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Gain mental mastery of your golf game with just a few taps

By Stephen Ladd,
Special to WorldGolf.com
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Stephen Ladd is a 'Renegade' Golf Mental Game Coach. (.)

You are about to be introduced to a cutting-edge golf mental game technique that combines centuries-old wisdom with quantum physics, enabling you to effortlessly slash strokes off your score ... without a bit of additional practice.

Does it sound too good to be true?

Skeptical? Who could blame you?

Despite being "unconventional," do yourself a favor and suspend disbelief for a short time. Dare to "think outside the tee box" and actually test these techniques on the course. After all, it's about results, right?

Tap In Golf (TIG) is a do-it-yourself form of acupuncture -- without the use of needles. Instead you simply "tap" on a few "clearing points" while focusing on a negative feeling or emotion.

There are countless situations where TIG can be applied to make your game more effective. For example: first tee jitters, yips, anxiety about hitting over water, fear of embarrassment, anger and frustration, etc.

Want to know more? Read on ...

Step One: Tap the Clearing Points (Negative Focus)

Using the tips of your index and middle fingers, lightly tap each point approximately 10 times while focusing on the negative emotion (anxiety, tension, fear etc.) or physical symptom (rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, etc.) you are experiencing. It is important that you focus on the negative while tapping. I shudder to think what the "positive thinking police" will have to say, but that's a topic for another article.

Point One - Collarbone

Technically speaking, it is not the collarbone, but rather the two boney notches at the base of your neck (the location of the knot of a necktie). Tap lightly 10 times while focusing on the negative emotion.

Point Two - Under Eye

Tap on the bone about one inch directly below the eye. Tap lightly 10 times while focusing on the negative emotion.

Point Three - Double Wrists

Simply tap the insides of both of your wrists together (about the area that you would wear a watch). Continue to focus on the negative emotion.

Interesting (sort of) side note: this wrist point is the one that can reduce sea sickness. If you have ever been on a cruise ship, you may have used one of those wrist bands for your queasy stomach. The truth is, those bands are designed to stimulate these exact wrist points. The manufacturers don't tell you that because it seems too weird!

Step Two: Tap the Collarbone Point (Positive Focus)

Now tap the collarbone point again approximately 10 times while repeating (aloud or silently to yourself) the phrase "Let it be easy."

Step Three: Take a deep breath

The chances are very good that the intensity of your emotion will have decreased substantially or disappeared completely. If some of the emotion is remaining, simply perform the above routine one or more additional times until it dissipates completely.

You could test this out right now by simply imagining a stressful situation out on the course. Your subconscious mind doesn't know the difference between what is real and imagined.

Could this sound any more like voodoo nonsense?

I'll concede that it is rather unusual. But one thing more unusual than the technique itself is the results it produces.

As a golf mental game coach, and a fellow golfer, the only thing I really care about is results.

How about you?

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