Everyone has the ability to learn new things. If you learnt to drive an automatic car you can still learn to use a stick shift. If you learned to speak and write English as your first language this does not mean that you cannot learn another language should you wish to do so. If you are right-handed, this does not mean that you could not learn to do things left-handed.
Just because you have learned a certain way of doing things does not mean that you are unable to learn a different way to do them. I can almost hear the objections that certain people might make when hearing what I have just said. “But it won’t be easy.’ “But it will take forever.” Whilst these statements might apply to some people or some things, they do not apply to everyone or everything.
Lets take a look at how this applies to the golf swing. I think that it is safe to say that there is probably not a single golfer who can honestly say that they produce the same swing for every shot in a round of golf. It is simply not possible. You have to swing differently to produce different types of shots. Even when you are trying to replicate the same shot time and again your swing will not be identical. Similar, yes; identical, no.
There are certain principles within your swing that you may very well include and produce with almost every shot. For example, you might manage to find a way to consistently keep your clubface square at impact. You might consistently keep a similar rhythm to your swing.
Thus when you think about golf, you will discover that there are certain elements of your swing that are more easily adapted or changed than others.
Each individual has their own unique tempo that is reflected in many areas of their life. The speed you talk or walk or go about life in general will become a part of your golf swing and golf game. To try to change this would be to try to go against the grain. This would be one of those things that would be almost impossible to change, or would indeed “take forever”.
But there are many other aspects of a golf swing that are incredibly easy and simple to change. All you need to do is to know what to do, to understand why you need to do it, to want to do it and to believe that you can do it. Then you will be able to do it almost instantaneously.
Many things really can be changed in the blink of an eye. All that is required is a relevant “light bulb moment” that trips a switch in your mind and sets you upon the right path.
The biggest impediment to creating a “new swing” is usually a lack of clear intent. If you do not know what you really want or need to do, how the heck are you going to do it? Similarly, if you do not believe that you can execute a certain move, how are you going to instruct your body to do it?
Just as you need to look at your ball to be able to hit it, you need to have a clear image of your swing in your minds eye before you are able to create it. You have to see it to believe it. What you mind can perceive, your mind can believe and your mind can achieve. Such perception does not take forever. It takes a split second.
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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