Understanding Mirror Neurons in Golf

By Dr. Fran Pirozzolo

How Mirror Neurons Affect Your Golf Swing

Sam Sneed was one of my dearest friends and we miss him a great deal. Sam's favorite round of golf was in 1954 when he beat Ben Hogan in a playoff. They had special competition and Sam dearly loved playing with Ben Hogan, but interestingly he told me that he hand never seen Ben Hogan hit a shot. I thought that was kind of odd for as much as he had played with him, the vaunted golf swing and the knowledge of the swing and intensity that Sam might have tried to tap into that. Sam almost anticipated the scientific research about mirror neurons, the population of neurons in the brain that fire and copy what you see.

Watch and Learn from Golfers with a Smooth Swing

A whole business of cyber vision was based on the thought that you could watch something and copy it. That has a negative side and a positive side. Obviously Sam felt that watching Ben Hogan would hurt his golf swing, would bother his tempo. Perhaps watching a Tour player and someone with a smooth or even tempo might help us with our golf swing. So think about it. Think about when you are firing your mirror neurons. What should I be watching and what should I be avoiding.


Category: General
Sub Categories: Hands, Psychology

About the Instructor

Dr. Fran Pirozzolo
Dr. Fran Pirozzolo
Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre
1441 Woodstead Court
The Woodlands, TX 77380
fpirozzolo@aol.com
Fran Pirozzolo is the mental coach to many PGA Tour Pros and is a performance coach for the New York Yankees. He is also the author of The Putter's Pocket Companion.