What is ‘play?’ Play is movement. We learn when we move our body. Play is essential to creativity and innovation. Play is also the use of imagination. We open to new possibilities when we use our imagination. Imagination has been referred to as perhaps the most powerful human ability. Although as adults, we may be out of practice in the art of play, just as we did as a child we can awaken and develop the neural/muscular pathways of our body/mind through playful movement and imagination to improve a physical skill such as our golf swing. There is a wealth of potential waiting to be discovered by infusing play and imagination into our golf practice.
You may be asking, “How do I bring play into my golf practice when the purpose of golf practice is to improve my golf swing, make a proper golf swing my best golf swing, improve my golf swing mechanics, golf swing speed, golf swing technique, golf grip, golf stance, and all the golf swing basics? If I want to practice golf I want to take it seriously, that’s why I sometimes take golf lessons and golf instruction!”
Well, my response to that mindset would be in the form of questions. “Does the present way you practice golf result in improvement? Is your practice fun? Do you ever discover anything new about how to play golf and how to make your best golf swing in your present method of practicing golf?” The typical answer is often, “Actually, I don’t practice golf anymore because it’s too frustrating and I always get caught up in golf swing technique and golf swing mechanics.” Well, I believe I have a solution that will allow you to make your golf practice productive by infusing it with play. I believe I can also facilitate joy found through the art of self-discovery and self-improvement.
I’ve developed an extensive variety of playful instinct-awakening golf exercises, 40 of which are found in Awaken Your Inner Golfer. Remember, we learn and open to new possibilities when we move, play and use our imagination. The exercises are designed to help you learn and improve the physical motor skill of an effective golf swing just as a child learns – through play, fun, exploration and self-discovery. Through the use of variations in golf grip, golf swing, use of subtle senses and imagination the golf exercises can help you awaken your innate adaptability and instinctive kinesthetic intelligence. The golf exercises help you discover a proper golf swing, your best golf swing, effective golf swing mechanics and golf swing technique through trial and error and exploration and discovery in a safe environment where any “mistakes” are seen and experienced only in the context of learning.
The author of Play and the founder of The National Institute for Play, Stuart Brown, M.D., describes one of the properties of play as “improvisational potential, where we are not locked into a rigid way of doing things and we allow ourselves to stumble upon new ways of thought and movement.” If you can allow yourself the freedom to play while exploring the golf exercises and let go of the ‘seriousness’ of golf practice, you will likely discover new movements and golf swing feelings that produce pure impact and solid golf shots rather than practicing the same old movements, feelings and the same old golf swing. I site a quote attributed to Albert Einstein, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”, and another quote by Einstein, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Open to possibility and potential. If you can allow yourself to be curious about your golf grip, golf stance and posture, and explore the golf exercises found in Awaken Your Inner Golfer with a sense of wonder and curiosity to see what you might find, you may find yourself in awe of your unique instinctive kinesthetic intelligence that has been ‘hibernating’ and waiting to come out and play! Imagine the joy you would feel in discovering your unique instinctive golf swing that you can own for a lifetime!