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Visualization is a diverse and powerful tool for golfers that has so many uses besides visualizing a shot in your pre-shot routine or making a putt. One key to success in golf is staying away from thoughts about the score, and focusing the mind more on what creates that score; getting the ball in the hole and making birdies. In this article we will explore how you can use visualization during a round of golf to develop a birdie-minded focus, improve performance, and lower your score.
This book is the quintessential "when the student is ready, the master will appear" book. This book is not for everyone, seeing as out of the 115 pages that make up the book, less than 3 are really about any sort of technique. This book is about the mental side of the game, how a player can break through to that next level of golf (ie. breaking par for the first time, breaking 80, etc..), and win tournaments.
The reader is taken to a remote golf course in Iowa, where we are introduced to John Smith, a frustrated golfer. The enlightened teacher he meets is named Linc St. Clair. Despite the requests of Smith, St. Clair makes it very clear that these lessons will not be about technique. He makes it very clear right off the bat that traditional, or classic, technique is important but will only get you so far. It is playing Quantum Golf that will get you to the next level.
Our hero goes through a series of lessons that dramatically improve his game from that point forward. The first is feeling, then the teacher moves on to other lessons that compound on the first lesson. The point of the lessons are to get all of the analytical thoughts out of John's head. The teacher wants John to experience the feeling of a balanced, smooth swing. When thoughts of technique are removed, all you're left with is the swing. You just hit the ball.
The book is a fascinating story, one that I can personally relate to, and a quick read. I think I finished the whole book in a couple of hours. The imagery found within this book, along with the breathing exercises, make for some great takeaways for when you're out on the course again. Shooting par is not about left hand here, right shoulder there. It's just about playing golf. This book reveals that type of thinking through Linc St. Clair, as he in turn conveys the message to an average golfer just trying to break through to the next level of golf.
Like I said, I don't think this book is necessarily for beginners. There is little, if any talk of technique in this book, and for good reason. If you're a golf who's trying to break 80, or trying to break par for the first time, or you're wondering a little bit about the mental side of the game, I would recommend this book. But the fact is, if you've never picked up a golf club, you do need to learn technique. Even "naturals" like Tiger woods, Rickie Fowler, etc.. went through a long period of trial and error before they could go out and play well in difficult conditions.
The crossover period, however, is when you've read the books, played with great players, and you want to go out and win tournaments and shoot low scores. At that point, thinking about technique will do more harm than good. What this book does is it completely removes any thought of technique from your head, and plants the idea in your mind that the absence of analysis equals good golf. It's a really great message, but not one you should believe the first time you pick up a club.
If you're looking for a golf book to set your mental game right, this book is for you.
For those interested, here's a link to the book on amazon (some copies are going for $.01): Quantum Golf
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