FourTops, on 16 November 2018 - 07:36 PM, said:
jbw749, on 16 November 2018 - 08:09 AM, said:
It's being a witness to your thoughts. When I learned it I pictured 3 people in my head: and for you smart people this is going to be explained in layman's terms sorry.
1) The talker.
The one who's always barking orders, murmuring under breath about bad shots, judging, taking all the credit on good shots this guy has an ego and an inferiority complex.
This is the subconscious, the one who can safely navigate your car home for miles while the mind is wandering without having any recollection of the stoplights or turns you took. The one who can bolt up and down stairs without thinking, react to a punch. The super computer of your mind. This is what we want to access during a golf swing.
3) The witness.
The third party observer who sits back and watches the other 2. This part has zero interest in what's good or bad just non-judgmentaly observes.
See #2 the SC has a hell of a time operating if #1 the talker is barking orders at it all the time. Infact it can't operate. A super computer does not need someone telling it what to do.
Now when you start learning this and the eye opener will be this:
***Pay attention to how the voices, orders, judging, random thoughts start to get less and less the more you witness them***
This is Zen 101. Count the seconds you can make #1 go away by sheer observation of the witness. 5 seconds is good 10 is outstanding.
It's in this time frame that the super computer can operate. And it's awesome.
jbw...I like how you think. This sounds like Inner Golf by Gallwey. I read that book years ago. And this story will sound like complete BS...I would call BS too...but it's true.
I read Inner Golf the night before a tournament...just a one-round tourney for fun...company A vs. company B. I had zero thoughts because I decided to cancel-out BOTH Self 1 and Self 2....I just "played". I shot 4 under on the front...my normal score was 4 over. But what happened is I started THINKING "how did I do that" after the front 9...and shot 5 over on the back. So to your point, there's a lot of "back and forth chatter" going on that has to be turned off.
It's definitely the "Inner Game of Golf". I've read it several times. It's also a few other books.
Tim Gallwey doesn't go into detail on how to stay in the present. I read a book called The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle right around the same time I read the Inner Game of Golf and then it started coming together.
I started tinkering with hitting golf shots in the present. Sounds simple but not many do it. They think they do, but they don't. At some point during the PSR or during the swing they think about past failures or worry about poor results in the future.
People who play like this will benefit the most from meta-awareness.
I think where it throws people off is they think it's swinging with no thoughts and they go try to swing with no thoughts and slice it into the woods. That's not it.
It's deliberately swinging in the present. To get there takes thinking a certain way or meta-awareness.
It's not hard to learn, just really hard to explain to someone who's self 1 dominates their life.
In every golfer I play with I can see how much self 1 is running the show. Some much more than others. You can definitely see it in people's written words on golf forums too.