Lesson #2 (pt I & II): Correcting Movement Using Your Visual Mind

In the first video, you connected to your subconscious mind – the one that controls movement. Now you will see how easy it is to correct movement without hours of practice.

Watch the videos and do the exercises. Afterward, read the information below the videos for a full explanation.

Do these two exercises separately do get maximum effect.

It is important to note that in changing how you walk I DID NOT ask you to focus on your walking form.

Instead I used feel points the brain and whole body automatically reacted to and your walking form improved.

If I were to try teaching you how to walk properly based on form it would go something like this…

Start by stepping off with either foot. You want to lift your knee 35 degrees and lean forward 17 degrees at the same time. As you lean forward, roll across the back foot and bend your knee 22 degrees. As soon as the stepping foot touches the ground on the heel, push off with the back foot and pick the foot up bringing the knee to 72 degrees until the foot passes the now planted front foot. Once the back foot passes the planted foot, allow the knee to extend to 30 degrees in preparation to land that foot…

And a good walking tip (golf tips?) would be something like: Don’t forget to roll your knee outward slightly when stepping past the planted foot…

How long would it take you to learn to walk that way? Forever! Can you imagine seeing magazines dedicated to teaching you better walking form?

Think about the absurdity of “walking instruction” for a moment and then think about the instruction you see in golf magazines… .

After seeing how trying to learn walking based on form looks, does it make sense to focus on golf swing form to fix your golf game?

Instead of trying to explain form, I focused on the internal process that creates your movement. You used gravity feel points that your brain and whole body reacted to and your walking form improved right away. How much practice did it take?

Likewise…

You don’t have to focus on golf swing form to fix your golf swing.

You should notice a few things:

  • Notice your posture.
  • Notice how much more efficiently you walk.
  • Notice that your back muscles are relaxed instead of tight.
  • And finally, notice the weight under your feet is the same as it was for lesson 2.

If you don’t get this step right away, keep working on it until you do. Your mind DOES create the pictures you may be having a hard time seeing. Once you start seeing those pictures so much more beside golf or walking in your world will open up for you.

A note about Lesson 3:

To get to scratch and beyond, you must first have a balanced consistent golf swing. Step one of that process is a setup that will eliminate most of the mistakes that cause you grief right now. The next step, the setup routine, took over 10 years to develop and in the last 11 years, I’ve never seen it fail – AS LONG AS YOU PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

This may see extreme, but 11 years of experience tells me that 90% of golfers who try this setup without me beside them will try to take shortcuts and wonder why it doesn’t work. In every case where I see the golfer personally, when I correct their shortcuts, the setup routine does what I say it will do.

If you want to see immediate results with your golf game, the setup routine in the next lesson will do it, if you slow down and pay attention.

DON’T FORGET to email me on the contact me page to review this lesson and get the most from these videos.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Tracy

67 thoughts on “Lesson #2 (pt I & II): Correcting Movement Using Your Visual Mind”

  1. I have always paid attention to walking as you describe. There is the Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion which Jack Nicklaus said totally changed his life.
    I find visualisation of two feet working together needs a lot of concentration and practise. As my feet are running straight I need to play with the visualisation and land my feet in diferent positions just to get the feel and control.

  2. A few years ago I played a tournament “in the Zone”. I took exactly this stance while walking, in fact I it was a bit more extreme as I imagined myself in Lilliput and was standing way taller than any of the other players!!!!
    Stooping a bit has been a fault in my stature which I will now recitfy. Standing tall and then moving into taking a stance from this position gives me better shots.

  3. okay i never thouht of myself as a very astute kind of guy but i noticed my posture improved after my first walk in part one. by the time i got to part two i had already felt the difference in how much straighter my body had becomein the walk. on to part two of lesson two. i’ll get back in a few.

    1. Noticing the posture is key because it shows that you can visually correct movement without straining the muscles or using muscles that aren’t needed for the task. Great job!

  4. I definitely feel and visualize the spot below the sternum “pushing” as I walk forward. For me, it’s differentiated from walking with the shoulders pulled back by being less rigid while moving forward. I definitely feel an incredible improvement in my posturel

  5. WOW! I WAS ABLE TO CORRECT MY RT FOOT TO SQ AND STRAIGHT.

    DID NOT LOOK AT FEET IN LESSON 1.
    WAS ABLE TO SEE IN MY MINDS EYE HOW EACH FOOT PERFORMED.

    WALKING WITH STERNUM PUSHED OUT I CAN FEEL AND VISUALIZE MY STERNUM AS I WALK FORWARD.THIS IS THE WAY I SOMETIMES FEEL AFTER A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN MY LIFE. I HAVE CONFIDENCE AND I THINK MY WALK AT THESE TIMES REFLECTS IT.

    THANK YOU FOR THESE 3 LESSONS !!!

  6. lesson #2..steps were center heel and center foot with ball push off after some initial inbalance, more erect posture……Picture – walking on a narrow white fence able to place each step directly in the middle of the foot no balance problems…….Part 2..military like posture without the stiffness, chest felt forward amd strong, arms hung loosely but connected to the upper chest

  7. Feels great to walk with your core in front of the shoulders. Thanks a lot.It improves posture and balance

  8. I thought movement visualization was coming to the well-balanced walk that allows anyone to start feeling self-confident.. which will ultimately make anybody start feeling confident & achieving confidence in himself….

  9. I was one who walked live a cave person-now I can feel my sternum pushing forward and my posture is much straighter. I also enjoyed my walk tonight far more then ever. I closed my eyes for periods and could see my feet and posture were in sync with my body. Exciting like a baby learning how to walk except now with intent and posture.

  10. Sensation similar to some yoga positions Ive tried in the past. Breathing was noticebly easier and controlled.Walking up and down the hallway is fine will take to the course this avo.

  11. My trainer Chris in Toronto one of the best– has been working with me for over 3 years on balance and proprioception plus strength and flexibility –he has trained me to push the sternum forward to correct my posture so this was quite straightforward. Howat

  12. It’s quite interesting to see how you can correct things such as posture and balance immediately through telling you brain to do so. It was also neat to feel the abs and legs muscles instantly engage in the second part of this lesson.

  13. I was always a stooper. My legs and abs are aching like hell, but I feel great. It’s making me walk tall and proud. You will probably think I’m mad, but I have started taking showers with my eyes closed. Not so I can correct anything, just to get in touch with my body and feel what everything is doing. It works. Is that OK?

  14. I just took a walk with my wife and tried Part II of the test. Halfway through the walk she turned to me and said “your posture is great”, what are you doing different? I explained your biovisual approach and she said it was the first golf related info that made sence to her. I did get a workout.

  15. I think my posture is already good but it’s nice to have clear purpose and intension during my walks and that should help me maintain a good posture.

  16. Have found that pushing forward evenly with both feet helps to ease the pain in the ball of my right foot after a game. Also, walking from my ‘power point’ at the solar plexus takes exclusive focus off my feet and gives a sense of floating along more smoothly and naturally.

  17. Have had caveman walk until now, thank you.

    Very quickly felt muscles in upper legs and butt engaged. For me simply walking will be a good workout, until I shape up.

  18. I was able to correct the weight transfer from the middle of the heel to the center of the arch and to the balls of my feet and push off the center of the foot. With that, I walked with good posture with my chest out in front.

  19. Felt & tried to visual lessons 1&2 – better posture seems to lead to a more confident walk – definately feeling it if not actual seeing it.

  20. I have to work on this a bit more! At first blush it seems pretty straightforward….until you go outside and walk on the grass for more than 50 yds. or so. I find it takes quite a bit of visual focus and “intention” to maintain the balance described. However, I definitely feel the difference in the leg muscles so I know I am on the right path.

  21. I’ve working on this while walking on the treadmill. In the past I usually held on to the railings for no particular reason than probably just laziness. As I practiced this I found that 1-my initial “staggering” a bit disappeared and 2–in order to do this I had to engage my pelvis which obviously spoke to the benefit of strengthening one’s core muscles. Strangely enough, for me, I also noticed I was using some different muscles when I focused on leading with the center of my chest , but there was no doubt that my gait was stronger and in much better balance.

  22. I noticed my posture improved with the changed walk but it takes a lot of concentration and I was able to feel the difference. When I concentrated on the position of my sternum I felt my back straighten and my balance improve . I am also engaging some more muscles around my ankle.

  23. very interesting. my stride seemed to become more powerful. my breathing seemed to become more pronounced. did u ever consider teaching soldiers to march using this technique?

  24. i do this exercise with kids to improve their self image. never thought of applying it to golf. thank you for the insight.

  25. Tracy, not sure what it might do for my golf, but for sure I can see a way to get my son (12) to run in a more balanced way! I can walk with the right weight transfer, but I do really have to concentrate to keep it up for a long distance.

    1. Actually, your son shouldn’t land on his heels when he runs. Biomechanically, the most efficient way to run is to land mid foot toward the metatarsal heads pronating from the outside of the foot to the inside.

      The purpose of the balance exercise is to “see” the balance in your mind as you feel it in the feet. Again, it connects the bio-feedback with the subconscious pictures. Once you have the pictures, you can reverse the process and correct the pictures to correct the movement.

  26. Wow! I felt like i was gliding. My back was relaxed and i guess the best way to describe the way i felt is effortless.

  27. Was able to adjust the way both feet hit and roll, and can maintain with the right foot, but the left foot is too flat to keep it up without signifiant pain. Moved on to the sternum centered walk, and found it is very close to the way I walk naturaly. Focusing on it may have improved my posture a bit though.

  28. A little ahead but at setup for a golf shot should we feel the sternum is ahead of the shoulders as in the second drill?

    1. Actually, You shouldn’t really emphasize the shoulders as in “turn the shoulders” but instead, turn the chest. So yes, in a way the sternum should be ahead of the shoulders.

  29. I can feel that my balance have improved as I walk . Following the steps outlined in the lessons, I trust my feet to guide me around without relying on my eyes. I starting to gain confidence with information that my feel are providing me. It was somewhat easy to correct my foot work because I pictured it in my mind. I positioned myself to accept the process because I understand better the information that is being provided.

  30. Was able to correct my erratic left foot action, although it is going to take more practice to become more natural. My posture is very good walking because I work on it everyday while walking the dog.
    The power center focus is a good reminder of what good posture looks and feels like.

    1. As you continue to work on your walking, you are also improving your ability to focus. Go on to the setup routine and see how that works for you.
      Tracy

  31. Finally I know how to walk. My feet hurt a lot but with this method I walk much more taller and feel confident and in control. Very awkward at start to correct from heel to toe and shift weight from center of feet specially walking barefoot. Feels like walking on a balance beam. Gets better as you walk more. will keep trying as I did this mostly at home

    1. The more you practice, the more neurons in your brain will get myelinated so the exercise becomes habit. That is also how you build repetition with your golf swing using balance exercises.

  32. I feel that when I figured this out it was alot easier to change my walk by picturing and telling my brain how it should look and that my posture feels much better

  33. A struggle as i have been walking with rounded shoulders and splay footed forever Will need to keep working but i cn feel a little difference Cant hurry this I’m afraid

  34. I could feel my posture and see it as well with the sternum winning the race idea. Did that while concentrating on center heel to ball on both feet. Could see it happening in my mind as it was actually happening.

    1. James,
      The improtant part is picturing the movement. It is possible because you are in a subconscious state focused on the present task at hand. Monitoring bio-feedback from the feet helped you get there.
      Tracy

  35. I can visualize the bottoms of my feet while making sure I land in the center of my heel and push my sternum ahead with the center of each foot. Really feel it in my hips upper front of legs and calves when finished.

  36. Had good visualization of the bottom of my feet. It was harder to visualize the sternum leading but doing it definitely helped my posture. Still trying to get a good visual of it.

  37. Definite improvement in both posture and balance on both feet with effortless motion of walking with I believe better energy and more purpose of the exercise.

  38. hi Tracy
    I could almost instantly feel more balance and confidence in my being walking with this thought process.
    I feel I will need to deliberately practice this a lot! for it to become second nature though and not slip back into my bad habits
    Is that the case ?
    What are your thoughts?
    Cheers
    Matt

  39. Hi Tracy

    I feel very confident when I walk like this. It has shown me how out of balanced my walking style used to be.

    Thanks

    Jason

  40. The posture exercise is great! I have poor posture, but this visual works without the strain in my back.
    Wish I had this 30 years ago!

  41. Amazing how relaxed my back and shoulders feel by thrusting my sternum forward as I walk. I see my feet pushing off from my big toe.

  42. Tracy; I worked on Lesson 1, 2a & 2b over the last three days at Disney World where I walked a lot with my Daughter’s family. I felt several new sensations:
    1. I didn’t sway sideways; I felt my head go up and down but barely left and right.
    2. I never felt any tension in my back.
    3. I walked comfortably and in better balance even after my legs got tired at the end of the day.
    4. I could feel tension in my abdomen when I walked either up a grade or down a grade.
    5. Several times after interruptions with the grandkids, I’d simply left myself experience what my feet and were doing and where my solar plexus was as I walked. After three days the lesson exercises became automatic.

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