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Golf Rehab: Round 1

So, today was my first day back on my home course after spending the past month in the Middle East playing on a rock hard dry course. My home golf course is in the UK, just outside London and needless to say, quite a difference in conditions to the sun baked course, today the course was wet and soggy, it was also freezing cold but I had so many layers on I was immune to the cold.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I didn't enjoy playing golf last year, in fact, most of my rounds I wanted to be any where else but on a golf course.

This year, I WANT to play, and THAT is the difference. My golfing mindset is TOTAlly different! I missed playing with my team mates, our handicaps range between 10 and 14 and we're quite a competitive group.

My handicap is 13 at the moment, I used to be 10 but it has slowly crept up, ( see my handicap explanation here ).

I didn't start my round too well, but kept mentally VERY positive and kept patient.

Here's my score today, I'll use this as a benchmark for future rounds:

Par 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 72
My Score 7 7 5 4 5 5 5 7 6 51 4 3 5 5 5 6 3 7 6 44 95

Well, at least I kept below 100! My back 9 was MUCH better than my front round and I was striking the ball really well once I got used to the mud and slush on the course.

What was important today was that I kept postitive the whole time and I didn't let the bad shots 'get to me' I literally played just one shot at a time and didn't think backwards or forwards.

A good start to my year and most importantly I enjoyed the round.

Next step for me is to start listening to the golf mental training downloads from the training course.

More on that next...................

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My Golf Rehab Progress Report

Things are going very well with my golf rehabilitation although the weather here in the UK  has been rubbish and the courses are really a bit too wet to enjoy playing golf.

However, I've been working hard too with my golf lessons and going to the driving range regularly and I'm really beginning to feel a difference in the physical side of my golf game.

My golf pro has made quite a few changes to my swing, previously I was not turning my shoulders enough and therefore my swing had become a little bit wild and two 'army'.

Now we're focusing on using the body more to get more power back into my swing  and to get the distance back which I had lost through not turning my body correctly. He introduced a really good training aid called 'Tour Sticks' which I'm  finding very helpful. Basically, they are just fluorescent sticks about 3 feet long and you placed them on the ground to help with alignment issues. I take them down to the range with me and they are helping a lot.

I had a miserable round of golf the other day, in our 1st competition of the year, I managed 23 stableford points over 18 holes, quite pathetic really, BUT, what was impressive is that I kept my cool the whole way round and still managed to come off the course with a positive mind whereas last year I would have wanted to jump off a cliff.

To be fair to myself, I am taking lessons at the moment and my pro had changed my grip to make it stronger and we discovered that I haven't been turning my body for the back swing, so there were quite a few swing changes interfering with my game that day PLUS the fact that there was a magnet in the bottom of each hole that was the opposite polarity to my ball !

When I was playing my best golf a year or so ago, I wasn't 'thinking', just seeing the flight and where I wanted it to land,so, just too many swing thoughts that day.

I'm working regularly with the golf audio sessions that are included in the golf medal training programme and the more I listen to them the more I find that some little snippet will appear in my mind out of nowhere which is a good proof that the program is working for me. In fact, the more I listen to thr golf mental training aidio sessions  and follow the mental training programme, the more fascinating I find it to listen to the way my playing partners talk themselves out of a good round of golf. Hilarious really when you know what you are looking for! If they only knew!!

The more I research golf mental training, the more I see that 't's quite an untapped market and I realise how FEW people actually seriously bring mental training into their game. I'm more than happy to write about the training program and my progress here on my website, but I've no intention of sharing it with anyone that I might be playing against in the near future ! I want to keep my mental edeg to myself! 😉

The creator of the mental training program that I use Wade Pearse, is about to launch a very exciting new concept in the field of golf audio sessions and golf hypnosis  downloads. His new site is not launched yet but I have been able to test out the new equipment and I'm in the process of writing a thorough review for my website

The concept behind it is quite new and VERY exciting.

As you can see from the photo,the 'sound and light machine’  is a type of iPod that plays the golf audio sessions and you wear glasses that flash a mixture of cool blue flashes to your closed eye lids.

The concept is simple, but innovative!

The sound & light  machines use blue L.E.D.s (Light Emitting Diodes) and binaural beats (sounds) that pulse at specified frequencies.

MUCH more on this project later when I’ve worked on my reviews some more! It's REALLY worth waiting for and I feel it's one more trick up my sleeve when I play in competitions!

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Quiet Please! I’m Talking To Myself !

Do you talk yourself into the perfect shot or out of it?

Isn’t it funny how you can be on the most perfect golf course in the world, the most perfect weather, the most perfect scenery and yet the chaos that goes on in your head is deafening ?

Here you are surrounded by nature, tranquillity, calm and all you notice is the noise in your head of your doubts and frustrations.

Now try and explain this to a non-golfer and they’d wonder what it’s all about.

However, for some golfers, I’m sure it’s a familiar feature of their ‘enjoyment’ of the game. If you saw Sergio Garcia a couple of weeks ago creeping into the bushes to collect his wedge that he’d angrily hurled there after a wayward shot. I wonder what chaos was going on in his mind at the time.

Whatever was going on was joined by ‘I hope the TV camera’s don’t see me doing this’ and they did and yes we all saw him. It was very amusing.

It’s not amusing though when you’re that golfer and you want to play the perfect shot and instead of talking yourself into the shot, you’re talking yourself out of the shot.

So how can we stop this?

Let’s get started before we go out on the course.

Write down 3 positive mind tips that can easily be accessed when needed most. Refer to these frequently, repeat them over and over again out loud (before you get on the course). Then repeat them to yourself as you walk to the tee or to your next shot.

Smile, enjoy your golf and notice the difference.

Quiet please, I’m talking to myself. And it’s all good!

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The first listening of Wade Pearse’s SECOND Audio Coaching Session:

After listening to Wade Pearse's FIRST audio coaching session a few days ago, I played golf at the weekend and REALLY noticed a difference ALREADY in the way I thought about my golf game. For example, I had a run of three holes with unlucky breaks, the 5th, 6th and 7th holes, whereas before, I would have been mumbling things like " Oh yeah, just MY luck, I end up in a divot" or " I just hit THREE great shots in a row and LOOK where the stupid ball has ended up"  like I was the only one it ever happened to. (  By the way, have you ever noticed that when you're not having a great game, you only ever notice the bad breaks? Wierd isn't it because I'm sure that if you actually recorded the number of bad breaks and the number of good breaks that they would more than likely even themselves up over time ! )

You know what it's like don't you, you get a run where just about everything goes wrong and then your game goes from bad to worse. So, instead of getting all 'het up' and down in the dumps, I followed the breathing instructions from the first golf mental game audio session and kept myself nice and calm. The great thing was on the 9th hole I had a GREAT birdie on a par 4 that got me right back on track and I went into the 1/2 way house for my bacon 'buttie' all happy and upbeat.

The back 9 was better than the front and I kept on an even keel the whole way through.

I listened to Wade's SECOND audio session earlier this evening and I pleased to see that he builds further and works on developing a winner's mindset, this golf mental game training audio session is called " Building A Winner's Mindset".

Here's my review of " Building A Winner's Mindset".:

The main topic of this audio session is to work on developing a permanent winner's mindset which carries on considerably from what I have written earlier on this post.

That when a ball has a bad lie, or lands in a divot, that you should walk to the ball with no different a mind set than if it were in a great place and to see each ball as a new challenge both for the physical result and for developing your mental strength. This is all part of learning to play golf under pressure as calmly as you do when playing a casual round with friends.

The overall mantra of this session is that 'Winners NEVER quit' and also in reverse, that 'Quitters never win'!

But it's not the overall concept of quitting, it's the point of not quitting in a lot of small ways before the 'big' quit. You will keep a mental edge over any opponent if you can keep the same mindset all the way through your round whatever the score happens to be or whatever miserable lie the ball ends up in. AND, that will REALLY freak your opponent out!

Your mind set predetermines the physiological state you are in and by constantly given yourself strong mental signals of a positive nature, your physiological changes will match your mental attitude.

The bottom line is, wherever the ball happens to be, that's your next, fresh challenge and each shot should be approached separately, NOT part of the ball you hit before and DEFINITELY not a part of mentally working out what score you would get if you can par this hole, and par the next hole, etc etc.

See the ball, hit it, and move on to the next shot. And that's all. Simple really.

Are you still going to get beaten even when you play better than your opponent ? Yes of course, sometimes. That's part of the game, just as getting bad breaks are part of the game, you will always get bad breaks from time to time, the difference is, what do you DO when you get those bad breaks?

Do you whinge and complain that the golf Gods are against you? and only you? Or do you just get on with it and deal with it!

THAT's going to be the edge you will get by following such a strong golf mental game training program as this, you will learn how to manage your mindset and as you do this, you will notice the mind set of your opponent, who will probably be doing just the same thing as you USED to do and as soon as you see that, you KNOW you are on the right track, you are starting to make those mental changes and give yourself the mindset of  a winner.

You CAN'T change a bad break, it's already happened, but you CAN change the way you deal with it and therefore change the future of your round.

You only have to try this once in your next round to understand the power of  this training and when you realise this, you will get MORE of what you focus on.

Turn that bad break into a good one for the next ball and you will have won that small game for yourself , and then the next one and the next one until suddenly, there it is, you HAVE a winner's mindset and you have it NOW, not sometime in the future, it's THAT fast a change that you can make for yourself and  it's a natural way to be.

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The more I listen to Wade's teaching the more it makes sense to me and the more I'm looking forward to going out on the course and dealing with all these little challenges and as I mentioned in my story about WHY I'm working my way through this course so thoroughly, if I can come off the course with a positive experience rather than a miserable feeling as I was getting last year, then I'm already a winner.

I will OWN a winner's mindset and its MINE to keep and not only for the game of golf.

Wade speaks well and explains things clearly , building a winner's mindset will give you an unshakeable confidence that is noticable to an opponent and usually quite hard to deal with for them.

If you think about it in reverse, once you see your opponent is starting to get rattled, you KNOW the advantage is yours so,  if they see that you are coping with everything that gets thrown at you they will very often start to weaken and crumble.

The 2nd half of the golf mental game training audio session part 2 is the best bit, where Wade's voice will take you through the breathing exercises and deep into a wonderful, calming trance like peace where thoughts and ideas will be suggestedand taken onboard by your subconscious mind.

PERFECT!!

That's it for this part of the review, the next one will be for the video golf mental game coaching sessions of which there are two and also a bonus video with kettleball exercises to strengthen your golfing core.

Watch out for my reviews, there's a LOT of sections to this training course and I want to cover them all in depth!!



Golf Mental Game Training Answers

There are quite a few questions that I hope will get answered as I move along through Wade Pearse's Golf Mental  Game Training Course.

Here are some of my questions, please feel free to post your own answers if you want:

1. As a very competitive person, the feelings of misery and frustration after losing a match can be crushing.

How do sports people deal with those feelings ?

At one point I used to feel SO bad after a loss that I would tell myself that it didn't really matter if I won or lost ( it's just a game, right ? )  and even to the point that I would mentally start preparing myself for a loss BEFORE the end of the match and that CAN'T be right!

You are welcome to leave your thoughts and answers in the box below:

My Golf Rehab- Round 3

Course 1 : Narrow and Tree Lined
PAR 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 36
72
My Score 5 6 4 3 6 5 5 4 7 45 4 3 4 6 6 4 3 5 5 40 45 85
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Today's round was a practise round with 3 of the ladies in my club team. My partner and I played a better ball match play competition against 2 ladies who play off 10 and are currently playing EXTREMELY well.

I wanted to use the match to let the golf mental tips and thoughts from  Wade Pearse's Golf Mental Game Training Program sink in deeply.

I have to say, the whole mental game during this round was a revelation for me, I have NEVER been so calm and in control and ALL the way through, I was drumming the lesson deeper and deeper into my game process.

To cut a long story short, my partner and I ( both playing off 13) beat the two 10 handicap ladies 2 up.

The match was VERY close and as you can see from the score card above, the closer the match got, the calmer and more mentally in control I became, my back 9 was 4 over par which is the best I have played in a LONG time.

SO much of Wade's teaching came into my game today, each hole was a 'small victory', especially when I played well to win the hole, I would treat that hole as a 'small victory' but be ready to start the next hole afresh, instead of, in the past, worrying whether " I could keep it going until the end of the match'.

The whole mental golf training process was VERY easy to integrate into my game, even though I've been a big advocate of golf mental training in the past, NOTHING I've done before even comes close to the effects this course is having on my golf mental frame of mind. Remember also, that up to now, I've only studied the 2 eBooks and listened to the golf audio sessions, I haven't looked at the videos or the other eBooks.

I'm VERY encouraged by the course so far and it's really brought enjoyment back into my golf game already and that is my main aim. One side effect of playing so well yesterday is that I've been asked to play for the team tomorrow in the first round of this year's competition, that's a bonus, and I'm looking forward to playing my match tomorrow.

One thing that REALLY stood out during recent rounds is that I notice how much some of the golfers I'm playing with talk themselves out of the game, I'm noticing the self-talk and body language of other people now and it's fascinating. I'm keeping really quiet about the fact that I'm taking this golf mental game course training because I don't want anything to distract me from the things I'm learning.

One other comment that popped in to my mind a LOT yesterday was that Wade would always choose a golfer who had the strongest mental game over one who hit the best shots but didn't handle the mental aspects well and the fact that although Wade is not the best golfer out there, he KNOWS that he is rock solid mentally and THAT is how he wins matches.

So, this summer, that is my aim, to have a ROCK SOLID golf mental game ! I may not always hit great shots, but the mental game will be secure.

In fact, I did receive a few positive comments yesterday from my opponenets who mentioned the fact that I was very calm and steady all the way through, I just smiled to myself. Yup, that's me, I want to be known as the one with the rock solid mental game ! It is SO hard to play against someone who who KNOW will only get better as the natch progresses !

Check back and I'll post my progress of my singles match here!

The thought I will leave myself with today, is that, whatever the physical state on my golf game, I can have a strong MENTAL golf game NOW!

Not after a few more lessons or a few more sessions on the range , but NOW!

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Managing Frustration and Anger in Golf

A very smart man once said that playing golf is a great idea when you are mad at someone else, because the game will make you so mad at yourself, that you will forget all about the transgressions of others. Unfortunately for many golfers, this is a reality of hitting the links every time out. One of the keys to posting a solid number is being able to manage your frustration and your anger out on the golf course.

If you are playing a full round, there will always be a time or two when you hit a poor shot or get a bad break. This happens for even the best players, so learning to manage your emotions is key to success. But how can you do this consistently?

Gaining a little bit of perspective

Golfers need to understand that not every shot is the end of the world. Too many golfers struggle with perfectionism and they struggle with understand how the game is played. Even players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hit bad shots, and you are going to hit them, too. Understanding this and being able to cope with those bad shots is very important. If you can make changes to your subconscious and start to grasp this concept, then it will help you avoid blowups out on the course. Most players end up looking at their scorecard at the end of the round only to see that they've posted an "8" or a "9", when a big score like that was very avoidable.

Keeping a clear mind

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The best golfers know that the only way to be successful is to think about the next shot. When a shot is finished, there is nothing that you can do to change it. You do, however, have control over what you do with the next shot. For golfers that can keep a clear mind and focus only on the next shot, good things will happen. This is a key element of handling frustration and scoring well.

When fixing these problems, things like hypnosis and NLP have their place in golf, and it's a big place. Most golfers have practiced enough and possess the ability to post solid scores. They just need to get rid of some of the road blocks that are standing in their way. Frustration and anger are two of those road blocks, and these mental training methods help break those things down.

Visualisation Techniques for Golf

One of the most important techniques often employed by successful professional golfers is visualisation. Since confidence plays such a key role in the game of golf, these individuals work hard to envision success prior to each round and more importantly, prior to each shot. They can see their tee shots flying straight down the middle of the fairway, they envision approach shots landing on the green, and they can literally head the ball dropping in the hole on short putts. This helps these players make more confident swings, which is an absolute key if you want to be successful.

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Some players struggle with visualization, though, so they need to employ certain visualisation techniques to be more successful.

[ReviewAZON asin="0071615075" display="inlinepost"]For many players, it can be helpful to pick an aiming point somewhere in the middle of the fairway. Visualisation is all about picking that spot and KNOWING that you are going to hit it there and even visualising the flight of the ball. The problem for many is that they head to the first tee without an idea of where the ball is going. They can't envision success, possibly because they have had many failures that constantly creep into their subconscious mind and as you might imagine, this lack of self-confidence can be crippling in a game like golf, where every swing is so important.

Others use positive reinforcement to help get across the idea. They don't talk about what might happen if they miss a shot. Instead, they say out loud where they are going to hit the ball and what they're going to do with the shot shape. If they want to play a draw around the trees, they say as much. This helps to properly visualize the shot you are trying to hit. Otherwise, you can be lost out on the course, with no direction and no attainable plan to speak of.

Hypnosis for golf is a relatively new thing, but many players are finding that it's the best way to gain an edge in this way. You have undoubtedly hit good shots in your past, but it is human nature to remember the really devastating moments. Whether talking about a random hole where you have failed or perhaps a shot with a certain club in your bag, you need to destroy the negative connotations. Proper visualisation comes from using the subconscious techniques in order to gain focus and clarity.

This will open up possibilities that you probably have only dreamed about with your golf game.

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Hypnosis For Golf – Does It REALLY Work?

The answer to the question, 'Does Golf Hypnosis Work?' in a nutshell, is unreservedly YES!

Anyone who has ever played golf will know how to get a bucket of balls and head to the driving range. However, what separates the great golfers from the poor ones is the
ability to not only play the physical side of the game, but also handle the mental side of things.

Golf is an incredibly taxing game that requires tough decisions and mental toughness. There are going to be struggles and there are inherent fears that must be conquered by any player that seeks true success. With that being said, smart golfers understand that they can overcome certain mental blocks by using  hypnosis and NLP.

Many things about golf are frustrating, but people keep coming back for more. This is mostly because these individuals have certain mental blocks that they just can't seem to shake. These things are embedded deep into their subconscious, so it figures that shaking them would require some mental training that is a bit more invasive.

Hypnosis for golf can get down into that subconscious mind and change those things. While hypnotized, or 'in trance' players can eliminate all of the outside distractions and all of the stresses that cloud judgment. With this clear mind, players can experience better hand-eye coordination, better eyesight, and more focus out on the course.

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A big part of  hypnosis or golf mental training is Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP for short. This is an advanced means of basically reprograming the sub-conscious mind through hypnosis. Because of a long history of playing the game and a host of environmental factors, players can be adversely affected by different distractions and phobias. Maybe they have performance anxiety or maybe they are scarred by an event or a really bad loss on the golf course.

These things can keep people from playing golf with a truly free mind. When you use NLP to correct these problems and free up the mind, golf becomes a much easier game. Bad decisions go away, things are more fun, and approaching a tough putt doesn't seem nearly as daunting as it might have before.

Hypnosis for golf is growing in popularity, as is sports psychology for all sports. because the body will only perform at maximum levels when the mind is free and focused.

For golfers who truly want to reach their potential, it is absolutely essential to take control of the mental side of things. Wasting physical talent can be depressing, especially when lower scores are easy to attain with the correct mental training.

I am currently reviewing one of the most popular golf mental training programs available, you can read my blog posts here.

As a qualified NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist and 12 handicap golfer I review a lot of golf hypnosis downloads reviews, click to read them. I'm often asked by golfers to review golf hypnosis downloads befor they buy them so if there's one that you want me to review, please leave a message on this post and I'll add it to my collection of hypnosis for golf reviews.

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