Most people would agree golf is a mental sport. Even if you’re in top physical shape, but your mind’s not all in, it’s hard to bring your A game. Well, we’ll let you in on a secret some pro golfers use, hypnosis for golf!
But of course, let’s first talk a little about hypnosis.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis has had a bad rep since many people still believe it’s about brainwashing or controlling someone during a session. Some people think hypnosis can make you do something against your will. But hypnosis isn’t about dangling pocket watches to turn you into a mindless puppet. It’s more on focusing attention.
So, what happens when someone is hypnotized?
During the session, the hypnotist guides you into a trance-like state through relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation or focused breathing. This euphoric trance may be light or very deep. As you enter this state, you may easily accept hypnotic suggestions made into your subconscious mind, the part of your mind that doesn’t need active thinking to decide.
As you go through the session, the hypnotist can help you reprogram your mind on how to respond whenever you encounter stressful or anxiety-provoking situations.
Moreover, hypnosis has been shown to be effective for dealing with many conditions such as anxiety, depression, weight loss, and OCD. It can also help address negative habits like smoking, alcoholism, and binge eating.
How can hypnosis for golf make you play better?
One of the primary hypnotic techniques used is guided visualization. This technique helps you make up a mental picture to visualize the change you want to happen. While the term used is visualizing, it’s better to involve other senses– sounds, smells, and even feelings to complete the picture.
For instance, the hypnotist can help you visualize your perfect swing, from how your body moves to which specific club to use. You may be asked to mentally picture being relaxed when you’re drenched in sweat and trying to get the ball out of the water.
In short, guided visualization allows you to “experience” some struggles and practice what to do when encountering them in real life.
Whether it’s first tee nerves or overthinking your next shot, a distracted mind isn’t exactly golf-friendly. Training your mind using hypnosis may help by
- Increasing your confidence while playing golf
- Reducing performance anxiety
- Mentally rehearsing your golf strategy
- Focusing your mind on getting rid of distractions during the game
- Helping you “get in the zone” as you walk up to the first tee
Now, if you’re wondering if research backs this up, the answer is yes.
A 2013 study on a pro golfer showed that hypnosis increased his mean stroke average after hypnosis. Hypnosis had a positive impact on his thoughts, emotions, and perceptions.
More recently, a 2022 study revealed that hypnotic intervention could also improve golf putting performance. In golf, the putt is a stroke to move the ball through the green and into a hole.
Ready to work on your golf swing?
Hypnosis for golf can be a game-changer for your next game.
If you’re set to improve your game, make sure to book a hypnotherapy session at Everybody in Mind Wellness Center. Our founder and certified hypnotherapist, Carla Chalah, can help you get rid of mental distractions to ace your next golf game.