Just to chip in (how apt for me ) with a few comments. I am halfway through a diploma in NLP and Hypnotherapy. So not learning how to make people dance like chicken
I will be hopeful to create a number of techniques for fellow ABS’s to use, but what Bradley says is no surprise. Whether treating a phobia of spiders or 3 footers, it’s all the same wiring in the brain. It’s about having a rational, desired response to the situation and eliminating fear. One of the biggest things for people to do is to recognise the differences between fear and excitement. Fear is a weakening emotion, excitement strengthens…
Tournament golf is similar to walking along a wooden plank on the floor. You could walk along the plank on the floor all day long, but suspend it 500ft above the ground and it’s a different animal for most people, yet it can be learned to walk along it happily (people who do tightropes and work up high learn to do this). Hunter Mahan chips well all day long, but on 17 in a Ryder Cup…
The irony is it is the same process for the unconscious mind (more on that later) but the conscious mind will associate past and future events and possibilities (like falling) and make you nervous.
I hope to do a series of articles for everyone over the coming years to help us all with the game of golf, but to hear tm on actual experiences is knowledge gold. I learnt a lot hearing this as I have not played at the highest level (yet )
I will soon have an article ready about how to do some preliminary work to access the zone. It will have two ways of doing it depending on your view or misconceptions. One is via a traditional NLP approach (modelling the behaviour) and the other via listening to a hypnosis mp3 that I will happily give to anyone who wants.
The zone is a magical state of mind that is not as elusive as it seems. Any behaviour can be broken down and modelled. Just as ABS models true fundamentals of hitters, it is possible to do mental exercises (possible modules of mind thinking out loud here) to train the brain to be where you want it to be when you hit a shot.
For me the zone is where we are completely focused on the shot we have selected, in a confident, ultra alert state intermixed with feeling of fun, focus, presence in the moment and happiness and detachment from the rest of the world that is not involved on the shot in hand. It does not involve any thoughts of the future other than the notion of where the ball will travel to and the surrounding, relevant conditions and the 100% commitment to the process of executing the shot, combined with a detachment from the outcome. This is a strange concept for people to grasp. Not many can give every fibre of energy to the process of holing a putt, yet not caring about the outcome. You hear Stewart Cink say he is really happy with the process more than the result of a putt sometimes.
In a sentence this would be
“see, verbalise or feel the shot, execute it whilst excluding anything else from your world that doesn’t involve the process of the shot”
It is very similar to the feeling whilst in hypnosis.
The zone is however something that can be switched on or off. An example of either end of the scale would be Nick Faldo and 4-8 hours of complete focus excluding all else on course, to Trevino switching from shots, to joking with the fans in an instant. Neither is right or wrong, it’s what is best for the individual.
More to come on this…
Hope my ramblings are of some use