Expectation has to be eliminated if you want to become a better golfer. It demands that we should play in a certain way, and if we don’t then something must be wrong; this just leads to frustration and self-doubt. By simply re-framing your mind-set and being more disciplined in your approach, you can easily eliminate this pressure and play better, more enjoyable golf.
To do this we need to be able to focus on the present. Treat each shot as an individual and play it the best you can. It sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people stand on the tee box thinking about making a score before they have even hit the tee shot. Your score on any hole should rather be the aggregate of all the individual shots.
Focus on the steps of your routine and make that your goal for the round instead. It’s tricky, but at the end of each hole try writing down the number of shots that you felt you successfully stuck to your routine. Total these numbers and make this your target for your next round. If you can make this a habit, I’ve no doubt you will start to see the results and get more enjoyment from the game whether you shoot your best score or not.
To get started you need a system or a process; something that you can adhere… A mental checklist. This comes in the form of a pre-shot routine.
Mental Golf Workshop
This invaluable report provides an accurate picture of your golfing personality and customized strategies for these areas of your game: Golf Temperament, Pre-Round Preparation, Playing Shots, Course Management, Working With Instructors, Golf Fitness Tendencies
About The Profile
The profile was developed by Bobby Foster, a management consultant headquartered in Columbia, SC. Bobby is a former teaching professional and golf coach at the University of South Carolina where he coached several All-Americans including four players who played on The PGA Tour. He is a Certified Behavioral Analyst specializing in the DISC Behavioral Style Model. He explains the purpose behind the development of the mental golf profile –
“Our company has had great success using DISC profiles in work language to help people improve performance in all types of working environments. Over the years, I’ve often thought about how much better I would have been as a player, instructor and coach if I’d known about the DISC System during that stage of my life. We built this profile in golf language so that players, instructors and coaches could enjoy the same benefits I’ve seen countless experience with DISC profiles in the workplace.”
The system generates personalized information for working on your mental game just as video and launch monitors produce personalized information for working on your swing and customizing your equipment. The profile works great for self-coaching as well as for collaborating with your instructor or coach.
Following is the outline of the Mental Golf Workshop™ profile process:
1. Click here to log on to the Mental Golf Workshop Website and you will be guided to the profile and payment information.
2. Spend about ten minutes answering the multiple-choice questionnaire.
3. Your answers go through our proprietary scoring system to produce a 20 plus page report.
4. Review the detailed descriptions of your mental golf tendencies and customized strategies for these areas of your game: Golf Temperament, Pre-Round Preparation, Mental Tendencies When Playing Shots, Course Management, Working With Your Instructors, Mental Tendencies Toward Golf Fitness.
Your report is produced in a “workshop” format, with space provided to make notes as you work through your report. This format makes it easy to self-coach yourself or to review with your instructor or coach.
We suggest reviewing all of the information and then selecting the key items that will most impact your performance. Perhaps the most effective method for reinforcing these key points is to write them on index cards and put them into a plastic bag you keep in your golf bag. Review these index cards before your practice sessions and rounds and you’ll be delighted with the positive impact this awareness and repetition will have on your performance.
“The Pre-Shot Routine”
Our Mental Training Expert Partners
Enjoy their websites and noted book titles!
Dr. Rick Sessinghaus “Golf, the Ultimate Mind Game”
Dr. Rick Jensen “Easier Said than Done”
Dr. Gio Valiante “Fearless Golf”
Dr. Joe Parent ”Zen Golf” “Zen Putting” “The Art of the Mental Game”
Dr. Michael Anthony “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf”
Dr. Morris Pickens “Learn to Win”
Karl Morris “Mind Factor Golf”
Dr. Shannon Reece “Training for Optimal Performance” Naples, FL
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