KINESTHETIC EDGE FOR GOLFERS
by Andrea Higgins
Connecting Body and Mind
Conscious levels of change happen when an individual is so highly in-tune with their movement that they can choose ways of acting from moment to moment. Think of the great Jazz musician, Miles Davis, for example. He achieved a physical command of his technique through hours of practice, but he remained flexible in how he used that technique and could respond in the moment of performance with subtle nuance.
Many world-class athletes who are at the top of their form often describe a feeling of being in the zone. It is that place where they feel confident and focused, and where non-verbal thinking informs their instincts and actions. Author and expert in the study of positive psychology, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, describes this experience as being in a state of flow.
It can be exhilarating when your primary motivation rides upon your skills, and your skills, tested to their limits, are available and responsive to the changing demands of the moment. There may be no better example of this than what happened in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, when Sage Kotsenberg pulled out a gold medal run in the Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding event by doing the never-before seen Back 1620 Japan Air. He completed 4 ½ rotations while grabbing his snowboard and bringing it behind his back.
The truly remarkable thing about Kotsenberg’s winning run was that he had never tried the Back 1620 Japan Air before–not in competition, not in practice–never. In a post-run interview he was quoted as saying “I had no idea I was even going to do a 1620 in my run until three minutes before I dropped” (Pells, 2014).
While golf may be more understated than Slopestyle snowboarding, all the top golfers in the world today exemplify a similar state of flow in competition and they, like Sage Kotsenberg, are always doing a trick they have never done before. They may practice many shots like it, but in the moment, it is a new experience. The question for you is: how do you draw upon the skills you have already mastered, and use them confidently and effectively when it matters most?”
Kinesthetic Edge for Golfers is a 3-day online program for the golfer who is seeking to improve his or her golf swing through mind body integration. It is not a golf instruction course. It is not your typical golf book at all. There are no drills; no putting tricks. Instead, you will be asked to get out a mat and lie down.
The program is geared for the golfer who already has a good understanding of their swing mechanics, but would like to improve their movement efficiency, ease, and overall kinesthetic awareness. The program includes 7 audio Feldenkrais lessons that heighten awareness of the underlying movement patterns that support a smooth, efficient, and powerful golf swing.
Each of the 3 days of the program begins with a mat lesson. These lessons will help you to improve your overall body awareness and integration. You will then apply the process more directly to your golf swing. The program emphasizes a subtle and sophisticated experiential approach to learning. As your body's innate kinesthetic learning potential is engaged, you will experience greater ease in your overall movement, which will lead to a more fluid, dynamic golf swing.
Retails for $14.99
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