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iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
The mental side of the game of golf is something that players of all levels are learning to focus on – and develop – more than ever before. And there are an increasing number of books, videos, software programs and apps designed to give golfers the ‘mental edge’ they are looking for. NLP Golf attempts to use and teach, the principles of Neuro Linguistic Programming to this end and package the basics into an easy to take to the course iOS app.
NLP Golf Basics
According to that fountain of all knowledge Wikipedia NLP is “an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. Its creators claim a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life”
NLP has been popular for use in the corporate world since the 1970s and the authors and creators of this app are far from the first to apply it to the game of golf. In fact what this app does is offer a condensation of many of the teachings of NLP practitioner Andrew Fogg who makes a rather nice living as both a corporate trainer and a ‘golf hypnotist’.
The ‘lessons’ are presented in ‘bite sized’ chapters that can be used as part of a whole course or as standalone listening. The free version of the app comes with two complete courses as standard, Introduction to Golf Hypnosis and Your Own Virtual Caddy and 20 other ‘mini courses’ are included as well. The paid version offers a full set of lessons covering all kinds of things, from swing and putting skills to overcoming nerves in high pressure situations.
NLP Golf in Action
NLP, is, in general, kind of controversial. Some people are very much into the idea and feel that it benefits them a great deal while others find it all to be a little hokey. Essentially many of the techniques offered up in this app are not too different from the other ‘mental coaching’ offerings available and so if you have ever found those useful this app – at least the free version of it – is certainly worth a download and a listen.
Some of the most interesting – and potentially useful – content is that that addresses the impact that nerves and anger can have on a a golfer’s game and how to control some of these traits and emotions to better their game. These exercises, although rather simple, do seem to be rather effective and as they are a part of the free for all offerings you’ll have absolutely nothing to lose by trying them out at least.