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Golf, EFT and the Law of Attraction

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

Chip Engelmann muses humorously about the game of golf and intersperses some useful ideas involving EFT and the Law of Attraction. He also says, "I'm going to come out and boldly state that you can go from never having played golf to being a scratch golfer in 7 weeks if you follow the suggestions below, guaranteed." I will leave that guarantee between you and Chip. Personally, I would expect substantial results but would be less bold with my guarantees than Chip (smile).

Hugs, Gary

By Chip Engelmann, MA CNC

It seems to me no game is more closely tied to the Law of Attraction than golf. This is true if you are a scratch golfer, 20 handicapper, or you just play Whack-a-Mole with a Titleist.

If you want to learn the Law of Attraction, take up golf. If you want to get better at golf use EFT. In fact, I'm going to come out and boldly state that you can go from never having played golf to being a scratch golfer in 7 weeks if you follow the suggestions below, guaranteed. (If you don't know what a scratch golfer is, look at the definitions below.)

There are many types of golfers. I am a "scenic golfer."  But it doesn't matter what type of golfer you are, the way you feel affects your game. The Law of Attraction (like creates like) reigns. If you are feeling frustrated, you will find trees, divots, and skunk scratchings for your ball to land in.

Your ball will hook, slice, catch the wind, or bounce inexplicably 45 degrees when it hits the green. And when you do finally make that perfect shot up onto the green, the ball quivers, starts rolling, picks up speed and ends up in that steep bunker that can only be escaped by hitting away from the hole.

However, when you feel good your shots get better and better. The shots you chunk or push end up in perfect lies, where the green is clearly visible and reachable.

In fact, how you feel determines whether, when you hit a tree, the ball lands in the middle of the fairway or lands so close to the tree that you have to hit left handed with your wedge upside down just to get it into the rough.

EFT can help change how you feel when you play and, in doing so, helps improve your score. But first, let's define some types of golf.

Serious golf - The golfer cares more about the score than having fun.

Recreational golf - The golfer cares more about having fun, but the score matters.

Scenic golf - This is a form of "hit and find" golf, where you hit the ball and explore the trees. Then you hit the ball and explore the tall grass. Then you hit the ball and explore the creek. Then you hit the ball and explore the lake. The more scenic elements you explore, the more complete your game as a scenic golfer. Also, it should be noted that scenic golf is the most economical form of golf in that it costs less per stroke than any other form of golf.

Relative golf - This type of golf is the tee time that is suddenly remembered when the in-laws come to town.

Match Play Golf - This where, at $2 a hole, you pay for your partner's round.

Zen golf - (a) You become so in tune with the shot that the Universe, golf-course, golf-ball, golf club and golfer come together in a synergistic symphony that forms the perfect trajectory and outcome. Keeping score cheapens the experience. The mantra chanted is, "Be the ball."  (b) You are so embarrassed by your ability that you never keep score. This is also known as Mulligan Golf as there are more dropped balls than a White House environmental strategy summit.

Club-house golf - This is played on Sunday afternoons usually at 1 or 4 pm, lasts about 3 hours, and occurs when the Steelers game conflicts with your wife's tupperware party.

Scratch golf - This type of golf is played by the serious golfer or the golfer who is too cheap to let a single ball get away. The session starts with the golfer hitting his ball into the woods in the summer when the underbrush is thick. Of course, in most parts of the country the underbrush is where poison oak and poison ivy grow. Scratch play usually starts about 5 minutes after the golfer says, "Hey, you should see all the golf balls I found in there."

Six-Pack Golf - This type of golf teaches patience. It is best played seated in a cart, because you get tired of standing around. The way it looks is that a player in the group in front of you hits a golf ball, curses, his partner hits, curses, and they go screaming off in the cart into the woods to the right of the hole. After 5-10 minutes of looking, the first player drops a ball, hits, curses and they scream off in the cart to the left side in the woods where they look for the partner's ball, drop one, hit it, curse and go back to the right side. After about 5 of these cross-course races, it's your turn to hit your drive. Then you can wait and watch while they cross the fairway multiple times working their way to the green, where they putt 10-15 times. The upside is, you can find a lot of new golf balls by following them.

Long Island Ice Tea Golf - I played this once in grad school. The first 9 holes are played normally, but when your partner comes back from his restroom break between 9 and 10 he is carrying 4 tall paper cups with lids and straws. The tenth hole seems normal enough, but the experience dissolves on the 11th tee and resumes the next morning in the passenger seat of the car, listening to your wife mutter about how she has better things to do than to get up early and drive a so-and-so to his car. Which leaves you with two mysteries. (1) How is it possible that someone could surgically and without anaesthesia remove the top of your head, drop in a grenade and super-glue it back on without you noticing? And (2) Why does the score card have numbers 3-7 under holes 1 through 10, and increasing larger A+'s on holes 11-18?

About right now you should be in the optimum state for playing your best game of golf: happy and relaxed. You can imagine the shot, line up next to the ball, and let the club do its magic. Nice work when you can get it. But what about when you are feeling frustrated with your game? EFT can help on many levels.

You can tap on the frustration you feel on the course itself, relieve the stress and turn your game around. Hopefully you won't feel like too big an idiot tapping on your face and under your arm. Most people have a single point that releases more emotional energy than the others. This may be the under-the-eye or collar-bone spot. Mine is under the nose. Experiment and see if one spot seems to release more emotion than others. The point is to find a single spot that can be worked into your set-up routine without anyone taking much notice. People do a lot of silly things when preparing to strike a ball. Your silly thing just helps you hit more greens and fairways.

At home you can work on the emotions that typically abound on your bad golf days. You can work on self-directed anger, frustration, disappointment, etc., by imagining the situation while tapping. You can replay a bad game in your head while tapping. You can tap on rushing your putts. You can tap on slowing down your back swing. You can work on feeling nervous about the club scramble coming up. If you can imagine what you have felt or will feel, you can relieve it with EFT.

You may also want to search out the core issues that cause your negative emotions on the course. Look at how you have been frustrated in the past. Look at the shame you have felt when you failed to perform. Look at the patterns that cause you to beat yourself up when you don't live up to your expectations. There are people who claim that using a little EFT takes ten strokes off their game.

Likewise, you can use Law of Attraction principles to turn around a bad game or a streak of poor play. When you notice that you are feeling bad - frustrated, angry, etc. - use the process of pivoting to turn your game around. Look at what you don't want: are you hitting the ball thin or fat, pushing your putts, what? Then, pivot. When you can identify what you don't want, you can identify what you do want: you want to make solid contact; you want to putt where you aim. So visualize hitting the ball straight. Imagine how it feels to hit the ball solidly. Imagine how it feels when you stick it on the green. Now relax and take your shot.

When everything is going wrong, imagine that there is a reason for it-one that benefits you. Say to yourself, "Everything works out for me." Then allow for the good to emerge.

Recently, I shot my worst score-ever! Nothing went right. I was topping the ball, hitting the ground before the ball - when I did connect, it went left.

Any effort to fix the problem made the problem worse. By the 8th hole I was a nervous wreck and ready to give up. I tapped to relieve the frustration, but my shots kept turning out badly.

Then I thought about what I wanted and what I didn't want. I started reminding myself that everything always works out for me. The game did not get any better for a while. Then, about the 16th hole I noticed that when I swung the club, my natural movement was to close the club and hit the ball left. What I had been doing is using my hands during the swing to compensate for closing the club. When I thought about it I realized I had been doing it for months, because whenever I missed my shots they always flew a particular angle to the left. I learned that by moving my grip a little weaker, my club stayed straight.

My shots took a new ease I had never experienced. Once I figured this out, the next few holes went smoother. I played 3 extra holes to build muscle memory of this new stroke. Since that day of the horrible score, my level of play has advanced considerably and I now play with a new-found confidence.

Had I remained frustrated or started playing better, I might not have been open to the change. I needed the poor play to increase my desire to take my game to the next level.

In a way, golf is a macrocosm of life. It is about our relationship with ourselves. When we are relaxed and confident, we play well. Sure the golf course and opponents add stress to the game, but ultimately the game is about how we maintain our relaxed composure and execute a stroke we've done many times before. EFT is a powerful tool we can use to get our emotions out of the way of our game.

Now, please excuse me while I check how well EFT works on poison ivy.



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