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A long forgotten book

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Greetings,

 

I'm a brand new member.  Since it seems that I can't post in the "Reading Room", I am going to try this forum.  I hope that doesn't annoy anyone.

 

Around 1987 or 1988, I read a book about how to occupy your mind during the swing.  It advised thinking "start" at the moment that you begin your swing.  Then think "top" when you get to the top.  Then think "hit" at the moment that you hit the ball.

 

The author discussed the functions of the two hemispheres in the brain.  He/she said that silently thinking about these words at generally the appropriate time was sufficient to occupy the analytical side of the brain.  Thus occupied, the other hemisphere is free to do what it knows how to do (make a good swing).

 

Anyways, I cannot for the life of me recall the name of this book nor the name of the author.  I've googled this to death and it's driving me out of my mind (double pun intended... driving... mind... sorry!)

 

thanks

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Greetings,

 

I'm a brand new member.  Since it seems that I can't post in the "Reading Room", I am going to try this forum.  I hope that doesn't annoy anyone.

 

Around 1987 or 1988, I read a book about how to occupy your mind during the swing.  It advised thinking "start" at the moment that you begin your swing.  Then think "top" when you get to the top.  Then think "hit" at the moment that you hit the ball.

 

The author discussed the functions of the two hemispheres in the brain.  He/she said that silently thinking about these words at generally the appropriate time was sufficient to occupy the analytical side of the brain.  Thus occupied, the other hemisphere is free to do what it knows how to do (make a good swing).

 

Anyways, I cannot for the life of me recall the name of this book nor the name of the author.  I've googled this to death and it's driving me out of my mind (double pun intended... driving... mind... sorry!)

 

thanks

Welcome to the forum @SilverDatsun.  I have not read it, but could it the The Inner Game of Golf by W. Timothy Gallwey?

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Hi boogielicious,

 

Thanks for the reply.  The Inner Game Of Golf does appear to be old enough for me to have read it in the late 80s.  I am not sure if this is the book I'm remembering or not.  The reviews on Amazon do not seem to mention enough left brain/right brain or id/ego type jargon to be the correct book.  But I intend to see if I can check this book out from my local library to be sure.  The book seems like it might be a worthwhile read in either case.

 

Thanks!

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Hi boogielicious,

 

Thanks for the reply.  The Inner Game Of Golf does appear to be old enough for me to have read it in the late 80s.  I am not sure if this is the book I'm remembering or not.  The reviews on Amazon do not seem to mention enough left brain/right brain or id/ego type jargon to be the correct book.  But I intend to see if I can check this book out from my local library to be sure.  The book seems like it might be a worthwhile read in either case.

 

Thanks!

If it is like the Inner Game of Tennis by the same author, it is all about how your left side can get in the way of your right side function.  If I remember correctly, he talks about athletes being in the zone and functioning solely on right brain function.  Your body already know how to physically do something correctly.  The left side can interrupt that function.

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