Hypnotherapy for golfers

When something goes wrong with your golf game, do you look for the answers from your body? Well, perhaps it was your mind that got in the way. For example, when you try to iron out a swing problem, often, all you do is frustrate yourself because the answer doesn’t appear.


How to improve your golf game with hypnotherapy

If you're aiming to improve your golf game, here are some of the areas in which hypnotherapy can help your mindset.

The putting and chipping yips

When you can’t think clearly, your hands become shaky and your swing is all over the place. You find it hard to play a shot that you might have played hundreds of times before.

The pressure of being watched

You’re teeing off in full view of the clubhouse, all eyes are on you to sink a putt, or suddenly you’re asked to play through and there are strangers watching.

Practice hardwires your faults

You can't transfer your skills from the driving range to the golf course. You can see a gradual decline in your game performance and can’t figure out what’s wrong.

Life is getting in the way

There’s upheaval at home, in your relationship, or work is stressful.

Your course becomes a curse

You know your course like the back of your hand but, somehow, everything has a negative meaning. You get tired halfway round. There’s a memory of a bad hole and you’re anxious all the way waiting to play it. The banter has become too much: it’s getting to you. You’re getting nervy at the end of your round (if you are scoring well).

Hypnosis versus hypnotherapy: What’s the difference?

Hypnosis is simply a deep state of relaxation. It’s a way to access the subconscious mind, where there’s ingrained thought patterns.

Hypnotherapy is leveraging this powerful tool, and it can help golfers rewire their thinking and improve their state of mind to bring their best game of golf to the fore. This is the ‘therapy’ bit - changing something for the better.

Hypnotherapy and visualisation

When you’re relaxed, it’s easier to bring a scene to life. You can smell being there, you can hear it, and feel it. In relation to golf, it might be you can smell the freshly cut grass on the fairway, you can hear birdsong, and you can feel the sun and a breeze on your face.

This visualisation (sometimes called guided imagery) lets golfers imagine being in a scene and being successful. Your mind isn’t in your way. You’ve dialled down the stress and anxiety and can focus on playing the shot.

It’s this visualisation that actually stimulates the same brain regions as you do when you physically perform that same action.

Change your mindset for a better game

They say you can build an 18-hole course of all short par 3s on as little as 30 acres. But it has been said by many professional golfers, that the most important distance in golf is the six inches between your ears. And that’s what we can work on.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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York YO10 & Leeds LS1
Written by The Gentle Mind
York YO10 & Leeds LS1

I work with sports people to help them reach a higher level. Most recently, racing drivers trying to break into Formula One, ultra-runners aiming to improve their times on the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc, equestrian riders looking to get a greater bond with their horse, and athletes looking to come back stronger from an injury.

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