.
During the final training week Kevin reported Dr Gregg’s instructions and techniques had become second nature and during this week’s sessions he was guided on the all-important course management.
Week Four Kevin says his wife of 25 years remarked on how calm and less stressed he appeared in his everyday life: “Clearly this has come from the mental conditioning that Dr Gregg has instilled in my subconscious mind which is not only assisting my golfing prowess but is also helping my focus within my business environment.” Price asked had the program reduced his tension while playing shots? McCarthy replied: “What I have really noticed is if I make a bad shot, that I don’t get stressed and take the frustration into the next one and mess up again. I have learned that you can’t change the past and the next shot is the most important of the round. At four weeks into the course I shot an 86 and 89 at Sanctuary Cove and was playing more consistent golf.”
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“I joined Hope Island and within a couple of weeks gained a respectable 21 handicap. I no longer worried about bunkers and other hazards, and certainly have no fear about playing over water. Previously I would pull out an old ball when I was faced with a lake on a par three. I would literally ‘talk’ myself into playing a bad shot and sure enough that’s what happened.” Price agreed saying that when he played in pro-ams he was amazed how many amateurs said to him before they played a shot: “just watch this one go splash”! – negative thinking produces negative results.
The ‘Enforcer’ Following completion of the main Pro Golf IQ program McCarthy used the powerful ‘Enforcer’ session: “I use the Enforcer as often as necessary and always the night before a game as it boosts everything I have learned from the five-week course. More putts are dropping in, the drives are straighter and more consistent, while shots I used
to struggle with have become second nature. It’s like playing on auto-pilot and most importantly I’m enjoying the game much more.” Now, just eight weeks after completing the program, McCarthy is playing socially four times a week and consistently playing four or five shots below his handicap. “My target is to play off 16 by the end of 2009,” he said. That’s a prediction Price feels is quite justified: “Kevin now has the mental strength to move forward and I will spend some time with him to address the physical side of his game. There’s no reason why he won’t break 80 on a regular basis early next year.” Price received similar feedback from some of Australia’s top amateur players during a recent tournament in Queensland. “Some of the players involved in the Pro Golf IQ program made a point of telling me that not only are the techniques improving their overall game it really helps them cope with the pressure of the ‘win or lose’ 10foot putts.” Kevin McCarthy summed up the program with this quip: “The money I’m saving on lost balls has already paid for the Pro Golf IQ program twice over!”
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Learn how to control your mind like the professionals
f you could remove all the frustrations from golf, would it become the perfect pastime? If you could drastically improve your consistency, would you enjoy the game more? If you could comfortably beat all your friends, would you revel in the glory? ... You bet! Pro Golf IQ is fast becoming one of the most indemand golfing products available. It is revolutionary, affordable and it actually works. So much so, that it has caught the attention of Australian touring professional Terry Price, who described the program as ‘scary’ in terms of where it can take amateur golf. A feature on CNN’s Living Golf TV series has also helped to raise the global profile of the program. It’s no secret that golf is all in the mind, a tool that if you can control, you can utilise.
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Just look at Tiger Woods, he’s the perfect example of mental stability. He practises, he has the best equipment but it’s his exceptional ability to achieve a calm aura on the golf course that has put him at the top of the beloved game. Achieving the mental strength of Tiger Woods may sound like fantasy, but after years of research, the team behind Pro Golf IQ has made it a reality. The developer of the program, Dr Jason Gregg, has come up with a startling innovation that comprises one video and five audio sessions designed to teach the average player how to think like anyone from the professional tour. It will not teach you how to swing like Tiger, but it will teach you how to prepare like a pro. The basic principle behind the program is achieving equilibrium of the mind. In short, you learn how to balance the left and right sides of the brain. Most amateur golfers put the majority of their focus on the left part of the brain. That’s the part that does the analysing and takes in all the stuff you’ve learned and read and the tips from your buddies. The problem is that the amateur golfer stays stuck in the left brain. Pros, on the other hand, manage to bring in the creative right side of their mind, effectively clearing the clutter and noise in their headspace, allowing them to get into the zone. Pro Golf IQ teaches this skill to anyone who plays golf. Like Tiger, you won’t worry about how you will hit the ball, you’ll just hit it.
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Play Like a Pro Dr Jason Gregg exposes the new secret weapon of todayâ€™s upcoming pros and shows you how you can use it to play just like them...
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Extensive scientific research, replicated in several major Universities and Institutes of Sport, has now proven that there is a lot more to raising your golfing skills than by simply following meditation or relaxation regimes – in fact, these same studies have gone on to report that a certain type of controlled tension is actually necessary if you are to retrain your mind to be that of a good golfer.
ow, I should stop right here and explain that the “secret weapon” I’m talking about — the Pro Golf IQ program — will also be employing some similar methods to help you relax. They’re aimed at helping you to overcome your doubts and assist you in getting the best out of the program. But the similarities end right there, as the methods employed in this program are very different from those of simple hypnosis. So even if you have tried all those CDs in the past, now is the time to pull them out to use as place mats, or hang them in the tomato patch to keep the birds away, because they are no longer needed. The Pro Golf IQ program succeeds because it is based upon real science, and not the ‘pop’ science of some marketing group. This program is not one of those ‘one session wonders’ – it’s not another mind-numbing program of repetitious listening to the same old track over and over again. If they don’t get you to relax, they’ll bore you into sleep with the same droning
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mantra repeated ad nauseum. I know that doesn’t work, and early in my research which now spans nearly 40 years, I too went down that path. But the results were disappointing so I went looking for an effective solution somewhere else. I studied biofeedback, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, NLP and just about every other process that claimed to alter brain behaviour. I gathered the research, I experimented with a lot of different approaches, and I listened to those very eminent scientists who have proven beyond doubt that repetition, whether in the conscious or subconscious mind, is not a good teacher after all. So why do those other guys still think that the tired old adage of “tell ’em, tell ’em again and tell ’em once again” actually works? Because they don’t know any better – they are relying on tired ‘old science’ that is borrowed more from crude marketing methods rather than legitimate psychological training or established research. But even though you will recognize some similar techniques of relaxation and imagery, your
Pro Golf IQ sessions are very, very different from those other programs, as I will explain later. Let’s go back and meet with those scientists... They went on to study amateur golfers (that’s probably you); and they discovered some very surprising things, things you need to know if you are to expecting to be a better golfer: Repetition is not the answer (but I already said that, didn’t I?). Sure, banging the casing off a bucket or two every now and then will help you improve your motor technique, but doing it over and over again is a little like eating a fistful of vitamins each day. Instead of getting healthier, you are really wasting much of your money and effort. More is not better, and less can be best. You have to realize that, if you want to improve your game of golf, you need to address the mind as well as the ball – but you need to do that in ways that are different from what you’re probably doing right now. In the Pro Golf IQ program, you learn how to do something
else, something that works, and the really great thing is that you don’t have to do anything except settle back, listen, and let the program take over. And instead of boring you to the point of distraction, hearing that same track over and over again, you progress through a series of 6 self-paced learning modules that are both fascinating and effective.
When those scientists hooked up both the pros and the weekend wonders to an EEG (the thing that measures brainwaves) they found that the amateur always seemed to show more brain activity on the left side of the brain, while the professional seemed to display an equal amount of activity on both sides of the brain, or hemispheres,
when about to hit a golf ball. Fascinating, huh? And when other researchers examined the similar groups, guess what? They got the same results. It seemed that they were onto something big – that if you want to be really good at golf, you need to find a way to rewire your brain into working equally on both sides.
There is a difference between the mindset of the pro and that of the rest of us.
The Study In one study, ten amateur golfers with an average of about five years’ playing experience, and reporting average 18-hole scores ranging from 83.5 to 98, took part in the study.
In stage one, the golfers were asked to hit 20 five-foot straight putts on a flat green and to see how many they could make.
asked to hit 20 more putts, but were told this time that they were being filmed for “Dateline NBC” and that they would be seen by a bigger national television audience than Big Brother.
In stage two, those masochistic scientists added pressure to the situation: the golfers were
Stage three and those labdwellers cranked up the stakes even higher: In addition to being filmed by NBC, the golf-
ers were told that they would receive $300 if they matched or beat their score from stage one – but would lose $100 if they didn’t. No pressure there! Then, just to embarrass the participants, three significant measures were recorded: First the golfers were asked to rate their own anxiety levels from 1 to 10 before each stage, then retrospectively for each stage – at The ProGolf Mind
the end of stage three. Heart rate was monitored throughout; and an electroencephalograph (EEG) was used to measure brain activity during each stage.
The Results All of the golfers experienced a significant increase in brain activity and anxiety as the pressure increased. This seems to suggest that all the golfers’ performances would be similar – but wait – five of the golfers succeeded and won $300, and five failed (apparently NBC let
them slide on the $100). This split in performance highlights a startling suggestion:
Players who perform well under pressure have as much anxiety as those who choke. So what’s the determining factor? Was Nick Faldo just as nervous as Greg Norman on that fateful day in April 1996, when – in the final round of the Masters – Norman blew a six-shot lead and lost to Faldo? Why did Faldo make all his putts while
the Shark blew it and handed the win to Faldo? The EEG data indicated that it’s not the level of anxiety that determines performance, but how the brain processes the increase in activity. The chokers had the left side of their brain doing most of the work when the pressure increased. And while the amateurs were off in their left brain, the successful golfers had comparable increases in brain activity, but that activity was spread evenly across both sides of the brain.
Getting Creative With Your Game What the study highlighted is that you must get the more creative right side of the brain involved if you want to produce when it’s needed most. Imagery and target awareness are created in the right brain. When the left brain is dominant, the golfer becomes selfaware: ‘What am I doing?’ ‘How is my stroke?’ ‘Am I aligned correctly?’ and so on. That kind of thinking usually leads to trouble. You’re so busy analysing, you forget to play the stroke. The optimal state is harmony, all areas of the brain firing synchronously and creating a coherent state of activity. To perform well as you swing a golf club, the left hemisphere must calm down.
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And the right hemisphere – which controls rhythm, timing, balance, coordination, creativity and imagery – must step up its activity. Then in the last second before you move, the two hemispheres must achieve a state of balance.
brain processes are more closely aligned with new concepts and ideas and inputs.
He discovered that when you’re playing golf, it’s your left brain that remembers how to swing; it guides your alignment and it remembers how hard to swing But wait, just when you thought the club. In fact, the left brain you’d discovered the Holy Grail, is so cocky; it thinks it is in total control. But can your left brain there’s more, and this is where really do two things at once? it really becomes interesting. Nope! A clever researcher at the NYU School of Medicine has now The problem is that the left determined that left brain probrain thinks it doesn’t need any cesses are more closely aligned help from your right brain, but to past experience, and right
that isn’t what happens to the peak performers – the people using both sides of their brain. When a golfer is setting up over the ball for the first time, the left side of the brain is naturally the most active. This elevated activity is the left hemisphere recalling all those hours of practice. But in the mind of golfing experts, just before the stroke, the left hemisphere activity seems to rest and gives way to a more active right hemisphere. Somehow those golfers are able to put aside that nervous anxiety and use the entire mind. They use their left and right brain in harmony together. Meanwhile, Charlie Hacker is still stuck in the left brain, unable to share processes with the right brain. It’s in left brain mode that the anxiety is quickly rising.
It’s your left brain that learned from all that repetition; it guides your alignment, it remembers how hard to swing the club. Meanwhile, the right side controls rhythm, timing, balance, coordination, creativity and imagery. It is able to analyse the global aspects, identifying the context and obtaining an overall view of the situation. This side helps in processing visualspatial tasks (like planning how to land a ball on some point in the distance). It is superior for the perception and analysis of visual space, such as depth, distance, orientation and perspective. And sadly, yours goes missing every time you play a golf shot. So if you’re just hitting balls as a way of improving at golf and you’re stuck in left gear, you’re
out of your mind, so to speak. Scientifically speaking, it means that the corpus callosum (the part of your brain that connects the two halves) is running ragged, keeping all this information straight. It ensures that the brain fires alternately on the left side and then the right side, the left side and then the right side; and it ensures that a balanced brain – one that uses equally both the left and right sides – learns the best. The pro spends a lifetime honing these skills; but for the amateur, the trick is to figure out how to build competence quickly, sharing the processing between your left brain and your right brain. This is where the Pro Golf IQ program comes in. In the first few sessions, you’ll learn how to manage your right and left brain on command, just like the pros.
Inconsistent? Lacking confidence? Negative thoughts? Do you ‘talk yourself’ into playing bad shots? Pro Golf IQ is a revolutionary new program which gets your mind into optimum shape for golf. A safe, highly advanced, scientifically proven system, that helps you balance the right and left sides of the brain, just like a professional golfer. Based on rigorous scientific research, it helps you balance and de-clutter the mind at the crucial moment – just before you take your shot. So like all the top pros, you’ll be able to instinctively get into ‘the zone’ when it most matters.
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The Twist — Your Brain is Wired for Inconsistency
ome other researchers, this time at the very prestigious Stanford University, found that while practicing your golf swing may make it better, it’ll never make it perfect, because the brain is actually wired for inconsistency! Aaargh! This new brain-based research suggests that the reason human beings have a hard time doing the same task exactly the same way is that the brain starts planning each movement from scratch. It starts out without a plot and sort of builds it as it goes. So what chance do you have with only half a brain, let alone the full quota?
every time you step up to the ball, or swing a golf club, your brain can’t plan that swing the same way each time. Now, that is worth repeating.
This means that, no matter how hard you practice, you can’t rely on that fictitious ‘muscle memory’ you’ve heard so much about. You have to rely on your The researchers studied variations in monkeys’ brain activity brain to reconstruct the whole process all over again. And in the planning stages, just bemeanwhile, here you are, stuck fore they performed the same in left brain, with no help from task over and over again – and they found that those variations the other side. Shish! were associated with inconsisIn the study, researchers trained tencies in their performance. these very obliging monkeys to These guys found that the main do two simple reaching tasks: reason you can’t move the same to reach and touch a green spot way each and every time is that slowly, and to reach and touch a
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red spot quickly. After monitoring literally thousands of attempts, they found the monkeys rarely reached with the exact same speed for either spot, and that about half the inconsistencies in the monkeys’ performance was in their heads rather than their muscles. The researchers went on to say that inconsistencies in how the brain plans for each movement may have an evolutionary reason. (So now you can blame the apes). They postulated that the nervous system was not designed to do the same thing over and over again. Their research indicated that, in fact, the nervous system was designed to be flexible, designed to do things you’ve never done before. Clever, unless of course you are top Pro and you are looking to build upon your years of practice.
GETTING INTO THE ZONE with David Leadbetter
eet David Leadbetter. He’s widely acknowledged as the world’s number one golf instructor, and his student list reads like a Who’s Who of Golf, including Nick Price, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and Ernie Els. And it was during some testing of EEG activity at the David Leadbetter World Teaching Headquarters, using professionals and amateurs, that it was revealed that there are significant differences between accomplished golfers and those who were still developing specific motor competence.
positively identified for every accomplished golfer, whether using a five iron, a driver, or a putter. But the findings were quite different for students just receiving lessons and those players who were having trouble with a specific component move of their golf swing. The graph revealed that, at the initiation of their swings, significant electrical activity was
evident and that these amateur golfers never had a “down time” or quiet moment to initiate the swing. Brainwave output was variable and complex during the pre-swing phase, initiating the takeaway and the throughswing phase. In simple speak, while the amateur is winding up, getting more and more tense, the pro is winding down, getting into ‘the zone’.
The initial findings revealed that, when professional golfers and experienced instructors followed their pre-shot routine, they exhibited a series of electrical firings or brainwave activity. Not surprising. However – and this is where it really gets interesting – just before initiating the golf backswing or takeaway, every experienced golfer showed a marked reduction in brainwaves, or low electrical activity on the EEG monitor. This reduction of electrical activity or “quiet time” lasted for only a second, but it was The ProGolf Mind
magnetic resonance). This imaging was used to assess whether areas of brain activation could define any association between activated brain areas and golf skill. Like television’s Dr House, they went looking for those areas in the brain responsible for your lousy golf game.
These findings may represent a crucial element in discovering the key component required to achieve a high level of skill. It’s generally understood that mental imagery involves rehearsing or practicing a task in the mind, with no physical movement. The technique is commonly used on those CDs I spoke about earlier, but it seems that we need a system to evaluate the actual physical foundation of imagery as a way to improve the fast, complex, automatic motor movement of the golf swing. It’s been a bit of a hit and miss method of mental training so far, with suggestions of ‘positive thoughts’ and inevitably, ‘visualising your swing’ before making the stroke. A study has evaluated motor imagery of the golf swing of golfers of various handicaps, by using functional MR (that’s
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Six male golfers of various handicap levels were evaluated with functional MR imaging during a control condition and during mental imagery of their golf swing. The ages of the study participants ranged from 24 to 50 years, with an average age of 39 years. Five of the six participants were right-handed and played golf right-handed. The participant with a handicap of 5 was left-handed but played golf right-handed. Two control conditions were evaluated – ‘rest’ and ‘wall’. For the ‘rest’ group, the participants were told to project themselves into a restful state, such as sitting quietly on a beach, taking care not to move mentally (or physically) during the study. For the wall team, the participants were told to imagine leaning against a wall with their hands outstretched and pushing against it. These control conditions were then tested against the golf imagery; the participants were told to mentally rehearse their golf swings from a first person perspective, as they would on a practice tee, with each swing occurring
every 1.5 to 2 seconds. Now the imagined swing was to be full, as with a long iron or wood. Participants were told not to perform their usual preshot set-up routines. They were to alternate the imagery – rest, golf, rest, golf, etc; or wall, golf, wall, golf, etc – when verbally told to switch imagery tasks. MR imaging studies were obtained with the room lights dimmed and the eyes closed. It was found that imagery is considered to actually play a pivotal role in memory and motivation experiences – it really does help. Well, go figure. The capacity of the nervous system to simulate behaviour of the motor system (that’s the mind over the muscle) is an important issue in studies of motor control, and mental processes and imagery can be used to improve competitive performance in sports or to induce ‘sensorimotor plasticity’ through mental rehearsal. So, if you mentally rehearse your shot before you go ahead and swing, it really helps. But before you point out that I appear to be contradicting what I said earlier, it is not the whole answer. Except for someone like a yogi, simple meditation techniques will not let you reach that state of relaxation, at least not without years of practice.
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uided imagery, soothing voice and enchanting sounds of forest streams is just the beginning – and you will experience several of these in the Pro Golf IQ program – but only as a first step to helping you to relax and only as a way to train you for the later sessions. Where they go after that is the real difference between ‘us and them’. In the training program, you learn how to prepare your shot with the use of imagery in far more powerful ways, ways that really do work. “We’re going to take everything we have learned so far and combine this into a ‘super program’ that addresses all these findings and more.” This technique has a name too – I call it ‘interhemispheric synchronic mediation’ or ISM for short. Using ISM, you’ll soon get those right and left hemispheres talking to each other. You’ll use ISM to help you build in that ‘rest time’ just like the pros do. And you’ll use ISM to improve your game better than any relaxation CD or voodoo mantra ever will. Let’s meet another researcher.
Christian Huygens was a Dutch scientist who was around in the 1660’s. Now, I’m not sure if Christian ever played golf, but he certainly found out how to help to improve your game. You see, while working on the design of the pendulum clock, Huygens found that when he placed two clocks on a wall near each other and swung the pendulums at different rates, they would eventually end up swinging at the same rate. This is due to their mutual influence on each other. You may have even read that, just like the swinging pendulum, brain wave frequencies beat in rhythms. In fact, they vary according to mental state. Daydreaming and light meditation, for example, take place in a special range of frequencies, just like sound waves, in cycles per second or hertz (hz). So if you listen to music containing beats at, say, a frequency of around 10 hz, it will feel very relaxing, because your brain will begin to follow this frequency, called Alpha, and reproduce the rhythm found in the music. As our brain waves pulsate and oscillate at various frequencies, they take us into one of four
basic brain wave states, based upon the cycles per second of the brain. They are: Beta waves – from 40 down to 15 hz – are found in our normal waking state of consciousness. Beta waves are present when our focus of attention is on activities of the external world. Alpha waves are from 14 to 8 hz. They occur when we daydream and are often associated with a light state of meditation. These Alpha waves become stronger and more regular when our eyes are closed. Theta waves – from 7 to 4 hz – are found in states of high creativity. Theta waves also occur in states of deep meditation and sleep. Delta waves occur from 3 down to .5 hz. They occur in states of deep sleep or unconsciousness. Interestingly though, some of the newer brain wave research indicates that a state of deep meditation produces Delta waves in conscious individuals. ‘Entrainment’ (not ‘entertainment’) is an aspect of sound that is closely related to rhythms and the way these rhythms affect us. It is a phenomenon of sound in which the The ProGolf Mind
powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object will cause the less powerful vibrations of another object to lock in step and oscillate at the first object’s rate. This phenomenon of nature has to do with the conservation of energy. It seems that nature finds it more economical in terms of energy to synchronize periodic events that are close in frequency. In fact, entrainment is found throughout nature. Fireflies blinking on and off entrain with one another. Female college roommates often have menstrual cycles that synchronize together. Muscle cells from the hearts of two individuals, when they move closer together, suddenly shift in their rhythm and start pulsing together, perfectly synchronized. This entrainment also takes place when two people have a good conversation. Their brain waves oscillate in synchronicity. Resonant entrainment of oscillating systems is a wellunderstood principle within the
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physical sciences. If a tuning fork designed to produce a frequency of 440 hz is struck (causing it to oscillate) and then brought into the vicinity of another 440 hz tuning fork, the second tuning fork will begin to oscillate in symbiosis. But how do we use entrainment to improve your golf game? The most well-known form of brainwave entrainment is binaural beats, in which a slightly different tone is presented into each ear through headphones. When pure tones are mixed together, their waveforms add and subtract from one another, resulting in a second pulse, or following frequency, that is the difference between the two. So if you want to create that restful Alpha state, you play a different frequency in each ear (say, 400 and 410hz) and the brain will begin to create a brainwave that represents the difference between the two – in this case 10hz or Alpha. And that’s how we can produce
a controlled rate of brainwave frequency without your having to do a thing other than listen. But all this has been known for yonks. As far back as 1984, researchers analysed audio-visual brain stimulation and, in particular, hemis-pheric synchronization during EEG or brain monitoring. Their results indicated that inducing hemispheric coherence entrainment can contribute to improved intellectual functioning of the brain. In fact, depressed individuals tend to have an overactive right (emotional) brain hemisphere, so in a depression reduction session, this process acts to decrease right brain activity while increasing left; the end result being a more coherent, healthy and well-balanced brainwave pattern. So that goes a long way to explain why some golfers are so obsessed, crazy, easily angered, emotionally fragile… and how they can move away from those overactive right brains of theirs.
The One Program That Brings It All Together discover PRO GOLF IQ — PROVing TO BE the most advanced mind-training program for golfers available today
his program begis to balance the way your brain processes information, getting both sides working together so you can be the best you can be on the golf course. Each session runs for around 30 minutes and you will need to find a quite place to relax where you will not be disturbed Some people notice little change after the first session, while others will find immediate, spontaneous changes in their attitudes and behaviour. We all respond differently, but rest assured, you will see progress – no matter how long it initially takes to get into the sessions.
Once the balancing and stressreducing effects of the program become ingrained, examples of creativity boosting and accelerated learning might also become apparent. And of course, pretty soon, you will also begin to notice improvement in your game. But that’s just the beginning. Tracks two and three are designed to teach you the fundamental skills needed to take back control of your golfing mind, as well as begin to learn how to set up for your shots. In tracks four, five and six – and still using headphones, just as you did with tracks two and three – you will begin to further develop your mind management techniques, encompassing all aspects of the game from driving, chipping, putting and course management. Negative thinking, anger and frustration will become a thing of the past as you gain the ability to call on these new skills at will, not only on the golf course, but in your day-to-day life as well.
balance the right and left hemispheres. And all you have to do is listen as per the program requirements. So let’s summarize... The only real way to seriously improve your golf is to begin with learning how to get your left and right brain in sync. This process is based upon hard science and everything else is a waste of time and money. It really is incredibly easy, and proves that things do not have to be difficult to be effective. All you need is commitment – to follow the instructions; to find a quiet place in which to listen to the audio sessions. Like a pill, it won’t work if you leave it in the box, or if you don’t take it as instructed by the Doctor (that’s me and I have ways of knowing). Good luck and good golfing, and let me leave you with the words of the great Gary Player who said, “the more I practice, the luckier I get.” Go to it!
Using ISM, you will develop even more effective ways to
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This Will Blow Your Mind
by Brad Clifton
Revolutionary training allows hackers to think like pros
USTRALIAN Tour professional Terry Price has hailed it as a breakthrough for the golf industry, but just how far the new Pro Golf IQ program can take amateur golf is ‘scary’. The gap between amateur and professional golf has always been seen as huge, but as Price points out, that gap can be reduced significantly by simply training the amateur mind to think like a professional out on the course. Gold Coast business partners,
Peter Nicholson and Chris Steffe, have introduced the landmark program to Australian shores. Using guided imagery braintraining techniques, the pair believes they have stumbled across a methodology that will change every golfer’s game forever, regardless of their ability. And they are so confident with their ‘brainwave’ that they are backing it up with a moneyback guarantee. The five-week course, which
requires the golfer to listen to audio tracks that teach the mind the same skills used by the professionals, has even helped Nicholson slash his own handicap of 27 down to 18 inside three months. “Research proves that the average golfer uses only half the brain when contemplating a shot,” Nicholson said. “Unfortunately, this is the side that is preoccupied with halfremembered tips, advice and repetitive drills – the unwanted noise that clutters the mind and
Kevin McCarthy (left) with touring pro Terry Price.
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hampers your game.” “Professionals use both sides of the brain when setting up, so they can use the creative right side, which deals with rhythm, balance, timing, co-ordination and imagery. “In doing so – they achieve perfect mental stability.” By training your mind to maintain perfect mental stability, hazards and other dangers amateurs face on the course suddenly become oblivious, according to Price. “Tiger Woods is the perfect example because he is someone everyone aspires to be because of his incredible mental strength under pressure,” Price told Golfer Pacific. “You see him make those clutch putts and big shots all the time…why? Because he is in complete control of his mental state all the time. “So it’s not rocket science when you think about it, but what this program does is give everyone an opportunity to experience how pros play golf. “The results speak for themselves,” he added. Price, 48, admitted it was easy to be skeptical of such a program, but after using it himself he sees Pro Golf IQ as the future for developing the next generation of stars. “This program is great for golf clubs and their members, but
what it can do for junior golf is scary,” Price said. “As we get older the demons set in from bad experiences in the past, but this program has helped me eliminate all the negative thoughts I used to have. “It really is a must have for anyone who wants to improve their game dramatically.” The audio program takes just five weeks to complete, with golfers simply needing to sit back and relax for around 30 minutes, three times per week. Each week the golfer will listen to a different dynamic session with each segment building into an encyclopedia of guided imagery amateurs an affordable way and relaxation techniques. to gain improvement in their game they never thought was The program continues to possible,” he said. gather world-wide attention, having featured on CNN’s Living Golf broadcast in the US recently. Price said future users of the program won’t be disappointed. “Pros pay thousands of dollars every year for sports psychologists to get their mind ready for play, but this program allows everyday
“But what I really see this program doing is bringing more people to golf because by improving their game with just a few simple steps, it will ultimately increase their enthusiasm to play.”
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The Results Are In
by Brad Clifton
It’s unanimous! Golf’s hottest new training program is built on ‘pros’, not cons
HEY say good news travels fast and for Australian golf fanatics, Pro Golf IQ can’t come quickly enough.
After trying the product himself, Australian touring professional Terry Price immediately hailed it a breakthrough for the sport.
The revolutionary new program, which gets the everyday hacker thinking like a pro by simply training their mind through the use of five audio training sessions in the comfort of their own home, continues to receive rave reviews around the globe.
Now, his thoughts are being echoed around the country and indeed the world by everyday amateurs who have transformed their games. CNN Living Golf sports presenter, Justin Armsden admitted it was easy to be cynical of such a program that promises so much, but after putting it to the test, he was totally amazed.
Developed by world-renowned psychologist Dr Jason Gregg, the program has literally changed the way amateur golf is being played thanks to a patented process called Inter-hemispheric Synchronic Mediation (ISM), which gets both sides of the brain working together to create that essential ‘quiet time’, just like the pros do.
“Well, I was pretty skeptical to begin with but I thought I’d give it a go,” Armsden said. “But you know what? I think it actually works.
“Negative and mechanical thoughts have held me back. But Pro Golf IQ seems to have changed that already.
“The key to it is helping you to relax on the tee box, whether it’s the first or the 17th.”
“The left brain-right brain visualisation has made a huge difference to my game.
By training the mind to be in a controlled state out on the course, mental obstacles like water hazards, bunkers and out-of-bounds pegs suddenly become invisible to the amateur golfer – something David McGrath from the NSW town of Wagga Wagga found out recently.
“Every year I travel away with a group of 10 mates for a week of golf and we compete against each other over four stableford rounds. “We are of similar talent and most years it’s a tight contest. I have just returned from this year’s trip and won by 14 shots.
“I’m a five handicapper who
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has always struggled with consistency and the ‘15th club’,” McGrath said.
“I’m calmer and a lot more confident now on the course.”
Lawry likes the way he thinks Gold Coaster Kevin McCarthy couldn’t break 100 off the stick a few months ago. A struggling newcomer to the game without a handicap, McCarthy heard the good news about Pro Golf IQ and decided to give it a crack in an audacious bid to take up the game. His decision reaped immediate rewards. “This program makes me so relaxed and allows me to think about my shots when I’m out on the course,” McCarthy said. “It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t have a handicap, and I couldn’t shoot under 100. “Just last month I went and shot an 86 off the stick around Sanctuary Cove, and I have also had an 89. “I’ve now got a handicap of 21 and I’m enjoying the game, which is the most important thing and it’s all thanks to Pro Golf IQ.”
McCarthy admitted he was so relaxed initially that he actually fell asleep listening to the audio sessions in his first week. He is now hoping to get his handicap down to 16 by the end of the year and is confident he can with the help of his new favourite ‘music’. “Unfortunately in golf, you don’t get a second chance when you hit a bad shot,” McCarthy said. “But Pro Golf IQ stops those bad shots by eliminating all your negative thoughts when you are ready to hit the ball. “The bunkers and water around the green that I used to look at and think about have now been replaced by the green itself. It has totally changed my game and thought processes.” For more information on the product that is taking the golf world by storm, go to www. progolfiq.com.
Take it from someone who depends on golf for a living ... this will be the best money you have ever spent Terry Price Australian & European Tour Pro
Dalby junior becomes the latest student to ace Pro Golf IQ test with flying colours HE’S barely hit 12 years of age, but already Lawry Flynn is thinking like a pro out on the course with a level of maturity beyond his tender years. The Dalby Golf Club prodigy is the latest success story to come out of the Pro Golf IQ ranks after he and his parents decided to ‘give it a go’. Like all kids, Lawry struggled with his temperament and concentration out on the course and often let one bad shot ruin the rest of his round. But since beginning the Pro Golf IQ program, Lawry has obtained some dramatic results that have left those around him shaking their heads in disbelief. A former 20-plus marker, Flynn now boasts a handicap of 13 and is fast heading towards those prized single figures. The ProGolf Mind
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Pro Golf IQ is a revolutionary new program that gets your mind into optimum shape for golf, allowing you to think like a Pro. A safe, highly advanced, scientifically proven system, consisting of a 5-week course in the comfort of your own home. Pro Golf IQ will coach you to think like a Pro and get into the ZONE on every shot. Before long, you’ll be playing the best golf of your life.
Published on Apr 18, 2011