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MindDrive Study

 
 

A double blind placebo study was done to assess the influence of Mind Drive on golf performance.  Two college amateur golfers were studied. 

At the onset of the study certain parameters were established.  The tee times were the same.  The morning meal was light and included orange juice and toast.  They played with the same clubs and same golf course. 

A baseline assessment was done without any Mind Drive or placebo to establish their scores and performance endurances.  A Questionnaire was presented at the completion of that day's 18 holes of play.

The Questionnaire addressed the following aspects of their game:

1.Rate you energy level at the start of Hole one, at Hole nine and at Hole eighteen on a 1-10 scale where 1 is very low and 10 is most energetic.

2. Rate your driving distance performance at the start of Hole one, at Hole nine and at Hole eighteen on a 1-10 scale where 1 is awful, very short and poor, 5 my usual average and 10 as the best drives ever.

3.  Rate your accuracy performance in both the short game and putting at the three holes (one, nine and eighteen) using the same 1-10 scale.

4.  Rate your ability to focus and concentrate at the three holes (one, nine and eighteen) on a 1-10 scale where 1 is unable to concentrate and 5 is usual level of focus and 10 an ability to highly focus.

5.  Rate your ability to relax at the three holes (one, nine and eighteen) on a 1-10 scale where 1 is not relaxed/stressed, 5 usual state of play and 10 extremely relaxed.

6.  During your play, explain any extremely good shots as well as the extreme poor shots in your own words.

The play of both players were observed by a PGA professional teacher who was blinded to the study of placebo versus Mind Drive.

 

The results:

From their baseline score, both players improved in their score with Mind Drive by 3 strokes versus placebo.

For the first question on energy level they rated an increase in energy in the back nine with Mind Drive, but lost stamina with placebo.

For the second question on driving distance and performance, both reported improvements in the back nine,

For the third question on short game and putting, again an overall improvement was reported with Mind Drive versus a placebo.

For the fourth question on focus and concentration and the fifth question of ability to relax were the most dramatic changes reported by both golfers as the most significant aspect that was changed in their golf game with Mind Drive and not with the placebo.

Finally, the last question allowed for them to express their own impressions.  Comments with placebo stated that the golfer "became more frustrated than usual.  Couldn't relax as much as I (normally) can."

In summary, golf performance is a combination of properly executed mechanics within a state of mental clarity and focus.  The study supports that Mind Drive has a beneficial notable effect on the golfer's sense of focus, concentration and ability to relax that helps them reduce their golf score by 3 strokes as compared to placebo.  Further expanded studies are suggested to confirm these initial observations and performance outcomes.

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