How did we end up in the rough in the first place! For whatever reason in our learning of golf we are in the rough again. Patterns do repeat. Or maybe this is the first time you have ever hit this shot. Where did that come from? Being emotionally conscious for the 2s swing is a real challenge, especially on days when our A game is nonexistent and our B or C game showed up. What we choose as our conscious intention along with emotions can save us or bury us in the rough.

Doubt and fear tend to drive our consciousness out of our being. That is the swing that becomes blank. We don’t remember the feel. The ball took off without us. Our conscious brain is smart enough to leave town and not experience this disaster one more time. So the subconscious is left swinging the club on its own. Even the anticipation of the disaster is enough for our consciousness to leave town. In fact, it is the “anticipation” of the disaster that more likely causes the disaster. It is planning and programming in the brain fueled by plenty of negative emotion. Part of the solution is dealing with the anticipation. Change the emotions (threat to challenge, doubt to a plan, fear to “watch this!”) and we are much more likely to create the desired outcome. This is not necessarily easy to do. It will require emotional conviction! Decide! This will be followed by giving the conscious mind something to do to stick around for the whole 2s swing. If it doesn’t have something to think about and keep us engaged, it will likely follow its survival pattern of leaving town and leave you stranded. Playing unconscious golf is not possible. We would be lying on the sofa dreaming about it. Playing subconscious golf is where the motion comes from, but our thoughts must be present and engaged, entrained and in synchronization with the rest of the mind/body. This way the conscious doesn’t get in the way and try to run the show. Thoughts that engage the conscious in a positive way will engage the right hemisphere of the brain (e.g., timing, rhythm, balance). It is usually some kind of “feel” (body) or “target” (thought) focus that integrates the whole mind/body system. The program for success is energy (emotion), intention, attention, feel, transfer of energy to the ball/target, and results in an outcome.

There are all kinds of rough on the golf course and in life: long, short, thick, thin, fair, unfair, planned, and unplanned. The system is very adaptable. This is how we have survived for centuries. There are between 50 and 75 trillion cells in the body. Every 7 years every cell in the body has been replaced by a new cell. We essentially remake ourselves every 7years.If this is the case then we can overcome most challenges in golf.

Many golfers ask for consistency. What makes us consistent is our ability to be adaptable. In actuality it is not consistency we are usually after, it is improvement, growth and excelling in golf. Golfers see consistency leading to improvement; however, it can also lead us to “sameness.” Adaptability leads us to better performance and may also increase consistency.


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