Pain It is all in your head or is it

By Golf Fitness MagazineJuly 29, 2009, 4:00 pm
By Beth Pry
Woman RelaxingNothing seems to stop us in our tracks like pain. When we are aching and sore, life becomes unsettling. The most mundane dutyimpossible. You may find it tough to focus on anything, and for some it is even difficult to move about. Then, what happens to our mood? Lets not even go there.
You may become even more exasperated looking for solutions to ease the pain. You may have tried NSAIDS only to learn of the purported kidney damage. You may have consulted with an orthopedic surgeon and been unhappy with the doctors recommendation. Perhaps you visited a pain doctor and received an epidural or Botox injection into the affected muscles, and still are not completely relieved of pain.
Last but not least, have you considered eliminating the pain from a holistic standpoint? There is much study about alternative pain relief. In fact, Louise Hay, a famous author and teacher, published her first book in 1987 about how to mentally release pain. Wayne Dyer has spoken for decades about how we are in control of how we physically and mentally feel. Even the medical community addresses alternative means of pain relief.
Some alternative modalities require the expertise of a practioner, like acupuncture or chiropractic. However, there are some alternative methods that only require an open mind and willingness to help oneself. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of these methods. EFT was discovered by Gary Craig, a NASA scientist, in 1984. Craig has proved that pain does not seem to have an emotional origin. Craig proves in his technique that we hold pain, both physically and emotionally, in our bodies. He further asserts that all pain does have an emotional component. EFT is administered by tapping on certain parts of our face and hand while speaking a suggested statement out loud. By doing so, we are releasing negative emotions which are stored in the body as pain.
Now is the time to put theory into practice. Use this method when you are experiencing pain or discomfort. I have adapted Craigs method into my own. I call it FREE (Finding Relief from Emotional Entanglement).
Begin by sitting down in a comfortable seat, with no interruptions. Close your eyes. Take in a deep breath, exhale and repeat four times. With your eyes closed, ask yourself, If my pain were an emotion, what emotion would it be? Allow your thoughts to surface and know that the answer will be provided to you. Accepting the first thought as valid, begin the set up by saying in a convicted tone, Even though I am feeling (insert emotion here), I choose to be free. After you say the mantra, lightly tap on the meaty side of your hand, where you would karate chop. Use your index finger from your non-dominant hand to tap on your dominant hand. Tap lightly and continuously while saying the mantra you used in the set up, Even though I am feeling ________, I choose to be free. Repeat this pattern two more times. Still with closed eyes, take another deep breath however, this time, breathe into the center of the pain. If you have a headache, breathe into headache. If you have a sore lower back, breathe into where the pain resides in your back. Be sure to powerfully exhale as if expelling something unwanted. Once you breathe into the pain, exhale strongly from the mouth; imagine that you are expelling the pain from your body. Continue this process until you notice that the pain is subsiding. You may have to breathe and exhale eight times or so. After the pain has subsided, begin tapping again on the same hand and say to yourself, Although I have released this pain, I still choose to be free. Repeat this two more times. At this point, you should be feeling relaxed and comfortable. If you are still uncomfortable, continue breathing into the pain center and powerfully release the pain from yourself. You dont need it anymore.
The FREE technique can be used in all situations and at all times. It is easy to learn and very powerful. The only required tools are an open mind, your hands and your lungs. Know that you are in charge of how you feel. You can take control and eliminate your pain simply by using your own mind and body. Be happy, healthy and well! Start tapping!
Beth Pry is a Mental Performance Coach, and specializes in hypnotherapy. She works with many professional and competitive golfers throughout the country.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.