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Expert golfers, EFT and comfort zones

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: More golf articles are included below

Hi Everyone,

To date, most of the golf experiences discussed on this list have been with beginning golfers and those of medium skill. We now have a report from Steve Sayre, an accomplished golfer who plays to a 6 handicap (that means he typically shoots 6 strokes over par). That is good enough to be in the top 10% of most prestigious golf clubs.

Steve has used EFT with success to noticeably reduce his golf score and describes his experience below. After his message I make some comments which should prove helpful.

Hugs, Gary

by Steve Sayre

Hi Gary:

I am an avid golfer. My wife wanted to assist me in developing golfing consistency. Through her efforts she secured the video and audio tapes as well as the manual for Emotional Freedom Techniques. After detailed study of the materials we began to use the approach. My wife chose an issue other than golf to address. I, of course, chose to reduce my golf handicap.

Specifically, I wanted to reduce the anxiety I felt before many golf shots that I played. We tapped the anxiety several times. I then set out to play my first round of post therapy golf.

I am a six handicap who usually shoots 78 for an 18 hole round. The first post therapy round score was a 75. To check this result, I played another 18 holes the same afternoon. Again the score was a 75. I continued to test the results to identify lower scores that seem to be a direct result of tapping to reduce anxiety.

I have played some six 18 hole rounds of golf since the EFT approach was started. It seems there has been a 33% reduction in my handicap due to the EFT Techniques.

To ensure sound continuing golf performance, I tap while on the course or rub the sore spot. It is difficult to explain to playing partners what I am doing so I have begun to tell them the following: "There exists a technique that can or may use pressure in a very defined way to reduce tension and increase golfing performance."

I will continue to use EFT in my golfing experiences


Steve Sayre

GC COMMENTS: For a more detailed look at experiences with EFT and golf, go to our search engine and enter the word "golf" (without the quotes).

Please note that Steve tapped for "anxiety" around the golf course. This is a common problem with golfers and many of them will improve their scores just by addressing generalized anxiety and nothing else. The tapping process tends to relax them and thus permits a more free flowing approach to the game.

There are many different EFT approaches to golf. Some golfers will improve their score just by doing some generalized tapping before the game. Others will need to tap frequently throughout their round. Some may need to tap on some very specific areas such as...

"this self doubt when I'm putting""this hurry-up pressure I feel from the players behind me""this feeling in my chest when I use my 3 wood""this anger I feel for blowing that last hole""this intimidation I feel regarding another player""this inability to focus"

Another major impediment to improving one's golf score--and for some it is the biggest one--is their golf "comfort zone." Ask any experienced golfer what they shoot and they will say something like, "I shoot in the mid-80's." That tends to define their comfort zone. It is a mental set. It is where they "belong."

Interestingly, if you follow them around and observe closely you will see that their body knows how to shoot every shot perfectly. They have, for example, hit the perfect drive on countless occasions. They have also hit the perfect 9 iron, made the perfect 15 foot putt and so on it goes. They have the experience and ability to shoot 10 strokes better (mid-70's) than what they are doing. But they don't. They tend to stay in the mid-80's.

Why? Because that's their vision of themselves. That's who they are as a golfer and that image is very powerful. Sometimes they will have a fabulous front 9--let's say a 38--which, if duplicated on the back 9 brings, them to 76 instead of an 85. That is waaaay out of their comfort zone and the overwhelmingly likelihood is that they will completely blow the back 9 to bring them right back to the mid-80's where they "belong." But even if they should score in the 70's their self talk is likely to be something like, "Boy, what a lucky day. I'll never do that again." And, of course, they will be right.

Comfort zones are very powerful things. We all have them. If not for golf, then for our income and our social status and our ability to dance and our educational level. We have hundreds, if not thousands, of comfort zones that operate subtly in the background at all times. They are written on our walls and beg to be changed.

For the golfer, you might wish to include some "comfort zone breaking" EFT routines. This is essential for many golfers if their improvement is going to last. They need to establish a new comfort zone. Try these....

"Even though breaking ____ seems out of reach....""Even though I fear having a lower handicap because I will have to maintain it...""Even though someone my age is not likely to shoot below______...."

Have fun. Establish new comfort zones for the golfers. Then establish new ones for their income. Keep going. Restructure their lives in a new and positive way. Establish yourself as a "comfort zone expert." But, whatever you do, be sure not to change your own comfort zones. Shoot! If you did that you might even be an inspirational example. You wouldn't want that now, would you?

"Even though I resist being rich and famous...."

Smiles, Gary

by Steve Wells

Hi Gary,

Just to let you know that your references to working with golfers, both now and previously, haven't fallen on deaf ears. I have had the opportunity to work with 3 golfers thus far, and all of them have profited from using EFT. I am keenly awaiting the return of one of them from a tour of England to see how he has gone - I suspect very well.

Previously, I worked with 2 golfers together, both of whom produced excellent results following a session of EFT. One went out and shot 4 under par, his best result for 2 years! In fact, he reported to me that he was travelling at 6 under but then thought "I'm not this good" and as you can guess, his score fell back closer to his self-image. However, he was mightily impressed with this result. Not only that, he was able to go back to using the short putter after using a long putter for the past 2 years due to tension on the putting green.

I have also been seeking to get EFT into the state golf association over here - There have been lots of affirmatory murmurings but no action so I targeted a young bloke who is one of our top amateurs. Interestingly, I managed to get in contact with this guy through Pat Ahearne (one thing leads to another), who I had sent to meet with the top coach in our state for some coaching on his own golf game (Apart from being an excellent pitcher, Pat has a reasonable golf game, regularly shooting in the low 80's).

This guy is good, real good, but he clearly has some blocks about moving into the professional ranks. When he returns from being on tour, we will continue to work on them. I have no doubt that with EFT this guy will be able to realise more of his potential and should be entering the big-time real soon.

Steve Wells

by Ed Fields


This is another golf story so if you're tired of them, don't read it.

About two months ago I was talking about EFT with a quad patient of mine when his Respiratory Therapist came in. He is an avid golfer of very high skill (I'm told). He asked what I was talking about so I told him and showed him the points. Also told him that it worked great for improving golf games. Apparently he remembered all.

Last week he came in again while I was there and said EFT is now a routine part of his preparation for play. He has reduced his score an average of 8 strokes. He does it sitting in his car before going out on the course. Also, he has eliminated his usual warm-up with a bucket of balls on the driving range. He just goes out, swings a couple of times and tees up. This guy was motivated. I've told a couple of other golfers with similar results but this guy is the only one that has bothered to keep numbers and report them. He is also the only one I have NOT actually taken through the Basic Recipe when I told them about it. All on his own.

I'm going to have to tap on myself for not charging these people.

Great, huh??

Ed Fields


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