Golf Hypnosis 'the winning edge'

Golf with 'natural rhythm & feel'

Lock in 'a tour golfers mindset'

Play 'in the zone' with 'a quiet eye'

Golf 'the great mental game'

Visualise 'to set target co-ordinates'

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Improve Your Mental Game and
Reduce Your Handicap

If you've done everything physically possible to improve your golf and hit great shots on the practice range but still struggle on the course, then it's time to get serious about your mental game. A Golf Performance Hypnosis session will improve your game and your handicap.

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Is golf a mental game?

Jack Nicklaus  "Golf is 80% mental 10% ability and 10% luck"

Jim Flick    "90% of golf is mental. The other 10% is mental too"

Chi Chi Rodriguez 
"Golf is 90% mental and 35% psychological"

What do tour golfers think about during their golf swing? 

Answer....Nothing!   A recent survey revealed that 18 of 25 tour players don't think about anything during their swing 

Graeme McDowell said 'You turn off your mind and feel your golf swing without thinking about it.'

Rory McIlroy said 'Try to de-clutter your mind. Just concentrate on making good contact.'

Bubba Watson 'You want to think about your target, not your swing.  You don't want your mind to create a bad shot.'  

Rickie Fowler 'I rarely think about mechanics. For me golf is about feel and swinging free'  

Ian Poulter 'What's my swing thought?  Absolutely nothing. Just be clear about what you want to do.' 

Padraig Harrington 'In 1997 I read, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella. I've never had a swing thought since then.  When I get on the course I focus on the target, that's it.  No physically or technical thought whatsoever.'

The message is clear.....

If you want to think like a professional, then you need to find a way to stop your conscious thoughts from interfering with your golf swing.

You'll need to leave the process, of giving instructions to body parts, on the practice range where they belong and enter a thought free zone.  

If you can find a way to de-clutter your mind during those few seconds it takes to play each shot, then you'll play with a tour golfers mindset. A mindset that enables you to settle naturally into a state of flow, in 'The Zone' with a calm mind and 'Quiet Eye' whenever you play a shot. 

What is the Quiet Eye Technique?  “When your eyes provide the data, your motor system just knows what to do,” says Joan Vickers, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Calgary and the originator of the quiet-eye theory. “Your brain is like a GPS system. It detects target, speed, intensity, and distance.”

While it may be difficult, quiet eye is a teachable skill. Vine and Wilson say that so far, their research has shown that quiet-eye exercises may improve performance in basketball shooting, golf, marksmanship, and surgery. Vine has trained professional golfers, Olympic athletes, and soldiers in the technique.

The Role of Hypnosis in professional golf....

Tiger Woods was 13 years old when he was introduced to hypnosis as an effective way to block out distractions on the golf course. Today he says; 'Hypnosis is inherent in what I do now. I've learned to trust my subconscious mind and my instincts have never lied to me'

Peter Oosterhuis used hypnosis in the early 1970's to improve his mental game.

Jack Nicklaus lauded hypnosis and visualisation as the sole reason for his improved concentration.

Seve Ballesteros understood the subconscious power of the mind in his game. 'I visualise the swing needed to execute the shot, then I select the club for the task'  

Jason Day displays an obvious example of subconscious mind power when he prepares to play a shot. He closes his eyes, visualises the shot he wants to play, then with no further thought, just plays the shot.

Golf Performance Hypnosis and the average golfer....

Our Golf Performance Hypnosis sessions are available to both professional and week-end golfers, seeking to improve their game, reduce their handicap and gain a competitive edge. 

If you've done everything physically possible to improve your game. If you hit great shots on the practice range but still play poorly on the course, then it's time for a Golf Hypnosis session.

' Get your mind into the game and play better golf ' 

Is it easy to improve your mental game?

Very Easy!  When you're able to play in 'the zone' with a quiet mind and no maybe thoughts, you'll swing fluidly with the instinctive balance and rhythm required to strike pure, consistent, golf shots.

'Sometimes, it takes a deeper conversation to improve your game'

What happens during a Golf Performance Hypnosis session? 

In a standard 45 minute session all you need to do is relax, so that your subconscious mind can learn how to settle into a state of flow, during those few seconds it takes to play a golf shot.


We guarantee that you won't  be made to cluck like a chicken or do anything you don't want to do. You won't be asleep either, just relaxed, in a daydream state-of-mind that enables you to make the easiest improvements you ever imagined. 


 How do tour golfers achieve a winning mindset?

They add Golf Performance Hypnosis to their training program. This enables them to enhance their existing playing skill, by tapping into their natural subconscious abilities and harnessing the power of shot visualisation.

This kind of mindset training enables players to feel calm and in 'the zone' when playing a shot. It enables them to clearly visualise the ball's flight-path to the target and eliminate thought based, and external distractions.

It also aligns the intentions of  their conscious mind with the  instinctive abilities of their subconscious mind, to eliminate 'subconscious sabotage' the enemy of all golfers.

Food for thought

Brooks Koepka became the world number 1 player after winning the U.S. Open, CJ Cup & PGA Championship in 2018. Brooks followed up by winning this coveted championship again in 2019.

Keys to the mental game of Brooks Kopeka

1. Brooks doesn’t think about winning

When asked what he thinks about before a round of golf, he said: “I won’t be thinking about winning, I’ll just be focusing on hitting each shot one at a time. When you think about winning, that’s when you get nervous”.

2. He stays in the present moment

He says “I just stay in the moment. I never think one hole ahead. I’m not thinking about tomorrow. I’m not thinking about the next shot. I’m just thinking about what I’ve got to do right then and there. It’s very simple.”

3. He expects and he accepts mistakes

He’s says  "if the course is difficult it’s easier for me to win, because it eliminates players who find it hard to rebound from mistakes. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes and guys have a hard time letting that go.”

4. Brooks converts negativity into positive outcomes

“Tell me I can’t do something and I can’t wait to prove you wrong.”

5. He is super focused

“I’m more focused than anybody out there. I think I’m tunnel-visioned.”


Overcoming The Yips

Should you work on your technique to overcome “The Yips” or on your mental game?  Are you perhaps over thinking the shot?

If, Jack Nicklaus is right, then “Golf is 80% mental, 10% skill, and 10% luck” and therefore The Yips is more likely to be fixed by working on your Mental Game, than by working on your technique.

Over the years, golfers have described The Yips using terms such as Twitches, Staggers, Jitters etc. WikiPaedia defines the Yips as a movement disorder known to interfere with putting. The term Yips, is said to have been popularised by Tommy Armour, a golf champion and teacher, to explain the difficulties that led him to abandon tournament play. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that 33% to 48% of all serious golfers have experienced The Yips.

Although the exact cause has yet to be determined, one possibility is biochemical changes in the brain.  In other words, a problem related to the Mental Game and yet many golfers tackle the problem using a variety of physical remedies, such as changing their putter, or their grip, even switching hands, or try strategies that guarantee no lasting relief. Some even give up altogether and just stop playing golf.

Historically, golfers affected by the Yips include: P'adraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead,  and Ian Baker-Finch. 

What words would you use to describe how you feel in the moments before you hit a short putt, tentative, anxious, fearful, doubtful, overwhelmed?  These are words often use by golfers to describe what they feel, when they experience The Yips.

If so then perhaps the answer is as simple as, “Getting out of your own way to allow your intuitive mind to do what it already knows how to do”  I may sound counter intuitive but  “To gain control you may have to give up control.”

Self doubt surfaces in many ways when playing Golf. It's often triggered by un-fulfilled expectations, a bad shot, a poor score, a lack of mental focus or a variety of other factors.

The most effective and lasting way to strengthen your mental game and overcome The  Yips, is Sport Performance Hypnosis.


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Improving your mental game will

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'All it takes, is a deeper conversation' 


45 minute, individual Golf Performance Hypnosis sessions - $120

Neil Hyland Hypnotherapy Melbourne

A little about me....

My recent retirement from private practice has enabled me to focus entirely on Sports Performance Hypnosis and as an avid golfer, my attention has naturally been drawn to perhaps the greatest mental game of all.  Golf

Today there's a growing awareness that both mental and physical coaching is necessary to develop a players full potential. This applies equally to week-end and professional golfers.

If you're seeking a performance boost, after putting all that hard work into your game, give me a call.

Neil Hyland - Clinical Hypnotherapist

Best Hypnotherapist Melbourne

Bit Sceptical?
As far back as the 1956 Melbourne Olympics the support group for the Russian team included 11 Russian hypnotherapists, and the best hypnotherapists in Melbourne.

Hypnosis was also used at the 2016 Olympics  by, one of Germany’s best swimmers, Marco Koch stated, “I feel better prepared. It helps me to get my absolute top performances. With hypnosis I’m able to bring myself into the right flow.”

It’s no secret that Tiger Woods has used hypnosis since his teens, to help him develop core confidence, quiet his mind, release anxiety, and become 100% focused in his zone of excellence. Tiger is one of many athletes who use hypnosis to harness the power of their subconscious mind to achieve phenomenal levels of success.

A growing number of todays athletes regularly use hypnosis as part of their training regime, because it works.

How powerful is the subconscious mind?

Case Study  - George Robert Hall
Colonel Hall was a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. He was in captivity for over 7 years. To pass the time he imagined playing a full round of golf every day. He would start off imagining getting dressed, stepping up to the first tee, teeing off, then playing every shot and walking every step of the round. He did this every day for years.

Within 12 weeks of his release he played a round of golf at the New Orleans P.O.W Pro-Am where he shot 76. So after 7 years of not holding a golf club, he went out and shot 4 over. Col Hall had talent, but he had not played in years and had been mistreated and starved as a Prisoner of War.

Golf Performance Hypnosis put to the test

Two days after my hypnosis session I played in a medal competition at my home club. Standing on the first tee, I went through my usual pre-shot routine.  As I set up, I noticed that I felt unusually calm. To say I felt an instant surge of positive energy would be a lie because  I don't know if I did or not. What I do know is that I hit my best drive of the year, and I went on to post a decent score. A week later, doing the same things, I clipped seven shots off my round. Coincidence?  Placebo effect?  Who knows?   Who cares,  I'm playing better golf since my golf hypnosis session.   Mark.. Eltham Vic.

Why hypnosis works so well in sport

Sports performance hypnosis enlists the support of the subconscious mind. The reason it works so well is because it taps into a players power of the imagination and visualisation. Because the subconscious can't differentiate between between what is real and what is imagined.  Hypnosis aligns both the minds conscious intention with its' subconsciously imagined outcome. This alignment  enables latent natural abilities to be released to deliver a players full mental and physical potential.

American Psychological Association

'A growing body of scientific research supports the performance benefits of hypnosis in sport. It enables a more intuitive level of mental and physical interaction' 

Understanding hypnosis in sport

Hypnosis in sport is not an intervention on its own, but rather an additional tool that can be used to enhance existing, learned skills and abilities. Visualisation in sport psychology for example, has been found to be much more effective when hypnotherapy is used.

Pates and Maynard's research into 'Flow' in golf (i.e. being in the zone) found that hypnotic interventions improve performance, and enhance enjoyment of the game. There is an increasing amount of supportive research in this area.

F A Q's

Does hypnotherapy work?

Yes. In most cases our clients report positive results within a one or two sessions. 

Will I be asleep during hypnosis?

No. To be effective it's important that you remain aware of what your hypnotherapist is saying. Most people experience hypnotherapy as a deeply calming experience. 

Isn't hypnosis dangerous?

Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated in movies, have lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis. These things are untrue. You're always in control and able to return to full awareness at anytime. The primary job of the subconscious is to protect you and the subconscious mind is always on the job.

Is my conversation with my therapist confidential?

Yes.  Rarely during a Sports Performance Improvement session is there the need to discuss anything of a confidential nature. In any case our conversations are strictly confidential.

Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?

No. Maybe you've seen a stage show where people do crazy things.  Hypnosis can not make you do anything against your morals or ethics. Stage hypnotists will carefully select volunteers, if you watch how many are asked to sit down, you can see the selection process at work. People who will willingly bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken are chosen, because a part of them loves to entertain and show off.

During hypnotherapy will I do anything I don't want to do?

No. Hypnosis can not make you do anything you don't want to do. You have to want the change and agree to the change, agree to improve your golf game for example.  Hypnosis is an instrument for helping you to make permanent improvements, better and faster.

Is hypnotherapy different from just positive affirmations?

Yes. Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being a two way communication, directly with the subconscious mind. Affirmations don't facilitate responses from the subconscious, they simply instruct it in a one-directional way. A posthypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation and the  positive effects tend to be more direct and immediate.