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Here at THP, we try to review anything and everything that a golfer could want. Sometimes it’s conventional and sometimes it’s unconventional. With the explosion of smart phones, tablet computers and portable mp3 players it was only a matter of time before the golf industry took advantage of this portable technology. The latest item to go portable is the Visulax golf app for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. The app’s goal is to aid the golfer by helping their game via improvement in the mental side of golf. I for one have been interested in the mental side of golf for some time and believe in certain techniques. Will this app continue to improve my outlook on the mental side of golf and be a ‘birdie’ or will it cloud my mind and be a ‘bogey?’ Check it out.

Key Features

• Improve your golf mind
• Blocking out distractions
• Improve your course management
• Help focus on the target
• Achieve perfect balance and timing

Initial Thoughts and Functionality

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this app once I downloaded it to my iPhone. Maybe some coaching? Meditation techniques? Maybe some calming music? Who knows, maybe all of the above? Well once I tuned it on I was greeted by a soothing male voice telling me to ‘get into a comfortable position, put on some comfortable clothes, and to visualize my favorite golf hole. To feel the warm sun on my skin, see the green grass, hear the birds and to experience the positive feelings of the hole.’ While this is going on, there’s some sort of Gregorian chant music being played in the background that all works together in an attempt to calm and relax you.

After this introduction you move into a meditation stage where you are asked to focus on relaxing your jaw muscles, temples and the back of your neck all while you deeply inhale and exhale. Next you concentrate on relaxing your arms, your hands, your fingers, your legs, and your toes. This is designed to create a relaxed state that you can hopefully take to the course with you. A sense of peace, positive feelings and relaxation are your goal here and once you establish that you can visualize your shot. Once you achieve this mental state you can begin to visualize yourself swinging the club in perfect tempo. Whether it be your driver, your irons, your wedges the emphasis is on your calm, relaxed tempo while being in perfect balance. Visualization of your shots, the feeling of a well struck shot and the feeling or being in complete balance and tempo are just one of the goals of this app. It all sounds good in theory but is it practical to take to the course? Let’s see.

Testing

I decided to listen to this session prior to heading out on the course to see if I could apply any of the techniques or tips that are contained within the app. I have to say that the techniques were hard to apply on the course under actual game conditions. When you’re focusing on yardage numbers, club selection, weather conditions or even what you opponent or playing partner is doing it can be a little hard to fully remember what you were listening to prior to teeing off. At least in my case, once the competition starts your mind can get very focused on other tasks. However, for shots that required greater concentration (a tee shot that needs to be in the fairway, an approach shot that needs to be on the green or a putt that would give me a birdie I did find myself remembering to be in tempo, visualize the shot, feel the ball come off the club and to see the shot go through the air. Did this help me? Yes and no. With anything, execution does not always mimic preparation.

Overall

I found the app to be helpful in terms of relaxation and visualization techniques but for my game I’m not sure if this was overly helpful. Golf is a game that requires certain swing thoughts and certain focus points in order to be successful. Golfers have a lot to think about already so some golfers may find an app like this to either be really helpful or not at all. I think I’m somewhere in the middle where I can see the merit of this app’s application but don’t think it’s the missing piece to my golf puzzle. But see for yourself and check out the Visulax app which is available on iTunes for $6.99. It only takes 30-35 minutes to listen to the app’s contents so it’s not overly time consuming. Perhaps you are only 30-35 minutes away from unlocking your full potential or maybe you’re just looking for something different to speed up your learning curve? You won’t know unless you give it a try right?

T. Hanks

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  1. Paulo says:

    Nice review TH!

    I love that THP are exploring every facet of golf technology with new stuff like this. I’m really interested in improving the mental side of my game and I understand just how difficult it is to find something that just triggers the right thoughts at the right time.
    This app sounds like it’s useful for relaxation and getting you in the right frame of mind, but maybe just not in depth enough to be the complete tool for the mental game.

  2. ole gray says:

    Very interesting concept and I have no doubt good mental pre game preparation is a plus. It sounds like more of a subconscious training aid than a on course one. Good job on the review!

  3. One-T says:

    Nice review buddy, I like the honesty behind it. I could see how it may be relaxing, but help my golf game. I just dont know.

  4. DawgDaddy says:

    I too think this is an interesting concept, I would imagine that this one would need to be listened to over and over to really ingrain it into you subconscious. I too can see the benefit of this, but I am not sure this would be for me as I know I would probably only listen to it once and then that would be it. Thanks for the great write up Hanks.

  5. Ryan H. says:

    I was surprised to see that they had something like this out there. Definitely not anything that I’d be interested in, but I’m sure there are some folks that could get benefit out of it. Thanks, Todd.

  6. TheDue says:

    I won’t lie, my first that was …yeah right, lol. But, after reading your thoughts on this I started thinking of other applications such as my pool game, before work and then back to golf and those MUST putts. Kind of a neat app to explore, thanks for sharing. Wonder if this will one day come to android phones?

  7. yorkem says:

    I could see how this could help in relaxing, but to take it to the course and have it help my focus on my game…I just dont see that. Interesting concept though, and an excellent, honest review. Well done Hanks!

  8. 9-Iron Man says:

    Nice review Hanks. I find the concept a little hokey, but if it works for some, I guess it accomplished it’s mission. $7 for a half hour’s content seems a little steep too. Can’t say I’ll be trying this one out.

  9. McRock says:

    great write up. I never would have thought someone would create an app like that. I’m not sure of the price, but the concept sounds great.

  10. Puttin4Bird says:

    Excellent job on the review. It can be hard to apply the mental side of things to the golf game overnight- or some cases immediately. Maybe over time you will remember some of what you learned from this app and be able to apply it to your game. Thanks for the write up!

  11. Yoccos says:

    Love the review Hanks. Honest and insightful as always. I’m a believer in the mental side and the problem is I overthink. Something like this, even if its just a few ideas could be helpful. Thanks again.

  12. royalwulff says:

    Great review as always Hanks. I might have to give it a try but $7 is kinda steep.

  13. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Great review Hanks. I have been working on the mental side of my game and might give this a try.

  14. Radio says:

    To bad this site is run by such biased scumbags…

  15. Andy says:

    I was wondering about your test Mr Hanks. At the beginning of the explanation how to use the app the voice said that it will take 21 Days of daily practice until you can take it on the course. Maybe this is the key.

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