By MIKE McALLISTER, PGA Tour
Every week, Bryson DeChambeau watches a movie. Doesn’t matter if he’s stuck in a hotel room for an upcoming tournament or sitting comfortably at home in Dallas. Usually, it’s an action-adventure; one of his most recent choices is “Deadpool,” the wisecracking disfigured anti-superhero with the salty vocabulary.
The special effects and dark humor are entertaining, but DeChambeau’s not watching for pleasure. He’s working out his brain.
Using his travel-sized Neuropeak Pro brain-training unit, DeChambeau pops in the DVD, then attaches a gold-plated silver EEG sensor to his head. The real-time data he receives monitors the peaks and valleys of his brain’s electrical current as the movie unfolds. DeChambeau’s goal is to avoid the spikes that occur at the most stressful, intense parts; he wants to keep his high beta and theta ratios inside a pre-determined range.
If the activity in his brain fires too high, the movie will immediately stop. Only when DeChambeau relaxes his brain — controlling his breathing, reducing his heart rate, focusing his mind to reach a calm state — will the movie resume playing.
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