A Quick Solution to Golf’s Pace of Play Problem

J.B. Holmes

By JOHN GORDON, Golf Canada

I’m the anti J.B. Holmes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not “anti” J.B. Holmes.

When he won the Genesis Open for his fifth PGA Tour victory, I applauded the resurgence of someone who, by most accounts, is a good guy, a great husband and father who has survived brain surgery. Former Ryder Cupper, long hitter, great ball striker.

Also, alas, human rain delay.

At every level, from recreational golfer to the pro tours, slow play is a pernicious disease afflicting golf.

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DeChambeau’s Cutting-Edge Brain Training Method

Bryson DeChambeau

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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