Tim Nightingale – Sports Psychologist

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Welcome to The Mental Game, my name is Tim Nightingale and I am a UK based Sports Psychologist. My services will help you improve your on course performance, your ability to build a more effective golfing skill-set and your subsequent enjoyment of the game.

I achieve this through on the course coaching, coaching online through services such as Skype and Facebook and through a range of downloadable products.

Most golfers are relatively new to the concept of a mental game, and as such are often not sure where to start. For that very reason I have designed an introductory package that will accelerate the creation of your mental game.

You can also register for free on my Mental Game blog, which provides a weekly post on some of the common and not so common issues that golfers face on a golf course – outside of trying to get the ball in the hole. It touches upon such subjects as the yips, visualisation and distraction techniques.

I now also provide a bespoke package for PGA coaches. This package is designed to help each and every coach improve the quality of their own “coaching”, that being a process that is very different from “teaching” or “instruction”. A range of other benefits exist and these can be seen here.

You can pop over and visit me on Facebook to watch some great videos or continue reading below to see some of the fabulous feedback I have received over recent years.


“From the start of my mental coaching program with Tim Nightingale, I achieved an immediate improvement! The effect was amazing, after only two days from my first coaching session I shot my best nett score in a medal competition for over 3 years (67) which was 5 under par and enough to win the competition. The round included a very satisfying 9 pars on our tough new inland links course at St. Ives.

My goal is to reduce my handicap from 17 to 9 in 12 months! This is very ambitious, but a two shot cut to 15 after the first week of coaching is a great start. Having now had two coaching sessions I have got through to the semi-finals of a knockout competition at our club for the first time. If you are keen to improve your golf and play to the best of your ability, I suggest you give Tim a call!”

– GENNARO COPPOLARO on course coaching

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“I have had three driving range sessions with Tim Nightingale, and the results have been excellent. The distraction techniques used by Tim have helped me hit my driver consistently straight again for the first time in over a year. I had got to the point where I didn’t even take it on a round with me. Now I used it regularly. The putting advise has also been very beneficial, in particular some of the mental challenges I play when I watch other people putting with me or even on adjacent greens. I admit I was cautious about the coaching, but I’m sold on the mental game now.

– TRINA MILLER – on course coaching

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“Superb. I booked a program with Tim having watched my partner be coached by him. I was amazed at just how quickly Tim was able to assess my weaknesses and to help me address them. Time and money that was definitely well spent.

– LYNN HOGARTH – on course coaching

“Truly insightful. The exploratory techniques, including the golfer’s wheel, really helped my appreciate how my game fitted in to my life. We think that golf fits in neatly with the rest of our life, but I just didn’t appreciate at a conscious level just how much it was conflicting with my work. It too a few sessions of coaching and goal setting to remove the problem – but it worked.”

– CHRIS ELLIS – on course coaching

Tim has really helped my bunker game. I feared them, and would always play out over the lowest lip even if it meant playing away from the pin. Tim’s methods were both entertaining and effective. Whilst Tim was honest about not being a coach of the “mechanical game” his knowledge of bunker technique, combined with removing my fears, have worked wonders. I am so grateful.

– JAN RICHARDSON – on course coaching

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I have not come across anything like this. It has helped me completely change my thinking on the golf course and it has reduced my scores and radically reduced my on course stress. My favourite technique is the in-between shot ‘steps’ technique. Simple yet so distracting!!!

– JACOB SAUNDERS – on The Mental Game Scorecard and Handbook

Simple to use but lots of choices and techniques. Some may find some a bit odd, but if you stick with it it does work

– NICK HAMPTON – on The Mental Game Scorecard and Handbook

DavidLeadbetter

Used it three times now. Makes you look at the game very differently, which I found to be a good thing. One or two things starting to appear in my competitive rounds without even thinking about them. Using mainly techniques for pre-shot routine.

– IAN NOVAK – on The Mental Game Scorecard and Handbook

I bought this having had a coaching session with Tim. He’s passed on some great advice. Whilst I haven’t tried the scorecard fully yet, I did use it on a par 3 whilst on holiday last week and I have to say I’m looking forward to using it properly.

– IAN HARRISON – on The Mental Game Scorecard and Handbook

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SCORECARD KILLERS

Do you try to predict your score during a hole?

Do you try to predict you score for the front-9 or back-9?

Do you try to predict your round score?

Do you not have a strategy for managing your emotional state whilst walking between holes?

Do you talk negatively about yourself on the course, possible far worse than you would a playing partner?

Do you consider how the current round could change your handicap?

Do you lack commitment to your pre-shot routine?

Do you not have a post-shot routine?

Do you ever predict a negative outcome for a shot on the course?

Do you ever play a shot without mentally visualising the outcome?

Do you not know what your dominant sense is (sight, sound, feel) to help visualisation?

Do you not know if you have any negative anchors on the golf course?

Do you ever draw upon negative memories during a round of golf that produce a negative state?

Do you fear bunkers, hazards and out of bounds?

Do you consciously try to control your swing when playing?

Do you switch between a number of different swing thoughts during a round?

Do you consciously try to control any physical element of your swing during a round?

Do you not have a post shot routine?

Do you occasionally or often leave the scene of a perceived bad shot in a manner that establishes a negative memory?