Have you ever ventured to watch a golf tournament on television with the sound off? Try it, you may be surprised. Without the distraction and neurological stimulation of sound, we invite the opportunity to access and stimulate another part of our brain. I imagine that it would be similar to when people didn’t have television but had radio to listen to broadcasts and ball games. It became more of an active involvement in the presentation rather than the passive involvement that television brings. If you break down the word “tele-vision” you can sense how television “tells” us what to see and “feeds” us information – through sights AND sounds. Television actually dulls our senses.
The old-time radio broadcasts, and watching a golf telecast without sound, both stimulate a part of the brain where imagination exists. What I have found is that I am more kinesthetically involved while watching golfers’ preparations, golf swings and putting. I can often feel the movement in my own body. I feel like I am more of a participant than just an observer. I’m observing with my whole body not just my hearing, vision and mental critique. In effect, I’m more present to the experience.
When I’m not distracted by the verbal commentary or the background hum of the television blimp overhead it frees another part of my brain to observe. I think it awakens the body/mind connection and the kinesthetic senses in my neural/muscular system. Just by observing the pros’ differing swings – seeing some golf swings with rhythm, flow and finishing on balance and seeing others with effort-full swings and awkward finishes – I can often feel if the golf shot is hit purely and right on target, or pulled, pushed, hooked or sliced. I often experiment with the correlation of what I feel by my observation and what the actual result is.
Seeing a fluid, rhythmical golf swing and a solid, balanced finish sometimes stimulates my actually feeling the feel of pure impact in my hands and my body as if I had actually hit a golf ball purely. It’s not something I try to feel, but something that I invite, and allow myself to feel, by not having the distraction of sound. Try it. Mute the TV. Invite your mind AND your body to be involved. Explore, see what you might discover.
That’s the “benefit” of watching the telecast without sound. The downside is that telecasts often become more boring because of awareness of how few golf swings are actually shown on most telecasts. Seeing the beautiful green surroundings of the golf course and the various pros’ preparations between golf shots is nice – TO AN EXTENT. I begin to see how much “fluff” (and commercials) make up most telecasts.
I have found that the first two rounds of a telecast often show a greater number of pros with a greater variety of golf swings to observe rather than seeing only the meticulous, time-consuming pre-shot activity and in-tune golf swings of only those in contention on the weekend. I like to see a variety of golf swings. When I see more variety, I’m more stimulated, and I learn more.
Experiment for yourself. Watch part of a telecast with the sound on and part with the sound off. Allow your body/mind and your kinesthetic senses to get involved. Notice the two different experiences. Varying our experience with conscious awareness, is how we learn something new!