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Opti Coach Kathy Murphy, LPGA Master Professional

7.11.2017

My turn to tell a story about how the Opti Train App is assisting my students – Charlie is a 25 handicapper who has played golf for about 15 years. He plays maybe eight times a month (during a 5 month season) with occasional practice sessions. He has recognized that there are times he hits his shots the way he planned, solid and accurate enough to provide the fun and satisfaction he is looking for. He also recognizes that he often experiences doubt as to how to swing and/or how to perform the short shots. This has led him down the tinkering road. Which has led to more doubt and more questions? When I told him about Opti Training – feedback for creating a synchronized brain, he was all in! We have had two 45 –min. sessions in the last month…one we focused on his full-swing shots and the second we focused on putting. So during what might be considered a ‘standard how-to lesson’, Charlie wears the Opti headband and I set the Opti Synergy Training Length to Unlimited and, he has progressed to the Intermediate Index Goal (54%). As we go about creating a clear intention and focus of attention, he “lets the music volume tell him when he is focused.” He is recognizing the sensation when his brain is synchronized. And, most important, the email about his last golf event said this: “Saturday went well. The focusing works, the score was 95. I hit drives, fairways, and pitches well.” More chipping and long distance putting practice will be next on the agenda. Stay posted – with 2 more training sessions to go there will be more Charlie stories to come!

Opti is a performance optimization tool based on EEG activity in 4 quadrants of the brain – left frontal, right frontal and left temporal and right temporal. Opti is designed for an individual to learn the skill of synergy in their brain – a unique pattern to you, where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.

Learn more about how Opti can be applied to a variety of activities and environments by checking out our entire website at MyOptiBrain.com and/or by contacting us today!

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Kathy Murphy

5.11.2017

The following quotes are from Dr. Joe Dispenza, renowned for his expertise in teaching neuroscience and human potential. These statements were written in the forward to the book, The Science of Golf and Life written by Dr. Debbie Crews and Dr. Candace Pert.

“When we match our behaviors with our intentions, align our actions with our thoughts, and we get our mind and body working together, we move into that indescribable state of being that all who play [golf] crave so much.” “With the advent of functional brain scans and various other modern technologies we are able to peer into the inner workings of the mind and body. When we can correlate what is going on inside of us with what we are consistently creating outside of us, that event creates a memory, and as a result, we are then biologically changed.”

As a golf coach, I have always felt it was part of my job to help golfers become aware of their thoughts, clearly define their intentions and then provide accurate feedback related to their actions and behaviors. One of the advantages of using Opti is it fills in the gap of providing accurate feedback from the mind. The brain maps clearly show activity levels in 4 quadrants of the brain.

As players, we want to develop and sharpen our skills. As coaches, we are there to facilitate this process – make it faster, smoother, easier for our students. Dr. Dispenza defines skills as “subconscious programs that are acquired thru frequent repetition. A skill is when the body and mind merge as one.” Training the performance of our skills with Opti provides instant and accurate feedback of thoughts and actions – we can compare what is going on inside and outside creating memories and biological change!!

If you are using Opti, let us know how you or your students are improving. If you have not joined our team yet…please check go to our website and click on PURCHASE! You will soon discover Opti is an indispensable tool for improving your skills.

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By Judi Adams -2x Olympian, Performance Coach       4/20/17

In his book, A New Earth, Ekhart Tolle writes: “Do I want the present moment to be my friend or my enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of relationship you want to have with life. Once you have decided you want the present moment to be your friend, it is up to you to make the first move; Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes your entire reality. But that one decision you have to make again and again and again – until it becomes natural to live that way.”

Often, on the practice field, we are confronted with life moments that may be disguised as difficult situations and result in a bad day at practice. Every practice session presents some challenge to help you grow. If you see tough practice sessions as an obstacle to your goal, then you have the opportunity to adjust your perspective. Challenges present themselves when they are needed and you will benefit when you embrace the present moment and tackle the challenge. Likely, you will encounter similar challenges during a tournament. These challenges are not something to keep you from your goal, but a critical path toward achieving Better Than Your Best performance. Stay in the moment no matter what it is. Celebrate the easy days and embrace the challenge of a difficult day. Work with the challenge as opposed to against it – the positive energy will encourage cooperation and progress. Who you are and what you are capable of is not changed by the challenge of a practice session. What changes is your ability to adapt, and thus, your reality.

Learn more about how Opti can be applied to a variety of activities and environments by checking out our entire website at www.myoptibrain.com and/or by contacting us today!

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Kathy Murphy

April 6, 2017

I am reading a fascinating book by Tom Friedman, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. He provides numerous examples from Technology, Mother Nature and The Market (global flows of commerce, social networks, finance, etc.) to illustrate how fast our world is changing. Having experienced the golf industry over the last 39 years…I can relate. There have been so many changes in golf clubs, golf balls, swing technique and performance theories – it can be challenging to keep up. Performing well, in any area of our lives is complicated with ‘information overload’. Too much information coming at us at an accelerating pace creates an uneasy feeling – we could describe as instability or disorientation. To survive our accelerating world, Friedman and many others recommend that we decide to be life-long learners and continually practice the skill of adaptability. We have to make a conscious decision to become a life-long learner and this means we need to be open to change. Fortunately for those of us who instruct and coach golfers we come across many of these people. Except, how many golfers do you know will take a golf lesson, presumably to learn something new or to improve an area of their game, but they are really not sure they want to change anything? After all they want to feel comfortable over the ball. Here is where Opti comes in!!

Opti engages the subconscious – this is where automatic performance takes place. Opti trains the brain to create Synergy – a pattern of integrated and balanced brain activity that has been proven to be present at high levels of performance. When the golfer trains with Opti in a variety of situations (different shots, different clubs, different conditions, on the course and off the course), the brain learns to repeat this pattern of Synergy by being “rewarded” with low music volume. With enough repetition, the pattern becomes long lasting and will carry over to your everyday play and you will soon Better Your Best™ performance.

Golf is one of those games that we never seem to master and one of the reasons it is so challenging is that it requires us (as the player) to be adaptable. The environment of golf is constantly changing – every shot is different than the last in so many ways. Opti provides us a portable, affordable and quantifiable tool that fills in the neuroscience gap in golf skill development.

Learn more about how Opti can be applied to a variety of activities and environments by checking out our entire website at MyOptiBrain.com and/or by contacting us today!

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Kathy Murphy, LPGA Master Professional

March 27, 2017

Opti is a performance optimization tool based on EEG activity in 4 quadrants of the brain – left frontal, right frontal and left temporal and right temporal. Opti is designed for an individual to learn the skill of synergy in their brain – a unique pattern to you, where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.

This is an article recently sent to me from one of our Opti supporters. http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-medicine/2017/03/09/using-eeg-to-identify-attention-disorders/

The article describes a specific study in which “EEG’s can reliably detect specific brain differences associated with attentional disorders.” Generally, attentional disorders have been diagnosed by doctors based on an examination and the person’s clinical history. Even MRI studies “have not yet proven to constitute a clinically successful diagnostic measurement of attentional disorders in formal trials.”

We are familiar with the descriptors of attentional disorders – decreased attention span and often, over-activity that interferes with life’s daily activities. I think many of us who have played golf or participated in any activity that requires a focus of attention have thought – I could be better at this if I could just concentrate better or focus more! OptiTrain provides feedback to let us know when our brain is in Synergy. Accurate and effective feedback is necessary for learning…it is what good coaches strive to provide their clients in all aspects of performance. Up until now, getting feedback for the “mental” side of sports has been a challenging task – other than observing performance results. Opti provides neurofeedback that can be practiced as a supplement to and/or simultaneously with physical practice. Often the goal with ‘mental practice’ is to learn to self-regulate thoughts and feelings as a bridge to performance of a technique. Opti teaches us and provides accurate feedback of self-regulation. The bad news AND the good news is there is no limit to your potential…with Opti you can Better Your Best!

Learn more about how Opti can be applied to a variety of activities and environments by checking out our entire website at MyOptiBrain.com and/or by contacting us today!

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Kathy Murphy, LPGA Master Professional

March 21, 2016

Opti is a performance optimization tool based on EEG activity in 4 quadrants of the brain – left frontal, right frontal and left temporal and right temporal. Opti is designed for an individual to learn the skill of synergy in their brain – a unique pattern to you, where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.

As a golf coach and a person who is fascinated by learning and performance, I have unbridled enthusiasm for this training tool – let me tell you some of the reasons for my excitement. First, I have learned over the last 20 years or so that whenever you asked Dr. Debbie Crews her opinion about an idea or a product – she does not commit to an opinion unless she can review the data. Within the LPGA teaching community, she is lovingly referred to as “Data Debbie.” So when she introduced the brain training tool, Opti in late 2015, I knew this would be something special.

The research she has conducted for more than 30 years has been a search for how people ‘think’ when they perform their best. Some of the studies included individuals who performed at the highest level in their field (golfers, archers, baseball pitchers, etc.) and also included individuals with attention deficit disorders, because they could provide insight into when a person’s mind is focused and when it is not! For as long as I have heard Dr. Debbie present the psychology of performance, she has always stated it is HOW you think, not what you think that predicts performance. In the world of golf instruction, in my opinion this has mostly been ignored – the content of golf lessons are most often based on the ‘what’ of swing technique. Swing the club inside on the backswing, swing the club to the outside on the backswing and for Pete’s sake, don’t swing it back too far. In the meantime the research conducted by Dr. Debbie looked at the brain activity that occurs leading up to the movement of the club (no matter what the swing looked like). And, as she has shown, the pattern of brain activity that occurs during the last second prior to movement is a predictor of performance. Essentially a pattern showing integration and balance occurs prior to good performance.

So here is another reason why I am really excited about Opti. Opti can measure and display in real-time that last second of brain activity. This can be correlated with performance results! With this information you (together with a good coach) can learn to create this pattern either by conscious changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviors or, with the Opti feedback system you can engage your subconscious to unleash your potential. This is why we say with Opti you can better your best!

Learn more about how Opti can be applied to a variety of activities and environments by checking out our entire website at www.myoptibrain.com and/or by contacting us today!