– by Elaine Corcoran, Founder & Clinical Director at Brain Training Australia™ based in Perth
Improve your golf game with Neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback and golf, the science and the sport, are a match made in heaven. Focus, precision, concentration, emotional balance and physical control are some of the key components in the game of golf. The game is played as much in the mind as it is on the green, therefore having a brain that is functioning at its optimum level is just as important as choosing the right club.
Would you like to improve your golf handicap?
Neurofeedback brain training improves brain function in a holistic, non-invasive way. For those involved in golf which is a ‘focus sport’, a well-regulated brain makes the difference between a good game and a great game.
How Neurofeedback Works
In a neurofeedback session, a client wears a few sensors on the head, and a set of headphones which plays a relaxing music track. The sensors feedback information to the software which then interprets the electrical activity in the brain in real time. When something is not efficient, or negative,the software interrupts the music that the client is listening to, and then restarts it.
These interruptions are very fast and can sound like a glitch in the music. Each time the music interrupts the brain learns to move away from a negative habit and towards a positive habit. This is the ‘training’ aspect of neurofeedback. So to be clear, the brain is not forced to do anything and it is not pushed in any way, it is simply feedback and audio response.
There isn’t anything specific that you need to do to focus on and improve your golf game in a Neurofeedback session, the Advanced Brain Training Technology does that for you. While Neurofeedback is a form of Training, it is training of the Central Nervous System (CNS), regardless of task. It returns your central nervous system activity to the present, its not about fixing something that is wrong, its about harnessing your brains natural own ability. It’s not about trying to get you to be different, it’s about getting information through the use of electroencephalography (EEG), to ascertain what it is actually doing and to teach self-regulation of brain function.
In your golf game, your posture, rhythm, tempo and swing are dependent on regulated brain functionality. Think of your brain as the king of your Central Nervous System (CNS). If your CNS is off, then so too will be your posture, rhythm, tempo and swing.
The result of this training is an enhanced ability to focus, a healthy mental response to stress, anxiety, and pressure and an overall sense of control and a sense of calm. Neurofeedback doesn’t just help at game-time, it helps in the lead up to games as well as afterwards by improving the ability to unwind, relax, sleep and let go of constant thoughts that can be continual during times of increased stress and over-stimulation.
What Makes Neurofeedback Possible?
Our brains can change because of something called neuroplasticity. For a long time it was believed that ‘we are who we are’ and ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ and so on, but research has in fact proven that we were born to change, we are designed to adapt and that we can absolutely improve our brains and our lives if we want to. Even one session of neurofeedback creates positive and lasting changes in the brain and on-going sessions create profound changes not only in the area of focus and concentration but also in the reduction of anxiety, the alleviation of depression, the regulation of ADHD, and so much more. Every brain can be improved.
Using Brain Training to Up Your Golf Game
Dr. Valdeane Brown, co-developer of the NeurOptimal® brain training system discusses using neurofeedback to up his golf game.
Who Else Has Used Neurofeedback To Improve Sports Performance?
The Italian football team, quite famously, used neurofeedback during their winning 2004 World Cup campaign. It has also assisted beach volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor improve their game. The NFL is widely using it as is Australian Soccer. For something closer to home, our own clients are reporting significant improvements in their golf game and the results were noticeable after only one session and the improvements are continuing each week.
With Neurofeedback Brain Training, the possibilities of enhancing your game are endless.
How do I get started?
Your first step is to get in contact with us and book in for your first Neurofeedback session.
On average clients complete approximately 10 -15 sessions for optimal and sustainable results.
The team at Brain Training Australia™ recognise the unique qualities of all our clients and will work closely with you to personalise your Brain Training Program so that you can achieve your goals of optimal mental processes.
We look forward to helping you live a much richer, happier, healthier and higher quality of life.