Mindfulness-based Mental Conditioning Coach
Dr. Hoffman first came to The Golf Practice for lessons. As time passed, Peter and Chris realized what an asset Arthur’s knowledge of the mental side of golf could be to golf students. Arthur joined the team shortly thereafter and began teaching mindfulness to the Mastery 360 program participants.
Mindfulness is a training, or one might say re-training, of the mind. This training awakens and strengthens neural pathways in the brain that are inherent to everyone but are often overlooked in our day-to-day lives, not to mention during the preparation for, and execution of, a golf swing. Mindfulness practice helps us to become more present to our experience and on autopilot less often.
Arthur began the practice of Mindfulness over 25 years ago when searching for a stress reduction program to offer patients at Cook Country Hospital, where he was the Director of Preventative Medicine. Dr. Hoffman has learned from the likes of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Christina Feldman, and John Teasdale.
Over the last ten years, he has been teaching medical students at Rush University to apply mindfulness to clinical care. These efforts have been aimed at teaching them new ways to be present with their patients in the face of suffering, and to help their patients learn new ways to manage their own experiences of suffering.