Let’s explore trying versus allowing in developing an effective golf swing. First, let’s look at the words themselves. Try is defined as “to attempt, endeavor, to make an effort” with synonyms of “strive, wrangle, work, labor, and struggle for.” Allow is defined as “to permit, to acknowledge as valid” with synonyms of “permit, let, grant, consent to, and release.”
Try infers effort and implies acquiring something not already in possession. Allow implies a flow and a release of something that already exists. Each of us already has instinctive kinesthetic intelligence within our subconscious body/mind. It’s how we learned all of our physical motor skills, including learning to walk. Conventional golf instruction, golf drills, and a focus on golf swing mechanics speak to our analytical conscious mind, and require the mind to work on something to try to swing “correctly.” This causes a disruption in our body/mind flow.
We can enter flow, or “the zone”, when we let go of our mind’s need to think, judge, and analyze, and we are able to cultivate awareness of what we are sensing and feeling in our golf swing. It’s the process of awakening our inner golfer and allowing our subconscious to perform the motor movements in an effective golf swing.
Trying is about fear, doubt, and worry.
Allowing is about freedom and flow.
Trying can be an attempt to control and avoid possible “mistakes”. It is based on fear which exists in the mind. Allowing is a mindset that uses so-called mistakes as tools for learning. It’s a process of embracing change, possibility, and potential. It is a mindset based more on trust than fear. Allowing is about acceptance. It’s about our willingness to accept and trust in the instinctive kinesthetic intelligence within our body/mind to effortlessly perform the motor skills for an effective golf swing.
Our golf swing flows when we are in touch with the subtle senses of our body. Effort and trying keep us up in our mind and distance us from our senses. Jon Kabat-Zinn, in his book Wherever You Go There You Are, provides this insight into effortless movement, “Effortless activity happens at moments in dance and in sports….giving rise to a new capacity to let execution unfold beyond technique, beyond exertion, beyond thinking. Action then becomes a pure expression of art, of being, of letting go of all doing – a merging of mind and body in motion.”
The golf exercises found in the Awaken Your Inner Golfer book will help to quiet your mind and engage your body, and are a vehicle to awaken the subtle senses of your body.
When you let go of effort
You connect with the magic
When you don’t worry about your swing
That’s when you have it!