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Author: Steve Botuchis Created: 8/14/2009 10:33 AM
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This weekend team USA faces team Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales. Golfers from both sides will face enormous pressure.  Some will blossom some will crumble. 

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from EFT Golf Newsletter - Issue 5 -  sent 9/4/2009

How Come I'm not Improving?

A frequently asked question I receive is “When I first started tapping I showed signs of improvement but now I’m not getting any better”. This usually comes from a high handicapper. It’s a good question and points out the need to distinguish between a relaxed, fearless, bad swing and a relaxed, fearless, good swing.

The main purpose of EFT is to put you in a relaxed state and eliminate fears and limiting beliefs. How much this improves your play is going to be very dependent on your skill level. You can be relaxed, tension free and swing fluidly without fear but if you have a terrible golf swing you shouldn’t expect a great shot. That said you can expect that the shot will be better than if you had not used EFT at all. On the other hand if you are a skilled golfer and have tapped on an issue that’s bothersome you should expect to hit a quality shot.

Let’s look at an example. Two golfers come up to a hole with out of bounds on the left and water on the right. This is a scary shot for any golfer, good or bad. A high handicapper who customarily hits a lot of bad shots and a low handicapper who customarily hits a lot of good shots might use the same phrasing because they have the same fear.

For example:

“I’m afraid of pulling the ball left”
“I’m scared of pushing the ball to the right”
“I’m afraid to follow thru”
“I hate this hole”
“I’m so tense my arms are rigid”…you get the idea.

Now after tapping , these two golfers tee it up to hit their drive. The unskilled golfer might only hit the ball 150 yards but hit it straight and avoid the trouble on both sides. The skilled golfer might hit a shot 250 to 275 yards down the middle. While there is a huge difference in where the balls landed both were highly successful for the competency of the individual golfers. Therefore it is important to measure improvement using realistic goals and expectations. Another good way to measure success is to look at trends rather than individual shots. If your typical score for eighteen holes is 100 and you shoot 92 after you use the EFT techniques that is significant improvement. If you are a two handicap and knock two shots of your score that is dramatic improvement as well. If you regularly three putt ten times a round but lower that to five times a round that is a meaningful five stroke improvement. It is all relative to your starting point. It is important to distinguish between the level of competency and the improvement expected and remember there is a law of diminishing returns that will catch up to you if don’t practice and take lessons which help you to practice properly.

At the highest level of skilled golfers, the touring pros, skill isn’t the issue. It becomes more about the mind than ever. If you watch any golf on television, week after week you will see the leaders approach the last few holes of a tournament and start to buckle under the pressure. All of a sudden they start missing shots and putts after playing flawlessly for three and a half days. Is this a skill problem? I don’t think so. Now they see the prize is in their grasp and emotions kick in. Thoughts arise about the money, the prestige, the admiration of their peers, the doors that will open and on and on. Of course they think about the flip side as well which is losing the aforementioned benefits if they blow it. Hearts pound in their chest, mouths get dry, breathing becomes shallow. Whoever handles the pressure best wins and if someone is smart enough to know about EFT it gives them a leg up on the competition. All of the above mentioned issues regarding money, prestige, heart pounding etc are tappable issues and can be neutralized through EFT.



NEXT ISSUE: How can we use EFT to improve our practice session and develop skills.

Remember you handicap reflects your potential. It reflects your score on your best days. Mathematically you only have a chance of shooting to it once in four rounds. So instead of beating yourself up when you get a couple of bogeys, adjust your goal to shooting your handicap. If you are a 14 handicap playing a par 72 course shooting an 86 would be your adjusted par. Adopting this attitude changes the courses par to better reflect your ability. This should help reduce anxiety and help you manage your game. With this attitude if you are five over par after nine holes you’re really still nine under par for the day. How cool is that!

In a recent Golf.com poll 69% of the respondents said they were unsatisfied with the state of their golf game and only 20% said their overall game was ideal. Obviously there are a lot of frustrated unhappy golfers on the course. Although you might think shooting low scores will make you happy, it ain’t necessarily so. I’ve seen many a low handicap golfer shoot a great score and look like they just lost their best friend. All they can think about is the mistakes made on the course, the successes are ignored. Yet research shows that if you learn to be happy you’ll start to shoot lower scores.

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