In the first video, you connected to your subconscious mind to really feel and see your true movement Now you will see how to hack the movement “map” in your mind and watch how your body WANTS to follow without practice.
The golf swing works the same way. Once you base your movement map on real feel from balance feedback, it’s only a matter of adjusting the picture from exercise one and the body automatically follows.
Watch the first video and do the exercise. Afterward, read the information below the video for a full explanation. ONLY once you have completed the first exercise should you go to the second video.
Were you able to walk correctly?
Did you notice anything about your posture? If not do the exercise again and pay attention to your posture. You will be surprised.
So to get a little deeper into how the mind works, your subconscious relays what your conscious mind wants to do (your intention) over to the body. In this case you provided a visual image related to the movement and your body followed.
How did your posture correct? Your mind creates a kinetic chain reaction of events that comprise any movement and it’s all based on the intention you give it. When you corrected the foot falls of your walk, your kinetic chain was also able to correct your posture even though that wasn’t part of the intention.
This is important because setting up and moving in balance during your golf swing will allow your kinetic chain to correct other issues that are standing in the way of a good golf swing.
I’m sure this exercise is a little “clunky” It takes quite a bit of focus and although correct, your new walk is not yet natural. This step is important for two reasons:
- It shows how your body will follow the correct image provided that image is tied to real balance feedback from your body.
- This works for the golf swing. It’s pretty much how Golf Swing Control works to correct your golf swing. That said, it takes practice but it is an important part of the learning process. The third step does not work until you understand and can use this step.
This next video may really blow you away. I will give you a visual intention that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the mechanics of walking properly. When you perform this exercise, notice your posture again. In this case you will be using one universal visual intention to control all parts of your walk.
This is where Bio-Visual Focus gets fun! The golf swing works the same way. The only caveat for the golf swing is that you have to use step two to set up the visual intention for the downswing. Once set up, the downswing using visual intention is powerful and accurate, yet almost effortless.
Watch the next video and do the exercise, keeping in mind how these exercises work the same way for your golf swing.
So what happened here is that your body’s kinetic chain responded to a seemingly unrelated intention and corrected not only your posture but your foot falls as well. This is ultimately where we will go with the golf swing.
These lessons also show that you don’t need to practice to fix your walk, or any body movement you make, including the golf swing.
You don’t have to focus on golf swing technique 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.
I have been using visual intention to maintain my golf swing for years, mostly because I cannot practice due to my back injury. Using visual intention gives me the ability to play to a single digit handicap, which means fewer swings and much less pain on the golf course.
Now, visual intention for the golf swing ONLY works when you start and move in perfect balance during your golf swing.
But I have solved the balance issue for you as well. You MUST start from a perfectly balanced stance and the next lesson will give you the routine that took ten years to develop that will place 99% of golfers into a perfect stance so that your body doesn’t start the backswing fighting itself and ruining your golf swing.
Balance is probably the #1 issue I have to address with every student I teach. If you want to see immediate results with your golf game, the setup routine in the next lesson will get you in balance, as long as you slow down and pay attention.
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67 thoughts on “Lesson #2 (pt I & II): Correcting Movement Using Your Visual Mind”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Sounds like you’re getting this in a textbook fashion. That’s exactly what you should feel.
felt different.felt different muscles in action
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 !!!
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
Feels great to walk with your core in front of the shoulders. Thanks a lot.It improves posture and balance
I was able to correct my posture and felt the walk was balanced on doing this visualisation drill.
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….
I was surprised that my posture and walk was already close to this way but my footwork had some work to do, I kept pushing off the outsides.
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.
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.
It’s amazing at the power of the mind. I have always believed the the mind controls the body.
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
didnt relize the wobble walk but notice the steady walk after applying this lesson
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.
My posture got better
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?
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.
OK, my posture and walking is now better.
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.
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.
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.
The caveman went to the army;) Better posture and tense free upper back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
i do this exercise with kids to improve their self image. never thought of applying it to golf. thank you for the insight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I felt like my head was more balanced and smooth
Already had good posture but was interesting about pushing sternum to aid the power point of the swing.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Question, did you see the image in your mind of the bottoms of your feet as you walked?
when i walked i felt like my core was engaged the whole time.
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.
I could feel my sternum slightly out as it is supposed to be. Pictured in my mind also.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Solar plexes , good lrlud soldier would have solar plexes ..chest out …and stomach in
I feel very confident when I walk like this. It has shown me how out of balanced my walking style used to be.
A feeling of power and control from the top of the core
I am looking forward to learn the set-up having the C.O.G. correct allowing natural rotation in balance.
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!
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.
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.
I feel much more powerfull