Rose colored glasses, dark glasses, fun glasses and prescription glasses all have a different look and feel. Consciously or subconsciously, we are choosing our glasses for golf every minute. Regardless of what is going on in the outside world or the inside world for that matter, we always have a choice of which glasses to wear today. If the glasses we put on this morning aren’t working, we can pick another pair. On great days we don’t even need glasses. Everything is working in harmony in our mind, thoughts and emotions so we perform fantastically.
Golf brings us a variety of experiences each and every minute. It is the glasses we wear that allow us to filter the information and select only the influences that serve us well. We tend to have positive emotional recall if we are in a good mood and negative emotional recall if we are not in a good mood. Unfortunately much of our mood and hence perception is not so easy to consciously control. Rather, brain mapping studies of feel good endorphin receptors, our brain’s natural morphines, and the molecular targets where prescription opioid pain-killers act have suggested how the mind works.
Emotions and bodily sensations are intricately intertwined. Golfers who tend to be emotional on the golf course also have the best sense of feel. They feel the great swings and they also feel everything that goes wrong in a swing. In turn, “feel” golfers tend to be more emotional. Highly sensitive people in life detect everyone’s energy, or “vibes” and have a hard time being themselves.
One Future Tour player was playing the best golf of her life. She was paired in the tournament with a player that was hitting the ball all over the place and scoring poorly. The highly sensitive player started going downhill fast in the first four holes and no one could figure it out. After her long and hard 18 holes Debbie asked her if she was watching the other struggling player in her group. The answer was yes and she was feeling bad for her. As a result her game went to the same place. Golfers can watch the ball fly and roll, but they should never watch the golfer hit it. So be aware that emotions are contagious. The forces surround and connect people and connect them as surely as molecules in a glass of water interact.
The emotional feel players can easily get addicted to the “feel” and believe that if the feel is not present, they can’t perform. This is when it is time to pull out the ski gloves and use them to hit long shots, short shots and putts (put them on and take away the feel from the golfers). The good players quickly realize that they don’t NEED to feel the club and in some cases they are better off without the feel since they like to manipulate the ball going in the hole or flying through the air.
The players who are addicted to feel must use their consciousness with a strong intention to “get the ball in the hole” regardless of the feel and emotions of the day. It will depend more on our mind, thoughts and emotions to direct our motion and performance rather than feel. As long as we stay focused on the outcome, the system will find a way. It is a remarkable system!
Perceptions can be misleading in golf. What we think is good for us is not always good for us. We tend to drift towards what we like and what is comfortable for us. However, these can be misleading. On numerous occasions golfers have been putting at the lab and a misperception issue seems to be occurring. Each golfer rates the quality of feel of the putt (1-10, 10 is best) and we measure the outcome (in the hole or distance-measured error in cm). They are instructed to rate the feel regardless of whether the outcome is what they want or not (in the hole). Invariably there will be a golfer that may rate every putt that drops in the hole an “8” and the putts that they rate “10” miss on the right or left side consistently. This is telling us that the perception of what they are attempting to create in feel to sink the putt is not the feel that drops the ball in the hole. This is a major “miss feel”. The golfer has a choice: use the feel they like, or use the feel that makes putts. It is the option of doing it my way or the way that works. We have so many of the same situations in life. The feel that we like and often are most comfortable with is not the one that will lead us to success and happiness. The golfers that need to be “comfortable” to perform are not likely to get any better than where they are right now. They are running the same patterns over and over. It will be uncomfortable to reach the next level of success and happiness.
In the system it works like this. We have patterns of connections in the brain (habits) that will continue to exist unless we consciously (intention) choose to change the patterns. To do this we “shake up” the system so new patterns can form. In one study we gave tour players a very different putter they had never before experienced. The activity in the brain increased in 26 out of 32 measures. This “shake up “allows us to create a new roadmap in the brain for success and performance. Within 20 putts or10 minutes, they had adjusted to the new putter and performed well. Some players performed better than with their own trusted putter. The system is re-makeable!
Feelings are as powerful as drugs. They become matter (receptors, ligands, etc.) Our physiological bodies can change by the emotions we feel. With positive optimism, challenge, excitement, etc. the predominant chemicals will be dopamine, endorphins, and opioids in the brain. With negativity, threat and/or fear, the predominant chemicals released will be cortisol, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. The chemicals released influence the frequencies in the brain and vice versa. Dr. David Hawkins revealed in his “Map of Consciousness “unknown aspects of consciousness (Power vs. Force, 2002). With each progressive rise in the level of consciousness, the “frequency” or “vibration” of energy increases. Thus, higher consciousness radiates a beneficial and healing effect, verifiable in the human muscle response which stays strong in the presence of love and truth (applied kinesiology or muscle testing). In contrast, non–true or negative energy fields which “calibrate” below the level of integrity induce a weak muscle response. Dr. Hawkins’ discovery of the difference between “power” and “force” has influenced the lives of people in business, advertising, education, psychology, medicine, law, and sport.
Every golfer knows that the day may lead us to frustration and negativity very quickly. However, that one putt all of a sudden drops in the hole or that drive splits the middle of the fairway and we are back on top. What happened to all the chemicals of frustration and negativity? They are no longer there. It is a matter of good over evil. The frequency and chemicals of good always prevail and are much more powerful than evil, fear or negativity. When that great shot appears we have made a “quantum shift” and we are now playing quantum golf.When golfers rate the quality of their shot (1-10, 10 is high) many players won’t say “10” because they believe it is perfect and unattainable. Other players assess “10” on shots and putts, but it is the “12” that indicates the quantum shift. The bar has now been raised and the golfer is at a new level of performance, commonly known as reaching the next level in golf and life. So choose your glasses wisely for golf since they influence the outcome of every experience we have at every moment in time.
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