Outside the Ropes with Beck

Mon 07 Jan 2013

Outside the Ropes with Beck

Kuala Lumpur, January 7: Darren Beck’s decision to trade weights for hypnotherapy and yoga was his secret to success in 2012 and he hopes it will guide him to a second Asian Tour victory in the new season.

The towering Australian overcame a slow start last year when he uncharacteristically missed five straight cuts at the start of the season with solid results at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei (11th), Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan (11th), CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi (15th) and Thailand Golf Championship (17th).

He eventually ended the year in 41st position on the Order of Merit and credited hypnotherapy and yoga for his change in fortunes.

“I’ve done a lot of weights before and I get sore. So I started doing a lot of yoga and pilates when I was home and it made my body feel better. I’ve been doing that on the road and I feel it just relaxes you. I’m doing some breathing techniques as well so it’s been working well,” said Beck.

Prior to hypnotherapy and yoga, Beck felt edgy on the golf course and decided to try an unfamiliar approach which was influenced by his wife Alainah, who is a qualified hypnotherapy practitioner.

“It was a good change. My wife, she’s been working on other clients so I really got to sit down with her and get deeper into it and just started feeling a little bit more relaxed on the golf course and not so uptight. That’s my problem, I just got to relax a bit more on the golf course.

“It just puts you in a deep relaxation and with breathing techniques as well. It’s keeping you cal at the right time and just working on your stresses and things you’ve got in life. So it is a little bit new to me but we’re just taking it a little bit slow.

“It is a good way to relax especially when it is stressful. You know this game is very stressful so anything that can help you just to chill out and relax is good,” said Beck.

The 34-year-old signalled his arrival in Asia in 2008 when he challenged China’s Liang Wen-chong blow-by-blow at the Hero Indian Open before the Chinese birdied the last two holes to win the event as Beck settled for lone second.

He overcame that defeat with an emphatic triumphed at the 2009 Brunei Open by defeating India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar and Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit for his first ever Asian Tour victory.

“I was in good form and I really enjoyed that week. I felt really good from the start. My brother (Johnny and I) went out there early in the week and did a lot of green mapping and I played really well,” said Beck.

“After my round, I actually went straight to the locker room because I was worried about missing my flight. I was packing my bags and my brother says, the guys are making bogeys here so we better hang around. Next thing you know, he says you’re in the playoff and I’m chucking everything out of my bag again!”

“I was emotional you know, especially with your brother there and be able to celebrate with him whereas my second place in India he wasn’t there. So it was nice to actually have the win and have your brother there. I really enjoyed that and it was quite emotional,” added Beck.

To watch Beck’s feature which was filmed on the Asian Tour Golf Show, click here.