Tiger Woods and Hypnosis for Golf Performance

Did You Know Tiger Woods used Hypnosis?

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I will love to start this piece by a brief definition of Hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of trance that is characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation, and imagination. It is usually compared to a feeling "lost" in a book or movie. You focus tightly on the subject, to the exclusion of almost all other thoughts.

Now back to the question “Did you know Tiger Woods used Hypnosis?” This direct question needs an honest answer, and my answer is YES! That is not enough, as I need to lead you to my reasons. This will allow me to share a little about Tiger Woods’ background.  When Tiger Woods was a teenager, he worked with a hypnotist to help him get in the mode.  He continued practicing hypnosis before playing golf and saw noticeable results. Given his recent revelations that he's reconnected with Buddhism, it's fair to assume that Woods is doing a fair amount of quiet introspection.

Tiger wood used hypnosis for playing better golf game

I believe that the use of hypnosis can help any golfer to play to the limits of their golfing ability and beyond. That’s a bold statement, but when you think about it, if the average golfer adds up the best individual scores they’ve ever had on each hole of their home course, they would be scoring way under their handicap. They must have the skill needed to score that well somewhere deep inside and with hypnosis, they can learn to unleash that unconscious ability they already possess.

Tiger Woods’ hypnotist says “I’d have him channel a mental movie while he’s in the relaxed state and recall his US Open Championship win against Rocco Mediate.  He would want to remind himself he won that with a broken leg, and here at the Masters he’s not even feeling any pain.”

 

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Olympic athletes use positive visualization exercises for optimal performance

The use of the imagination, including visualization, is a key element in all my golf hypnosis programs and in my face-to-face work with clients. I prefer the word imagination as this includes the use of all our senses, sound, taste, smell and the kinesthetic, not just the visual. Although all of our experiences and memories are stored using these five senses, people have individual preferences.

If you ask different people to describe a walk on the beach, they will often describe it differently, even though they all had the same experience. Some may talk mainly about the things they saw, like the blue sea and the white sand. Others may focus on the sounds of the waves and the calling of the seagulls. And some will talk about the warmth of the sun, the feel of the sand under their feet or the wind in their hair. Some may even focus on the taste of the salty air or the smell of the seaweed.

And yes, it really does help to “visualize” your golf shots before you swing, or rather to imagine them in the way that works best for you.

 

Hypnosis is a great tool for sports performance enhancement

Serious athletes tend to be determined to find whatever will give them an advantage over their competition, and also help them perform optimally. Hypnosis and imagery have already been employed by many such sports athletes to boost their game.

Since the unconscious mind is actually the driving force between most of our beliefs and behaviors, it makes sense that a technique which elicits change at the unconscious level can be highly effective. Hypnosis is certainly such a technique. Hypnosis can help an athlete conquer issues of self-doubt which may be keeping him from moving to the next level. It can help an athlete hone his skills, fine-tune a method, and have a level of self-belief and confidence which will enable him to excel beyond what he may have previously thought possible.

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