Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Zen Golf Wisdom

Golf is a simple game. Mental golf wisdom requires the mind more than the body, although golf success is contingent on both.

Consistency plays a pivotal role in mental golf wisdom. However, consistent golf is not a matter of technically improving your shots during the game; it is a matter of emotional self-mastery in the key moments of a round.

The vast majority of golfers have exactly the same reaction to a poor shot or round:

They become frustrated and even angry at the poor outcome. They demonstrate no mental golf wisdom.

They become anxious about the next shot, worried it might be as bad as the previous one.

They become upset about their sudden loss of confidence, and intuitively tell themselves to “get over it.” They are aware of the importance of mental golf but they show no wisdom in that.

Then they approach the next shot with tension. They often inadvertently put pressure on themselves to correct eagerly the problem. They may even start thinking about their swing or technique to make sure the next shot is better than the previous one. They are at a loss as to how to apply the mental golf wisdom to their game.

The problem is that none of these reactions leads to magnificent, consistent, and enjoyable golf. They miss the gist of mental golf wisdom.



Zen Golf Wisdom

What is Zen golf wisdom?

Essentially, it is mastery of the mind, which is the mastery of mental golf. There is no sport requiring as much complete control of the mind as the game of golf.

Golf success wisdom stems from the Oriental wisdom of thinking and the mind. Specifically, it is the wisdom of Zen.

Tiger Woods once said: “My mother’s a Buddhist. In Buddhism, if you want to achieve enlightenment, you have to do it through meditation and self-improvement through the mind. That’s something she passed on to me: to be able to calm myself down and use my mind as my main asset.”

Tiger Woods also commented on the golf success of Jack Nicklaus, “The biggest thing is to have the mindset and the belief you can win every tournament going on. A lot of guys don’t have that; Nicklaus had it. He felt he was going to beat everybody.”

If you are playing your very best, you are in a state of meditation, transcendence -- the ideal conditions for mental golf success.

So, what exactly is the wisdom of Zen golf or mental golf wisdom? 

The word “Zen” is Japanese, but it derives from the Chinese, meaning “meditation.”

Stephen Lau
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Golf Nutrition for Golf Success

Golf nutrition is important for your golf success. It keeps you in optimum physical and mental conditions, which are the criteria for a good game.

Athletes in many sports focus on good nutrition for better sports performance. However, in the game of golf, little attention is paid to golf nutrition because many golfers regard the sport as a slow-moving activity requiring little aerobic or anaerobic energy. As such, they may have ignored the fundamentals of good nutrition necessary for golfing success.

Truly, most golfers’ diet is not healthy. Golfers are mostly bad eaters. Many of them focus on the game, completely oblivious to their diet.

For sustenance, they stuff into their mouths donuts, egg and sausage biscuits, chips and assorted junk foods, and consume beer or sugar-loaded beverages for quenching their thirst. Worse, at the 19th hole, further indulgences jeopardize their health, making some of them worse off in shape than prior to their round.

Golf nutrition contributes to a good diet, leading to good scores. Golf is a game of extended endurance, requiring focus, rhythm, and consistency, which are the fundamentals for golfing success. You need a good diet to provide you with adequate energy throughout a round. Only a healthy body and mind will give you the same measure of strength, flexibility, concentration, and physical and emotional consistency throughout all 18 holes with little fluctuation. Golf nutrition may give you a body and mind for optimum performance.

Overweight is a major factor that affects your scores. Your body shape is a reflection of your performance. Several previously overweight professionals have made major improvements in their tournament standings after losing weight and getting into shape.

Golf nutrition may get you into better shape for better scores.

How to Lose Weight

So what is the secret to weight loss and weight control?

There are only two major factors affecting weight loss:

  You must be healthy.

  You must eat less.

That may sound too simple and obvious to be true. But if you are healthy, most probably you do not have a weight problem. On the other hand, if you are unhealthy, and you would want to lose weight, it is almost impossible without restoring your health first. So, first and foremost, you must have a healthy body before you can manage your weight, or even shed a few extra pounds of unwanted weight. But no fad diets please! Fad diets simply don't work!

How to Keep a Healthy Body

A healthy body needs detoxification.

You must detoxify it. A body, loaded with toxins from the environment, from the chemicals in your foods and water, from your pharmaceutical drugs, is never healthy. Detoxification prepares the groundwork for golf nutrition.

To detoxify your body, go on a fast -- a one-day fast, to begin with. Fasting prepares you for better golf nutrition.

You could lose as much as one to two pounds per day during a fast. 

To lose one pound of body weight, you need to burn up 3,000 calories more than you consume -- which is virtually impossible unless you exercise vigorously. Your body is made up of mostly water. Sodium in food retains water. As soon as you fast, huge amount of water is eliminated or flushed out from your system (this is how and why fasting cleanses). 

In weight control, calories do count. In fasting, there isnothing -- no calorie, no protein, no carbohydrate. Absolutely nothing! The rate of losing weight is directly proportionate to the degree of your overweight.

However, the ultimate goal of fasting is not weight loss: it is internal cleansing for optimum health. In fact, you will put back some, if not all, of the pounds you have lost during a fast once you resume eating. Fasting helps youcontrol, but not lose, your body weight.

In addition to fasting, you may use foods to detoxify your body. Some of the most common foods for detoxification are:

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Beets
  • Burdock
  • Green barley


Include these foods in your daily diet to give you energy and vitality.

You may also use herbs to detoxify your body.

Your body is a self-cleaning mechanism via your liver, kidneys, urine, feces, breath, and sweat. Keeping your systems of elimination in a healthy condition can help improve and protect your health. Herbs can provide you with safe, natural, time-tested methods to improve the natural functions of your body to support its natural cleansing process. Diuretics increase kidney function, and thus the elimination of urine and excess fluids

The most common herbs for detoxification are: black walnut, cascara sagrada, cayenne, dandelion, echinacea, Indian rhubarb root, licorice root, milk thistile, psyllium husk, red clover, slipper elm inner bark, yarrow.

Water is an invaluable nutrient to every living thing on earth. Every cell of your body requires water to carry nutrients and energy to it, as well as to transport toxins and wastes from it. Water plays an important role in detoxification.

Hydrotherapy involves alternating application of hot and cold water aimed at increasing your blood flow to different tissues of your body. Take a very hot shower immediately followed by a very cold one, and repeat the process two or three times. After the hydrotherapy, snuggle into your bed, staying warm for half an hour or so. You will feel completely refreshed and rejuvenated.

Pure Inside Out - The Water Bath shows you how to use water to detoxify yourself to keep it pure inside out.

Regular physical exercise not only stimulates blood circulation and the movement of lymphatic fluids, but also promotes the reduction of fat reserves, thereby instrumental in facilitating the removal of toxins from your body. 

Low-impact aerobic exercise, such as jumping rope or a bouncer, significantly improves your body’s circulation, which benefits detoxification.

Skin brushing is another effective time-honored method to increase blood and lymphatic circulation to remove dead skin cells, and rid your body of toxins, especially through its pores.

Brush your entire body daily with a natural-bristle dry-skin brush. Be persistent, and the initial discomfort will dissipate after a while when your body has become accustomed to the abrasive effect of brushing.

The use of foot pads is an easy and unobtrusive way to assist your body in the removal of a myriad of pollutants that invade your body on a daily basis, as well as the health-repressive toxic wastes that prevent your body from achieving the true wellness you really should be experiencing.

Accordingly, when applied to the soles of your feet overnight, these foot pads not only warm up to open pores of the skin but also stimulate the reflex zones on your soles to draw out and absorb accumulated wastes under osmotic pressure from the blood and lymph systems in your body.

When lying horizontally, your body fluids collect in your head and feet. There is an acupuncture point on each of the sole of your feet, known as “gushing water spring,” through which excess toxins and moisture from your body will be excreted into the foot patches. By applying foot pads on your feet while sleeping, you may be able to extract toxins from your body through the process of osmosis in the form of moisture onto your soles.

Foot pads are obtainable on the Internet.

If your body is rid of toxins, it will respond appropriately to any weight-loss program. If you eat more, you put on a few pounds; if you eat less, you lose a few pounds. But your weight will never balloon or get out of control. Therefore, if you weight fluctuates drastically, the problem is your health, more specifically -- your body is simply too toxic.

Stephen Lau
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Golf Wisdom (1)

Alcott, Amy

“Golf is a spiritual game. It’s like Zen; you have to let your mind take over.”

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There is a close connection between the body, the mind, and the soul when it comes to playing golf.  That’s why Zen may play a pivotal role in golf success.

Zen can affect your body, mind, and soul because it forms a link with science, religion, and philosophy—they may contribute to your golf success.

First of all, Zen is spiritual, but not a religion; it does not impose on anyone to believe in a particular version of God. As a matter of fact, Zen encourages opening of your mind, and therefore allows you to be more receptive to the spirituality of Zen and, accordingly, more open to the spiritual benefits associated with Zen.

In addition, Zen is more of a philosophy than a religion. As such, it embraces eternal truths (e.g. the Eight Noble Truths), and intrinsic human values (e.g. compassion and loving-kindness) that promote emotional wellness of the mind and the soul.

Furthermore, Zen is practical and easy to incorporate. Zen is easy to acquire and assimilate: all it requires of you is a willingness to open to experience and to practice meditation consistently. Medical science has already vindicated the health benefits of meditation and its salutary effects on the body, the mind, and the soul. Through meditation, Zen can train your mind to focus on the present moment. This mindfulness is critical to your golf success—before, during, and after your golf swing

Cotton, Henry, about British Open Champion, Harry Vardon

“He would not play any course twice in the same day. Why not? Because he was so accurate, that in his second round, his shots finished in the divot holes he had made in the morning, and that took the fun out of the game.”

“I wouldn’t advise any professional golfer to marry before the age of thirty. Marriage means a division of interests, and golf, particularly tournament golf, demands all your time.”

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Golf is a fun game, but it demands a lot of mental focus and concentration. If you decide not only to enjoy the game but also to turn it into a golf success career, then you do have to make some sacrifice.

Stephen Lau

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Confidence in Perfect Putting



Perfect Putting Is Confidence at Its Best

A good putter has to be confident. A good putter has to feel that he or she is up to par. Yes, if you start telling yourself that you can't putt, you may indeed have a problem in getting your ball in the hole even from a distance of just two or three feet. 

Missing a short putt on the last hole may become an unforgettable mistake that you start dwelling on until it may haunt you for the rest of your life. People often say you learn from your mistakes. However, the inability to forget could be more devastating to golfing success than the inability to remember what to do. 

As a good putter, you must acquire the ability to consciously block from your mind all your missed putts. You must learn to focus on the present putt. Always think of yourself as a good, if not a great, putter. This is confidence at its best.

Of course, your inner self might tell you to get "real." However, you must also learn not to use "realism" as your excuse for your persistent negative attitude towards your own evaluation of your caliber as a putter.

Remember, Jack Nicklaus misses his putts too. But he chooses not to remember the putts he has missed; instead, he remembers the perfect putts he has made. And don't tell yourself that you are not Jack Nicklaus! 

Confidence is disciplining your mind to separate you from the rest of your competitors, just as Jack Nicklaus has separated himself from the rest of the professional golfers.

If you can change your thinking about remembering the putts you have missed, you are in fact changing your own self-perception about your caliber as a putter.

Remember, a great putter is not born, but is made -- made through conscious effort to improve not only the putting techniques but also the self-image. A positive self-perception immunizes you from doubts and fears about your putting techniques -- doubts and fears are stumbling blocks in golf success. 

Of course, changing the way you perceive yourself as a putter requires practice and perseverance. 

First, practice mental visualization of the good putts you have made. 

Garry Player once said: "On every putt, see the ball going into the hole with your mind's eye." 

Mental visualization is important to golfing success. In your mind's eye, you already see your success, and seeing is believing.

Tiger Woods' father was said to have trained his son while he was still a very young kid to roll a ball to a hole, and then roll it to the hole again with his eyes closed. That was how Tiger Woods received his training in developing his mental golf.

Practice to relive the perfect putts you have made. Visualize the puts in your next round of golf, and see them going in the hole.

Stop complaining in the way your converse about your own putting. Stop moaning about the mistakes you made. Complaining only reinforces the negative image, and may well become self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Confidence means the ability to control the mind by focusing on something small and simple.

In good putting, you clear all the clutters in your mind by narrowing your mental focus as much as possible. Learn to empty your mind of instructional thoughts from books, fellow golfers, or your coach. Just let your subconscious mind take over your strokes. It is like a runner on the track would let the subconscious mind take over the breathing to increase the oxygen intake; a runner does not have to consciously breathe harder in order to get more oxygen into the lungs to win the race.

So neither should you consciously focus on your strokes. Instead, just focus on the target. 

In your mind's eye, you should see only a mental picture of the hole or your target. A good putter not only focuses on the target, but also narrows down the target. Therefore, a good putter's target may not simply be the hole. Remember, the smaller the target is, the better control your brain and your body may have in getting the ball to the target of your choice. Learn to select a smaller target, such as a broken blade of grass, or a tiny edge of the hole. Your brain works better when the target is smaller, and your brain subconsciously has better control of your body's functions, especially your muscles and reflexes.

You may have one of the best strokes of your life when you see the target, and your mind simply reacts to it with little interference from your conscious thought.

Confidence means getting control of the present situation, and the past is insignificant and irrelevant. 

In any sport, gaining control of the present situation is important. Some people believe that you must try the hardest in order to control the present situation. However, in putting, trying your hardest may not be equivalent to doing your best.

Why is that so?

This is because putting requires spontaneity, and spontaneity is controlling the mind and hence the response, but without striving your hardest to control the resulting action. Essentially, spontaneity is focusing on the process, and never on the outcome. In this way, your efforts may become "natural" and "effortless." As a result, your strokes may become more confident, free from doubt or hesitation. 

Bobby Jones once said: "Putting -- a game within a game -- might just be said to be the most important part of golf." 

If putting is, indeed, an integral part of golf, make sure you excel in it, and make sure you are thinking like Jack Nicklaus. The mind is all that matters on the green. You become what you think you are, and your putts are affected by your mind, which is influenced by your confidence.

In perfect putting, confidence means overcoming any unconscious attempt using excessive muscular strength to steer the shot to the target in the swing. Confidence means using your conscious mind to remember only the good shots and discarding the bad ones. Confidence also means putting the outcome of a shot in perspective -- golf is only a game and whatever the outcome may be, it is not the end of the world. Finally, confidence means staying in the present moment. The past has nothing to do with the present, and only the present is real to you. Make the most of what you can do at the present moment, and the future is beyond your control. When you control your mind, you control your confidence, and hence you control the game. 

The Boomerang Golf Putting System not only is an addictive and challenging game, but also fine tunes your muscle memory. Once set, every putt becomes an identical challenge of perfect line and perfect pace. Learning how to hit a perfectly straight putt is golfing success. It is the perfect gift for any golfer. Play on your own or with friends and start grooving a professional putting stroke today -- it's great fun and you won’t be disappointed with the results.

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Stephen Lau

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Basic Elements of Perfect Putting in Golf

The average golfer takes 43 percent of his or her shots from the putting green. This means that putting plays a pivotal role in the game of golf.

Golfing success demands the composite of a great player and a great putter. Perfect putting is the dream of any golfer.

Putting on the green is an art in itself. 

Putting is an art because there are no hard and fast rules regarding how one should deliver the perfect putt. Putting is an art because it is a reflection of the philosophy and personal traits of the putter. As such, most golfers have come to believe that "putters are born, not made." Be that as it may, these personal characteristics, such as the power of imagination, the finesse of touch, and the accuracy of judgment  can be cultivated and acquired simply by changing the way you think about putting. 

The Basic Elements of Perfect Putting

A good putter must have the capability to assess the green.

A good putter must have the vivid imagination and sharp eyesight requisite in a good survey of the green to predetermine the amount of break on side-hill putts, thereby instrumental in determining the "line" of the putt.

A good putter must be able to analyze the unique characteristics of a green, such as the speed of the green -- fast, hard, slow or soft, and to determine the contour of the green -- sloping one way or the other. An acute awareness of the particular characteristics of the green may help the decision on the strategy before even stepping on the first tee. 

A good putter must be able to gauge the distance consistently, especially on long putts. Accurate judgment may help striking a "specialized" stroke. 

A good putter must be able to control the stroke and the placement of the ball. A good putter must putt the ball consistently and confidently, such that the ball is put within an inch or two of the targeted spot. Such confidence is often reflected in the positive attitude, the targeted concentration, and relaxed mentality of the putter. 

A good artist relies on his or her tools, and this is also true of a good putter, who needs to experiment different equipment before "feeling good" on one that will inspire confidence in delivering the perfect putt.

A good putter must know how to choose his or her equipment. The art of choosing the right size of the equipment depends on the physique, the height, and the arm length of an individual; while the choice of the weight of the equipment is contingent on the individual's preference for power deliverance or delicacy of touch. A heavier equipment may give you more power at the expense of being more difficult to exercise control on a slick green. You must learn the art of arriving at a compromise between power and touch in your choice of your equipment, such that your equipment may become an asset, not a liability, in your putting. 

Stephen Lau

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Golf Body Fitness

Stretch Exercise for Golf Fitness

Stretch exercise aims at improving your flexibility in order to extend the range of movement of your joints so that you can play your game more efficiently for better scores. Flexibility is a great asset to your overall golf success.

Stretch exercise relieves muscular stress and mental tension, both of which contribute to better golf fitness for better scores.

Flexibility reduces the risk of lower back pain, which is a most common complaint among golfers, especially senior golfers.

Flexibility training encourages postural balance and awareness, which are important to the game, especially during the backswing and follow through.

Improved joint strength reduces the degeneration of joint structures in the body, which may lead to adverse arthritic conditions.

With improved physical performance, there will be less tissue resistance, which decreases the chance of injury during the game.

Warm-Up Exercises for Golf Flexibility Fitness: 

Nowadays, hundreds of thousands of Americans of all ages and with all physical backgrounds practice Yoga on a daily basis. Yoga, as a daily exercise, has the following benefits:

It normalizes your muscle tone, as well as balances activity of opposing muscle groups.

It lowers your risk of injuring muscles and ligaments.

As minimal effort is required, you feel relaxed rather than stressed out during the exercise.

Contrary to regular exercise, your breathing remains natural and controlled throughout.

You internalize your awareness: you become focused on your breath and the infinite, thereby attaining internal peace and relaxation, which are critical to mental golf.

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Qigong is a Chinese system of golf-fitness exercise, based on physical movements, breathing techniques, and meditation. Literally, qi means “breath of life” or “vital energy,” and gong means “work” or “mastery of self-discipline.” Essentially, Qigong is an easy-to-follow exercise combining controlled breathing, focused concentration, and simple body movement. It works with your body’s energy for your golf fitness.

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Stephen Lau

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