Golf News for Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | Books

Black Ops Golfer book teaches the dark side of golf psychology

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Traditional golf psychology techniques include positive thinking, visualization, and self-hypnosis. Black Ops Golfer (BOG) turns these practices on their heads and instead uses covert hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and mind control techniques to sabotage the performance of fellow golfers.

BOG™ was founded on the principles of the pioneering work in hypnosis by Milton Erickson in the mid 70's and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Combined, these techniques can be used to hypnotize a person without their knowledge and influence their actions using persuasive language patterns. According to BOG™ co-founder, Bill Gladwell, "We've simply taken these effective tools and used them in ways that no one else has ever dared. This leads to dominance on the golf course for our students."

Greg Sanders, a 7 handicap based in the U.S., is among the growing number of golfers worldwide utilizing the Black Ops Golfer™ approach. "I'm able to intimidate my competition, and that means they play worse, and I win more often," Sanders says. Gladwell contends that golfers who feel uncomfortable with the idea of sabotaging their competition shouldn't use his techniques. "But be warned, your opponents might be more than willing to use them on you," he adds.

There seems to be no shortage of professionals in the psychology, hypnosis, and self-help fields that are uncomfortable with the Black Ops Golfer™ agenda. Most see BOG™ as a corruption of techniques designed for self-improvement and peak performance. Additionally, golf has a long history as a gentlemen's game and is based on the concepts of honesty, sportsmanship, and fair play.

BOG™ co-founder, Malcolm Phoenix, responds, "The whole persona of golf as a gentlemen's game is just that - a persona, and an outdated one at that. You've got the number one player in the world shouting obscenities in front of kids in the galleries, and both players and announcers talking like outright bigots. The truth of the matter is that golf is down and dirty like any other sport, they just wear polo shirts and try to act nice."

Bill Gladwell and Malcolm Phoenix of are hypnotists and mind control experts based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Black Ops Golfer™ is their new book released to the golfing public for the first time based on years of training in hypnosis, NLP™, Energy Psychology, and mind control techniques.