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Better Golfers See Bigger Holes

Jessica K. Witt, an assistant professor at Purdue University, found that golfers who play well are more likely to actually see a bigger hole.

Interesting. Does this validate all of Bandler’s experiments that he claims he did, but nobody seems to know how to find a record of it? Bandler says he worked with golfers to have them blow up (make bigger) the picture in the distance, so that they could hit more precisely.

Witt’s research team conducted three experiments. In the first, 46 golfers were asked to estimate the size of the hole after they played a round of golf. The diameter of a golf hole is 10.8 centimeters. The golfers selected one of nine black holes from a poster that ranged in size from 9-13 centimeters. Those who selected larger holes were the same players who had better scores on the course that day.

These findings matched up with previous research by Witt and Proffitt which found that people who were successful at hitting a ball remembered it as larger.

The question all golfers, and other athletes, will be asking is: how can I change my perception to increase my performance?

Great question.

I think it’s interesting how asking better questions can change the level of feedback we’re getting from our subconscious minds, as well as the level of results that appears in our lives.

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