Golf Think Away Your ‘Double Bogey’ Baggage

Millions of golfers stand at the first tee, address the ball, take their swing, and then wonder why they can’t achieve the coveted level of play that Tiger Woods has been known for year after year. “The answer is rigid training and, of course, total focus on your game,” explains Dr. Kenneth Grossman, internationally-known golf hypnotherapist. “Unfortunately, Mr. Woods has lost that intense game focus because of distracting and very negative mental chatter caused by his recent personal issues.”

Dr. Grossman, who was recently quoted in a Time Magazine article (April 4, 2010 Edition), “Tiger at the Masters: A Test of Mental Preparation”, has been counseling professional golfers and other athletes around the world for over 30 years. “One of the major problems with golfers is that they can drag all their problems such as marriage, health, money, and low self-confidence issues with them at every hole.” He went on to point out that, “Many golfers not only carry their golf bag around 18 holes but they also drag an even heavier bag of personal problems as well. This excess baggage is a major cause of sub-par performance.”

As many pros have said, “Golf is truly a mental game.” Dr. Grossman has observed that when players don’t do well, such as Tiger Woods’ recent inability to make the cut at Quail Hollow or withdrawing from the Players Championship after only six holes, it’s often because of tension, outside distractions and symptoms of anxiety. “Hypnosis is a tool that counteracts stress and helps a golfer to relax physically and mentally,” added Grossman.

Dr. Kenneth Grossman has trained thousands of golfers in self-hypnosis, a process whereby your conscious mind steps out of the way and the unconscious mind takes total control of those external negative emotions. This mental action allows your subconscious muscle memory to simply focus on the swing, the putt and getting the ball to drop in the hole. “It’s playing in the zone relaxed and with confidence. It’s how you think during those three seconds it takes to swing the club that determines your score,” said Grossman.

Tiger Woods started working with a hypnotist when he was a teenager. His first visit was prompted by the need to get his mind centered in the correct zone so he could play winning rounds of golf. Later in life, as Woods won more and more tournaments, his needs turned to mastering the game, perfecting his swing, and becoming the world’s number one player.”By using simple hypnotherapy techniques, Tiger Woods has been able to shut out any negative mental chatter and distractions all around him and just focus on the ball, his swing, putt, and finally visualizing the ball dropping in to the cup,” commented Grossman.

“Unfortunately, the last few weeks he’s lost that razor-sharp edge and succumbed to dragging a huge amount of personal baggage around the course with him.”

Dr. Grossman tells his amateur and professional golf clients that, “Even when you’re not on the fairway or green, you should not let your mind wander with idle, negative self-talk that could turn a winning ‘birdie’ in to a losing ‘double bogie.” As an avid golfer himself, Grossman played in many foursomes where a player’s negative mental chatter, lack of focus and lack of a consistent pre-shot routine cost him four or more strokes a side. He says that this lack of focus is in reflected in poor scores that could be easily corrected with hypnotherapy.

Golf is, after all, a truly mental game that requires the head, the hands and the entire body to work in effortless coordination and total harmony. “It is this blend of mental focus, harmony and visualization that separates a champion from the weekend duffer,” explains Grossman. “For example, if I was counseling Tiger Woods today I would tell him to reaffirm his greatness over and over again and to visualize his most triumphant moments during the past.”

For Tiger Woods, who has been the brunt of jokes and the media’s most popular subject matter this spring, outside distractions, mental confusion, depression, plus physical neck and back pain can all lead to his downfall. “I’d have Tiger channel a mental movie of his past success,” says Grossman. “While he’s in a relaxed, hypnotic state, he should visualize his 2008 U.S. Open championship win against Rocco Mediate – a win he scored even with a painful broken leg.”

An internationally-respected authority on the subject of sports hypnotherapy, Dr. Grossman holds a PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy and has studied nutrition at Cornell University and Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard University. He is the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Mastering Golf’s Mental Game – 3 Seconds at a Time”, and accepts a limited number of private clients at his office in Sacramento or by intensive telephone sessions. Grossman also offers players a comprehensive CD program which can be purchased on his website ( and will help golfers develop a reliable mental attitude for driving, mid-irons and fairway woods, wedge play, chipping, putting and sand play.

Self-hypnosis is the secret weapon that most professional golfers have been using for years, yet 99% of amateur golfers have never even heard about this valuable technique. “It gives your mind focused confidence and your swing a reliable consistency hole after hole. Thinking like a champion creates a positive state of mind before you ever swing the golf club. Hypnosis makes the telling difference between playing a thoroughly magnificent or totally mediocre round of golf,” concluded Dr. Grossman.

Dr. Grossman is available from 7 AM to 8 PM (PST) for an in-depth interview on hypnotherapy and golf, specifically as it pertains to Tiger Woods’ recent performance as well as amateur and professional golfers.

For More Information: Dr. Kenneth Grossman (800) 810-5936
Released on May 27, 2010
Subject Matter: Sports/ Golf, Hypnotherapy, Alternative Medicine, Mental Mastery